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Earth City: JM Schivo & Associati’s Futuristic 21st Century City is 100% Powered by Clean Energy

Earth City: JM Schivo & Associati’s Futuristic 21st Century City is 100% Powered by Clean Energy

With offices in both Paris and Rome, the architects are keen to create sustainable urban environments that do not act contrary to nature. But this doesn't mean all the homes and buildings are tucked into

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German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

Photo via Shutterstock The future of solar power is about to get a little brighter with new developments in black silicon, a material that can absorb almost the entire spectrum of light - including

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DIY Solar Pocket Factory Machine Can Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds!

DIY Solar Pocket Factory Machine Can Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds!

Image by NPR Science Friday Inventors Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein are looking to revolutionize the business of small-scale solar panels with The Solar Pocket Factory, a backyard photovoltaic panel

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Project Cycling Bus is Powered By Passengers On Board

Project Cycling Bus is Powered By Passengers On Board

Project Cycling Bus is a concept by Rever Design Studio for a cycling double decker bus. On the second level, there are 24-27 active passenger cycles to assist in generating the power reserve of the

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Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

We've all heard that sugar is bad for our bodies, but in the near future, it may just be good for your smart phone. Scientists in Japan have developed a way to create batteries using sugar. A group at

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Ecotricity’s Nemesis Supercar Breaks UK Land Speed Record for Electric Vehicles at 151 MPH!

Ecotricity’s Nemesis Supercar Breaks UK Land Speed Record for Electric Vehicles at 151 MPH!

Who said battery-powered cars had to be boring? The “Nemesis”, a modified Lotus Exige, just broke the UK speed record for electric vehicles this morning! Engineered by renewable energy company

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Tesla Unveils Six FREE Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Chargers in California

Tesla Unveils Six FREE Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Chargers in California

Electric vehicle company Tesla has unveiled six solar-powered rapid Superchargers in California that will provide Model S owners with a free charge! As reported by Katie Fehrenbacher at GigaOm, Tesla CEO

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Solar-Powered Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management has a Recyclable Anodized Aluminum Skin

Solar-Powered Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management has a Recyclable Anodized Aluminum Skin

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas originally won the rights to design France's newest public building through the 2007 Région Languedoc-Roussillon architecture design competition. Their awe-inspiring

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Team Unizar’s Prefabricated, Circular Casa PI Solar Decathlon Home has an Elevator!

Team Unizar’s Prefabricated, Circular Casa PI Solar Decathlon Home has an Elevator!

Let's put the elevator aside for a moment in order to recognize the value of Unizar's unique Casa PI home, which relies on geometry to reduce overall surface size and therefore slash the home's energy

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Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

The solar energy designers at Rawlemon have created a spherical, sun-tracking glass globe that is able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) up to 10,000 times. The company claims that its ß.torics

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Odooproject Prefab by Solar Decathlon Team Hungary Boasts a Ceiling-Integrated Water Cooling System

Odooproject Prefab by Solar Decathlon Team Hungary Boasts a Ceiling-Integrated Water Cooling System

Photovoltaic panels are integrated into the building's facade and rooftop and passive design was executed so well that during the winter, it will be unnecessary to use the air-to-water heat pump that

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Team ABC’s Green-Roofed Sumbiosi Solar Decathlon House is a Low-Impact Bioclimatic Dwelling

Team ABC’s Green-Roofed Sumbiosi Solar Decathlon House is a Low-Impact Bioclimatic Dwelling

Landes Maritime Pine is the main material that was used for the construction of the Sumbiosi prefab by Team ABC. Not only is it readily available, but it also has excellent thermal qualities that help to

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London Design Museum’s Swarovski Exhibition Features Light Painting, Holograms and Other Mind Blowing Digital Technologies

London Design Museum’s Swarovski Exhibition Features Light Painting, Holograms and Other Mind Blowing Digital Technologies

The centerpiece of Digital Crystal is an explosive 2000 suspended crystals chandelier by Frederikson Stallard that constantly changes shape, creating an emotional spectacle without using a single shining

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Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bionic Eye

Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bionic Eye

Bionic Vision Australia, a government-funded research consortium in Carlton, Victoria, announced Thursday that it has successfully implanted and tested an early prototype bionic eye. Dr. Penny Allen, a

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89-Year-Old Man Develops Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine!

89-Year-Old Man Develops Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine!

Wind turbines transform moving air currents into clean energy; there isn't much to hate about that, especially when compared to the toxic emissions and high cost of fossil fuels. But wildlife conservation

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Georgia Tech’s Self-Charging Piezoelectric Power Cell Can Harvest 5X More Energy From Footsteps

Georgia Tech’s Self-Charging Piezoelectric Power Cell Can Harvest 5X More Energy From Footsteps

A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a self-charging power cell that is able to directly convert mechanical energy into chemical energy. The cell then stores the

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Scotland to Build World’s First Community-Owned Tidal Turbine

Scotland to Build World’s First Community-Owned Tidal Turbine

As a country, Scotland has some of the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the world - the entire nation is working to be completely independent of fossil fuels in the next decade, and has

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Scientists Develop an Electronic Nose That Can Detect Dangerous Airborne Chemicals

Scientists Develop an Electronic Nose That Can Detect Dangerous Airborne Chemicals

The human nose is an exquisitely sensitive organ, capable of recognizing over 10,000 different smells.  Yet, when toxins are in the air, it may be best to leave the sniffing to a device that can't suffer

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Study Says That Home Wifi Could Be Used By Emergency Response Teams When Mobile Phones are Down

Study Says That Home Wifi Could Be Used By Emergency Response Teams When Mobile Phones are Down

Photo: Fire department response via Shutterstock Responding to an emergency is a challenge without the added hurdle of doing it without mobile technology, but that is often the reality

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Crunching Numbers is a Modern Coffee Table Made From Two Old Mac Towers

Crunching Numbers is a Modern Coffee Table Made From Two Old Mac Towers

There are two crunching numbers designs. The first is made with two disused G3 towers held in place with heavy duty coil suspension rings taken from small trucks or SUVs and topped with a smooth glass

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MIT Develops Cheap, Lightweight Penny-Sized Microthruster For Satellites

MIT Develops Cheap, Lightweight Penny-Sized Microthruster For Satellites

An associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT has designed a penny-sized rocket thruster that could be used to power the smallest satellites in space. Paulo Lozano's device aims to replace

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University of Arizona’s Breakthrough Telescope Solar Panel Doubles Efficiency

University of Arizona’s Breakthrough Telescope Solar Panel Doubles Efficiency

Inspired by old telescope technology and high-efficiency solar panels used in space, a small research team at the University of Arizona (UA) has developed a new “telescope solar panel” that doubles

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Wooden-Framed “iameco” Computer Reduces Environmental Impacts

Wooden-Framed “iameco” Computer Reduces Environmental Impacts

The wooden-framed iameco (pronounced “i-am-eco”) computer is easy on the eyes and on the environment. A result of a collaboration between German and Irish designers, the PC is the first of

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Bacteria-Eating Viruses Could Lead to Cell Phones That Never Need to be Plugged In

Bacteria-Eating Viruses Could Lead to Cell Phones That Never Need to be Plugged In

Cell Phone Chargers Photo from Shutterstock If you own a cell phone, chances are you charge it up at least once a day from the mains—but research from a team at the University of California could

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Is Your Dinner Really Organic? Lapka’s New iPhone Sensor Can Tell You

Is Your Dinner Really Organic? Lapka’s New iPhone Sensor Can Tell You

Your iPhone is already indispensable to your social life, and now, with Lapka’s new sensors, it could become indispensable to your health as well. Lapka Electronics has created a set of four sensors

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Two-Year-Old Gains Use of Her Arms Thanks to 3D Printed Robotic Exoskeleton

Two-Year-Old Gains Use of Her Arms Thanks to 3D Printed Robotic Exoskeleton

Two-year-old Emma LaVelle wanted to play with the other children, but a congenital disorder prevented her from using her arms. Now, with the help of 3D printing, Emma  can lift toys and draw pictures

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Atlas Chugged: How GPS Tracking and Mapping Can Help You Save Tons of Money in Gas

Atlas Chugged: How GPS Tracking and Mapping Can Help You Save Tons of Money in Gas

The constant need to fuel your car and the emissions that doing so releases into the air can be incredibly frustrating for motorists, and more so, those that are eco-conscious. With the focus slowly

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NREL Report Shows Existing Solar Technology Could Power the Entire US!

NREL Report Shows Existing Solar Technology Could Power the Entire US!

A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) states that the US has the technology and the solar capacity to power every home across the states with energy from the sun! Researchers

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Gold-Infused Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Increase EV Battery Range

Gold-Infused Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Increase EV Battery Range

Scientists from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland recently made a breakthrough in the production of EV lithium-ion batteries by adding gold to the mix. The team previously discovered that an

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