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  • High-altitude floating wind harvesters may replace your local windmills

    High-altitude floating wind harvesters may replace your local windmills

    There have been some rumblings, so to speak, of the so-called low-frequency noises that windmills are said to produce. I'm don't buy into them, but a bunch of spinning machines in your backyard isn't desirable whether they cause nightmares or not. Furthermore, the wind they can harvest at ground level is weaker and less reliable than air currents above a few hundred feet. This floating wind… Read More

  • Maingear introduces "World's greenest gaming PC"

    Maingear introduces "World's greenest gaming PC"

    We should probably note right off the bat that a "green gaming PC" is a sort of contradiction in terms, akin to the world's "smallest giant panda." But that doesn't mean Maingear's aim with the Pulse is completely bonkers: essentially it's a low-power machine that still aims to provide a good gaming experience. Short of going the nettop route and note quite going ridiculously green, there's a… Read More

  • All-electric Jetski goes 50mph, is whisper quiet

    It’s oddly wonderful to see a Jetski darting about in the water accompanied only by sporadic splashing sounds instead of the constant whine of a gasoline motor. The “Eco Watercraft” is an all-electric Jetski that can apparently go up to 50 miles per hour on a battery that lasts three hours in between charges. Read More

  • A smart meter in every UK home come 2020?

    A smart meter in every UK home come 2020?

    Although the US is working hard to change automotive standards to reduce emissions, home efficiency standards are still pretty weak. We are doing well with the adoption of LED and CFL lighting, but it's grudgingly and so many people use electric heating and stoves from the 70s that the energy saved from lighting is a drop in the bucket. Being aware of how much energy your home is drawing is… Read More

  • Token Earth Day Post: Frito-Lay announces biodegradable snack bags

    Token Earth Day Post: Frito-Lay announces biodegradable snack bags

    Frito-Lay announced today that starting in 2010, all of their multigrain SunChips will be packaged in biodegradable bags made out of plant based materials. This is brilliant. I can only hope that they start doing this with all of their products. Read More

  • Zero S electric motorcycle makes a wimpy noise but could be cool

    Zero S electric motorcycle makes a wimpy noise but could be cool

    I like the idea of electric motorcycles — you take an efficient idea and make it even more so. The GPR-S is my favorite so far, but this one looks pretty solid as well, and you can even buy it. The whole thing only weighs 225lbs, of which 80lbs are battery, giving it about a 60 mile range. I know, not exactly a cross-country job, but great for jaunts around the city. Video inside. Read More

  • Brit firm developing solar powered parking spots

    Brit firm developing solar powered parking spots

    This comes from the, "well duh!" file. A UK firm is developing a canopy designed to be mounted over a parking spot with solar cells, so people driving all-electric vehicles can charge while parked. This sounds like a really great idea. Imagine being able to charge up your car while you're at work. Read More

  • Show everyone how green you are with this hand crank paper shredder

    Show everyone how green you are with this hand crank paper shredder

    If all the paper shredders in the world were hand operated like this Eco-Friendly Hand Crank Paper Shredder, it’d save enough electricity to power every building on all seven continents until the year 2096. That statement may or may not be true, but why take any chances? Read More

  • Super-easy solar panels hang out your window

    Super-easy solar panels hang out your window

    I think I can safely say that we all wouldn't mind getting a little greener in our everyday lives, but one of the most obvious steps — going solar — is simply impractical for people of limited means like myself. By making a solar easier and, if not cheap, then at least cheaper, Veranda Solar is surely only one of many companies that will grow on this new wave of green. These little… Read More

  • BMW turning to NASA to help improve efficiency

    BMW turning to NASA to help improve efficiency

    BMW is out to improve its vehicles efficiencies and has turned to NASA for help. The car company plans on equipping thermoelectric generators on upcoming models to power secondary systems and therefore improving gasoline economy. Now, this update to BMW’s Efficient Dynamics isn’t a huge leap forward, but rather an evolutionary step towards the space age. Some satellites employ similar… Read More