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Ralph Lauren Goes Green—With His Solar-Paneled Backpack

The RLX backpack looks just like an ordinary backpack, except for the fact that, well, it's not. That's because it has a solar panel to charge your gadgets. That's right: you will literally be a walking, talking charging machine. Er.. That didn't come out right.

Self-Healing Plastics A Positive And Attractive Advancement

Hard at work on making the impossible happen, scientists at Fraunhofer in Germany are developing a viable way for plastics to heal themselves over time.

Mush Mush Vroom Vroom - Cars Made Out Of Mushrooms

If you buy a car in the near future, part of it could be made from mushrooms!

Purdue’s Celeritas: A New Venture For The Thee-Time Winners Of Shell’s Eco-Marathon

Teams from Purdue University have entered solar-powered vehicles in Shell's Eco-Marathon and won for the past three years; however, the University's team is headed down an entirely new road this year.  They will be entering an urban-concept solar car, "Celeritas," in the April 14-17 competition in Houston.

Branson Gets Deep - The World's Deepest Diving Submarine

Richard Branson is making it possible to explore the very depths of the world's oceans.

Belt-Mounted Geiger Counter Monitors Microsieverts While You Jog

Fear of radioactivity cramping your active lifestyle? Over-reacting to reports of overheated reactors? The small, lightweight and portable GC-S1 radiation meter from System TALKS clips onto your belt and tallies up the microsieverts while you go about your daily routine.

Chevy Cruze Eco: Obama's 50mpg Gas-Engine Car, Or Not?

In his recent major policy speech, President Obama claimed that gasoline-powered cars are currently being sold with the potential to achieve more than 50 mpg.  However, car enthusiasts and eco-experts are having a hard time finding one such car.  According to the White House, the president was referring to the Chevy Cruze Eco, which has government ratings of 42 mpg on the highway.  So what's the truth?

STEM Sells Research - Selling Science To Kids

The USA Science & Engineering Festival wants you to help them make science cool.

China Goes Green on Tomb-Sweeping Day

Got money to burn and deceased ancestors to honor? So do many millions of Chinese – and that's the problem. The 2,500-year-old tradition of burning fake money on Tomb-Sweeping Day is meant to boost the fortunes of the deceased but with a population of well over a billion, it's the living who are paying the price.

Anti-Allergy Mask & Goggles Combo Keeps Out Pollen, Dust and Germs

Tis the sneezin'! This apocalyptic looking mask & goggles combo may look cumbersome (not to mention scary) but demand from Japan's growing legions of allergy sufferers has been so brisk retailers can't keep them in stock.

That's Heavy - Mapping Gravity On An Imperfect Sphere

The European Space Agency has mapped the Earth's changing gravity better than ever before.

Finally: Fisker Karma Is Go

After several years of delays, production on the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid is finally underway. The very first Karmas began rolling off assembly lines in Finland earlier this month.

Solar LED Lanterns and More Aide To Help Japan's Earthquake Victims

Almost 3 weeks after the Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan survivors are still living without basic necessities: food, water, electricity, etc. Panasonic is doing what it can to help. Among all the aide they have sent so far, there were thousands of Solar powered lanterns sent to Japan just a few days after the earthquake.

Eco-Friendly Auto Shops Like "Green Garage" Pop Up Nationwide

Is it possible for an auto shop to tune up your car to make it less harmful for the environment?  Well, that's the claim of eco-friendly shops such as "Green Garage" of Colorado.  By using non-toxic, low-VOC, and biodegredable products, these auto shops intend to make your car go green--not without making plenty of green themselves of course.

Could Increased Reliance On Biofuels Be More Detrimental To Our Health Than Global Warming?

Because biofuels redirect crops and land formerly used for food production to use in biofuel production, increased reliance on biofuels always results in increased food prices.  New projections indicate that the very efforts industrialized countries set in place to alleviate deaths and disease caused from global warming by increasing biofuel reliance could actually cause more deaths and disease than global warming itself.

NASA Tests New Biofuel Made With Chicken Fat

Research teams from NASA are experimenting with a new jet biofuel made from chicken fat.  The teams will compare emissions from operating with the new biofuel in its pure form, a 50-50 mixture of the new biofuel and traditional jet fuel, and pure traditional jet fuel.  The new biofuel is aligned with the U.S. military's goals of using 50 percent biofuel in their aircraft.

Breed'n Besty Used To Help Vet Students Who Get Behind

The Breed'n Betsy cow rectum simulator gives vet students a chance to get a feel for just what they're doing before they try it out on Betsy herself, much to appreciation of live cows everywhere.

Brazilian Scientists to the World: Get Ready for the Pineapple and Banana Cars of the Future

The automobile industry is constantly transforming and trying to build more efficient and greener cars. Because of these efforts, we've seen the age of the electric cars and we have seen prototypes of cars that run on water as well as vehicles that are powered by solar energy. Now these are all great, but there's another solution brewing around that will not only use eco-friendly materials during its manufacture but will also result in the production of a stronger, lighter car that will do wonders for fuel economy. Is the world ready for pineapple and banana cars to hit the road?

Harvard Scientists: We Can Use Electricity to Fight Fires

We can't fight fire with fire, but we can sure use electricity to quench the flames. This discovery was made by a team of scientists from Harvard University based on a 200-year old observation that electricity can influence the shape of flames and make them bend, twist, turn, flicker, and eventually snuff them out.

Clouded Thinking? - Qatar's World Cup Soccer Stadia To Have Artificial Clouds

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at Qatar University have worked out how to keep their stadia cool for the World Cup: build a cloud.