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Transpartent Hemlock Building Mixes High-Tech Solar Panels With Ancient Sundial Technology

Transpartent Hemlock Building Mixes High-Tech Solar Panels With Ancient Sundial Technology

Left transparent in order to invite curious onlookers to see what's brewing inside the two-storey center, the building's southern facade maximizes natural lighting. It also has a steep pitched roof which

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The US and UK Join Forces and Lasers to Create Nuclear Fusion Energy

The US and UK Join Forces and Lasers to Create Nuclear Fusion Energy

Scientists at the United State's National Ignition Facility (NIF) are currently working on unlocking the key to nuclear fusion power by zapping atoms with giant lasers - and the project just got a major

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Texcoco Lake Ecological Park: Mexico City to Build the World’s Largest Urban Park

Texcoco Lake Ecological Park: Mexico City to Build the World’s Largest Urban Park

Echeverria hopes that the area of the central Mexico City valley once covered by Lake Texcoco can be reclaimed to create a new urban landscape that combines nature with infrastructure. The area of the

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Shiny Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant is an Experiment in Green Gastronomy

Shiny Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant is an Experiment in Green Gastronomy

It turns out that cooking with solar energy completely changes the taste and texture of dishes cooked with other forms of energy. In part this is because the sun heats all of the food simultaneously

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Ricoh Unveils Solar and Wind-Powered “Eco-Board” Billboard in London

Ricoh Unveils Solar and Wind-Powered “Eco-Board” Billboard in London

Sustainable office solutions company Ricoh has just unveiled its "eco-board" billboard in London. The high-tech board is powered by solar panels and wind turbines and only lights up when it has generated

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Omar Huerta’s Solar Light Tree Concept Grows Real Plants

Omar Huerta’s Solar Light Tree Concept Grows Real Plants

These solar light trees from Milan designer Omar Huerta are not just a unique installation of solar-powered street lights. They grow actual plants on their branches, using a hydroponic system that pulls

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Florent Bouhey Fayolle’s Sun Container is an Elegant Solar-Powered Heater

Florent Bouhey Fayolle’s Sun Container is an Elegant Solar-Powered Heater

French student Florent Bouhey Fayolle created the Sun Container: an elegant freestanding radiator that uses sunlight as its power source. Inspired by the Trombe Wall system, this 120w passive solar heater

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Airforce Plans to Source 50% of Domestic Fuel from Biofuel by 2016

Airforce Plans to Source 50% of Domestic Fuel from Biofuel by 2016

In an effort to shed its reliance on foreign oil, the United States Airforce has expressed the desire to switch to biofuels to run its warplanes. With approval to use these fuels slated to clear by 2012,

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Playful Westborough Primary School Renovation Halves Annual Carbon Emissions

Playful Westborough Primary School Renovation Halves Annual Carbon Emissions

Commissioned by the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and the Governors of Westborough Primary School, the £1.35m project was completed earlier this year. Conceived as an experiment in carbon reduction and

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Aquamarine Power Unveils Oyster 800 Wave Energy Generator – Exclusive Photos!

Aquamarine Power Unveils Oyster 800 Wave Energy Generator – Exclusive Photos!

Photo by Hazel Saunderson for Inhabitat Scotland is renowned for its magnificent coastlines and delicious seafood - however, the latest denizen of the deep captured our attention for an entirely

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El Hierro: The World’s First Renewable Energy Island… or is It?

El Hierro: The World’s First Renewable Energy Island… or is It?

The tiny Spanish island of El Hierro has recently entered the spotlight and being dubbed "the world's first renewable energy energy. No one can deny that what's happening on El Hierro is amazing, but

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Report Reveals America Now Receives More Power From Renewable Sources Than Nuclear

Report Reveals America Now Receives More Power From Renewable Sources Than Nuclear

A recent report published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration reveals that America now receives more of its energy from renewable sources than it does from nuclear generation plants. In the

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Elegant Jellyfish Inspire Research in Propulsion and Energy Technology

Elegant Jellyfish Inspire Research in Propulsion and Energy Technology

Jellyfish have always been the highlight of aquarium visits - their easy grace moving through the water is something to be desired. Bioengineering professor John Dabiri is just as fascinated with the sea

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Green Power Island Could Power Copenhagen Sustainably

Green Power Island Could Power Copenhagen Sustainably

The proposed Green Power Island off the coast of Copenhagen seeks to be an alternative energy super center for the country. Designed by Gottlieb Paludan, the massive man-made island will utilize wind

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Off-Grid Tropicana Billboard is Powered by Oranges!

Off-Grid Tropicana Billboard is Powered by Oranges!

DDB, an advertising agencies that specializes in creative experiences, has harnessed the power of oranges for their Tropicana campaign. Using the product’s very ingredients to run the electricity for

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Pythagorus Solar Windows Offer Breakthrough in Solar Tech for High-Rises

Pythagorus Solar Windows Offer Breakthrough in Solar Tech for High-Rises

High-rise buildings require a lot of energy to cool in the summer, but they have relatively little space on their small roofs for solar arrays. This quandary got Pythagorus Solar of San Mateo,

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Smart Solar International Develops Cost Efficient Sun-Chasing Solar Panels

Smart Solar International Develops Cost Efficient Sun-Chasing Solar Panels

Tokyo-based start-up Smart Solar International has developed a new solar panel comprised of aluminum mirror bars that turn to face the sun for optimal efficiency throughout the day. The system requires

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Controversial Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam in Brazil’s Amazon Gets Go-Ahead

Controversial Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam in Brazil’s Amazon Gets Go-Ahead

The Belo Monte Dam is one of the most controversial projects in the world. The $17 billion hydro-electric dam will, when constructed, generate enough energy for over 23 million homes. However, its

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The UK’s Offshore Turbines Could Run Out of Wind

The UK’s Offshore Turbines Could Run Out of Wind

The changing Atlantic jetstream is slowing down the United Kingdom's wind, raising questions about the efficacy of ambitious offshore wind farm programs. Wind speeds have reduced by 20% since 2008,

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Chevy Volt Factory’s New Solar Array Is Green, But Does It Save Green?

Chevy Volt Factory’s New Solar Array Is Green, But Does It Save Green?

As part of its SolarCurrents program to encourage energy customers to install enough solar arrays to produce 15 megawatts of green electricity in southeast Michigan, Detroit Edison has invested $3 million

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UK Scientists Plan to Power Cars With Cornish Pasties

UK Scientists Plan to Power Cars With Cornish Pasties

Cornish pasties are traditional savory snacks that are so beloved in the UK that they recently received protected status from the European Union. However now a group of scientists at Greenergy are

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Clean-Tech Venture Capital Jumps 54% in First Quarter 2011

Clean-Tech Venture Capital Jumps 54% in First Quarter 2011

There's no doubt about it, Silicon Vally is in another bubble, and this time, clean tech is getting its piece of the pie. Clean-tech venture capital funding jumped 54% in the first quarter of 2011, with

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Vashon Island Cabin Creates an Energy Efficient Family Retreat from the City

Vashon Island Cabin Creates an Energy Efficient Family Retreat from the City

Who doesn't love a quiet country escape after a long week in the urban mix? Surrounded by nature and stunning views, one lucky family in Washington has found itself with a stylish escape they've named

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BREAKING: Solar Power Breakthrough Could Render Photovoltaic Cells Obsolete

BREAKING: Solar Power Breakthrough Could Render Photovoltaic Cells Obsolete

Researchers at the University of Michigan have made a discovery about the behavior of light that could change solar technology forever. Stephen Rand, a professor in the departments of Electrical

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Towering Triangular Skyscraper Receives Green Light for Construction in Paris

Herzog & de Meuron’s Towering Triangular Skyscraper Receives Green Light for Construction in Paris

Herzog & de Meuron are the architects responsible for many well-know projects, like the Portsmouth Soccer Stadium in England, Beijing's Birdnest Stadium, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

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Tata & MIT Work on Breakthrough Way to Generate Power From Ordinary Water

Tata & MIT Work on Breakthrough Way to Generate Power From Ordinary Water

The Tata Group has signed a deal with the founder of SunCatalytix, MIT scientist Daniel Nocera, who has discovered how to generate energy water. Although the terms of their agreement have not yet been

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Porsche Now Taking Pre-Orders for 918 Spyder Hybrid Super Car Priced at $845,000

Porsche Now Taking Pre-Orders for 918 Spyder Hybrid Super Car Priced at $845,000

We whet the appetites of sports car enthusiasts everywhere when we first mentioned Porsche's Spyder 918, but now they can really start salivating because the super fast  hybrid sports car is finally

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7 Intoxicating Green Booze Design Stories for St. Patrick’s Day

7 Intoxicating Green Booze Design Stories for St. Patrick’s Day

PISSKY: Gilpin Whisky is Recycled from Diabetic’s Urine James Gilpin has a bit of a different interpretation of the adage "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Gilpin, who has Type 1 Diabetes

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Hydrogen-Producing Skyscraper Harvests Energy From Bolts of Lightning

Hydrogen-Producing Skyscraper Harvests Energy From Bolts of Lightning

Part lightning spire and part futuristic super-tower, the Hyrdra Skyscraper was designed by Milos Vlastic, Vuk Djordjevic, Ana Lazovic, Milica Stankovic, and was an honorable mention in the 2011 Evolo

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GlassPoint is Using Solar Power to Draw Oil From the Earth

GlassPoint is Using Solar Power to Draw Oil From the Earth

Solar power and oil seem like two contradictory terms, but GlassPoint has found a way to bring these two elements to create what is without question an unlikely alliance. Just last Thursday, the company

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