Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

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Researchers at the University of Toronto have made a breakthrough that could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells that could be used by millions of people around the world. The team developed nanoparticles called colloidal quantum dots that don’t lose their electrons when exposed to air. The new material achieves solar power conversion efficiency of up to eight percent and can be painted or printed on surfaces such as roofing shingles. The breakthrough also ensures better sensors, infrared lasers, infrared light emitting diodes and satellites.

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Luzinterruptus Unveils Amazing Plastic Waste Labyrinth Made From 6,000 Recycled Bottles

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h2o architects' Timber La Cabotte Cabin Complements Southern France’s Rolling Vineyards

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The World's Smallest Electric Vehicle Folds Up Smaller Than Carry-On Luggage

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Riding a bike to work has its limitations. The charm fades after a few days of arriving to work covered in sweat and then manhandling your bike into a spot where it will hopefully still be at the end of the day. Now imagine driving an electric vehicle to work, arriving sweat-free, and folding your vehicle up smaller than a piece of carry-on luggage to roll it into the office. Meet Trikelet, the world’s smallest electric vehicle.

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Breathtaking Images of Belgium's Mythical Hallebros Forest Covered in Bluebells

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McFly You Bojo, Hoverboards Don’t Work on Water… Unless You’ve Got the Hoverboard by ZR!

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There have been plenty of attempts at hoverboards in the past, but none of them have really touched our Back to the Future aspirations – but this one might be even better than our dreams, at least on water. The crazy cross between a surfboard and a hovercraft allows you to fly 16 feet above the water at speeds that will have you outrunning even the most Biff-like bullies. All you need to get sky surfing is a watercraft, an hour of training and a serious sense of adventure (or desperate need to outrun your enemies).

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Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec's Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

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Hanging Parasite Office Makes the Most of Unused Urban Space in Moscow

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Conceptual Design's Prefab Modules Transform Any Flat Industrial Rooftop into an Aquaponic Urban Farm

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Design firm Conceptual Devices designed a prefab aquaponic rooftop farm to capitalize on unused space in the city. Designed for Urban Farmers AG Basel, urban farm is created from two prefab modules that can be easily “dropped” onto almost any flat industrial rooftop. The structure serves as both an aquaponic greenhouse for the production of fish and vegetables as well as office space for administration, storage and dressing rooms.

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Why Small Homes Make Better Homes

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The traditional dream of a large and spacious home may be becoming a thing of the past. Smaller homes are rising in popularity as more and more people begin to make the most of the benefits that having a small home can bringIn addition to the obvious financial benefits of having a small home, there are an impressive number of green benefits too:

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Tiny 240-sq-ft Studio Boasts a Crawl-In Library

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Anyone who feels that fitting a library into a 240-sq-ft apartment would be impossible needs to check out this ambitious Manhattan studio. Designed by architect Tim Seggerman, the tiny space makes up for its size with sophisticated wooden finishes and a super-efficient layout.

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Quebec Residence Gets An Eco-Modernist Facelift

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INFOGRAPHIC: IBM Helps Safeguard Water Quality and Fragile Ecosystems Along Ontario’s Grand River

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As populations increase and urbanization intensifies, our water and ecosystems are at risk. Today IBM announced a project that will introduce first-in-Canada technology that uses big data to help protect our drinking water, predict floods and safeguard fragile ecosystems. Built in collaboration with the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC), the new data management platform is installed along the Grand River, the largest river in southern Ontario, and will collect and analyze data every 15 minutes from 120 sensors over 80 square kilometers.

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World's First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks

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We’ve showcased several attempts at creating the ultimate invisibility cloak – but the “Anti-Shark” Wetsuit is the world’s first design that renders divers and surfers invisible to sharks! Entrepreneurs Hamish Jolly and Craig Anderson teamed up with the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute to develop a wetsuit that uses scientific data about sharks’ eyesight to prevent life-threatening attacks on humans.

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Denmark's Low-Carbon Affordable Brick Houses are Built to Last at Least 150 Years

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Ai Weiwei's "Forever" Bicycle Installation Moves to Venice for the…

Cycling is one of the most common forms of transportation in China, but Weiwei manipulates the bicycles by removing their primary function and making them static. The freedom…

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California's Shirley Wildfire Scorches 2,000 Acres, Only 10% Contained

California's Shirley Wildfire Scorches 2,000 Acres, Only 10% Contained

The Shirley Fire near Sequoia National Park in central California continues to burn ferociously, having consumed over 2,000 acres since it began on Friday evening. Residents of 500…

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World's First TransAtlantic Scent Message to be Sent From New York to Paris

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Tomorrow the world’s first scent message will be transmitted via text by Harvard Professor David Edwards at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Edwards is also the CEO…

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NYC's Taxi of Tomorrow Moves Forward After Court Victory

NYC's Taxi of Tomorrow Moves Forward After Court Victory

New York City taxi riders should be seeing a big change in the next few years since the Taxi of Tomorrow program just won a crucial battle in New York appeals court. The latest decision…

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Tour Bed-Stuy's Bright and Airy LEED Gold Acacia Apartments

Tour Bed-Stuy's Bright and Airy LEED Gold Acacia Apartments

The eco-friendly apartment building has one, two and three-bedroom rentals varying in size from 664 to 1,177-sq-ft, and some even come with balconies. The 9-story building offers 105…

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