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Finnish Family Builds Tranquil Seaside Cottage in Biking Distance of Their City Home

Finnish Family Builds Tranquil Seaside Cottage in Biking Distance of Their City Home

Distant vacations are costly - economically and environmentally - but everybody needs an occasional break from the grind in order to maintain their sanity. Thanks to their new, low-cost, minimalist city

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BMW to Make Laser Headlights Twice as Efficient as LEDs and 1,000 Times Stronger

BMW to Make Laser Headlights Twice as Efficient as LEDs and 1,000 Times Stronger

Laser beams could be the next addition to the list of über cool vehicle gadgetry. The engineers over at BMW are currently working on a laser headlight system that they believe could be available in a BMW

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Medieval Italian Village Transformed Into Self-Sufficient Eco-Community

Medieval Italian Village Transformed Into Self-Sufficient Eco-Community

The village's restoration began in the 1990s. The project incorporated eco-friendly principles and materials while ensuring that the village retained its traditional elements. The renovation used local

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Inhabitat Attends an Inspiring (and Soggy!) Woodland Design Lab Camping Trip in Wales

Inhabitat Attends an Inspiring (and Soggy!) Woodland Design Lab Camping Trip in Wales

On our first morning there, and all subsequent mornings, Tabitha played a few notes on her violin to wake us up (in lieu of a loud, harsh alarm clock), which is when we realized how serious these

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Front Yard Coop: A Solar-Powered and Self-Propelling Chicken Coop!

Front Yard Coop: A Solar-Powered and Self-Propelling Chicken Coop!

Raising chickens in one's backyard is a growing trend that has given away to some awesome chicken coop designs. But just when we thought we'd seen them all, enter the Front Yard “Full Monty” Coop

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Awe-Inspiring Zero-Carbon Crossway Passivhaus Has a Vaulted Meadow Roof

Awe-Inspiring Zero-Carbon Crossway Passivhaus Has a Vaulted Meadow Roof

The 20 meter roof span is covered in beautiful flowers during the spring time, and integrated into the snowy landscape during winter. But nobody will go cold since a combined photovoltaic and thermal

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World’s First Wastewater Hydrogen Fuel Plant Opens Today In Orange County, California

World’s First Wastewater Hydrogen Fuel Plant Opens Today In Orange County, California

Air Products, one of the leaders in hydrogen fueling technology, have just announced the official opening of the world's first fuel cell and hydrogen energy station in Orange County, California.

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BMW’s 2014 i3 Electric Car Spotted in Chicago Before its Official Unveiling

BMW’s 2014 i3 Electric Car Spotted in Chicago Before its Official Unveiling

We just came across a spy video (shot by YouTube user jprothe) of BMW taping a commercial or promotional video for its 2014 i3 that shows the yet to be unveiled electric vehicle in action on Wacker

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Ecotricity Rolls Out the World’s First Wind Powered Car Charger

Ecotricity Rolls Out the World’s First Wind Powered Car Charger

Ah Ecotricity, how we love your innovative and awesome ways. Not content with pioneering electric highways and eco-friendly supercars, the UK based renewable energy company has created the world's first

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Pipistrel Introduces The World’s Most Powerful Electric Airplane

Pipistrel Introduces The World’s Most Powerful Electric Airplane

Pipistrel just rolled out the world's most powerful electric aircraft -- and it's the first to seat four people. The Taurus G4 required two years of preparation and development, but took just four months

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The Clos-O-Mat Toilet Saves Water and Energy

The Clos-O-Mat Toilet Saves Water and Energy

Let's think about going to the toilet for a second (stop sniggering at the back). As crucial as they are to our daily lives, most toilets are not the greenest household appliances. Each flush uses about

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MIT Unveils Solar Power System That Doesn’t Need Sunlight

MIT Unveils Solar Power System That Doesn’t Need Sunlight

A solar energy system that doesn't require sunlight is almost as bizarre as a tidal power system that doesn't use water - however that's exactly what researchers at MIT have cooked up. The team just

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NREL And Verizon Announce Partnership To Implement Cutting-Edge Energy Efficiency Tech

NREL And Verizon Announce Partnership To Implement Cutting-Edge Energy Efficiency Tech

Yesterday, the National Renewable Energy Lab NREL in Golden Colorado announced a first-of-its-kind memorandum of understanding with telecom giant Verizon to help develop and implement energy efficiency

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Fisker’s Multi-Speed Gearbox Could Give EVs Supercar Performance

Fisker’s Multi-Speed Gearbox Could Give EVs Supercar Performance

Electric cars can be fun to drive because they have all their power available at all speeds, which means incredibly quick acceleration. But until now, carmakers have been limited in the performance they

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SODIS: PET Bottles Can Serve as Cheap Solar Water Disinfection Systems

SODIS: PET Bottles Can Serve as Cheap Solar Water Disinfection Systems

1.2 billion people worldwide lack access to a clean water supply, and nearly 2 million children die each year just from diarrhea (which is often water-borne). SODIS solar water disinfection systems offer

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: John Viera of Ford Motor Company

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: John Viera of Ford Motor Company

John Viera has made a name for himself as a pioneer for the green movement within the automotive industry. As Ford Motor Company's Director of Sustainable Business Strategies, he has been building a new

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Fujisawa Smart Town Planned for Japan to Be Most Advanced Eco City in the World

Fujisawa Smart Town Planned for Japan to Be Most Advanced Eco City in the World

By 2014, Japan may be home to the most advanced eco town in the world. A group of 9 companies announced that they will partner in the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, a breakthrough development of 1000

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New Supercapacitor Made With Biofuel By-Product is Cheaper, Greener

New Supercapacitor Made With Biofuel By-Product is Cheaper, Greener

Students at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey have created a supercapacitor -- used for storing energy -- that replaces activated carbon with biochar electrodes. The new substance

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Keystone Parkway Is the Greenest Highway Intersection in the US

Keystone Parkway Is the Greenest Highway Intersection in the US

The suburban city of Carmel, Indiana has built a double teardrop roundabout that could very well be the greenest highway intersection in the United States. It’s a compelling solution to the various

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Orlando Turns Poop into Profit with Lucrative Sewage to Fuel Project

Orlando Turns Poop into Profit with Lucrative Sewage to Fuel Project

Brooklyn has found a way to turn farts into fuel, and now Orlando, Florida is following suit. Partnering with several private industry partners, Orlando city officials think they have mastered the

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Intel Announces Revolutionary 3D Transistors That Cut Energy Use by 50%

Intel Announces Revolutionary 3D Transistors That Cut Energy Use by 50%

Today Intel announced plans to produce and distribute the world’s first 3-D transistor – a revolutionary breakthrough in computer hardware that heralds a new generation of more powerful

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Microsoft Jumps On Board Portugal’s Mega “Smart City” Plan

Microsoft Jumps On Board Portugal’s Mega “Smart City” Plan

Former Microsoft executive and CEO of Living PlanIT Steve Lewis has brought Microsoft on-board to help with Portugal’s “smart city” in Paredes, according to the gurus at engadget. By

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New Lithium-Air Batteries Could Go 500 Miles on a Single Charge

New Lithium-Air Batteries Could Go 500 Miles on a Single Charge

Researchers at the materials research division of Risø DTU in Denmark are developing a new lithium-air (Li-air) vehicle battery that is lightweight, holds a lot of energy, and could enable car-makers to

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Estuaries Could Provide 13% Of The World’s Power Needs

Estuaries Could Provide 13% Of The World’s Power Needs

A team of researchers from Stanford University recently announced that estuaries around the globe could provide 13% of the world's energy needs. For those of you who skipped geography, an estuary is where

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MIT Scientists Create Artificial Solar Leaf That Can Power Homes

MIT Scientists Create Artificial Solar Leaf That Can Power Homes

Scientist Dr. David Nocera has finally perfected a low-cost, artificial leaf-like device, that like a real leaf, mimics the process of photosynthesis. Nocera announced the creation of a miniature solar

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Scientists Discover that Styrofoam Beads Help Give EV Batteries a Super Fast Charge

Scientists Discover that Styrofoam Beads Help Give EV Batteries a Super Fast Charge

Styrofoam has had a terrible rep with environmentalists for quite some time now, but here's a breakthrough that could change that - well, at least in some applications. According to the folks at Engadget,

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Turn Your Cell Phone Screen into a Solar Panel with Wysips’ Transparent Film

Turn Your Cell Phone Screen into a Solar Panel with Wysips’ Transparent Film

French start-up Wysips created an ultra-thing PV film that is placed on a cell phone's screen to continuously top off its charge.

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Chicago’s Willis Tower to Become a Vertical Solar Farm

Chicago’s Willis Tower to Become a Vertical Solar Farm

Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower (formally the Sears Tower) is set to become a massive solar electric plant with the installation of a pilot solar electric glass project. The high-profile project on the

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U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Biofuel for the Replacement of Gasoline

U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Biofuel for the Replacement of Gasoline

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has just announced a breakthrough discovery in the world of biofuels. Led by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the research team headed up by the Department’s BioEnergy

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