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Lunar Cubit Tells Time And Makes Energy

Lunar Cubit is a unique design for power generation and storage that comes in the form of nine pyramids and is slated to be built outside of Masdar city in Abu Dhabi.

Nissan Sporty, Electric Vehicle Concept

Nissan takes its electric-vehicle prowess to the next level with an all-electric sports car concept.

Designs By 'Leftovers' Tell Some Creepy Stories

Swedish sisters Linda and Jona Netsman have a great talent for repurposing old furniture and odds and ends and totally recreating new purposeful items. Their design studio, Leftovers, produces one of a kind furniture and lighting objects that are very emotionally evocative, something that one doesn't find in most furniture or lighting designs. I chose a few of the somewhat creepy ones to share with you.

 

Color Changing Plants May Serve As Chemical Agent Warnings

At Colorado State University, Dr. Judy Medford and her team are developing ways for plants to visually signal when there is a biological contaminant present.

Mine Detector Lets The Boom Go Off At A Distance

In Sweden, a pair of Colombian researchers have developed a way to remotely detonate land mines that is not only reliable but that is done at such a distance to keep the operator safe.

NYC's Got Gas - A New Plan To Turn Sewage Into Heat

A New York City wastewater plant will soon be adding enough methane to the city's natural gas supplies to heat 2,500 homes.

Water-Scraper: A Green Metropolis in the Deep Blue

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to live in - well, maybe not.  Evolo's 2011 Skyscraper Competition gave the hO2+ Scraper an honorable mention for its positive impact on the environment as well as the concept of taking the land-loving skyscrapers to the sea.  These underwater, floating structures use wind, solar, wave, kinetic, and bio energy sources for powering an underwater metropolis.

Deserting The Desert - A Plan To Green The World's Deserts

The Sahara Forest Project is a plan to produce fresh water, food and renewable energy in hot deserts. A demonstration center is being developed in Jordan.

Indoor Planter With Umbrella Stand Makes Use Of Rain Water

Turkish designer Merve Sarışın created a simply lovely concept for apartment, home, and offices spaces that makes use of rain drops to water plants, just as they do outside.

 

Will the Bill Pass for Energy-Generating Roadways in California?

A new California bill proposes the installation of piezoelectric energy-generating technology for the state's many highways.  This technology uses the vibration of cars driving on the road to generate energy that can be converted to electricity.

Umeox's Apollo Cell Phone Brings New Meaning to the Words "Solar Cell"

Once again, groundbreaking innovation from Asia: a solar-powered cell phone that should actually reach mass-production.  Umeox, a Chinese high-tech cell phone manufacturer, recently unveiled "Apollo," complete with solar panels for charging.  This smart phone is a must-have for techies, outdoorsmen, and green fiends alike.

Blooming Fair - Buy Fair Trade Flowers For Valentines Day

Buying Fair Trade Certified flowers for Valentines Day will make more than just your loved one happy.

Li-Ion Motors To Offer All-Electric Supercar Later This Year

Electric cars of all shapes and forms are the wave of the future. And that includes the highest performing supercars. The Li-Ion Inizio will be the next hot, all-out performance supercar that bears an electric powertrain.

Help I Need Help: Green Packaging for Red Hot Pain

Help I Need Help offers medications (like ibuprofen and sleep aids) as well as health supplies (like bandages) that come in eco-friendly packages.  Made from compostable materials such as paper pulp and corn, the straightforward, light-hearted doesn't want to just help you feel better but the planet, too.

SolarWindow: 300% More Energy With A Spray On Film

New Energy Technologies Inc. is developing the "first-of-its-kind" solar spray.  "SolarWindow"  is said by the company to enable "see-through windows to generate electricity by 'spraying' their glass surfaces with New Energy's electricity-generating coating."  The film generates 300% more electricity than leading technologies and is 1/10 the thickness of former sprays, allowing for full transparency of windows.

One Liter Limit: An Elegant Faucet Solution To Water Waste

If each one of us uses six liters of water every time we wash our hands, as the designers of 1ℓimit (One Liter Limit) faucet cite, then the 1ℓimit faucet needs to be installed in every bathroom in the world.  1ℓimit is not just a clever means of water conservation, it's a sweetheart of a design!

Achoo! Allergies Shown To Lower The Risk Of Brain Cancer

It's nice to read that allergies are actually beneficial to allergy sufferers in some way.  According to a  study reported in this month's issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the more allergies you have, the less likely you are to get brain cancer!

Purely Paper Interior Design By Woodnotes

How would you imagine your home to look if your walls, floors, window coverings, chairs, sofas, and interior accessories were made of paper?  Pretty shabby?  Well, get a glimpse here of what it would look like filled with designs made from Woodnotes' paper yarn textiles.

OAT Shoes: Not Only Biodegradable But Plantable, Too

OAT Shoes' new line of sneakers is not only fashionable, it's also both biodegradable and plantable.  Once you've worn out these sneaks, you can either throw them away without fears of harming the planet OR you can plant them right in your garden.  The exciting line debuted in Amsterdam's International Fashion Week and was a huge hit.