design
This Photosynthetic Algae Roof Filters the Neighbourhood Air

Let's take rooftop farming to a whole new level—a microscopic level. Unveiled at Expo Milan this week, the Urban Algae Canopy is a living, breathing alternative to our inert roofs and façades. Could algae be the next hip trend in urban agriculture? Read More >>

money
The US Government Would Save £240 Million if it Just Switched Typefaces

Of the many schemes to make the government more efficient, this is probably the only one that involves typography. A teenager in Pittsburgh has calculated that by simply switching the typeface used in government documents from Times New Roman to Garamond, it would save taxpayers $400 million (£240 million) in ink. Read More >>

happy hour
Amazing St. Patrick's Day Cocktails: Don't Stoop to Green Beer

Listen, friends don't let friends drink green beer. We're talking about cheap beer, plus green. It is more than possible to make a drink that pays homage to The Emerald Isle without compromising your dignity in the process. Here are a few great ones. Read More >>

architecture
These Futuristic Villas Would Produce More Energy Than They Consume

It's sort of an environmentalist's dream. Forty-five gorgeous villas built on a wasteland that are so impossibly eco-friendly that they produce more energy than they consume in a given year. Ideal as it sounds, Vincent Callebaut has designed just that. Read More >>

robots
This Wind-Powered Tumbleweed Robot Aims to End Desertification

We're a long way away from having a humanoid robot that you can send on an excursion through a dune-covered desert. That's why, when he wanted to design a robot to collect climate data, designer Shlomi Mir looked to nature. Specifically, to tumbleweeds. Read More >>

pollution
Of Course, China's Bad Air is Polluting America's West Coast

The latest fear-mongering study about pollution in China has arrived, and it's frightening. According to a new paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, bad air in China is blowing across the Pacific and polluting the West Coast of the United States. Scary! Read More >>

cars
Ford's New Solar-Powered Electric Car is its Own Rolling Power Grid

Electric cars have come a long way in the past decade or two, but one glaring problem remains: you have to charge the dang things. What do you do when there aren't enough charging stations (and there aren't)? If you're Ford, you build a car that charges itself. Read More >>

environment
China Suggests its Smog Problem is Actually Good For National Defence

What's that saying—if life gives you lemons, make lemonade? Well, how about when decades of destroying the environment gives you a cancer-causing smog problem, make it part of your national defence strategy? Read More >>

drones
Some Good Things Drones Can (Actually) Do

While everyone is freaking out about Amazon's plan to unleash an army of delivery drones on the world, it's important to remember that these flying robots can do much more than just move packages. Read More >>

environment
China's Finally Fixing Its Pollution Problem—So It Can Spy on People

There are lots of reasons not to love smog. It stinks. It makes it hard to breathe. It gives children cancer. And, for certain countries, that decreased visibility makes it really hard to spy on your citizens. We're looking at you, China. Read More >>

environment
IKEA's Going to Sell Solar Panels Now (No Assembly Required)

Get excited, Earthlings who like the Earth: IKEA just announced a new program to sell energy-saving solar panels in each of its 17 UK stores. This means that with a little bit more effort than it takes to purchase a set of Billy bookcases, Brits can be doing their part to bring the world a little closer to sustainable energy. Read More >>

environment
We Could Build Entire Cities Out of Greenhouse Gas Some Day

A team from the University of Newcastle is perfecting a method of capturing carbon emissions and transforming them into carbonate rock bricks. They're just part of a wave of efforts by scientists who hope to tame carbon in order to shape a greener future. Read More >>

science
These Incredible New Buses Are Charged Wirelessly by the Road Itself

Imagine an electric vehicle that can travel endless distances without ever needing to stop at a recharging station. That sounds impossible right? Because electric vehicles run on batteries and at some point you need stop and charge those batteries. Not this one.
Two new electric buses just hit the streets in the city of Gumi, South Korea that literally get their power from the streets. These so called Online Electric Vehicles (OLEV) receive power wirelessly from electrical cables laid underneath the surface of the street using Shaped Magnetic Field in Resonance (SMFIR) technology. The buses carry a battery that's one third the size of those in traditional electric cars and charges by collecting 100 kilowatts worth of electricity while riding about 17 centimetres above the surface of the road. They're efficient too, using 85 percent of the power that's emitted from the lines. Read More >>

design
This Super-Cool Scooter Is Made From... Hemp?

This sweet little electric scooter hits 50kph in seven seconds, has a 80 km range and is made from... hemp? Read More >>

monster machines
This Thorium Reactor Has the Power of a Norse God

The Uranium-235 and -238 we use in modern nuclear fission reactors are humanity's single most energy-dense fuel source (1,546,000,000 MJ/L), but that potent power potential comes at a steep price — and not just during natural disasters. Its radioactive plutonium byproducts remain lethally irradiated for millennia. That's why one pioneering Nordic company is developing an alternative fuel that doesn't produce it. Read More >>

architecture
The Systems That Power the Year's Most Sustainable American Buildings

Only a decade ago, sustainable building techniques were fairly rare; a fringe culture on the periphery of mainstream architecture. But with Stephen Colbert interviewing radically green architects like Mitchell Joachim, and Passive House buildings popping up in New York City, that's all changing very quickly. Read More >>

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