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The SunPort lets you power any device with solar energy

The SunPort lets you power any device with solar energy

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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Kyocera breaks ground on Kyoto’s largest solar power plant, on a golf course

Kyocera breaks ground on Kyoto’s largest solar power plant, on a golf course

Kyocera is about to break ground on Kyoto's largest solar power plant--on an abandoned golf course. Golf courses have long been the bane of environmentalists, who consider them a waste of space and

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London’s first underground farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level

London’s first underground farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level

London’s new underground farm is nearly open for business. We’ve reported on Growing Underground in the past, when the founders used crowdfunding to raise money for equipment. This week, London’s

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Tesla’s newest Superchargers are lighter, faster, and cooled by liquid

Tesla’s newest Superchargers are lighter, faster, and cooled by liquid

In the never-ending quest for technological advancement, Tesla has started rolling out the newest version of its Supercharger stations, which have a handful of obvious differences from the previous

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Solar Impulse launches five day trip across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii

Solar Impulse launches five day trip across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii

Last week, we reported that Solar Impulse 2 could be grounded for up to a year if the experimental solar-powered airplane missed its window to take off across the Pacific Ocean. When the June 23 attempt

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Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

Life in the Gaza Strip is challenging, to say the least. The day-to-day Gazan experience is riddled with fuel and food shortages, unreliable electricity, and a rapidly growing population that stretches

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House votes to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

House votes to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, 247-180, to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan until litigation on the plan has finished. The bill, called the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042) goes to

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World’s first 3D-printed supercar is one of the greenest cars around

World’s first 3D-printed supercar is one of the greenest cars around

Green cars are more popular now than ever but the manufacturing process for even the greenest car is still pretty dirty. Automotive designer Kevin Czinger recognized the unfortunate irony, and founded

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Tesla Model S drivers rack up one billion all-electric miles, saving 570,000 tons of CO2

Tesla Model S drivers rack up one billion all-electric miles, saving 570,000 tons of CO2

With nearly 200 Tesla Supercharger stations strategically placed throughout the continental U.S. and another 150 elsewhere on the planet, it’s easier than ever to ‘drive 65’ in an electric luxury

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Teens design condoms that change color when exposed to sexually transmitted infections

Teens design condoms that change color when exposed to sexually transmitted infections

Sexual health and safety tools have just been kicked up a notch, thanks to a group of teenaged UK designers. The Health Category winners of the TeenTech 2015 Awards proposed the conceptual condom that

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Solar Impulse could be grounded in Japan for a whole year

Solar Impulse could be grounded in Japan for a whole year

Solar Impulse 2, the experimental solar-powered aircraft, has kept us on the edge of our seats as we’ve waited, day after day, for news of a second ocean crossing attempt. The first attempt resulted in

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6 ways the Tesla Powerwall is changing the energy landscape

6 ways the Tesla Powerwall is changing the energy landscape

6 Ways the Tesla Powerwall is Changing the Energy Landscape Elon Musk has been trying to drive the adoption of solar power through his Tesla Motors and SolarCity companies. With growing car sales at

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New devices generate renewable energy from evaporation

New devices generate renewable energy from evaporation

Evaporation is a key component of the Earth's water cycle, and one of the world's most dominant forms of energy transfer—and it's believed that as the climate warms, evaporation rates will increase and

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