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Green tech finds (1/29/10)

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A bit of a weird, carnivorous motif running through this week’s green tech finds… check out the fly-eating clock, and nuclear wasted-eating material modeled on Venus fly traps…

  • How green is the iPad? Apple has the spotlight this week with the launch of its new tablet computer. MNN and The Daily Green take a look at its green features.

  • The Fly-Catching Clock: If common items like clocks and coffee tables could also catch pest (from flies to mice), and digest them into biofuel, would you find that revolutionary… or gross? British designers Jimmy Loizeau and James Auger created some designs along these lines to get people thinking about “using living things as fuel.”

  • Solar to the rescue in Haiti: We’ve mentioned  one use of solar technology to help out in post-quake Haiti; MSNBC’s Cosmic Log has found quite a few more. (via EcoGeek)

  • Eco-bling: That’s what the U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering calls solar panels and/or wind turbines on homes that aren’t well-insulated or otherwise energy-efficient. (via Cleantechies)

  • Is the Venus flytrap the answer to nuclear waste? Not really, but scientist are using the creepy plant as inspiration for materials that could deal with these wastes more efficiently. (via Treehugger)

  • Those solar cells are smokin’!: Add a genetically engineered virus to tobacco plants, and get a solar cell? Scientists at UC-Berkeley are playing with just that concept. (via Green Living Ideas)

  • The 214 mpg motorcycle: Efficiency junkie Allen Jacobs claims that’s the kind of mileage he gets on his modified Honda. (via Gas 2.0)

Got another good story (it doesn’t have to involved figurative or literal ingestion)? Let us know about it…

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