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Google’s new project could convince you to buy solar panels

Google wants to make it easy for people to consider using solar power for their homes. Today it launched a tool called Project Sunroof, which uses Google Maps data to calculate your roof’s solar energy potential.<p>It’s a simple but clever system: using high resolution satellite imagery, Google …

Solar Power

Make Perfect Ice Cream Sandwiches Using Disposable Cups

The old “saw off slices of ice cream while it’s still in the pint” is one of the oldest ice cream hacks in the book (the “book” being “Pinterest). …

Motorcycle running on Water can travel 310 MILES on a single litre

A water-powered motorbike with the ability to travel up to 310 miles on a litre of water is turning heads in Brazil.<p>The 'T Power H20’ motorcycle was …

Kitchen Tools: Best Kitchen Tools, Kitchen Gadgets for Eating, Cooking, Entertaining

Looking to shake things up in the kitchen? Here are nine awesome tools that will make your life a whole lot easier—or a whole lot prettier or a whole lot more fun.<p>Why turn your watermelon into a keg? Why <b>not</b>? Scoop out the insides, puree them, and put 'em back into the shell—with vodka.<p>Fruit Keg …

How We’ll Build an Artificial Oyster Reef: Finding a Location

Last summer, I began working working with marine biologist Christopher Lim, then Living Shorelines Program Manager at The Watershed Project, on design for two potential artificial oyster reefs at Point Emery in Emeryville and Point Molate in Richmond (both are in the San Francisco Bay Area in …

Threatened

Underwater Greenhouses Offer Creative Solution To Food Crisis

Our little (horticultural) hideaway beneath the waves<p>There actually is an octopus in this garden.<p>For the past few years, from May-September, a few small transparent enclosures pop up on the seafloor off the coast of Italy.<p>The structures are underwater greenhouses, anchored 20 feet below the surface …

Household waste will power a United flight to San Francisco

At some point this summer, a United Airlines plane will take flight on a trip from Los Angeles International Airport to San Francisco, using farm …

Nanogenerators Will Let Car Tires Pull Electricity From The Ground

Reinventing the wheel<p>It’s becoming clear: electric cars are the future. Between electric mainstays like Tesla and legacy car manufacturers like Ford and Chevrolet, the auto industry is racing towards making truly viable electric cars. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are …

This quirky Spanish eco-house is hidden under a rolling hill

The Live Garden House is a green-roofed, vaulted home built using traditional techniques in Zaragoza, Spain that is hidden underneath the curves of a …

Architecture

Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

The cost of solar power has declined dramatically over the past few decades, from $40 per watt in 1977 to $0.74 per watt in 2013. This trend is …

These affordable bamboo houses were built for just $2,500 each

1/10<p>Framework House by Atelier COLE Building Trust International<p>Atelier COLE, Building Trust International, and Habitat for Humanity Cambodia teamed …

Phnom Penh

Aluminum-clad Bridge House is a multi-generational home optimized for solar gain

Multi-generational homes are making a comeback and looking more stylish now than ever. Höweler + Yoon Architecture’s recently completed …

Architecture

Rural writer's nook overlooks the English channel in northern France

A family in France commissioned Ziegler Antonin to add a writer's nook and garage to an existing home in Senneville sur Fécamp, located in the …

Super-efficient solar cells can power homes in unforgiving areas

Scientists have long talked about black silicon (that is, silicon with nano-sized structures) having the potential to trump conventional solar power, and there's now some proof that this is happening. Aalto University researchers have developed black silicon solar cells that achieve a record 22.1 …

Dubai goes green! Plans unveiled for ambitious Sustainable City in the desert with a 100% solar-powered hotel, organic farms, recycled water and a grass amphitheatre

• <b>Intercontinental Hotels Group set to launch Hotel Indigo in Dubai's new eco-resort</b>• <b><br>As well as being powered entirely by solar energy, hotel will</b> …

This Graphic Shows the Best Air-Cleaning Plants, According to NASA

Houseplants are awesome indoor air cleaners, but some of them are more effective than others at filtering out pollutants and toxic chemicals in the …

Genius Greaseless Bearings Spin With 10 Times Less Friction

They just keep going and going and going and going<p>Ball bearings are in your car, your bike, your skateboard, all sorts of machines with moving parts. These genius little devices have been around for centuries, using the magic of physics to reduce friction. In that time, their design has remained</i> …

Engineering

Casa Invisibile is an innovative, tailor-made prefab home with mirrored walls

Viennese Delugan Meissl Associated Architects have come up with an innovative housing unit to fit any client's needs. The gorgeous 'Casa Invisibile' …

Going to an Ivy League School Sucks

If you're one of the few who've been chosen to go to an Ivy League school this fall, here's what you're in for. And if you're not, maybe you should be thankful for that.<p>There have been few things in my life that I've wanted as bad as admission into an Ivy League school. Many students, especially …

College & University

Drought-busting car wash cleans with less than 1 cup of water

Even during a severe drought, Don Nathe keeps his Tesla sparkling clean by washing it every other week.<p>But Nathe is no water waster — he goes to Eco Green Auto Clean, a Redwood City car wash that uses less than a cup of water per car.<p>“And every time I leave here, my car looks like I just drove it …

10 Clever Lifehacks You'll Wish You Thought Of

Never do battle with a jar again<p>No matter what you're doing, there is usually a better way to do it. And to that end, here are 10 lifehacking GIFs that will show you clever, better ways of accomplishing tricky things around your house. That plus a few that are just silly fun.<p>You can find all these …

Lifehacks

Are Medicinal Mushrooms the New Kale?

If you overheard someone lauding the amazing effects of “mushroom powder,” we wouldn’t blame you if you thought they were referring to something …

Build a Clip-On Hydroponic Garden with PVC

A hydroponic garden is a great option if you have limited space or live somewhere you can’t plant a traditional garden. This PVC-based hydroponic …

Watch A Tiny Robot Pull Something Nearly 2,000 Times Its Size [Video]

Do you even lift?<p>Could you pull a blue whale across a beach? How about scale a skyscraper carrying an elephant on your back? Of course you can't. But it would be really awesome if you could, right?<p>Tiny robots built by members of the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab at Stanford University …

11 reasons why Earthships are the future

Earthships are the 21st century’s 100% sustainable homes that offer comforts like no other green building style you have ever seen! They are the …

Sustainability

Turn Two Old Hard Drives Into External Storage For $35

If you have any old hard drives or SSDs lying around, this inexpensive docking station can turn two of them into easy external backup drives.<p>The box …

Gear & Gadgets

Behold 'The WaterNest': An Eco-Conscious, High-Tech Luxury Home That Floats

Designed to float on calm bodies of blue, EcoFloLife’s “WaterNest” is a far cry from your run-of-the-mill “house on water.”<p>Constructed wholly out of repurposed aluminum and laminated reclaimed timber, the UK-based company’s 98% recyclable pad offers a simple lifestyle steeped in nature, though one …

Boats

Scientists Are Turning Salt Water Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power

The world needs this.<p>By inexpensively turning salt water into drinking water using sustainable solar power, a team from MIT in the US has not only …

Audi just created diesel fuel from air and water

The company's pilot plant, which is operated by German startup Sunfire in Dresden, produced its first batches of the "e-diesel" this month. German …

Biofuel