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Another hub for affordable green homes: Corning, Iowa

Article: Another hub for affordable green homes: Corning, Iowa

If cost is no object, you probably look to the coasts for the latest in green building design. But when affordability is figured into the equation, the Midwest seems to be leading the pack: from Greensburg, Kansas to Reynolds, Indiana, the region’s turning into a laboratory of green building experimentation designed for the rest of us.

NextGen Fashion: Solar Purse That Charges a Cell Phone

Article: NextGen Fashion: Solar Purse That Charges a Cell Phone

AMES, Iowa, August 19, 2008 (ENS) – Joe Hynek has created a solar purse and a solar necktie that the wearer can use to charge a cell phone or an iPod. The PhD student in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University created the solar tie by imbedding thin-film photovoltaic cells in the fabric. He says…

Garbage + Nanotech + Gasification = Ethanol

Article: Garbage + Nanotech + Gasification = Ethanol

AMES, Iowa, August 20, 2008 (ENS) – A method of making potentially cheap ethanol fuel out of garbage and other waste materials by deploying a combination of modern and old technologies is under development by government and university researchers. The process involves the use of nanotechnology and gasification to convert carbon-based materials into a product…

Farm Animal Industry Must Change, Says Pew Commission

Article: Farm Animal Industry Must Change, Says Pew Commission

WASHINGTON, DC, April 29, 2008 (ENS) – Animal agriculture has experienced “warp speed” growth over the last 50 years, due to cheap feed, water and energy. This has enabled Americans to eat more meat per person than any other society on the planet, but the industry will have to change as these resources become less…

Farmers' Efforts to Protect Iowa Water Succeeding

Article: Farmers' Efforts to Protect Iowa Water Succeeding

AMES, Iowa, December 10, 2007 (ENS) – Seven major conservation practices used on Iowa farms are estimated to remove 11 to 38 percent of the total nitrogen that otherwise would be present in 13 large watersheds that cover most of the state, according to a new report by researchers at Iowa State University’s Center for…