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Can Harnessing Ships and Tides Beat Nuclear Power?

Thursday 03.28.2013 , Posted by

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Without a doubt, one of the challenges facing our world population is the need for sustainable energy sources. With the converging issues of pollution, dwindling fossil fuel supplies and a rising population, it’s high time we work on smart solutions. Now Nautical Torque Technologies is proposing a way of generating electricity that eliminates many of the problems with previous technologies and does it using a readily available energy source: docked ships and tides. [Read more…]

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Earthy European Dwellings Go Off the Grid

Tuesday 11.13.2012 , Posted by

There are so many reasons to head for the country and live lightly on the earth: from protecting our fragile environment, to leaving the speed and stress of city life behind, or just getting to live by your own rules. Photographer Immo Klink has an ongoing project which captures the dwellings of people around Europe who have made the challenging decision to step outside the confines of industrial society, creating their own homes out of the natural world at hand. [Read more…]

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Supercharger: Drive for Free, Forever, On Sunlight

Wednesday 09.26.2012 , Posted by

“Drive for Free. Forever. On Sunlight.” Don’t worry, you read that right. If you haven’t heard of Tesla Motors, your ears will be ringing with the name soon. The revolutionary California based company has been changing the face of the automotive industry one step at a time, and they’re doing it with electric cars. Now, in perhaps the most stunning move yet, they have introduced Supercharger, an electric car charging system which promises to eliminate all the major concerns about owning an electric car. [Read more…]

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A Lush Suspended Field Demonstrates the Cycles of Life

Tuesday 09.18.2012 , Posted by

Think of it as a trampoline which grows a verdant carpet of plant life. Floating well above the floor a net of fabric springs to life in the form of bright green sprouts. The piece allows viewers to interact with the space, climbing up through manhole like openings in the fabric, poking their heads into its green rolling landscape and climbing onto its springy surface. [Read more…]

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Don’t Worry, Drive On: Fossil Fools & Fracking Lies

Sunday 09.02.2012 , Posted by

Two things never seem to change about crude oil: the constant warnings that our thirst for it is unsustainable, and the fact that we continue to use it like it will last forever. These two troubling trends are issues which should be dealt with, and quickly, as this intriguing motion graphic from The Post Carbon Institute points out. [Read more…]

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Micromachina: Real Insects Become Miniature Machines

Wednesday 08.01.2012 , Posted by

A world of gigantic mechanized insects comes to life before our eyes. Tiny scientists inspect gears within their robot-like beasts, fine tuning their components as they prepare them for work in some imaginary world. The tiny models are the work of artist Scott Bain, who creates each bizarre piece using actual insects like some entomologist with an obsession for the mechanical. The models are fascinating on their own… but they have a message far larger than their scale. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #234> It’s As Simple As A-B-C

Sunday 07.15.2012 , Posted by

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Glowing Fish Made of Plastic Bottles

Monday 07.09.2012 , Posted by

Botafogo Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has been taken over by two huge fish leaping from the sand and entertaining beach goers with their nightly illumination and unique construction. Each fish was built using hundreds of recycled plastic bottles to bring attention to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as the Rio+20. [Read more…]

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Why Americans Don’t Recycle

Thursday 04.12.2012 , Posted by

Recycling is done by just half of Americans daily, and 13 percent don’t recycle at all. Even though they understand the benefits to our environment and economy, their ineptitude of what can and can’t be recycled, doubled with their finding the process inconvenient and time-consuming, is becoming a major hinderance to recycling efforts all across the United States. [Read more…]

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Off the Grid: People Who Have Left Technology Behind

Wednesday 04.11.2012 , Posted by

It’s strange to write this on the internet, the forefront of all things technological and modern… but some people are deciding to leave it all behind. For various reasons — from seeing the effects of modern society on the natural world, to the way people are increasingly connected to electronic devices, or the way the rat race of consumerism envelops the fabric of our communities — a number of people are choosing to live a more ‘down to earth’ existence, getting them in touch with the land in older, now forgotten ways. [Read more…]

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