Breakthrough: Synthetic Meat Made From Stem Cells

Last year, scientists created the world's first lab-grown burger — and by all accounts it didn't taste half bad. Sadly, the cost of a single patty ran upwards of $385,000. Now, European researchers have developed a small-scale manufacturing technique for synthetic meat that could eventually prove revolutionary. » 5/20/14 9:30am 5/20/14 9:30am

A first: An electric car has been awarded Motor Trend’s top prize

If anyone ever doubted that electric cars were the future, those concerns can now officially be laid to rest. Tesla's luxury Sedan, the Model S, has just captured one of the auto industry's most prestigious awards by taking home Motor Trend's Car of the Year honors for 2013. It marks the first time that an electric… » 11/14/12 1:00pm 11/14/12 1:00pm

World's first commercial vertical farm opens in Singapore

The prospect of growing crops in vertical farms directly inside of cities has been on the collective wish-list of environmentalists, sustainable developers, and futurists for quite some time now. And now it looks like it's finally starting to happen. Land-strapped Singapore has opened its first vertical farm — an… » 10/25/12 2:40pm 10/25/12 2:40pm

Will food shortages force us to become vegetarians?

A new report from the Stockholm International Water Institute is warning that a pending food crisis may force the world's population to adopt a vegetarian diet over the course of the next 40 years. Because livestock require disportionately high rates of water, and given that 9 billion people will need to be fed by… » 8/27/12 10:30am 8/27/12 10:30am

How soon can we use the oceans to quench the world's thirst?

Which each passing year, the world gets thirstier. As the human population continues to grow, and becomes more urbanized, our sources of drinkable water get pushed to their limits. The solution? Desalination — the process of removing salt from ocean water. But given the tremendous costs and energy requirements of… » 8/24/12 11:30am 8/24/12 11:30am

Bricks made of bacteria could build a more sustainable world

You're looking at a "biomanufactured brick," the creation of American architecture professor Ginger Krieg Dosier. The brick, which is made by mixing sand with a non-toxic bacteria, requires no heat for the hardening process, and could bring this staple of basic architecture to areas of the world lacking modern… » 6/13/11 3:45pm 6/13/11 3:45pm