Friday, November 17, 2017

This Living Light is powered by a houseplant

  The lamp works using photosynthesis. As organic compounds are released in the soil, bacteria generates electrons and protons. Those in turn are used as a battery to power the light. The healthier your plant is, the more photosynthesis takes place and the more energy you generate, which is a pretty cool way to gauge how happy your plant lamp is. Related: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJogC46yNkQ Living Light produces up to 0.1mW of energy, which isn't enough to light an entire...

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat's own Greg Beach on telling global stories through the lens of a small town

How much do you know about your hometown? Author and Inhabitat writer Greg Beach, who moved to Watertown, Massachusetts at age nine, was inspired to dig more into his town's history after the Boston Marathon Bombing. You may only be familiar with the name Watertown because of the attack, but Beach shows there's a lot more to this place in his new book The World and Watertown: Tales of an American Hometown. Not only was Watertown once the Massachusetts Bay Colony's largest town - and the seat of the...

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New NASA tool shows which melting glaciers will affect coastal cities

NASA has developed a new tool that individuals and communities can use to determine the precise impacts that sea level rise will have on individual coastal cities. This newly accessible information will enable scientists and policymakers to have a more complete understanding of the consequences of climate change in specific areas. "This study allows one person to understand which icy areas of the world will contribute most significantly to sea level change (rise or decrease) in their specific city,"...

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Keystone 1 oil pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons days ahead of Keystone XL permit decision

210,000 gallons of crude oil seeped out of the TransCanada-owned Keystone 1 pipeline this week - mere days before Nebraska's Public Service Commission is set to make a decision on whether or not to grant a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The first Keystone pipeline, running from Canada through the Great Plains, leaked oil southeast of Amherst, South Dakota. According to The Washington Post, this spill is just the latest in a series of leaks. Related: Via The Washington Post Images...

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New periodic table sorts 3,700 known exoplanets into 18 categories

The Periodic Table of Exoplanets was designed by astronomer Abel Méndez‏ of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico to guide scientists and science fans alike through over 3,700 known exoplanets, including those that may host life. To organize the thousands of worlds identified since the first exoplanet was discovered in 1992, Méndez created a chart that sorts the exoplanets into 18 distinct categories. “We know of over 3,700 planets around other stars. They...

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This solar-powered floating farm combines agriculture and dining under one roof

As urban farming becomes increasingly popular, people are finding new, unexpected ways of incorporating it into urban environments. From rooftops and community gardens, urban farming has descended onto waterways and lakes, like in the case of this solar-powered floating structure, called Lotus, which will function as a restaurant and farm. Lotus utilizes a vertical design to house its various hydroponic and greenhouse stations, along with indoor and outdoor dining areas where visitors can enjoy...

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Tesla surprises the crowd with a new $250k Roadster

Tesla surprised the crowd tonight at the debut of the Tesla Semi with the reveal of a new Roadster, which will arrive by 2020. Although lately Tesla has been focused on more mass market electric cars, it hasn't forgotten where it started and is finally releasing a new Roadster. While the Tesla Model 3 focuses on the entry-level electric segment, the new Roadster will focus on the high end of the segment with a $250,000 price tag. What does that get you? For starters the Tesla Roadster will feature...

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