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Solar Cell Breakthrough Could Make Panels Far More Efficient, Study Says

The material transforms photons from the sun into a totally different quasiparticle, a plasmon.<p>One hurdle for solar energy proponents and the …

How to Do a Burpee—and Why You Should

Burpees kinda suck. Luckily, they come with a bucket of benefits that make 'em totally worth it.<p>You may avoid burpees at all costs because let's be …

50 Totally Gorgeous Kitchens to Inspire a Year of Projects

A good kitchen should be the heart of your home. That's why it's important to make your kitchen a place you actually want to cook in. So to help …

Here's how eating sugar affects your body and brain

In the late 1960s, a food industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation paid three Harvard researchers $6,500 (about $50,000 today) to discount research that increasingly showed links between sugar and heart disease and to point the blame at fat instead, according to an analysis of historical …

Take a Shower Today? Science Says That Might Have Been a Mistake

Research on immunology suggests showering daily isn't the best for you.<p>Personally, I love to take a shower to start the day. A nice, warm one where I can stay, half asleep, as I think about mostly nothing. But it turns out we all might need to rethink that part of the morning routine if we want to …

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This Farmer Hopes To Change Everything About How We Grow Food

Factory farming and year-round crops are putting strains on our farmland and producing subpar food. These cheap, fast, and degenerative methods are only optimal if you ignore the damage it’s doing to our environment and the nutrition it’s stripping from our food. Moreover, that cheap price tag …

Farming

8 Body Weight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

Are you worried you don’t have the right gear for a good workout? Don’t be, says Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science at Auburn …

Exercise

One Man's Quest to Photograph Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure Ever Built

The Phoenix-based photographer captures the architect's iconic buildings in their most appealing light<p>There are 532 Frank Lloyd Wright structures standing in the world. Phoenix-based photographer Andrew Pielage is on a mission to shoot every one of them. The 39-year-old is the unofficial …

Clever design plants off-grid sustainability in the big city

But this wasn't the case for a young couple who wanted to harness a more environmentally friendly way of life by reworking a four-bedroom terrace in …

7 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Look at Business

These presentations can teach you about the importance of time off, where you can do your best work, how to pitch to investors and more.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>TED Talks are a godsend. They introduce us to people we should keep on our radar and …

TED Talks

How vertical farming reinvents agriculture

Instead of growing crops in sunny fields or greenhouses, some companies stack them and grow them in old, dark warehouses with UV lights — saving water and harvesting produce faster.<p>In an old carpet factory on the outskirts of the Belgian city of Kortrijk, an agricultural upheaval is being plotted: …

Aquaponics

This Company Will Design Your House For Less Than The Price Of Your Phone

Cover, a technology startup in Los Angeles, is bringing the design, engineering, and manufacturing of prefabs into the 21st century.<p>When Alexis Rivas was working for a high-end residential architecture firm in Toronto, he marveled at what big budgets–think between $40 and $100 million per …

Prefab Homes

Low-cost “solar absorber” could supercharge solar power plants

One of the major challenges in developing solar panels has been creating photovoltaic cells which can absorb as much solar energy as possible – …

Clean Energy

Simple steps for home composting success

I am considering starting a compost pile this year and looking for some advice; some of the articles I've read suggest steps more complicated than I am willing to implement. My time is limited, so I want to do something simple that works reasonably well.<p><i>— Courtney Jacobsen, Wheeling</i><p>Composting at …

Gardening

What If We Could Deal With Landfills By Turning Them Into Clean Energy?

Using the FastOx Pathfinder, cities could transform their noxious heaps of trash into a solution to their carbon footprint.<p>While the world may be running short on certain key resources, including fresh water and rare metals like iridium, one resource is as abundant as ever: trash. The World Bank …

The Things All Designers Do to Make Their Home a Happier Place

While we generally see ourselves as silver-lining kind of people, the reality is, bad days happen to good people.<p>Sometimes you really do just wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and nothing seems to go your way. And while it can be hard to pull yourself out of it, just remember all things (both …

An Architect Creates a Rustic, Mediterranean-Inspired Garden

California flora meets Mediterranean flair in Marc Appleton and Joanna Kerns’s beloved half-acre plot<p>It seems a bit crazy in retrospect, but before Joanna and I were married, I suggested we buy this property together and build on it someday. She thought it rash and was not initially keen on the …

Landscaping

Could This Be the Most Efficient Solar Panel Ever?

Solar panels have been around for a while now, but the materials they’re made from make them incapable of converting more than about a quarter of the …

Inside The Vertical Farm Growing What It Calls “The World’s First Post-Organic” Produce

Without using any pesticides or chemicals, Bowery–a new vertical farming startup outside of New York City–delivers fresh leafy greens within one day of harvesting, with some help from agricultural AI.<p>Before leading people through the heavy metal doors and into the vertical farm Irving Fain has …

Hardscaping 101: Pleaching

They are stately, precise, and an instant architectural feature so it’s easy to see why pleached trees have become the star of contemporary gardens. …

Sunflare's thin-film solar 'wallpaper' is light, flexible, and can be taped onto any surface

<b>These flexible CIGS solar cells don't require a mounting rack, weigh 65% less than conventional solar panels, and are said to generate 10% more</b> …

With This Airbnb For Energy, Now You Can Buy Solar Power From Your Neighbor

The sharing economy meets renewable energy.<p>In the last six years, the price of solar power has fallen by at least 50%. And yet, for most Americans, that fact hardly matters, because they’re not able to take advantage. Either their roof is facing the wrong way, there’s too much shading from trees or …

38 startups in Asia that caught our eye

Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us. …

Startups