Tokelau, a small island nation, is officially becoming the first habited place on Earth to completely rely upon solar for its energy needs. Tokelau is a tiny group of coral islands that have up to now used diesel fuel for the daily needs of its roughly 1,400 residents. Within the next few weeks, the nation will make the historic switch to solar.
Drywall may not be the most exciting topic, and I fully accept that. But what this new drywall could do to your power bill might excite you. The new drywall is filled with tiny beads of paraffin that absorb heat during the day, and release it at night. It could be the latest thing in green building technology.
In recent years Bruce Sterling, one of the fathers of cyberpunk, has shifted his interests toward imagined cities in which the buildings have walls made out of greenery and fungi. Now a design team has stumbled on to a building process that could eventually make such a world a reality.
Traditional wind turbine designs are HAWT. You know, not hot hawt, but HAWT like a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine." A HAWT design is what you probably think of when you picture a wind turbine (it's the thing that looks like a big propeller on a stick), but the next generation designs may be all about the VAWT, not the HAWT.
Years after we got a look at those soul crushing human power plants in The Matrix is turns out that the idea our fictional robot overlords had may not be so far fetched after all.
Modern cars are swiftly becoming like the new Retina display MacBook Pro, powerful and attractive, but useless to those of us who want to get under the hood and make modifications. But now a Japanese company has developed a vehicle that could ensure the days of do-it-yourself car modifcation stick around.
Sails have been relied on for about 5,000 years to move ships without using any fuel. It's probably safe to say that anything that's been in use for 5,000 years straight is a halfway decent idea, and a U.K. company called B9 shipping is bring back the sail with a new cargo ship design that doesn't need any fossil fuels at all.
The light cycles in Tron have been duplicated by several motorcycle enthusiasts in real life, but they're mostly eye candy, and hardly practical. If you really want something close to a light cycle experience that is also a more usable commuter vehicle, the C-1 might be for you.
Not so hot on the heels of the Philips L-Prize bulb comes this funky piece of hardware from General Electric, which knows a thing (or two) about electricity. It's a 27 watt LED bulb that produces as much (or more) light as a 100 watt incandescent bulb, and the coolest feature is how it keeps itself, uh, cool: silent puffs of high-velocity air.
The other boats in Antwerp's harbor are bound to feel envious when this old ferry that was headed for scrap is fully transformed into an Olympic-size swimming pool and gathering place. The eco-friendly "Badboot" — which means bathing boat — will include a 120-meter swimming pool, restaurants, bars and meeting space.