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08.07.14 Sophie Weiner

London-based architect Jason Lamb wanted to know — “with all the downside [sic] of fracking, is there a way that you could implement fracking with long term benefit to the community?” Lamb took the English city of Blackpool — situated above a bed of shale rock, the geological requirement for the environmentally unfriendly practice — […]

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11.08.13 Andy Cush

In an effort to build solar panels that are more flexible and portable than traditional silicon-based models, researchers Steve Dunn and James Durant have been working with zinc oxide a cheaper material that can be “made into thin, flexible films,” according to New Scientist. These zinc-oxide cells, however, are less efficient than silicon. Dunn and Durant found […]

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10.19.12 Marina Galperina

Artist Niklas Roy has rigged the elevator of the WRO Art Center in Wroclaw, Poland with a rope and pulley mechanism that connects the sliding doors on one floor to the call button the other floor. It keeps the elevator running perpetually in a loop between the two floors. Because art! […]

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10.15.12 Andy Cush

Five years ago, the owners of Indian Point, the nuclear power plant that many have decried as dangerous for its proximity to New York City and its susceptibility to damage in the event of an earthquake, applied for licenses that would keep the plant open for another two decades. Today, federal hearings on the validity of […]

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02.02.12 Bucky Turco

The company that submerged electricity-generating turbines in the East River a few years ago as part of a test program, just got a license from the feds to add a whole lot more. Verdant Power will install 30 of them, making it the “nation’s first ever underwater windmill farm” according to NY1 News. Now all […]

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02.01.12 Bucky Turco

As if the possible evacuation of New York City and all its surrounding areas—about 20 million people in all—isn’t enough of a threat to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant should a mishap occur, an environmental advocacy group just dug up another one: the water. […]

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01.11.12 Bucky Turco

One of the reactors at a nuclear power plant located only 25 miles from the city limits and which Rudy Guliani says is perfectly safe, had to be shut down at 4:30AM on Tuesday when a pump failed. But don’t worry, no radiation leaked. […]

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06.24.10 Bucky Turco

In the next few years, the Europeans are hoping to plunder Africa for energy, but will do so cleanly and with solar panels. […]

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