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U.S. Department of Energy Announcement: Innovative Technology Counteracts Biofuel's Shortcomings

Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced that a research team led by the Bioenergy Science Center developed an economical, one-step method for converting woody plants directly into isobutanol for use in traditional gasoline-powered vehicles.  The considerably simple and inexpensive process utilizes a new strain of the microbe, Clostridium celluloyticum, which naturally breaks down cellulose.

Green Plastic Althernatives: Self-Healing Plastics and Renewable Polymers

Bioplastics have been a hopeful alternative to petroleum-based plastics for some time now, but this new advancement, self-healing plastics, will outdo the competition.  Researchers at Iowa State University are developing multifunctional renewable polymers, and they are not alone in the pursuit.  Scientists at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute are developing self-healing plastic inspired by the rubber tree.

AERO E Converter Blows Your Celluar Charging Woes Away

From designer Lance Cassidy comes the AERO E power converter concept, a breath of fresh air in the plugged-in landscape of mobile device charging.

In 300 Words Creative Greenies Can Win Vacation to an Eco-Resort

Even the eco-friendly need a vacation. Why not win a trip to an eco-resort like Chaa Creek? Chaa Creek in Belize, has been promoting responsible and eco-friendly tourism since 1981. This year in a continuous effort to promote green travel Chaa Creek is hosting a contest for an all expense paid trip to Chaa Creek.

Repurposing Can Mean Some Bad Hair Days For Lamps

Sergio Mendoza helps organize workshops at Domaine de Boibuchet in southwestern France, a lovely country estate where artists, architects, and designers congregate and offer classes in the summer. Mendoza got the design bug himself and one set of his works is this series of SMP Lamps made from the shavings of fruit containers delivered to the estate every day.

 

Concrete Solution - Concrete That Won't Crack In Cold Climates

New developments in concrete technology could mean that roads last twice as long as they do now.

Solar Rover From Great Gizmos Uses Sun, Makes Fun

The British Toy and Hobby association has released its list of great toys for the 2011 year and one of their top picks under the "creative" category is the Great Gizoms Solar Rover robot. Time for some Sun n' Fun!

Honey Pot Protocells May Be Just What The Doctor Ordered

Thanks to work at NIST and Weill Cornell Medical College, viruses may soon be heading for a decoy cell instead of those naturally produced by a human body. Dubbed "honey pot" protocells, these attractive antivirals may just be the next big thing in the fight against disease.

U.S. Soldier Makes Trash to Toys: Uses Them To Inspire and Connect With People

I think a man in uniform is captivating. A man in uniform, who can make toys out of found items and then uses them to inspire people is amazingly captivating! This is exactly what Private First Class Rupert Valero does and so he is.

Cork: Not Just For Bulletin Boards

Maybe it's because my budget confines me to 'less expensive' wines, but I notice bottles are no longer being corked and, instead, have metal screw top caps like cooking sauces. When I realized the evolution had already taken place, I wished I had saved my bottle corks for posterity, or for a cork top table...

Nostalgic For Cow Farts? Get Countryside Air To Go

Oh my, I'm so happy someone is doing this.  So often I wish I could recreate the scents of my old home in Kansas, where the grass grows high and the cows fart to their bowels' content.  I'd just love to have a whiff of those odorous fumes here with me in midtown Manhattan.

PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger Uses Hydrogen For Maximum Mobility

When it comes to traveling off the grid, getting power to the people can be a difficult prospect. Now, the PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger offers a water-based way to get the power you need when you need it.


Jingle All The Way - Schwarzenegger Warns That Oil Dependence Will Leave Us With Just Change In Our Pockets

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants us to end our dependence on fossil fuels. Hasta la vista, baby!

SOM's New York City Green School, Brought To You By The Number Zero

The New York City School Construction Authority's latest endeavor is the planning of the first ever net-zero elementary school.  Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, the Staten Island Elementary School, P.S. 62, will produce as much energy as it consumes.  The school is set to open for the 2015-2016 school year but not without controversy among locals.

Thar She Blows - Return To The Age Of Sailing Ships

Oceangoing technology has turned full circle, as we return to the age of sailing ships - with a difference.

New Eco-friendly Beach Toys Here in Spring

How many times have you been to the beach or taken your kids to a sand box and seen forgotten beach toys littering the place? These toys can be so much fun for children (and adults), but often end up forgotten on the beach, trashed when outgrown or broken from over use and then trashed. Zoë b biodegradable beach toys leave behind less plastic waste.

Understanding the Buying Process at Major Retailers

If you’re new to the game of selling to major retailers, then you’re probably wondering how their buying processes work.   It’s a question that comes up all of the time in my workshops and classes.  And this important topic rarely gets discussed, so I thought I’d take a minute to review!

Portland Design Works [Pants] Cuff Links

Feel comfortable cycling in your best chinos without any worry of grease or damage.

A Designer's Dream For Sustainable Headphones: The Ashcraft Aria

If you've seen really high quality audio and visual technology dressed in slick, sleek, tomorrow design, then you have an idea of what Ashcraft Design is about. From high end speaker systems enrobed in modern mahogany to polished steel video encasements, Ashcraft Design is what catches your eye, not your ear. 

Got Wind? Drive! - A Car That Goes With The Wind

A wind-powered car has just completed a 3,000 mile journey for less than $15.