Reduce Your Water Consumption With the Amphiro B1 Water Meter

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There are smart meters for your heating and air conditioning, but until now, there isn’t been one for your water heater. Heating your water is actually the second biggest use of power in the home – more than lighting, cooking and entertainment electronics combined. That’s why the people at Amphiro created the Amphiro B1, the follow-up to the hit A1. By using the B1, the average household saves $140 in power costs and 2,250 gallons of water per year. The device connects via bluetooth so you can monitor your usage and even challenge yourself or others in your home to reduce consumption. The project is seeking funding right now at Kickstarter where you can preorder yours at a reduced price.

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This Solar-Powered Umbrella Charges Your Gear While You Play Outside

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Protect yourself from the sun while reading on the beach or working on your patio, and know that your electronic devices won’t lose power mid-afternoon! Created by a team comprised of designers from the UK and Bulgaria, Solarella, a solar-powered umbrella (hence the name) is equipped with solar modules and a rechargeable battery that can be used to charge everything from phones and mp3 players to tablets, laptops, and cameras while you relax outside. Instead of having to relegate yourself to areas that have dedicated electrical plugs, you can take Solarella with you, anywhere you’d like to be. You can even stream music through its Bluetooth speaker! No wires required. The Solar Umbrella campaign is now live on Indiegogo,  so be sure to get yours before they sell out.

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Afghan Police Shoot Endangered Bird They Thought Was Wearing a Bomb

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On a weekend in America dedicated to eating dead birds, an innocent and endangered bird became the most recent victim of Afghanistan’s fight against the Taliban. Motherboard reports that on Saturday Afghan police killed a “suspicious-looking” bird on a roadside because it was wearing an antenna, which they saw as a sign the bird could be wearing a bomb.

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VIDEO: A Baby Elephant's First Trip to the Ocean

Incredibly intelligent, empathetic, and just gorgeous to admire, elephants form close friendship bonds with those around them, and have strong connections with their family members. Their babies are also ridiculously cute, especially when they’re exploring the world around them. This little guy is jumping in the ocean for the first time in his life, and you can see the sheer amount of joy he’s experiencing. Do you remember the first time you played in the sea? Elephants are so much like us, and this beautiful video is a perfect example of the kinship we share with them.

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Innovative LifeStraw Campaign Brings Clean Water to 150,000 Kenyan Students

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The lack of water many communities face is staggering on so many levels. However, one innovative product, Vestergaard Frandsen’s LifeStraw, is bringing clean drinking water to isolated communities in drought-prone areas such as rural Kenya. Under the campaign slogan of “Follow the Liters,” the LifeStraw team and its distributor Eartheasy have just installed water purifiers for 301 schools, providing clean drinking water for over 150,000 Kenyan students.

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Contaminated Bean Sprouts Cause Salmonella Outbreak in New York

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You might want to think twice about eating your Thanksgiving leftovers if they contained bean sprouts. A salmonella outbreak has sickened five people in the New York area and 63 people in other states since September and FDA investigators have traced the bacteria back to bean sprouts from a Brooklyn-based company. Wonton Foods, an Asian food product distributor, has been identified as the source of the sickening sprouts.

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Steadyrack is a Space-Saving and Stylish Bike Storage Solution

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Urban dwellers are increasingly swapping cars for bicycles, but many are also faced with the problem of where to store their new two wheels. That’s why Australian company Steadyrack devised an innovative bicycle storage system that’s stylish and easy-to-use. The mountable device comes with two collapsible metal arms that fold outwards to hold the front bicycle wheel snugly in place. Once secured, the bicycle can pivot 180 degrees to keep it flat against the wall and save space. If you’re interested in getting a Steadyrack of your own, head over to the Steadyrack Kickstarter to snag an early bird special.

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MIT's Robotic Cheetah Runs and Jumps Outdoors!

by , 12/02/14
filed under: Animals, biomimicry, News, Video

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We’ve reported before on the robotic cheetah developed by MIT’s Biomimetic Robotics Lab, and the team just unleashed it from the lab treadmill and let it run around campus. The team demonstrated that their cheetah-bot can run outdoors at up to 10 mph and jump obstacles around 16 inches high without missing a beat. While the robot’s speed is a little short of the real-life cheetah’s 60 mph, the team believes the current design could achieve speeds of up to 30 mph, thanks to its unique bounding algorithm that mimics the motion of the real thing. Hit the jump to find out how MIT researchers hope to put their robotic cheetah to good use.

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Could These Resilient Solutions Storm-Proof the NY Transit System During the Next Superstorm?

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After 2012′s Hurricane Sandy, it became obvious that New York City’s vulnerable subway system was way overdue for upgrades that would prevent it from being crippled by severe weather. Although many ideas have been put forth as viable options for protecting the subway from flooding, it looks like one man may be leading the way to a possible solution. In an interview with The Guardian’s Lilah Raptopoulos, long-term MTA employee John O’Grady explained some of the city’s new anti-flooding strategies and how effective they might be at protecting the transportation system during future storms.

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Dubai Drives Cost of Solar Down to Record Low

by , 12/02/14
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The race to bring cheap solar energy to the marketplace has become Dubai’s triumph this month, as its state utility company, the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), has promised solar electricity for just 5.98 cents per kWh. This is the lowest price per kW ever to be achieved for solar energy.

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Could this Glass 'Photon Space' House Make You Healthier and Happier?

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Renewable Energy is Outpacing Nuclear as Scotland's Top Power Source in 2014

by , 12/02/14
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For the first time in Scotland’s history, renewables outpaced other power sources to become the country’s largest source of energy for the first half of 2014. An analysis done by the Scottish Renewables trade group shows that energy from hydro power, wind farms and other green technologies produced almost a third more power than nuclear, coal or gas during the first six months of this year – a total of 10.4 terawatt hours of electricity.

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Albatern's WaveNET Harvests Wave Energy With Giant Floating Squids

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Since 2007 Albatern, one of Scotland’s most radical wave energy companies, has been working on a new approach to wave energy harvesting. Their new WaveNET system uses an array of floating generators called Squids to harvest energy from the rise and fall of the ocean. Albatern has set a goal of creating a 1.25-kilometer-long energy farm floating at sea that could produce over 100 megawatts by 2024.

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Atelier Vens Vanbelle Makes a Copper-Clad Addition to a Traditional Belgian Farmhouse

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Building Inspectors Deem Tilting Shanghai Towers Safe to Live In

by , 12/02/14
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A little bit of tilting is no big deal, right? Just ask the Leaning Tower of Pisa. At least, that’s what officials in Shanghai declared last week after a pair of 15-story high leaning buildings were declared perfectly safe for habitation. The apartment buildings were constructed in 2012 and since then, they have started to lean so much that they appear to be holding each other up. Officials checked the buildings out and despite cracks and crumbling concrete, the buildings were declared safe for habitation.

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Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

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What’s California’s government doing to help combat the state’s recent record-setting water shortages? According to NBC Bay Area, it's letting oil and gas companies pump waste…

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Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia

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The Northcote Hemp Houses in Melbourne are two attached family homes that share a backyard and are built with a combination of rammed earth, timber and Hempcrete walls. The project…

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Gensler's New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

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To provide a safe haven in a country notorious for its air pollution, Gensler designed the Glumac office with advanced air purification systems that provide healthy indoor air quality…

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Homespun Design is the Perfect Place for Local, Sustainable Furniture

Homespun Design is the Perfect Place for Local, Sustainable Furniture

It can be difficult these days to find gorgeous furniture that is made in the US using sustainable materials. But Homespun Design is a one-stop shop for all that and more. Most pieces…

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These Wallets Can Help Save Tigers from Extinction

These Wallets Can Help Save Tigers from Extinction

Did you know that there are only 3,200 tigers left in the wild today? Between loss of prey and habitat, and being hunted to near-extinction (since many people mistakenly believe that…

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