Earth and Energy

New Translucent Solar Panels Allow Greenhouses To Operate More Efficiently

How do you take a previously existing product and turn it into something new and more efficient? Science and determination or, in this case, what's being called a happy accident. Find out how a research team at UC Santa Cruz in the Thin-Film Optoelectronics Laboratory stumbled upon an energy and cost efficient way to feed the world.

Algae: Saving Plants From Themselves To End World Hunger

World hunger is an increasing concern. Now scientists at Carnegie think they may have found the key to possibly alleviating some of those worries through a protein and enzyme commonly found in algae. Find out what they are, how they work and what impact they could have on feeding the masses by reading further.

Single-Use 'Toilet Bags' From Sweden Sanitize Human Waste

A group in Sweden has come up with a product known as PeePoo, a disposable yet recyclable one-usage bag for human waste.

Seawater Greenhouse Turns Saltwater Into Fresh Drinking Water With Added Bonus

The lack of fresh, potable water in many areas of the world is increasing at an alarming rate. A U.K. business has the solution.

Hydro Power Plant Called 'Rotor' Is Made From A Simple Inner Tube

If you live in rural, underdeveloped areas you have to be clever to survive. The Rotor, a homemade hydro plant created from an inner tube that generates power from moving water, is about as clever as it gets.

Solar Powered Medical Rucksack Cleans, Disinfects And Sterilizes Instruments

One of the most prevalent problems in developing countries is sterilization. Thanks to a new solar-powered device called the “medical rucksack,” a lot of that could be about to change.

DIY 55-Watt Solar Light Bulb From An Ordinary Bottle Of Water

How to make a solar light equivalent to a 55-watt bulb in just three easy steps. You won't believe it's this simple!

Controlling The Weather With Lasers, Can It Be Done?

Scientists are talking about employing high-energy lasers for the purpose of producing rain at will, but the question is should we?

Tree-Free Toilet Paper Is On A Roll For Going Green

Now, thanks to entrepreneur Mark Samuels and the company he started known as Nimbus Eco, you can begin by reducing your impact on deforestation by using tree-free toilet paper.

Sani Sticks Use Natural Enzymes To Keep Drains Clear

Tired of pooling water and odor from slow moving drains? There are biodegradable products out now called Sani Sticks that claim to use natural enzymes in order to keep your drains doing just that, draining smoothly.

Clever New Refrigerator Keeps Food Cold Sans Electricity

For the roughly 1.3 billion people around the globe who are currently living without electricity, a traditional refrigerator is not an option. Now, a team of students from the University of Calgary has developed a refrigeration unit for storing perishables without the need for a power source.

Telescope Built for Quasars Sees Deep Inside Volcanoes

A new telescope under construction near Sicily's Mt. Etna is being designed to track quasars and supernovae, but it may give us a bird's eye view deep into the interior of the volcano, too.

New Desalinating System Uses Shockwaves For Turning Saltwater Into Drinking Water

Researchers at MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering have discovered a new way to remove salt from ocean and brackish water. If it works on a larger scale, this may be the answer to our fresh water concerns.

Sonnenbatterie Launches New Solar-Plus Storage Systems

A German group called Sonnenbatterie has announced the introduction of the Solar-Plus Storage System to rival Tesla’s.

New Solar Batteries Store Energy For A Rainy Day

What if you could produce enough of your own energy to completely power your home or business and literally store enough excess for a rainy day? That’s the premise with solar batteries, and they’re about to change our world.