Matthew Seward

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Bionic leaf turns sunlight into liquid fuel

The days of drilling into the ground in the search for fuel may be numbered, because if Daniel Nocera has his way, it’ll just be a matter of looking …

Harvard

A Guy Who's Been Living Off the Grid for 20 Years Explains How to Live Sustainably

I asked the guy living in Sydney's greenest house whether I'm too poor to live off the grid.<p>From the street, Michael Mobbs's inner Sydney terrace house looks like any other. But 20 years ago, Michael and his wife transformed their Chippendale home into an experiment in sustainable living: solar …

Renewable Energy Jobs Surpass Oil and Gas Sector for First Time in U.S.

The number of jobs in the solar business grew 12 times faster than overall job creation in the U.S. last year and outpaced those in the oil and gas …

Renewable Energy

20 Easy Life Hacks That Will Make You Wealthy

Stop blaming failures on bad luck.<p>Many people strike it rich by just making one smart career move, investing in the right stocks or even inheriting a …

Self-improvement

Could we mimic photosynthesis to tap into the Sun’s energy? – Peter Forbes

When I think about the future of renewable energy, I picture the inner workings of a leaf – any leaf. A green plant is a remarkable solar-energy …

This Plastic-Eating Bacteria Could End Landfills

It could potentially do in six weeks what takes nature centuries.<p>We may have a new tool in the fight against landfill overflow and ocean pollution. …

Got Denmark envy? Wait until you hear about its energy policies.

Bernie Sanders's unexpectedly strong presidential campaign has drawn a great deal of attention to the small Northern European nation of Denmark (population 5.6 million), which Sanders and many other liberals cite as a social democratic success story.<p>In response to this clamor, Vox has produced a …

Renewable Energy

Climate change could be happening 2,400 feet under Antarctic ice

In case you missed out on the bad news du jour, let me both enlighten and disturb you (the primary job description here at Grist): The world is now …

Thermos-Like Passive Homes Aggressively Save Energy

Extreme energy efficiency is target of more buildings, even low-budget Habitat for Humanity homes.<p>Three miles northeast of the White House, now topped with solar panels, six modest new rowhouses are expected to deliver world-class savings in energy.<p>The reason's simple: They're so well sealed and …

Special report: How the rise of a mega solar panel farm shows us the future of energy

After about an hour of weaving up and down the winding, mountainous, two-lane highway that is route 58, eastbound from San Luis Obispo, I honestly …

Renewable Energy

Elon Musk: The Future Is Fully Electric

The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors says the era of gasoline engines will soon look "quaint." He also divulges his idea for his next company.<p>If you subscribe to computer scientist Alan Kay's line of thinking that the best way to predict the future is to invent it, it's probably best to listen up …

Tesla

This Asteroid Will Pass Really Close to Earth This Weekend

NASA says an asteroid that was first spotted only days ago will pass very close to Earth on Sunday.<p>The asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will “safely …

Astronomy

Wallet hack: can Coin replace your credit cards?

Startup tries to end plastic's half-century-long stranglehold on pocketbooks<p>San Francisco startup Coin today announced its first product — a credit card-sized device that digitally stores up to eight credit, debit, gift, or membership cards, and lets you switch between them by pressing a circular …

The 10 Cities That Are Leading The Way In Urban Sustainability

Cities are the laboratories where the most innovative ideas for surviving in the future can be tested. These 10–from New York to Tokyo to Bogota–were just awarded City Climate Leadership Awards for their work.<p>With a few exceptions, national governments aren’t going to make a big dent in climate …

The World's Largest Solar Energy Office Building Shines in China

This vast fan-shaped compound in China is the "largest solar-powered office building in the world". Located in Dezhou in the Shangdong Province in …

InformationWeek, serving the information needs of the Business Technology Community

Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer, 6/11/2018<p>Emily Johnson, Digital Content Editor, InformationWeek, 6/18/2018<p>Guest Commentary, Guest Commentary, 6/19/2018<p>…

Big Data

In urban L.A., developers are building trendy homes on tiny lots

Just north of downtown Los Angeles, skinny homes on tiny lots are sprouting from the hillsides — a building boom of miniature proportions.<p>The rectangular structures come in clusters of six or 15, or even 70, and developers are racing to build them in trendy Silver Lake and Echo Park. They're eyeing …

Interview : Exciting Eco-Friendly Contemporary Garden Rooms By The English Designer Ben Lord

One of the strongest trends nowadays, in the world of design, focuses on sustainability. I find it very curious and exciting to see the world more …

The Energy Fix: Engineering Triumphs Over Wave And Tidal Forces

How water could be harnessed for roughly a third of U.S. annual electricity usage<p>The Bottom Feeder<p>Water is 800 times denser than air, and building a gen­erator able to withstand the tremendous force it generates has hampered the development of next-gen hydropower. If engineers can harness its …

German Scientists Create Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge an Electric Car for 27 Years

Scientists at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemburg (ZSW) have developed one of the most efficient lithium-ion …

Clean Energy

Erika Cross' Flexible Vertebral Chair is Made from Recycled Cork

Cork is a versatile material that isn’t limited to wine bottle stoppers and wedged shoes. As an emergent alternative to conventional materials used …

Furniture

VertiCrop Processes 10,000 Plants Every 3 Days Using Vertical Hydroponic Farming

Vertical farming is one of the most innovative solutions for lowering the amount of energy, space, and water needed to grow food, but Valcent …

Aquaponics

Three-Story Interior Green Wall Breathes Life into Home

What looks like an imposing, monolithic black volume from the outside is filled with air, light and greenery on the inside. Casa CorManca is a …

Architecture

5 Recycled Buildings: Wing House, Sea Fort Resort And More Places That Will Blow Your Mind (PHOTOS)

<i>From Earth911's Nate Lipka:</i><p>Raising buildings out of two-by-fours and bricks is <i>so</i> last decade.<p>Okay, okay, we admit that the majority of structures nowadays are still built using age-old materials and techniques. But every once in a while, someone comes along and knocks our socks off with a bold …

10 Incredible Ways Technology May Make Us Superhuman

In the last half of the twentieth century, medical science came up with some pretty astonishing ways to replace human parts that were starting to …

Physicists To Attempt To Build Temporality-Bending "Time Crystal"

Wired relays top scientists’ plan to build a microscopic “time crystal,” a structure within which time would not be continuous:<p>In February 2012, the …

Reinventing The Supermarket As A Terraced Retreat

Amsterdam-based NL Architects transform an unlovable building typology–the supermarket box–into a green oasis.<p>The supermarket may be a marvel of social engineering, a highly calibrated machine designed to fulfill our gustatory desires–at the expense of our wallets–but it’s a stretch to call it …

Architecture