Business & Technology

Cleantech

DIY printable furniture ships as information, not parts

If your modular furniture from IKEA was fashioned from wood harvested on one continent, cut and finished on another, and shipped to yet a third, that’s not exactly sustainable. That’s why design firm Filson and Rohrbacher decided to replace actual …

Cities

Wooden skyscrapers are like log cabins on steroids

When most folks think “wooden building,” they conjure up images of rustic log cabins or ye olde fashioned outhouses. Architect Michael Green wants to whittle something decidedly more modern out of wood: skyscrapers.

Cleantech

One giant, offshore wind turbine can provide power for 6,000 people

Off the coast of Belgium, truly gigantic wind turbines are going up. They're rated at 6.15 megawatts and the blades of these monsters cover the surface of two soccer fields.

Living

James Cameron descends the Mariana Trench

James Cameron is apparently missing his Titanic fame, and he’s willing to go pretty far to recapture it — like nearly seven miles straight down to the bottom of the ocean. (Hey, it worked for the ship.) Cameron is travelling …

Food

McDonald’s ditches Styrofoam … maybe

McDonald’s may be getting a little less evil … maybe … I guess … if consumers really, really want it to. The fast food behemoth recently announced plans to swap out Styrofoam cups for paper ones at 2,000 of its …

Business & Technology

Robot jellyfish will use water for fuel, spy on you

A team working out of Virginia Tech and the University of Texas at Dallas is building a robotic jellyfish that mimics the real thing. Here it is in action: The robot gets its power from hydrogen and oxygenate, which reacts …

Transportation

Human wings: The green answer to air travel

Forget subways, trains, and bikes — those are old hat compared to what we’re about to tell you. Meet the new green form of transportation: strapping on human bird wings and flying through the air with the greatest of ease.

Cities

Mayor awesome: Against all odds, L.A.’s mayor stays green

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talks about being green in uneasy economic times, biking with his buddy Lance Armstrong, and asking China to help fund his city’s new transit system.

The Change Gang: people making waves

Skate punk gets business degree to sharpen his activist chops

Erick Boustead first brewed his heady mixture of music, organizing, and online media to fund a skate park.