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Tree Hole Paintings Add Life To China's Concrete Jungle

The drab streets of Shijiazhuang are looking a lot livelier these days thanks to 23-year-old Wang Yue, an art student at Dalian Polytechnic University. With just a little paint and a whole lot of talent, Wang has conjured up a charming world of wildlife and still life peering out from the hollows, cracks and scars of street-side trees.

Boom Times For China's Nuclear Power Industry

One might say the prospects for China's nuclear power industry are booming, and that's a good thing... so far. Only four Chinese nuclear power plants were operating at the beginning of 2012 but that number will, er, explode to 15 by the end of 2015. Put on your lead boots and join us for an in-depth look.

Aiming For Peace - Guns Transformed Into Art

Art is a product of creation. Guns are a tool of destruction. Mexican sculptor Pedro Reyes brings these two opposing forces into harmony with his unique and inspiring work.

The 49ers Go Green!

The San Francisco 49ers have made a major green announcement this week,the new stadium that the team is building for itself is about to get a serious dose of solar panels, in order to help offset its carbon footprint, as well as a number of other earth friendly upgrades that will make it possible for the fans to be more responsible.

Algae Lamps Generate Energy And Use More CO2 Than Trees

There are two great environmental challenges that we face today: one is the need for clean, renewable electrical energy and the other is a way to convert massive amounts of CO2 back to oxygen in the atmosphere. French biochemist Pierre Calleja may have found the answer in his street lamp powered by microalgae.

Wash, Rinse, Dry, Complete - The Dyson Airblade Tap

Ditch your germ-covered hand towels. Forget the trails of water droplets on your bathroom floor. In only 14 seconds, the Dyson Airblade Tap leaves your hands clean and dry before you even leave the sink.

Let The Sun Shine In: Keeping Solar Panels At Their Peak

Adding solar power to your home is a great way to go green and start getting off the grid. However, solar panels do require care and upkeep to make sure that they are functioning at their peak. It may be time for you to choose your weapon in the war on grime. Here are a couple of tools that can help you really clean up.

Shanghai's New Air Quality Mascot Puts A Brave Face On Smog

Raining today? Bring an umbrella. Smoggy again? Put on a face mask. Since checking both the weather and the current level of air pollution before going out is the new normal in China, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau is making the latter a lot easier by featuring a new air quality mascot at their website.

Driverless Buses Ready To Roll On Shanghai's Streets

Be afraid, Ralph Kramdens of the world, be VERY afraid: Shanghai's imminent experiment with driverless, magnetically-guided, electric-powered buses could be the start of a new urban transportation revolution.

Greening Up Electronics: Recycling and Reusing to Reduce Emissions

Electronic waste is one of the biggest problems that affects not only America, but also the rest of the world. Most electronics (or the parts that make them up) are full of toxins, and simply throwing them out will have detrimental impacts on the natural world. The good news is that electronics can easily be recycled, and oftentimes, they can also be reused. 

Tibet Spring Bottled Water: Status Symbol or Slippery Slope?

From the “roof of the world” to the roof of your mouth, China's Tibet 5100 Water Resources Holdings Ltd. will never Everest in its quest to be the world's most desired luxury bottled water. The climb to watery wealth has a downside, however, and those who can least afford this premium product could end up paying the most.

Silk May Be The Key To Dissolvable Electronics

When I read about the dissolvable electronic medical implants created by Professor Fiorenzo Omenetto of Tufts University and John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois, my first thought was what about dissolving all my old cell phones packed up in my garage?  And, sure enough...

Bandai's Magic Pets Populate & Personalize Your Water Bottle

Strangers won't mess with one's personal portable potables thanks to Bandai's Magic Pets, plastic critters who “live” in your water bottle, personalizing it and keeping owners entertained all the while.

10 Ig Nobel Prizes For 2012: Recognition Of Funny, Obscure Research

You gotta love the Russian company SKN for converting old Russian ammunitions into diamonds, and didn't you always want to know how many steps you'd have to take to create the inevitable splash of coffee on your carpet?  But the SpeechJammer in 2012?  A machine that delays speech and makes one stutter is decades old, and it actually has the practical application of helping stutterers speak without stuttering.

 

Scores Dye Horribly in Violet Explosion

Purple prose phrased headline aside, a slow leak in a large bag of powdered violet dye brought big trouble to a little Chinese village. The generically dark powder wasn't noticed as it spilled from a truck passing through town but when rain fell, villagers suddenly saw their world through rose-colored glasses.

Houston Zoo First To Successfully Breed Big-Headed Turtles In Captitivity

The Houston Zoo proudly announced the birth of five Madagascan big-headed turtles today, the eighteenth most endangered species of turtle in the world.  It was the first birth for zoos worldwide.

As The World Burns, NIST Tries To Cool It Down

On the day the National Snow And Ice Data Center (NSIDC) announced the dreary news that the level of ice in the Arctic Sea is the lowest it has been since such information was recorded, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) presented some positive news regarding its goal to reduce the global warming potential (GWP) of the refrigerants used in our homes and cars.

Energy Saving Nano-Carbon Light Bulbs Could Outshine CFLs and LEDs

A Taiwan university research team has been awarded a patent on energy efficient nano-carbon light bulbs. Unlike popular CFL bulbs and LED lights, the new nano-carbon light bulbs and tubes use a mercury-free manufacturing process and can be easily integrated into existing light bulb production facilities.

Life Light: An Eco-Friendly Lifesaver, Buoy & Emergency Light Concept

The “Life Light” is a combination lifesaver ring, marker buoy and emergency light that's powered with renewable energy and a built-in battery. When the sun – and a swimmer in trouble – goes down, the Life Light's LED light goes on, alerting rescuers to its presence.

Pedal-Powered DC Generator Charges Up Any USB Device

BikeCharge Dynamo from Hong Kong-based iBikeConsole has updated the bicycle wheel-mounted DC generator of your childhood. It'll fully charge most brands of mobile phone over the course of a 2- to 3-hour bike ride.