Wind energy: On the grid, off the checkerboard

As wind farms grow in importance across the globe as sources of clean, renewable energy, one key consideration in their construction is their physical design -- spacing and orienting individual turbines to maximize their efficiency and minimize any "wake effects," where the swooping blades of one reduces the energy in the wind available for the following turbine.

Honda house goes off grid, smartly

Slightly more than a year after the March 11, 2011, Fukushima disaster, Honda unveiled a demonstration home in Saitama, Japan. 

UCSD genomics research goes off grid

A new, "ultra-green" genomics research center is taking shape at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).