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Submission + - Flapping wind turbine marks mechanical breakthrough (inhabitat.com)

Taffykay writes: Researchers have struggled to apply their knowledge of human and animal motion to mechanical devices, until now. Tunisian inventor Anis Aouini, who pioneered 3D Aouinian kinematics, has built the world's first flapping wind turbine. The turbine mimics the behavior of hovering hummingbirds to convert kinetic wind energy into clean power.

Submission + - Map shows surface area required for a 100% renewable California (inhabitat.com)

Taffykay writes: California has huge ambitions to transition the State away from fossil fuels using a diversified mix of renewable energy technologies. Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian from the Land Art Generator Initiative, which promotes the intersection of public art and renewable energy, have produced a new infographic that demonstrates how much surface area is required to achieve California's clean energy goals.

Submission + - SPAM: Recycled plastic building blocks address Colombia's housing crisis

Taffykay writes: Conceptos Plásticos from Colombia is attempting to tackle two pressing issues at once — Latin America's housing crisis and the overwhelming surge of plastic crowding landfills and waterways — with building blocks made from recycled plastic. The disaster-resistant LEGO-like blocks make it easy and affordable for families in Colombia to construct their own homes, and the company is eager to expand their reach.
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Submission + - "Global Climate Emergency" could eradicate seasons (inhabitat.com)

Taffykay writes: The Northern Hemisphere jet stream recently jumped the equator and merged with the jet stream in the Southern Hemisphere, prompting a renowned climate scientist to declare a "global climate emergency." Paul Beckwith from the University of Ottawa said this new behavior “indicates that climate system mayhem is ongoing” and that the phenomenon could disrupt the seasons and the food supply chain, and cause massive “massive geopolitical unrest.”

Submission + - 6 important steps to slow down climate change (inhabitat.com)

Taffykay writes: Climate scientists and experts disagree about whether or not it's possible to slow down or reverse climate change. But if we're going to try, here are six important steps we need to take, from restoring ecosystems and switching to 100% renewables to adopting a plant-based diet.

Submission + - Solar WaterCube produces clean drinking water from air (inhabitat.com)

Taffykay writes: One in 10 people lack access to clean drinking water, according to Water.org. Ap Verheggen hopes to address this calamity with solar-powered designs that produce clean drinking water from thin air. His latest invention, a 20-inch stainless-steel cube embedded with small solar panels, WaterCube drips condensate into a glass — anywhere in the world.

Submission + - Dubai debuts the world's first fully 3D-printed building (inhabitat.com)

Taffykay writes: Dubai has taken an enormous leap forward with a groundbreaking new building that was printed in just 17 days. A 3D printer measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long, and 40 feet wide was used to create the temporary office building, which comes complete with all modern amenities and energy-saving features.

Submission + - Tesla to unveil its most affordable EV to date (inhabitat.com)

Taffykay writes: The moment we've all been waiting for has arrived — in their latest earnings report, Tesla announced plans to unveil their most affordable electric vehicle to date. The Model 3, set for its market debut in 2017, is expected to sell for $35,000. More details will be released at the end of March, 2016.

Submission + - New Stanford 'tricorder" detects early stage cancer (inhabitat.com)

Taffykay writes: Science fiction popularized the tri-corder concept, but Stanford scientists have turned the idea into a real-world device with groundbreaking applications. In addition to detecting explosives, Stanford's technology "hears" cancer tumors through ultrasound waves by emitting electromagnetic energy.

Submission + - Breakthrough optical rectenna turns light directly into usable electricity (inhabitat.com)

Taffykay writes: A new breakthrough from Georgia Tech is likely to revolutionize the renewable energy industry. The optical rectenna is composed of tiny carbon nanotubes and rectifiers that capture light and convert it directly into DC current. The nanotubes create an oscillating charge that moves through the rectifier, switching on and off at high speeds, thereby creating a small electrical current. Billions of rectennas together can generate a more substantial current, resulting in renewable energy that is both significantly cheaper than conventional solar and more efficient.

Submission + - Trinity portable wind turbine Kickstarter raises nearly $50,000 in one day (inhabitat.com)

Taffykay writes: Perhaps a sign of how badly American consumers want to get their hands on renewable energy they can afford, four models of portable Trinity wind turbines are killing it on Kickstarter. In just one day, the crowdfunding campaign raised almost its entire goal of $50,000. Lightweight, super efficient, and effective in low winds, these personal wind turbines should ship as soon as April 2016.

Submission + - Seattle sisters launched a DIY craft to the edge of Space over Labor Day weekend (inhabitat.com)

Taffykay writes: While the rest of America ate BBQ and drank beer, Kimberly and Rebecca Yeung, just 8 and 10 years old, successfully launched a DIY craft to the edge of space. With help from designs found on High Altitude Science, the pair sent their craft, the Loki Lego Launcher, 78,000 feet into the air with a photograph of their cat and R2-D2. And they've got a video to prove it.

Submission + - Beauer's 3X teardrop camper telescopes to three times its original size (inhabitat.com)

Taffykay writes: Everybody loves the aesthetics of a teardrop camper, but sometimes they're just too small. Beauer from France solves that dilemma with the 3X camper, which telescopes to three times its size with the press of a button. After towing the trailer to their favorite camping destination, users can expand its interior space in 20 seconds flat.

Submission + - South Africans revolutionize concentrated solar power with mini heliostats (inhabitat.com)

Taffykay writes: Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) offers significant benefits, but it's often prohibitively expensive. Paul Gauché from Stellenbosch University in South Africa hopes to change that with Helio 100, a series of "plonkable" miniature heliostats that require no installation or concrete, and offer solar energy that's cheaper than diesel.

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