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Electric vehicles run quietly enough that pedestrians may not hear them approaching. To increase safety, Ford Motor Company is testing various sounds for its vehicles to make. Listen to the...
14 | August 9, 2011 8:49am
The Turanor PlanetSolar is the first boat to travel the world using only solar power. It's covered in over 500 square meters of solar panels, which connect to one of the two electric motors in...
3 | August 3, 2011 2:18pm
Should your next car be all electric? Or how about a plug-in hybrid instead? Virtual Vehicle Company Chief Scientist Laura Schewel has developed a mobile app that might make your decision easier....
4 | July 25, 2011 8:31am
Do you prefer chicken or beef? Do you carpool or drive alone to work? "Our choices lead to emissions of greenhouse gases." says Chris Jones, a researcher with UC Berkeley's Renewable and...
12 | July 19, 2011 8:02am
Researchers at MIT have developed a way to "print" solar cells on paper and fabric. The process takes place in a vacuum chamber and is similar what's used to make potato chip bags. The solar cells...
5 | July 14, 2011 10:57am
San Francisco start-up Fenix International has developed the ReadySet, a lead-acid based battery, housed in a safe, leak-resistant plastic casing that has plug-in adapters on the exterior shell....
11 | June 29, 2011 8:41am
Heavy metal thunder? Maybe not. But clean and “green” for sure. Zero Motorcycles, a start-up in Scotts Valley, Calif., is steering motorcycle technology in a different direction by going...
13 | June 19, 2011 4:51pm
Solar-powered automobiles, self-driving vehicles, will these be the cars of tomorrow? Sven Beiker heads up Stanford's Automotive Research Center, where students are designing and building their...
7 | April 26, 2011 8:53am
Painful prices at the pump are forcing many drivers to rethink their current means of transportation. One option? Hybrids - but they often cost a few thousand dollars more than traditional fuel...
38 | April 22, 2011 10:42am
A big criticism leveled on LED lights is they don't match the color and quality of an incandescent light bulb. Start-up Intematix has developed a set of technologies that it believes improves LED...
10 | April 18, 2011 4:27pm
Sonoma, Calif., homeowner Catherine O'Neill decided last year to "green" her home, so she called on Rick Milburn, owner of Solar Knights Construction, to look at Passive House--a sustainable...
7 | March 28, 2011 3:58pm
Looking for ways to cut down on your water usage? Homeowners Steve and Linda Parker have installed a rainwater catchment system that allows them to collect rainwater to recycle in their California...
15 | February 28, 2011 4:10pm
Students from Stanford and Finland's Aalto University have developed a prototype laptop that can be disassembled in less than three minutes without the use of any tools. Once it's taken apart, the...
14 | February 14, 2011 2:29pm
Electric vehicles are finally starting to rollout, but analysts say it could be a bumpy ride. Greentech Media editor-in-chief Michael Kanellos talks about the challenges facing electric vehicles...
10 | January 31, 2011 1:57pm
With air travel and hotel stays, business trips can be taxing on the environment. There are ways to conserve, though. SmartPlanet correspondent Sumi Das shows you some travel products that have an...
4 | December 1, 2010 2:28pm