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This Tower Purifies a Million Cubic Feet of Air an Hour

There’s a massive vacuum cleaner in the middle of a Rotterdam park and it’s sucking all the smog out of the air. A decent portion of it, anyway. And …

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Micro-Windmills May One Day Power Your Smart Phone

Bigger is better has practically become a rule of thumb in the wind power business.<p>Indeed, the typical wind turbine size has grown from about 300 kilowatts in 1990 to a whopping 7.5 megawatts in 2011.<p>A team of electrical engineers in Texas is challenging the industry’s conventional wisdom by …

The World’s First Bionic Eye Implant Hits US Market Next Month

The world’s first bionic eye is set to hit the US market next month! The Argus II is a retinal implant that helps restore vision to patients blinded …

Glaucoma

How To Tell A Story–Right Now–From A Master Of Improv

Upright Citizen Brigade founding member Matt Besser is one of the world’s leading improvers. Here, the off-the-cuff expert offers wisdom on how to free associate your way to solid spontaneous storytelling.<p>What we say matters a great deal, but so does what we don’t say. There are times when you just …

These “Farmscrapers” Are Entire Cities In Crazy, Wobbly Looking Towers

These incredible looking buildings are designed by a Belgian architect named Vincent Callebaut. Called “Asian Cairns,” after the rock stacks left on mountainsides, the “farmscrapers” are pebble-like pods stacked on top of each other.<p>The design incorporates housing, office, and leisure spaces, as …

Terry Crews Makes Muscle Music With Old Spice (And Now It’s Your Turn)

The latest from Old Spice is an interactive effort in which spokes-hulk Terry Crews flexes his musical chops by flexing his ridiculous muscles. And you can join in.<p>The latest spot for Old Spice starts off in typically insane fashion. Perpetually amped spokesman Terry Crews is seated, stripped down …

Is This What Urban Buildings Will Look Like In 2050?

With internal farms, walls that convert CO2 to oxygen, and even the ability to personalize itself based on your DNA, this concept for the building of the future is a sight to behold.<p>Editor’s Note<p>Read more amazing visions of the future in our Futurist Forum.<p>2050 is far enough off to imagine the …

Bloomberg plans to get New Yorkers composting

We recently learned that 100 New York City restaurants would be participating in a food waste composting program. Now, <i>The New York Times</i> reports that …

Google is bringing the internet to everyone with high-flying balloons

Access to the internet has enabled a revolution in innovation, collaboration, and education for those with a computer and a connection, but this …

German Scientists Create Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge an Electric Car for 27 Years

Scientists at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemburg (ZSW) have developed one of the most efficient lithium-ion …

Turning waste into building blocks of the future city

Modern cities create vast quantities of waste. But rather than causing a crisis, could these overflowing landfills help create urban landscapes of the future? In the third of Building Tomorrow’s expert viewpoints, urban designer Mitchell Joachim looks at ways our trash can be turned into …

Flying cars: Radical concept design aims high

An ambitious firm has revealed their plans for a new type of personal air transport vehicle that takes off and lands like a helicopter. Will the idea fly?<p>I received an email this week from a researcher based in Los Angeles, who I wanted to interview. “I hope to be back before 4pm,” it read. “Of …

Underwater batteries are making a splash for energy storage

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Hydroelectricity generation exploits the tremendous height differential that occurs naturally at waterfalls or artificially at …

Are Machines On The Net Making Humans Obsolete?

The Industrial Age reinvented productivity. The Information Age reinvented communication. Now man and machine are coming together and it’s even bigger than the Internet. What is it? The Internet of Things!<p>The Internet of Things connects the physical world to the Internet through sensors embedded in …

5 Things You Can Do Today to Make Yourself More Creative, And Productive, Tomorrow

From Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People report: Simon Rich, one of the most productive writers we know, outlines 5 steps to upping your own creativity quotient.<p>As we’ve noted here before, Simon Rich is a mind-bogglingly prolific creative force. At 29, he’s built a body of work that includes …

Researchers discover new way to harvest electricity from plants

In many ways, plants are the ultimate solar energy technology. Through photosynthesis, plants operate at nearly 100 percent quantum efficiency, …

Fluorescent Dye Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency by a Whopping 38 Percent

Yale researchers recently discovered a way to boost the efficiency of solar cells by a whopping 38 percent by coating them with a fluorescent dye. …

3 Simple Principles of Naming Your Start-Up | Inc.com

At the 99U conference in New York City, Emily Heyward, head of strategy at branding firm Red Antler, talked Thursday about one of the first--and most difficult--things an entrepreneur has to do: Name the company. Heyward had three principles start-ups should keep in mind when attempting this</b> …

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FORTUNE — We can examine the strategies of Netflix (NFLX) and Comcast (CMCSA) all we like, but the speed at which television moves off of cable and onto the Internet will be determined largely by what people decide to do in their living rooms. Now that they have the hardware and software tools to …

Wool&Prince's 100-Day Shirt Goes Viral, Because Some Guys Do NOT Like Doing Laundry

New college graduate Mac Bishop hated doing his laundry. So instead of finding a better way to wash his clothes, he created a better way to avoid the laundromat: He made a shirt that he only has to wash around three times a year.<p>Along with two friends, Bishop, 24, founded Wool&Prince, a fashion …

Greenwash Watch: Is this good design or egregious greenwrapping?

A few years back I coined the term "Greenwrapping" to describe the putting of solar panels on top of a noxious use like a power plant. I have used it …

Legitimate Problem: The City Of Oslo Is Running Out Of Garbage

Oslo burns garbage for energy--but, against all odds, they're running out of it. What will they do?<p>Here in the States, garbage--and where to put it--is a major problem. But in many countries, especially in northern Europe, it's a precious commodity. Oslo, the capital of and most populous city in …

Breakthrough Bioengineered Blood Vessels Enter Clinical Trials

Humacyte, winner of a 2011 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, is now testing its lab-grown blood vessels in a small group of human patients.<p>It's been a busy year-and-a-half for bioengineer Laura Niklason and her partners at the biotech firm Humacyte. Since winning a 2011 Popular Mechanics …

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CITI: These 10 Technologies Are Completely Changing The World

They've dipped into practically every sector you can think of: <b>energy, entertainment, IT, manufacturing, and transportation among them</b>.<p>Some of these technologies have been with us for awhile, but are poised to get better or cheaper.<p>Others have only recently surfaced, but will be ubiquitous in a …

Extremely important graph: Cost of solar headed for parity with coal and gas (and will later beat them)

Not too long ago I posted a graph by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) that shows all solar efficiency breakthroughs since 1975 on a single …

See the Faces Of Zuckerberg, Bezos, Jobs And More Merged With Their Creations

By now, most people know what Mark Zuckerberg looks like. Either that, or they’re at least familiar with Jesse Eisenberg’s Academy Award-nominated portrayal of the Facebook founder in <i>The Social Network</i>. Today’s tech-obsessed society is almost as familiar with certain CEOs as it is with their …

Intelligent Headlights Make Raindrops Disappear

A camera finds individual drops, then a projector blacks them out of the driver's view.<p>Anyone who's ever driven through a heavy rain has hoped for something like this: a system that can make rain drops vanish--or at least look like they do.<p>Intel and Carnegie Mellon University have developed …

The Other Legacy: Inside Collaboration Lab Oscilloscope

After engineering the hit debut of “Shut Up And Play The Hits,” Oscilloscope’s David Laub and Dan Berger talk about the scrappy, collaborative ethic that continues to drive the company.<p>Adam Yauch<p>When Beastie Boy Adam Yauch passed away this spring at the age of 47, obituaries didn’t just mention his …