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China Bans Use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in Baby Bottles

Mere weeks after China's Ministry of Health announced a prohibition on the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in infant food containers was being considered, the Chinese government has followed up by banning the controversial plastic additive outright in new production of infant feeding bottles.

Honda Chopper Motorcycle Concept Sparked by Star Wars

“Sparked” as in electricity, that is, which provides the motive power for the futuristic Honda Chopper concept motorcycle inspired by Star Wars, Big Trak, and your fave mean manga machines.

China's Advanced Deep-Sea Oil Platform Drills Deep for Black Gold

China's innovative new Oceanic Petroleum 9-8-1 platform can boldly drill where no deep-sea oil platform has drilled before: 3,000 meters (almost 10,000 feet) below sea level!

Give This Wind-up Eco Flashlight a Spin to Let it Shine

The BunBun Eco Light from Japan works like clockwork: spinning it around like a dayglo plastic nunchuck juices up the rechargeable batteries with clean kinetic energy.

Japan's Power Plan: Solar Panels for All New Buildings

What's your roof done for you lately? If you're in Japan, it just might be collecting the Sun's most useful renewable resource, solar power. Even better, if a plan due to be announced by Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the upcoming G8 summit in Deauville, France, is carried out, by 2030 every new house and building in the country will be fitted with solar panels.

Herman Miller Aeron Chair Gets Extreme Green Makeover

The iconic and ergonomic Aeron chair from American office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc is going green... at least, one of them is. The plush, verdant, one-off design by Japanese botanic artist Makoto Azuma brings a bit of the great outdoors to your indoor workplace.

Miles Of Styles - The 100 Mile Design Challenge

It's amazing what can be made solely from local materials - just see what these design students have done.

Fishy Finding - Students Turn Fish Into Plastic

Three kids from Thailand have turned fish scales into plastic, and have earned $50,000 for their efforts.

China's Commuters Charging to Cheap 'Knockoff' Electric Cars

China's car-crazy commuters are increasingly opting for an economical alternative to big-name, high-priced auto brands. Shanzhai (“knockoff”) electric cars charge up overnight, can be driven over 100 km per day, and cost well under $3,000.

Bye-5 Room Light Doesn't Leave You Hangin'

Everyone likes getting a high-five, and no ones likes to be left hanging. Now, with the Bye-5 light switch, you can not only feel good about the environment, you can feel good about yourself. 

Picasso Pad? - Living In A Cube

You really can live in comfort in a small space. The Cube Project is proof.

Give As Good As You Get With GiftFlow

GiftFlow aims to create an economy of giving, which means there will be plenty to receive as well.

Panda Shorts Bring Up the Rear When it Comes to Environmental Fashion

Panda Shorts seen lately on the streets of Shanghai, China, are cute, comfortable, and might just be this spring's wildest new fashion trend. What do you say, ladies, do you dare to go bear?

That's The Spirit! - Teenagers Turn Space Waste Into Food

A group of high school students have developed a way to convert waste generated in space into food.

Part Of The Process - Participatory Budgeting And You

People all over the world are deciding how their tax dollars are spent. Why aren't you?

Cab or Cube? Meet the Nissan NV200, New York's Next-Generation Taxi

New York City's iconic yellow taxicabs are about to get an extreme makeover of the Soccer Mom kind. According to Big Apple mayor Michael Bloomberg, the NV200 minivan from Japanese automaker Nissan has been selected to be the next anchor of the 13,000-strong NYC taxi fleet.

Hot Stuff! - Airport Saves $8 Million With Geothermal Heat

By using heat that already exists, Portland Jetport will save over 50,000 gallons of oil a year.

Stranded Japanese Sightseeing Boat Rejected as Tsunami Memorial

The devastating tsunami that wiped out most of the Japanese towns of Kamaishi and Otsuchi on March 11th, 2011, swept the 109-ton sightseeing boat Hamayuri 400 meters (about 1,300 feet) inland, there to rest precariously atop the remains of a 2-story building.

Atta Boy! - The 13 Year-Old Who Has Planted Over A Million Trees

Felix Finkbeiner is a 13 year-old who just planted his millionth tree - and addressed the United Nations.

Need Some InnoCentive? Try The Popular Science Pavilion

PopSci and InnoCentive team up to give you the opportunity to turn your ideas into money.