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A Spanish Island Is About To Be The World's First Energy Self-Sufficient Island

A wind farm opening at the end of June will turn into electricity the gusts that rake the steep cliffs and green mountains of the volcanic island off the Atlantic coast of Africa.<p>Its five turbines installed at the northeastern tip of El Hierro near the capital Valverde will have a total output of …

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A Rustic, Country Bathroom with Barn Wood Walls

Rustic never looked so chic<p>In this Southborough, Massachusetts, country bathroom by Andrew and Yvonne Pojani, the design is all about the warm, reclaimed barn wood on the walls. Rustic never looked so chic. Read on for more country bathroom decor ideas.

Blue glowing 'starpath' could be the future of street lighting

A council has unveiled what could become the future of street lighting - a road surface which glows in the dark<p>Cambridge City Council has covered an historic city pathway with ultraviolet particles which turn blue when the sun sets, in what could be the future of street lighting.<p>The technology, …

America’s most profitable company per employee makes your phone work—and it’s not Apple

You’d be forgiven for not recognizing the name InterDigital, despite the fact that it has been around since 1972 and developed many of the technologies that are critical to our increasingly mobile, wireless world. As a result, per employee, InterDigital is the most profitable company in the US, …

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Sustainable 90 Sqm Residence in Mexico City: Casa Calero

The creative minds at DCPP arquitectos completed the design and development of Casa Calero, a charming 90 square meter home in Mexico City. The main …

The 'broken patent system': how we got here and how to fix it

<i>This piece was originally published on August 11, 2011 on This is my next, before The Verge launched. We've updated it to reflect recent developments in the patent debate, and we'll revisit it periodically as time goes on.</i><p>There is a fundamental problem with patents in the United States.<p>It is us.<p>By …

Do Scientists Read Patents? - IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

Do patents disclose information that is technically useful to researchers in the same way scientific publications are? The Supreme Court has …

Misconceptions About Software Patents

<b>Guest post written by Martin Goetz</b><p><i>Martin Goetz, a retired software engineer, filed for the first ever software patent.</i><p>In Eric Goldman’s recent Forbes.com 3-part series on software patents he discusses what he perceives as the problems and challenges facing patent filer and the U.S. Patent and …

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Palm oil production: what are the social and environmental impacts?

<b>Palm oil boom</b>: palm oil is versatile stuff. An edible vegetable oil, it goes into everything from margarine and soaps to shampoos and fuels.<p>As the …

GE sparks $25bn in revenues from sustainability investments in 2012

BEIS is planning to re-jig public energy and climate change surveys to bring it up to speed with government priorities<p>BT has found a business trigger …

What The U.S. Government Asks Google To Censor [Infographic]

Not hard to see: more takedown requests are coming every year.<p>If the government wants Google to remove content, officials can file a removal request with the tech giant. Google, for transparency, releases data on those takedown requests, there for any interested party to peruse.<p>Designer Sebastian …

Taste Receptors Found In Mouse Testicles. Tasticles?

Organoleptic receptors where you least expected them.<p>Researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center made a startling discovery while investigating the sense of taste in mice: not only do mice have taste receptors on their testicles, but any attempt to remove these taste receptors results in …

What would happen if all satellites stopped working?

We don’t always realise how much we depend on satellites orbiting our planet. Our space correspondent imagines the impact on the planet if we completely lost transmission.<p>We may not always realise it, but we depend on space technology orbiting the Earth. So what would happen if it all stopped …

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The Energy Fix: Wind Power Blades Get Bigger, Turbines Get Smarter

A look at tomorrow’s turbines<p>In 2012, wind power added more new electricity production in the U.S. than any other single source. But even with 60 gigawatts powering 15 million homes, wind supplants just 1.8 percent of the nation's carbon emissions. Tomorrow's turbines will have to be more …

Will Supreme Court decide companies can own human genes?

Dr. Jonas Salk didn’t miss a beat when Edward R. Murrow asked him, in a 1955 television interview, who owned the patent on the polio vaccine. Salk …

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TIME and Space | By Jeffrey Kluger<p><i>Editors note:On Nov. 29, 2016, Google released a major update expanding the data from 2012 to 2016. Read about the</i> …

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