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Lights Out for Incandescent Bulbs

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As the century-old technology runs its course, LED bulbs step up

130 years after Thomas Edison brought incandescent lighting to the masses, the end is nigh for the old, energy-guzzling technology. On January 1, 2012, seven months from this week, federal efficiency regulations will effectively outlaw incandescent bulbs.  Writing in the New York Times Magazine, Andrew Rice traces the rise and demise of the traditional incandescent, and looks into......read more

Spring Sets Off Tulip Spectacle in Holland

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Tourists flock to technicolor landscape.

Once a year, more than 10,000 hectares of farmland in northwestern Netherlands burst into a patchwork of colors. Like psychedelic Mondrians, these aerial photos capture the tulip farms at the peak of their technicolor glory. The short-lived Dutch Tulip season attracts tens of thousands of flower-gazers, who set up shop along the fields to take in the show.  (via Daily Mail)...read more

Minnesota's High-Tech, Net-Zero House

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The aggressively passive Isabella Eco Home.

In the middle of winter, Isabella, Minnesota may as well be the Arctic. The town sits at the north end of Lake Superior, twenty miles from the Canadian border, in one of the coldest regions in the continental United States. But inside the Isabella Eco House, there are no cold drafts, no freezing tile floors, and no hum of the furnace. In fact there is no furnace at all. This is the home of Dr.......read more

Bamboo Bikes by Diego Cardenas

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Green cycles blend nature and tech.

At the tender age of 25, Mexican industrial design student Diego Cardenas is doing big things in the realm of bamboo bicycle design. Inspired by photos of other bamboo bike creations — including the first commercial design, unveiled at a London trade fair in 1894 — Cardenas felt he could do better. Judging from these pics, he may be right. After attending a bamboo workshop in Europe,......read more

Creating Energy from Water

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Tata and MIT join forces on revolutionary new energy tech.

Indian corporate giant The Tata Group and MIT are collaborating on new research that produces energy from water. The technology, developed by MIT scientist and SunCatalytix founder Daniel Nocera, is founded on a basic scientific priniciple: sunlight + water = fuel. Nocera's process essentially mimics photosynthesis by using sunlight to split hydrogen from water. It is said that it can generate......read more

HAKA Building: Recycled Office

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As green as it gets: "Living Lab" for clean tech companies unveiled in Holland.

What does a waste-free building look like? Something like this, apparently. Dutch design firm Doepel Strikjers Architects has pulled out all the green stops to create this extraordinary office building in Rotterdam. The HAKA Building is a pre-war factory that the architects have converted into a "Living Lab" for clean tech companies and eco organizations. The architectural vision was driven by......read more

Road Warriors

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Surface treatment technology combats emissions.

We all know that cars are responsible for more than their fair share of air pollution. What if the very roads that they drive on could clean up pollution before it hits the atmosphere? Sustainable tech company Pureti is on the case. The firm has a plan to treat roadways with a substance that would actually help dissolve auto emissions. The roadway treatment would utilize "naturally-occurring......read more

Greenbacks for Greentech

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Cleantech startups generated 4 of the 5 biggest venture cap deals of 2010.

Money likes green technology. According to the latest data from Thomson Reuters, American greentech startups landed four of the five top grossing venture capital rounds of 2010. But for Twitter, eco-tech companies would have cleaned up the top five spots.  The top spot was taken by Better Place, an electric car charging startup which took in $350 million in May. That investment beat last......read more

Shweeb Bike Monorail

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Pedal-powered monorail technology receives $1.05 million investment from Google.

Alright, this does seem a bit too sci-fi for our world. But something about it is also very appealing, and people are taking notice. Inhabitat reports that Google just invested $1.05 million into Shweeb's bike monorail system, in which cyclists ride in clear tubes attached to monorail track, pedaling themselves along at relatively high speeds. The system is currently in place in New Zealand,......read more

Ozant Kamaci: Pause

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Toronto-based photographer juxtaposes technology and nature.

In 'Pause,' a collection of images from Ozant Kamaci, the Toronto-based photographer captures individual planes as they fly behind trees. Mining the fertile ground between reality and illusion, the pictures take the viewer to unexpected places. There are both color and black-and-white collections in the series. Both are great. In Kamaci's own words, the photos depict "the......read more

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