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Radioactive Strontium-90 Found in Fukushima Groundwater

Radioactive Strontium-90 Found in Fukushima Groundwater

It has been over two years since the catastrophic meltdown at the Fukusima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and the bad news keeps on rolling in. On the heels of an announcement by Tepco that the water at the

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France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

The Metaphone consists of an open concert hall with capacity for 500 seats and 800 standing. The massive structure also boasts a bar, restaurant, a high-tech stage, and a facility for outdoor concerts.

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AT&T Unveils Solar-Powered Street Charge Phone Charging Stations in NYC

AT&T Unveils Solar-Powered Street Charge Phone Charging Stations in NYC

Yesterday, AT&T, Goal Zero and Pensa unveiled Street Charge, a new way for New Yorkers to charge their phones on-the-go using solar power. The new tree-like modules will be placed around the five boroughs

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National Space Society Launches International Initiative to Develop Space Solar Power

National Space Society Launches International Initiative to Develop Space Solar Power

It has long been theorized that the best way to harness the sun's energy is to launch solar power systems into orbit. This week, the National Space Society (NSS) announced a new international initiative

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MS PlanetSolar Turanor: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Docks in NYC

MS PlanetSolar Turanor: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Docks in NYC

Inhabitat is getting our sea legs this morning aboard the world's largest solar-powered boat, which docked today at the North Cove Marina in downtown Manhattan. NYC is the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar's second

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Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

As the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to leak radiation, Japan is turning its sights away from atomic power and towards solar energy. At the end of 2012, the country had installed solar

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Renzo Piano’s Tiny Diogene Hut is an Off-Grid Shelter for One Person

Renzo Piano’s Tiny Diogene Hut is an Off-Grid Shelter for One Person

About a decade ago, Piano started developing plans for a minimalist home. He had been interested in the concept since his student days, and he began doing the work on spec, without a specific client. That

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Sharp Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

Sharp Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

About a year ago, Sharp achieved a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5% by using a lens-based system to focus sunlight directly onto the cells in order to generate electricity. Now, Sharp has done

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David Adjaye Unveils Striking Carbon Negative Building For Silk Weavers in Varanasi, India

David Adjaye Unveils Striking Carbon Negative Building For Silk Weavers in Varanasi, India

Architect David Adjaye recently unveiled plans for a new solar-powered building for silk weavers in Varanasi, India. Clothing brand Maiyet partnered with non-profit organization Nest to commission the

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McCamley’s Solar Wind Turbine Generates Energy From the Wind and Sun

McCamley’s Solar Wind Turbine Generates Energy From the Wind and Sun

Like peanut butter and jelly or chips and dip, some things were just meant to go together. A team from the University of Bath in collaboration with SME McCamley Middle East Ltd has developed a new wind

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Rainforest Connection Tackles Illegal Deforestation With Solar-Powered Smartphones

Rainforest Connection Tackles Illegal Deforestation With Solar-Powered Smartphones

Photo via Shutterstock Rainforest Connection is an online system that was developed to inform park rangers protecting rainforests of illegal deforestation activities. The platform fits discarded

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Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

The Swallows Nest cultural center has a system of moats in the basement level between the floors and walls that stabilizes the building in case of earthquakes. Glass overhangs provide further protection

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Beautiful Double Skin Shields China’s Solar-Powered Green Energy Lab from the Harsh Sun

Beautiful Double Skin Shields China’s Solar-Powered Green Energy Lab from the Harsh Sun

The three story building has a perimeter of balconies that helped to reduce the building's energy consumption. In winter, heating expenses are curtailed thanks to the solar heat collected on the

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Project 929: Artist Draws 460 Mile Line Around Military Base for Energy Sustainability

Project 929: Artist Draws 460 Mile Line Around Military Base for Energy Sustainability

A recent study shows that if the United States built a concentrated solar power farm on one hundred square miles of land, it would provide enough energy to power the entire country. Media artist and

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Grand Cancun Eco Island Cleans Up the Ocean While Generating Renewable Energy

Grand Cancun Eco Island Cleans Up the Ocean While Generating Renewable Energy

The entire surface of the offshore platform will be covered in solar panels that will provide energy for both Grand Cancun and the main city's national grid. Vertical wind turbines and underwater tidal

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Giant Solar-Powered Geodesic Robot Walks Into our Nightmares on 12 Crab-Like Legs

Giant Solar-Powered Geodesic Robot Walks Into our Nightmares on 12 Crab-Like Legs

Welder Scott Parenteau has created a gigantic geodesic dome that walks about on 12 creepy crab-like legs! Parenteau's spider-like "Walking Pod" is powered by a wind turbine and a roof-mounted solar panel,

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S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

With hopes of replacing hazardous kerosene wick lamps, d.light has created a series of affordable solar LED Lamps for areas without a reliable source of electricity. The lamp has an integrated solar

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Phoenix Porn Shop Transformed Into the World’s Largest Net-Zero Energy Building

Phoenix Porn Shop Transformed Into the World’s Largest Net-Zero Energy Building

When DPR went hunting for a building for their regional offices in Phoenix, they were surprised to find a good option in a space that used to house a porn mega store. "When we first went to look at it, we

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Solar Impulse Pilots Hosting Reddit Ask Me Anything TODAY at 1PM EST

Solar Impulse Pilots Hosting Reddit Ask Me Anything TODAY at 1PM EST

This amazing Solar Impulse airplane recently completed the second leg of its sun-powered journey across the United States, and today co-founders and pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are

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Sustainable Montrottier Primary School Revives a Medieval Town in France

Sustainable Montrottier Primary School Revives a Medieval Town in France

The decision to place the new primary school in the heart of the town was made by the whole community. A plot of land was available with a close proximity to the cultural center, town library and cinema,

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Dominican Sisters House of Formation in San Rafael Becomes the First LEED-Certified Convent in the US

Dominican Sisters House of Formation in San Rafael Becomes the First LEED-Certified Convent in the US

During the planning stage, the Dominican sisters studied the Earth Charter, an international document outlining the principles needed to create a just and environmentally sustainable world in the 21st

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HGA Architects’ West Valley Campus at College of the Desert Will Produce More Energy than it Consumes

HGA Architects’ West Valley Campus at College of the Desert Will Produce More Energy than it Consumes

College of the Desert is a two-year community college with about 3,400 full-time students that is located in the Coachella Valley. Renewable energy production will be a major focus of the

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Lumos Solar’s New Solarscape Structures Provide Shade and Renewable Energy

Lumos Solar’s New Solarscape Structures Provide Shade and Renewable Energy

Lumos Solar just unveiled their newest product: a modular and customizable photovoltaic structure called the SolarScape. Perfect for patio covers, pool awnings, carports, walkways, bus stops and

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Andrea Ponsi’s Sprawling House on the Bay is Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy

Andrea Ponsi’s Sprawling House on the Bay is Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy

This year's slate of homes that were chosen for the Marin: Living Home Tours was impressive, but Andrea Ponsi's House on the Bay managed to stand out from the pack. The house is located on a gentle slope

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Solar Impulse Departs for Dallas on Second Leg of Sun-Powered Flight Across America

Solar Impulse Departs for Dallas on Second Leg of Sun-Powered Flight Across America

This morning the Solar Impulse airplane embarked upon the next leg of its sun-powered journey across the United States. The solar-powered giant has already traveled from the San Francisco Bay Area to

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Tûranor PlanetSolar: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Sets Transatlantic Speed Record

Tûranor PlanetSolar: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Sets Transatlantic Speed Record

MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar boat, set a new record for the fastest transatlantic crossing by a vessel powered entirely by solar energy, smashing its own 2010 record by four days.

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Voltaic Celebrates Bike to Work Day with Portable Solar-Charging Trailer You Can Rent!

Voltaic Celebrates Bike to Work Day with Portable Solar-Charging Trailer You Can Rent!

Today is National Bike to Work Day, and all across America, people are ditching their cars and trucks for a cleaner, healthier journey via bicycle. Our friends at Voltaic Systems joined in the fun to

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WE CARE Solar Suitcase Saves Mothers’ and Babies’ Lives by Providing a Vital Light Source During Childbirth

WE CARE Solar Suitcase Saves Mothers’ and Babies’ Lives by Providing a Vital Light Source During Childbirth

In the developing world, mortality rates for expectant mothers total over 300,000 deaths each year. The WE CARE Solar Suitcase is a brilliant new device that aims to reduce this figure by providing

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Liquid Solar Cells Could One Day be as Cheap as Paint

Liquid Solar Cells Could One Day be as Cheap as Paint

Researchers at SUNY Buffalo are working on a new generation of liquid solar cells that may one day be as cheap as paint. Although they would be significantly less efficient than conventional solar cells

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Solar Power Trees Sprout at Nation’s First Net-Positive Leased Public School

Solar Power Trees Sprout at Nation’s First Net-Positive Leased Public School

The energy-efficient Sandy Grove Middle School was designed in collaboration between First Floor K-12 and SfL+a Architects. Together with Spotlight Solar they built a school which will save $35 million

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