Google is launching a modular smartphone that snaps together like LEGO bricks

May 23, 2016 by  
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Google lifted everyone’s hope up a few years ago by floating its idea for a customizable, modular phone, then striking it down. Lucky for consumers sick of the pressure to buy the latest and greatest new phone every few months, the Project Ara phone is set to ship out next year. At Google’s recent development conference the announcement was made that Ara would actually see the light of day. The latest model features a frame with six slots for different hardware modules, which can snap…

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Project Pressure’s Breathtaking Photos Document the Decline of the World’s Glaciers

October 22, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Project Pressure’s Breathtaking Photos Document the Decline of the World’s Glaciers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental photography , glacier decline , glacier documentation , green photography , nature art , project pressure , science , sustainable design

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Artist Daniel Agdad Creates Incredible Miniature Worlds Entirely from Cardboard!

October 22, 2012 by  
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PK Steel Creates Contemporary Furniture Out of Recycled Plastic and Steel

October 22, 2012 by  
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PK Steel Designs creates contemporary furniture out of recycled steel, but they wanted to take the sustainability of their operation one step further. The Missouri-based company recently began using 100% recycled plastic to make tabletops and panels that are both stylish and durable. The 1-inch-thick plastic is called “Origins” and it is made from multi-colored recycled bottles, which give it its unique speckled look. + PK Steel Designs Via HomeCrux The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to  see  your  story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following  this link . Remember to follow our  instructions  carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , eco design , green design , home crux , PK Steel Designs , recycled design , recycled furniture , Recycled Plastic , recycled plastic furniture , sustainable design

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Better Compressed Power Storage from SustainX

October 19, 2011 by  
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A recent patent issued to compressed air energy storage (CAES) company SustainX could provide a significant improvement in grid storage of energy, especially for wind farms and solar power arrays. Compressed air is one of the preferred methods for storing excess energy from renewable sources during periods of peak production. When there is increased demand, it can then be readily harnessed to provide additional electricity, instead of relying on fossil fuel burning ‘peaker plants’ or other, less desirable alternatives. The problem with compressing air comes from thermodynamic effects . “Without heat transfer, a gas will increase in temperature as it is compressed; and as it gets hotter, it tends to resist further compression (i.e., each increment of compression must be performed on a volume of gas that is at higher pressure than if it had not been heated by prior compression).” SustainX has developed technology to provide isothermal compression and expansion which gives their system conversion efficiencies of over 90%. And, of course, better conversion efficiencies mean less energy is wasted. With this technology, SustainX claims a 7x cost reduction over traditional CAES systems. Additionally, according to the company, “SustainX utilizes above-ground storage in the form of industrial-grade, off-the-shelf gas cylinders, eliminating the siting constraints and permitting concerns associated with classical underground CAES.” via: N A Windpower

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5 Energy Efficient Air Conditioners to Keep You Cool

August 11, 2011 by  
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Photo: A.J. Madison In a perfect, eco-friendly world, we would all stay cool by dabbing crystal, cold stream water on our pressure points and fanning ourselves with giant leaves. But in the actual world we live in, much of the United States has been facing a record-setting heatwave for weeks and,… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Megadairy Campaign Romanticizes Regular Farms. Maybe That’s OK (Video)

February 25, 2011 by  
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Image credit: WSPA Ever since a spokesperson for a planned mega-dairy in the UK declared that ” cows do not belong in fields “, it seemed to me like public opinion had turned decidedly against the introduction of massive, American-style factory farms to the UK.

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Stakeholders’ Safety Fears Crank Up Pressure on Pipeline Projects

October 22, 2010 by  
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After a deadly explosion and several spills, new pipeline projects face more hurdles and higher levels of scrutiny than ever before. Project managers from companies like El Paso and TransCanada will have to go beyond the call of duty if they are to overcome stakeholder resistance and avoid the risk of costly delays or the potential of derailment.

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Harnessing Peer Pressure and Support for Community Change (Video)

October 19, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Transition Town Totnes Community nut tree plantings , permablitz garden make-overs , local currency initiatives and rickshaws powered on waste veggie oil —these are just some of the projects … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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‘Top Kill’ Attempt to Plug Oil Leak is Working, Says Coast Guard Admiral [Updated]

May 27, 2010 by  
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BP’s robots are inspecting the well-head to see if the top kill succeeded. Image: BP It’s Working So Far, But Not Over Yet U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told the media this morning that BP’s “top kill” effort that started yesterday ( after many delays ) has “stabilised the wellhead” and that pressure coming from the well is now “very low”, but further efforts will be required to reduce the pressure to zero and seal the well with cement.

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