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Solar paint could turn buildings into green hydrogen generators

Solar paint could turn buildings into green hydrogen generators

Solar-powered paint capable of generating clean hydrogen fuel could turn houses and office buildings into green power stations, new research has teased. The handiwork of a team at the RMIT University in Australia, the key is a new compound that unexpectedly acts as a catalyst in a chemical reaction. First, the paint absorbs water; then, it splits that water up into hydrogen and oxygen.

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Antartica’s Larsen C ice rift grew 17 miles in a single week

Antartica’s Larsen C ice rift grew 17 miles in a single week

Remember the massive ice rift in Antarctica that grew more than 6 miles this past January? That news was shocking, but now pales in comparison to the latest update: the rift grew another 17 miles last month, with the entire change happening in a single week. According to Project MIDAS, the Larsen C Ice Shelf is now being held in place by only 8 miles of ice; the calving of this chunk of ice is expected to happen any day now.

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Refind and Energizer tackle battery waste with ‘reverse vending machine’

Refind and Energizer tackle battery waste with ‘reverse vending machine’

Rechargeable batteries are, thankfully, becoming increasingly common to the point that few devices still use ordinary single-use alkalines. Some common home gadgets still use these kinds of batteries, though, such as remote controls and smoke detectors, not to mention various loud kids toys. Though these disposable batteries shouldn't be thrown into the garbage, people do that anyway...and more often than not it is due to the relative difficulty of recycling the batteries.

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Tesla solar roof tile defeats hail ‘cannonball’ in new slow-motion video

Tesla solar roof tile defeats hail ‘cannonball’ in new slow-motion video

Since being announced, some skeptics have expressed concern over the durability of Tesla's solar roof tiles. Elon Musk himself addressed those worries during the product's unveiling, but some remain skeptical, wondering what would happen if something big and heavy -- let's say a big ball of ice -- were to crash down onto the tiles. Tesla has once again addressed that concern, this time in the form of a slow-motion video.

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Tesla opens up solar roof pre-orders today [UPDATE]

Tesla opens up solar roof pre-orders today [UPDATE]

After revealing its solar roof to the world back in October, Tesla is now ready to open the flood gates. In the wee small hours of this morning, Elon Musk said that Tesla will be opening up pre-orders for its solar roof this afternoon. More information followed later, with Musk giving us an idea of just what to expect when pre-orders actually become available.

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U.S. wildlife regions are getting louder and humans are to blame

U.S. wildlife regions are getting louder and humans are to blame

When you think of quiet, you probably think of somewhere far away from the city: a dense national park, a wildlife preserve, or somewhere similar. While it's true that a weekend spent in a cabin in some remote place will likely be more peaceful than a night in a big city, it's unlikely you'll experience a true lack of human noise. This is becoming an increasingly concerning reality, and one that doesn't show any signs of reversing. A newly published study has found that humans have doubled the background noise volume in 63-percent of the nation's protected wildlife regions.

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Google Project Sunroof expands across the pond with Germany launch

Google Project Sunroof expands across the pond with Germany launch

Back in March, Google updated its relatively new effort called Project Sunroof, an initiative that uses a bunch of data to estimate the solar potential of buildings in a region. The project is intended to help businesses and consumers make decisions about utilizing solar energy. The project has thus far released solar potential data for regions across the U.S., and now it is expanding overseas with the announcement of a new partnership in Germany. The Project Sunroof has teamed up with E.ON, the European company behind many electric service providers.

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Portland approves plan to turn city’s sewage methane into natural gas

Portland approves plan to turn city’s sewage methane into natural gas

City of Portland has announced the approval of a new clean energy plan that will turn methane from the city's sewage waste into natural gas. The news was announced on the heels of Earth Day, and comes at a time when cities -- despite certain presidential administration issues -- are working to reduce their pollution levels and increase their usage of renewable and 'green' energy. Portland officials call this a 'groundbreaking project,' one that will take the city's sewage and breathe new life into, figuratively speaking.

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Reebok ‘Cotton + Corn’ project will bring green shoes to market

Reebok ‘Cotton + Corn’ project will bring green shoes to market

We've seen numerous green efforts from adidas, and now Reebok is getting in on the action. The latter company has announced a new initiative called 'Cotton + Corn,' and it aims to launch plant-based shoes on the market under this effort. Cotton + Corn is the brainchild of Reebok's Future team according to the company, which has already produced one environmentally-friendly shoe under it: a pair of shoes that feature an organic cotton upper component and a base made from industrial corn.

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Americans are eating less beef, and the climate is benefiting from it

Americans are eating less beef, and the climate is benefiting from it

Americans are eating less beef, and the results of that are positive: the average American diet's carbon footprint has shrunk by 9-percent, reducing the amount of greenhouse gases released into the environment. Such is the conclusion of a new analysis that found a significant decrease from 2005 to 2014. Multiple dietary changes in America are cited as the cause of the emissions decrease, with reduction in beef consumption being chief among them.

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Researchers make nanofiber air filter that can be painted onto fabric

Researchers make nanofiber air filter that can be painted onto fabric

Researchers with the National University of Singapore have created a new type of air filter using nanofibers that is about two times more effective than commercial air respirators. This nanofiber air filter is see-through with better airflow than traditionally available air filters, and it also provides some level of UV protection. The air filter is described as eco-friendly and economical.

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Beijing deploys facial recognition to foil toilet paper thieves

Beijing deploys facial recognition to foil toilet paper thieves

Talk of facial recognition tends to settle around either concerns about privacy or the security systems used at events to spot potential terrorists. China, though, has deployed the technology in Beijing for a different reason: to catch toilet paper thieves. The thieves are (were?) stealing toilet paper from public toilets, something made much harder thanks to modern dispensers with facial recognition abilities.

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