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Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

Over the past several decades, the cost of solar power has declined dramatically, from $40/watt in 1977 to $0.74/watt in 2013. This trend is expected to accelerate as improvements in efficiency and new

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Indiana’s first black bear in over 140 years spotted in the wild

Indiana’s first black bear in over 140 years spotted in the wild

Wildlife officials have evidence that a black bear has visited Indiana for the first time in 144 years. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says a young male black bear left paw prints and a pile

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Google’s Nest unveils new Protect smoke alarm, first security camera

Google’s Nest unveils new Protect smoke alarm, first security camera

At a much-hyped press conference in San Francisco today, Nest rolled out a significant batch of new and updated products for their smart home brand. In addition to updates to the Nest Thermostat, they

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Largest toxic algae bloom in West Coast history may be linked to climate change

Largest toxic algae bloom in West Coast history may be linked to climate change

The west coast is awash in the largest toxic algae bloom ever for the region, according to researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The bloom first appeared in May and now stretches from

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Electric vehicle sales in the UK soar 366% in the first quarter of 2015

Electric vehicle sales in the UK soar 366% in the first quarter of 2015

UK research firm Business Green has announced that electric vehicle sales have grown a whopping 366% percent in the first part of 2015. This leap in the direction of green and sustainable transportation

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California oil refineries use 94 million gallons of water a day and nobody is stopping them

California oil refineries use 94 million gallons of water a day and nobody is stopping them

In California, the ground is dry, cracking, and sinking faster than ever. Farmers are walking away from hundreds of thousands of acres of croplands because there is no water to irrigate. Golf courses and

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Obama Administration announces $4 billion fund to bolster renewable energy

Obama Administration announces $4 billion fund to bolster renewable energy

The Obama Administration’s support for clean energy took on a new dimension this week, as the White House announced plans to invest $4 billion to help generate capital investment for renewable energy

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The FDA just officially banned artificial trans fats

The FDA just officially banned artificial trans fats

Artificial trans fats are now officially banned by the FDA. Partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of artificial trans fats in processed foods is linked to heart disease. Getting rid of

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Teenagers create $13 door handle that kills 99.8% of germs on contact

Teenagers create $13 door handle that kills 99.8% of germs on contact

Two teens from Hong Kong have created a new door handle that wipes out 99.8 percent of all germs on contact, potentially revolutionizing the hygiene industry. Realizing how many germs are spread through

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Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 will be a family of electric vehicles

Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 will be a family of electric vehicles

The world is eagerly awaiting Tesla's mass-market Model 3 and although we've yet to see the $35,000 electric car, Tesla has just revealed that it will be offered in more than one body style. During a

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Pope Francis’ leaked encyclical calls for global government action against climate change

Pope Francis’ leaked encyclical calls for global government action against climate change

We’ve long known that Pope Francis has a great many thoughts about climate change, and that he has been preparing to release a hefty encyclical to illustrate his stance and urge the world’s 1.2

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Tesla boosts Powerwall home battery capability from 2kW to 5kW

Tesla boosts Powerwall home battery capability from 2kW to 5kW

Tesla's Powerwall is poised to be one of the biggest product launches ever, and the home battery has already sold out through 2016. The company is currently constructing the "Gigafactory" in Nevada, which

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Polar bears are eating dolphins stranded by climate change

Polar bears are eating dolphins stranded by climate change

  Arctic polar bears have been forced to rethink their diet, thanks to climate change. No, they aren’t considering vegetarianism to help offset the droughts in other parts of the world.

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Old city buses to be reborn as homeless shelters in Hawaii

Old city buses to be reborn as homeless shelters in Hawaii

Honolulu has come under fire in the past year for it's ways of addressing homelessness on the island of Oahu; with police officers citing the homeless for a variety of pedestrian violations, and at least

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Is BMW planning an all-electric SUV to rival the Tesla Model X?

Is BMW planning an all-electric SUV to rival the Tesla Model X?

Ever since the BMW i3 and i8 electric cars arrived last year, there has been a lot of speculation about what other models BMW could introduce to the electric i-sub brand. There have been several reports

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The world’s fastest bike can go over 80 miles per hour

The world’s fastest bike can go over 80 miles per hour

Cyclists roll through Copenhagen, one of the world's greatest cycling cities, at an average speed of 10 miles per hour (15.5km/h). Imagine them flying along at more than four times faster without any

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New California water cuts force farmers to abandon 620,000 acres of cropland

New California water cuts force farmers to abandon 620,000 acres of cropland

California officials announced further water usage restrictions on Friday, this time aimed mostly at farmers in the San Joaquin and Sacramento areas. More than 100 water rights holders who gained access

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Morocco boldly pledges to slash fossil fuel subsidies

Morocco boldly pledges to slash fossil fuel subsidies

While U.S. taxpayers continue to subsidize the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies, the African desert kingdom of Morocco just announced it plans to phase out payouts to companies pumping fossil

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MIT engineers unveil an inflatable shelter for camping on the Moon

MIT engineers unveil an inflatable shelter for camping on the Moon

Scientists have been exploring dwelling design that will allow astronauts and visitors to sleep over on the moon, but what about good old fashioned camping? Two engineers at MIT have developed a

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Dangerous zoo animals on the run after deadly flooding in Georgian capital

Dangerous zoo animals on the run after deadly flooding in Georgian capital

Flash flooding in Tbilisi, Georgia has claimed at least a dozen lives, and devastated the city's zoo—leaving some 20 wolves, eight lions, six tigers, as well as jaguars and bears missing. Some of the

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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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Electric bikes could be the key to getting more people to bike commute

Electric bikes could be the key to getting more people to bike commute

Even though the benefits of cycle commuting are well known, actually getting organized enough to do it can be a pain. You have to plan, carry extra gear, and often need to shower and change when you

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15-year-old intern discovers new planet

15-year-old intern discovers new planet

While plenty of kids are given the advice—and acting upon it—that ones never too young to start changing the world, it's pretty safe to say that very few teens can say they've discovered a whole new

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Maasai women are the new solar warriors of Africa

Maasai women are the new solar warriors of Africa

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic pastoral tribe that migrated spread across Kenya and Tanzania, and globalization has not been kind to them. Vulnerable to wildlife that steal their livestock and powerless

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Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Stephen Lamb from Touching the Earth Lightly and Ilac Diaz from My Shelter Foundation teamed up for the first time at last year's Shanghai Biennale. They share a vision to provide environmentally-friendly

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Casa Pentimento: Prefab Ecuadorian House Made From 900 LEGO-Like Concrete Blocks

Casa Pentimento: Prefab Ecuadorian House Made From 900 LEGO-Like Concrete Blocks

Casa Pentimento is a dwelling placed on a gentle slope that is made almost entirely from precast concrete modules which simultaneously determine its structure and its relationship with the terrain. The

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A student-designed drone is hunting illegal loggers in the Amazon Rainforest

A student-designed drone is hunting illegal loggers in the Amazon Rainforest

Images from the Landsat satellite have provided a devastating look at the scale of deforestation in the Amazon—with Google creating a timelapse video of 40 years of destruction in the region—but those

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The World’s first floating private islands get the green light in Dubai

The World’s first floating private islands get the green light in Dubai

The World, Dubai’s artificial archipelago of over 300 islands, will soon be home to 33 luxury floating homes, each with its own garden, pool, and beach and tailor-made to the client’s tastes. Created

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Google is considering investing ‘tens of millions’ in Africa’s largest wind power project

Google is considering investing ‘tens of millions’ in Africa’s largest wind power project

Google is reportedly stepping up their investments in renewable energy. Apple may be the world's greenest tech company, but the search engine giant is primed to get serious about clean energy sources.

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May was the wettest month in U.S. history as climate change continues to wreak havoc on the country

May was the wettest month in U.S. history as climate change continues to wreak havoc on the country

This past May has set another record for climate extremes in the U.S., with NOAA reporting that while California continued to languish in drought, the contiguous U.S.as a whole had the wettest month since

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