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Dishwasher That Washes Dishes With Air

Should you wash dishes by hand or in the dishwasher? The debate is ongoing. I say it depends on the "dish washer". Is the water left running when done by hand? Is the dishwasher an old model that needs to be run more than once to wash one set of dishes? What if the dishwasher used air to wash the dishes? Take a look at designer Hwang Jin Wook's modern dishwasher prototype. 

Biofuels Or Bioelectricity? Miles Per Acre Are Compared In New Study

What is the most efficient way to use farmed crops to power our vehicles -  biofuels or bioelectricity? Researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science, University of California, and Stanford University studied these issues as well as their relative impact on the environment.  Guess which one fared miles better per acre than the other.

Strange Toy Emulates Environmental Conditions

Want a goo that imitates the environment of a distant planet? Can't quite figure that out? Neither could I. But Planet Plasma apparently mimics the textures and smells of Mars--as well as more terrestrial locales.

Go With The Flo™ A Transgenerational Squat Toilet

No.  You're kidding, right?  You think that boomers are going to squat on a toilet?

The designers of Go With The Flo, from Arizona State University (ASU) Design School, say that their squat toilet is a toilet concept for baby boomers to help them get Yoga exercise.  Not this boomer!

GO2 Will Harness Power from Passengers Dancing: Redefine Alternative Energy

Alternative energy is a term that has been used quite a bit in the past year or two. The real challenge comes in trying to define exactly what alternative energy really is. Thankfully a new concept boat called the GO2 has given us an interesting and extreme definition for the all too common phrase.

Mom, Do Your Balls Recharge? More Earth Friendly Gifts For Mom

Shouldn't every day be Mother's Day? Mother's everywhere will probably shout, "Yes!" This year show your mom how much she is appreciated. Then help her relax with gifts like the unique earth friendly gifts ideas below. 

Inspired By Nature:The Pixel Carbon Neutral Prototype Office Building

Grocon, a third generation Australian development and construction company, is about to build the world's first carbon neutral office building, complete with fresh air, native grass filtration of rain water, natural daylight, and windows that open!  Sounds revolutionary, doesn't it?

Want to Increase Your Fuel Economy? Try Buying A GPS

In car navigation has very quickly become one of the most relied on pieces of gadgetry inside the vehicle and with good reason. No longer having to print out directions from the computer or rely on memory alone to get from point A to point B is a huge benefit. Coupled with live traffic updates and road work conditions, GPS units have become a very useful device. They may be even more useful thanks to a recent study done by a research firm called NuStats that points to an decrease in the amount of money spent on fuel by GPS owners.

Innovative Electricity Generator is Powered by Prayer

Buddhist prayer wheels are a common site in China, Tibet, Nepal and India. Spun hundreds of times daily by passersby, you might think that some wise guy would wire them to generate and store electric power - and, wise guy Taikkun Li has done exactly that.

Chrysler Electric Van to Provide USPS with Small Test Fleet

While many of Chrysler's employees have been focused on the bankruptcy issue that has put the company's future in question, a few have been working hard on ways to help the company pull out of these tough times. Out of this effort came a new electric vehicle that Chrysler hopes will be able to catch the attention of the USPS.

Carbon Fiber Jacket: Hot Fashion With Adjustable Temperature For Any Season

Spring is in the air, but depending on where you live the hot weather isn't quite here yet. Looking for a lighter weight jacket that delivers enough warmth for those cool spring nights? Try the carbon fiber jacket with adjustable internal heating that allows you to make sure the heat setting is appropriate for what the weather's doing outside.

Chinese Automaker Shows Off Electric SUV...Hints Production

While a few automakers have explored the idea of an electric SUV, many quickly shift their interests to smaller vehicles that are easier to engineer for high mileage. Not too long ago at the Shanghai Motor Show, a Chinese manufacture has unveiled plans for a Hybrid Electric SUV that may just see production in the near future.

Vending Machines in Japan Offer Free Drinks in Case of Emergency

Free drinks from a beverage vending machine? It's more likely than you think - in Japan, that is. Specially labeled vending machines equipped with battery backup are programmed to offer victims of natural disasters life-giving water and soft drinks at no charge.

Hitachi Takes the Lead in Lithium Ion Battery Technology

Advances in Lithium Ion Technology have been fairly consistent, but many of them are relatively small and provide little to helping improve the overall effect of battery powered devices. Hitachi has broken this trend with a battery they say could become the new standard for the automotive industry.

Ford Fusion Hybrid Breaks 1,000 Miles on a Single Tank of Fuel

A few days ago, a team set out to try and find the maximum number of miles you could squeeze out of one of Ford's new Fusion Hybrids. After some substantial amounts of coffee and snacks, the final number is in, and it may surprise you.