EcoModo - The Best of TreeHugger

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This week on TreeHugger, buildings that are self-aware, lucky Zipcar members get to try out plug-in Priuses, bike video camera keeps a blackbox recording of accidents, a dress that transforms into a car, and more.

Feed Your PC Granola (the Software) to Cut Energy Use

The program can reportedly increase the energy efficiency of your PC or laptop by up to 30 percent without turning it off or noticeably slowing it down.

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Zipcar Gets 8 Plug-In Prius Hybrids From Toyota for Real-World Testing

Some lucky Zipcar members in Boston/Cambridge, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, will be able to get an early preview.

Genetic Architecture: When Buildings Think With Their Surroundings

The founder of the innovative architectural firm metaxy, he imagines "genetic architects" creating buildings and other objects that can build themselves, that are endowed with a certain kind of intelligence, and that make up a massive "self-aware" built ecosystem.

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When Your Dress Transports You, Fashion Design Morphed With Mobility (Photos)

Imagine your dress becomes your means of transportation!

First-Ever Global Map to Delve Deep Into Earth Surface Helps Reveal Water Supply

University of British Columbia researchers have created a world's-first with their new map that outlines how fluid flows through Earth's various porous surfaces. Information gleaned from the map can help us discover more about water supplies worldwide.

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Rearview Video and Black Box Recording Boosts Safety for Cyclists

Designed by industrial designer Evan Solida after he suffered a run-in with a car in 2007, the rearview video setup is a video system that allows cyclists to see what's behind them, and it includes a "black box" system that will record any accident that might occur.

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Autodesk Shows a Glimpse of New Green Materials Design Software

At a sustainability summit in San Francisco last week, Autodesk showed off a glimpse of the prototype software program that will allow designers to measure the footprint of their design and swap out materials to minimize eco-impact.

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Hit or Miss? Bloggers Complain about Pure Sunlight, Designer Responds

Is a table that tracks the sun too impractical to use, or a great idea? Weigh in.

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Hit or Miss? Bloggers Complain about Pure Sunlight, Designer Responds

It's made from three old school buses (years 1962, 1972 and 1977), with the seat taken from a decommissioned Atlanta city bus.

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"Hit or Miss? Bloggers Complain about Pure Sunlight, Designer Responds

Is a table that tracks the sun too impractical to use, or a great idea? Weigh in.

Hit or Miss? Bloggers Complain about Pure Sunlight, Designer Responds

It's made from three old school buses (years 1962, 1972 and 1977), with the seat taken from a decommissioned Atlanta city bus."

The link to the bus thing is missing. #corrections