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July 17, 2016 Innovation

Could Cloning Save Extinct Wildlife?

By: Jedamiah Wolf

What if Noah’s ark were really a vault of cells taken from the world’s wildlife? We could preserve endangered animals for centuries and save them from extinction by bringing them...

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July 16, 2016 Environment

Kelp Kills Carbon: How Water-Based Plants Could Reverse Ocean Acidification

By: Nick Marinoff

Climate change has been particularly unkind to the planet’s oceans. Rising temperatures have depleted food sources, acidified waters and ultimately made it difficult for marine animals to stay healthy. Like...

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July 12, 2016 Climate & Energy

Six Reasons Texas is a Wind Energy Leader

By: The Climate Reality Project

In our recent blog post, we told you how climate change is impacting the Lone Star State – with drier air, more intense droughts, longer heatwaves, and heavier downpours. But...

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July 9, 2016 Innovation

Are You Ready for a Completely Solar Car?

By: Jedamiah Wolf

One of the world’s leading thin-film solar panel makers - Hanergy Holding Group - revealed four solar cars near its headquarters in Beijing, China, earlier this month. The automobiles are...

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June 26, 2016 Innovation

First Solar-Powered Plane Crosses the Atlantic

By: Nick Marinoff

The airplane is one of Man’s greatest inventions, but the attendant pollution is nothing to brag about. Relying on toxic fuels to get the job done, a single jet flight...

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June 21, 2016 Innovation

Ford Plans on Making Car Parts From Captured CO2

By: Jedamiah Wolf

Ford is the first carmaker to model and invest in using reclaimed CO2 to create foam and plastics for automobiles. The company claims that replacing petroleum-based polyols with up to...

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June 20, 2016 Innovation

BuzzCloud Offers a Safer Way to Keep Bees

By: Nick Marinoff

It’s been a troubling decade for bee populations. According to author Elizabeth Grossman, beekeepers in both the U.S. and Europe have reported “annual hive losses of 30 percent or higher,”...

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June 18, 2016 Innovation

The Power of the Sun…Harnessed in a Single Leaf?

By: Nick Marinoff

Harvard professors Daniel Nocera, Pamela Silver, and Onie H. Adams have developed a system that purportedly uses solar energy to produce liquid fuel. The process involves the splitting of water...

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June 2, 2016 Innovation

Plastic Is Recycled With Ancient Egyptian Weaving Tradition

By: FUTUREPERFECT

Two young Egyptians reinvent plastic bags by fusing tradition and modernity. The old adage “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” could be the motto for the project Reform Studio....

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May 24, 2016 Innovation

ICT Is the Matrix for Sustainable Solutions

By: W. Douglas Smith

I’ve been blind to the obvious. When I do research on soil erosion or glacier melting on Greenland, or some complex aspect of climate change, I look into my address...

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May 21, 2016 Environment

This Beer’s Edible Six-Pack Rings Will Feed, Not Choke, Wildlife

By: Django Reynard

You know that plastic six-pack rings are bad. Somehow, everybody knows that. Of all the plastic safety tips that could have tickled into our collective consciousness, this one seems to...

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May 18, 2016 Innovation

Innovators Develop Eco-Friendly Prototypes That Herald New Lifestyle

By: FUTUREPERFECT

ECO-INNOVATORS In five weeks of hard work, about 100 creators developed an array of useful, eco-friendly prototypes that herald a new lifestyle. On this Saturday, 19 September 2015, the train...

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May 17, 2016 Innovation

We Need a Manhattan Project for Sustainable Development

By: W. Douglas Smith

The other day I was attending an EPA retirees brunch. “Why do you focus so much on cities?” a colleague asked. “You’re an environmental scientist.” “Because it is the human...

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April 24, 2016 Innovation

El Paso Students Built This Solar Car in 39 Days

By: Pierce Nahigyan

On Thursday, I shared some of my conversation with Harmony Science Academy student Robert Lopez. Robert is one of the four crew members of the HSA solar team that built a half-ton...

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April 12, 2016 Innovation

Chasing Chimps From Outer Space: Jane Goodall, Geodesign & Satellite Conservation

By: Pierce Nahigyan

Some 400 miles above you, the commercial IKONOS satellite is peering down at the Earth and taking photographs of extraordinary clarity. The machine offers detailed imagery of the planet at one- and four-meter...

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April 10, 2016 Climate & Energy

In the Future, Solar Panels May Generate Energy Even on Rainy Days

By: Planet Editor

Scientis Have Developed Solar Cells That Generate Electricity From Raindrops Here in the 21st century, solar power is an indisputable energy contender. It’s the far-flung year of 2016 and already...

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March 25, 2016 Innovation

How Do We Stop Wildlife Crime? With Science!

By: Mission Blue

The illegal wildlife trade is a $20B black market based on corruption—a global crisis that pops up in news headlines with heartbreaking stories of endangered species being poached and confiscated...

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March 23, 2016 Business

Electric vs. Hydrogen Cars: All the Facts in One Handy Infographic

By: Guest Author

The Battle to Fuel the Future of Cars The best and brightest minds in the automotive world are going head to head to decide how you will power your car...

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