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Upcycling Gift For The Gun Happy or Anti-Gun Person In Your Life

I think it is great that even the tiniest unexpected things can be recycled. Take empty bullet shells from shooting ranges, for example. What ever happens to these shells? Are they just thrown away? Some of them are not. Rachel Ann recycles them and turns them into Bullet Buddies. 

EV Technologies to Produce Recently Unveiled Plug-In Electric Vehicles

A couple of weeks ago at the New York Auto Show, a company based out of Nevada called EV Innovations unveiled two never all electric vehicles they plan on putting into production. The two vehicles are the Wave and the Inizio EVS and were made to appeal to different tastes, with the latter of the pair aiming at the Tesla Roadster.

Philips Lights Up Milan With Interactive OLED Lighting Designs

The leading and most progressive lighting designer in the world has not disappointed at Milan Design Week '09. Netherlands-based Royal Phillips Electronics introduced the world's first interactive OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes) lighting concepts for professional and home use. These exciting designs respond to you, wherever you are, and take your intuitive cues very personally.

GM and SAE Team Up to Standardize Electric Vehicle Charging System

If you own a cell phone, or anything that charges from a wall out let for that matter, chances are you have already been through the headache of carrying a hand full of chargers that each work on a single device. Even products made by the same company rarely work on a different model and in some cases, a single year difference can bring an entirely new adapter. Looking at this, General Motors saw a problem coming down the road with our plug in electrics and always trying to find the right adapter for the right vehicle. From this, a new movement to standardize the connections for all new plug-in vehicles has started and, in my opinion, should be forced onto some other markets as well.

All Electric Hummer to Provide Off-Road Capability without the Fuel Bill

Last April, a company called Raser Technologies brought a new truck based electric vehicle to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Conference in Detroit. According to Raser, the platform could be easily adapted for almost any light truck and would return somewhere in the realm of 100mpg all told. Needless to say, many people were interested to hear more.

Picnic Ware Made Friendly, Not Just For Earth Day!

I set out to find a nice picnic basket as a gift for Mother's Day and right on this very Earth Day, I found something really special: a set of Biodegradable Picnic Ware! More to my surprise though, this eco-friendly set of plates, bowls, and cups for four persons is made from a plant very much like the sweet pototo... the cassava.

GM and Segway Team Up to Create 2 Person City Cruiser

I think it is safe to say that almost everyone remembers the Segway Scooter and how many different reactions it brought from different people. Segway has since remained under the radar for the most part, until just recently when they and GM partnered up to make a small city transport dubbed PUMA.

Russian Auto Innovation Eco-Friendly Car Developed

Scientists from St. Petersburg, Russia have developed an ecologically friendly electric car with accumulators, which recharge during nighttime. In daylight hours, solar batteries deliver energy. It is, without a doubt, one very cool number, but don’t trade in your gas-run vehicle just yet.

Singapore Discovers How To Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Methanol!

The third smallest sovereign nation in the world has just made an enormous contribution to relieving the world's debt to the environment. Singapore researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have discovered how to turn carbon dioxide into methanol....  Double take: They have found a way to make greenhouse gas green.  Triple take:  They took the biggest contributor to the world's carbon footprint and converted it into a source of clean energy for the world.  Astounding.

8 Weird Earth-Friendly Products

Earth day is coming, and while the sky is not falling, temperatures are still rising. Bad economy or not, we all need to chip in a little to help our mother, Mrs. Earth. If you're looking for something really unique to outdo your eco-buddies, any of these eight goodies is sure to make you only one in your friend circle with something so strange.

Big Box Stores Lessen Environmental Impact With Help From Enviro Company Terracycle

We've introduced you to Terracycle before and their line of eco-friendly products. Now, Terracycle is expanding by partnering up with big box stores around the US to promote recycling of non-recyclables. It's a bold business move by a company whose ethics aren't necessarily in line with many of the consumption driven big names we're already familiar with, and smart PR for those corporations looking to improve their environmental image.

Ford Transit Family One is a Parent’s Best Friend on Long Road Trips

Soon after the Ford Transit Concept was unveiled, rumors began flying around about a family oriented version of the concept that was being developed. Skip ahead to the 2009 New York International Auto Show, and you can see what could become the next big seller in the minivan market.

Ford Compares EcoBoost Engine to Competition’s V8s

Since the EcoBoost engine was first introduced, Ford has been working tirelessly to make it as powerful and fuel efficient as possible. This is, of course, due mainly to the EcoBoost drivetrain being the staple of Ford's long term plan to increase sales. The real question is, how well will the new engine do when compared to the competition? Ford recently released a side-by-side comparison that should help answer that question.

HYmini Wind and Solar Charger Combo Puts the GO in Going Green

The HYmini personal wind turbine and green power bank answers the question many of us have been asking for some time now: why can't wind and solar power be harnessed by runners or bikers?

Living Like Hippies With Wanna Start A Commune

In the 60's and 70's, communal living was popular throughout North America, and while it may not have been long-lasting or particularly successful back then, it's a reemerging trend today with businesses like Wanna Start a Commune that focus on networking for communal living standards.