• Flipswap: Send in your old phone for $$$, plant a tree and donate to charity

    Sending in your old phone or iPod for money isn’t anything new, but I recently found Flipswap and they’re a little bit different than other services out there. For one thing, everything is free and they even pay for your shipping costs. I’m not sure how their algorithm works, but they claim to give the highest trade-in value for your phone. Simply input your info, answer a… Read More

  • G8 summit won't touch global climate issue

    This is obviously off topic but an important issue nonetheless. This months’ issue of GQ (Hello Gisele!) has a fairly interesting feature, “You can’t save the planet”, that touches on a handful of issues surrounding the whole green movement and what we can do to help bring about change. The gist is that we’re basically screwed. One particular fact was astounding… Read More

  • Mercedes aims to be entirely petrol-free in 2015

    I don’t think I give Mercedes enough credit. I’ve never really liked the styling on their cars and they always seemed a little too rich for me. But the fact is they have a history of innovation and smart business decisions. So it shouldn’t surprise me as much as it does that they’re making such a ridiculous push for total nonreliance on gasoline within seven… Read More

  • McCain proposes government offer $300 million for new car battery

    Dear Diary, Whilst lying in bed this morning I decided to check the news from my BlackBerry and found out that John McCain thinks the government should offer up a prize of $300 million to anyone who can engineer a new car battery that surpasses current technology. While I like the idea of this, I really don’t think McCain gives a damn about the current state of the planet’s health. Read More

  • Solar briefcase for your laptop-enhanced picnics

    O brave new world, with such products in it! Now honestly, it sounds nerdy, but as a blogger I can’t think of anything nicer than taking a blanket and a wireless broadband card out to a park and blogging all day in the sun (if we had sun here in Seattle this spring). Trouble is, my old MacBook Pro only has enough juice for two hours maximum, what with me constantly having a Super… Read More

  • Uh oh: Asus' bamboo laptop is only green skin deep

    It was December of aught seven that we first heard about Asus’ admirable efforts to make a green (beige) bamboo laptop. Then there were more, and it was good. But it looks like somewhere along the line, the designers and engineers decided that the high-efficiency insides, cardboard lining, recycled plastic, and paintless finish had to go, leaving just the bamboo shell as a testimony… Read More

  • DIY tiny Hummer saves gas, pride

    So you want to drive a Hummer, but the $4 a gallon price of gas across the country now has you thinking twice. You could concede and get yourself a Kia. Or you could do as this Brit did and outfit a smaller, more gas-conserving car in a Hummer’s trademark skin. The fake Hummer — based on a Suzuki, among other parts — is tiny. It gets 60 miles to the gallon and can reach speeds… Read More

  • PS3 most power hungry console, sucking up all of your power

    We’re not sure exactly how the math on this works, but according to an Australian consumer group, called Choice, the Playstation 3 consumes more electricity than a medium-sized fridge. Not just a little more, but five times more, and that’s just plugged in with no gameplay. Plasma TVs are also hardcore energy vampires, sucking down four times more energy than standard TVs. Not… Read More

  • Pedalectric kart is perfect for going to the store (or being crushed by an SUV)

    As long as one can steer clear of traffic (as the driver in this video does not demonstrate), this little homemade kart seems like a great way to get around. It’s got a battery for propelling itself, and pedals for extra speed, powerless propulsion, or charging the battery (I assume). Modest, low-power vehicles like this are also prime for being solar-powered; imagine if everyone in the… Read More

  • Santa Monica builds solar powered ferris wheel lit by 160,000 LEDs

    Santa Monica’s famous Pacific Wheel is gone, having lost the fight against new fangled technology – and man, the new wheel is blinged out. Sure, the it might not be the biggest. It’s probably not the fastest, either. However, it might just be the LED-iest. Over 160,000 LEDs were used in this $1.5 million dollar refresh, all powered by the same solar panels that juiced the… Read More

  • Speedboats go solar

    It’s like something out of a James Bond movie, if Bond were more of a hippie, but it’s cool. It’s a solar-powered speedboat, completely covered in solar panels to provide power. Using just the sun, the boat can reach speeds of 30knots (35mph), a decent clip for a luxury speedboat. It’s just a prototype right now, but as oil gets more and more expensive you can bet… Read More

  • Biomimetic sharktail wave-action harvester

    Now there are a few words you probably weren’t expecting to read today. I have to say I’m a little skeptical of this system; after all, sharks’ tails are part of a supremely aquadynamic design and are powered by enormous muscles, not the waves, though I’m sure the researchers are aware of that. The system is designed to oscillate in the current, driving against a… Read More

  • GM challenges NA universities to build a more eco-friendly Chevy Equinox

    GM is currently holding the Challenge X competition and today it rolled into NYC. Unfortunately, I’m on my deathbed and was unable to make it to Central Park this morning, but thanks to YouTube I can give you a glimpse of what’s going on. Challenge X is an engineering competition that has 17 North American universities competing against one another to rebuild a Chevy Equinox to make… Read More

  • Detroit condos to be built from shipping containers

    Home, sweet home. Replace the second “home” with “discarded shipping container with holes cut into it,” though. That’s what the occupants of a new 17-unit condo development will be saying some time next year if architect Steven Flum and company can convince the city of Detroit to let them build the “Exceptional Green Living on Rosa Parks” project on top… Read More

  • Keep your datacenter green with AMD's quad-core Opteron

    If you’re a datacenter manager with power consumption on your list of things to reduce, then you’re in luck. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced Monday it will be releasing, low-power(High Efficient) quad-core Opteron processors, targeted at servers. The processor has a thermal envelope of only 55 watts, other quad-core processors have higher thermal envelopes of 105 watts or… Read More

  • Going Green: Should you convert to Biodiesel? How does it work?

    Every once in a while you might see a car go by with a sticker proclaiming “Powered by soybeans” or “I run biodiesel! Ask me how!” or some such message. No doubt you’re curious, as I was. What are these mysterious frybrids, and do you want one? Your curiousity will be satisfied after the link. Read More

  • EcoCabs: Environmental friendliness at 7.5 MPH

    Part rickshaw, part cab, but all green — it’s the EcoCab. Come to think of it, “part cab” might be stretching it just a tad, since most cabs can, oh I don’t know, go on the highway. This cab, however, is for getting from Point A to Point A-and-a-half. It’s pedal powered but features a small electric motor to help the “driver” achieve speeds of… Read More

  • Going Green: How to get rid of your gadgety crap

    I’d be willing to bet that there are very few people out there who don’t have an old Motorola StarTac in a kitchen drawer or a pale, yellowish 14-inch CRT monitor in the basement or a sticky, dusty keyboard under the bed. I’m just like you — probably worse. I have gadgets from the Reagan administration that are serving no good purpose other than to take up space in… Read More

  • T-Mobile cares about the Earth, wants you to opt for paperless billing

    How serendipitous that T-Mobile has notified us of their plans to go green. You’ll find out why very soon. T-Mobile has joined with The Arbor Day Foundation to plant a minimum of 150,000 trees on behalf of T-Mobile customers who opt for paperless billing. Said trees will be planted in Southern California and New Orleans where Mother Earth is struggling to get things back in order after… Read More

  • Cyclists start "Bike There" petition for Google Maps

    Google Maps has a neat feature that will help you find driving directions or more notably public transit directions. It works quite well, but what if you don’t like either option? Some people have started a petition to Google to include the feature to get “bike there” directions, and we think it’s a good idea. Does Google listen to petitions like this? We don’t… Read More