GM’s Super-Smart Pod Vehicle Looks at Future Transportation

October 15, 2011 by  
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An end to gridlock. An end to accidents. An end to driving. In fact you can conduct a video conference in traffic, and this podcar parks itself. As GM readies to roll out its electric mini-car, the Chevy Spark , as reported in Treehugger last week, its concept electric vehicle, the Chevy EN-V, a two-seater that the automaker has developed was a-buzz at last year’s Shanghai World Expo. This next-generation v… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Ford Rides into Frankfurt with E-Bike

September 20, 2011 by  
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Ford Motor unveils its E-Bike in Europe — where else? Image courtesy Ford. Joining Daimler’s smart car, BMW, Audi, and Land Rover, Ford Motor has joined the E-Bike world with a two-wheeled concept vehicle the automaker debuted at the current Frankfort Auto Show. Recognizing the growing electric bicycle market (30 million sold worldwide last year), Ford is on board the bikewagon(?) along with making electric 4-wheeled vehicles. At a recent visit to headquarters, its e-bike was not revealed but the behind-the-scenes tour said a lot about what’s coming … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Maker Faire NYC: An Upcycled Fence Becomes a Bed

September 20, 2011 by  
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All Photos: Alex Davies As a student in New York City, Michelle DeCurtis is accustomed to the dual problems of lack of money and lack of space. But unlike many, the aspiring designer turned a problem into a challenge, and has put together creative projects from reclaimed and upcycled materials. One of her proudest accomplishments and my personal favorite was on display at Maker Faire in New York this weekend: her own bed, made from an old picket fence…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The Week in Pictures: Camping Trailer is also a Boat, Cats Nap in TVs, and More (Slideshow)

September 16, 2011 by  
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Image: TreeHugger Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just take your car from road to lake? Well now you can, and while camping to boot: This wild design morphs a trailer from a tent into a boat. We also have old TVs that become homes for cats, a 1970s RV transformed into an off-grid eco-home, exclusive coverage of New York Fashion Week, and more in our roundup of the best images on TreeHugger this week.

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Buildup To Greenbuild: Green Buildings From TreeHugger Archives

September 16, 2011 by  
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30,000 green building professionals are coming to Toronto for Greenbuild in October; this series will try to explain Toronto to them. There has been a lot of green building going on in Toronto and much has shown up on TreeHugger; Here is a roundup of some of the buildings we have shown. Perhaps the most dramatic and important recent addition to the Toronto scene is Stephen Teeple’s 60 Richmond Street East Coop, that is green, gorgeous and from the public sector yet, proving that social housing doesn’t have to be boring and oppressive.

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Smartphones As "Digital Keys" Coming To Doors Near You

September 15, 2011 by  
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Photo by Keith Williamson via Flickr CC The dematerialization continues, right down to our keys. The plastic ID badges that people hold up to readers at doorways to get into secure areas could soon be replaced by simply holding up your cell phone. Plastic keys could become so last decade. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Fox’s Hypocrisy: Bash Solar in Primetime, Then Hype it at the Emmys (Video)

September 15, 2011 by  
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Screengrab: YouTube Consider these two anecdotes: a) Fox Broadcasting Company is the host of this year’s Emmys. It’s planning to cover Nokia Hall, where the ceremonies will take place, with solar panels as part of the company’s “Green It! Mean It!” campaign. b) Fox News, the company’s cable news division, has used solar company Solyndra’s bankruptcy as an occasion to criticize Obama for supporting … solar power. The channel’s “news” shows and pundits are going to lengths to make a case that clean energy is a waste of time. (See the video below). So how do these two views, which stem from the same root — Rupert M… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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MIT’s Vibration-Powered Charger 100x More Powerful Than Competitors

September 14, 2011 by  
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A new energy harvesting device converts low-frequency vibrations into electricity. The device, the size of a U.S. quarter, is shown mounted on a stand. Photo: Arman Hajati via MIT While the concept of gathering energy from small vibrations is not new and has been in use for some time now, the devices aren’t particularly efficient. MIT is changing that, however, with a new tiny energy harvester than can turn a wider range of vibrations into energy, making it 100 times more powerful than similarly sized devices. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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13-Year-Old Makes A Solar Breakthrough With Fibonacci Sequence

August 18, 2011 by  
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image via American Museum of Natural History One would be excused for suspecting that Aidan Dwyer, said to be 13, is in fact a small, very young-looking, 37-year-old college-educated con-man of the highest order. Such is not the case though for what the young Long Island lad has accomplished in a feat typically associated with much older individuals. As reported on the Patch community website out of Northport, N.Y., Aidan has used the Fibonacci sequence to devise a more efficient way to collect

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Erasable E-paper Can Be Printed, Erased, Reprinted Over 250 Times (video)

August 9, 2011 by  
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Image via video screengrab Researchers have created a new e-paper can be printed and erased over and over again, and they hope it can be a reusable solution for the posters and signs printed by the millions for bus stop ads and store front displays. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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