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Picture of the Day: One Side of this Street Has LED Lights

In Seoul, South Korea the government has begun to replace old street lights with new LED lamps. The goal is reduce electricity costs and light …

Stopping Disease With A Simple Innovation: New Floors

A Stanford University student re-invents an ancient earthen material–adobe–to work well in a country where dirt floors can cause death.<p>Replacing dirt floors in developing world homes has proven health benefits. Putting down a hard, impermeable substance like concrete reduces parasites and bacteria …

The Science Of Menu Design: How Restaurants Can Make You Choose A Salad Over A Cheeseburger

Redesigning menus to encourage healthier eating choices might not just be better for our waistlines, but for restaurant profits, too.<p>Responding to the rise of American obesity rates, some politicians have proposed regulations that would require restaurateurs to reduce portion sizes, eliminate …

Smart Sensors For Offices That Do It All: Save Energy, Track Employees, And Create A Happier Workplace

For companies trying to trim carbon footprints, switching to better office lighting, heating, and cooling seems like an obvious step. But it’s …

An App That Lets Diabetics Share Supplies And Advice

When HelpAround first emerged last summer, it had an ambitious plan: use data analytics methods from the advertising world in an app that taps …

This Black Sponge Isn’t Dirty, It’s Making Cheap, Solar-Powered Drinking Water

A new sponge-like system could be an alternative to expensive water desalination plants.<p>In drought-stricken California, a giant billion-dollar desalination plant is now under construction, and 15 others are proposed along the coast. While the plants could help provide desperately needed water, the …

LED-lit indoor farm produces 10,000 lettuces a day

A newly opened indoor farm in Japan has been built with LEDs that emit light at wavelengths optimal for plant growth.<p>It's the work of plant …

Countertop composter quietly turns organic waste into odourless compost

How much would you pay not to have to smell your green bin anymore?<p>Bradley Crepeau, the vice-president and co-founder of a Cornwall, Ont.-based company called Food Cycle Science, is wagering that consumers will be willing to part with $400 for a countertop-sized high-tech composter that can quietly …

Bill Gates Just Blew Our Minds In A Single Tweet

For the past several years, China has been building stuff at a mind-blowing pace. Just how mind-blowing? Here, let's let Bill Gates put it in perspective:<p>Think about this for a second. Between 1901 and 2000, the U.S. built an entire interstate highway system, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam …

How Canadian canola is helping educate India’s poor

In the crisp air of the Himalayan foothills, an 89-year-old Sikh spiritual leader with a grey beard lies inside a thatched hut lit by lanterns and repeats a pronouncement that has echoed across the golden plains of Saskatchewan.<p>"I have come to the conclusion," he says hoarsely from beneath a black …

This Fridge Doesn’t Need Electricity To Stay Cool

The biggest problem for aid agencies is to reach the so-called “final fifth”–the roughly 20% of kids worldwide who don’t have ready access to health …

A DIY Home Wind Turbine For Just $30? Here’s The Blueprint

Is building your own a possibility? In all seriousness, probably not–at least not a turbine that can power the whole house. But creating something …

Solar Chimneys Can Convert Hot Air to Energy, But Is Funding a Mirage?

Veteran balloonist is among those eyeing solar updraft towers as an alternative to traditional panels.<p><b>Chile's Atacama Desert is as eerily beautiful as it is barren, hot, and dry. Yet this seemingly inhospitable patch of Earth might be the perfect host for a different kind of solar energy, one that</b> …

Plane de-icer recycling a multi-million dollar business

A Nova Scotia company is making big money in business worth tens of millions of dollars a year vacuuming, collecting and recycling the de-icing fluid …

Signals In The Sky: Google Announces “Project Loon,” Balloon-Powered Internet

Google’s latest initiative to help connect more people to the web is full of air–literally.<p>Google is taking to the air. The online giant has announced plans to test a network of stratosphere-wandering balloons intended to provide Internet access to the two-thirds of humanity who still can’t log on …

Potable H2O Pods : Wello WaterWheel

The Wello WaterWheel stemmed from an attempt to answer a question that the team was grappling with in September of 2011: "How might we improve the …

Energy-Generating Fitness Clubs : The Green Microgym

Founded in Portland, Oregon by Adam Boesel in 2008, the Green Microgym boasts retrofitted ellipticals, recumbent bikes, and spin bikes that turn the …