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Engineers Create Biocomposites That Can Curb Global Warming

What we can do when we put our minds to it! Well, not "we," but a group of environmental engineers at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment. They created an artificial wood, which is just as strong as the real thing, using biocomposites that are completely biodegradable. This faux wood has the potential of saving our forests, reducing green house gases, and actually shrinking landfills. Stay tuned... these researchers are on to their next big breakthrough.

BMW Improves Hydrogen Engine Efficiency to Compete with Today's Turbo Diesels

Hydrogen power has been an ongoing project for many companies. One of the most pressing problems is the reduction in efficiency when compared to other kinds of fossil fuel burning engines. BMW has recently come up with a solution to this problem by changing the induction system of their Hydrogen engine.

Human Slingshot: Banshee Bungee

Propel yourself straight forward on land, water or snow with Banshee Bungee.


12 Hot Designs From The 2009 IceHotel: Catch Them Before They Melt!

While we in the U.S. are looking forward to Spring's budding flora, 124 miles north of the Artic Circle in Sweden, lies at least one more month of winter. It is here, in the town of Jukkasjärvi ("meeting place") in the Swedish Lapland, that world famous architects, sculptors, and designers submit their designs to the IceHotel in hopes that they will be chosen to contribute to its annual building... even though their contributions will melt after four or five months.

Scientists Develop Laser Gun To Destroy Mosquitoes

Scientists are working on a laser gun that could kill millions of mosquitoes in just minutes.

New Voice Announce Speakerphone solChat Solar Charged

Scosche Industries, innovator of mobile electronics and iPod accessories since 1980 has recently announced its release of their solar powered Bluetooth speakerphone. Scosche calls the, handsfree talking while driving and solar-powered combined, device the solChat. So it is safe and powered by the sun.

MIT Designs Fast Charging Lithium Ion Batteries: Could Change Electronics Worldwide

One of the most pressing issues many people have with all electric vehicles is the long charge time needed to reach maximum range. Some can take as long as 8 hours to go from completely depleted to a 100% charge, which a large portion of consumers find too long. Now, engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may have found a solution to this long-standing problem and, in doing so, launched a new era for battery technology.

Morristown UFO: Close Encounter of the Jersey Kind?

On January 5, 2009, between 8:30 and 9 pm, both cops and residents reported seeing five eerie red blinking lights hovering in the night sky over quiet, little Morris County, New Jersey. One family captured the images and released them to the media. Some twenty-five miles from my own home, that’s a bit too close for me, but no one there seems very comfortable about it either. Read on for more details, and forget about going back to sleep.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir: Camping Comfort and Warmth Minus the Weight

An incredible combination of warmth, comfort and lightweight construction, the Therm-a-Rest Neo Air, set for retail next month, is setting a new standard in camping mats.

If You're At High Risk For Heart Attack, Stay Out Of Traffic

Whether you are driving or taking a bus, heavy traffic sucks. It’s irritating, aggravating, exasperating and now, we find it really is debilitating. A German study found that heart attack victims are three times more likely to have been in heavy traffic within an hour before having the attack.

Koenigsegg Brings Solar Powered 4-Seat Super Car to Market

A myriad of four seat supercars have been being introduced in the past few months, with such examples as the Porsche Panamera and the Aston Martin Rapide coming to mind. And since nobody likes to be outdone, Koenigsegg decided to bring out their own four-seater supercar for the Geneva Motor Show.

BMW Working With NASA to Produce A Regenerative Exhaust System

Regenerative braking systems have become a common term in today's automotive communities. As we move to electric power, vehicles will need to make use of every available method to conserve energy to go farther on every charge. BMW has decided to take that idea to another level by using the wasted exhaust energy to produce electricity.

Elegant Toilet Paper Rolls Take Eco-Crafting To Another Level

Yuken Teryua doesn't do it for the environment. He doesn't just do it for politics either. He just takes regular household items that would otherwise be thrown away and he turns them into art for what seems is the love of art.

Mercedes-Benz Fleet Testing Fuel Cell Bus

While busses are great when you live in the city and want to keep the number of vehicles on the road as low as possible, they require a lot of power to move and are run almost non-stop. Obviously this leaves room for improvements and we have seen many in the past year or two. Recently, Mercedes-Benz offered another solution to public transportation in the form of a Fuel Cell Hybrid bus.

Lost But Found Again - Recycled Environmental Art

While we all try and do our part to save the environment, artist John Dahlsen makes art from it.