Pine Cones Inspire Energy-Saving Shades

Pine Cones Inspire Energy-Saving Shades

Engineers have turned to pine cones as inspiration for a new way to reduce the energy used by buildings. By mimicking the way these woody fruits open in response to humidity, the researchers have made shades that can open and close without using any electricity....
High-efficiency Window Coating From Beer Waste

High-efficiency Window Coating From Beer Waste

Researchers have put beer waste to good use, concocting a super-insulating, transparent gel from it that could be plastered on windows to make buildings more energy efficient.  Windows are a big part of a building’s energy waste. According to the Department of Energy,...