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Stanford Engineers Invent High Tech Mirrors that Beam Light into Space

January 7th, 2015 at 8:28 am » Comments Off

Illustration of reflective panel on building A new ultrathin multilayered material can cool buildings without air conditioning by radiating warmth from inside the buildings into space while also reflecting sunlight to reduce incoming heat. Fan Lab Stanford engineers have invented a material designed to help cool buildings. The material reflects incoming sunlight, and it sends […]

Living off the Grid is now Illegal in the State of Florida

January 1st, 2014 at 12:30 pm » Comments Off

Robin Speronis lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source.

Nissan’s New Electric Car has Range

January 1st, 2014 at 9:19 am » Comments Off

For many more people than realize it, electric cars are already adequate for their needs and better than a gasmobile for their bank account and quality of life. However, it often isn’t good enough for disruptive technology to be better than the incumbents. It has to be much better. The target for electric cars, in […]

Meteorite fragments help explain why living things only use molecules with specific orientations

July 25th, 2012 at 2:25 pm » Comments (0)

This is an artist’s concept of excess left-hand aspartic acid created in asteroids and delivered to Earth via meteorite impacts. The line at the bottom is a chromatogram showing that left-hand aspartic acid (tall peak in the center, with diagram of left-hand aspartic acid molecule on top) was four times more abundant in the meteorite […]

Scientists see solution to critical barrier to fusion

April 24th, 2012 at 12:00 am » Comments (0)

From left: physicists Luis Delgado-Aparicio and David Gates. Physicists have discovered a possible solution to a mystery that has long baffled researchers working to harness fusion. If confirmed by experiment, the finding could help scientists eliminate a major impediment to the development of fusion as a clean and abundant source of energy for producing electric […]

To envision sustainable business, We must reimagine our economy

April 17th, 2012 at 9:42 pm » Comments (0)

From senior executives identifying the profit motive as an obstacle to sustainability to corporations questioning the very nature of capitalism as we know it, the plus side of the recent financial crisis and ongoing slow recovery has been that tough questions are finally being asked about how our economy functions and whose interests it serves. […]

Dual-Action wind turbine generates power and water

April 17th, 2012 at 10:28 am » Comments (0)

Wind can create both power and water? Throughout the developing world, millions of people struggle with a shortage of clean water and steady electricity. This wind turbine could solve both problems in one shot by pulling both power and water straight from the wind. The WMS1000 Wind Turbine was invented by Marc Parent and is […]

Pennsylvania Law gags doctors from telling patients which Fracking chemical is making them sick

March 28th, 2012 at 8:32 am » Comments (0)

What if oil company executives were only allowed to drink fracked water? Toxic fracking chemicals that leached into the ground making you sick? Why that’s bad press for the oil industry! That’s why they came up with this ingenious (in an evil way) to deal with the problem: “gag” doctors from telling their patients what […]

Chevron execs to face charges of environmental crimes in Brazil

March 18th, 2012 at 8:50 pm » Comments (0)

It’s been less than a week since news went public of Chevron’s latest oil spill off the coast of Brazil, its second in less than 6 months, but troubles for the oil company and the environment are clearly escalating. Although early reports from Chevron sought to downplay the severity of the deepwater leak as an […]

Inventor proposes levitating buildings on air cushions during earthquakes

March 1st, 2012 at 10:45 pm » Comments (0)

Those of us who merely watched the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake on screens got to witness something amazing: the resiliency and resourcefulness of the Japanese people. And we’re still seeing it as Japan prepares for future earthquakes. Here’s one example. Youichi Sakamoto invented a foundation structure that raises buildings on air pockets as soon as […]

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