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ClearPod

23 Nov<p>Aeration in my septic system – Who, When, What, Where, Why WHO Homeowners with septic systems that are either underperforming or wish to …

The Power of Microgrids

One obstacle to using cleaner, more local, renewable power is the power grid itself. Our antiquated system of regional grids is, for the most part, …

Clean Water Drives Economic Growth

Two decades ago, my hometown waterway of Boston Harbor was known as the dirtiest harbor in America. Raw sewage and industrial pollution made fishing and swimming risky at best, and impossible at worst. But today, thanks to cleanup efforts spurred by the Clean Water Act, it's one of the most visited …

Water

ClearPod – Testing a performance evaluation carried out by University of Guelph

• <b>How do I improve the performance of my septic system?</b>• <b><br>How do I make sure my septic system is not going to fail?</b>• <b><br>Is my septic system is contaminating</b> …

Scientists Develop Printable Solar Cells

Scientists in Australia say they are close to bringing a new form of solar power to the market. The Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) has developed a way to print solar cells directly onto plastic or other materials.<p>VICOSC is composed of scientists from Australia’s national science …

Clean Energy

PM/AM: Seawater Could Power Water Treatment Plants

Stories, videos, and our thoughts on big news you might have missed.<p><i>Welcome to PM/AM, Popular Mechanics' morning briefing on the top science and tech stories for today.</i><p><i>(Photo credit: Leonardo Banchik/ Elsevier B.V.)</i><p>New research in the Journal of Membrane Science suggests we may be able to power …

Renewable Energy

How It Works: The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell

I'm going to soak up the sun.<p>Solar cells typically convert no more than 20 percent of incoming energy into electricity, in part because they capture only certain wavelengths of light. Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have developed a solar cell that converts …

How Fertilizer Is Poisoning the Water Supply of 400,000 People

The water supplying Toldeo, Ohio, has turned a sickly shade of Satanic vomit-green.<p>Coinciding with the return of a prodigal Cavalier, it's possible that many in northern Ohio didn't give second thought to a warning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that this summer would be …

Lake Erie

The First Man-Made Biological Leaf Turns Light and Water Into Oxygen

If humanity hopes to realize its dreams of exploring the stars, we're going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply …

Drought: Water now top worry for Californians

Water is the top environmental concern of Californians, surpassing air pollution for the first time in the history of a 14-year-old survey released Thursday.<p>As the state grapples with its driest three-year spell in at least a century, 54 percent of people say water is a big problem in their part of …

Drought

Nearly 80% of California now under 'extreme' drought conditions

Harsh, dry conditions continue to drive more of California into the highest possible category of drought, the<p>National Weather Serviceannounced Thursday.<p>Nearly 80% of the state was under "extreme"<p>drought conditionsin June, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map. Within that area, the …

Weather

Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Why didn't they make classrooms like this when we were kids? A new off-grid teaching space in the UK is set to inspire the next generation of …

America Is Running Out of Water

Although most Americans believe water scarcity occurs only in countries where Angelina Jolie campaigns for peace, two of the world’s most overexerted rivers are right here in the United States.<p><i>Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Although most Americans believe water scarcity occurs only in countries …

Angelina Jolie

SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

Many people around the world rely on cash crops to create extra income for their families. During the dry season, shallow wells and drought are …

Solar Power

California Could Run Out of Water in Less Than Two Years

The U.S. Drought Monitor has released its latest report and the results are deeply troubling. Seven states are experiencing long-term severe drought, …

Snorkeling

California Cuts Water to Some Farms and Cities

Severe drought drives new restrictions on use of the Sacramento River.<p>Facing severe drought, California's state water board told hundreds of users of the Sacramento River, including farms and some small cities, that they must stop taking water from the river.<p>The notices are the first such mandatory …

Snorkeling

New Super-Strong, Self-Healing, Infinitely Recyclable Polymers Will Change How We Make Things

Recycling valuable chip components inside our electronics could suddenly become a lot more doable–and that’s just the beginning.<p>It’s nearly impossible to go through a day without encountering polymers–molecules that play a part in paint, plastic, food packaging, car and plane parts, clothes, cell …

Engineering

The Coolest Bar in Texas is Built With Seven Stacked Shipping Containers

Austin just raised its profile as the hippest city in Texas with Container Bar, an awesome new space designed by North Arrow Studio. The …

Design

Miracle Material Graphene Could Be Pollutant Of The Future

To its many fans, graphene is a wonder substance set to transform the world. But could it also pollute the planet at the same time?<p>That was the question posed by researchers at the University of California, who wanted to know what would happen if graphene was released into the environment.<p>They …

Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California's Water Supply Problem?

California is suffering through its worst drought in decades, and it has gotten so bad that officials announced that 17 communities across the state …

Falling Solar Energy Costs Are Poised To Reshape The World's Economy

Jeremy Rifkin recently published a book called <i>The Zero Marginal Cost Society.</i> <i></i>As an industry analyst it is my job to stay on top of technologies that have the chance to transform industry. Indeed, when MHI went through a very throrough research project to identify megatrends that will reshape …

Solar Roadways looks to crowdfund $1M, begin manufacturing

When TreeHugger first covered the Solar Roadways concept, it was with a healthy dose of skepticism.<p>Then they got a $100,000 grant from the Department …

Clean Energy

Printoo Is An Open Platform Of Printed Electronic Modules For Creative Makers

Printoo wants to light up your maker life with a range of flexible, printed circuit boards and modules that can be used to power up all sorts of everyday objects. So not just flat stuff — you could wrap these printed electronics around a bottle or can, for instance, to add a display or lights. Or …

Mississippi Basin Water Quality Declining Despite Conservation

Federal scientists report latest monitoring data and highlight challenges.<p>U.S. federal scientists say water quality has declined in the massive Mississippi River Basin in recent years due to the combined effects of agricultural and urban infrastructure, despite decades of conservation efforts. …

Pollution

Oil-chewing bacteria may be the future for quickly cleaning toxic oil spills

When the Deepwater Horizon disaster happened in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, oil gushed into the ocean for nearly three months. To get rid of the oil, crews sprayed huge amounts of toxic chemicals called dispersants into the water.<p>Dispersants break down oil into smaller droplets that can more …