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Occupy Madison Builds Tiny Homes for the Homeless Using Recycled and Repurposed Materials

Occupy Madison, a non-profit organization from Wisconsin, has built a tiny house for the homeless using recycled and repurposed materials. The 96 …

Rising CO2 levels may cut nutrient levels in crops, study finds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may cut the nutritional quality of some of the world’s most important food crops, researchers reported on Wednesday after conducting experiments simulating conditions expected by mid-century.<p>A Free Air Concentration Enrichment …

How to Make Solar Panels Affordable—for Billions

Like the installment plans of the Great Depression, Simpa Networks' "Progressive Purchase" agreements are enabling customers in rural India to get solar power for their homes.<p>“Upgrading to electricity” is not a phrase most industrialized world denizens think about much, given that it happened a …

3D printers find a home fighting disease in Syrian refugee camps

Sure, 3D printers can make guns, but it can also be used for good: for instance, its capability to create whatever you want gives it a bright future in humanitarian efforts around the globe. Oxfam (an organization that seeks to eradicate poverty) agrees, that's why it has partnered with online 3D …

The World's Largest Solar Farm

Shine bright like a solar panel<p>In February, the Ivanpah Solar Electricity Generating System opened over a 3,500-acre stretch of the Mojave Desert. The solar thermal farm operates at 392 megawatts—just under 1 percent of California’s total energy production, or enough to power 140,000 homes.<p>The …

World's First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

Scientists at the Imperial College London have developed the world’s first flying 3D printer. Using small, preprogrammed drones, Dr. Mirko Kovac and …

Artist Gregory Kloehn Upcycles Found Materials as Tiny Homes for California's Homeless

Artist Gregory Kloehn is using his sculptural and recycling skills to help California's homeless population. The Oakland-based artist has been …

Homelessness

IRIS: Kinematic Sea Pods Generate Energy in the Shadow of Beirut's High-rises

In an effort to reclaim Beirut's coastline from soaring coastal developments, local architecture firm Najjar & Najjar Architects has created IRIS, a …

Guerilla gardening: strategies for greening up your neighborhood

Regardless of whether you are an urban, suburban, or rural dweller, there is inevitably a patch of neglected turf in your neighborhood that might …

Gardening

White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

As President Obama makes his way to California to preach the gospel of solar power, his words have become action back home in Washington D.C. After …

Microbial Hitchhikers Could Colonize Mars Ahead of Humans

We’d always assumed that humans would be the first life form to colonize Mars, but that might not actually be the case. Super hearty microbes could …