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LEED-Certified Federal Building Projects Increase By More Than 50% in 2012

LEED-Certified Federal Building Projects Increase By More Than 50% in 2012

Photo via Shutterstock It looks to have been a good year for green buildings in the federal sector; according to a new report, the number of federal LEED-certified projects has skyrocketed by 51% this

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NASA Harnessing the Power of Microbes to Create Building Bricks on Mars

NASA Harnessing the Power of Microbes to Create Building Bricks on Mars

Mars image from Shutterstock Engineers at NASA's Synthetic Biology Initiative are creating the building blocks of life - or rather, using life to create building blocks. Instead of shipping

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Scientists Suggest Dust Clouds From Exploded Asteroids Could Combat Global Warming

Scientists Suggest Dust Clouds From Exploded Asteroids Could Combat Global Warming

We've seen many strange geoengineering proposals over the years, but this has to rank as one of the most bizarre - in the Nov. 12 issue of the journal Advances in Space Research, a team from the

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Jon Shireman’s Broken Flowers Explode with Intensity

Jon Shireman’s Broken Flowers Explode with Intensity

Beauty is truly fleeting, especially when it is frozen in liquid nitrogen and shattered by a spring-loaded contraption.  New York photographer Jon Shireman immerses flowers for up to 30 minutes in LN2,

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Reflecting Sunlight Into Space Is The Cheapest Way To Prevent Climate Change

Reflecting Sunlight Into Space Is The Cheapest Way To Prevent Climate Change

A few months ago we posted "5 Crazy Ways To Stop Climate Change" - a list of geoengineering concepts put forward to stop the planet from warming. One of the ideas was to essentially "wrap Greenland in a

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MIT Develops Cheap, Lightweight Penny-Sized Microthruster For Satellites

MIT Develops Cheap, Lightweight Penny-Sized Microthruster For Satellites

An associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT has designed a penny-sized rocket thruster that could be used to power the smallest satellites in space. Paulo Lozano's device aims to replace

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NASA’s Attempt at Developing a Greener Planetary Lander Crashes During Test Flight

NASA’s Attempt at Developing a Greener Planetary Lander Crashes During Test Flight

Last week, NASA pulled off one of its greatest feats ever by safely landing a one-ton robotic rover named Curiosity over 150 million miles away on Mars. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the space

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BMW’s Waterfall Pavilion Shows Off Efficient Vehicles in London’s Olympic Park

BMW’s Waterfall Pavilion Shows Off Efficient Vehicles in London’s Olympic Park

Serie Architects took inspiration from the Victorian bandstand to create the temporary showroom for BMW during the Olympics. Set on the Waterworks River, the two story space features a glass clad plinth

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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: The History of the Mobile Home and Its Influence on the Modern Prefab

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: The History of the Mobile Home and Its Influence on the Modern Prefab

Last month we kicked off our Green Guide to Prefab series with an article exploring the history of prefabricated housing. Now we’re back with another article in this series to take a look at mobile

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Aaron Cheng’s Parking + Housing Building Is a Parking Garage That Converts to Housing at Night

Aaron Cheng’s Parking + Housing Building Is a Parking Garage That Converts to Housing at Night

Designer Aaron Cheng has come up with an innovative design that solves the twin problems of parking and housing in congested urban areas. Designed for single young professionals, Parking + Housing

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Virgin Galactic Space Tourism Flights To Start Next Year — But What’s The Environmental Cost?

Virgin Galactic Space Tourism Flights To Start Next Year — But What’s The Environmental Cost?

There has been a lot of debate about the merits of space tourism over the last few years. Some see it as a luxury for the super-rich, others an opportunity to go where only a lucky few have gone before --

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Ex-Google Engineering Chief Joins Lunar Freight Company Moon Express

Ex-Google Engineering Chief Joins Lunar Freight Company Moon Express

Half Moon Image by Shutterstock Transferring from online books to interplanetary space travel is quite the career change, but that is exactly what Google Books alum Jimi Crawford is doing. Crawford

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California Approves $8 Billion For the First High Speed Rail in the United States!

California Approves $8 Billion For the First High Speed Rail in the United States!

After years of debate, skyrocketing costs and persistent concerns related to state’s fiscal crisis, the California State Senate voted 21-16 on Friday to approve the United States' first high-speed rail

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New Pee-Powered Plasma Thruster Could Allow Astronauts to Travel Farther Into Deep Space

New Pee-Powered Plasma Thruster Could Allow Astronauts to Travel Farther Into Deep Space

A new type of plasma thruster, currently in development at the Australian National University, could be a game-changer for deep space missions. Researchers at ANU believe that the new plasma thruster

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Egyptian Teenager Creates Next-Generation Quantum Space Propulsion System

Egyptian Teenager Creates Next-Generation Quantum Space Propulsion System

An Egyptain teenager has patented a next-generation propulsion system that could send spacecraft to other solar systems—without using a single drop of fuel. While it is not quite warp-drive technology,

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Scientist Proposes Blowing Away Space Debris Using Massive Bursts of Air

Scientist Proposes Blowing Away Space Debris Using Massive Bursts of Air

Space debris (the clutter of dead, lost satellites, rocket boosters and other astronautical junk caught up in Earth's orbit) poses an increasing problem as it circles the globe. Proposed solutions have

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Rennholz: This Wooden Racer is Unbelievably Powered by an Electric Drill

Rennholz: This Wooden Racer is Unbelievably Powered by an Electric Drill

Believe it or not, this wooden racer is powered by nothing more than an everyday electric drill. Dubbed Rennholz, which translates to "Race Wood," the ride represents the ultimate in e-mobility. Not

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350.org Vows to Take on Big Oil Subsidies in Washington D.C.

350.org Vows to Take on Big Oil Subsidies in Washington D.C.

Bill McKibben and the team at 350.org are surely celebrating today as the Senate voted yesterday against the Keystone XL pipeline, however, that doesn't mean they are resting. They've announced their next

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Paradigm Project’s Wood Walk is a Heartfelt Stunt to Raise Awareness for Clean Cook Stoves

Paradigm Project’s Wood Walk is a Heartfelt Stunt to Raise Awareness for Clean Cook Stoves

Nearly 3 billion people in the world do not have a stove to cook on and must walk miles just to gather enough wood to cook meals for their families. The Paradigm Project is seeking to end that constant

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Climate Change Could Cause Humans To Shrink in Size

Climate Change Could Cause Humans To Shrink in Size

According to researchers from the universities of Florida and Nebraska, humans -- and other mammals -- could start shrinking if the globe starts to grow warmer. The research is based upon study of

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Japanese Company Announces Plans to Build 22,000-Mile-High Space Elevator by 2050

Japanese Company Announces Plans to Build 22,000-Mile-High Space Elevator by 2050

Scientists have long considered the possibility of creating ultra-tall space elevators that stretch beyond the earth’s atmosphere to transport satellites and shuttles into outer space without the cost

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NASA Launches Call for Space Taxis to Fly to International Space Station

NASA Launches Call for Space Taxis to Fly to International Space Station

It takes a lot of energy to launch a spacecraft into orbit - the Space Shuttle, for example, used over one million pounds of solid propellant to power its rocket boosters. As you can imagine, over the

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Classic Toyota 2000GT Transformed Into Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle

Classic Toyota 2000GT Transformed Into Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle

The Toyota 2000GT is often hailed as the pinnacle of Japanese sports cars, and we were excited to see one of these babies turned into a solar powered electric vehicle. As reported

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14 Ton Failed Russian Space Probe Is Now Littered Somewhere in Earth’s Oceans

14 Ton Failed Russian Space Probe Is Now Littered Somewhere in Earth’s Oceans

News that an unmanned failed Russian space probe -- the Phobos-Grunt, or Phobos-Ground in English -- was about to smack into Earth shot like wildfire through the airwaves last week as the truth emerged

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Green Lite Motors Develops Super Efficient Hybrid Trike Vehicle

Green Lite Motors Develops Super Efficient Hybrid Trike Vehicle

Green Lite Motors just unveiled a three-wheeled, two-passenger hybrid vehicle that looks like it could be the child of a motorcycle and a Prius. The prototype balances efficiency, comfort, and safety with

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Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Invests in the World’s Largest Plane

Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Invests in the World’s Largest Plane

Microsoft is one of the biggest companies in the world, and probably has a lot to answer for when it comes to global power consumption and social responsibility. While founder Bill Gates has done his

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Chinese Government Says it Will Control Rainfall to Generate 10 Percent More Precipitation by 2015

Chinese Government Says it Will Control Rainfall to Generate 10 Percent More Precipitation by 2015

China's boom in industry and population has put a strain on its natural resources - not to mention the health of the environment - over the past few decades. In order to alleviate the stress of growing

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Could Climate Change Benefit Agricultural Growth?

Could Climate Change Benefit Agricultural Growth?

Some might say that the planet is facing two main threats: climate change, and the ever-increasing global population putting a drain on the earth's natural resources. However, the

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New Mars Curiosity Science Laboratory Will be Nuclear Powered Instead of Solar

New Mars Curiosity Science Laboratory Will be Nuclear Powered Instead of Solar

Heading off on a long journey to Mars on Saturday is NASA's new Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory which, once it lands on the Red Planet, will be powered by nuclear energy. Unlike previous Mars rovers --

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Tiny Prius Model C to Debut at Tokyo Motor Show

Tiny Prius Model C to Debut at Tokyo Motor Show

Hard to believe the Toyota Prius is 15 years old as a brand. After only a few tweaks in design over the years, Toyota is finally letting loose some new form factors of the proven technology. They just

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