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Mollusc shells inspire super-glass

Mollusc shells inspire super-glass | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
Engineers intrigued by the toughness of mollusc shells, which are composed of brittle minerals, have found inspiration in their structure to make glass 200 times stronger than a standard pane.

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Food in the sky? Highrise farming idea gains ground

Food in the sky? Highrise farming idea gains ground | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
Paris — Imagine stepping out of your highrise apartment into a sunny, plant-lined corridor, biting into an apple grown in the orchard on the fourth floor as you bid "good morning" to the farmer off to milk his cows on the fifth.

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Lili Dávila's curator insight, February 21, 2014 9:42 AM

Like-minded people:"The goal is to bring agriculture and nature back into the urban core" 

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Okinawan plant holds promise of elixir of youth

Okinawan plant holds promise of elixir of youth | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
Sweet tropical smells drift through Shinkichi Tawada's laboratory as he stirs an amber liquid that he believes could be the secret behind the historic longevity of people in southern Japan.

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2013 ND-GAIN data show world's poorest countries lag 100 years behind richest in preparing for climate change

2013 ND-GAIN data show world's poorest countries lag 100 years behind richest in preparing for climate change | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
“ It will take the world's poorest countries more than one century just to reach the level of climate change readiness that the richest countries already enjoy, according to data released Thursday (Dec.”
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Carbon capture technology could be vital for climate targets

Carbon capture technology could be vital for climate targets | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
“ Laxenburg, Austria (SPX) Dec 12, 2013 - The future availability of carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be pivotal in reaching ambitious climate targets, according to a new comprehensive study of future energy technologies from IIASA, th...”
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Ten Educational YouTube Channels for Parents and Kids

Ten Educational YouTube Channels for Parents and Kids | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
“ As the holidays approach and people are making their way to the stores to buy the latest and greatest technology there is an overwhelming need to fill those gadgets with content.”
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How to make a QR code (and digital scavenger hunt) with your iPad - Learn Egg

How to make a QR code (and digital scavenger hunt) with your iPad - Learn Egg | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
“ Ever wondered how to make one of those fun QR codes you see in stores and online? It’s actually not that tough!”
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Climate Change: The Moral Choices - MIT Technology Review

Climate Change: The Moral Choices - MIT Technology Review | Ecogreen | Scoop.it

The effects of global warming will persist for hundreds of years. What are our responsibilities and duties today to help safeguard the distant future? That is the question ethicists are now asking.

One of the defining characteristics of climate change is poorly appreciated by most people: the higher temperatures and other effects induced by increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will persist for a very long time. Scientists have long realized that carbon dioxide emitted during the burning of fossil fuels tends to linger in the atmosphere for extended periods, even for centuries. Over the last few years, researchers have calculated that some of the resulting changes to the earth's climate, including increased temperature, are more persistent still: even if emissions are abruptly ended and carbon dioxide levels gradually drop, the temperature will stubbornly remain elevated for a thousand years or more. The earth's thermostat is essentially being turned up and there are no readily foreseeable ways to turn it back down; even risky geoengineering schemes would at best offset the higher temperatures only temporarily.

 


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11 Electric Cars With Prices Lower Than The Average New Car

11 Electric Cars With Prices Lower Than The Average New Car | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
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There's a somewhat odd meme still going around that claims that electric cars are expensive. A little bit of research quickly debunks that.

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If Tesla Is The New Black, This Solar/Battery Package Will Prove It

If Tesla Is The New Black, This Solar/Battery Package Will Prove It | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
This will come as no surprise to those of you who know that the same guy who chairs the board at solar giant SolarCity is also co-founder and CEO of the high profile EV manufacturer Tesla Motors: SolarCity has just launched a nifty little solar power...

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How Tesla Batteries Are Powering an Energy Revolution

How Tesla Batteries Are Powering an Energy Revolution | Ecogreen | Scoop.it

Those Tesla Motors lithium-ion battery packs aren’t just powering electric luxury sports sedans for the 1 percent any more.

 

They’ve started appearing in a small number of California homes to store electricity generated by rooftop solar panels, and beginning today SolarCity, the Silicon Valley solar installer, will start providing Tesla batteries for businesses that want to cut their utility bills. A big box retailer like Walmart could charge up a Tesla battery pack with cheap energy produced by its SolarCity rooftop photovoltaic array and then tap that power when demand—and electricity rates—spike.

 

That would let them minimize paying their local utility high “demand charges” for electricity when they need it most. And the cost of the SolarCity’s system, called DemandLogic? Effectively zero, according to SolarCity, since the monthly payments for energy storage would be less than the money saved by not forking over cash to the utility.


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Solar Picnic Tables Power Phones and Laptops at Colleges Across the Country

Solar Picnic Tables Power Phones and Laptops at Colleges Across the Country | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
“ Colleges in California, Florida and Texas are among those who have installed the tables on their campuses”
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Natural plant compound prevents Alzheimer's disease in mice

Natural plant compound prevents Alzheimer's disease in mice | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—A chemical that's found in fruits and vegetables from strawberries to cucumbers appears to stop memory loss that accompanies Alzheimer's disease in mice, scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered.

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Reality Bytes's curator insight, January 29, 2014 3:02 AM

A natural cue for Alzheimers.  This is what the world is sorely in need of.  Hundreds of thousands of sufferers of Alzheimers would be eternally grateful if such a pill was made available. I hope they can also produce a pill quickly to cure Parkinson's Disease, which imprisons people in bodies which refuse to obey them.

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Geoengineering research, ethics, governance explored

Geoengineering research, ethics, governance explored | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
Seattle WA (SPX) Dec 20, 2013 -
Hacking the Earth's climate to counteract global warming - a subject that elicits strong reactions from both sides - is the topic of a December special issue of the journal Climatic Change.

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NASA Reveals New Results From Inside the Ozone Hole

NASA Reveals New Results From Inside the Ozone Hole | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
“ Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 12, 2013 - NASA scientists have revealed the inner workings of the ozone hole that forms annually over Antarctica and found that declining chlorine in the stratosphere has not yet caused a recovery of the ozon...”
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Graphene-based nano-antennas may enable networks of tiny machines

Graphene-based nano-antennas may enable networks of tiny machines | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
“ Atlanta GA (SPX) Dec 13, 2013 - Networks of nanometer-scale machines offer exciting potential applications in medicine, industry, environmental protection and defense, but until now there's been one very small problem: the limited...”
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Why is Antarctic sea ice growing?

Why is Antarctic sea ice growing? | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
“ This is a re-post of an article at The Conversation by Guy Williams from the University of Tasmania”
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8 scary facts about antibiotic resistance

8 scary facts about antibiotic resistance | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
“ Science writer Maryn McKenna explains why the drugs we rely on may soon stop working.”
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SolarCity Will Use Tesla’s Batteries to Store Solar Power | MIT Technology Review

SolarCity Will Use Tesla’s Batteries to Store Solar Power | MIT Technology Review | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
Today, SolarCity—a company that’s grown quickly by installing solar panels for free and charging customers for the solar power—announced a new business that will extend that model to providing batteries for free, too. SolarCity is a rare success story for investors in clean technology, and its business model has sped the adoption of solar panels.The batteries could help businesses lower their utility bills by reducing the amount of power they draw from the grid. They could also help address solar power’s intermittency, which could prevent it from becoming a significant source of electricity. The batteries are being supplied by Tesla Motors, whose CEO, Elon Musk, is SolarCity’s chairman.Other solar companies have failed in recent years. But SolarCity’s business model has helped it grow quickly. It had a successful IPO a year ago, and its stock price has risen from its IPO price of $8 to over $50 today (see “SolarCity IPO Tests Business Model Innovations in Energy”).CEO Lyndon Rive says that eight years from now, the company might not be able to continue selling solar panel systems unless it packages them with batteries, because of the strain on the grid that solar power can cause. “It could be that, without storage, you won’t be able to connect solar systems to the grid,” he says.Solar power intermittency isn’t currently a big problem for utilities, since solar panels generate just a tiny fraction of the total electricity supply. But solar power will become a strain on the power grid as it grows.Power from solar panels can drop in less than a second as clouds pass overhead, before surging back again just as fast. The tools that utilities use now to match supply and demand typically can’t respond that fast. Batteries could be a solution, but they’re too expensive to be used widely now. Rive thinks SolarCity can help drive down their costs by scaling up its use of batteries with the new business model.Click headline to read more--
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11 Electric Cars With Prices Lower Than The Average New Car

11 Electric Cars With Prices Lower Than The Average New Car | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
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There's a somewhat odd meme still going around that claims that electric cars are expensive. A little bit of research quickly debunks that.

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Solar Information and Visual Presentation | Top 5 Solar Infographics

Solar Information and Visual Presentation | Top 5 Solar Infographics | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
Infographics provide an effective way to share information with colleagues and customers. Though it was hard to pick the cream of the crop out of so many good ones out there, we’ve gathered a selection we think captures some of the best.

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Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building | Ecogreen | Scoop.it

HALO is a social and environmentally conscious home built for students by students. Designed by 25 scholars from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, this curvy passive dwelling is powered by the sun. With big common areas and smaller private spaces, the design is based on the notion that a shared house should have double the amount of communal space than usual.  


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Emerging bird flu strain is still poorly adapted for infecting humans, study reports

Emerging bird flu strain is still poorly adapted for infecting humans, study reports | Ecogreen | Scoop.it
Avian influenza virus H7N9, which killed several dozen people in China earlier this year, has not yet acquired the changes needed to infect humans easily, according to a new study by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI).

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