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10 Free Onboarding UIs Built With CSS and JavaScript

The goal of onboarding is to get new users acquainted with an interface. This comes in many different styles, and there is no right way to do it. But …

Web Design

Make your own DIY biogas digester

When we posted about several "green gas" mills being built in the UK, it was easy to get carried away with all the pretty mock-ups of high-tech …

Futuristic Wind Turbines Take the Form of Sleek Minimalist Trees

The <i>Wind Tree</i>, developed by the French <i>New Wind</i> group, is a prototype battery of small wind turbines in the form of a minimalist tree that seamlessly blends in with urban environments. Standing 26 feet tall, plastic pods resembling leaves, with miniature turbine blades inside, hang from the tree's …

Renewable Energy

Guess Who Are The Top 10 Solar Panel Makers In the World?

Solar equipment makers are gearing up to expand production again after many of them had to idle production lines or close factories. So who are the top 10 solar panel makers these days?<p>IHS released its ranking today that put Trina Solar as the top shipper of solar panels in 2014, followed by Yingli …

Philippe Starck Dreams Up Super Green Prefab System - Dwell

"Building one’s own house can be a source of extreme danger," says French designer Philippe Starck. "We all know when it starts, but we never know when it is going to end or how much it will cost in the end."<p>Considering his background, and the fact that this industrial designer’s work has touched …

Furniture

LEDs in greenhouses deliver same yield as grow lights, using just 25% of the energy

Even with our growing emphasis on and awareness of the benefits to the environment when eating locally and seasonally, there hasn't seemed to have …

Aquaponics

Paint Your Roof With Working Solar Cells Made from Grass Clippings

Installing a solar roof on your home could one day be as simple as mixing your yard clippings into a stew of inexpensive chemicals and painting the resulting mixture right onto your rooftop. An MIT researcher has developed a method of manufacturing solar panels on the spot from agricultural waste, …

This pop-up solar station looks like Optimus Prime, goes anywhere, and has wifi

If there’s anything your average irony-loving, trucker-cap-wearing hipster can’t get enough of these days, it’s pop-up shops. Mobile couture …

Renewable Energy

Tiny Batteries Could Revolutionize Green Energy

Nanotechnology could dramatically improve energy storage for electronics, cars, and buildings.<p><b>Tiny is big in the quest to build batteries that store more energy for cars, buildings, and personal electronics.</b><p><b>Nanosize batteries that are 80,000 times thinner than a human hair represent a promising new</b> …

Clean Energy

How Green Are Those Solar Panels, Really?

As the industry grows, so does concern over the environmental impact.<p><b>As the world seeks cleaner power, solar energy capacity has increased sixfold in the past five years. Yet manufacturing all those solar panels, a Tuesday report shows, can have environmental downsides.</b><p>Fabricating the panels …

Sustainability

New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat

A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar …

Nanotech

How Might We Grow Plants In Space? - The Fox Is Black

I’ve never stopped to think about how we might grow plants in space. I’ve only really thought about those enormous geodesic domes that you see in …

Space Exploration

Humble spud poised to launch a world food revolution

Dutch team is pioneering development of crops fed by sea water<p>In a small army field-hut Dr Arjen de Vos shows off his irrigation machine with pride. Pipes lead out to several acres of muddy field, where only a few stragglers from the autumn harvest of potatoes, salads, carrots and onions are left. …

This New Method of Farming Could Change Where Our Food Comes From

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Farming

The Quest To Harness Wind Energy At 2,000 Feet

High-altitude wind contains enough energy to power the planet. A Boston start-up wants to be the first to bring it down to Earth.<p>Nothing about the grooved, inflatable body taking shape inside Greentown Labs in Somerville, Massachusetts, resembles a wind turbine. It looks more like a jetliner's …

BadUSB Can Turn Thumb Drives Into Cyberweapons

BadUSB is a dangerous USB security flaw that allows attackers to turn a simple USB device into a keyboard, which can then be used to type malicious …

The Tah Bluetooth stick lets you control (almost) anything with a smartphone

We've seen plenty of development boards, but this might be the first that comes with both Bluetooth LE and built-in USB. Tah is the creation of India's Revealing Hour and has been designed to both lower the cost of adding Bluetooth to Arduino projects, but also to connect your smartphone to other …

USB has a huge security problem that could take years to fix

In July, researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell announced that they'd found a critical security flaw they called BadUSB, allowing attackers to smuggle malware on the devices effectively undetected. Even worse, there didn't seem to be a clear fix for the attack. Anyone who plugged in a USB stick …

Weird Crystal Can Absorb All The Oxygen In A Room -- And Then Release It Later

This could potentially make fuel cells, space travel, and scuba diving a lot more efficient.<p>Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark say they’ve invented a crystal that pulls oxygen out of the air and even water. Apparently, just a spoonful of the stuff can suck up all the oxygen in a …

Weird Crystal Can Absorb All The Oxygen In A Room -- And Then Release It Later

This could potentially make fuel cells, space travel, and scuba diving a lot more efficient.<p>Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark say they’ve invented a crystal that pulls oxygen out of the air and even water. Apparently, just a spoonful of the stuff can suck up all the oxygen in a …

The Shellshock command security flaw isn't really fixed yet

Don't get too comfy just because companies are rolling out patches for the Shellshock security bug -- as it turns out, even updated websites and devices remain at risk. Developers are reporting that they can still run any code they like (and thus hijack systems) through the bash command shell …

Worse than Heartbleed? Today's Bash bug could break security for years

Linux users got a nasty surprise today, as a security team at Red Hat uncovered a subtle but dangerous bug in the Bash shell, one of the most versatile and widely used utilities in Linux. It's being called the Bash bug, or Shellshock. When accessed properly, the bug allows for an attacker's code to …

Information Security

'Bash' bug could let hackers attack through a light bulb

Say hello to the bash bug, a lesson in why Internet-connected devices are inherently unsafe.<p>Computer security researchers have discovered a flaw in the way many devices communicate over the Internet. At its most basic, it lets someone hack every device in your house, business or government building …

Gorilla Glass

IBM wants to kill the hard drive it invented

Saving files to memory is something that's supposed to be mostly invisible for the end user. We don't need to think about it; it just has to work. But whether it's a solid-state or hard disk drive, conventional storage solutions have their limitations -- namely, speed, rewritability and durability. …

A peek inside the booming underground market for stealth Bitcoin/Litecoin mining tools

The over-hyped market valuation of the buzzing <b>P2P E-currency, Bitcoin</b>, quickly gained the attention of cybercriminals internationally who promptly …

10 common mobile security problems to attack

When it comes to security, most mobile devices are a target waiting to be attacked. That's pretty much the conclusion of a report to Congress on the status of the security of mobile devices this week by watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office.<p>Combine the lack of security with the fact …

Hands-on: hacking WiFi Protected Setup with Reaver | Ars Technica

We try out an attack tool developed by researchers who wanted to demonstrate …<p>WiFi hacking has long been a favorite pastime of hackers, penetration …