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Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new type of solar cell that uses multiple junctions instead of single subcells to gather the full spectrum of light. The

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Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

Not only does the parking lot harvest energy, it also incorporates overhead utilities and repositions underground utilities for more efficient use. Power and data cables line a cable corridor alongside

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14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

IDEA 1: Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Cards Nothing says I love you like the actual words, written down on paper. Getting love notes on Valentine's Day is an age-old tradition, so this year, why not

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High-Tech Glasses Help Surgeons Visualize and Target Clustered Cancer Cells

High-Tech Glasses Help Surgeons Visualize and Target Clustered Cancer Cells

A wearable technology so new it still doesn't have an official name could allow for more precise cancer-removal surgeries in the future. Cancer cells are notoriously difficult to see (even under

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5 Tips to Green Your Home From Organic Architect Eric Corey Freed

5 Tips to Green Your Home From Organic Architect Eric Corey Freed

TIP 1: Wrap Your Home in Insulation - "The More, The Better!" Proper insulation is probably the most important factor you can control in creating an energy-efficient home. I always say insulation is like

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Artist Bruce Munro Creates Brilliant Fiber Optic Fields of Light

Artist Bruce Munro Creates Brilliant Fiber Optic Fields of Light

Bruce Munro is a lighting designer with considerable experience in commercial, private and public installations. He is well known for adventurous sculptural light works and is well versed in all types of

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NASA to Use Giant 3D Printing Spider Robots to Construct Huge Spacecraft

NASA to Use Giant 3D Printing Spider Robots to Construct Huge Spacecraft

It has always been theorized that the construction of large spacecraft would have to be done in orbit. However, a US company called Tethers Unlimited (TUI), which specialises in additive manufacturing and

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MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

Parabolic Solar Mirror photo from Shutterstock Scientists at MIT just announced that they have created the perfect mirror - and it could signal a breakthrough for solar power technology. The team's

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MIT Creates Cheap New Full-Color Hologram Technology

MIT Creates Cheap New Full-Color Hologram Technology

Full-color holograms were once just an imaginary mode of communication between rebel princesses and venerated Jedi masters. Daniel Smalley, a graduate student at MIT, has made the technology a reality

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Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

The Optical Glass House sits among tall buildings in downtown Hiroshima. Its glazed façade was hand-made made from 6,000 high-transparency glass blocks that are from borosilicate, a raw material

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Duke Researchers Create a DIY Invisibility Cloak Using a 3D Printer

Duke Researchers Create a DIY Invisibility Cloak Using a 3D Printer

Until recently, invisibility cloaks were the stuff of private laboratories or fantasy novels. Now, engineers from Duke University have taken advantage of 3D printing technology to fabricate an obscuring

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Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

Caltech's Robinson Laboratory was originally built in 1932 and features a Spanish mission-style design similar to many of the buildings on the campus. Keeping true to the original nature of the building,

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Chinese Scientists Create Ultra Light, Low-Cost Carbon Nanotube Aerogels from Bacteria

Chinese Scientists Create Ultra Light, Low-Cost Carbon Nanotube Aerogels from Bacteria

Scientists at the Univeristy of Science and Technology of China have developed an environmentally friendly method of creating carbon nanotube aerogels. The ultra light, fire-resistant material is made

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New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

A new silicon-based solar panel which utilizes holographic foil is reported to be nearly twice as efficient as standard panels. Referred to as a “game-changing technology,” the panels were

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Reliance Foundry Launches Cutting-Edge Solar Bollard Lamp for Outdoor Path Lighting

Reliance Foundry Launches Cutting-Edge Solar Bollard Lamp for Outdoor Path Lighting

When they are doing their job effectively, you might not pay any attention to the outdoor lamps that illuminate your nighttime path. But the recently launched Solar-powered Bollard Lighting Collection

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The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

A surprisingly political lineup of speakers (including Jerry Brown, Cory Booker, George Pataki, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski) bookended the 2012 Greenbuild conference in San Francisco. They spoke

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Bruce Munro to Turn a UK Hill Into a Giant Glowing Breast to Raise Awareness for Cancer

Bruce Munro to Turn a UK Hill Into a Giant Glowing Breast to Raise Awareness for Cancer

If you want to raise awareness for breast cancer, there may be no better way to shine a little light on the subject than to build a 12-foot-tall glowing nipple at the top of a 228 meter hill. Staying true

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Scientists Create Biodegradable Computer Chips from Spider Silk!

Scientists Create Biodegradable Computer Chips from Spider Silk!

Spider Web photo from Shutterstock Spiders are capable of some amazing things - not the least of which is weaving strong-as-steel webs from silk. Now, scientists at the Institut de Physique de Rennes

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Underground Mushroom Tunnel Wins London’s High Line-Inspired Green Design Competition

Underground Mushroom Tunnel Wins London’s High Line-Inspired Green Design Competition

The competition was hosted by The Landscape Institute, the Mayor of London and the Garden Museum, and judged by a panel of experts that included the founders of the High Line. Over 170 designs were

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South Korean Scientists Create Laser-Based Injection System to Replace Hypodermic Needles

South Korean Scientists Create Laser-Based Injection System to Replace Hypodermic Needles

It's fair to say that no-one likes receiving injections, yet for foreign travelers, children requiring immunizations, and flu shots, needles are an unfortunate necessity. However a team of scientists from

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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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“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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NASA To Turn Former Spy Satellites Into Galactic Observers

NASA To Turn Former Spy Satellites Into Galactic Observers

Two satellites, formerly owned by the National Reconnaissance Office (who operate all of the US spy satellites), have been given to NASA for use. The satellites, which are approximately the same size as

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5 Kickstarter Projects That Give Back

5 Kickstarter Projects That Give Back

Are you interested in supporting green businesses but not sure where to start?  Kickstarter.com is the perfect resource!  Featuring hundreds of truly inspirational eco-projects, the site lets

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SEPCO Installs 32 Solar-Powered Parking Lot Lights at the Kona Airport in Hawaii

SEPCO Installs 32 Solar-Powered Parking Lot Lights at the Kona Airport in Hawaii

SEPCO recently installed 32 solar-powered streetlights for the parking lots of the Kona Airport in Hawaii. Each system lamp uses cutoff optics, is dark sky approved, and features low-pressure sodium

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Landscape Forms’ LEO Brings LED Technology to Outdoor Lighting

Landscape Forms’ LEO Brings LED Technology to Outdoor Lighting

Landscape Forms just announced the LEO - a versatile, low-energy, outdoor lighting solution. The LEO features a generous domed canopy light and it can be fixed as a pedestrian or streetscape lamp with

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Field of Light: Bruce Munro’s Stunning LED Forest Springs Up in Bath

Field of Light: Bruce Munro’s Stunning LED Forest Springs Up in Bath

This installation includes over 5,000 frosted acrylic orbs that are connected via a series of fiber optic cables to a color-scrolling projector. The orbs are circuited in clusters, so that groups of orbs

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Dazzling Light Installation by Bruce Munro Set to Sprout at Longwood Gardens

Dazzling Light Installation by Bruce Munro Set to Sprout at Longwood Gardens

Circuitry really is the new root system, no? Wires connecting us all over the planet. So it’s inspiring to envision the coming work of artist Bruce Munro: a field of glowing orbs growing up out of

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New Terahertz “Invisibility Cloak” Imaging Offers an Alternative to Harmful X-Ray Body Scans

New Terahertz “Invisibility Cloak” Imaging Offers an Alternative to Harmful X-Ray Body Scans

Scientists at Northwestern University have tapped the terahertz frequency range and opened the door to harm-free radiation imaging technology and early-detection cancer screening devices. The technology

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Pythagorus Solar Windows Offer Breakthrough in Solar Tech for High-Rises

Pythagorus Solar Windows Offer Breakthrough in Solar Tech for High-Rises

High-rise buildings require a lot of energy to cool in the summer, but they have relatively little space on their small roofs for solar arrays. This quandary got Pythagorus Solar of San Mateo,

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