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Green Energy Goes Purple And Gold For BYU Science Team

At Brigham Young University, Professor Richard Watt and his team have proven that a common protein can not only react with sunlight, but harvest its energy for use.

Bjarke Ingles Group Plans a Ski Slope Atop a Waste Incinerator in Copenhagen

Skiers of Copenhagen can relish in the delights of skiing in Denmark as well as the hard truth regarding waste incineration.  Skiing amid CO2 smoke rings coming from a waste-to-energy plant isn't exactly what you'd expect from a recreational trip to Copenhagen; however, it might soon be a reality thanks to plans by Bjarke Ingles Group to combine waste plant and ski slope.

Top 10 Repurposed Wares from Etsy Designers

Etsy.com is a great site to find handmade crafts and vintage items, but a new trend is developing rapidly - repurposing old items to make new ones.  From handbags made from men's suits to lounge chairs made from vintage ovens, these products give new meaning to the phrase, "One man's trash..."

Rooftop Farms Atop Grocery Stores Brought To You By Better Food Solutions

Thanks to documentaries such as Food, Inc and books like The Omnivore's Dilemma, consumers are becoming more concerned with buying locally-grown, fresh produce.  "Better Food Solutions," a NY hydroponics firm, intends to bring us the freshest, most locally-grown food money can by with rooftop farms directly atop your grocery store.

Garden Clothing Attracts Bugs

The decline of insect pollinators and the plants they pollinate are of great concern to many today. So, to raise awareness about Colony Collapse Disorder an artist and a group of scientists have designed a line of clothing to attract insects. It is a limited edition and is part of a project called, The Pollinator Frocks Project.

Anti-reflective Film Inspired By Moth's Eyes Improves Solar Cells

Shiny new solar cells... not a good thing when the point is to capture every last ray of sunshine. In an effort to find the least reflective surface possible, scientists have looked to an unlikely source: the compound eyes of night-flying moths.

University of Texas Develops Wearable Fabric With Battery Power To Charge Your Gadgets

Scientists from the University of Texas at Dallas have developed a way to make fabric using carbon nanotubes and boron/magnesium powder that will generate battery power to charge your electronics.  No more plugging your iPhone into the wall; charging your gadgets could be as easy as wearing a T-shirt.

Tom Dixon Brings "Jacks" On His Road Show

Starting on his 9-city Road Show, renowned British designer Tom Dixon is now at the IMM Cologne in Germany with his Jacks.  If he becomes bored, I suppose he can always 'play' with them, rearranging the black, white, and now orange glow plastic Jacks in different formations, but most likely this hot designer won't have much time for play.

 

Latest Study Reveals Possible End of Fossil Fuels by 2030

New research contends that 100% reliance on renewable energy - that is, solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal power sources - is entirely possible by the year 2030.  Although unlikely to be endorsed by our current political economy, complete removal of fossil fuel is both possible and affordable within the next two decades.

Biowashball Cleans Your Laundry Without Detergent

Some people are really into that laundry detergent smell.  When you really consider it though, is that ‘fresh’ scent any better than clothes that are just plain clean?  The Biowashball offers a greener alternative to the traditional laundry washing routine.   

GhostBot Knifes Its Way Into Aquatic Automation

Taking their cue from nature, researchers at Northwestern University have created the GhostBot, a robotic knifefish that can swim both horizontally and vertically.

Put Your Baby To Bed In A Cozy Pod Cot

If you are looking for something a bit different and modern for your baby then you should have a look at the Pod Cot by Ubabub.  This sleek looking crib features rounded ends and transparent sides with strategically designed star cut-outs.  This is definitely not a crib for a traditional themed nursery.

Recycled Fortune Cookie Coin Purse By Diana Eng

If you're looking for a little something sweet to include in your fashion accessory collection, then Diana Eng has created a cute little piece that's funky and fashionable.

Innovative Water Turbine Inspired by Sharks

A double-blade, basking shark inspired, water turbine developed by Anthony Reale, former product-design student, promises to increase turbine efficiency by 40%.  Follow Reale's progress as he goes from undergrad student to ground breaking innovator.

Distilled Innovation: Whiskey In A Can

Scottish Spirits Ltd., a Glasgow Scotch whiskey distiller, has been around since 1896, distilling and exporting blended whiskeys.  Now, with a new distribution center in Panama, Scottish Spirits is bottling booze that's a little more at home in Latin America and the Carribean - rum, vodka, tequila, and... whiskey in a can?

ECOtality Teams Up With Sprint to Combine Connectivity and Electric Vehicle Charging

ECOtality, leader in clean transportation and storage technologies, will be collaborating with Sprint Nextel to merge electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and connectivity.  The Sprint Command Center available at charging stations will allow effective monitoring of car charging and payments as well as user-friendly charging station locator services for motorists along with advertising on screen displays.

Repurposing For Inspiration: Book Origami By Isaac Salazar

We give away old clothes, old furniture, old toys... but old books... they get to stay.  They're on the bookshelves or packed away in our garages.  They represent our formative selves; they announce, "This was once important to me."

GIMME SHELTER Architects’ Eco-Challenge To Help Our Furry Friends

Do cats deserve eco-friendly homes too? Herb'n Maid and SPACE Architecture & Design thinks so and are hosting an eco-challenge called Gimme Shelter to help city cats. To win contestants have to build an eco-friendly pet home.

Soap Flakes Eliminate Slippery Bar Soap Problems

Why did bar soap fall so far out of favor when it was once the king of the shower?  It is likely because bars can be slippery and awkward and no one wants to use them once they get worn down to the cracked and crumbly little nubs.  Soap Flakes, a design by Nathalie Stampfli, is a bar soap grater that seems to solve the old problems of using hard soap.

Liquid Gold: The Towa Watering Can Uses Urine As Fertilizer

Swedish start-up company, Guldkannan, presents their chemical-free alternative to store-bought fertilizers: urine.  With the use of their "Towa," a urine watering can, you can enjoy a comfortable chamber pot, storage bin for your urine, as well as a pouring device for your homemade "liquid gold" all in one convenient device.