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Could This Be the Most Efficient Solar Panel Ever?

Posted on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Solar panels have been around for a while now, but the materials they’re made from make them incapable of converting more than about a quarter of the sun’s energy into usable electricity. According to MIT calculations, an average house in sunny Arizona still needs about 574 square feet of solar panels …

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These are America’s 10 most sustainable cities

Posted on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

San Jose scored well in a variety of sustainability metrics. (Photo: Sundry Photography/Shutterstock) A new report on the most sustainable metropolitan areas in the U.S. shows that we still have a long way to go. In September 2015, leaders from around the world adopted Agenda 2030. This document outlined 17 Sustainable …

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6000-year-old baobab tree in Senegal

Posted on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Carbon dating has found living baobab trees that are over 6,000 years old, which is older than the Great Pyramid and Sphinx. Want some more  perspective? When some of the baobabs in Senegal were just reaching maturity, our ancestors were still using stone tools. And a number of the baobabs …

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Eco-friendly wooden motorcycle uses algae for fuel

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Motorcycles get a lot of bad press for their environmental footprint. that’s why, when dutch designer ritsert mans has teamed up with scientist peter mooij, the duo wanted to create a ride that both looked and drove in a way that was harmonious with nature. their unconventional wooden motorbike gets all its power …

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Researchers create flexible battery that can run on salt water

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Hoxton/Ryan Lees via Getty Images When it comes to making batteries for wearables or implantable medical devices, there are a few features that have to be incorporated. The batteries need to be flexible and remain functional while being bent or twisted, and ideally, they’ll be absent of harmful chemicals. So far, batteries developed for …

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Kenyan Startup Uses the Sun to Turn Human Waste into Cooking Fuel

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

By Andrew Silver Photo: SanivationSanivation’s poop-based fuel briquettes finish cooling and drying on racks. In August 2015—after a couple of years of testing—a company in Kenya began commercially treating human poop with the sun’s heat to create an environmentally friendly fuel source. This week, Sanivation plans to turn on a new …

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Fascinating Biking Statistics And Facts

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Besides being a wonderful sport, biking is an activity that boasts countless advantages. Not only cycling improves our overall health, it also has a huge positive impact on our social life and on the environment. If you don’t believe us, check out these fascinating biking statistics and facts that will …

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Generating Green Energy in a Chilean Desert

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Chile is advancing in its goals for reliance on renewable energy, with South America’s first geothermal plant and a constellation of solar and wind farms in the Atacama desert.

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How Denver bike crews are rescuing food from landfills one ride at a time

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

It’s a steamy Friday morning, and Christi Turner is elbows-deep in compost. Armed with yellow gloves and an equally sunny smile, she is undeterred as flies buzz and a strong stench rises around the Dumpster where she’s tossing animal skins, pizza dough and other heavy-duty food refuse. Removing straws and …

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Google’s London HQ boasts a rooftop garden for the ages

Posted on Friday, August 11th, 2017

Remember that enchanting, ridiculously lush bridge-park that was supposed to be built over the River Thames but instead was met with massive backlash — much of it well-deserved — before it fizzled out and was ultimately scrapped by London Mayor Sadiq Kahn? Well, London’s doomed Garden Bridge has been reborn — kind …

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