The Insane Plan to Build the World's Tallest Towers in a Lake in China

These days, ambitious new skyscrapers are blanketed in a cloud of "green" buzzwords. Wind turbines! Hydrogen fuel cells! Insect farms! (Yes, insect farms.) Then there's Phoenix Towers, which has all of the above and more and looks like this. Let's call it what it is: a greenwashed dick-measuring contest. » 6/17/14 6:00pm 6/17/14 6:00pm

This Biodegradable Golf Ball Is Made From a Lobster

Lobsters! Not only do they have delicious meat, their shells have use too! Researchers at the University of Maine have developed a biodegradable golf ball from lobster shells. It's cheaper than the typical biodegradable ball ($0.19 vs $1) and can be hit straight into the ocean without the environment weighing down on… » 4/13/11 7:40pm 4/13/11 7:40pm

Nokia Smart Home Solution Puts Power of Control Onto Your Cellphone

With energy conservation and easy eco-friendliness on just about everybody's agenda these days, one of the most popular concepts is the “Smart Home,” a living environment that knows just how much power you actually need to be comfortable and gives you not a drop more. Nokia's hopping on that wagon with its new Nokia… » 12/02/08 2:30am 12/02/08 2:30am

UMich VIVACE Hydropower System Makes Energy From Slow Currents

A new hydropower prototype from the University of Michigan could end up using even slower river and ocean currents to generate energy. VIVACE, which stands for Vortex Induced Vibrations for Aquatic Clean Energy, can generate power from as little as 2 knots, making it more useful than most turbine and water mill… » 11/26/08 4:30am 11/26/08 4:30am

Eco-Friendly BamGoo Car Is Meal on Wheels For Pandas

Researchers at Kyoto University recently displayed an eco-friendly electric car made almost entirely out of bamboo, one of the fastest growing materials available. The single-seat “BamGoo” weighs about 130 pounds, can only run about 30 miles on a charge, and probably won't pass any safety tests, but it sure is cute!… » 11/04/08 4:15am 11/04/08 4:15am

CO2 Scrubber Sucks Up Emissions From Cars, Home Heating

University of Calgary scientists are working on a machine that would pull carbon dioxide from the air in an attempt to scrub out emissions from diffuse sources, such as car exhaust and home heating. These “diffuse emissions” account for roughly half of the CO2 that goes up into the sky every day, contributing to… » 10/02/08 12:30am 10/02/08 12:30am

Google Claims Most Efficient Data Centers Ever

Responding to criticism for its secrecy over its data centers, Google has lifted the veil a little on how much energy its information hotbeds use. The world's largest search engine insisted that Google-designed data centers used nearly five times less energy than conventional facilities, and launched a website » 10/01/08 11:00pm 10/01/08 11:00pm to…

Australian Student Invents Cheap Solar Using Nail Polish and a Pizza…

An Australian PhD student has found a cheap way to make solar cells with nail polish, a pizza oven and an ink jet printer. 23-year-old Nicole Kuepper's invention, named iJET, doesn't require the pricey clean rooms and high-temperature ovens of traditional solar panel manufacturing plants, thus dramatically lowering… » 8/23/08 10:00am 8/23/08 10:00am

Kid-Invented Water Watcher Keeps Close Eye On Your Shower Wastage

Aw, here's a cute piece of news: 12-year-old inventor Elizabeth Rintel has won the grand prize in a "Going Green Challenge" by youth media company By Kids For Kids » 8/16/08 4:30pm 8/16/08 4:30pm with her "Water Watcher," a device that measures and monitors water usage in the shower. The gadget, which can be fastened to any shower or faucet, sounds…

Greencore Semi-Solar-Powered Units Use Both the Sun and the Grid

AC manufacturer Greencore has come up with a long-awaited solution to the inherent problem » 8/16/08 1:00pm 8/16/08 1:00pm in solar-powered air conditioning units-solar panels are still not efficient enough to power the energy-gobbling machines on their own. The company's 10200 model uses a single 170-watt solar panel during the day and electricity…

ESL Bulbs Are Better Than CFLs and LEDs, Says Company

Another contender has stepped into the ring of energy efficient lighting: called ESL (electron-stimulated luminescence), this new type of bulb works by using accelerated electrons to light up a phosphor coating on the inside of a glass bulb. ESLs can turn on instantly, can work with dimmers, and creates a light… » 8/02/08 5:00pm 8/02/08 5:00pm

Only 25 Tesla Roadsters Left On Sale For 2009

Tesla Motors has finally begun deliveries of its awesome 100-percent electric Tesla Roadster, but eco-conscious sports car fanatics willing to plunk down the $109,000 need to reserve one quick. The company said it only has 25 production slots left for the second quarter of 2009. Locking in a reservation will cost a… » 7/26/08 6:00pm 7/26/08 6:00pm

Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle for $3000

For DIYers with a lot more technical know-how than cash, an Instructables user has put up a really interesting tutorial on building an electric motorcycle using just $3000. The vehicle has a 70mph top speed, but can only go about 10 miles before it needs to be recharged. It's great for a quick trip to the store, if… » 7/19/08 6:15pm 7/19/08 6:15pm