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Sun And Cloud: Hand-Cranked Solar Camera Can be Charged Anytime, Anywhere

Sun And Cloud: Hand-Cranked Solar Camera Can be Charged Anytime, Anywhere

Digital cameras are a part of many of our lives these days - they're in our phones and computers, and film-loaded cameras are rapidly becoming obsolete. Unfortunately, digital cameras need to be

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Elementary School Students Crowd-Source Solar Panels to Take Their Classroom Off the Grid

Elementary School Students Crowd-Source Solar Panels to Take Their Classroom Off the Grid

In elementary school, we are taught to work together, share, and dream big. Students from a fourth grade class in Durham, North Carolina took these lessons to heart when they decided to make their

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Soundscraper Transforms Vibrations from City Noise Pollution into Green Energy

Soundscraper Transforms Vibrations from City Noise Pollution into Green Energy

An entry in the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, the Soundscrapers would be constructed near major motorways and railroad junctions, prime locations for capturing ambient vibrations. A sound-sucking

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Birds Have Evolved Shorter Wings to Better Contend With Cars

Birds Have Evolved Shorter Wings to Better Contend With Cars

Back when Darwin visited the Galapagos, he noticed that finches had evolved beaks in varying shapes and sizes to deal with eating different foods. Now birds probably long for the days when all they needed

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Oslo’s Grünerløkka Studenthus is a Student Housing Complex Located in a Former Grain Elevator

Oslo’s Grünerløkka Studenthus is a Student Housing Complex Located in a Former Grain Elevator

Originally built in 1953, the grain elevator was used to store corn from Oslo's Nedrefoss Mill, and it was in operation from the 1950s to the 1990s. The structure consists of three rows of seven

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MakerBot Unveils Prototype ‘Digitizer’ Desktop 3D Scanner at SXSW

MakerBot Unveils Prototype ‘Digitizer’ Desktop 3D Scanner at SXSW

MakerBot is already one of the biggest names in desktop 3D printing, and now the company plans to expand into scanning. CEO Bre Pettis announced the arrival of the Digitizer this week at the Austin's SXSW

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Post-Apocalyptic Porous Skyscraper is Nestled Into a Massive Asteroid Crater

Post-Apocalyptic Porous Skyscraper is Nestled Into a Massive Asteroid Crater

Crater-Scraper received an honorable mention in the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Developed according to garden city principles, the Crater-Scraper’s layout comprises numerous clusters of

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Urban Earth Worm Skyscraper Roots Out Urban Soil and Air Pollution

Urban Earth Worm Skyscraper Roots Out Urban Soil and Air Pollution

There's no denying that Seungsoo's skyscraper concept mimics the earthworm's shape as well as its personality. The narrow, cylindrical structure swoops and curves, extending horizontally throughout the

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Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

Vancouver architects Susan and David Scott set off to start their own practice and the first project they wanted to work on was their own. They designed and built a snowboard cabin located in an alpine

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China’s Autonomous Antarctic Polar Rover Powered by UGE’s HoYi! Wind Turbine

China’s Autonomous Antarctic Polar Rover Powered by UGE’s HoYi! Wind Turbine

Beijing’s Aeronautics and Astronautics University just launched their “Polar Rover,” an autonomous research vessel that is exploring the effects of global warming on Antarctica. The 300

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Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

The visitor center is clad in a series of flat panels that are each placed at different angles, warping the reflecting landscape in interesting ways. Likewise the building itself bends to accommodate

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Washington, DC Aims to Become the Greenest City in the Country

Washington, DC Aims to Become the Greenest City in the Country

Photo via Shutterstock In a town that houses Congress, a body that is synonymous with inefficiency and gridlock, it is nice to know that at least the city itself is moving forward. With the Sustainable

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London Unveils $1.51 Billion Bicycle Master Plan With 15-Mile Bike Highway

London Unveils $1.51 Billion Bicycle Master Plan With 15-Mile Bike Highway

London bikes photo from Shutterstock London is about to get a Holland-style bike-ability makeover, as Mayor Boris Johnson just announced a $1.51 billion master plan to improve the city's bicycle

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SolSource Air: One Earth Designs Taps Google Glass Creator to Launch Portable, Affordable Solar Stove

SolSource Air: One Earth Designs Taps Google Glass Creator to Launch Portable, Affordable Solar Stove

What if boiling water were a day-long chore? For millions around the world, something as simple as making tea or cooking lunch requires hours of backbreaking work to find fuel for a lasting fire. In

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Greece Installed 300MW of Solar PV in January Alone!

Greece Installed 300MW of Solar PV in January Alone!

Even during an economic and political crisis, Greece has reason to boast. The country installed an amazing 300 MW of solar PV in the month of January alone, a third more than was installed last year and

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400,000 Square Foot ONE Greenville Development in South Carolina Targets LEED Gold

400,000 Square Foot ONE Greenville Development in South Carolina Targets LEED Gold

A large array of solar panels will generate 36kWh for the entire complex on site, thereby reducing dependance on the national grid and cutting overall carbon emissions. Further carbon cutting will be

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Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Isolée Retreat Opens Like a Cupboard

Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Isolée Retreat Opens Like a Cupboard

Isolée is a three-story structure designed on a concrete pier foundation in order to limit its impact on the site. This creates a sense that the building is standing on feet, like an old stand-alone

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Designer Niklas Roy Creates a Pen Plotter from Cardboard and Common Office Supplies

Designer Niklas Roy Creates a Pen Plotter from Cardboard and Common Office Supplies

Designer Niklas Roy has created an incredible miniature plotter made from Finnish cardboard, rubber bands, glue, tape, glue, and a welding rod. Roy designed the gadget while teaching a workshop at the

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New Report Predicts the “Internet of Things” Could Offset 9 Billion Tons of Carbon Emissions

New Report Predicts the “Internet of Things” Could Offset 9 Billion Tons of Carbon Emissions

A new report shows that global greenhouse emissions could be reduced by 9 billion tons - almost a fifth - over the coming decade thanks to the widespread adoption of a massive machine-to-machine network

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Homesteaders vs Preppers: What’s the Difference?

Homesteaders vs Preppers: What’s the Difference?

My lack of familiarity with these terms prompted me to do some research (as any good noob should do), and I found that there was a veritable treasure-trove of info to be found on the topic. At first

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Soccket: Amazing Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Launches on Kickstarter!

Soccket: Amazing Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Launches on Kickstarter!

Designed and assembled in the U.S., Soccket uses Uncharted Play’s patent-pending mechanism that captures and stores the kinetic power generated through kicking the ball. The small pendulum inside the

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Students Construct a Dramatic 10-Meter-High Steam-Bent Lookout Tower at Helsinki Zoo

Students Construct a Dramatic 10-Meter-High Steam-Bent Lookout Tower at Helsinki Zoo

The bubble-like Korkeasaari Zoo's lookout tower consists of two levels wrapped around with a wooden grid shell left open at the top. Made completely out of local laminated timber, it was treated with

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Shigeru Ban’s Gorgeous Nine Bridges Golf Club House is Inspired by Traditional Bamboo Cushions

Shigeru Ban’s Gorgeous Nine Bridges Golf Club House is Inspired by Traditional Bamboo Cushions

Located an hour's drive south of Seoul, the clubhouse for this 18-hole golf course stands out for its elegance and intricate design. Taking full advantage of advanced technologies in woodworking and

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Off-Grid Stamp House is a Cyclone-Proof Home in North Queensland, Australia

Off-Grid Stamp House is a Cyclone-Proof Home in North Queensland, Australia

The client asked Charles Wright Architects to design an off-grid home on the edge of the FNQ beachfront rainforest. The goal of the home was to make the most of its natural surroundings and ensure the

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India’s Anantapur District to Install 40,000 Solar Panels and Save $1 Million per Year

India’s Anantapur District to Install 40,000 Solar Panels and Save $1 Million per Year

Southern India's Anantapur District will be the first municipality in the country to use solar energy for street lighting and water pumping operations. The solar project, consisting of nearly 40,000 solar

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Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

There is a good reason why Argentina's flag sports a shining sun. At present, Argentina only produces about 10MW of solar power, but that figure is soon about to receive a giant boost as the country plans

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Rosenbaum Creates a Sprawling Vertical Garden from Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles

Rosenbaum Creates a Sprawling Vertical Garden from Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles

For Home Sweet Home, Rosenbaum transformed over fifty Brazilian homes with colorful makeovers that were easy on the wallet. Their beautiful homemade vertical garden infuses a home's walkway with greenery,

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Ohio Researchers Unveil Emissions-Free Method of Extracting Energy from Coal

Ohio Researchers Unveil Emissions-Free Method of Extracting Energy from Coal

Researchers at Ohio State University have discovered a new way to extract energy from coal while preventing 99 percent of the carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. The technique, called

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Estonia Launches World’s First Nationwide EV Fast-Charging Network

Estonia Launches World’s First Nationwide EV Fast-Charging Network

Estonia just launched the world’s first nationwide EV fast-charging network with chargers placed in every town, village, and along highways. The installation of 165 fast chargers began in summer 2012

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The Ridge Road Residence Fuses Energy Efficiency and Contemporary Design in Australia

The Ridge Road Residence Fuses Energy Efficiency and Contemporary Design in Australia

As the architects put it, the design of the Ridge Road Residence was inspired to provide “a sense of sanctuary, enclosure and comfort.” The home is designed on a series of levels that cascade down the

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