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Battery Electrodes Now Possible From Packing Peanuts

Finding a new use for waste products is a valuable avenue of research, both from an environmental and an economic standpoint. Brand new research reported this past weekend at the American Chemical Society Meeting has shown that packing peanuts – those pesky, statically charged foam nuggets that seem to end up everywhere after you've received fragile goods in the mail – can be transformed into electrodes for lithium ion batteries that actually perform better than many standard materials.

The Analog Ant Watch: Get Out of Here!

Can a watch respond to the joys and annoyances of Mother Nature? WatchCo says yes, and puts its money where its mouth is. with its newest creation, the Analog Ant Watch. Read on for more on this incredible innovation.

Heat Your House With Candles For Pennies A Day With Egloo

Do you want to heat your house for pennies a day? Check out the Egloo! Utilizing the natural heat storing capabilities of terracotta, the Egloo provides a portable, convenient, and eco-friendly method of warming up a 215 sq. foot (20 sq. meter) room for five hours, even after the candles have gone out. 

Solar Panels Soon To Become Radically More Affordable

Plug and play solar panels designed to reduce the costs of residential solar panel installation by minimizing the non-hardware costs - planning, installation, permitting, inspection, and interconnection - are now being tested. Once approved, the panels will more than half the cost of a typical residential solar installation, making solar power dramatically more accessible to home owners. 

Recyclable Polyester Fabric: Returnity For All Eternity

Austrian textile firm, Backhausen, is the owner of Returnity, a 100% recyclable fabric destined to last for years and years that can be applied to a diverse range of garments and furnishings. Read on to learn more about this amazing, innovative material.

Floating Nanogenerators Turn Wave Motion Into Sustainable Energy

At this point, we're all well aware of the growing need for renewable energy sources with solar panels and wind turbines increasingly being used to supply "green" power. Now researchers have found a new way to tap the motion of the ocean to produce renewable "blue" wave power.

Petite Marin Transforms Men’s Dress Shirts Into Children’s Clothing

Recycling on every level has become an integral aspect of modern existence. Read all about two young mothers and their efforts to live a green lifestyle by making clothes for their children from their husbands' throwaway dress shirts.

New Technology Allows Production Of Solar Cells In Gorgeous Array Of Colors

Perovskite solar cells are one of the fastest emerging alternative energy technologies. Their ability to be processed using traditional graphics arts methods while maintaining high light conversion efficiency makes applications like photovoltaics paints feasible. Now researchers have developed a method to produce perovskite cells in a rainbow of colors leading to the potential for even more widespread adoption of this groundbreaking technology.

Is It a Comet or an Asteroid?: No, It’s Studio Swine's Meteorite Shoes

Inspired by the European Space Agency's landing of the Philae lander on Comet 67P in November of 2014, London-based Studio Swine created these high-heeled Meterorite shoes as part of a project for Microsoft. Read on, even if wearing these monstrous shoes is probably the last thing you would ever do!

Solar-Powered Jackets Charge Phones: Innovative, Classy and Cool!

A portable wearable phone charger is a novel enough idea, but to make it a solar-powered jacket that does the job is uniquely nifty. Read on to learn more about Tommy Hilfiger's latest innovation in wearable technology.