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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Green

    Sunlight Express

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

    01.01.09

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. On the Rock
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    On the Rock

    Katja and Adam Thom’s cabin, on an exposed postglacial archipelago in Canada’s windswept Georgian Bay, is more than eight miles from the nearest road.

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    photos by: Mark Giglio
    01.15.09

  15. The Green Lagoon
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    The Green Lagoon

    From the deck of this waterfront house, the scenery is abuzz with Northern California wildlife–but there's not a utility bill in sight.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Matthew Millman
    01.21.09

  16. A Striking Bohemian Geothermal Home
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    A Striking Bohemian Geothermal Home

    Taking a calculated turn from tradition, two Czech architects designed a modern rendition of a classic Bohemian home, powered by solar panels and a geothermal heat pump that draws energy from the...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Andrea Lhotakova
    01.21.09

  17. London Cooling
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    London Cooling

    The Lighthouse, by British architects Sheppard Robson, seeks to redefine the future of residential energy by plugging into the sky itself.

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    01.22.09

  18. Straw Tech
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    Straw Tech

    When Anders Stokholm asked his old friend Felix Jerusalem to design his family’s new home in Eschenz, a northern Swiss village on the Rhine River and Untersee Lake, the client and architect agreed...

    written by: Emily Gertz
    01.22.09

  19. Solid Gold
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    Solid Gold

    When it comes to material originality, this former tavern in Chicago’s trendy Bucktown neighborhood pulls out all the stops. Case in point? Colorful pieces of broken LPs are visible in the...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    01.23.09

  20. Green Beret
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    Green Beret

    Were “EcoHat” to come up in passing,you would most likely think of something chunky, organic, and woolen–—perhaps a beanie with earflaps to keep you toasty while chained to a logger’s truck. But in...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    01.25.09

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