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Air Purifying Wallpaper

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High-tech wallpaper absorbs harmful chemicals from the air.

Some green tech is so next-level that it's hard to believe. Like wallpaper that cleans the air. Yep, you read right. Inhabitat reports Bluecher Technologies has just produced a "breathable, glass fiber/polyester non-woven paper-like covering" with absorbants that capture harmful chemicals like PCBs, PCP, pesticides, and radon. The wallpaper, called Saratech Permasorb, might be the......read more

NASA to Undertake Massive Pollution Cleanup

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Polluted soil beneath launch pads could cost $1 billion to remediate

When it comes to its environmental effects on Earth, space exploration is a dirty business. NASA says it could take a century to clean up the chemical messes left behind by launching shuttles and rockets into space. The liftoffs have created plumes of carcinogenic chemicals in the sandy soils beneath Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral in Florida.  NASA said it will spend $96......read more

Lily Allen "Air Balloon"

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Summery video finds Brit popster hanging out with zebras, launching into space

Need quick a break from the winter freeze? Let Lily Allen breathe some sunshine into your day with this video for "Air Balloon." The sunny clip finds the Brit pop singer in summery attire near Cape Town, South Africa, where she chills with local zebras and cheetahs. Allen appears to having a blast on the safari, before she literally blasts into space for a short extraterrestial segment, and then......read more

Airborne Wind Energy Takes Off

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Kite-like flying wing prototype hits the sky

Wind energy may be clean, green and renewable, but she's an erratic power mistress. The problem, it seems, is elementary physics: there's more friction closer to the ground, so wind is slower and less consistent than it is way up the atmosphere. Enter airborne wind energy, which seeks to take advantage of high-altitude winds to generate usable power on land. Having been around since this 19th......read more

The Future of Flying

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SUGAR Volt aircraft concept from Boeing burns 70% less fuel.

Inhabitat reports that Boeing has released its SUGAR Volt commercial airplane concept, and the aircraft is something to behold. Relying on an electric battery gas turbine hybrid propulsion system, the SUGAR Volt reduces overall fuel usage by up to 70%. This technology not only makes the aircraft much more effecient, but also shortens the takeoff of the flight and drastically reduces noise......read more

New Fate for Old Aircraft Carriers

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Warships to be recycled for valuable parts.

When recycling comes to mind, usually its brings images of bottles, cans, and paper. But aircraft carriers? A new decision by the U.S. Navy to recycle four decommissioned ships instead of sinking them and turning them into artificial reefs is being lauded by environmental groups and recycling companies.Just one of the four ships is estimated to contain 40,000 tons of recyclable steel, copper, and......read more

Griffin AirCurve

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Acoustic Amplifier for your iPhone. $17.99

The AirCurve is a cleverly-designed acoustic amplifier that turns your iPhone into a no-power-drain alarm clock on your nightstand, or a mini sound system that never needs batteries or adapters. AirCurve looks like a simple, elegantly minimal stand for your iPhone. But inside is a coiled waveguide "horn' that collects the sound from the built-in speaker of your iPhone, amplifies it (by about 10......read more

Airdrop

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Award-winning irrigation gadget looks to ease the effects of drought on farmers

In no place have the cataclysmic environmental effects of climate change been felt more strongly than southeastern Australia. There, a prolonged, 12-year drought has wrought havoc on local ecosystems and caused catastrophic damage to agriculture, which suffered record losses and sent rural communities into a tailspin.  Enter Australian inventor Edward Linnacre, a Swinburne University......read more

Recycled Billboard iPad Sleeve

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The movie banner iPad case from Aire. $49.00

There are a ton of iPad accessories out there, and some of them have solid green credentials, but none hit quite like this protective sleeve made from recycled movie banners. Created by Aire, a crew of designers whose practice is predicated on saving movie ad banners from the landfill, the iPad sleeve offers a literal interpretation of Hollywood product placement. Billboards are of course......read more

SFO Terminal Lands LEED Gold Certification

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New terminal pushes sustainable airport architecture into the 21st century

With a flight from New York to LA consuming about 5,000 gallons of jet fuel, it's safe to say there's not much sustainable about the act of flying. The new Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport attempts to offset this carbon-intensive eco-unfriendliness with some next-generation green design. The remodeled terminal, designed by architects from Gensler, opened in April of this year at......read more

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