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Second annual solar car race takes place in Chile’s Atacama Desert

Second annual solar car race takes place in Chile’s Atacama Desert

Thatcher Michelsen November 30, 2012 0

A diverse group of racing teams converged on Chile's Atacama Desert on November 16 for the second annual Atacama Solar Challenge

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New York City prepares to build its first prefabricated tower

New York City prepares to build its first prefabricated tower

Thatcher Michelsen November 29, 2012 0

Speaking to the source, MaryAnn Gilmartin, the executive director for the architectural firm, said that the planned residential complex is the first move in a long-term growth strategy for the company.

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Novel water cleansing system avoids chemicals during Hurricane Sandy recovery

Novel water cleansing system avoids chemicals during Hurricane Sandy recovery

Thatcher Michelsen November 28, 2012 0

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, New York City residents and officials have struggled to deal with the large amount of water that has been contaminated with oil, sewage, trash and other pollutants.

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Vermont’s Killington ski resort now partially powered by cow manure

Vermont’s Killington ski resort now partially powered by cow manure

Thatcher Michelsen November 27, 2012 0

In a bid to improve energy efficiency and draw power from non-fossil fuel resources, Vermont's celebrated ski area, Killington, has teamed up with the state's Green Mountain Energy company to develop an electricity generator

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Revolutionary steam engine is powered by sunlight

Revolutionary steam engine is powered by sunlight

Thatcher Michelsen November 26, 2012 0

According to the team's findings, metallic nanoparticles arranged in a certain manner are capable of absorbing sunlight, and after sustained exposure can reach a surface temperature of 212 degrees Fahrenheit, the boiling point of

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New York governor’s office delays fracking decision, setting up showdown with environmentalists

New York governor’s office delays fracking decision, setting up showdown with environmentalists

Thatcher Michelsen November 21, 2012 0

However, recent statements from Governor Cuomo suggest that a speedy conclusion to the proceedings is becoming a remote possibility

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Scientists create type of concrete that heals itself

Scientists create type of concrete that heals itself

Thatcher Michelsen November 20, 2012 0

The group looked to nature to provide it with some inspiration, as some vertebrates are capable of repairing their hard shells over time. Using these natural processes as a guide, they eventually came upon

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Portable solar power lends a hand in Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath

Portable solar power lends a hand in Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath

Thatcher Michelsen November 19, 2012 0

Of the charitable efforts undertaken to alleviate their hardships, two initiatives have stood out for their inventiveness and high demand: the Rolling Sunlight and SolaRover vehicles

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New York engineering team creates disaster aid design that utilizes recycled bottles

New York engineering team creates disaster aid design that utilizes recycled bottles

Thatcher Michelsen November 16, 2012 0

In another move aimed at making the project entirely about recycling, the design also incorporates converted pallets that are used to transport water bottles. The plan calls for them to act as a framework

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Austin, Texas, could employ urban air tram to reduce congestion, pollution

Austin, Texas, could employ urban air tram to reduce congestion, pollution

Thatcher Michelsen November 15, 2012 0

According to the architectural news source Co.DESIGN, local leaders are in talks with Frog Design, an international engineering firm, about a proposal that would see air trams connecting some of Austin's busiest areas

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