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Weekend Hippie

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Artist brings your ideas to life, sustainably.

Paul Nosa makes "sustainable art" using a sewing machine powered by his bike. You give him an idea in five words or less, and he sews a piece of art for you. Not just any idea, though. I tried "baby punched in face" and he politely declined. How rude....read more

Houses, "Endless Spring"

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Off-the-grid island bliss.

There's not a ton to this video. Actually there's very little. But the song is some lovely, blissful pop, and there's an interesting backstory. The standout single from All Night, Houses' first full-length, "Endless Spring" was recorded in Hawaii where sole bandmember Dexter Tortoriello spent time with his partner living off the grid. In his words: "We moved out to a little cabin in Papaikou,......read more

Sun Boxes

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Here comes the sound -- from a solar-powered art installation.

How cool is this? It's an orchestra conducted by the sun. Created by Massachussetts artist and musician Craig Colorusso, Sun Boxes is comprised of twenty solar-power speakers, each set to play one guitar note on loop, with the all the notes collectively making a B-flat chord. Says Colorusso: "The piece creates space. It is an environment for one to enter and exit. the footprint this......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Big Sue

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Susan Boyle drops knowledge on the green building game.

Brooklyn's Big Sue, LLC is a veteran of New York City's sustainable building scene. In this episode of Brooklyn Informed, we talk to Big Sue partner Susan Boyle about one of the company's cooler projects: a Prospect Heights brewery icehouse they bought in 2004 and converted into a six-unit residential building. The structure is an excellent portrait of sustainable construction, with two green......read more

Solar Sinter

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Markus Kayser converts the raw resources of sunlight and sand into glass products

German designer Markus Kayser's Solar Sinter is a solar-powered 3D printer that is a revolutionary take on the manufacturing process. The Solar Sinter uses a "sintering" technique, whereby sand is heated to its melting point, then cooled and solidified into three-dimensional glass objects. Kayser explains: In this experiment sunlight and sand are used as raw energy and material to produce......read more

Obama Announces Solar Power Support

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The President declares federal loan guarantees for solar energy projects.

Good news for clean energy advocates, as Obama used his Saturday address to announce almost $2 billion in conditional loan guarantees to two solar energy companies. The beneficiaries are Abengoa Solar, whose planned Arizona solar plant will be one of the largest in the world, and solar panel manufacturer Abound Solar, which will build advanced panels at two new plants in Colorado and Indiana. Not......read more

The Big SHFT: Harrison Dillon, Algae Baron

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Solazyme takes algae-based biofuel applications beyond renewable energy and into cosmetics, plastics, lubricants, and... ice cream?

Ten years ago, when Harrison Dillon and his partners founded Solazyme in a garage in Palo Alto, CA, their goal was to create clean, renewable diesel fuel from algae. And so they did. But it was clear after a couple of years that they needed to find other applications for algae-based biofuel to make their business fly. Today, the San Francisco-based company's technology is being used to......read more

To Scale: The Solar System

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From Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe. A film by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh...read more

Embryo

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Desolate depictions of the American landscape.

From award-winning studio Banana Films, this riveting blend of found animation and live footage—expertly spliced together by Vladek Zankovsky—tells the tumultuous story of life on earth. Using the human embryo as metaphor, the film locates common narratives of evolution, expansion, consumption, and destruction. This provocative short has been around for a year or so. But we thought it......read more

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