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Cellphone lanes introduced in China to separate those who can't stop looking at their phones


Texting while driving is not a good idea, and is illegal in a lot of places. But texting while walking?

Garbage reduction is in the hands of consumers, and here's where to start

We have to start thinking more about the garbage we produce – where it comes from, where it goes, and why it’s even there in the first place.

Artist's diatom artworks reveal astonishing microscopic world (Video)


There is a whole other world that is smaller than our eyes can perceive. Diatoms are among these; these single-celled algal organisms are some of the most ecologically significant and abundant, and are also some of the most distinctive, displaying beautiful, natural forms, thanks to their cell walls made of silica.

Aerelight is the world's first OLED light fixture


So you probably think that LED lighting is the latest thing, but that's so 2002. The future of lighting is the Organic Light Emitting Diode, or OLED.

The future of energy is 100% renewable, say filmmakers

"The question is not if we make the transition to 100$ renewable. It's when, and how." That's how Diane Moss, a Founder of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute, describes the choice facing us in a new documentary.

China is breaking up with coal. That means we should too.

With activists in the US preparing for the largest climate march in history, the refrain you'll often hear from naysayers is that curbing emissions in the West is pointless because China and India will continue to pollute.

Robotic cheetah runs and leaps without a tether

MIT Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory has been working on the robotic cheetah for years now. Funded by DARPA, the project has already achieved major milestones like becoming the fasted four-legged robot and then beating Usain Bolt's land speed record.

9 things everyone should know about cooking

“I don’t cook.” Those words baffle me whenever I hear them – and they do crop up in a surprising number of conversations with other young people my age.

Good news for fracking: groundwater contamination mechanism found


It is hard to hear the word "fracking" without recalling images of people at their kitchen sink, setting fire to the gases emanating from their tap along with the flowing water.

Are you feeling 'bikelash' in your city, yet?

A backlash against biking – known as 'bikelash' – may be happening in the city you ride in. That's according to Streetfilms, which made a short documentary about the phenomenon.

This gadget makes acoustic guitars sound electrifying without using an external amp

A forthcoming device allows acoustic guitar players to easily add effects to their sound, with no external speaker, using just the body of the instrument itself.

Wind turbines kill around 300,000 birds annually, house cats around 3,000,000,000


We love birds! We really do! That's why we think it's important to keep things in perspective and do the things that will really help them and make a difference.

Giant clothing swap could be the next hot fashion party


Clothing swaps have long been a favorite way for environmentally-minded and budget-conscious people to recycle clothes.

10-year-old goldfish survives brain tumor removal, expected to live another 20 years

In (strange) news today, George the 10-year-old goldfish is now recovering from the removal of a rather large brain tumor.

Zombie-making ant fungus is picky eater

Zombies exist, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. They're just not the kind with guts hanging out and a ravenous taste for brains - well, human brains that is.

8 ways to help build a better food system

Residents of Ontario, Canada, have been challenged to allocate $10 of their weekly grocery budget toward local food.

Oh boy! Will elephant-poop coffee become a thing? Is it cruel?


It super-expensive cat-poop coffee (aka Kopi Luwak) - which doesn't actually involve cats, but rather poor caged civets - wasn't already bad enough for you, there is now a new kid on the block when it comes to pricey coffees that come from the most weird and unexpected places.

Public charging station powers mobile devices with footsteps and solar panels

The ENGO charging station uses kinetic tiles and solar panels to charge up to 14 smartphones at a time, and provides free WiFi access and an emergency phone.

Tesla says it will Supercharge Europe!


Europe looks like it has chickenpox We're closing in on the second anniversary of the unveiling by Tesla of its Supercharger technology ("Drive for Free.

Biking or walking may be the secret to a happier life

There are many anecdotes about the joys of trading in a car for a bike, and now researchers in England are backing this idea with data.


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