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China Finds Way to Extend Life of Nuclear Fuel 60 Times

China Finds Way to Extend Life of Nuclear Fuel 60 Times

The Chinese government just announced they've made a breakthrough in nuclear fuel reprocessing technology that would increase the reuse rates of nuclear fuel by 60 fold. Though nuclear power remains a

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Top 6 Green Energy Stories of 2010 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Green Energy Stories of 2010 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Innovations in green energy are bursting forth as countries around the world seek out sustainable alternatives to oil and coal. 2010 was ripe with a bounty of products, discoveries and ideas, and the year

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Top 6 Green Technology Stories of 2010 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Green Technology Stories of 2010 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Green technology has moved far beyond solar panels over the past decade, and the breakthroughs we've seen just over the last year have been nothing short of amazing. But the big ideas that made headlines

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Microorganism Breakthrough Could Make Methane Production More Efficient

Microorganism Breakthrough Could Make Methane Production More Efficient

A team from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst have discovered a new cooperative behavior in anaerobic bacteria known as “interspecies electron transfer” that they believe could be

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Photosensitive Film Turns Light into Kinetic Energy

Photosensitive Film Turns Light into Kinetic Energy

Researchers at a Japanese company called RIKEN have discovered a way to turn light into kinetic energy through the use of molecules that change their structure when exposed to light. The molecules, when

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Researchers Make Graphene Out of Ordinary Table Sugar

Researchers Make Graphene Out of Ordinary Table Sugar

The manufacturing industry is always looking for new sustainable materials to build from. So far, they have looked into building homes from straw, fruit peel and even books. Now, a team at Rice

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Thermo-Chemical Solar Energy is Efficient and Indefinitely Storable

Thermo-Chemical Solar Energy is Efficient and Indefinitely Storable

While we've figured out ways to capture light and heat from the sun, solar technology is still far from perfected. Photovoltaic cells and solar-thermal systems are a good start, but researchers at MIT are

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New York City Will Install Dual Flush Toilets Citywide

New York City Will Install Dual Flush Toilets Citywide

New York City residents, rejoice - toilets in new city buildings will soon have the capacity to flush 20 golf balls at a time. The New York City Council is now requiring all new buildings to install

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Piezoelectric Device Harvests Wasted Heat Energy From Tech

Piezoelectric Device Harvests Wasted Heat Energy From Tech

When using devices such as laptops and phones, a certain amount of energy is always wasted via heat. However, researcher Dr. Long Que at Louisiana Tech University has made a green tech breakthrough by

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Student Refits $50 Motorcycle To Run On Solar Power

Student Refits $50 Motorcycle To Run On Solar Power

With cars being designed to run on electricity and biofuel, it's only fair that motorcycles are similarly retrofitted for renewable forms of energy. With that in mind, a student at Purdue University has

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Volvo’s Tomorrow Car Has Battery Powered By Its Own Body

Volvo’s Tomorrow Car Has Battery Powered By Its Own Body

Volvo is working on an innovative new car battery that can be installed in the vehicle's bodywork itself and is charged via the car's own body panels. Dubbed The Tomorrow Car, the new model is part of a

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New ‘Super Yeast’ Will Reduce Crop Usage In Biofuel Production

New ‘Super Yeast’ Will Reduce Crop Usage In Biofuel Production

One of the greater issues associated with biofuel is that the sheer amount of grain required to create it could potentially feed millions of people. In fact, when the 'Biofuel Revolution' started under

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MIT’s Solar Funnel Concentrates Solar Energy 100 Times

MIT’s Solar Funnel Concentrates Solar Energy 100 Times

A group of chemical engineers at MIT have devised a way to collect solar energy 100 times more concentrated than a traditional photovoltaic cell. If their 'solar funnel' venture proves to be a success, it

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SkyFuel’s SkyTrough is World’s Most Efficient Solar Concentrator

SkyFuel’s SkyTrough is World’s Most Efficient Solar Concentrator

When it comes to producing solar power, efficiency is the key - efficiency of the panels, efficiency of the system's collectors and, according to SkyFuel, efficiency of the solar concentrator

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New Black Silicon Solar Cells are Cheap and Absorb More Sun

New Black Silicon Solar Cells are Cheap and Absorb More Sun

While the reflective and shiny solar panels that researchers have been making thus far look pretty, they're no match for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) recently discovered black

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New Stick-on Solar Panels Make Installations a Snap

New Stick-on Solar Panels Make Installations a Snap

Today Global Solar unveiled a new type of flexible solar module that builders can stick directly on the roof, rather than constructing racks to hold heavy glass-covered cells. The modules won't cost less

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Can the UK Really Cut Transport Emissions 76% by 2050?

Can the UK Really Cut Transport Emissions 76% by 2050?

It's generally agreed the world over that transportation is the largest contributor to global warming. As such, governments have begun heavily investing in high-speed rail projects and other transport

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Oldest Pool in Bay Area Takes Plunge to be Greenest in Country

Oldest Pool in Bay Area Takes Plunge to be Greenest in Country

The oldest and largest existing public pool in the Bay Area shuttered its doors ten years ago due to structural concerns but has re-emerged like a phoenix from the ashes this weekend as the greenest pool

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VW Successfully Tests Hydrogen Vehicle in Long-Range Drive

VW Successfully Tests Hydrogen Vehicle in Long-Range Drive

Volkswagen recently successfully tested its new Bora Hy.Power hydrogen vehicle by subjecting it to a long-range drive between France and Italy. Unlike other hydrogen cars, the Bora Hy.Power features

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Brilliant OLED Lighting Designs by Emory Krall

Brilliant OLED Lighting Designs by Emory Krall

These light fixtures explore ways to produce panels that are 6” square, which is much larger than what is currently commercially available. Conductive strands are used in a graphic way to bring power to

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Scientists Discover Plant Enzyme That Turns Car Exhaust to Fuel

Scientists Discover Plant Enzyme That Turns Car Exhaust to Fuel

An enzyme found in the roots of the soybean plant could soon have cars running on fumes — literally. Vanadium nitrogenase, a bacterial enzyme that usually converts atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia, can

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Poo-Powered VW Bug Hits British Streets

Poo-Powered VW Bug Hits British Streets

POO POWER! GENeco, a waste treatment company in Bristol, UK set out to prove that bio-gas could be a reliable alternative transportation fuel, so they imported special equipment to help process their

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8 Inspiring Green Kids and Their Eco-Innovations

8 Inspiring Green Kids and Their Eco-Innovations

As kids, most of us spent our days playing hopscotch, toying with action figures, maneuvering Tetris blocks, and wrestling with Donkey Kong. Not these creative tykes, however! These eight amazingly

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80% Cheaper Solar Cells Switch Gold For Nickel

80% Cheaper Solar Cells Switch Gold For Nickel

One of the major drawbacks of most renewable energy sources is high cost. In order to see a huge rise in the use of renewable energy sources, prices must come down. In the world of solar there have

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Stanford Unveils Solar Tech That Harnesses Light and Heat

Stanford Unveils Solar Tech That Harnesses Light and Heat

Phot by Nick Melosh We currently have two types of solar energy: energy generated from light, using silicon-based photovoltaic cells, and energy generated from heat, using solar concentrators and

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Evatran Unveils World’s First Wireless EV Charger

Evatran Unveils World’s First Wireless EV Charger

In today's age of wireless technology, the plug-in electric vehicle is both revolutionary and kind of a throw-back to wired technologies of times past. Fear not -- wireless charging for your gas-free

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ECObitat: A Lush Modular Prefab With Living Green Walls

ECObitat: A Lush Modular Prefab With Living Green Walls

Felipe Campolina's ECObitat is a modular housing system designed specifically to provide emergency or disaster relief housing. Easily transported and made of off-the-shelf materials, the one-bedroom home

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World’s First Molten Salt Solar Plant Produces Power at Night

World’s First Molten Salt Solar Plant Produces Power at Night

Sicily has just announced the opening of the world's first concentrated solar power (CSP) facility that uses molten salt as a heat collection medium. Since molten salt is able to reach very high

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GE Unveils Super-Efficient White OLED Lights

GE Unveils Super-Efficient White OLED Lights

High-efficiency organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting is closer than ever to commercialization, and recently GE scientists announced that they have devised a new way to make high-efficiency,

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Breakthrough in Solar Cell Science Points to Increased Efficiency

Breakthrough in Solar Cell Science Points to Increased Efficiency

The indium/galluim puzzle has long been confusing scientists and researchers trying to make solar cells more efficient. The numbers say that the ratio of indium to gallium in thin film solar cells should

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