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This solar graph is so wicked it's titled "Welcome to the Terrordome"


If you follow the solar industry at all, you know that solar power costs have fallen off a steep cliff in recent years, but the graph above puts that into somewhat shocking perspective.

It’s time for U.S. employers to go green


A survey released yesterday shows than many Americans want their employers to be more environmentally sustainable, and employers should take note.

First wolf in a century spotted in the Czech Republic

As we recently wrote about, wolves are not just important because they keep the populations of their preys in equilibrium.

CarbonCure concrete blocks store CO2 for a lower carbon footprint


The production of cement is responsible for as much as 5% of the CO2 emitted each year. It's mostly because of chemistry; when limestone is cooked to about 1400 degrees Celsius, it drives off water and CO2 and becomes the main component of cement.

Driver who texted 44 times before almost killing cyclist: "I just don't care"


It boggles my mind that people even have to be told not to text and drive (do they have to be told not to play chess?

There are conflict minerals in your phone, but Congo Calling wants to change that

Since 1996, over 5 million people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s civil war. The economic fuel for the conflict comes in part from country’s rich natural resources, which armed groups fight to control.

The future of transportation, as imagined by Disney in 1958 (video)


The future ain't what it used to be! (part 2) A little while ago we posted some images of the future of transportation as predicted from the year 1900.

Portable "electronic nose" smells your meat for you and identifies food poisoning risk


Most of us are used to putting food to the sniff test, and for the most part, our senses will let us know if food is unsafe to eat.

It's that time of year when bike lanes disappear


Cycling to and from lunch yesterday on Toronto's Davenport Road bike lane, I counted sixteen cars and delivery trucks blocking the lane both ways.

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien join the Rubble Club as American Folk Art Museum demolition begins


The Rubble Club is a British organization "open to all who have had buildings destroyed in their lifetime." Tod Williams and Billie Tsien have the unusual honor of being eligible before their significant and important American Folk Art Museum even reaches Bar Mitzvah age.

BMW increases i3 production 43%, Tesla fans snear

Scrolling through my newsfeed this evening, I came across a wonderfully encouraging headline from Bloomberg: BMW lifts i3 electric car production on higher demand: Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), the world’s largest maker of luxury vehicles, has increased production of the i3 electric city car 43 percent to meet demand that has exceeded the carmaker’s initial expectations.The premium manufacturer in recent weeks has raised daily output to 100 vehicles from 70 previously at the factory in Leipzig, Germany, where the model is assembled, Harald Krueger, BMW production chief, said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg.

Easing Hong Kong's housing crisis with bamboo micro-dwellings in vacant factories


The fallout of Hong Kong's housing crisis has hit the media before with images of so-called cubicle and cage apartments, where residents who cannot afford the island's rising rents and real estate prices must live.

When it comes to Tesla, Washington state is the anti-New Jersey


While New Jersey is kicking Tesla out of the state because of lobbying pressures from auto dealers, the state of Washington is going in the opposite direction: Governor Jay Inslee has signed a bill that explicitly allows the electric car maker to sell its EVs through its own stores in the state.

Billionaire Warren Buffett's son to fund anti-poaching efforts in Tanzania


Howard G. Buffett, son of the famous american investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett (he's donating all his money to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), obviously cares a lot about wildlife and conservation.

Flowersorri: Sensorial, Montessori-inspired ergonomic furniture for kids (Video)


Alternatives to conventional schooling like Waldorf and Montessori schools often focus on educating the whole child, allowing the child's innate curiosity to guide their studies, rather than imposing methods of rote memorization and misguided one-size-fits-all ideas behind standardized testing.

Wondering how to make your hair grow better? Do it naturally with these 8 tips.

There are few things more frustrating than getting a haircut that you regret the next day. It takes so long for hair to grow that fixing damage inflicted by scissors seems to take an eternity.

Build this open source DIY wind turbine for $30

Getting started with home wind energy projects can set you back a pretty penny if you buy a finished product, but if you're a little bit handy and don't mind scrounging for materials and getting creative in the garage or backyard, you can try your hand at building one of these DIY wind turbines for about $30 in materials.

Google buys Titan Aerospace, maker of solar planes that can stay in the sky for years


As Megan recently reported, Titan Aerospace's unmanned solar planes (the word 'drone' is so closely associated with military uses nowadays that I'm consciously using something a little bit less charged since Titan's planes are designed for civilian use) were rumored to be of interest to Facebook.

Compost for all! Choices for the city or suburbs

Margaret: Easy freeze I started researching composting options in the city for a story in grad school, but really my interest was pretty personal.

Hardcore downhill biking + helmet camera = whoa!


You know we love bikes. But they're not just the best way to get around and great for your health, they can also be the source of adrenaline-pumping entertainment like the videos below.


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