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Tech-Charged Blankets Turn Bovines Into Battery Packs

Functional fashion just took on a whole new meaning

Cowolt: charged couture. Screengrab via Cowolt video.

Liva Kallite and Netta Korhonen may have just taken the idea of “functional fashion” and supercharged it with a boost of technological know-how to help out the approximately 1.3 billion people around the world who live without electricity. Thing is, their wearable isn’t designed for humans, but rather for our four-legged bovine friends.

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Tapping the Motion of the Ocean: Could the Tides Power Our World?

The city of Eastport, Maine is made up of a small group of islands just to the east of the eastern-most point of our eastern-most state. It...

The city of Eastport, Maine is made up of a small group of islands just to the east of the eastern-most point of our eastern-most state. It houses about 1,300 residents, known for their dry humor, for their humbling heartiness, and for watching the sun rise hours before the rest of us get out of bed. The city boasts its annual pirate festival, its vague tie to a Mickey Rooney movie about a dragon, and the rip-roaring ocean tides that sweep its shores. To the east of Eastport lies Passamaquoddy Bay—an inlet of the Bay of Fundy through which 70 billion cubic feet of tidal water flow every six hours. For over 90 years, harnessing this tremendous force to generate electricity has been on the minds of Mainers. In September of 2012, their wait was over.

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Greasing the Wheels: An Ebay for Cooking Oil Could Help Tap Underused Fuel

Want to convert to biodiesel, but overwhelmed by sourcing all that fryer oil? StayGreen Oil introduces an a marketplace for recyclable oils.

Despite the allure of rapidly expanding renewable energy sources solar and wind, a far less sexy source of green power is already ubiquitous and requires no massive infrastructure investment: recyclable oils. Whether it’s leftover fast food cooking oil or used motor oil, these resources are abundant. The problem is getting them from those who don’t need them any more to those who do. Ask a biodiesel car owner where she got her fuel and she might say, “I know a guy.” The market for cooking oil is often informal and grassroots like that, comprising word of mouth connections between individuals and restaurants.

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Why the problem of fixing our buildings is so vague-and what we can do about it We're hardwired to address the smaller problems that we can...

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