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Swaddle Baby’s Bottom with Jellyfish!

Based on research from Tel Aviv University on the super-absorbancy of jellyfish flesh, the Israeli nanotechnology company Cine’al Ltd. is developing a diaper that’s more absorbent and decomposes in just 30 days. And by the way, this new green product is made of jellyfish.

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More Utilities Are Shifting to Renewable Energy

“Renewables — including wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, waste heat and small-scale hydroelectric — accounted for a whopping 49 percent of new U.S. electric generating capacity in 2012, with new wind development outpacing even natural gas,” writes Jon Wellinghoff, partner at Stoel Rives LLP and former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in the report

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New Jersey Turns to Distributed Resources to Enhance Energy Resilience

With memories of the devastation Superstorm Sandy caused still fresh, the Christie administration launched the N.J. Energy Resilience Bank. The first of its kind in the nation, ERB was seeded with an initial $200 million in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds.

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Shrink the Solar Power Inverter and Google Will Pay You $1 Million

Need seed money for that next cool invention? Looking for that down payment for a seat on the first commercial Mars flight when it comes available? Google can help. Figure out how to shrink the power inverter used for solar and wind power conversion to the size of, say, a tablet, and Google will pay you a handy $1 million. And yes, the challenge is open to hobby techies as well as academic institutions.

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The A to Z of Unusual Renewable Energy Sources

Renewable energy sources are becoming more mainstream, which has given rise to research into more renewable sources. Outside of the more commonplace solar, tidal and wind energy sources, some uncommon ways of producing and harnessing renewable energy have been uncovered.

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Elon Musk Lays Out Future Plans for Tesla

In a recent interview with AutoExpress magazine, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s future plans, which include a lower-priced Model 3 and upgrades to the original Roadster.

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California City Blocks New Power Plant, Cites Climate Change

Environmentalists have won an unusual victory in the city of Oxnard, Calif. With emotions running high, the city council placed a moratorium on construction of a new power plant that is supposed to replace the behemoth on the city’s shoreline. The city’s reasons for not updating the existing facility was climate change, which is due to raise ocean levels at least 4 feet. NRG meanwhile isn’t listening.

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No Tesla Charging Stations? Chinese Business Man Builds His Own

Zong needed a way to get his new Tesla home from the dealership; his idea evolved to a “demonstration of the power of Internet-based organizing and a grassroots alternative to government-backed charging-facility projects,” the Caixin report says.

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Smartphones Are Everywhere … But Where Are the Standards?

Eco labels, certifications and industry standards such as UL Environment’s UL 110 are integral to minimizing the environmental impacts of CE devices throughout their life cycles and assuring human and environmental health and safety.

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New Carbon Capture Plant Will Use Coal Exhaust to Get Oil From the Ground

This week, NRG announced the Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture power generation plant. This commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) system will utilize existing technology to capture 90 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the processed flue gas from an existing coal plant in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston. Construction on the project has already begun.