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The ‘Altoids Sours’ BBQ Grill Is Curiously Awesome!

The ‘Altoids Sours’ BBQ Grill Is Curiously Awesome!

Talk about upcycling -- this tiny barbeque grill is made from a single Altoids Sours tin, two salvaged computer fan guards and a handful of nuts and screws, and it's big enough to handle a wiener or a

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Fluorescent Dye Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency by a Whopping 38 Percent

Fluorescent Dye Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency by a Whopping 38 Percent

Yale researchers recently discovered a way to boost the efficiency of solar cells by a whopping 38 percent by coating them with a fluorescent dye. Polymer solar cells are popular for their low cost, low

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Make Your Own ‘Texting Gloves’ for Under $10 With Quirky’s ‘Digits’

Make Your Own ‘Texting Gloves’ for Under $10 With Quirky’s ‘Digits’

What if we told you that you can make your very own pair of 'texting gloves' for under $10? Well, it's true. Quirky's offers a new crowdsourced product that can turn any pair of gloves into magic fingers.

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Team Roma’s Solar-Powered Med in Italy Prefab Has Amazing Thermal Properties

Team Roma’s Solar-Powered Med in Italy Prefab Has Amazing Thermal Properties

Combining hi and lo technology to create a comfortable powerhouse suitable for the Mediterranean climate, team Roma focused a lot of attention on Med in Italy's thermal massing. Being a more eco-friendly

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Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bionic Eye

Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bionic Eye

Bionic Vision Australia, a government-funded research consortium in Carlton, Victoria, announced Thursday that it has successfully implanted and tested an early prototype bionic eye. Dr. Penny Allen, a

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California Passes A Bill That Would Approve Self-Driving Cars On The Roads

California Passes A Bill That Would Approve Self-Driving Cars On The Roads

In June 2011, Google successfully lobbied Nevada legislators to make driverless cars legal on state roads. Now California has followed suit by passing a bill that could make the sunshine state the second

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South Korean Researchers Create Clean Biodiesel from Sewage Sludge

South Korean Researchers Create Clean Biodiesel from Sewage Sludge

Biodiesel is an excellent source of fuel: not only does it come from renewable sources, but it also burns cleaner, producing less pollution than fossil fuels. But it can be expensive to produce. That is

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Canopea Home is a Solar-Powered Urban Habitat with a Vertical Farm by Rhône-Alpes for the European Solar Decathlon

Canopea Home is a Solar-Powered Urban Habitat with a Vertical Farm by Rhône-Alpes for the European Solar Decathlon

Taking inspiration from tree canopies that absorb 95% of the forest's overall solar energy and capture 30% of the rainfall, the nanotowers are less than 10 stories high and each floor is its own home. The

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Portugal’s Casa em Movimento Solar Decathlon Home is Completely Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

Portugal’s Casa em Movimento Solar Decathlon Home is Completely Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

CEM provides a wonderful solution for the 21st century's energy crisis in an attractive, compact design. In addition to being modular and therefore easily adapted as the family grows, it is completely

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A Solar-Canopy Powers Tranquil Middlebrook Artist Studios in Coastal California

A Solar-Canopy Powers Tranquil Middlebrook Artist Studios in Coastal California

The four studios have concrete footings and timber framing. Small cutouts in strategic locations, including skylights, permit daylighting to permeate the quiet interior while preventing excess solar gain.

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Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany fed a whopping 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid last weekend, setting a new record by meeting nearly half of the country's weekend power demand. After the Fukushima

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The SAVortex Is the World’s Most Efficient Hand Dryer

The SAVortex Is the World’s Most Efficient Hand Dryer

SAVortex is known for designing, manufacturing, and launching the world's most efficient hand dryer--the Vortex 550. Inhabitat recently caught up with founder Syed Ahmed at the Cleantech Forum in San

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Solar Installations in the US More Than Doubled in 2011

Solar Installations in the US More Than Doubled in 2011

The US solar industry is gaining some serious ground, according to a new industry report charting a recent spike in solar installations. While big bankruptcies -- such as government-backed

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Apple Announces Plans to Build America’s Largest End User–Owned Onsite Solar Array

Apple Announces Plans to Build America’s Largest End User–Owned Onsite Solar Array

As Apple's social record undergoes continued scrutiny the company just released its 2012 environmental report, which unveils plans to build America's largest end user-owned onsite solar array at its

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ADzero is the World’s First Bamboo Smartphone

ADzero is the World’s First Bamboo Smartphone

UK design student Kieron-Scott Woodhouse is preparing to launch ADzero - the world's first smartphone made out of bamboo! Woodhouse told The Inquirer that he made the phone out of four-year-old organic

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Paypal Founder Backs Blueseed’s Visa-Free Floating City in California

Paypal Founder Backs Blueseed’s Visa-Free Floating City in California

A genius startup called Blueseed recently announced that Paypal founder Peter Thiel has offered to help secure financing for a visa-free floating city off the California coast. This

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SKhy Bus Is A Carbon-Negative Solar & Wastewater Fueled Shuttle Bus Of The Future

SKhy Bus Is A Carbon-Negative Solar & Wastewater Fueled Shuttle Bus Of The Future

Portuguese designer Alan Monteiro has illustrated his vision of green transportation: an aerodynamic carbon swallowing, wastewater recycling, oxygen releasing, unmanned shuttle bus concept called SKhy.

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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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MIT’s Amazing Festival of Art Features Floating Orbs, Mood Readers and Solar Powered Rocking Chairs

MIT’s Amazing Festival of Art Features Floating Orbs, Mood Readers and Solar Powered Rocking Chairs

This incredible installation demonstrates what happens when art, science and technology merge on behalf of the planet. Most of the designs feature energy efficient technologies or materials and open

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Docomo Builds Gigantic Wooden Rube Goldberg Xylophone in the Forest

Docomo Builds Gigantic Wooden Rube Goldberg Xylophone in the Forest

NTT Docomo‘s new advertisement for the TOUCH WOOD smart phone features a delightful wooden xylophone in the forest and is an uplifting departure from other images coming out of Japan. TOUCH WOOD cell

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Google Headquarters Gets The World’s First Evatran “Hands Free” EV Charger

Google Headquarters Gets The World’s First Evatran “Hands Free” EV Charger

Select Google employees at the company's headquarters in California will be able to juice up their electric vehicles using a new Plugless Power™ charging station. Installed recently by the cleantech

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Bridgelux Cuts LED Costs by 75% With Revolutionary Silicon-Based Technology

Bridgelux Cuts LED Costs by 75% With Revolutionary Silicon-Based Technology

The Bay area startup Bridgelux has unveiled a brand new LED technology that can reduce upfront costs by a whopping 75%. Despite being an environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient alternative to

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High-Flying Turbines Could Tap 870 Terawatts of Wind Power

High-Flying Turbines Could Tap 870 Terawatts of Wind Power

You know where there's a lot of wind that could be harvested for energy? The upper layers of the atmosphere, which contain as much as 870 terawatts of power — that's 870 trillion watts! Researchers,

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The Week in Green Tech: Tesla IPO, Suntrough & Cisco

The Week in Green Tech: Tesla IPO, Suntrough & Cisco

Electric car startup Tesla debuted on the public markets this week, raised $226 million for the company, gave the future of green cars a boost, and saw its share leap over 40 percent on the first day of

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The Week In Greentech: TerraPower, Tesla, & Afghan Lithium

The Week In Greentech: TerraPower, Tesla, & Afghan Lithium

Bill Gates isn't the only Microsoft exec to focus on energy innovation. About a decade ago Microsoft Chief Strategist and Chief Technology Officer Nathan Myhrvold left the software giant to found

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Green Tech’s Big Patent Problem

Green Tech’s Big Patent Problem

You may remember the battle that raged between pharmaceutical companies who wanted to hold on to their patents and African nations who couldn't afford the non-generic price tag on the AIDS drugs that

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France Announces $2.2 Billion Electric Car Charging Network

France Announces $2.2 Billion Electric Car Charging Network

As the United States government continues to drag its heels on passing climate change legislation, it's encouraging to see folks in Europe making moves in the right direction. Last week, the French

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San Francisco Transforming Toxic Site into UN Global Warming Center

San Francisco Transforming Toxic Site into UN Global Warming Center

The Hunter's Point Shipyard in San Francisco is a former naval shipyard filled with radiation and industrial toxins. It's so dangerous that the U.S. Environmental Agency has designated it as one of the

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SALTIRE PRIZE: $20 Million for Renewable Ocean Energy

SALTIRE PRIZE: $20 Million for Renewable Ocean Energy

Calling all marine renewable energy innovators! The Scottish Government announced a new prize at the beginning of April designed to encourage world scientists to push the boundaries for new clean, power

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