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British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

The Westmill Solar Cooperative announced Nov. 1 the launch of the world's largest community-owned solar project in the south of England near Oxford. The 5 MW 30-acre Westmill solar park consists of 20,260

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Dutch Scientists Create Concrete that Heals Itself With Built-in Bacteria

Dutch Scientists Create Concrete that Heals Itself With Built-in Bacteria

If you've ever had to seal a crack in concrete, you know what a pain it can be and how quickly cracked concrete can begin to disintegrate. That's why we're so excited about a new technology that would

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Philips Unveils the Hue: The World’s Smartest LED Bulb

Philips Unveils the Hue: The World’s Smartest LED Bulb

The light bulb has come a long way since Edison introduced the carbon filament back in 1879. Even within the last couple of years, we have seen improvements in the modern LED light, including the

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Rice University Researchers Discover that Crushed Silicon Could Triple Lithium-Ion Battery Life

Rice University Researchers Discover that Crushed Silicon Could Triple Lithium-Ion Battery Life

The race is on to develop a longer-lasting rechargeable battery in order to greatly extend the range of electric vehicles, and a team of researchers from Rice University may have found a clue. The

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Scientists Discover New Technique To Change the Color of Gold Without Using Chemicals

Scientists Discover New Technique To Change the Color of Gold Without Using Chemicals

Photo by Shutterstock Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new way to alter the color of gold—or just about any metal— without chemically altering it. The technique

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MIT Breakthrough Could Double Smartphone Battery Life

MIT Breakthrough Could Double Smartphone Battery Life

Smartphone photo from Shutterstock As much as we love Smartphones, they are a pretty inefficient technology. We typically focus on charging as the main point of energy consumption, but new research

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Tim Durfee’s 3D-Printed Loophole Lamp Casts a Warm Eco-Friendly Glow

Tim Durfee’s 3D-Printed Loophole Lamp Casts a Warm Eco-Friendly Glow

Tim Durfee’s Loophole uses a common off-the-shelf fluorescent tube to create a simple source of diffuse light. Opaque paint on half of the U-shaped element blocks the direct glow, while allowing bright

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Building Bytes: Brian Peters’ 3D Printed Ceramic Bricks Can be Used in Large-Scale Construction

Building Bytes: Brian Peters’ 3D Printed Ceramic Bricks Can be Used in Large-Scale Construction

Brian Peters has been researching the role of 3D printing in architecture and his most recent project explored how 3D printers could be used to make building materials. This fall he spent 6 weeks at the

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Rock Your Way to a Charged iPad With the iRock Chair

Rock Your Way to a Charged iPad With the iRock Chair

Did you ever think you could charge your iPad just by sitting down? Micassa Lab’s iRock does just that -- letting you rock your way to a charged iPad or iPhone! The iRock transforms Grandma’s favorite

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Desertec Moves Ahead With Plans to Build Massive Solar Plants in Northern Morocco

Desertec Moves Ahead With Plans to Build Massive Solar Plants in Northern Morocco

The Desertec Foundation, an international collaboration between politicians, businesses and scientists to develop sustainable energy resources, will continue to aid the Moroccan government in establishing

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Scientists Developing Next-Gen Carbon Nanotube Microchips

Scientists Developing Next-Gen Carbon Nanotube Microchips

Carbon nanotube image from Shutterstock Carbon nanotubes are heralded as a next-gen wonder material capable of creating everything from space elevators to better batteries, and now a team of

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London Array: World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Generates Energy for the First Time

London Array: World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Generates Energy for the First Time

DONG Energy, E.On and Masdar just announced that their joint venture the London Array - soon to be the world's largest offshore wind farm - switched on for the first time today! The wind farm, which

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The Natural Wood and Moss Keyboard Brings A Natural Touch to Your Computer

The Natural Wood and Moss Keyboard Brings A Natural Touch to Your Computer

Tired of the “cold and lifeless” aesthetic of modern technological objects, Robbie Tilton decided to warm things up a little by constructing a keyboard made from wood and moss. Instead of

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MIT Scientist Believes That Paintballs Could Be Used To Deflect Incoming Asteroids

MIT Scientist Believes That Paintballs Could Be Used To Deflect Incoming Asteroids

When it comes to protecting the Earth from potentially devastating asteroids, scientists have discussed using everything from nuclear weapons to spacecraft armed with solar-powered lasers. However, an

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Sweden Plans to Import 800,000 Tons of Garbage Each Year

Sweden Plans to Import 800,000 Tons of Garbage Each Year

Garbage photo from Shutterstock We’ve heard of importing goods and raw materials, but importing trash? That’s exactly what Sweden intends to do in order to compensate for its trash shortfall.

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Stanford’s New Grid-Scale Battery Can Last for 1,000 Charge Cycles Without Degrading

Stanford’s New Grid-Scale Battery Can Last for 1,000 Charge Cycles Without Degrading

The world just got one step closer to renewable, cheap, and efficient large-scale energy production as researchers at Stanford University lead by engineer Yi Cui developed a grid-scale battery whose

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Uprise Energy’s Adjustable, Portable Wind Turbine Emerges from a Shipping Container

Uprise Energy’s Adjustable, Portable Wind Turbine Emerges from a Shipping Container

Setting up a wind turbine can be a complicated task, and once one has determined its placement, employed a team to install it and connected it to a grid, you're left with a large permanent structure that

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DNA Pioneer Craig Venter Developing a 3D Printer for Vaccines

DNA Pioneer Craig Venter Developing a 3D Printer for Vaccines

Photo via Shutterstock Geneticist J. Craig Venter told attendees at the recent Wired Health Conference in New York City that his scientific team is working on what he calls “a 3D printer for DNA, a

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Facebook’s Energy-Efficient Prineville Data Center in Oregon Achieves LEED Gold Status

Facebook’s Energy-Efficient Prineville Data Center in Oregon Achieves LEED Gold Status

The Prineville Data Center enjoys a high desert climate, meaning low humidity and temperatures that get pretty hot in the summer. At first, this wouldn't seem like a good place for a data center, but

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Ancient Marine Diatoms Could be Used to Make Biofuels, Electronics and Health Foods

Ancient Marine Diatoms Could be Used to Make Biofuels, Electronics and Health Foods

Diatoms photo from Shutterstock Diatoms are tiny marine life forms that have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. Now a team from Oregon State University believes that they could be used to

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Engineering Students Successfully Build and Test Fly a 3D-Printed Airplane

Engineering Students Successfully Build and Test Fly a 3D-Printed Airplane

Last spring, two University of Virginia engineering students posted a YouTube video demonstrating their model of a 3D-printed plastic turbofan plane engine. Their novel application of the technology

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British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), a small firm in Stockton-on-Tees, UK, has succeedin in synthesizing gasoline from water and carbon dioxide (CO2) extracted from air. The Independent reported on Friday that the

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GreenWave Reality Launches WiFi-Enabled LED Light Bulbs That Can be Controlled With a Smartphone

GreenWave Reality Launches WiFi-Enabled LED Light Bulbs That Can be Controlled With a Smartphone

GreenWave Reality just launched a high-tech WiFi-enabled LED lighting system that allows consumers to easily control and automate lighting through a handheld remote or smartphone. The energy-efficient

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Cyberdyne Creates Mind-Controlled Robot Exoskeleton to Protect Fukushima Workers from Nuclear Radiation

Cyberdyne Creates Mind-Controlled Robot Exoskeleton to Protect Fukushima Workers from Nuclear Radiation

This week Cyberdyne unveiled a robotic exoskeleton called HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) that allows its wearer to carry superhuman loads while shielding them from radiation. With the Fukushima nuclear

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EPEAT Defends its Decision to Approve Apple’s Ultrathin MacBooks

EPEAT Defends its Decision to Approve Apple’s Ultrathin MacBooks

Earlier this week the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) made a bit of an environmental stir when it approved five of Apple's newest ultrathin laptops - even though Apple initially

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BIOSwimmer Robofish to be Launched in US Port to Detect Security Threats

BIOSwimmer Robofish to be Launched in US Port to Detect Security Threats

Boston Engineering has designed a robotic tuna fish called the BIOSwimmer that is capable of detecting weapons and contraband stowed away in ports and harbors. The unique swimming vehicle utilizes Boston

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Muti Randolph Creates an Undulating Wave of LED Lights at Rio de Janeiro’s La Lampe Store

Muti Randolph Creates an Undulating Wave of LED Lights at Rio de Janeiro’s La Lampe Store

Randolph’s piece functions as both a light source and a conceptual art installation.  The forms are obviously inspired by waves, but they also successfully create the feeling of movement. Visually

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Obama Administration Approves 285,000 Acres of Utility-Scale Solar Power Across 6 Western States

Obama Administration Approves 285,000 Acres of Utility-Scale Solar Power Across 6 Western States

Last week, the Obama Administration approved a plan that will make way for utility-scale solar development on 285,000 acres of public land in the Western US. The plan encompasses areas of Arizona,

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World’s Most Powerful Climate Change Supercomputer Switches on at National Center for Atmospheric Research

World’s Most Powerful Climate Change Supercomputer Switches on at National Center for Atmospheric Research

This week the world’s most powerful climate change supercomputer switched on at the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC). The 1.5-petaflop IBM supercomputer

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New Biocompatible Electronic Devices Would Dissolve in the Body After Use

New Biocompatible Electronic Devices Would Dissolve in the Body After Use

A collaboration between scientists at Tufts School of Engineering at the University of Illinois has led to the creation of tiny, fully biocompatible electronic devices that, once they have functioned for

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