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Need This New Innovation? Sustainable Garden At The Airport

There are many places that you might expect to find a vegetable garden these days, from schools to rooftops. No longer are they limited to farms and backyards. Even with all of these new places opening up, it is still very odd to think of a garden at a busy airport. Not just a garden -- a vertical, aeroponic garden full of fresh vegetables that supply the restaurants inside Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Wireless Gadget Charging Is (Nearly) Here

In fact, wireless chargers are already here, but these still require that your gadget is physically connected to a charging pad or similar. However, I mean the type of charging where there is no contact whatsoever, so that you can charge your mobile phone or tablet anywhere you are in by just... being there. It seems (and, in fact, is) amazing, and this technology is closer than you might think.

How Can A Tumbleweed Prevent The Spread Of Deserts Across The World?

Desertification isn't something we understand particularly well, yet - meaning we don't really have any idea of how to stop it. It's a pretty serious environmental problem...and one inventor has found what may be the first step to a solution: Tumbleewed, a rolling robot.

"Green" Slow Cooking Invention: Buy One, Give One Free

You've heard of the Wonder Bra?  Well, this is the wonder bag. Wonderbag, to be specific. It's a slow cooking bag, a new invention with old roots, one that is bringing tasty dishes and energy savings to us in the western world, while doing the same for poor, rural African communities.

 

Believe If You Want: Light Can Do Math

It is not as simple as that, but close. A new study has introduced the concept of "metamaterial analog computing", where metamaterial blocks that can perform mathematical operations (such as spatial differentiation, integration, or convolution) by propagating light waves into them. This discovery is important as it can provide new computing systems much thinner than the conventional lens-based optical signal and data processors.

Nissan and FedEx Will Test e-NV200 In Brazil

Nissan and FedEx are keeping their tests of the new e-NV200 van and the next stage is Brazil. e-NV200 is 100% electric and will be delivering FedEx packages for a month. The obtained results will then be analyzed by the two companies and used to perfect e-NV200 plans, which production will start latter this year in Spain.

Need This New Invention? Biodegradable Batteries Made Of Sugar

We use massive amounts of batteries these days to power everything from flashlights to cars. The used batteries are toxic and end up dumped into landfills daily. The time is long overdue to come up with a biodegradable battery that would work in most devices. That time finally seems to be on its way as scientists work to bring a battery powered by sugar to the public.

Stay Warm This Winter With A Geothermal Heat Pump For Your Home

Geothermal heat pumps are a cost- and energy-efficient way to stay warm during the long, cold months of winter. They have been around since the late 1940s, but as the technology gets better and the prices continue to fall, they have recently become more popular for home use. Today, about 80,000 geothermal heat pumps are installed per year in the United States.  Here's how geothermal heat pumps work -- and how you can get one for your home.

Innovators Gather In Abu Dhabi To Address Sustainability

In what will be the largest gathering on sustainability ever to be held in the Middle East, innovators from many sectors will gather in Abu Dhabi on January 18 - 25. Abu Dabai Sustainability Week features the World Future Energy Summit and brings together leaders from the worlds of politics, science, business, and academia to discuss and address the energy challenges of the future. Read on to learn more about the event.

Southern Hemisphere's Largest Windpod System Has Been Installed In The City Of Cockburn

Today's society is turning more and more to renewable sources of energy, due to an improved awareness about the environmental problems surrounding the other energy sources. Also, we try to utilize and not waste as much energy as possible. Following this line of thought, the Australian city of Cockburn has installed a system of windpods in order to generate power from wind - that is the biggest system in the Southern Hemisphere.