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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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Farts to Fuel: New Methane Processing Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Farts to Fuel: New Methane Processing Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Flatulence as fuel may sound like a joke, but it's becoming a reality in Brooklyn. Already in the works, National Grid is building a gas processing facility in Greenpoint, set to open in 2012. The

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Vibro-Wind Piezoelectric Pads Harness Wind Energy Without Turbines

Vibro-Wind Piezoelectric Pads Harness Wind Energy Without Turbines

Francis Moon, a mechanical engineering professor at Cornell University, has designed a novel type of wind energy generator that vibrates in the wind rather than cutting the breeze like a turbine. Dubbed

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World’s Greenest Whisky Distillery Unveiled in Scotland

World’s Greenest Whisky Distillery Unveiled in Scotland

Image © Keith Hunter Photography Scotland has a long history of whisky production and now the industry is brewing up a green future as drinks giant Diageo recently unveiled their £40 million

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San Diego to Unveil Nation’s Largest Wind-Powered LED Light Show

San Diego to Unveil Nation’s Largest Wind-Powered LED Light Show

Attention, residents of San Diego, California: keep an eye out for the launch of the largest interactive green energy lighting project in North America! The Port Commissioners and Caltrans just unveiled

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Tata Tower Has 4,050 Vertical EV Parking Spots and Powers Itself

Tata Tower Has 4,050 Vertical EV Parking Spots and Powers Itself

It is projected that by the year 2030, 25% of the city of Mumbai will be covered by parked cars. That means less area for parks, housing and basic room to breathe. The revolutionary Tata Tower was

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Adobe Installs A Dozen Bloom Boxes

Adobe Installs A Dozen Bloom Boxes

Adobe, the company behind Flash Player and Adobe Reader, has always been a supporter of renewable energy - remember when they installed a wind farm at their headquarters in San Jose? Well now they've

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Colorado Startup Uses Coal-Eating Bacteria to “Grow” Natural Gas

Colorado Startup Uses Coal-Eating Bacteria to “Grow” Natural Gas

Who needs to drill more holes to get more natural gas when you can just "grow" it in existing ones? Luca Technologies, a Colorado-based startup, has devised a way to generate and extract more natural gas

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World’s First Grid Scale Flywheel Energy Plant Opening Soon!

World’s First Grid Scale Flywheel Energy Plant Opening Soon!

While it doesn't get nearly as much attention as alternative energy sources like solar or wind power, flywheel storage technology is definitely worth looking into. A kinetic energy-based technology that

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Affordable, Efficient Honeywell Turbine Hits Shelves Next Month!

Affordable, Efficient Honeywell Turbine Hits Shelves Next Month!

Kevin talked about one of the biggest concerns for those interested in turbines: "What if I don’t have a lot of wind?" Most wind turbines of this capacity require 7 to 8 mph winds to overcome the

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Obama Kick-Starts US Solar Industry WIth $2 Billion Investment

Obama Kick-Starts US Solar Industry WIth $2 Billion Investment

President Obama recently announced that two of America's most established solar companies are set to receive up to $2 billion in loan guarantees in order to 'kick-start' the US solar industry. The plan

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DOE Loans to Make Nevada the “Saudi Arabia of Geothermal Energy”

DOE Loans to Make Nevada the “Saudi Arabia of Geothermal Energy”

Of all the 'mainstream' forms of renewable energy, it seems that geothermal power is always left in the shadows compared to solar and wind power. However, that looks set to change with news that the US

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Sanyo Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Module HIT-N230

Sanyo Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Module HIT-N230

Electronics giant Sanyo recently announced the development of what they are claiming is the world's most efficient solar module. Called the HIT-N230, the new module has an impressive energy conversion

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Obama Visits Solar Panel Factory to Push for Green Energy

Obama Visits Solar Panel Factory to Push for Green Energy

Yesterday President Obama visited a Solyndra solar panel factory in Fremont, California that -- with help from the stimulus -- was able to expand and create green collar jobs for the bay area community.

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Google, HP and Microsoft Consider Poo to Power Data Centers

Google, HP and Microsoft Consider Poo to Power Data Centers

Photo credit: Skinnyde Tech giants like Google, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft have been considering everything from wave to solar power to keep their massive data centers running, but did you know that

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Bike Powered Mobile Coffee Bar Hits the Streets of New York

Bike Powered Mobile Coffee Bar Hits the Streets of New York

A lot of us run on coffee, and what better way to run your coffee shop than with bikes? Kickstand Coffee is a new mobile java shop in New York that is inspired by, transported by and powered completely by

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Google Funds Ultra Efficient Jet Engine-Inspired Geothermal Drill

Google Funds Ultra Efficient Jet Engine-Inspired Geothermal Drill

Geothermal energy is one of the most promising alternative energy technologies -- it's a clean, virtually unlimited resource, and unlike wind and solar it doesn't require specific weather conditions. But

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Frank Gehry Slams LEED, Calls Sustainable Design “Political”

Frank Gehry Slams LEED, Calls Sustainable Design “Political”

Frank Gehry, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect responsible for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Dancing House in Prague, has slammed the LEED certification saying it is awarded for 'bogus stuff'

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Ground Broken on a Test Pilot Plant for Fuel Sweating Organisms

Ground Broken on a Test Pilot Plant for Fuel Sweating Organisms

A Massachusetts company is moving forward on a test pilot facility for fuel sweating plant production -- yes, that's right these plants sweat diesel. They've created gene altered single cell plants that

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Japanese Company Turns Adult Diapers into Energy Source

Japanese Company Turns Adult Diapers into Energy Source

Wearing adult diapers just got a whole lot cooler -- a Japanese company called Super Faith has developed a miraculous system that turns used diapers into a clean fuel source in about 24 hours. The elderly

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Direct Drive System Reduces Cost, Weight of Wind Turbines

Direct Drive System Reduces Cost, Weight of Wind Turbines

The next generation of wind turbines may not have problem-prone gearboxes if Siemens and GE have anything to say about it. The wind turbine manufacturers have both recently invested in direct drive

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Geely Unveils Bug-Like Solar Hybrid Micro Car in Beijing

Geely Unveils Bug-Like Solar Hybrid Micro Car in Beijing

Geely IG has unveiled a new insectoid vehicle at the Beijing Auto Show that may just give the VW Bug a run for its money. The car boasts a hood emblazoned with solar panels, a micro-compact profile, and a

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NextGen Announces Cheap Solar Paint on the Horizon

NextGen Announces Cheap Solar Paint on the Horizon

NextGen Solar has announced that their new breed of cheap solar paint is closer than ever now that the company has raised half of the $1 million it needs to move out of the lab and into the real world.

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Cheap Carbon-Based Solar Cells Could Replace Silicon Cells

Cheap Carbon-Based Solar Cells Could Replace Silicon Cells

Forget silicon -- the next major light-absorbing material in solar cells could be carbon. Chemists at Indiana University Bloomington have figured out how to effectively create big sheets of carbon that

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San Francisco’s W Hotel Makes LEED History

San Francisco’s W Hotel Makes LEED History

The four diamond W San Francisco hotel has made history by earning the first LEED certification of an existing building belonging to a major hotel brand.

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Smarter Turbine Placement Could Make Wind Power Reliable

Smarter Turbine Placement Could Make Wind Power Reliable

There's enough potential wind power in the world to meet demand five times over. The trouble is, wind isn't reliable: if you live in Iowa, it doesn't help you that the wind is blowing in Alaska. Green

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Solar Origami: MIT Working on Super Efficient Folded Solar Panels

Solar Origami: MIT Working on Super Efficient Folded Solar Panels

Standard flat solar panels are only optimized to capture sunlight at one point of the sun's trajectory -- otherwise they need automated tracking systems to follow the sun. MIT power engineering professor

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Plant-Based Molecules Could Create More Efficient Photovoltaic Devices

Plant-Based Molecules Could Create More Efficient Photovoltaic Devices

Plants are excellent at harnessing solar power, so it only makes sense that scientists would eventually study them for hints on how to develop more efficient photovoltaic devices. Chemists at the

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