13 Year-old Aidan Dwyer Discusses His Fibonacci Sequence-Inspired Solar Tree (Video)

October 26, 2011 by  
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American Natural History Museum/Public Domain From the get-go, the story seemed spun by a skilled, ultra-modern fabulist: A 13 year-old junior high student observes the sunlight-collecting properties of trees while on a hike in the woods. His family had been discussing acquiring solar panels for their backyard, but feared their space too limited. The young student nonetheless wonders if trees’ ability to soak up sunlight in relatively small areas might be replicable. So, after researching the Fibonacci sequence, he designs a ?solar tree’, erects it in his backyard, and goes about monitoring the data inputs and making adjustments — and makes a clean energy b… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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UK Offshore Wind Power Industry May Struggle To Keep Up, As Nation Adds 2.5 GW Per Year By 2016

October 26, 2011 by  
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Danny Nicholson / CC BY-ND 2.0 It’s a tough but somewhat enviable spot to be in: Research from RenewableUK shows that growth in offshore wind power in the UK is such that Britain’s supply chain will have a hard time keeping up by 2013 and 2014…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Lugo’s Weathered-Steel History Museum Keeps Cool Inside Subterranean Cylinders

August 12, 2011 by  
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The cylindrical Lugo History Museum in Spain attracts a throng of curious people, which is great, except that they also come with a load of fossil-fueled vehicles that litter the beautiful landscape. Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos came up with the perfect solution: park the the cars and the museum underground. Not only does this keep the vehicles out of view, but the thermal inertia ensures maximum energy efficiency as well. The weathered-steel buildings are reached via a spiral staircase that leads beneath a sheet of green grass. This extends as far as Lugo’s urban park, ensuring an uninterrupted reach of green spaces where there was once a thriving industrial zone. And If this isn’t enough green goodness for you, note that the architects have also made room for energy-generating solar panels . Read the rest of Lugo’s Weathered-Steel History Museum Keeps Cool Inside Subterranean Cylinders Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , green spaces , Lugo history museum , Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos , passive design , solar panels , Solar Power , Spain , subterranean , sustainable design

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Loss of Biodiversity Makes Humans Sick

December 3, 2010 by  
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Losing species, like the critically endangered tiger, can actually increase our chances of getting sick.

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U.S. Needs to Boost Spending for Energy R&D, Panel Tells Obama

December 3, 2010 by  
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Photo: Wikipedia , CC Huge Issue With Small Resources The President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology has released a report that is critical of the U.S. for not investing enough into energy R&D, recommending that spending more than triple from $5 billion to $16 billion (not that much when you compare it to the cost of other big expenditures). The U.S.

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