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Global solar panel capacity analysis

Solar panels transform light from the sun into energy that can power all our devices, but its uptake has been remarkably slow over the last decade. Today, that is changing, thanks to massive advances in technology, increasing efficiency from an average of 12-13% in 2000 to an average of 15-18% in 2017. At the same […]

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The idiot’s guide to finding stardust everywhere

Long considered a legend, an amateur geologist and meteorite hunter has determined and shown the astronomy community that we are all stardust, and that it can be found everywhere. In an illuminating book to be released this summer, Jon Larsen proves that micrometeorites are around us in cities, in the desert and everywhere we go. Below, we […]

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Intel’s massive Mobileye buyout heralds bright future to driverless car technology

Intel’s massive buyout of Israel’s driverless car innovator and electronic sensor company Mobileye may finally give the driverless car concept the attention it so well deserves. Intel, whose computer chips and semiconductor technology is found in nearly every personal computer, appears now to be very serious about being involved in the driverless car concept. Prior to the March […]

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Dozens die in Ethiopian trash collapse

At least 60 people were killed by an avalanche of debris in an Ethiopian landfill on Saturday night. Mountains of trash at Koshee Garbage Landfill near Addis Ababa collapsed in a massive landslide, destroying the makeshift shanties that lined its slopes and killing scavengers who earn a living sorting trash for resale. One resident told […]

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SmartFlower plug and play mobile solar array for power on the go

Solving solar power has enabled this renewable energy technology Smart Flower to create Middle East solar projects for West Bank farmers and other energy poor locations. It is also providing solar power for curing post-revolution darkness in countries like Yemen. While many solar energy projects involve covering large open areas with solar array panels, smaller personal solar energy equipment […]

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The price of take-away cups

It’s so easy to be tempted to get that take-away cup when you are on the run. But every time you feel terrible about the plastics in our waterways, rivers, seas and bodies, this about this infographic below. Because the cost of styrofoam cups adds up! Our advice.   Take a cup sitting down or […]

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Elon Musk’s backup battery plans to power LA

Lithium ion batteries, used to power electric cars such as Tesla Motor’s high priced electric sports cars,  as well as a host of other electric devices, have been talked and written about as possible solutions for providing alternative power sources for homes and small businesses. Electric cars powered by these batteries, or battery packs to be more correct, […]

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Hydroponics is new way of growing plants

As urban sprawl continues, we are seeing less and less green space. Farmland is sprouting with subdivisions, city parks are being crowded out, and ever-smaller residential lots feature more residence and less lot. People are becoming less and less familiar with the wonders of nature, and they are craving access to it. Of course, from […]

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Purposely destroyed artwork keeps dozens of refugees warm

A major Jordanian artwork showcased at the 2016 Amman Design Week was recently repurposed to provide basic human shelter for people in need. This afterlife was intentionally designed into the piece, an artistic application of “cradle-to-cradle” practices. The project raises awareness about conscious design and the positive impact of handcrafts within local communities.

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Using tech responsibly to cut your carbon footprint<

Whether it’s reducing waste, walking instead of driving, or opting for more eco-friendly fashion, most of us are aware of how small lifestyle changes can help the environment. Technology also plays a crucial role; from innovations in agriculture to GMAP technology used to detect pollution, there is no denying that it’s helping us go green. […]

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Ancient urban gardens in Istanbul threatened to be wiped out

Urban farming and gardening is as old as civilization itself. The ancient hanging gardens of Babylon helped inspire the water farming known as hydroponics (see how it’s evolved into artificial intelligence). Historic major cities, such as the Byzantine city of Constantinople, which later became Istanbul, were planting urban gardens to help feed inhabitants during times of famine and […]

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Getting a good night’s sleep in winter

[brid video=”106179″ player=”7642″ title=”Nap Hacks You Need In Your Life”] Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is something everyone should aspire to. After all, the benefits of it are myriad – from aging more slowly to being increasingly active and attaining general longevity. However, there’s more to it than simply having a regimented exercise program and a […]

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A Wind Tree for the future

Imagine a beautifully designed tree that you can place outside your house or look at in public spaces and that, when blown by the wind, produces enough energy to light your place up. That’s right; wind turbines can now have a different size and be harmonically integrated within the landscape. So instead of the huge […]