Green tech finds: the energy from the sea edition

Article: Green tech finds: the energy from the sea edition

Electricity from lobsters? Kelp as a model for renewable energy generation? Yep, we’ve got those stories, and more, in this week’s green tech finds.

Wearing used coffee pods: Single-use coffee machines are convenient, but you end up with all of those used pods you have to throw away, right? Designer Rachel Rodwell saw potential in those pods, and her Podtex concept uses them as materials for clothing and jewelry. See how she transforms them in the video above. (via Do the Green Thing)

Best of Kickstarter, 10/17

Article: Best of Kickstarter, 10/17

We scoured the pages of Kickstarter to bring you this week’s best projects. Have a great Kickstarter project of your own or see one you think deserves some extra attention? Let us know about it the comments and we may just feature it in our weekly roundup.


Last Bohemia: Those who saw last year’s documentary on New York Times style photographer Bill Cunningham will remember the artist community living in lofts on top of Carnegie Hall, all of whom were evicted (Cunningham included) by the end of the film. A new documentary, LAST BOHEMIA, directed by Josef Astor – himself a former tenant of the Carnegie lofts – aims to document the community of actors, artists, dancers and musicians that were forced from their homes.

Martian sunset

Article: Martian sunset

The still plugging away Mars Exploration Rover recorded this brilliant footage of a sunset from the viewpoint of a Martian. It seems like the loneliest view in the galaxy. And if you’re wondering why it’s so blue (as opposed to our Earth’s red-orange-ish sunsets) here’s your answer: The red dust in the atmosphere scatters red…

Mars attack

Article: Mars attack

MARS! from Joe Bichard and Jack Cunningham on Vimeo. Stephen Hawking set the blogosphere talking recently with his advice that instead of seeking contact, us Earthlings should do our best to avoid attracting extraterrestrials because he theorizes in a new documentary, “if aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when…

The Known Universe

Article: The Known Universe

Watch this spectacular journey through the known universe created by the American Museum of Natural History with the Rubin Museum of Art, where this is being shown as part of an exhibit running through May 2010. Using data maintained by research astrophysicists, this mesmerizing video starting and expanding from the Himalayas, takes the viewer on…

What if earth had a ring?

Article: What if earth had a ring?

Roy Prol animates an answer to the the what-if question, “What if Earth had a ring?” For one, Saturn could step off its high horse with its fancy rings. Second, the earthling view of the sky would be fantastic. Incorporating a bit of real science for some level of believability, Prol shows how the rings…

Timelapse Timescapes

Article: Timelapse Timescapes

Timescapes Timelapse: Mountain Light from Tom @ Timescapes on Vimeo. Tom is back with another breathtaking time-lapse video in his landscape series Timescapes. Using high definition equipment, he’s “dedicated to pushing the artistic boundries of timelapse and outdoor cinematography, with a particular emphasis on night timelapse.” His latest was shot in California’s White Mountains and…


Article: Cory McAbee's STINGRAY SAM

Currently traveling the festival circuit is STINGRAY SAM, directed by Cory McAbee, a friend of the Sundance Channel, and narrated by David Hyde Pierce. This unique film plugs that “musical space-western” niche. The synopsis: A dangerous mission reunites STINGRAY SAM with his long lost accomplice, The Quasar Kid. Follow these two space-convicts as they earn…

Science and the city

Article: Science and the city

Brian Greene, festival co-founder and theoretical physics professor at Columbia University, with the respected Dr. Bunson Honeydew

From June 10-14, New York City will host the second annual World Science Festival, a series of programs and lectures that highlight the big questions in science and how they influenced the big questions in other fields, like philosophy, ethics, and the arts. The festival’s primary mission is “to cultivate and sustain a general public informed by the content of science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future,” a reminder that that science part of all of our lives, from the philosophical to the practical, and is worth knowing about.