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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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Solar3D Unveils Groundbreaking Three-Dimensional Solar Cell Prototype

Solar3D Unveils Groundbreaking Three-Dimensional Solar Cell Prototype

Solar3D just unveiled the first prototype of a new three-dimensional photovoltaic cell that it claims can achieve a groundbreaking internal efficiency of 25.47%. Traditional solar cells on today's market

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McCamley’s New Vertical Axis Wind Turbines Could Make Urban Wind Farms a Reality

McCamley’s New Vertical Axis Wind Turbines Could Make Urban Wind Farms a Reality

Urban wind turbines face an up-hill battle, as many people feel they are too big, too expensive, and potential eyesores. However McCamley just unveiled a prototype for a new vertical-axis turbine with a

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Maine Launches the First Commercial Tidal Power Project in the US!

Maine Launches the First Commercial Tidal Power Project in the US!

Each day, 100 billion tons of water flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy between Maine and Canada with the force of 8,000 locomotives, creating a tidal change of up to 50 feet or more. Now Ocean Renewables

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Green Tech ‘Ghost Town’ Hunting For New Home in New Mexico

Green Tech ‘Ghost Town’ Hunting For New Home in New Mexico

Pegasus Holdings just announced that its $1 billion dollar green tech ghost town has been put on hold due to a lack of land. The Center for Testing, Evaluation and Innovation -- a city with no

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Scientists Fire World’s Most Powerful Laser and Move Closer to Developing Fusion Energy

Scientists Fire World’s Most Powerful Laser and Move Closer to Developing Fusion Energy

Scientists in California fired up 192 laser beams simultaneously onto a single, tiny, two-millimeter target, producing and unbelievable 500 trillion watts of energy. To put it into context, that's

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A Solar-Canopy Powers Tranquil Middlebrook Artist Studios in Coastal California

A Solar-Canopy Powers Tranquil Middlebrook Artist Studios in Coastal California

The four studios have concrete footings and timber framing. Small cutouts in strategic locations, including skylights, permit daylighting to permeate the quiet interior while preventing excess solar gain.

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bSolar’s Double-Sided Photovoltaic Cells Produce Up to 50% More Energy

bSolar’s Double-Sided Photovoltaic Cells Produce Up to 50% More Energy

Standard photovoltaic cells only harvest energy from a single surface - the side facing the sun. Israeli startup bSolar has found a way to improve upon this unidirectional design with a double-sided solar

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Thai Beehive-Style Apartment Lives Off the Waste of Existing Buildings

Thai Beehive-Style Apartment Lives Off the Waste of Existing Buildings

Thai architects Achawin Laohavichairat, Montakan Manosong, and Peerapon Karunwiwat have conceptualized a fascinating beehive-style apartment that lives off the waste of existing buildings. Instead of

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“Lit” Light Bulb Combines LED Technology With Fiber Optics

“Lit” Light Bulb Combines LED Technology With Fiber Optics

The “Lit” concept bulb designed by Elie Ahovi is an extremely elegant and innovative combination of LED and fiber optic technology, and could pave the way for incandescent replacements of the

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UNStudio Center for Virtual Engineering (ZVE) Earns Gold Sustainability Certification

UNStudio Center for Virtual Engineering (ZVE) Earns Gold Sustainability Certification

An experiment in constructing offices to promote communication, experimentation and creativity, ZVE is comprised of a main curved structure with rows of horizontal windows that open to permit natural

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The Solar-Powered Groundhouse in Brittany is a Designer Earth-Rammed Home

The Solar-Powered Groundhouse in Brittany is a Designer Earth-Rammed Home

The Living Building Challenge promotes the most sustainable development possible and we would venture a guess that the Groundhouse would at least come really close to meeting their requirements. Yes, that

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Charming Post-Carbon Homestead is Built From Recycled Tires and Shipping Pallets

Charming Post-Carbon Homestead is Built From Recycled Tires and Shipping Pallets

The site and design optimize daylighting and solar gain during the cold winter months while the windows were placed strategically to capture the prevailing breeze and allow hot air to escape during

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