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The Evolving Lightbulb

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The switch to efficient lighting will have a significant impact on emissions – and climate change.

Light bulbs have been around since the days of Thomas Edison, but they're not the same old bulbs anymore. Technology is improving rapidly, and with that progress comes new levels of efficiency and sustainability. In his new book 'Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization,' author Lester Brown explains that one of the easiest and quickest ways that we can reduce electricity use......read more

IKEA to Phase out Incandescent Bulbs

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Retail giant says U.S. stores will stop selling energy-guzzling light bulbs by the end of this year.

Swedish mega-retailer announced last week that U.S. stores will stop selling incandescent light bulbs. The phase-out begins on August 1, 2010; by the end of the year, the energy-sucking home lighting alternative will no longer be available at North American IKEA stores. The move preempts federal energy-efficiency measures which will phase out incandescent lighting beginning in 2012. The bulbs are......read more

Lights Out for Incandescent Bulbs

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As the century-old technology runs its course, LED bulbs step up

130 years after Thomas Edison brought incandescent lighting to the masses, the end is nigh for the old, energy-guzzling technology. On January 1, 2012, seven months from this week, federal efficiency regulations will effectively outlaw incandescent bulbs.  Writing in the New York Times Magazine, Andrew Rice traces the rise and demise of the traditional incandescent, and looks into......read more

Ars Natura: The Light of Life

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Karl Burkart delves into the new masterwork by motion graphics wunderkind Daihei Shibata.

‘The Light of Life’Life is transparent, warm and swirls randomly like a soft light. And it constantly changes...Life illuminates itself and then it begins to illuminates a new life.A sprouted mass of innumerable lights become a flow before long, and then become the part of the life-throb of ages. That ties life, this moment now. The poetic words and the even more poetic imagery of the young......read more

Selecting the right backpack for work or play is essential. Whether you’re headed to the office or out on a trail, a good bag can ease the stress of travel. Having ample space for your things is important, but all those extra goodies can be a curse as much as a blessing—your pack is liable to become uncomfortably heavy. Lightning Packshas solved this dilemma with......read more

A Year on the Road: Great Point Lighthouse

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A sandy excursion to the northernmost tip of Nantucket

Merely a dot on the map, Nantucket was once one of the world's biggest whaling ports. Great Point Lighthouse stands proudly at the edge of the island, the first shining beacon leading into the east coast ports. The lighthouse keeper's daughter, lighting the lamp for her father, wrote in 1937 that she felt as though she was "helping God" guide mariners to shore.  During an end of summer......read more

James Reeve: Lightscapes

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Eye-catching images of the city by night

London-born, Marseille-based photographer James Reeve trips the light fantastic with his most recent collection of images, Lightscapes. Working under cloak of night, Reeve trains his camera on the lights of the city, removing everything but the speckled light patterns themselves. The effect is arresting, akin to the woozy feeling one gets when looking out the window of an airplane at......read more

Landscape Light Installations by Barry Underwood

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Surreal long exposure shots offer subtle comment on light pollution

When nature and technology collide in the name of art, you can color us interested. Ohio artist Barry Underwood does a masterful job of juxtaposing the two. Taking inspiration from film, theatre, land art, and painting, Underwood creates LED light installations in natural settings, then takes long exposure photos of the scenes. The results are dramatic, to say the least. The works provide some......read more

Light Sanctuary

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Land art installation/solar energy facility proposed for Arabian desert.

Turns out that large-scale clean energy projects don't have to be ugly eyesores. The mirage-like Light Sanctuary, a desert sculpture that does double duty as a 5,000 megawatt solar energy facility, proves it. Designed by New York architects Decker Yeadon for a remote area near Dubai, Light Sanctuary's 25-mile array of photovoltaic panels form a wavelike structure that undulates through......read more

Toby Smith: Light After Dark

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Award-winning photo series finds contrast and beauty in England's coal power industry

For his 2009 Light After Dark project, UK photojournalist Toby Smith used extremely long exposures to shoot England's 32 coal power stations at night. We wouldn't normally use the word "beautiful" to describe coal stacks, but in Smith's capable hands, they become just that. Portrayed in a soft, tranquil light, the maligned industrial complexes become spaces of serenity,......read more

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