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The Hail Protector: An External Airbag that Shields Your Car from Hail Damage

The Hail Protector: An External Airbag that Shields Your Car from Hail Damage

Every year, about 250,000 cars are damaged by hail in the US, leaving car owners with pockmarked vehicles and insurers with a flood of claims. If you don't own a garage, there isn't much you can do when a

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Envision Plans to Install 2,300 Rotating Solar Tree Car Shelters in South Carolina

Envision Plans to Install 2,300 Rotating Solar Tree Car Shelters in South Carolina

In the United States, we have paved over 160 billion square feet of land simply to provide places to park cars. Recognizing these asphalt areas as opportune places for energy generation, California-based

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Tesla Motors Releases Data Logs to Contradict Damning NY Times Model S Test Drive

Tesla Motors Releases Data Logs to Contradict Damning NY Times Model S Test Drive

Tesla Motors has released data logs that contradict claims made in a scathing New York Times test drive of the Model S electric sedan. In his review, Times writer John M. Broder claimed that the car ran

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New Lithium-Ion Battery Holds Three Times More Energy and Recharges in Just 10 Minutes

New Lithium-Ion Battery Holds Three Times More Energy and Recharges in Just 10 Minutes

Photo via Shutterstock Researchers at the University of Southern California have developed a new lithium-ion battery that recharges in just 10 minutes and holds three times as much energy as its

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Wind-Powered Car Travels 3,000 Miles Across Australia for $15 Worth of Electricity

Wind-Powered Car Travels 3,000 Miles Across Australia for $15 Worth of Electricity

A lightweight carbon-fiber car that runs on lithium-ion batteries and a portable wind turbine has just traveled 3,000 miles across Australia—and it used only $15 worth of electricity. The car, dubbed

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The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

Sick of your batteries dying at the very moment you need to make a call, flick on a flashlight, or find your position on a GPS when you are lost in the outdoors? Introducing the Voltmaker - an innovative

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Soak Up the Sun at Casa de las Olas’ Solar Powered Eco-Escape in Tulum

Soak Up the Sun at Casa de las Olas’ Solar Powered Eco-Escape in Tulum

Located just south of the touristic city of Cancun, Tulum attracts an array of eco-tourists seeking the adventure within a natural and barely touched landscape. Days are spent exploring the world’s

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Peugeot Announces Plans to Release a Hybrid Car That Runs on Compressed Air by 2016

Peugeot Announces Plans to Release a Hybrid Car That Runs on Compressed Air by 2016

Peugeot just announced plans to introduce a new hybrid car that does away with lithium-ion batteries entirely and instead uses compressed air to provide zero-emissions driving. The new compressed air car

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World’s Largest Wind Energy Storage System Launches in Texas

World’s Largest Wind Energy Storage System Launches in Texas

North Carolina-based Duke Energy just flipped the switch on what the company claims is the world's largest battery power storage system. Situated at their Notrees wind farm in western Texas, the $44

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Electric Zerotracer Motorbike Goes Around the World in 80 Days for Just $400!

Electric Zerotracer Motorbike Goes Around the World in 80 Days for Just $400!

The second of two prototypes, the Zerotracer was on display at the Swiss pavilion in Abu Dhabi last week. It runs on lithium polymer batteries that can be charged up to 2,000 times in just two hours when

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The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

Photo via Shutterstock The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just launched a new initiative to improve the battery life of electric vehicles. Announced this past

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South Korean Scientists Develop World’s First Bendable Lithium-Ion Battery

South Korean Scientists Develop World’s First Bendable Lithium-Ion Battery

South Korean scientists just developed the world's first imprintable and bendable battery - and it could pave the way for flexible mobile devices in the near future. According to the researchers, the new

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UC Riverside Researcher Uses Snail Teeth as Inspiration for More Efficient Solar Cells

UC Riverside Researcher Uses Snail Teeth as Inspiration for More Efficient Solar Cells

A recent study conducted at the University of California has shown how teeth-growing techniques of marine snails can be applied to the solar industry, helping to create improved solar cells and

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Norway to Launch the World’s First Electric Ferry; Will Take Only 10 Minutes to Recharge

Norway to Launch the World’s First Electric Ferry; Will Take Only 10 Minutes to Recharge

The world’s first electric ferry will operate across the Sognefjord fjord in Norway starting in 2015. With the capacity to carry 360 passengers and 120 cars, the ferry will run on batteries that take

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Green Design Predictions for 2013

Green Design Predictions for 2013

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org I think there's actually a chance 2013 will be a significant year in climate history — the year when the

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Alta Devices Unveils the World’s Lightest, Most Efficient Solar Power Chargers

Alta Devices Unveils the World’s Lightest, Most Efficient Solar Power Chargers

Alta Devices are known for their innovative solar power solutions - and they've broken new ground once again with their new line of photovoltaics, which are touted as the lightest and most efficient

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Next-Gen 3D ‘Sponge’ Battery Could Recharge in Minutes, Retain Energy for Days

Next-Gen 3D ‘Sponge’ Battery Could Recharge in Minutes, Retain Energy for Days

We like to boast about how 'smart' our mobile devices and computers have become - but why are we still powering them with dumb batteries? Amy Prieto, a chemistry professor at Colorado State University,

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European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerative Braking System

European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerative Braking System

Image: High-speed commuter train via Shutterstock In Europe, approximately half of the continent's trains are electric. However, a new regenerative braking system developed by Tognum daughter MTU could

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Top 6 Gadgets for the Home to Help You Go Green in 2013

Top 6 Gadgets for the Home to Help You Go Green in 2013

It may still be December, but we're already thinking about our resolution to make 2013 our greenest year yet. In addition to those classic resolves to eat healthier, spend more time with family and

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Navia Driverless Electric Shuttle Reduces Traffic (and Pollution) in Pedestrian-Heavy Urban Areas

Navia Driverless Electric Shuttle Reduces Traffic (and Pollution) in Pedestrian-Heavy Urban Areas

Google may have captured all the headlines with its driverless cars, but it's not the only one experimenting with autonomous vehicles. Induct, a mobility solutions firm based in France, has developed

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Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Critics of wind power all like to point out the same problem with turbine technology: "What happens when the wind doesn't blow"? Apple, usually a maker of products that consume energy, recently filed for

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General Electric Unveils Its New Durathon Battery for Lower-Cost Zero Emission Electric Buses

General Electric Unveils Its New Durathon Battery for Lower-Cost Zero Emission Electric Buses

Researchers at GE Global Research have achieved a first step in reducing the cost of zero emission buses, with a vehicle powered by General Electric’s new Durathon battery in tandem with a lithium

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GravityLight Is a Cheap, Green Weight-Powered Alternative to Solar Lamps

GravityLight Is a Cheap, Green Weight-Powered Alternative to Solar Lamps

London-based designers Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves — from Therefore.com – spent four years developing a light that would provide a viable alternative to kerosene and sun-powered lamps for

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Ford Simulates 10 Years of Battery Use in Just 10 Months with the Key Life Test

Ford Simulates 10 Years of Battery Use in Just 10 Months with the Key Life Test

As more electric and hybrid vehicles enter the market, there is a growing concern from consumers about the reliability of the batteries that power them. Ford has unveiled a new lab test, the Key Life

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Nissan Announces Plans to Introduce 15 Hybrid Models by 2016 and Move Battery Production to Tennessee

Nissan Announces Plans to Introduce 15 Hybrid Models by 2016 and Move Battery Production to Tennessee

Nissan has announced plans to add 15 new hybrid models to its lineup by 2016 and to launch the United States’ largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Although Nissan only

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Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

This holiday season, it is almost a sure thing that one of the gifts you will receive will require a battery. Instead of a plain old Duracell, you may soon be able to reach for a battery powered by a

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Drives the 2013 Chevy Volt in Los Angeles

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Drives the 2013 Chevy Volt in Los Angeles

In Beverly Hills, California, luxury cars like BMWs and Mercedes-Benz are the norm - so it was surprising to get so many oohs and ahhs when we rolled up in the 2013 Chevy Volt! Yes, California is also the

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Waka Waka Light’s Portable Solar Lamp Uses the Sun’s Energy to Charge Cell Phones

Waka Waka Light’s Portable Solar Lamp Uses the Sun’s Energy to Charge Cell Phones

The Waka Waka Personal Solar Power Station is a clever little gadget that can charge any cell phone and tablet via a USB connector using a solar LED lamp. That means no more frustrating dead phone

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How to Green Your Holidays With Eco-Friendly Christmas Decor

How to Green Your Holidays With Eco-Friendly Christmas Decor

The holidays are a time for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men, but decorating your home with energy-guzzling lights and dead trees hardly fits in either category. Luckily, eco-conscious yuletide

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HotTug: A Floating Hot Tub and an Electric Motorboat All-in-One!

HotTug: A Floating Hot Tub and an Electric Motorboat All-in-One!

The four-meter-long boat is made from wood reinforced with fiberglass. The stove is made from stainless steel and equipped with a double-layer stack, and it can heat the water up to 38 degrees Celsius

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