Refrigerated shipping containers used to transport cold goods. Inside the 320-square-foot boxes, it’s a relatively balmy 63 degrees, and the humid air is heavy with the earthy smell of greens. Filling each box are 256 neat vertical towers of plants, bathed in a noonday-intense pink light.
Engineers from MIT have developed an alternative system for generating electricity that harnesses heat and uses no metals or toxic materials. The batteries that power the devices of modern life, from smartphones and computers to electric cars, are mostly made of toxic materials such as lithium that can be difficult to dispose of and have limited global supplies.
The burning of fossil fuels and plastic waste are devastating to the planet. 3D printing has the opportunity to move away from non-toxic, non-petroleum-based plastics from the get-go and 3Dom is on a mission to produce environmentally friendly filament. Their latest is called “Wound Up” and, to put the third ‘r’ in “reduce, reuse, and recycle”, the material is made from recycled coffee grounds.
It’s easier than ever to ‘drive 65’ in an electric luxury vehicle, with nearly 200 Tesla Supercharger stations strategically placed throughout the continental U.S. and another 150 elsewhere on the planet. Continue reading… “Tesla Model S drivers have traveled over one billion all electric miles”
Engineers from Stanford have developed a state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050. Continue reading… “Stanford engineers’ plan for converting U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050”
In the dusty khaki scrubland of South Africa’s inhospitable Northern Cape province, brightly polished mirrors flash light across the landscape as they rotate slowly to follow the sun, producing electricity for 80,000 homes. Continue reading… “The leapfrogging continent”
From the demise of lecture halls to the awesomeness of the patent system, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has thoughts on a lot of things. Continue reading… “Bill Gates’ thoughts on the future of education, programming and more”