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Oct 22, 2017

Environment & Sustainability

Boffins find way to make you ‘invisible’

Oct 22, 2017: NEW materials that can change the way light and other forms of radiation bend around an object may provide a way to make objects invisible. [...]…

Lab focuses on alternatives to gasoline

Oct 21, 2017: ARGONNE, Ill. – It's like a giant rolling Erector Set for engineers who really like to play around with automotive components. Formally called the Mobile [...]…

8000mpg Car Unveiled and guess what it’s only £2,000

Oct 21, 2017: The world's most fuel-efficient vehicle has been unveiled by its British inventor. Andy Green, 45, from the University of Bath, believes his three-wheel TeamGreen car [...]…

Big Wheels for Little Cars

Oct 21, 2017: Chemists build the world’s smallest auto dealership, molecule by molecule. No toy models, these cars actually drive The most prolific car manufacturer on the planet [...]…

Tsunami… this is Japan’s Answer

Oct 21, 2017: “It would not be surprising if a large earthquake were to hit the Tokai region, mainly Shizuoka Prefecture, tomorrow.” The comment was made about thirty [...]…

Floating Wind Farms

Oct 21, 2017: Floating wind farms placed far offshore could lead to affordable electricity — without cluttering the view. uge turbines mounted on floating platforms could make wind [...]…

Help in the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Oct 21, 2017: SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a scientific area whose goal is to detect intelligent life outside Earth. One approach, known as radio SETI, uses [...]…

A car that could save the planet fast

Oct 21, 2017: Silicon Valley’s big brains think they can beat Detroit and Tokyo and save the planet – all while doing 0 to 60 faster than almost [...]…

Futuristic solar home hidden inside 18th-century stone ruins

Oct 20, 2017: The stone ruins of an 18th-century Scottish farmhouse have been brought back to life as the envelope for a surprisingly modern solar-powered home. Nathanael Dorent Architecture and Lily Jencks Studio crafted Ruin Studio with layers like a palimpsest, from the 200-year-old farmhouse frame to futuristic and tubular interior shell. In addition to the use of photovoltaics, the dwelling was built to near passivhaus standards and boasts a super-insulated envelope. This unusual home located...

Tesla earns contract for world's first solar, wind and storage project

Oct 20, 2017: Tesla has won its first contract with Vestas, the world's largest wind turbine maker, to supply its Powerpack batteries for a project that combines solar power, wind power, and Tesla's storage technology in which is being described as the first such project in the world.

Greenbuild: The world's biggest green building expo is coming to Boston

Oct 20, 2017: The world's biggest conference dedicated to green building is coming to Boston this November, and you won't want to miss it. The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will bring together experts, professionals and leaders in sustainable building for mind-blowing exhibits, learning activities, a Net Zero zone, and pavilions with the latest in green building technology.

Hinckley unveils the world's first fully electric luxury yacht

Oct 20, 2017: Imagine silently slicing through the Long Island Sound on a yacht, wind tousling your hair. That's possible with Hinckley's new Dasher yacht, which they say is the world's first fully electric luxury yacht. There's little noise from boat motors thanks to the twin 80 horsepower electric motors and waterproof BMW lithium-ion batteries that move the boat quietly through the waves. Related:…

13 innovative, thought-provoking designs that broke new ground at the London Design Festival

Oct 20, 2017: student work new materials crazy ideas controversial new techniques Trashpresso by Pentatonic Trashpresso is a solar-powered mobile recycling factory. Furniture and home accessories company Pentatonic are at London's Somerset House demonstrating to the public how plastic bottles can be transformed to tiles. It's a potential model for recycling discarded materials in more remote areas of the world. 📷 @thecreativeedit_ #londondesignfestival @wearepentatonic @l_d_f_official...

Solar record-breaking China aims for 50GW installed in 2017

Oct 20, 2017: China, a consistent leader in solar power production and installation, is having another banner year, with 25 gigawatts of solar energy being installed in June and July alone by the People's Republic. It is estimated that China is quite capable of installing over 50GW of solar energy by the end of 2017. As of October 1st, approximately 42GW of solar energy had been installed, though the pace of installations is expected to slow in October. Although China's solar boom yields economic benefits, an...

LAVA unveils greenery-infused Garden Island to revamp Sydney Harbour

Oct 20, 2017: Related: + LAVA Via LAVA, green garden island, sydney harbour architecture, sydney harbour projects, australian architecture, sydney urban design,…

Trees grow on every balcony of this Hanoi university building

Oct 20, 2017: This university building in Hanoi weaves Vietnam’s tropical landscape into its checkerboard facade, with trees growing on every balcony. Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the recently completed FPT University administrative building is the first phase in a greater masterplan to convert the campus into a “globally competition environmentally conscious university.” The university is part of Vietnam’s largest technology park, the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, on the outskirts of Hanoi. Completed...

DIY – Convert Your car to use Hydrogen Today

Oct 20, 2017: The United Nuclear Hydrogen Fuel System Kit converts your existing vehicle to run on Hydrogen. Complete hydrogen conversion kits will soon be available for various [...]…

Failed Palm Springs golf course is being repurposed into a sustainable community filled with olive groves

Oct 20, 2017: Related: Wind and solar-powered Thunder Valley Regenerative Community rises in South Dakota “Miralon is dramatically large in scope and vision,” said Freehold California Division President Brad Shuckhart. “It is like no other place in Palms Springs and yet it emerges naturally from the Desert. This is a community that looks boldly forward with environmental advances while embracing the region’s great architectural history.” “Evolving the existing golf course into habitat-sensitive,...

3000 People Died, You Should Ask These Questions

Oct 20, 2017: There are a lot of people who have died and the goverment has done an amazing job of confusing everyone and having everyone look in [...]…

New concrete roof includes thin-film PV cells to generate power

Oct 20, 2017: Digital design and fabrication techniques allowed researchers in Switzerland to create a curvy, super thin concrete roof that will one day help a residential unit to produce more power than it consumes. Using the innovative methods, the researchers assembled the roof with much less materials than would otherwise be needed. The concrete roof is also equipped with thin-film photovoltaic cells to generate energy. Related:…

VW is building an electric race car to set a new speed record

Oct 20, 2017: Buckle your seat belt! Volkswagen is on a mission to become a top producer of electric vehicles and is proving itself by developing an electric race car which will be entered in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2018. If the company is successful, the race will mark the first time in 31 years VW has competed in the hill climb. The race will take place in Colorado Spring, Colorado, and will be held on June 24th. According to The Verge, the hill climb has been held annually...

This company wants to turn food waste into building materials heres how

Oct 20, 2017: What do peanuts, rice, bananas, potatoes, and mushrooms have in common? In addition to being delicious, they have the potential to make excellent additions to a new building material proposed by the Arup group. In a report entitled “The Urban Bio-Loop,” the firm proposes using food waste (something developed nations have an abundance of) to build structures that are low-cost and eco-friendly. According to the authors, the report aims to demonstrate ‘that a different paradigm...

Hundreds of mysterious stone structures discovered near ancient volcanoes in Saudi Arabia

Oct 19, 2017: Like all things, technology is a double-edged sword. Without it, however, Professor David Kennedy of the University of Oxford would never have discovered hundreds of mysterious structures located near ancient lava domes in Saudi Arabia. Using the resource Google Earth, Kennedy found there are approximately 400 stone walls on ancient lava domes that are believed to be more than 9,000 years old. Because the structures appear similar to others found in the Middle East, they have been dubbed “gates” The...

This gorgeous shipping container ski resort is tucked into a Georgian mountainside

Oct 19, 2017: The architect Sandro Ramishvili and Irakli Eristavi are the minds behind this extraordinary creation. ‘Built in a minimalist style, the hotel seems to repeat the local terrain, cascading down the mountainside. The philosophy behind the project was to safeguard the environment from the harmful effects of work and leisure. Related: Green-roofed shipping containers give Montreal’s floating Bota Bota spa an eco boost + Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort Images via Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort ...

LEGO launches Women of NASA set

Oct 19, 2017: Trailblazing women who have been instrumental in NASA's space program are being honored in a very fun way: as LEGO toys. The company just displayed the final design, with an official launch date for the 231-piece set which includes four women: Mae Jemison, Sally Ride, Margaret Hamilton, and Nancy Grace Roman. Related:…

Portable fog-harvesting AQUAIR harvests clean drinking water from thin air

Oct 19, 2017: Water scarcity doesn’t just affect those in arid climates—areas in humid tropics also lack access to freshwater sources. National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) students in Taiwan tackle these water issues with AQUAIR, a portable fog-harvesting device that pulls potable water out of the air. Designed for use in remote mountainous areas in tropical latitudes, AQUAIR can be easily assembled with the addition of locally sourced materials with future aims of open source production. Though...

Antony Gibbon's Lucent House is a serene minimalist retreat made of glass and stone

Oct 19, 2017: "The Lucent house comprises of a series of geometric forms which twist and turn creating a series of angled rooms supported by 4 stone walls that form the main structure of the building. Minimal glass windows throughout the structure create a very exposed open space opening out onto the terrace which runs all around the outside with the shelter from the over hanging roof. The Lucent house can be built in any environment not just on the edge of water. It can be scaled, resized and extended...

Volunteer Opportunity as a Member of the BCSEA Board of Directors

Oct 19, 2017: Wednesday, October 11, 2017Mission Statement The BC Sustainable Energy Association champions conservation initiatives and renewable energy while empowering British Columbians to build a clean, sustainable energy future.                      Position Description & Link to Mission BCSEA is an independent voice for British Columbia’s sustainable energy economy. It is founded on the strengths of not-for-profit and energy leaders who are committed to overcoming this generation’s greatest challenge: The transition to an equitable and prosperous low-carbon economy through sustainable energy. We promote sustainable energy in BC through: Raising awareness and…

Solar-powered Noe Hill Smarthome is an eco-friendly dream in San Francisco

Oct 19, 2017: The LEED Platinum-certified Noe Hill Smart Ecohome marries state-of-the-art green technology and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle increasingly popular among urban dwellers. The house, designed by EAG Studio, offers beautiful views of the ever-changing skyline of San Francisco and creates a healthy living environment. The house occupies a coveted site near the crest of the Collingwood hill in San Francisco. It spans three levels and comprises 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths (with 3 bedrooms ensuite on the upper...

Newly-discovered hermit crab species uses living coral as shells

Oct 19, 2017: For the first time ever, a hermit crab has been documented to have found its “forever” home. Off the coast of Japan, a new species of the crab has partnered with a living coral. The coral grows as the crab ages, which means it has no need to continue searching for a bigger shell to live in. Unlike its counterparts, this new species has a perfectly symmetrical body to fit the coral that grows with it. The discovery of the Diogenes heteropsammicola is described in the journal PLOS...

11-year old inventor becomes "America's Top Young Scientist" for creating lead-detecting sensor

Oct 19, 2017: Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year old resident of Lone Tree, Colorado, earned the title of "America's Top Young Scientist" when she won the this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her inspired invention of a sensor that can more efficiently detect lead in water than traditional methods. Rao was first inspired to create such a tool after learning about the Flint water crisis. "I feel every individual has the right to know if their drinking water is safe," said Rao in her National...

3,000 new solar-powered homes in Arizona to be equipped with Sonnen batteries

Oct 19, 2017: Prescott, Arizona has around 277 days of sunshine every year. Arizona-based house builder Mandalay Homes plans to take advantage of all that sunshine in 3,000 new homes to be built in the city, all equipped with rooftop solar panels and batteries from German company Sonnen GmbH. The companies said the community would be the first one like it in America. Related:…

Plummeting insect population signals potential "ecological Armageddon"

Oct 19, 2017: Over the past three decades, the insect population has collapsed by 75% in nature reserves studied by scientists in Germany. Although the data gathered for this study was from a specific region of the world, it carries implications for a global ecology struggling to adapt to rapidly changing climate and environmental conditions. While many entomophobes may cheer the decrease in numbers of insects, it may have grave consequences for the broader ecosystem. “We appear to be making vast tracts of land...

Light-manipulating algae could boost solar power technology

Oct 19, 2017: You probably learned about diatoms, a prolific type of algae, back in grade school. But you may not have learned these single-celled organisms can manipulate light - and scientists are putting them in organic solar cells to enhance efficiency. Diatoms are inexpensive and can be found in different types of water and even tree bark. Study lead author and Yale University Ph.D. student Lyndsey McMillon-Brown said, "They help trap and scatter light for the algae to photosynthesize, so we're...

Solar-powered skyscraper with worlds tallest ceramic facade unveiled for Dubai

Oct 19, 2017: UNStudio and Werner Sobek have unveiled plans for a new Dubai skyscraper guaranteed to turn heads with its twisted form and a ceramic-tile façade said to be the world’s tallest. Sculptural and functional, the beautiful Wasl Tower will cut down on energy costs with its use of solar panels and optimization of natural light. Hotel group Mandarin Oriental will operate the mixed-use skyscraper that will comprise a 250-room five-star hotel along with offices, residences, and public spaces. Located...

World's first 3D-printed bridge opens in the Netherlands

Oct 18, 2017: History has been made in The Netherlands, where the world’s first 3D-printed bridge is finally in commission. On Tuesday, Dutch officials celebrated the opening of the innovative bridge, which is 8 meters (26 ft) long and located near the town of Gemert. By using reinforced, pre-stressed concrete and 3D-printing techniques, the bridge (which is primarily intended for cyclists) can safely bear the weight of 40 trucks. In total, the structure took just three months to build.   Said Theo...

The world's first floating wind farm just switched online

Oct 18, 2017: Five massive wind turbines floating in the ocean near Scotland have started sending energy to the grid. Statoil, a Norwegian power company, has been working on the 30 megawatt Hywind Scotland project for several years, and it's now up and running. The wind farm can power around 20,000 homes. Related: The world's largest floating wind farm is planned for the California coast Via the BBC and Statoil Images via…

Spectacular origami pavilion made of recycled plastic pops up in Columbus, Indiana

Oct 18, 2017: Origami-inspired Synergia pavilion in Columbus is a complex, LED-lit public structure made from recycled plastic. Students of the IU School of Art, Architecture + Design in Bloomington, led by Professor Jiangmei Wu, designed the pavilion as an experiment in building complex structures that grow similarly to biological forms, soap bubbles, and crystal patterns. The temporary pavilion sits on the site of Eero Saarinen’s North Christian Church in Columbus, and references the famous architect’s...

Greening the Earth could fight climate change as efficiently as cutting fossil fuels

Oct 18, 2017: Planting trees, revitalizing soil, and other natural environmental actions could prove as effective in fighting climate change as ceasing all oil use across the planet, according to new study published by an international team of scientists in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Stanford sodium-based battery could be more cost-effective than lithium

Oct 18, 2017: The quest for the best battery is of vital importance as the world transitions to renewable energy. A Stanford University-led team turned to salt to design a sodium-based battery that can hold the same amount of power as a lithium-ion one for a cheaper price. While it's not the world's first sodium ion battery, the Stanford design costs under 80 percent of a lithium-ion battery that can store the same amount of energy. Related:…

You can stay in this tiny treehouse made out of locally-sourced materials in Hawaii

Oct 18, 2017: Related: 8 inspiring tiny Airbnb homes for a taste of living small + Airbnb Hawaii Tiny Home, tiny home living, tiny houses, tiny home hawaii, tiny home hawaii airbnb, Hawaii tree cottage , volcano hawaii tiny home, off grid retreat hawaii,…

Toyota and Mazda establish a new company for electric cars

Oct 18, 2017: Toyota, Mazda and Denso have signed a new partnership that will see the three companies establish a new company for the development of electric cars. Toyota and Mazda both don't offer any fully electric vehicles in their lineup yet, so the new partnership will give both automakers the basic structural components for EVs. For automakers to survive the changing automotive industry, they need to be able to produce several types of powertrains, including electric and fuel cell vehicles. Toyota,...

We are all deeply feeling the loss of a friend and colleague

Oct 18, 2017: It is with heavy hearts that we can confirm that our dear friend and colleague Carolina Nyberg-Steiser, 29, from Greenpeace Nordic has died in a tragic accident in the Amazon.Carolina was traveling in a small amphibious plane that crashed while landing on the river Rio Negro near the city of Manaus, capital of the northern state of Amazonas in Brazil. There is no confirmed information on the causes of the accident. The plane crashed Tuesday at around 11.50 AM Manaus time (18.50 CEST).Carolina was visiting our Brazil office to meet with her colleagues and learn more about the campaign to protect the Amazon. She was on a flight to see firsthand the beauty of the forest.The four others onboard, including the pilot, all survived, sustaining lig…

Toronto's waterfront to undergo major futuristic redesign thanks to Google's Sidewalk Labs

Oct 18, 2017: In collaboration with Sidewalk Labs, a start-up created by Google to "accelerate innovation in cities around the world," the city of Toronto will embark on a futuristic redesign of its waterfront that will incorporate cutting edge technology and sleek modern design to build an urban gathering place for businesses, locals and visitors. Innovations on the Toronto waterfront may include free public Wi-Fi, automated trash systems, robust renewable energy sources, and self driving cars. "This project...

Bloomberg gives $64 million to anti-coal campaign

Oct 18, 2017: The Donald Trump administration had made a lot of noise about bringing back coal. But with renewable energy soaring, and coal plants retiring, their efforts may go in vain - and a new $64 million donation from Bloomberg Philanthropies could facilitate progress towards cleaner sources of power. Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor and philanthropist, said, "The Trump administration has yet to realize that the war on coal was never led by Washington - and Washington cannot end it." The...

Fantastical off-grid home is the perfect pad for Fred Flintstone and Bilbo Baggins

Oct 18, 2017: Related: This Oregon dome home could be yours – if aliens don’t come for it first + Zillow Via The Register Guard Nolan Scheid, Nolie Scheid, dome homes, concrete lord of the rings home, odd architecture, dome architecture, stone homes…

MVRDV wins bid for green-roofed Zhangjiang Future Park in Shanghai

Oct 18, 2017: MVRDV just unveiled competition-winning designs for Zhangjiang Future Park, a 100,000-square-meter park and cultural center—the latest in a rapidly growing list of large-scale developments in Shanghai. Designed for the city’s Pudong district, the Future Park expands on the existing Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, a bustling business and industrial district for national and international companies established in 1992. The Future Park will serve the over 100,000 workers that live in the area and add 10,000...

Undulating green-roofed resort gets green light for coastal Turkey town

Oct 18, 2017: A new health and wellness resort planned for a Turkish coastal town appears to lift out of the ground into a series of rolling hills. Designed by architecture firm ENOTA, the sprawling green-roofed Tetusa Oasis Thermal Resort just received the green light for construction in Cesme, Turkey. Designed to mimic the surrounding hilly terrain, this lush resort taps into the landscape’s thermal waters to offer a spa, waterpark, hotel, medical prevention center, elderly care facility, and other health...

California bans puppy mills and requires all pet stores to sell rescue animals

Oct 17, 2017: In a move which is being applauded by animal rights activists, California is officially the first state to ban puppy mills. The revised measure AB485 requires pet stores to sell dogs, cats, and rabbits from animal shelters, rescue groups or adoption centers. The goal to ensure better treatment of animals and to secure homes for some of the 1.5 million animals which are euthanized across the United States each year. Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation last Friday, which will...

Skinny micro-apartment can pop up in a parking space in just one day

Oct 17, 2017: The thought of living in an apartment with the footprint of a parking space may seem improbable and uncomfortable, but the chic Tikku micro-apartment shows us that it can be done. In response to pressures of the housing crises, Finnish architect Marco Casagrande of Casagrande Laboratory designed and built a prefabricated mobile micro-apartment that can pop up in as little as a day. The three-story-tall micro-apartment is designed to be mobile so it can go almost anywhere a car can—with enough overhead...