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The UK Now Has Poop-Powered Buses

America has the Tesla electric car, Britain has… a poop bus. Bristol Airport now has a bus that will shuttle people to Bath city centre, powered solely by human and food waste.


Robots Pretending To Be Humans Lived In These Houses For Six Years

The inhabitants of three houses on a street in Knoxville, Tennessee, would have seemed perfectly average from the outside. Every morning, the showers came on. Every night, the lights and the TV. But there were never any humans living here — only robots pretending to act them.


Oh, Hey, IKEA Bought Another Giant Wind Farm

Back in March, we learnt that IKEA had purchased a wind farm big enough to power all its US stores. Well, that was small potatoes. Today the company announced its largest investment in renewables ever: the acquisition of a much larger wind farm in Texas.


Your Smartphone Could One Day Be Powered By Jet Fuel

Battery life on modern gadgets sucks — so why not power your mobile devices with something a little more potent like, err, jet fuel? That’s the idea of researchers from the University of Utah, who think that fuel cells could efficiently be made to run using the same fuel as fighter jets.


The World's First Solar Road Is A Bike Path In The Netherlands

There are only so many roofs in the world, so the Dutch are getting creative about where to put their solar panels. SolaRoad is exactly what it sounds like — solar panels that pull double duty as road surface and electricity generator. And this being the Netherlands, they of course made a solar road for bikes.


Explore The Deck Of The Largest Floating Object Ever Created

No one knows quite what to call the Prelude, the floating behemoth that Shell engineered to extract natural gas from below the ocean floor and liquefy it for use. It’s hard to describe Prelude because it’s so much bigger than any other floating structure humans have ever built — which is also what makes it difficult to photograph.


This Handsome Brick Facade Is Insulation That Snaps On Like Lego

We all like the idea of saving energy, but actually retrofitting an old house is a loud, messy and expensive headache. So the Dutch company Energiesprond has come up with a way to make houses carbon neutral with easy, snap-on insulation and solar panels. It doesn’t hurt that houses come out looking quite handsome too.


Study: Solar Energy Will Be As Cheap As Fossil Fuel Energy By 2016

A new study on solar energy from Deutsche Bank bears very good news. Thanks to technology and innovation, solar energy will be just as cheap as energy from fossil fuels by 2016. That’s basically tomorrow, and it’s awesome.


Satellite Dishes Can Turn Toxic Waste From Fracking Into Clean Water

In the past few years, earthquakes in Oklahoma have been on the mysterious rise — the state has had more earthquakes than even California. Why? One big fat finger has been pointed at fracking, in which toxic wastewater is injected into wells that can leak and lubricate faults. We clearly need a better solution for this wastewater, and that solution may involve satellite dishes.


Report: Solar Is Way Worse Than Other Renewables

Solar is an established — and constantly improving — form of renewable power. But according to a new report by the European Union its economic impact is incredibly costly, and far worse than wind and even hydroelectric power.


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