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Wind Map: Get Blown Away

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Data visualization project renders flowing air in visible form

With their newly unveiled Wind Map, Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg use their impressive data visualization skills to create a real-time, flowing image of wind currents the United States. The pair, who are employed as co-directors of Google's "Big Picture" visualization group in Cambridge, Massachusetts, are using the art project to promote wind power development. "An......read more

Around the World in an Eco-Powered Yacht

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In prestigious Vendee Globe sailing race, Javier Sanso's boat relies on the power of wind, water and sun

From Mother Nature Network's Jim Motavalli: I’m not a Kennedy—I don’t sail. I get seasick in anything more challenging than a kiddie pool. And yet I’m fascinating by the Vendée Globe, a round-the-world solo yachting race now underway, with the competitors currently battling it out at the halfway point in the Southern Ocean, on the way to a big finish in......read more

Life After Fossil Fuels

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In this week's NYT Sunday Review, Elizabeth Rosenthal asks to what extent do we "need" oil and gas?

As renewable energy costs continue to plummet and buildings and machines become more and more efficient, the argument that we "need" to keep investing in fossil fuels seems weaker than ever. Countries that a couple decades ago ran on a fuel mix like America's are successfully weaning themselves off of oil and gas. According to the International Energy Agency, thirteen countries got more than 30......read more

Losing Our Way in the World

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In the wake of tragedy, a Harvard physics professor undertakes to learn navigation through environmental clues

In 2003, John Edward Huth was kayaking off the coast of Maine when a thick fog rolled in and obliterated all sight of land. With no compass, he was forced to use natural clues--wind direction, the sound of waves hitting the shore--to guide himself back to safety. A few months later, he had a similar experience kayaking through fog in Nantucket Sound. The next day, news broke of a......read more

Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Clean Energy to Alaska

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Altaeros Energies looks to serve the energy needs of remote areas with its Buoyant Airbone Turbine

Ryan Grenoble for the Huffington Post: It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a ... high-altitude flying wind turbine. A company by the name of Altaeros Energies, borne from the labs at MIT, is poised to break the record for the highest wind turbine ever deployed, with plans to float an electricity-generating device at an altitude of 1,000 feet above a site south of Fairbanks, Alaska. The......read more

The Renewable Shift

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Led by Germany, clean power is transforming the global energy landscape

Justin Gillis for The New York Times: HELIGOLAND, Germany — Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea. They are wind turbines, standing as far as 60 miles from the mainland, stretching as high as 60-story buildings and costing up to $30 million......read more

HYmini Wind Charger

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Green power in your hand. $50.00

HYmini is a handheld, universal charger/adapter device that harnesses renewable wind power and conventional wall plug power to recharge almost all your 5V digital gadgets. Capture wind energy to power your iPod, mobile phone, PDA, or digital camera. SHFT selected the HYmini for one of our WIRED pop up stores. It is a great design and functionality at a great price point....read more

Uncharted Waters

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In the chaotic aftermath of the Gulf oil disaster, one thing is clear: we need to start tapping the clean energy potential of our oceans.

At present, upwards of 200,000 gallons of oil are pouring into the Gulf of Mexico daily. President Obama is rushing to assign responsibility, which BP CEO Tony Hayward readily accepted before shifting the blame to the drilling contractor. The left-wing is trying to contain damage to the environment as the right-wing does the same with its political agenda. But, for all the commotion, precious few......read more

SHFT Sampler 7-28-10

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Your weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

A wind power mega-project -- the largest in the country -- breaks ground in the Mojave Desert. The VeGZAtarian: Eater interviews Wu Tang's lyrical genius and resident raw food guru. In Fast Company, a great slideshow of EV chargers of the future may have been published just a little too soon. The small print: At a mere 220 square feet, the L41 is a subcompact home with a tiny footprint. ......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Barcade

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In Williamsburg, a trifecta of awesomeness: craft beer, classic video games, and wind power.

We know Brooklynites are getting tired of everybody invading their home, but with all the place has to offer, you can't really blame people for wanting to move there. Take Barcade for example. The Williamsburg hangout features not only a huge selection of micro brews, but also a bunch of old school arcade games to fulfill all your 8-bit desires. Not only that, but the whole joint is powered......read more

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