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Solar Just Hit a Record Low Price In the U.S.

Even Donald Trump’s solar tariffs and desire to prop up the coal industry can’t stop renewable energy. A solar auction in Nevada just yielded the …

Renewable Energy

A debate over plant consciousness is forcing us to confront the limitations of the human mind

The inner life of plants arouses the passions of even the mildest-mannered naturalists. A debate over plant consciousness and intelligence has raged in scientific circles for well over a century—at least since Charles Darwin observed in 1880 that stressed-out flora can’t rest.<p>There’s no doubt that …

Consciousness

'Suddenly it was total mayhem': Australian inventors celebrate success of revolutionary bee hive

Three years ago, a father and son in Australia finally unveiled a device they had spent a decade inventing: a beehive that releases honey via a tap, without needing to handle the bees.<p>The pair, Stuart and Cedar Anderson, who live in the hinterland near Byron Bay in eastern Australia, an area …

Inventions

Plus Hus

Whether it's an office, guest house, or a new abode, Plus Hus gives you 320 square feet to do with what you like. The simple rectangular structure is …

Non-Toxic Pest Control? Aunt Fannie's Founder Sees Big Market In Consumers Who Are Sick Of Chemicals

Back in 2008, Mat Franken was frustrated: His son, Cass, then two, was suffering from a variety of immune-related ailments, including eczema, asthma and vitiligo, and nothing seemed to help. “His immune system was on overdrive,” recalls Franken, now 39, who worked in private wealth management then. …

Pest Control

California's Holy-Cow Idea

California wants its dairy farms to capture methane and sell it as truck fuel.<p>"California Regulates Cow Farts," is how a New York Post headline put it, implying it was a wacky move by Governor Jerry Brown. In fact, California's methane law represents a serious attempt by America's biggest dairy …

NASA-inspired "speed breeding" boosts wheat production threefold

Developed by scientists at the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland (UQ) and the John Innes Centre, the technique builds on research …

Emerging Technology

Smart Solar Greenhouse Generates Electricity & Grows Food

<b>Published on</b> November 26th, 2017 | <i>by Steve Hanley</i><p>0<p>November 26th, 2017 by <b>Steve Hanley</b><p>Putting solar panels on a roof is a good idea. Growing food in a …

Combining Solar Panels With Agriculture Makes Land More Productive

<b>Published on</b> November 24th, 2017 | <i>by Steve Hanley</i><p>0<p>November 24th, 2017 by <b>Steve Hanley</b><p>Solar panels are wonderful things, but they do take up a lot of …

Tesla’s Solar Roof Patent Reveals A More Efficient, Longer Lasting Solar Panel

Since it began taking customer orders for Solar Roofs in May 2017, electric-car maker Tesla has stayed relatively mum about the initiative (beyond …

Wind power costs could drop 50%. Solar PV could provide up to 50% of global power. Damn.

New reports suggest a renewables revolution is imminent.<p>Solar and wind energy have been underestimated by analysts and politicians again and again and again. They have gotten cheaper and scaled up faster than even the most optimistic forecasts of a decade ago, or even a few years ago.<p>And there’s …

Renewable Energy

These gorgeous glass homes can pop up in 8 hours for under $70k

1/16<p>OOD tiny house<p>Meet ÖÖD, a gorgeous prefab abode that doesn’t compromise privacy for stellar views. Clad in mirrored glass, this sleek tiny home …

NASA turns to Tupperware to help grow space veggies

Growing fresh vegetables aboard the International Space Station (ISS) may be a morale booster, but it does take up a lot of the crew's schedule. In …

Space Exploration

Vertical farming startup raises $200M from Alphabet, Jeff Bezos

Indoor vertical farming is on the rise, if a recent funding round for San Francisco startup Plenty is any indication. The company just scored what …

Aquaponics

Increased Air Pollution Can Take A Decade Off Your Life

Oh brilliant 🚗💨<p>Increased air pollution can cut a human’s lifespan by between 9 and 11 years, almost a decade longer than most previous estimates …

Pollution

These Ultra-Stable, Printable Solar Cells Can Last For More Than 10,000 Hours

The next big thing in solar.<p>A team of scientists has created a low cost, fully printable solar cell that has remained stable in real world conditions …

LeapHome unveils sustainable, super-efficient Frame prefab

LEAPfactory, the Italy-based company known for building gorgeous prefabricated structures in extreme locations, just unveiled their very first …

Design

Nano Studio

This tiny 140 square-foot studio is a prototype of student housing, offered by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Thanks to the …

University of British Columbia

These prefab dome homes can be installed just about anywhere

Modern and airy!<p>Modular, prefab, and futuristic-looking, these cute tiny homes could entice just about anyone to say “Dome, sweet dome.” The Slovenian-designed abodes from Smartdome can be plopped on just about any plot of land. The base features adjustable steel legs, which can accommodate uneven …

Will vertical farming continue to grow, or has it hit the greenhouse ceiling?

<b>Agriculture has come a long way in the past century. We produce more food than ever before — but our current model is unsustainable, and as the</b> …

MUJI to sell eagerly awaited $27k minimalist tiny homes this fall

If you’ve ever walked into a MUJI store and wished you could spend the night, here’s the next best thing. The minimalist Japanese home goods store …

Minimalism

This Untouched Frank Lloyd Wright House Is For Sale

It's been almost 60 years since Paul and Helen Olfelt hired iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright to build their Minnesota house. Now the …

Solving World Hunger: The Key To Thinking Big Is In Thinking Small

Image: Aurecon<p>The earth is in a bit of a pickle (pun intended). According to the World Bank, we will need to produce 50% more food to feed nine …

Economics to Keep Wind and Solar Energy Thriving With Trump

On the plains of West Texas, new wind farms can be built for just $22 a megawatt-hour. In the Arizona and Nevada deserts, solar projects are less …

How This Bill Nye-Endorsed Startup Plans to Upend the Solar Industry

Rayton Solar creates its solar panels in a completely new way.<p>Solar energy might very well be the way of the future--but it still has a ways to go. Less than one percent of all U.S. energy consumption comes from solar, a number that's remained low largely because consumers are scared off by the …

Solar Panels

How solar panels save everybody money

The solar panels of about 40,000 Massachusetts households and community groups cut electricity prices for all of the approximately three million …

Solar Power

How One Architect Imagines The Future Of Sustainable Cities

Say hello to "oceanscrapers."<p>If you think of the city of the future as being filled with impossibly tall skyscrapers, think again. Instead, we could one day become people of the sea who live in "oceanscrapers."<p>That's according to Paris-based architect Vincent Callebaut, who released a series of …

Yes, The Air In Your Office Is Slowing Down Your Brain

Office air may be making your job harder or even endangering your health<p>We spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, where things like building materials and cleaning products make the air many times more polluted than it is outside. And although many buildings now implement sustainable or green …

These Vertical Farms Turn Unused City Wall Space Into Gardens That Grow Your Lunch

Living walls have been around for a while, but until now they haven’t been used to grow food.<p>In most cities, where any available land tends to be quickly snatched up by developers, it can be hard for would-be urban farmers without backyards to find a place to plant crops. But if there aren’t enough …