Hark! iPhone Speakers with Amazing Sound Made from Broken Trumpets

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For electricity-free speakers, this design might be the most interesting. Artist and maker Christopher Locke used old broken trumpets and a few spare machine parts to build a sculpture that serves as both decoration and functional speakers for your iPhone or iPod. Check out the video and listen to the incredible difference this broken trumpet makes in the sound of the music.

Using Computers and Sensors to Curb Electricity Use in Buildings

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To reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings, computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have come up with a way to use real-time occupancy sensors and computer algorithms to create ‘smart’ heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. Based on early test results, the software- and sensor-based solution produced electrical energy savings of between 9.54 and 15.73 percent on their test deployment on one floor of a 5-floor campus building.

Invasive Mussels Causing Massive Ecological Changes in Great Lakes

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The ongoing spread of non-native mussels in the Great Lakes has caused “massive, ecosystem-wide changes” throughout lakes Michigan and Huron, two of the planet’s largest freshwater lakes, according to a new University of Michigan-led study.

USPS unveils Go Green Forever Stamps

The Postal Service is doing its part to “Go Green” by providing you with eco-friendly mailing materials and stamps.

As part of their Go Green commitment, they’ve designed a series of 16 Forever stamps showing what each of us can do to promote the health of our environment.

Bloomberg and Clinton to Merge Climate Groups

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s C40 coalition and the Clinton Climate Initiative, part of the former president’s philanthropic foundation, join environmental forces.