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World's First 'Practical' Artificial Leaf Can Cheaply Turn Water Into Energy

A team of chemistry and engineering scientists from MIT today announced the completion of their quest to create an artificial leaf that creates electricity from water like a leaf produces oxygen and food from carbon dioxide.

The High Life Is The Right Life When It Comes To Heart Disease

While living high, in the mountains that is, may expose you to more solar radiation than folks at ocean level, an expansive study conducted by the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Global Health shows that there are some important health benefits of living at higher altitudes.

Take It And Leave It - BMW Announces New Car Sharing Scheme

In Munich, you can find a car on the side of the street, take it, and leave it wherever you like.

Wysips's Transparent Film Transforms Your Cell Into A Solar Panel

A new, ultra-thin, transparent film made of photovoltaic cells is said to power traditional phones using solar energy.  Wysips, a French tech compnay, presents this new technology, which can be applied to any cell phone without affecting its appearance or touch-screen capabilities.

New Study Shows Consumers Aren't Buying Into Faulty Green Claims

A new study shows that 71 percent of consumers will stop purchasing a product if they feel the company's claims about green-ness are misleading.  The study also looks at how much consumers really understand regarding environmental labeling, how such labeling affects consumers' purchasing choices, and how green-consciousness is surviving in this recession.

Unicycling Made Easy And Efficient: The Self-Balancing Solowheel

A unicycle that balances itself and gets you around town.

Relief Yourself - A One-Stop Disaster Relief Center

A new application has been designed to provide as much disaster relief as possible in one place.

Samsung's Latest Transparent TV Now with Solar Power

Another transparent television is introduced in Germany at the CeBIT electronics show by Samsung. This 46-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution LCD TV comes powered with solar power too. It is still only a prototype, but so were flat screen television not too long ago.

The Light's On In This Brain! 'Insight' By Solovdesign

Maria and Igor Solovyov, from Belarus, combine their superb design talents and energy into a family business: SolovyovDesign, a studio that shows brilliance in many spheres of product design.  Today I must share the Insight energy efficient lamp, because it shines so brilliantly... and is so darn metaphoric.

 

NRDC Joins Professional Sports Leagues To Launch The "Green Sports Alliance"

The National Resources Defense Council has joined forces with the MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA, WNBA, and MLS to form the Green Sports Alliance.  The GSA intends to reduce the carbon footprint of northwestern professional sports teams involved in the alliance.  Clearly, the NRDC understands the importance of utilizing highly influential groups to express the importance of green-ness.

Unclear On Nuclear? Try Thorium - Nuclear Energy Without The Side Effects

Thorium is a safer and more abundant nuclear energy source than uranium. So where are the reactors?

New Method Of Extracting Oil From Tar Sands Will Also Help Clean Up Oil Spills

Researchers from Penn State University have developed a new method of extracting oil from tar sands that is far eco-friendlier than traditional methods.  What's more, this method can also be applied to cleaning up beaches after oil spills.  Using ionic liquids, the new technique cleans sand so efficiently that the sand can be put back where it came from rather than being moved to landfills as with former processes.

Radiation Exposure Readiness: Part 3, Preparing For The Worst

Somewhere in the millions of InventorSpot pages is a blog about a luxury underground survival community being built in California for the kind of disaster that millions in Japan are facing now.  I hope that project is ready for the special 200 families who can afford to pay for accommodations there. For the rest of us, we'll just have to get prepared step by step.

Radiation Exposure Readiness: Part 2, When Your Health Is At Risk

How do scientists determine when your health is at risk due to the amount of radiation in the air?  First they measure the amounts and translate those measurements into levels that they know have caused biological harm in the past.  They have learned from longitudinal studies of people in the paths of Hiroshima, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and many smaller-scale, but serious, incidents of radiation exposure.  Here is a look at the basic radiation measuring scheme and how other variables can affect biological dangers from radiation.

Japan's Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster: A Personal Perspective

The catastrophic earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 of 2011 resonated throughout the world, carried in unprecedented detail via the Internet and broadcast media. Having once walked the scenic shores, beautiful beaches and quaint city streets of Miyako, the scope of the disaster is stunning beyond belief.

For He's A Jolly Google Fellow - Google Takes A Stance On Climate Change

Google announces 21 Google Science Communication Fellows, who have been charged to spread the word about climate change.

Radiation Detectors, Part One: Detect Radiation Around Your Home

It would probably be safe to assume that most of the people all over the world have already heard about the devastation in Japan due to the earthquake and tsunami. While the aftershocks are simmering down, another catastrophe is looming, not just in Japan but all over the world: the radiation leak catastrophe.

Radiation Levels Said to Rise In California: Find Out About Your Town

Radiation levels were originally said to be on the rise in southern California yesterday as a result of devastation in Japan; however, the latest news says that levels are normal for that area.  Nonetheless, it's important to know the facts about radiation levels and what they are in your area.  Check out two websites that provide helpful services, such as reporting radiation levels across the country.

Good Hydro - Getting Power From Waterways

An efficient, easy-to-install hydro turbine is more effective than wind or solar power in the right places.

Pass The Bill - Giving Your Representative An Informed Opinion

POPVOX gives you the facts, and allows you to petition your representative without partisan interference.