America’s Road To Energy Independence

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This is a four-part video series Popular Science created. The series follows Jacob Ward, the magazine’s editor-in-chief as he travels across the country and around the globe, discovering the next-generation of alternative energy solutions that will bring the United States into an era of eco-independence. Part One This first segment takes us on a journey to discover how solar cells will one day be embedded in fabric. Right now, Popular Science has only uploaded the first segment to their youtube channel. Follow this link to view the rest of these educational, and incredibly insightful videos. Have a thought? Share it… read more

Greener Batteries Could Be Made From Plants

Greener Batteries Could Be Made From Plants

The roots from a plant may someday be used to make greener batteries. That is what scientists who discovered that purpurin, a substance that can be extracted from the root of the madder plant, found. The group of researchers learned that it is possible to make rechargeable lithium ion batteries from this material as it can be implemented as a natural cathode. The plant, categorically known as Rubia tinctorum, has traditionally been used as a natural dye. When examining ways to use organic molecule properties and their capacity to work with lithium ion, they discovered purpurin’s effectiveness as a better rechargeable… read more

Bristol Seeks Input on Low Carbon Future

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The city of Bristol, UK, is seeking input and engagement on the question of what it means to become a “low carbon city” through a new interactive website that presents users with two different future scenarios. After a four-year research project by Dr Rose Bailey at University of the West of England, which explored how Bristol could meet a carbon reduction target of 80% by 2050, two different schemes, Scenario X and Scenario Y, were introduced in February 2013. According to Future Bristol, This project seeks to engage the public in what it means for Bristol to be a “low… read more

A 3-D Printed Rocket Engine From NASA

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The magicians over at NASA have worked their secret magics in their secretive labs again, and created a 3-D printed rocket engine–and it actually works. It’s not really secret, nor is it magic, but it might as well be. The process behind ecological 3-D printing is absolutely incredible, and will one day bring us printed houses, printed jets, and even printed food. Right now, however, we’ll stick with on-demand jet engines. At the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, researchers used laser-melting tools to heat metallic powders and fuse them into shape. Though the entire crafting process took four months,… read more

Pollution-Eating Sidewalk Devours Bad Air

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Yes, the pun absolutely was intended. Silly jokes aside, a test in the Netherlands resulted in the creation of a pavement coating that actually reduces pollution nearly by half. For the past year, researchers have been fooling around with the idea that pavement can be used to solve the smog problem plaguing most major cities. The experimentation took place in Hengelo, Netherlands. Concrete blocks smothered in titanium oxide removed 19% of pollution NO and NO2 during the time period of a day, and up to 45% of pollution during the period of a day with normal weather patterns, such as… read more

Forget Boring Streetlamps

Forget Boring Streetlamps

Nepenthes. This word is taken from a potion in Greek mysticism that is said to have made the person who consumes the enchanted beverage to completely forget their worries. This is what designer Dan Corson named his streetlight installations, and they are giving ordinary streetlamps a conscious. The name also comes from a type of carnivorous plant which although striking, it is unusual too. Nepenthes are a tropical variety that are referred to as pitcher plants due to their distinctive shape, which Corson stated inspired the model of the design. They have cups that gather rainwater and collect insects, which are… read more

5 Simple DIY Eco Projects

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Everybody loves a good bit of hands-on work every now and then. Why not put your weekend freedom to good use, and tackle a few of these simple and enjoyable eco projects? DIY Decoupaged Storage Jars Need a place to put your things? Storage jars are a great organizational tool. DIY Makeup/Art Supplies Organizer Tired of losing your favorite eyeliner or paint brush? Check out this simple organizer. DIY Eco-Friendly Glue Looking for a non-toxic glue you can make from your kitchen? Look no further! DIY Solar Panel Cells Searching the internet for a direct, to-the-point guide on creating your… read more

Three Ways To Solve The Energy Crisis

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By the year 2050, we’ll have added over 2 billion more humans to the planet’s population. This means more mouths to feed, more bodies to keep warm, and a higher strain on the global energy grid. The time to think of future-proof solutions is now, and researchers think they may have come up with a few. The first involves creating a next-generation nuclear reactor. Now, I know what you’re thinking, what with the recent Japanese Fukishima meltdown a few years ago, and Chernobyl a couple of decades earlier. However, this is a completely different scenario than the ones listed above…. read more

Sit To Save Energy

Sit To Save Energy?

Imagine a world where sitting down to do normal things in your cubical or office would save energy. It almost seems too easy and too good to be true. Swedish Designer Eddi Törnberg has designed the best human-powered work station that anyone has seen yet. Unlike any other concepts that require a person to do things like ride a bike or walk while you’re working, it doesn’t require a person to do anything more than sit and work. The project Törnberg has designed is called “Unplugged”. The design powers the various gadgets we use to work. It can power laptops,… read more

Harvesting Icebergs Can End Droughts

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Wouldn’t it be nice to know that one day, the threat of a calamitous drought affecting third-world countries will be eliminated? Welcome to the possible future, presented by Dessault Systemes and Georges Mougin. Mougin is a French entrepreneur, who for over 40 years has been trying to see his vision of harvesting icebergs to solve food shortages become a reality. Enter Dessault Systemes; a French software company with the money, the means, and the desire to back Mougin’s project. In 2009, Dessault Systemes provided Mougin 15 software engineers to create a computer simulation to test his theory. In 1976, Mougin… read more