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Apple grows its electric car team but still won’t admit the project is real

Apple grows its electric car team but still won’t admit the project is real

The world has new evidence to support the theories that Apple is working on a secret electric car project. Recently, the iPhone maker has brought in several auto industry experts who are just the sort of

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Fledgling startups want to suck greenhouse gases right out of the atmosphere

Fledgling startups want to suck greenhouse gases right out of the atmosphere

Much of the discussion on climate change has focused on mitigating the long-term consequences of climate change. For example, lowering greenhouse gas emissions over time, hopefully en route to an eventual

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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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Boiler Central is a gorgeous renovated hub for creatives in Denmark

Boiler Central is a gorgeous renovated hub for creatives in Denmark

The 1,200-square-meter (13,000-square-foot) refurbished brick building will become home to over 30 creative companies, as part of an effort to “combine innovation, creativity, design and business

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Amy’s Kitchen to open all vegetarian drive thru near San Francisco this summer

Amy’s Kitchen to open all vegetarian drive thru near San Francisco this summer

Amy’s Kitchen, already a trusted name in vegetarian frozen meals and convenience foods, plans to open a drive thru restaurant about 50 miles north of San Francisco this summer. The restaurant will

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Here’s what riding the high-speed Hyperloop train could look like

Here’s what riding the high-speed Hyperloop train could look like

The entire Hyperloop system, in Argo Design’s concept, is comprised of four levels, much like an airport terminal. The high-speed tube will be designed to carry vehicles and cargo as well as human

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SolarCity’s new Buffalo plant will create 5,000 jobs in New York

SolarCity’s new Buffalo plant will create 5,000 jobs in New York

Buffalo, New York is one of the many U.S. cities suffering an economic depression in the wake of manufacturing decline, but Elon Musk is taking a chance on the border town with a multi-billion dollar

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Elon Musk says Tesla Model X will arrive as early as this September

Elon Musk says Tesla Model X will arrive as early as this September

As per usual, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was full of exciting news at the annual shareholders meeting, held on Tuesday in Mountain View, California. The pinnacle of his speech was an update on the long-awaited

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Tesla co-founder Ian Wright is transforming garbage trucks into electric green machines

Tesla co-founder Ian Wright is transforming garbage trucks into electric green machines

Ian Wright is one of the co-founders of Tesla who doesn’t often make headlines, especially since he left the electric car company in 2005 when it was still a startup. His latest venture, Wrightspeed, is

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Elon Musk defends $4.9 billion in government subsidies

Elon Musk defends $4.9 billion in government subsidies

Elon Musk’s has built an empire through innovation in electric car, solar and space technology, but it now looks like his success has been supported by roughly $4.9 billion in government subsidies.

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Hyperloop CEO says the 700mph ride could be free for passengers

Hyperloop CEO says the 700mph ride could be free for passengers

The Hyperloop track proposed to offer super-speed travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles has to be one of the most exciting projects slated for the coming decade. In concept, the ultra-high-speed

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Apple is the world’s greenest tech company, according to Greenpeace

Apple is the world’s greenest tech company, according to Greenpeace

Just a few years back, in 2011, Greenpeace named Apple as the “least clean” tech company, chastising the iPhone maker in particular for their coal-fueled data centers. Since then, Apple has made great

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Man takes 300-mile bike trip from Amsterdam to London with two cats in a glass box

Man takes 300-mile bike trip from Amsterdam to London with two cats in a glass box

A man, a plan, a bike, a litterbox. That’s how Thomas Vles traveled the 300 miles from Amsterdam to London this April. Oh yes, and his two feline friends Mushi and Cheesy were also along for the ride,

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Apple protects 36,000 acres of forest, and is building 2 new solar farms in China

Apple protects 36,000 acres of forest, and is building 2 new solar farms in China

The Apple logo might have gone from rainbow to black, but the company is getting greener every day. This week, Apple made two announcements that impressed environmentalists around the world. In the first,

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In Maryland, Tesla’s competition could help them get back in business

In Maryland, Tesla’s competition could help them get back in business

Tesla's been fighting for the right to do business in a number of states recently, but the electric car maker has gained some footing in Maryland, thanks to an unusual ally. The Maryland Automobile

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Facebook signs Frank Gehry to design two more buildings for their California campus

Facebook signs Frank Gehry to design two more buildings for their California campus

pic Facebook is still getting settled in their brand-new headquarters designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry, and they must really 'like' it because they've got plans in the works to add two more

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Falling price of battery packs may usher in age of affordable electric cars

Falling price of battery packs may usher in age of affordable electric cars

A new study from the Stockholm Environment Institute has found that the price of lithium ion battery packs has been falling far faster than previously reported, with the price per kWh dropping by a

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Tesla now banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Tesla now banned from direct sales in West Virginia

On Friday, West Virginia became the fifth state to say "no way" to Tesla's direct sales model, banning the company from selling their electric cars within the state. West Virginia, like many other states,

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Italy is suffering from an overabundance of architects

Italy is suffering from an overabundance of architects

You’ve heard of too many cooks in the kitchen, but what happens when there are too many architects? A new report from the Architects’ Council of Europe shows that 27 percent of all the architects on

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President Obama launches $150 million textiles-innovation competition

President Obama launches $150 million textiles-innovation competition

Last week, President Barack Obama rolled out a plan to reinvigorate textile manufacturing in America. Part of the new plan is a challenge issued by the Department of Defense worth $150 million, which will

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Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban

Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban

Tesla is once again able to sell their luxury electric cars from showrooms in New Jersey, following the signing of a bill that creates a loophole allowing manufacturers of zero-emissions vehicles to sell

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How Juniper Ridge creates wilderness perfume that smells just like the great outdoors

How Juniper Ridge creates wilderness perfume that smells just like the great outdoors

Bearded visionaries, a tricked out van, and lots of herbs. This isn't a flashback to the 60's - it's just another day at Juniper Ridge. Founded by Hall Newbegin, Juniper Ridge bottles botanicals fresh

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Apple invests $850 million in massive California Flats Solar Project

Apple invests $850 million in massive California Flats Solar Project

Apple is the latest player in a movement by American corporations to make big investments in renewable energy. The tech company just announced a deal to put $848 million into the California Flats Solar

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Apple announces plans for $2 billion solar-powered “command center”

Apple announces plans for $2 billion solar-powered “command center”

Apple has finally revealed long-awaited plans for its Mesa, Arizona, factory. It will soon become a solar-powered data “command center” instead of being leased out, as was the previous intent. The

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

  When I think of monkeys, I don’t think of them living in the desert, namely because primates love trees, water, big juicy leaves, and fruit. In fact, only two primates have even

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Aqua-Spark Seeks to Secure the Future of Sustainable Aquaculture

Aqua-Spark Seeks to Secure the Future of Sustainable Aquaculture

Are we approaching the end of fish? It's been widely reported that at current fishing levels all commercial stocks of wild-caught fish will have collapsed by 2050. But there's hope - New Dutch investment

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Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory

Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory

It's happening! After much speculation, Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors have struck a formal agreement over the Japanese company's manufacture and supply of lithium-ion batteries for the electric

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Herman Miller Buys Design Within Reach for a Cool $154 Million

Herman Miller Buys Design Within Reach for a Cool $154 Million

Herman Miller and Design Within Reach (DWR) are some of the biggest names in the modern furniture world - and they are about to join forces to create one glorious design behemoth. Herman Miller recently

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Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

Global clean energy investment surged in the second quarter of 2014, driven by big wind and solar deals and installations of small-scale rooftop solar photovoltaics. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where

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