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Pacific Tokelau Island Chain Becomes World’s First Solar-Powered Nation

Pacific Tokelau Island Chain Becomes World’s First Solar-Powered Nation

Photo via Shutterstock The remote Pacific Island territory of Tokelau has officially become the world's first solar-powered nation! The population of 1,411 people decided to end their reliance on

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Top 8 Green Gadgets Worthy of James Bond

Top 8 Green Gadgets Worthy of James Bond

SOLAR-POWERED SPY SATELLITE James Bond is a lot of things: a womanizer, a troubled soul, licensed to kill. But first and foremost, 007 is a spy, and spies are always looking for new ways to monitor their

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Emma Architecten Transforms 19th Century Dutch Fortress Into Swirling Puur Pavilion

Emma Architecten Transforms 19th Century Dutch Fortress Into Swirling Puur Pavilion

The 19th century Fortress Diemerdam was part of the Stelling of Amsterdam, a line of structures originally built to defend the city. Constructed between 1880 and 1914, the line of defense was made up of

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Rolling Sunlight is a Solar-Powered Energy Station Helping Hurricane Sandy Victims in the Rockaways

Rolling Sunlight is a Solar-Powered Energy Station Helping Hurricane Sandy Victims in the Rockaways

“Now folks! THIS is what it means to be an American Citizen! INNOVATION!” commented reader Richard H. Parker Jr. on our Facebook post about this solar-power truck that’s been providing

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University of Michigan Researchers Create Heartbeat-Powered Pacemaker

University of Michigan Researchers Create Heartbeat-Powered Pacemaker

Pacemakers are lifesavers, but they have a downside: every seven years or so a pacemaker’s battery must be replaced, requiring surgery - with all the risks and costs that surgery comes with. But all of

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Rice University Researchers Discover that Crushed Silicon Could Triple Lithium-Ion Battery Life

Rice University Researchers Discover that Crushed Silicon Could Triple Lithium-Ion Battery Life

The race is on to develop a longer-lasting rechargeable battery in order to greatly extend the range of electric vehicles, and a team of researchers from Rice University may have found a clue. The

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Scientists Developing Next-Gen Carbon Nanotube Microchips

Scientists Developing Next-Gen Carbon Nanotube Microchips

Carbon nanotube image from Shutterstock Carbon nanotubes are heralded as a next-gen wonder material capable of creating everything from space elevators to better batteries, and now a team of

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Stanford’s New Grid-Scale Battery Can Last for 1,000 Charge Cycles Without Degrading

Stanford’s New Grid-Scale Battery Can Last for 1,000 Charge Cycles Without Degrading

The world just got one step closer to renewable, cheap, and efficient large-scale energy production as researchers at Stanford University lead by engineer Yi Cui developed a grid-scale battery whose

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7 Easy Tips to Save Water in Your Home

7 Easy Tips to Save Water in Your Home

Did you know that your daily five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country uses for an entire day*? In the U.S. we have such easy access to clean water that it can

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2013 Scion iQ Commuter EV to be Offered in the U.S. Through Car-Sharing Programs

2013 Scion iQ Commuter EV to be Offered in the U.S. Through Car-Sharing Programs

Although Toyota changed its production plans for the small iQ electric vehicle, the Japanese automaker has announced that the iQ EV will be offered in the U.S. under the Scion brand. Rather than selling

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Re-Nuble Wants to Repurpose Your Organic Waste Into Renewable Energy and Green Fertilizer

Re-Nuble Wants to Repurpose Your Organic Waste Into Renewable Energy and Green Fertilizer

Re-Nuble has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance its mission of greening the planet one community at a time. The DC-based company specializes in recycling organic waste to produce green

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Retina Display MacBook Pro Included in EPEAT Green Electronics Registry

Retina Display MacBook Pro Included in EPEAT Green Electronics Registry

Apple's newest laptops just got a stamp of approval from the world’s leading green electronics certifier. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) released its review of new

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Society of Automotive Engineers Approves New Chargers That Will Recharge EVs in Minutes

Society of Automotive Engineers Approves New Chargers That Will Recharge EVs in Minutes

The days of waiting hours to recharge your electric vehicle may soon be behind you. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)—an international body which sets technical standards in the industry—has

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Scientists Create Gorgeous Nanoflowers for Next-Gen Solar Cells and Ultra High-Density Energy Storage

Scientists Create Gorgeous Nanoflowers for Next-Gen Solar Cells and Ultra High-Density Energy Storage

When it comes to capturing the energy of the sun, what better model is there than photosynthetic plants? Researchers at North Carolina State University have cultivated a beautiful crop of germanium

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Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

In 1978, Schaeffer founded Real Goods Solar in Hopland, California, one of the nation's first solar energy companies, and his solar panels power the home. A large array of solar photovoltaic panels line

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Study Finds Electric Cars Powered by Coal Plants Have a Heavy Carbon Footrpint

Study Finds Electric Cars Powered by Coal Plants Have a Heavy Carbon Footrpint

Electric car photo from Shutterstock A new study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology states that electric cars that receive energy from coal-fired power plants could potentially

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Dacha’s Origami: An All-White Summer Home in Russia With No Windows and No Doors

Dacha’s Origami: An All-White Summer Home in Russia With No Windows and No Doors

The clients are a sporty family that also enjoy hosting a lot of parties. They also love the sun, even though there isn't much of that in Russia. So Kostelov used sustainably-sourced timber to create a

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Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

We've all heard that sugar is bad for our bodies, but in the near future, it may just be good for your smart phone. Scientists in Japan have developed a way to create batteries using sugar. A group at

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The Xfire Safety Light Creates a Laser-Generated Bike Lane for Safer Night Cycling

The Xfire Safety Light Creates a Laser-Generated Bike Lane for Safer Night Cycling

If you've ever been freaked out over the dangers of riding your bicycle at night, the Xfire Bike Lane Safety Light might be able to offer you a little more security. This battery-powered safety light

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Toyota Cancels Productions Plans for the Electric iQ Minicar

Toyota Cancels Productions Plans for the Electric iQ Minicar

Toyota just unveiled its brand new 2013 iQ EV minicar while simultaneously announcing that it will drop its initial production plans for the tiny electric vehicle. Toyota decided to nix its widespread

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ebuggy e-Mobility Concept Gives Electric Cars the Power to Travel Any Distance

ebuggy e-Mobility Concept Gives Electric Cars the Power to Travel Any Distance

Today's electric cars are at a disadvantage due to the lack of infrastructure to charge them, but ebuggy has just unveiled a new solution. The ebuggy e-Mobility Concept is a new trailer-based range

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UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory to Transform Waste Plutonium into Batteries for Spacecraft

UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory to Transform Waste Plutonium into Batteries for Spacecraft

The problem with nuclear energy has always been the radioactive waste that it produces. However the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory has decided to take a large store of waste plutonium at the Sellafield

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Green House’s New LED Lantern Runs on Saltwater and Doubles as a USB Device Charger

Green House’s New LED Lantern Runs on Saltwater and Doubles as a USB Device Charger

Green House Co. Ltd., a Japanese electronics firm, has developed a new “power-generation LED lamp” called GH-LED10WBW that runs on salty water. Requiring no batteries, the lantern runs for

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The Solar Kanz Field Power Desk Lets You Work Off-Grid Anywhere!

The Solar Kanz Field Power Desk Lets You Work Off-Grid Anywhere!

Escape the office and break free from the grid with the Kanz Field Power Desk - a compact, mobile, free-standing solar-powered desk that lets you work anywhere you like! The unit comes complete with

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Boosted Boards Skateboard is the World’s Lightest Electric Vehicle

Boosted Boards Skateboard is the World’s Lightest Electric Vehicle

Based out of Palo Alto, Boosted Boards was created by a group of outdoor enthusiasts and Stanford alumni who wanted their skateboards to do more, go farther and go faster. A Boosted Board is a souped-up

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Gaza’s First Electric Vehicle Built from Recycled Materials For $1,000

Gaza’s First Electric Vehicle Built from Recycled Materials For $1,000

A 32-year-old taxi driver has created Gaza's first electric vehicle in the face of a major fuel crisis. Munther al-Qassas decided that investing in an electric taxi would be cheaper and less time

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Elektra One Solar Plane Now Comes With its Own Photovoltaic Charging Trailer

Elektra One Solar Plane Now Comes With its Own Photovoltaic Charging Trailer

SolarWorld and PC-Aero's Elektra One Solar Plane harnesses energy from the sun to help it fly with zero-emissions. We covered the maiden flight of the solar plane in the past, and Elektra One just debuted

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UGE’s New Hybrid Sanya Streetlight Goes Off-Grid For Big Savings

UGE’s New Hybrid Sanya Streetlight Goes Off-Grid For Big Savings

Urban Green Energy (UGE) today announced their newest alternative to power hungry outdoor lighting: the Sanya Streetlamp [pdf] is a standalone, off-grid street light that uses solar power, wind energy, or

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10 Eco-Friendly Back to School Essentials

10 Eco-Friendly Back to School Essentials

Naked Binder Each year, some 60 million binders that are made of PVC -- one of the most environmentally destructive materials out there -- are sold in the US. They release toxic chemicals and they never

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Georgia Tech’s Self-Charging Piezoelectric Power Cell Can Harvest 5X More Energy From Footsteps

Georgia Tech’s Self-Charging Piezoelectric Power Cell Can Harvest 5X More Energy From Footsteps

A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a self-charging power cell that is able to directly convert mechanical energy into chemical energy. The cell then stores the

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