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Obama just explained what a “gigaton” is. Here’s why that’s a big deal

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>In Anchorage Monday, President Obama gave a rousing speech about just how dramatically global warming is transforming Alaska and the Arctic more broadly.<p>That included getting pretty nerdy when it comes to the science of Arctic change. For instance, the president used the …

Global Warming

With millennials gaining influence, surveillance reform is inevitable

About a year ago, a thirtysomething sculptor in Los Angeles began working on a bust of<p>Edward Snowden. When he was done, he shipped the bust to his artist friends on the East Coast. Just before dawn April 6, the artists crept under cover of darkness into Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park and installed the …

Surveillance

The Best Active Designs That Help People Live Healthier Lives

Design influences our health and quality of life, for better or worse and in ways we might not even realize. These are six inspiring examples of the best.<p>Ever walk into the a building and the stairwell is so dark and dingy, that you decide to take the elevator, even if you’re only going up one …

Urban Design

MIT’s Self-Assembling Table Could Change The Way You Build Ikea Furniture

Imagine never having to waste a day interpreting confusing instructions again.<p>We’ve seen the remarkable programmable materials coming out of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab for years–things like magnetic chairs that could snap together in a fish tank, or textiles that could flex themselves into various …

Italian firm gets R2.1bn loan to build SA wind farm

London - Enel Green Power SpA, the renewable-energy unit of Italy’s biggest utility, received a loan of R2.1bn to help pay for a wind farm it plans …

Why GM Wants To Buy Wind Energy

For those who love downplaying or discounting renewable energy as something on the fringe of mainstream economic interests, General Motors’ recent decision to back construction of a Mexican wind farm should come as a wake-up call.<p>About 75% of the energy generated by the project, which gets under …

Renewable Energy

Startup Gives New Incentive To Use Solar Energy

Support the news<p>If you rent in an apartment building, you probably wouldn't even consider buying a solar panel to power your electronics. But now, a …

Conoco to push on with investment in Indonesia oil, gas -govt | Reuters

JAKARTA, March 31 (Reuters) - U.S. company ConocoPhillips plans to invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia’s upstream oil and gas industry over the next three or four years, the nation’s energy minister said on Tuesday.<p>That would roughly match its investment in the sector over the preceding four …

Oil

Tesla's Dream Of Wireless Transmission Of Electricity Realized In Japan

Japanese scientists have succeeded in transmitting energy wirelessly, in a key step that could one day make solar power generation in space a …

An Energy App Startup's Unusual Bid To Make Money From California's Wholesale Electricity Market

There’s no shortage of apps and smart thermostats out there to help you figure out your energy use and cut wasteful consumption. But what if you can do that and raise money for a good cause?<p>That’s part of the sales pitch from a San Francisco-based startup, OhmConnect, which signs up Californians …

Customers

Barack Obama gives Shell go-ahead to drill for oil in Alaskan Arctic

Anglo-Dutch oil giant to return to the Chukchi Sea in search for oil despite concerns for the environment<p>Royal Dutch Shell has received the go-ahead from the US government to restart a controversial oil exploration campaign in the Alaskan Arctic despite fears over the risk to the environment.<p>The …

Investors Spent a Record $2 Trillion on Renewables, Report Says

Investors have spent more than $2 trillion on clean-energy plants in the past decade and last year added more renewable capacity than ever before.

Investing

Costa Rica Is Now Running On 100% Renewable Electricity

Weaning an entire country off fossil fuels takes some luck, lots of volcanoes, and plenty of sunshine.<p>In six years, Costa Rica plans to be carbon neutral. It’s getting closer to that goal: In March, the government announced that the country has been running on nothing but renewable electricity in …

Asian solar spending helps drive renewable energy boom

Almost half of global investment in new electricity generation last year was in renewables, thanks to a hike in investment by developing countries, …

4 Ways To Design For The Youthful Elderly

The boom of healthy, independent retirees with decades left in their lives necessitates a new kind of urban design.<p>The world is aging. Thanks to better medicine and birth control, almost every country in the world has a higher proportion of older individuals than young people, and people are living …

Material Design Motion Explorations

It is awesome to see more and more people playing with Material Design. The Google visual language is much more than visual design, it is …

IKEA launches furniture that wirelessly charges smartphones and tablets

<b>News:</b> Swedish furniture giant IKEA has incorporated induction-charging stations into products from its latest collection, which will allow users to …

Southeast Asia palm oil industry faces new era of accountability

After years of rampant deforestation and environmental degradation, Southeast Asia’s most notorious industry may be turning over a new leaf. At least …

How Designers Built The World Of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” By Hand

Anderson’s avoidance of CGI and freakish devotion to handmade, old-fashioned production design lends his latest epic its fantastical charm.<p>In his Oscar-nominated 2014 film <i>The Grand Budapest Hotel,</i> Wes Anderson didn’t just tell a story-within-a-story about murder, purple-suited lobby boys, and …

why are we looking to the entertainment industry for our feminist leaders?

Following on from a discussion during the London Short Film Festival asking whether there is a new self-determination apparent in the way female artists are defying expectation by presenting their differences, Jemma Desai discusses the future of...<p>At the end of last year I attended an event where a …

Culture and Community: Appropriation, Exchange and Modern Paganism

Cultural appropriation is not a new issue and definitely not new within Paganism. The story of American capitalism has created a strong foundation …

A New Renaissance For Startup Funding

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Larry Alton is an independent business consultant specializing in social media trends, business, and entrepreneurship.</i><p>Only once before has a market been so excited to fund agile, adventurous new startups. According to CB Insights, private and corporate investors put $47.3 billion into …

Was 2014 the end of enterprise computing?

Image copyright .It’s been just over a year since I left Netflix and joined Battery Ventures. So it seemed appropriate (if a couple of weeks late) to …

Online

Belt Scooter : Collapsible Wearable Scooter by Adam Torok

It’s a fashion accessory as well as transportation, Ádám Török has designed <b>Belt Scooter</b> for his diploma project. It’s a concept collapsible scooter …

Hacked Hearing Aids Let You Hear Wi-Fi

Imagine if we could use technology to sense information that, up until now, only computers could interpret. Writer Frank Swain, who has progressive hearing loss, hooked up with artist and programmer Daniel Jones to attempt to transform the invisible data that surrounds us at all times in the form …

In the Details: A Stylish Poncho? The Arrivals on the Making of Their 'Wearable, Waterproof Shelter'

Winter is coming. Between blustery winds and slushy streets, sometimes it can be a challenge to decide whether you need an umbrella, an overcoat, a …

Amazing Little Flip Books Use Negative Space and Secret Compartments | Colossal

<p>These fun little flip books made in Japan feature a number of unexpected designs that make use of negative space and secret “compartments” that are …

Water droplets diffuse light from Arturo Erbsman's Atmos lamp

<b>Interieur 2014:</b> condensation droplets pattern the inside of the balloon-shaped shade of this lamp by French designer Arturo Erbsman, which has won an …