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Bizarre to Best: Sixteen People-Powered Gadgets & Vehicles

Photo by Dano via Flickr
Photo by Dano via Flickr

Contemplating the simplicity of antique drills and hand-cranked turntables, we can gain inspiration for powering our everyday lives from old-world inventions spurred by the desire for efficiency. Today, many companies are exploring human-powered options for common devices. And while people-powered home heating and cooling is likely a long way off, many other simple daily tasks can be energized with a little human exertion.

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10 Unbelievable Eco Technologies and Green Gadgets

solar powered pedal boat

From luminescent fiber-optic wallpaper to wood-powered hot tubs, kinetic iPods and cardboard bridges, green technology and sustainable innovation continue to amaze and impress us all.  Here’s a look at our top 10 eco inventions:

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Sun Power: Jet Fuel for the 21st Century?

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By Irargerich via Flickr

Airplanes and jets have become part of everyday life since the first flight more than a century ago.  Solar aviation, on the other hand, is finally nearing perfection after decades of exploration.  The first functional solar cells were introduced in 1954 – 2 decades later, in 1974, the first solar powered airplane made its virgin flight.  The small-scale model was the first of many attempts to power aircraft with the sun…

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Top 10 Eco Innovations of the 20th Century

We’ve come a long way with green technology over the past century but not every eco innovation from the past is worth forgetting…

This clunker will go further on just a gallon of gas than many cars can travel on an entire tank!
This clunker will go further on just a gallon of gas than many cars can travel on an entire tank!

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18 Free Green Ebooks Worth Reading

Photo by Lori Greig
Photo by Lori Greig

Whether you like to read, enjoy learning new things, or just need a good resource to make your life a little greener – check out these free eco ebooks and satisfy your literary cravings:

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Futuristic Green Transit: 10 Vehicles for 2010

Want to green your ride, but can’t afford a Tesla? That’s okay… there are plenty of cool (if not quite so flashy) new transportation options coming down the pike that will cost you less than $100,000. Some of ‘em you can even build yourself.

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The Search for Automotive Independence and Sustainable Transport

Automobiles have become an integral part of life over the past century. Unfortunately, the idea of sustainable transport wasn’t considered until more recently. Limited performance models powered by hydro motors and those operating on electricity were quickly forsaken for the power and convenience of gasoline and diesel engines.

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