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Solar-powered handheld WaterDrop produces cool drinking water in the desert

Solar-powered handheld WaterDrop produces cool drinking water in the desert

By 2040, 33 countries are expected to face extreme water stress, according to the World Resources Institute, making the race to form innovative solutions more furious than ever. Ap Verheggen has been on

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New artificial leaf technology could revolutionize renewable energy production

New artificial leaf technology could revolutionize renewable energy production

The big challenges standing in the way of a full frontal assault on petroleum by the clean energy industry are the cost of production and a dearth of ways to store the energy after its produced. But

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15 awe-inspiring semi-finalists announced for the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

15 awe-inspiring semi-finalists announced for the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

596 Acres Living Lots Identifying unused urban spaces and working with disenfranchised residents to reclaim them for public use, Living Lots has already transformed dozens of spaces in New York City.

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Tesla is giving away 100 free electric vehicle charging stations to Airbnb hosts

Tesla is giving away 100 free electric vehicle charging stations to Airbnb hosts

In its latest bid to make electric car charging stations available everywhere, Tesla is partnering with Airbnb to provide at least 100 free charging stations to eligible hosts. The program is kicking off

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The motion-powered Million Mile Light is a runner’s dream come true

The motion-powered Million Mile Light is a runner’s dream come true

Runners, unless they prefer to exclusively jog well-lit hiking trails or the gym treadmill, all face a similar dilemma: staying visible and safe while pounding the pavement. The designers at the Million

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India just unveiled the world’s first 100% solar-powered airport

India just unveiled the world’s first 100% solar-powered airport

Renewable energy has been taken to new heights, as the Cochin International Airport in India has become the world’s first solar-powered airport. Being able to claim the title “absolutely power

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Microwave-powered rockets could be a game changer for space travel

Microwave-powered rockets could be a game changer for space travel

Escape Dynamics, a space start-up in Colorado, recently tested a prototype of their new rocket engine - but instead of launching a rocket powered with rocket fuel, they beamed power at it from a microwave

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Can this SOL bag really purify water with the power of the sun?

Can this SOL bag really purify water with the power of the sun?

SOL Water is a curious new product by Tortoise Gear, a California-based designer of survival gear. It’s a hydration bag that the company claims doubles as a water-purifying device, harnessing the power

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MIT’s groundbreaking mini fusion reactor could power the world within 10 years

MIT’s groundbreaking mini fusion reactor could power the world within 10 years

Engineers at MIT spend a lot of time figuring out how to make things better, faster, and often smaller. Now, powerful new magnet technology has led the way to a groundbreaking design for a small, modular

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Wi-Fi-powered electronics make Nikola Tesla’s dream a reality

Wi-Fi-powered electronics make Nikola Tesla’s dream a reality

What if you could power your iPhone from thin air? Making wires redundant was said to be one of Nikola Tesla's biggest dreams, a dream University of Washington researchers want to fulfill with PoWiFi.

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The world’s fastest charging electric bus powers up in 10 seconds flat

The world’s fastest charging electric bus powers up in 10 seconds flat

The world's fastest-charging electric bus, which takes as little as 10 seconds to completely recharge, is now in service in the coastal city of Ningbo, China. The bus, manufactured in Ningbo by China

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Tesla’s updated Model S autopilot mode will make long road trips even better

Tesla’s updated Model S autopilot mode will make long road trips even better

As if the Tesla Model ‘S’ wasn’t already cool enough with its semiautonomous autopilot mode, now it’s even cooler. The autopilot mode is already equipped, according to Engadget, with ultrasonic

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The SunPort lets you support solar power any time, anywhere

The SunPort lets you support solar power any time, anywhere

A little company called SunPort is launching a crowdfunding campaign that could change the clean energy game in a new way. SunPort is a smart device that looks like an ordinary outlet extender, save for

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Australia reveals the world’s first solar powered “e-paper” traffic signs

Australia reveals the world’s first solar powered “e-paper” traffic signs

Sydney is leading the way in eco-friendly traffic signs by using solar-powered, “electronic ink” signs. Completely sustainable and able to be updated at the drop of a hat, the technology, which uses

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Google starts equipping Street View cars with air pollution sensors

Google starts equipping Street View cars with air pollution sensors

Google Street View cars have been patrolling for years now, providing limitless information about the world we live in and creeping us out when we search for our own homes. Recently, Google partnered with

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Deepwater Wind breaks ground on the U.S.’s first offshore wind farm (finally)

Deepwater Wind breaks ground on the U.S.’s first offshore wind farm (finally)

While offshore wind farms have been operational in Europe since the 1990s, efforts to establish any such projects off the U.S. coast have stalled amid funding and environmental concerns. And so, some

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Brilliant SALt lamp runs 8 hours on just 1 glass of salty water

Brilliant SALt lamp runs 8 hours on just 1 glass of salty water

Rural communities in the Philippines will soon be trading in candles and battery-powered devices for lamps which run on salt water to illuminate their homes. The Sustainable Alternative Lighting project,

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World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything

World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything

SCiO is a brand new consumer device that measures the molecular fingerprint of anything that reflects light, except it fits in your pocket. Equipped with some of the capabilities of large, heavy

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Insane Skysphere is a solar-powered man cave with voice-activated electronics

Insane Skysphere is a solar-powered man cave with voice-activated electronics

Jono Williams has built the world's most coveted man cave. After shooting the breeze one night with his mate Grant Ramsay, a mechatronics engineer, the Australian inventor committed to building the

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Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

We love technology and even those of us who don't love it, probably still use it to some degree. Even some of our common appliances like TV's, some refrigerators, microwaves, watches and other items use

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Future Dutch roadways made of recycled plastic will snap together like LEGO

Future Dutch roadways made of recycled plastic will snap together like LEGO

The Dutch city of Rotterdam may soon be the first city to have roads made of recycled plastic waste, fished out of the oceans. The city is collaborating with VolkerWessels, a construction firm with some

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Brilliant SUNplace table lets you cook with magnified sunlight on a cast iron surface

Brilliant SUNplace table lets you cook with magnified sunlight on a cast iron surface

We’ve shared some solar-powered cooking options in the past, ranging from giant sun-baked ovens to scorching hot solar stoves. Now, here’s another sun-based cooking contraption, with a twist.

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Dazin Fuel Cookie helps save lives by eliminating deadly cooking smoke

Dazin Fuel Cookie helps save lives by eliminating deadly cooking smoke

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSw1MAdf3hE&w=537&h-302 Open fire cooking is a silent killer that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) claims the lives of 491 people each hour,

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The price of solar power drops to an incredible new low (again)

The price of solar power drops to an incredible new low (again)

A new record low price for solar project bids has been reached, making it the second time this month that previous cost barriers were shattered. This time, the news comes from NV Energy, a Berkshire

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U.S. Army develops new solar cells that are 1,000 times thinner than current technology

U.S. Army develops new solar cells that are 1,000 times thinner than current technology

Military research leads to a lot of cool technological advancements that can benefit the public as much as the troops. United States Army researchers have been working on improved solar technology, and

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Solar-powered Gingko tree charges smart phones in 2 hours

Solar-powered Gingko tree charges smart phones in 2 hours

Smart phones and tablets are now an intrinsic part of daily life, so we may as well charge them up in style. The solar-powered Ginkgo tree by XD Design allows you to do just that. Fitted with an extra

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45-Ton Azura generator harvests energy from Hawaii’s waves

45-Ton Azura generator harvests energy from Hawaii’s waves

The United States has caught the perfect wave and may be surfing its way to a clean energy future. Azura, a prototype wave energy generator and the first of its kind in the United States, is online and

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Lithium battery technology breakthrough could totally change solar power

Lithium battery technology breakthrough could totally change solar power

Though the obstacles to a clean energy economy are largely political, one particular technological challenge to this goal is the expense and capacity of storage batteries. The sun may shine strongly on a

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Austin, Texas is now home to the world’s cheapest solar power

Austin, Texas is now home to the world’s cheapest solar power

In basically the craziest news in clean energy this week, the Texas city of Austin has become the site of the world’s cheapest solar power, priced at just $0.04/kWh. This beats the previous record set

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Sun-powered Solar Impulse lands safely in Hawaii after longest solo flight in aviation history

Sun-powered Solar Impulse lands safely in Hawaii after longest solo flight in aviation history

Solar Impulse 2, piloted by André Borschberg has successfully completed its record-breaking solar-powered flight from Japan to Hawaii. The plane landed at 5:55am local time today, and was met with a

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