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Life On The Death Star - Shooting Lasers At Space Junk

Scientists want to shoot all the space junk out of the sky, just like Darth Vader taking pot shots at X-wings.

PepsiCo Announces A Bio-Based, 100% Recyclable Bottle

PepsiCo announced today the first 100 percent recyclable PET bottle made from agricultural byproducts from the company's own foods business.  The company is already a leader in green endeavors, including its 100 percent compostable SunChips bags; 100 percent, post-consumer recycled NAKED juice bottles; and the ultra-lightweight Aquafina bottle, "Eco-Fina."

Plumen 001 Wins British Design Award For Energy Saving Sculptured Lighting

Whoever thought that light bulbs could be fun, both for the designer and the consumer? Fun and functional; that's the motto of Hulger design, the British design house that brought out the cool, crazy phones for Skype and other VoIP services. The new sculptured bulbs, Plumen 001, just won the top product category and the overall best British Insurance Design Award.

 

 


A Green Metropolis For China: The Largest Green Development In The World

Projected to be the world's largest green development yet, CK Designworks, a group based in Australia, has unveiled a master plan for a green metropolis to be located in Nanjing, China.  With 10 LEED-certified towers and a monorail connecting them, the project hopes to express modern sustainability as well as Chinese culture and history to the entire world.

Cardboard Safari Doesn't Have To Hunt For Design Ideas

The folks at Cardboard Safari sent out their March newsletter today, reminding me that I have not checked in with them for some time. I was wowed!  They have added quite a few more clever Cardboard Trophies, as well as full-bodied animals, to their collection. Plus, Cardboard Safari has just introduced a human mask and a cardboard bowling game!

 

Powder Vibration Chamber Used In Materials Analysis Wins NASA's Invention Of The Year

NASA has recognized inXitu, Inc. with its 2010 Invention of the Year Award for inXitu's invention of the powder vibration chamber  The chamber is used in inXitu's portable X-ray scattering device (XRD) and represents such a 'leap forward' in materials analysis technology that it has been chosen to launch on the Mars Science Laboratory later this year.

 

 

 

That Blasted Roof! - Capturing Wind Energy On Your Roof

A cheap, unimposing wind turbine that attaches to the roof of your house could be on many horizons in the not-too-distant future.

Carbon Dioxide Eating TREEPOD Gives Shade In Light & Light At Night

Inspiration comes from all corners for the de-carbonizing artificial tree dubbed the TREEPOD.  The idea began with Dr. Klaus Lackner, whose team at Columbia University developed humidity swing technology, a  system of using evaporating humidity in the air to remove carbon dioxide. That invention inspired  the city of Boston...

We've Got The Power - Memory That Requires 100 Times Less Energy

New technology drastically reduces the energy needed to run mobile devices, allowing you to use them for longer.

The Hydra Tower: An Earth Shattering Skyscraper That Harnesses Hydrogen Using Lightning

Winning an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, the Hydra Tower promises to harness energy using lightning to split water molecules for producing hydrogen.  Hydrogen is a valuable alternative energy source but unfortunately requires a great deal of energy to procure; however, using heaven-sent resources could be just the ticket.

Earthquake Damaged Japanese Nuclear Plant has a Shaky History

The devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Japan on March 10 of 2011 affected many nuclear power plants in the region. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is of special concern, not only due to damage to its cooling system but because of the plant's somewhat dubious safety record.

Massachusetts Ski Resort Drops Off The Grid

A small ski resort in Massachusetts has become the world's first ski resort to provide for 100 percent of its own power needs.

Lights Out - A Sensor That Cuts Your Electricity Usage

A single sensor in your home could save you 40% of your electricity costs.

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!