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Patent office extends green tech fast-tracking for another year

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced Wednesday that it is extending for another year its Green Technology Pilot Program to fast-track the evaluation of patent applications for "cleantech," including inventions related to environmental quality, energy conservation, development of renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction. The program, initiated in December 2009, will now [...]

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Celebrate Earth Day: Buy! Buy! Buy!

A casual spin last night through the pile of ads inserted inside my local Sunday newspaper made it clear to me that the best possible thing we all can do this week to honor Earth is to shop till we drop. The first screaming banner I saw was this: "Chop Your Food Bill and Protect [...]

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Will fast-tracked “green” patents yield useful new technologies or the next generation of frivolous lawsuits?

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Patent applications for so-called green technologies will be put on the approval fast track thanks to a new pilot program announced Monday by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This could mean patent approvals in a year rather than the standard 40-month wait time, giving inventors of alternative fuels, improved carbon capture [...]

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Uncharted waters: Blown fuses and other troubles send the New Clermont back to the docks as the team regroups

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Editor’s Note: A team of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students was traveling up New York’s Hudson River this week on the New Clermont, a 6.7-meter boat outfitted with a pair of 2.2-kilowatt hydrogen fuel cells to power the boat’s motors. Their journey began September 21 from Manhattan’s Pier 84 and was to cover 240 kilometers (at [...]

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Plugged In

6 things about solar PV, from one who actually knows

My friend Mark Turner just finished up his own solar PV roof installation, and like everybody else I’ve been curious about how it worked — and how it’s working out. He responded with a blog post that answers just about every simple question, so I thought I’d share it here. I hope we follow along [...]

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Plugged In

For Healthy Cities, Government and Business Need to Reverse Roles

Okay, I have to be honest with you. I love a city, and a downtown with walkways and tunnels and bus stops that tell me where my buses are via GPS and everything else, but sometimes you can just have more connectivity than you need. Remember the internet-connected toaster, that singed the weather forecast into [...]

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Mossy Drops of Water

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Mineo Mizuno is a sculptor whose fascination with water as a central part of our existence took him on a journey resulting in this stunning series of large-scale moss-covered ceramic discs. His desire to capture the nature of water – its luminous, almost spritely character – lead him to perfect the form of a flattened [...]

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The Three Little Pigs Never Thought of This Building Material

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Bricks, sticks, and hay are decidedly pedestrian building materials in comparison to a new building that just opened to the public last Thursday in Hamburg, Germany. Ambitious architects have built an apartment covered in a thin layer of living, breathing algae. The building, known as BIQ (for Bio Intelligent Quotient), meets the extremely stringent passive-house [...]

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