California replaces Black Friday with #GreenFriday, offers free state parks entry

The Friday after Thanksgiving has become a holiday unto itself, an entire day dedicated as a living, breathing, money-spening shrine to consumerism. Since the 1930’s, “Black Friday” has marked the official beginning of the Christmas/December holiday shopping season, with shoppers lined up (or camped out) hours before stores open to take advantage of slashed prices…

Elon Musk is building a wifi hotspot that will cover the entire planet

Internet access is a quintessential part of modern existence. Millennials will search far and wide for a suitable connection (to browse the web, send an iMessage, or post on Instagram). But unfortunately there are still huge swaths of the world without online capabilities. So in an equal opportunities initiative Elon Musk plans to enshroud the entire planet with high-speed…

This $5 solar lamp replaces the fumes and fire risk of Kerosene Lanterns

Dangerous and unhealthy, kerosene lamps are a necessary evil in parts of the developing world that are off the grid. But solar lamps can help. 01/04 <p>The SolarAid lamp comes from the U.K.-based organization of the same name.</p> </figcaption> » data-slick-index= »0″> 02/04 <p>The lamp was designed for SolarAid by Chinese solar-panel maker Yingli Solar, and is…

Google invests millions in canadian artificial intelligence institute

MONTREAL — Artificial intelligence, once relegated to the realm of science fiction, is now found in everything from translation services to virtual assistants to video games. And as companies race to develop self-driving cars and offer increasingly personalized online experiences, they’re building on research that was largely pioneered by a group of Canadian researchers who…

47 of the world’s poorest countries pledge to generate energy with 100% renewables

In an inspiring initiative to fight global warming and climate change, 47 of the world’s most economically disadvantaged nations have pledged to use only renewable energy in the future. The united pledges are members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), and they include Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Haiti, to name a few. At the United Nations climate conference…