Vancouver is on a quest to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. In pursuit of that goal the city has combined tricks old and new to help make their road repaving efforts more environmentally friendly. Vancouver's key contribution is recycling plastic into a wax that can be added to the pavement mix.
Outside of some of the more hurricane-prone areas, owning waterfront property is one of the most coveted and expensive real estate propositions out there. But in Sweden a pair of siblings decided to try an innovative, budget-conscious to owning waterfront property by building a solar-powered, floating room.
View, a Silicon Valley-based startup had, its coming out party today with Dynamic Glass, an auto-tinting window that promises to save money on cooling bills, as well as reduce glare and make for more natural lighting in their given setting.
The 2012 Maker Faire Africa held in Lagos, Nigeria this week brought together people who build things, from traditional crafts to modern inventions. Four teenage girls made a particularly lasting impression at the event with their generator that is powered by urine.
While this "nanoflower" looks like a carnation, it is actually the result of a new technique in creating many-layered nanostructures that greatly amp up the amount of surface area one can work with in a small space and could lead to more efficient and safer batteries and solar cells.
It constantly surprises me how a simple rethink of an everyday product could have an effect on the environment. There are newly redesigned clothes hangers on the scene that hold specialized charcoal to air out clothes that may only need a freshen-up rather than a full wash. Even if in small amounts, this saves on water, power and soap.
A decade ago, Dean Kamen and his Segway promised to change the way cities were built, but it turns out that the bicycle's reliable form and function still rules the city streets. However, a new innovative take on the bicycle that combines human power and technology could be the real game changer.
Dairy and dragsters are two words you don't usually see next to each other, but you just did. A team of researchers has set a land speed record for one-liter engines, powered by industrial waste from cheese production.
Most people would agree that hybrid cars are generally good for the environment. That's fine and dandy. But if being good for the environment costs money, then all of a sudden going green becomes a lot less appealing. What's more important, saving a couple bucks, or saving the planet from certain doom? Well, good news: now you can do both.
Solar cells work best when you leave them out in the sun all day. In order to leave them out in the sun all day, however, you have to leave them out in the sun all day, and most electronics will fry themselves when exposed to concentrated heat like that. Solution? Spin them right 'round, baby, and boost your juice by 20 times.