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This recycling bin is following you

Recycling bins in the City of London are monitoring the phones of passers-by, so advertisers can target messages at people whom the bins recognize.<p>Renew, the startup behind the scheme, installed 100 recycling bins with digital screens around London before the 2012 Olympics. Advertisers can buy …

Hyperloop: Hype or Future Transportation?

Shedding Light in the Night: How Solar Energy and Mobile Charging Improves Quality of Life in India

Changing Planet<p>In this installment of Digital Diversity, Gwen Kidera – Project Associate at S3IDF (<i>Small Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund</i>) – explains how their non-profit organisation provides underserved communities with Integrated Energy Centre carts (IECs) equipped with reliable …

A Miracle New Plastic, Made From Anything But Nasty Stuff

One of those alternatives is Zeoform, a material developed in Australia. Zeoform has many of plastic’s qualities, according to its creators, but few …

Nestlé on Its Way to Achieving Zero Waste in Europe by 2020

Nestlé’s confectionery factory in York reached zero waste in 2011. | Image credit: Nestlé<p>Related:<p>Nestlé today announced it will achieve zero waste in …

8 U.S. States Band Together To Put Millions Of Zero-Emissions Cars On The Road

Oct 24 (Reuters) - The governors of California, New York and six other states have agreed to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road within 12 years, which they said will help the environment and boost the economy.<p>The states will start by harmonizing building codes to make it easier to …

The Energy Fix: How To Clean Up Fracking's Bad Rep

If fossil fuels are to remain a large part of the nation’s energy mix, engineers need to reduce their environmental impacts.<p>Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have opened up huge reservoirs of oil and gas across the U.S. The Energy Information Administration predicts that production of …

Can LED Bulbs Make Nuclear Plants Obsolete?

Bulbs or reactors?<p>Businesses, voters, utilities and politicians will be asking that question–or an equivalent form of it—several times over the next two decades. Should they invest in technology and projects that generate power or into products like solid-state lights or dynamic air conditioners …

Newly Found Exoplanet Is Earth-Like In Size And Composition

A recently discovered exoplanet is similar in density and size to Earth. Too bad the planet is also 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit on its surface.<p>Who's this little guy hanging out so close to its sun? It's an exoplanet, discovered just this past July, and before I call it "little" again—its radius is …

The “Greenest School On Earth” Is A Grade School For Low-Income Kids In Hong Kong

At the school, design is a means for teaching sustainability. “What’s really impressive is what they’re doing at a curricular and co-curricular …

Climate change could put $6 trillion in fossil fuel reserves at risk

The International Energy Agency last year warned that if humanity is to have any hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change, a third of the world’s fossil fuel reserves must be put off limits until 2050. That prompted HSBC Global Research to estimate that some oil giants could lose up to half …

More Clues to Life in the Oceans — on an Alien Moon, That Is

Europa<p>The search for life beyond Earth has generally focused on places that are as much like our home as possible. That’s why the Kepler space …

Forget Solar Panels: This Sun-Powered Light Doesn’t Need Electricity

A simple coating to a building’s windows can redirect incoming sunlight to where it’s needed–say, on a ceiling for an ambient glow or to a desk fixture so you can get to work.<p>Picture a dark, windowless office–the sort of depressing scene where telemarketers sit in cubicles or Peggy Olson first …

Annual Polar Bear Migration Under Way: How It Works and How Climate Change Could Be Impacting It

Melting sea ice means big changes for the world's 20,000 polar bears.<p><b>In the past month, hundreds of polar bears have strolled past a small town in Canada.</b><p>It's part of their annual migration back to Hudson Bay, where sea ice is reforming after months of summer melt. To get to the ice each autumn, …

Off the grid: Walgreens opens self-powered pharmacy of the future

The big energy problem that happens while you’re sleeping

When we were young, our mothers would tell us to turn off the lights before going to bed. But our mothers’ best efforts to encourage conservation at …

Could we harness power from black holes?

It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. But how possible is it?<p>Imagine the scene: highly advanced civilisations get enormous amounts of energy from black holes, be it extracting it from collapsed …

Black Holes

Hubble senses water on five planets, bodes well for finding new Earths

There's water in them thar planets – five massive "hot Jupiters" spied by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.<p>But if you just thought "Life?!" think again. Despite the presence of water molecules in their atmospheres, none of these five planets is suitable to life as we know it. They are all gas giants, …

Why Do We Age? A 46-Species Comparison

Science & InnovationOnly Human<p>Why we age is a tricky evolutionary question. A full set of DNA resides in each of our cells, after all, allowing most of them to replicate again and again and again. Why don’t all tissues regenerate forever? Wouldn’t that be evolutionarily advantageous?<p>Since the early …

Newly discovered greenhouse gas '7,000 times more powerful than CO2'

A new greenhouse gas that is 7,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the Earth has been discovered by researchers in Toronto.<p>The newly discovered gas, perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), has been in use by the electrical industry since the mid-20th century.<p>The chemical, that does not …

The Volkswagen XL1 Is The Most Efficient Car Ever

Drive more than 500 miles on two gallons of fuel<p>For years, automakers have worked to push fuel economy beyond 100 miles per gallon. Reaching that mark typically meant three things: cutting weight, maximizing aerodynamics, and improving powertrain efficiency. In 1999, Volkswagen engineers got close …

Hubble Spots Water Plumes on Europa

The geysers could make it easier to search for life under the ice.<p><b>Geysers spew water from the tiger-striped south pole of Jupiter's ice-covered moon Europa, suggest observations from NASA's Hubble space telescope.</b><p><b>If the existence of the plumes can be confirmed, they will perhaps allow future space</b> …

A Newly Discovered Underground Lake in Greenland Will Help Us Understand Climate Change

The Earth may be more than 4.5 billion years old, but it can still surprise us. Scientists have discovered a gigantic liquid water reservoir …

5 Big Energy Stories of 2013

The U.S. is awash in oil and natural gas. China’s air pollution is so bad some cities were nearly shut down. A massive typhoon wreaked havoc in the …

Building Blocks to Fight Climate Change

One of the world’s largest manufacturers of children’s toys will join the ranks of environmentally friendly companies. The LEGO Group announced in …