Converging technology is one thing, but DNA and photosynthesis coming together to meet the energy needs of the entire world is amazing.
Here at Dvice we've reported on a variety of alternative street lamp designs. We've seen kinetic powered versions and solar models, but this glowing green lamp is a first. This prototype streetlamp is powered by a hardworking species of algae.
There are plenty of places we are learning to save costs on electricity, such as energy efficient light bulbs and solar power. However, a new study released by Carnegie Mellon University highlights an area where we aren't so smart — electricity costs spent on game consoles are soaring, especially as they sit in idle mode.
We've done a few stories on things powered by poop. Well, there's a new sheriff in poop town — the Denver Zoo's little three-wheeled truck converted to use zoo poop as fuel.
An informal Internet survey I just conducted pegs the average time we spend on the toilet in a lifetime is somewhere in the range of one to one-and-a-half years. For those in the town of Bellingham in Washington state, that time is about to increase: a new city project is using old toilets as part of Bellingham's sidewalks.
IKEA has been outfitting homes for years, so it seems like a foregone conclusion that the company would get into the house building business. IKEA and prefab housing design studio, Ideabox have collaborated on a unique (and stylish) kit house, debuted at the 2012 Portland Home and Garden Show.
A drawback to most solar panels is they are flat. That means when the sun moves across the sky their efficiency drops when the sun moves out of range. A new "hemispherical" solar cell solves that problem by having collection units around all sides of a dome.
It sounds ironic: fibers from an item associated with the tropics are being used to create high-tech breathable fabrics for snowboarders and skiers. But if it involves a sustainable way to use discarded coconut shells towards keeping people warm and dry I'm ready to listen.
We've seen a lot of new eco-friendly designs pop up in street-lights these days. Designers and urban planners are fast figuring out that street-lights are a drain on a city's electrical grid, so why not try alternative resources. Do you think a light powered by a giant swing set is alternative enough?
The unlikely pairing of a chemist and a fashion designer has led to the creation of air-purifying textiles. The duo will debut a catalyzed denim kilt at the Edinburgh International Science Festival at the end of March.