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Switzerland Plans to Build a Livable Forest in the Sky

The apartment tower would support more than 100 forms of plant-life.<p>Unless you’re a logging protester or Na'vi, chances are you’re not going to be staying in a tree for a long time. But you could replicate that happy, leafy feeling inside this planned apartment building, which will be overgrown …

Recycled Urine Makes Colorful Quantum "Pee-Dots"

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that includes a man’s (or woman’s) urine. Scientists have figured out how to transform your pee into …

Why physicists are so excited about 'neutrino effect' - Futurity

It turns out a prediction about neutrinos and the early universe is true. "It's one thing to predict ... but then you look and it's there! It's …

Dark Pion Particles May Explain Universe's Invisible Matter

Dark matter is the mysterious stuff that cosmologists think makes up some 85 percent of all the matter in the universe. A new theory says dark matter …

OAS1S: Welcome To Urban Forest Neighborhoods When The Houses Are Disguised As Trees

The OAS1S architecture is designed as trees, earth’s most ancient, important and appreciated structures. This unique design creates a highly …

Behold The Tent Of The Future! Collects Solar Energy, Rainwater, And Folds Up For Easy Travel

When people are asked what type of people are part of the green community, most have a stereotypical view of hippies that live off the grid. In …

Clean Energy

Solar panels aren't just for roofs anymore — the world's first road paved with solar panels is working better than expected

Now, six months into the trial, engineers say the system is working even better than expected, with the 70-metre test bike path generating 3,000 kWh, or enough electricity to power a small household for a year.<p>"If we translate this to an annual yield, we expect more than the 70k wh per square metre …

Clean Energy

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars

The Pentagon is working on technology that will allow it to engineer a new organism within a day of it being found in the wild.<p>It's no secret that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing heavily in genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Whether that excites or terrifies you …

Biology

Hanging spherical lodge is a treetop retreat in Laos

Spherical eco-lodges that hang from the trees could allow visitors to observe and immerse themselves in the flora and fauna of the Nam Et-Phou Louey …

Laos

A robot that 3D-prints steel is building a bridge in Amsterdam

Netherlands-based developers are hoping this robot can advance the world of construction with a steel-mesh bridge<p>A 3D-printing company based in …

These machines can capture a new source of clean energy—evaporating water

A lot of water is evaporated every day on Earth (by one calculation some 1,000 trillion liters). And that evaporation is a clean source of solar energy that—until now—has been untapped.<p>Researchers at Columbia University have developed a new technology that can capture at least some of that …

Engineering

DNA carries traces of past events meaning poor lifestyle can affect future generations

Scientists now know that our DNA is being altered all the time by environment, lifestyle and traumatic events<p>Genetic faults caused by trauma, poor lifestyle or environmental stress can be passed down to future generations, scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered.<p>Previously large …

Genetics

Pluto and Its Moons Are Weirder Than We Thought

Increasingly it looks like Pluto is its own, fascinating thing.<p>In a teleconference today, astronomy professor Douglas Hamilton cracked that the "dwarf" in Pluto's title of "dwarf planet" should be seen as an honorific. After all, we have eight planets already; increasingly it looks like Pluto is …

Space Science

What Designing an Indian City from Scratch Can Teach Us About Urban Planning Everywhere

It's ironic that the green, sustainable future of urban India is currently under construction and clustered around a Formula 1 racetrack. But then again, there's nothing standard about <b>Jaypee Greens Sports City</b>, 5,000 acres of flat, mostly featureless rice paddies and shepherd's fields 31 miles …

Can bladeless wind turbines mute opposition?

A more efficient and less intrusive wind turbine design has been welcomed by two of the UK industry’s biggest critics and government regulators<p>A new bladeless wind turbine that promises to be more efficient, less visually intrusive, and safer for birdlife than conventional turbines has been …

Dubai goes green! Plans unveiled for ambitious Sustainable City in the desert with a 100% solar-powered hotel, organic farms, recycled water and a grass amphitheatre

• <b>Intercontinental Hotels Group set to launch Hotel Indigo in Dubai's new eco-resort</b>• <b><br>As well as being powered entirely by solar energy, hotel will</b> …

China plans to be the first to land on the dark side of the moon

The Pink Floyd album aside, the “dark” side of the moon is not <i>actually</i> dark—it receives just as much sunlight as the hemisphere of the moon that we can see from Earth. It’s “dark,” because it’s mysterious, as it has never been explored by humans before.<p>Until now, that is. Wu Weiren, the chief …

Space Science

There Are No Urban Design Courses on Race and Justice, So We Made Our Own Syllabus

Black students at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design say there are no design courses that consider race and justice. Here’s an outline for one.<p>On May 12, Al-Jazeera America ran a story about a social justice-focused urban design conference hosted by the African American Student Union (AASU) of …

Environmental Justice

First HD video of gravity waves rippling into space

Gravity is typically thought of as an invisible force keeping us all inexorably Earthbound. But now a team of researchers from the National Center …

Climate change and the rise of the 'advocacy investor'

For some capital market watchers, the term "activist investor" may bring to mind corporate raiders such as Carl Icahn or Bill Ackman.<p>That's why …

Canadian artist transforms keys and coins into surprising works of art

Artist Michael, who also goes by Moerkey, sees ordinary objects, such as keys, coins and wire, as potential for unconventional pieces of art. Items …

Scientists just discovered a new state of matter that could revolutionize how we use energy

Most of the time, we can easily distinguish between a solid, liquid, and gas simply by using our eyes. But material scientists who study these three states as well as the more bizarre examples — like plasmas, colloids, and Bose-Einstein condensates— take a deeper look at the properties of each …

Chemistry

World's First 'Solar Road' Is Generating Even More Power Than Expected

An experimental bike path that also functions as a giant solar cell has far exceeded expectations in the six months it's been in use -- and that has scientists eyeing roadways as possible sources of solar energy to power street lights, traffic systems, and electric cars.<p>SolaRoad, as the …

10 Cities That Are Shaping The Future Of Urban Living

Cities are frequently at the front line of innovation when it comes to addressing the changing problems of urban life. Plans to combat climate change, bring about cleaner air and create safer, healthier spaces for citizens are all being executed by mayors and councils in the world's major …

Eco-Towns: Three Models of Green Urban Planning

<i>Sutton, UK</i><p>Even as the British real estate market crashes with as much of a thud as the American one did, and even though local residents and some …

Trash Trucks Go Electric With Help From Tesla Co-Founder

Ian Wright calls his range-extending generator a "game-changer" for the automotive industry.<p>As sports cars, delivery trucks, and even buses go electric, one vehicle has kept rumbling along on fossil fuel: the good old garbage truck.<p>That's about to change. This summer, 17 trash trucks in Northern …

Trucks

Feral Cities: How Animals are Going Urban Like Never Before

In his new book, Tristan Donovan takes us to the frontlines of people coping with a rise in urban wildlife, from boars in Berlin to boa constrictors in Miami.<p>A few miles from National Geographic's headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., coyotes roam. But they weren't here a few decades ago.<p>These …

Wildlife

Maine's First 'Community Solar' Project Generating Green for Investors

<i>This story is the second installment of Beyond 350: Confronting Climate Change.</i><p>SOUTH PARIS, Maine - The sun unexpectedly popped out in parts of Maine …

Solar Power

NASA: "There Might Be Civilizations Existing in Cold Dark Space Beyond Galaxies" (Weekend Feature)

The work shows, reported by Nature, shows how little astronomers know about intergalactic space, and how it contributes to the energy budget of the …