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THINKING OUTSIDE THE (CARDBOARD) BOX

The popular skin company Aesop has unveiled a new LA store whose interior is made completely of cardboard tubes. The designers Brooks + Scarpa developed this idea to establish Aesop’s identity via a monotone earthly and natural aesthetic. The main…

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BIODIVERSITY LOSS

In his search to reconnect with his Native American heritage, Oklahoma farmer Carl Barnes pursued old, native varieties of corn. In doing so he discovered a brilliant variety of corn now known as Glass Gem Corn that appears gem-like. This…

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Groundwater Drought

Due to excess pumping from industry and agriculture, a serious depletion of ground water sources is happening over much of the world (the US, India, southern Europe,). A new study reveals American aquifers will be the first to go (California’s…

ULTRALIGHT / ULTRASTRONG

MIT researchers have discovered how to make one of our existing materials stronger than ever before! Recently discovered ‘Graphene’ (isolated from graphite in 2004 by two Manchester University researchers Prof. Andre Geim and Prof. Kostya Novoselov) is a form of…

Tesla battery production

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has initiated the mass production of lithium-ion battery cells at his Gigafactory in Nevada. The entrepreneur expects to produce 150 GWh of lithium-ion battery cells each year to support 1.5 million electric vehicles. The factory also…

Lens for the Atmosphere

Who better than NASA to release a new 3D visualization showing how carbon-dioxide moves around and is retained in our planet’s atmosphere. Drawing on data from the satellite Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office has generated extremely sophisticated renderings of…

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NEW LEVEL SOLAR

The California-based energy firm SolarReserve have recently announced plans to extend their Nevada concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, creating the energy to power a million US homes. Under the umbrella name Sandstone, they say they plan to build 10 similar…

STEP INTO THE LIGHT

Most people’s ideas of renewables mainly focus on wind and solar. Now, the simple act of walking is slowly becoming a game-changer in the battle to create emissions-free energy. In Las Vegas, the world’s first smart streetlights powered by the…

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WIND-HYDRO COMBO

What do wind farms do when there is no wind…? Exactly! Now, in the Swabian-Franconian Forest in Germany, Max Bögl (Wind AG) and GE Renewable energy are pioneering new technology to address that issue. In recent work, they are combining…

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LAGI Santa Monica

Regatta H2O: Familiar Form, Chameleon Infrastructure, 1st Place Winner, LAGI 2016 Christopher Sjoberg, Ryo Saito Team Location: Tokyo, Japan Energy Technology: Aerostatic Flutter Wind Harvesting (WindBelt™) Water Technology: Fog Harvesting Annual Capacity: 70 MWh (used on site) and 112 million…