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Stretchable fabric powers gadgets with sweat

Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 by

There has been a lot of advancement in performance fabrics over the last decade. Exercise clothing is made to move with us, help moderate our temperatures and wick away sweat to keep us comfortable. Researchers at Binghampton University have developed a fabric that could fit those needs, but it would also do something with […]

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There Are Street Lights Powered By Dog Poop!

Posted on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 by

  Believe it or not, we once worked out – as best we could – how much energy you could generate if you burned the poop of our planet’s entire human population. It’s surprisingly little, perhaps enough to power a few million standard American households. Saying that, poop can be used as a (flawed) power source […]

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Your sweat may soon power your smartphone

Posted on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 by

Scientists have created a skin patch that can power a radio for two days using human sweat, and may eventually be used to charge mobile devices while people are out for a run. (Image: Reuters) Scientists have created a skin patch that can power a radio for two days using human sweat, and may eventually […]

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Plasma arc recycling

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017 by

Humans are machines for turning the world into waste—at least that’s how it seems. On average, every single person in the United States produces about 2kg (5lb) of trash per day, which adds to up three quarters of a ton, per person, each year! What are we to do with all this junk? Recycling is […]

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How drones are helping design the solar power plants of the future

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by

At the edge of a plot of muddy farmland, a few miles down the road from the University of California at Davis, an engineer takes a few quick steps across crop rows and lets go of a three-foot drone. Within seconds, the device – which weighs less than 2lbs and carries a powerful camera […]

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Are Artificial Trees the Future of Renewable Energy?

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 by

In 2007, Eric Henderson watched the heart-shaped leaves of a redbud rustle in the wind outside of his home in Iowa. A gust came through, whipping around the tree’s branches, causing the leaves to oscillate in the turbulent stream of air. “And that got me thinking,” he says. Henderson, a molecular biologist at […]

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How is this bamboo bike bringing change to an entire community?

Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 by

Meet Bernice Dapaah – a young entrepreneur from Ghana who decided to build eco-friendly bikes to not only help the environment, but to improve the lives of those living in her community! Bernice (on the left), the founder of the Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative. […]

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Can Kite Power Revolutionize the Wind Industry?

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by

Rod Read, an engineer and stay-at-home dad, lives on the remote Isle of Lewis in Scotland. For the past seven years, he’s been designing a kite that he thinks could revolutionize wind power. His prototype, a series of spinning rainbow-colored rings, stands out against the gray Scottish sky. On a good day, the kite […]

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New Whirlwind-Attracting Bladeless Micro Wind Turbine

Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by

The startup Vortex Bladeless is developing a — you guessed it — bladeless micro wind turbine shaped like a super-long popsicle stick only rounder, like an ice cream cone without any ice cream. From a distance it looks like a pole stuck in the ground, so at first glance you might thing that there […]

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A Microgrid Grows in Brooklyn

Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by

One New York City neighborhood’s efforts to pool local renewable energy sources reflects a larger push toward decentralized power production and consumption In the short term Brooklyn Microgrid will operate as a backup option during storms, cyber attacks and other catastrophic disruptions. “The main driver for the project is resiliency in the face of grid […]

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