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Microbial Hitchhikers Could Colonize Mars Ahead of Humans

Microbial Hitchhikers Could Colonize Mars Ahead of Humans

We’d always assumed that humans would be the first life form to colonize Mars, but that might not actually be the case. Super hearty microbes could possibly hitch a ride on a space shuttle and hunker

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Solar Cell Breakthrough Replaces Harmful Lead With Less Expensive Tin

Solar Cell Breakthrough Replaces Harmful Lead With Less Expensive Tin

Researchers at Northwestern University just unveiled a new solar cell that can be manufactured for less money using fewer harmful elements. Inorganic chemist Mercouri G. Kanatzidis and Robert P. H. Chang

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Solar-Powered ‘Self Sustained Module’ Goes Where No Other Building Can Go

Solar-Powered ‘Self Sustained Module’ Goes Where No Other Building Can Go

The Self Sustained Module is intended for sites where heavy modifications and the addition of permanent infrastructure is either physically impossible or economically unfeasible. It comes complete with a

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Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes

Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes

Solar cooking just got even better thanks to the new fuss-free GoSun stove. This uber awesome tube stove can cook delicious meals without using a lick of fuel - in just 20 minutes. Baking, boiling or

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US Embassy in Helsinki Achieves LEED Platinum Status

US Embassy in Helsinki Achieves LEED Platinum Status

The US Embassy in Helsinki, Finland designed by Moore Ruble Yudell is the first US diplomatic facility to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The energy efficient Innovation Center unveiled in 2013 has

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Massive Solar Wind Energy Tower Proposed for the U.S.-Mexico Border

Massive Solar Wind Energy Tower Proposed for the U.S.-Mexico Border

A Maryland-based energy company plans to build a gigantic tower that could tap solar and wind resources to generate 500 megawatts of energy. The Solar Wind Energy Tower is planned for a location on the

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Green Roofed Farming Kindergarten Teaches 500 Vietnamese Children How to Grow Their Own Food

Green Roofed Farming Kindergarten Teaches 500 Vietnamese Children How to Grow Their Own Food

Built in a tropical climate, the spiraling green roof can stay lush year round and likely provide more than enough food for its 500 preschool children. Two sloping ends of the triple ring-shaped structure

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Scientists Discover How Ancient Egyptians Transported Huge Pyramid Stones Across Desert Sand

Scientists Discover How Ancient Egyptians Transported Huge Pyramid Stones Across Desert Sand

Researchers from the FOM Foundation and the University of Amsterdam have figured out how the ancient Egyptians transported huge stones across desert sands to build the famed pyramids. Through experiments

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Oil Company Announces that Oil Spills are Really Good for the Economy

Oil Company Announces that Oil Spills are Really Good for the Economy

When Kinder Morgan decided that it wanted to expand its pipeline capacity from Alberta to Vancouver, it had to get approval from the National Energy Board in Canada. So the company did what any

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Under Cover Camper: An Elegant Two-Person Tent for Eco-Friendly Camping

Under Cover Camper: An Elegant Two-Person Tent for Eco-Friendly Camping

A quick look at the aftermath of any music festival shows just how little tents are valued, these days. Everywhere from Glastonbury to Bonnaroo or Coachella, 1 in 5 tents are left behind once the crowds

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United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) just announced $10 million in funding to test two deep-water wave energy conversion (WEC) devices off the coast of the U.S. Navy's Marine Corps Hawaii Base in

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Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

There are 10 domes in all and they come in four different sizes. Depending on the size of each family and budget, visitors to The Dome Garden can request a 12, 16, 20, or 24 ft dome. The skeleton is made

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The World’s Largest Fully-Operational Solar Plant Opens in Arizona

The World’s Largest Fully-Operational Solar Plant Opens in Arizona

Somewhere between Yuma and Phoenix, Arizona on a desolate stretch of 2,400 acres of land, construction was just completed on the world's largest fully-operational solar-power plant. Known as Agua

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LIX: The World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen Draws Designs in Thin Air

LIX: The World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen Draws Designs in Thin Air

LIX is the world’s smallest 3D printing pen powered by the electricity from a USB port and guided by nothing but your artistic instinct. Unlike 3D printers, LIX doesn’t require a program to guide the

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Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Stunning Daylit Office for Helvetia in Switzerland

Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Stunning Daylit Office for Helvetia in Switzerland

Swiss architecture firm Herzog & Meuron unveiled plans for the fourth extension to the Helvetia Head Office in the Swiss city of St.Gallen. The project, which is set to break ground in late 2014, will

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Colorado’s First Certified Passive House Can Save Owners Thousands of Dollars in Utilities

Colorado’s First Certified Passive House Can Save Owners Thousands of Dollars in Utilities

Brookfield Residential partnered with local KGA Studio Architects to design the light-filled, energy efficient home. To meet the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS)'s strict standards, the architects

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Tiny Wooden Pods by Cannatà & Fernandes Pop Up in Portugal

Tiny Wooden Pods by Cannatà & Fernandes Pop Up in Portugal

The Nautic Club's modern small units stand out within the Abrantas natural park and traditional Portuguese architecture. They have a privileged view of the Tagus River and nearby green mountains.

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American Food 2.0 Pavilion to Showcase an Edible Vertical Wall of U.S. Crops at Milan 2015 Expo

American Food 2.0 Pavilion to Showcase an Edible Vertical Wall of U.S. Crops at Milan 2015 Expo

To showcase the event's 2015 theme, the architects have developed a massive and literal green machine, inside and out. The large vertical garden will be planted with edible plants and vegetables and will

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Fully Electric E-FAN Aircraft Completes its Maiden Flight in France

Fully Electric E-FAN Aircraft Completes its Maiden Flight in France

The world’s first battery-powered airplane, E-Fan, has just successfully completed its first flight in Bordeaux, France. The small experimental aircraft is powered by 120 lithium-ion polymer batteries

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Urban Green Energy Unveils Next Generation Vertical Axis VisionAIR3 Wind Turbine

Urban Green Energy Unveils Next Generation Vertical Axis VisionAIR3 Wind Turbine

Leading renewable energy provider Urban Green Energy (UGE) just announced their latest cutting-edge vertical axis wind turbine, the VisionAIR3. The result of more than a year of testing and research, the

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Tesla Cuts the Ribbon on its 100th Supercharger Station

Tesla Cuts the Ribbon on its 100th Supercharger Station

When Tesla announced that it wanted to build a super charging network that would blanket the nation, it seemed like a lofty dream. But when Tesla cut the ribbon on its 100th Supercharger station in

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How to Green Up Your Sex Life

How to Green Up Your Sex Life

Set an Eco-friendly Mood Eco-minded actual sex is fun, but setting the mood beforehand is also important and can be just as green and fun. Liven up your space and self with some of the green tips

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Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies

Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies

SAFE+ weights only 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs) and is 6.2 m long, 2.3 m wide and 2.3 m high (20.2 x 7.6 x 7.56 ft). These spacious shelters are roughly the size of a large SUV and come in two models with

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The California Aqueduct’s Flow May Be Reversed to Combat Drought

The California Aqueduct’s Flow May Be Reversed to Combat Drought

Some of California's central districts are facing dangerously low supplies of water as the state's megadrought continues. To address this scary prospect, 47 miles of the 400-mile California Aqueduct could

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Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

Not only does the parking lot harvest energy, it also incorporates overhead utilities and repositions underground utilities for more efficient use. Power and data cables line a cable corridor alongside

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Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners

Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners

Google recently announced its biggest renewable energy purchase to date (and that's saying something: the company has already invested $5 million in a German solar power plant and bought enough wind

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Sentinel Satellite Launching in 2018 to Search for ‘City-Killer’ Asteroids

Sentinel Satellite Launching in 2018 to Search for ‘City-Killer’ Asteroids

You may think that city-destroying asteroids are just the stuff of sci-fi novels, but new research reveals that the Earth is far more vulnerable to asteroid impacts than we ever though possible. In fact,

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Sunseeker Duo Plane Inches Closer to World’s First Solar-Powered Passenger Flights

Sunseeker Duo Plane Inches Closer to World’s First Solar-Powered Passenger Flights

We've been tracking the progress of the world's first solar-powered two-seater airplane since the Sunseeker Duo made its initial public appearance in Friedrichshafen, Germany nearly one year ago. Since

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Unique Elliptical Skylight Naturally Illuminates Portugal’s Sophisticated Pó House

Unique Elliptical Skylight Naturally Illuminates Portugal’s Sophisticated Pó House

The low, rectangular design stems from the architect's desire to take maximum advantage of the solar exposure, while simultaneously minimizing impact on the surrounding environment. The architects took

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Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Plans for Submerged Oasis Park in Abu Dhabi

Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Plans for Submerged Oasis Park in Abu Dhabi

Thomas Heatherwick just unveiled plans for an incredible semi-subterranean public park in Abu Dhabi that features a fragmented canopy to keep visitors cool. Al Fayah Park would transforms the desert into

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