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  1. New Honda Hybrid
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    New Honda Hybrid

    The 2010 car model year (which starts in calendar year 2009) promises to be an exciting one, with the debut of a revamped Toyota Prius, and Honda's long-awaited entry into the stand-alone hybrid...

    written by: David A. Greene
    09.16.08

  2. California Academy of Sciences Preview
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    California Academy of Sciences Preview

    The grand opening of the new California Academy of Sciences, one of the year’s most anticipated events, is taking place this weekend. To help you make it through the last few days until the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.23.08

  3. Wattson and Holmes Make Monitoring Home Energy Use Elementary
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    Wattson and Holmes Make Monitoring Home Energy Use Elementary

    U.K. design firm DIY Kyoto recently announced the launch of cheaper version of its Wattson, an ingenious little device that not only makes monitoring home electricity use a breeze, but even turns...

    written by: Bryan Gardiner
    09.24.08

  4. The Slingbox Goes HD, Finally
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    The Slingbox Goes HD, Finally

    The original Slingbox was one of those rare devices that did one thing, and did it exceptionally well: move your favorite television shows to your cellphone, PC or laptop. Now, after a lengthy wait...

    written by: Bryan Gardiner
    09.27.08

  5. Dashboard Confessional
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    Dashboard Confessional

    A major obstacle to reducing our energy consumption continues to be our general unawareness of just how much we are using. Most people have no idea exactly how much a shorter shower or a lowered...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.01.08

  6. 125 HDTV Super Review
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    125 HDTV Super Review

    Economic meltdown aside, if you’re still thinking about plunking down some hard-earned cash on a new HDTV this holiday season, you’d do well to check out HD Guru’s colossal review...

    written by: Bryan Gardiner
    10.02.08

  7. The Energy Seed
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    The Energy Seed

    Because I have been told time and again that disposing of batteries in the garbage is a terribly destructive thing to do, I generally collect my spent batteries in an old container in my house. My...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.19.08

  8. Referendum on High Speed Rail
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    Referendum on High Speed Rail

    In these tumultuous economic times, California voters will soon have a chance to drop a cool $9.95 billion on a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.28.08

  9. New Product: EasyBloom Plant Sensor
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    New Product: EasyBloom Plant Sensor

    Although we're headed into the chill of winter, it's not too soon to start planning for planting when spring showers arrive. If you worry that the garden of your dreams exceeds the limitations of...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    11.01.08

  10. TH!NK OX
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    TH!NK OX

    The Th!nk Ox is a five-seat concept car introduced last spring at the Geneva Auto Show. According to Th!nk, the Ox will have a range of about 125 miles on a full battery charge, and a top speed of...

    written by: David A. Greene
    11.10.08

  11. The Grass Phone
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    The Grass Phone

    Korea is a known hub for high-tech design, and it's increasingly a hotspot for innovation among young designers learning their trade in a gadget-loving place.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.17.08

  12. Design 101

    101 Alternative Energy: On-Demand Hot Water

    We don’t keep a kettle boiling on the stove all day for the one moment when we want tea, so why do we keep water heated around the clock when all we need it for is a shower or a load of laundry?

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  13. Green

    Sunlight Express

    Americans expend as much energy on transportation as they do on powering their homes.

    01.01.09

  14. The Yard Zone

    The Yard Zone

    The space outside your walls should be as thoughtfully considered as the space within. Aside from contributing to pleasant, functioning outdoor space, well-placed landscaping can protect your house...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  15. How To

    The Trabecula Bench: Drawing

    Kyttänen’s designs travel straight from his imagination to the computer. “Hardly anything happens on paper anymore,” he says, “because most of the files are so complex that it’s practically...

    01.01.09

  16. The Trabecula Bench: Sintering
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    The Trabecula Bench: Sintering

    “Sintering” is not an everyday word for most people—it means using laser energy to melt and fuse particles. It’s traditionally applied to metal, but nowadays it works very well on certain varieties...

    01.01.09

  17. Vampire Power
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    Vampire Power

    Probably the most evocative term among the otherwise technocratic energy vocabulary, vampire power is the continuous current that appliances and electronics draw from an outlet even when turned off.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  18. Design 101

    Energy Retrofit: The Now House Project

    It may be simpler to build a zero-energy home from scratch than to retrofit an existing structure, but buildings constructed in the 20th century are generally the most in need of upgrades for...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  19. Design 101

    Residential Wind

    When we think of alternative energy at home, our minds leap straight to solar panels, the most obvious symbol of a site-generated grid-free power source.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  20. The Wayback Machine: Your Solar House
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    The Wayback Machine: Your Solar House

    Before the word "solar" evoked images of flat PV panels stuck on rooftops, many architects already had a mind to use the sun to maximum advantage in their designs. I recently discovered a...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.15.09

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