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Ecocapsules are pint-sized solar and wind-powered micro homes

Ecocapsule is a small, egg-shaped abode that could be the perfect home for someone who wants to let it all go like Elsa and live off the grid. Its roof is decked with 600W solar cells and a built-in 750W wind turbine that store the energy they harness into a high-power battery. The structure's …

Renewable Energy

Solar Impulse Poised for its Epic Pacific Crossing

NANJING -- Solar Impulse is ready to take off. As is pilot Andre Borschberg.

It's now just a matter of waiting for the right weather window for the most ambitious and challenging part of the sun-powered plane's ambitious round-the-world journey -- five days and five nights across the Pacific to …

Renewable Energy

Trash Trucks Go Electric With Help From Tesla Co-Founder

Ian Wright calls his range-extending generator a "game-changer" for the automotive industry.

As sports cars, delivery trucks, and even buses go electric, one vehicle has kept rumbling along on fossil fuel: the good old garbage truck.

That's about to change. This summer, 17 trash trucks in Northern …

Trash

Tesla's new low-cost battery: 'the missing piece' in sustainable energy?

Will the world become battery-powered? That’s certainly the ambition of Elon Musk, the PayPal billionaire turned would-be space explorer and electric car baron.

On Thursday night, Musk unveiled what he called “the missing piece” in sustainable energy: a range of batteries that can be used in homes …

Batteries

Small Space Gardening – 20 Clever Ideas to Grow in a Limited Space | The Self-Sufficient Living

Urban gardeners have to face quite a few challenges in order to nurture their love for greenery around them, and one of the biggest is shortage of …

Scientists are turning salt water into drinking water using solar power

By inexpensively turning salt water into drinking water using sustainable solar power, a team from MIT in the US has not only come up with a portable …

Natural Resources

Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution

Nothing seemed special about the plates from which students at a handful of Miami schools devoured their meals for a few weeks last spring — round, rigid and colorless, with four compartments for food and a fifth in the center for a carton of milk.

Looks, however, can be deceiving: They were the …

Environment

Sarychev Peak Eruption, Kuril Islands : Image of the Day

A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev Volcano (Kuril Islands, northeast of …

Space

Drones will deliver mail in Switzerland this summer

You know which organization doesn't want to fall behind Amazon, DHL and Alibaba when it comes to drone deliveries? The Swiss Post. Yes, Switzerland's postal service wants to deliver small packages using small drones. In fact, it will start using quadcopters developed by a company called Matternet …

MIT Invention Turns Salt Water Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power

It could help farmers in developing countries

From plants to people, every living thing on this planet needs water. But getting enough to survive, and survive comfortably, that can be a little tricky. Just look at the furor around California's new water restrictions. If a state as wealthy as …

Natural Resources