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Volvo's new connected helmet helps drivers and bikers avoid collision

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Several automakers are working on new safety technology that will connect drivers to pedestrians and cyclists, with the ultimate goal of alleviating collisions. Volvo has already revealed technology that helps a car automatically brake for pedestrians and cyclists, but it’s newest technology takes it a step further by establishing 2-way communication between drivers and cyclists.

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Beautiful timber home is striking in its rugged Scandinavian simplicity

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VIDEO: This dude floated up to 8,000 feet with nothing but a bunch of balloons and a lawnchair

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Who hasn’t dreamed of grabbing a bunch of balloons and floating away into the sky? The difference between the dreamers and professional stuntman Erik Roner is that while the rest of the world was dreaming, he was strapping himself into a chair attached to 90 giant helium-filled balloons and actually taking flight.

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Ant House hides an innovative wood interior behind a metal-clad cube in Japan

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Rayton's new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels

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Striking another blow to the oil and gas industries, an American solar company has developed technology that can produce super-efficient solar power that’s cheaper than fossil fuels. Rayton Solar’s new solar panel manufacturing technology uses 50 to 100 times less silicon than other technologies, cutting out large amounts of the most costly component of solar panels. The company says its patent-pending process uses just four microns worth of silicon, leaving no waste – while boosting efficiency to 24 percent. That’s 25 percent higher than industry standard efficiency, according to the company

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Amazing photos capture the magic of Slovenia's startling ice formations

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Congress is letting tax credits for hydrogen-fuelled cars expire at the end of 2014

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If you’re planning on buying a hydrogen car – you should do it quickly. That’s because the federal tax credit worth up to $8,000 for fuel cell vehicle purchasers expires on Dec. 31, 2014 due to the fact that Congress didn’t renew it before their holiday break. According to Autoblog, this isn’t the first tax credit for greener vehicles to suffer from the 113th Congress’ lack of action. The electronic motorcycle credit was killed as Congress was getting ready to close down for the season but a house bill managed to extend the Alternative Fuels Excise Tax Credits for liquefied hydrogen and other alternative fuels.

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eBay becomes 100th company to cut ties with climate-denying organization ALEC

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eBay just announced on Twitter that it will not renew its membership with the controversial climate change-denying political group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). With this action, eBay becomes the 100th company to sever ties with ALEC since the launch of ALEC Exposed in July 2011. ALEC is a nonprofit organization, funded by corporate interests, that lobbies to dilute and overturn environmental protection rules.

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The US could power itself with solar 100-times over

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There’s a lot of debate about whether or not solar power could feasibly power the entire country. A new report by Environment America and a breakdown by Treehugger’s Micheal Graham Richard is putting the final nail in the naysayers coffin. According to the information, the United States could easily power itself one hundred times over on solar energy in the not too distant future.

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This tiny mountain 'home in the sky' is set inside a ski gondola!

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The UK's largest solar farm just switched online for the first time

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The United Kingdom’s largest solar farm is now fully operational and working to power homes throughout the nation. The 46-megawatt solar farm in Landmead was connected to the national grid in Oxfordshire last Friday, and it can provide enough energy to power 14,000 homes. The land, which is currently used to graze sheep, will continue to be used for that purpose – and native wildflowers will be planted in an effort to “improve the site’s biodiversity.”

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Did you know that 60 percent of the world's Christmas decorations are made in a single Chinese village?

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Ever wondered where plastic Christmas decorations come from? Unfortunately, they are not made by an army of elves at Santa’s workshop. (I wonder what their wages would be?) Instead, according to an expose by The Guardian, most are produced inside the Chinese village of Yiwu, where 600 factories produce 60 percent of all of the world’s festive decorations. The factory workers in Yiwu put in long hours in less-than-ethical working conditions, often dealing with toxic chemicals that have the potential to cause lasting damage to their health.

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Kyocera is building the world's largest floating solar plant

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Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation recently announced plans to build the world’s largest floating solar installation. The massive 13.4 megawatt plant will be located in the Chiba Prefecture in Japan and will provide enough power for 4,700 homes once it is up and running. The announcement follows the recent completion of the current largest floating solar plant, which was built by Kyocera in the Kagoshima Prefecture.

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Green Car Reports: Tesla's first battery swap station, Toyota Mirai test drive, and the world's best-selling electric car

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What defines a “green car” can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with coverage of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, conventional hybrids, high-efficiency clean diesels, and smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles in general. Here’s a selection of their stories from last week.

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14 Last Minute Gifts for the Green Procrastinator

14 Last Minute Gifts for the Green Procrastinator

STUFF THEY LOVE BOX It's happened again - you have just a few hours left until your holiday gift exchange and you're utterly present-less. Luckily, your local supermarket, drugstore or…

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11 Buy-Nothing Gifts of Time

11 Buy-Nothing Gifts of Time

Giving someone a great gift they'll really treasure doesn't mean dropping a ton of cash. Sometimes the best gift you can give a friend or loved one is something much less tangible: your…

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U.S. considers allowing hunter to kill nearly extinct black rhino

U.S. considers allowing hunter to kill nearly extinct black rhino

"Killing it to save it" seems to be the misguided logic a Texas man is using to justify his plans to hunt a Black Rhino in Namibia. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is evaluating the…

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16 Last-Minute Gifts for the Procrastinator

16 Last-Minute Gifts for the Procrastinator

Are you a procrastinator? The holiday is fast approaching and if you find yourself without presents for several people on your list, you might want to panic, but don't! We've rounded up…

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Elegant glass and steel study pavilion boasts picturesque lakeside views in Berlin

Elegant glass and steel study pavilion boasts picturesque lakeside…

Barkow Leibinger designed the Fellow Pavilion to sit lightly on the land so as to preserve the picturesque, late 19th century landscape. Built to replace a disused bathhouse, the steel…

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