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Passive dream home makes a case for energy independence

California’s Casa Aguila is the ultimate eco-conscious house<p><i>Welcome to Home of the Future, a four-part video series co-produced by Curbed and</i> <i>The Verge</i><i>. Each month, we'll take you inside one innovative home and explore how the technology of today informs the way people will live in the future. To</i> …

San Diego

Student-built solar-powered tiny home represents new vision for the American dream

The future of tiny home design is looking very bright. A team of students from Sacramento State, working under the name Sol Vespiade, have designed a …

Shipping container-based house will catch the rays in California

Though London-based Whitaker is a trained architect, he's also a photographer and digital artist who, as he puts it, "uses a computer to create …

Dining Rooms

China Just Built A 250-Acre Solar Farm Shaped Like A Giant Panda

In a display of China’s commitment to ramping up renewable energy resources, the country just finished a 250-acre solar farm in the shape of a panda. The effort is partially a PR campaign as China continues to lead the world in renewable energy investment.<p>The first phase of the solar power plant …

Renewable Energy

This Is How 12 Stylish Women Wear Button-Down Shirts for Summer

In case you missed the memo, flirty sun dresses, Baywatch-inspired swimsuits, and French girl-approved baskets aren’t the be-all-end-all of warm-weather fashion essentials. On duty or off, nothing says summer style goddess quite like a button-down that can be tossed over a bright crocheted bikini …

Clothing

Portable All-in-one Generator Solar Kit from Renogy Phoenix: $480 (Reg. $650)

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>As part of today’s Gold Box Deals, Amazon is offering the Renogy Phoenix Portable Generator All-in-one Solar Kit with Replaceable …

Quantum entanglement, science’s ‘spookiest’ phenomenon, achieved in space

Imagine you are a photon, a packet of light. You are a tiny blip of energy, hurtling through the universe on your own. But you have a twin, another photon to whom you have been intimately connected since the day you were born. No matter what distance separates you, be it the width of a lab bench or …

Quantum Mechanics

Hubble Views The Final Frontier For Dark Matter

When you look out into the distant Universe, in most locations, you’ll find a field of faint, distant galaxies: beautiful, but nothing special.<p>However, in a few select locations, you’ll find massive clusters of galaxies, containing hundreds or even thousands of galaxies the size of the Milky Way …

Universe

Tesla’s solar roof tiles will be available to order starting in April

The Tesla solar roof tiles the company unveiled last year, which look like regular roof tiles and yet have roughly equivalent efficiency of traditional solar power gathering cells, will be up for order starting in April, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.<p>These are a key step in Tesla’s combined …

Tesla

The Vista Tiny House is Perfect For Modern Design Lovers

Have you ever wanted to just give up on everything and retreat deep into the country, far from any society, where you can write a novel and raise …

Off-grid

This sustainable suburban home can power a pair of electric cars, too

Modern design and net zero principles helps a Minnesota couple realize their green home dreams<p>Minnesotans Mark and Kate Hanson believe in efficiency and a better environment, so it makes sense they’d seek out a more sustainable design for their new home. But the new net zero home they moved into …

Tesla Just Solved Solar Energy’s Fugly Problem

The company’s new solar tiles are built right into your roof.<p>In California, solar energy is already huge. The state’s 15,000 megawatts of solar—the equivalent of several nuclear power plants–can provide power to over 3 million homes. But not every state has California’s sky-high energy prices or …

Solar Power

Hot Celebs in Halloween Costumes: Pictures

Los Angeles

Floating homes: a solution to flooding, crowded cities and unaffordable housing

Architects from Amsterdam to Lagos are building on water to try to tackle the twin urban pressures of population density and climate change<p>It’s a timber-clad house with open-plan living, pale floorboards and large windows giving views across Chichester canal. This building designed by London-based …

Housing

3tags.org

The World Robot Conference in China: Pictures

Beijing

The Slow Cooker Recipes You've Been Waiting For

The slow cooker is our best friend this time of year. As the days get shorter and we find ourselves low on energy, the slow cooker picks up the slack by cooking dinner for us. Not only can it effortlessly take a big hunk of meat and cook it into a tender meal, but it can do so when we’re not home. …

Cooking

Solar-powered tiny houses take the spotlight in California competition

Some 20,000 people showed up to tour these designs<p>For over a decade, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition has challenged college students around the world to build the most energy-efficient solar-powered house. The biennial event is impressive for sure (just look at last …

Santa Clara University

Crazy, Inspired Halloween Costumes for Dogs: Pictures

New York City

Find Out How Much Power You'd Get From Solar Panels on Your Roof

Or from a wind turbine in your backyard.<p>One of the problems with setting up renewable power sources—like solar panels or wind turbines—is that it can be difficult to predict just how much power they will generate once they're built.<p>Say you're considering installing some solar panels on the roof of …

Awesome Video Compares the Size of Different Planets and Stars in the Universe

If you want to feel small and get a sense for the awesomely overwhelming scale of the universe and all of its planets and stars and empty space, …

Universe

Top 15 Shipping Container Homes in the US - Shipping Container Costs, Design and Architecture Elements Explained! - RemodelingImage.com - Remodeling Ideas, Costs, Tips, and Advice

Many people don’t know that shipping containers can be used for more than transporting merchandise. You can actually build residential dwellings and …

Waterless toilet turns waste into clean water and power

With every flush, this toilet creates water and electric power for those who need it most.<p>The "Nano Membrane Toilet," developed by a group at Britain's Cranfield University, received a grant during the second round of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet Challenge. This …

Bill Gates

3 Aquaponic Farms in Brooklyn Killing It

Aquaponics is an emerging urban farming trend that's ideal for big cities since it's relatively low-maintenance and can be set up just about …

This Super Sustainable House Can Be Built in One Day

A Dutch design firm has redefined living by creating a house that doesn't need a foundation, can be built in one day and is three times more …

Sustainability

How to Make Your T-Shirts Super Soft

There is nothing like wearing a super soft vintage tee. Not only does the piece give you instant street cred, especially if it happens to be a cool …

Clothing

Superadobe: Using soil to build sustainable houses

In the age of climate change, building sustainable structures can save many lives.<p>And this what environmentalists Beau Baconguis and Ipat Luna have …

Google just proved how unpredictable artificial intelligence can be

The 4-1 defeat of Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol by Google's AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) is only the latest in a string of pursuits in which technology has triumphed over humanity.<p>Self-driving cars are already less accident-prone than human drivers, the TV quiz show Jeopardy! is a lost cause, …

Artificial Intelligence

Researchers turn carbon dioxide into sustainable concrete

Imagine a world with little or no concrete. Would that even be possible? After all, concrete is everywhere—on our roads, our driveways, in our homes, …

NASA released an incredibly detailed photo of snow - and something else - on Pluto

Picture: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI<p>Pluto is our solar system's other "red planet".<p>Astronomers believe large swathes of the planet may be covered in "tholins", molecules that form when methane is exposed to sunlight.<p>Earth hasn't see tholins for about 2.4 billion years, as its atmosphere has an oxidising …

Planets