Calculate Home Energy Savings with Microsoft Hohm

Want some information on your home’s energy efficiency and how you can save money? Microsoft’s web app Hohm will calculate the energy usage of your specific house. It doesn’t take much to set up, either – just enter your address and Hohm will set you up with the basic information. The more info you provide, [...more]

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May 26 2010
By J. Matthew Zoss

Complete Your Enchanted Forest Living Room

I always like these crazy designers that blur the line between natural and techy, these sweet chairs do just that. Designed by Giancarlo Zema for the Avanzini Group, these amazing Bright Woods furniture collection were displayed at the Design in Nature exhibition in the Triennale Design Museum as part of the Milan Furniture Fair. The [...more]

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May 11 2010
By Nick Upton

Green TVs Getting Greener

If you’ve bought an HDTV in the last few years, chances are that it’s sporting the Engery Star logo that certifies it as a energy efficient device. However, it looks like future HDTVs will be even more efficient. The new Energy Star 4.0 ratings are now in effect. All TVs manufactured as of May 1 [...more]

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May 07 2010
By J. Matthew Zoss

Futuristic Tower Taps Into Underground Water

This futuristic looking tower is the brain child of Polish firm H3AR hopes to tackle the lack of water and shelter in the desert — all while being locally built and cost effective. The tower is especially designed for the Darfur region of Sudan, where money and water is scarce. The design of the building [...more]

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Apr 02 2010
By Nick Upton

Sugar Based Plastic Compostable, Impressive

Researchers at Imperial College London are claiming to have created a plastic made of glucose polymers extracted from grasses and trees. This sugar based plastic would take mere months to decompose as opposed to centuries, and could seriously save all of us from drowning in trash. That’s incredible. Apparently, the new plastic is also more [...more]

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Feb 26 2010
By Asterios Kokkinos

2 iPhone Apps To Help Battle Climate Change Deniers

FastCompany, a website I fall in love with more and more each day, has created a list of two iPhone apps to help you spread the news that the planet is dying. Fun! Their first recommendation is SkepticalScience, an app that provides you with common climate change denier talking points, and then gives  you the [...more]

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Feb 22 2010
By Asterios Kokkinos

Could White Roofs Help Stop Global Warming?

Cities are hotter than rural areas – between 2 and 5 degrees hotter to be precise – because a lot of the materials used in their construction absorb heat instead of reflecting it. Asphalt roads, tar roofs and other artificial surfaces that make up cities trap sunlight, heating the area around it and intensifying the [...more]

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Feb 01 2010
By Asterios Kokkinos

Even Greener Homes Built From Local Garbage

The green home has long been a dream of the eco-friendly masses and cheaper solar arrays and wind generators have given them a good supplement to the evil grid. But some people are taking green living to another level by using not only recycled materials, but local raw recycled materials. Dubbed “Earthships,” the homes can [...more]

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Jan 23 2010
By Nick Upton

1816 Sterling Motor May Drive Solar Energy In 2010

Designed almost 200 years ago, the sterling motor is about to rev up again, and it could mean cost-effective solar energy on a huge scale. The Scientific American featured the novel solar energy plant, scheduled to start up in early 2010 in Arizona. The 1.5 megawatt (MW) demonstration site, known as Maricopa Solar, is set [...more]

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Jan 15 2010
By Nick Upton

Tesla Takes A Cross-Country, Hijinx-Filled Road Trip

Don’t think an electric powered car can survive long drives or tough climates? The folks at Tesla Motors aimed to dispel these myths about the electric car by taking their $100,000 Roadster on a 2,700-mile cross-country road trip from California through Texas and up to Detroit for the currently running North American International Auto Show. [...more]

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Jan 14 2010
By Geoffrey Golden