• Jaw-dropping map shows the population of trees in US

    Posted in Featured, Other Stuff on October 31, 2014

    usa-tree-populationWe’ve seen maps and satellite pictures of countries before. None of them have fascinated and left us as awestruck as this one though. Created by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of Woods Hole Research Center in conjunction with the U. S. Geological Survey Science Center‘s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and the US Forest Service, this map literally shows the density of greenery in the United States. Simply put, the map tells you which places in the country have more trees and which don’t!

  • Ford draws up plans to go electric and beat Tesla at its game

    Posted in Transport on October 31, 2014

    ford-electric-carIt seems like everyone’s taken a sudden interest in giving Tesla a run for its money. Very recently, American carmaker Ford announced its intention to develop a car that’s fit enough to rival the Tesla Model S. The company plans to develop a car with a range of 265 miles that’ll give folks around the world the opportunity to stick to the Ford brand, without simultaneously choking the environment with exhaust fumes.

    German auto manufacturers are now looking forward to build cars like Tesla’s Model S!

    Posted in Transport on October 31, 2014

    porsche-panameraAfter the tremendous success of Tesla’s Model S electric car, nearly every big manufacturer around has begun day dreaming about developing a car along similar lines. Now while Tesla did manage to break through every barrier and develop a car that’ll go down in history as the first of its kind that was truly road-worth and practical, companies like Porsche and Mercedes too have begun drawing up plans for similar electric cars. The Germans are promising electric cars with ranges touching 250 miles!

    Xeros develops a washing machine that uses cleaning beads instead of water

    Posted in Other Stuff on October 27, 2014

    Bill Westwater, CEO at Xeros washing machinesWashing machines aren’t the most eco-friendly way of getting a load of laundry cleaned, given the fact that most of these, particularly the older models, use and waste a substantial amount of water. Keeping water-conservation in mind, Sheffield-based Xeros has come up with an innovative solution to washing clothes in an eco-friendly way! The company has developed a washing system that uses thousands of tiny nylon beads to clean clothes, in turn cutting down water and electricity requirements tremendously.

    Cleveland-based company powers up the Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala with organic waste

    Posted in Biofuels on October 27, 2014

    chevroletHaven’t we always dreamed of living in a utopia where sewage could literally be used to power our transport systems? Well, we might not have reached that dream completely, but the 2015 Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala is a start. The car gobbles up leftovers and waste to power up and is the next greenest way to get around since the dawn of electric vehicles. To power up the car, the Quasar Energy Group based in Cleveland uses organic waste to produce a renewable energy called Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). This is then used as a fuel for the car.

    10,000 more seed varieties added to the GCDT seed-bank in the Arctic

    Posted in Other Stuff on October 18, 2014

    seed-bankThis may seem right out of a post-apocalypse sci-fi movie, but yes, humankind does have a seed-bank containing 825,000 samples of seeds, nestled in the Arctic. This seed-bank will help provide a backup to the network of seed banks around the world in case of war, natural disasters or alien invasions. Currently, about 10,000 new varieties of crops from around the world are being added to the seed-bank, which now represents 13,000 years of agricultural history!

    Eco-friendly Transfercar service offers free rental car rides

    Posted in Transport on October 18, 2014

    transfercarOne of the biggest hurdles car rental companies face these days is bringing their cars back home. Rental cars aren’t always dropped off at places of a company’s choosing and these services then need to have their rides transferred home when used. Instead, the Transfercar service now enables car relocation services in a less-expensive and more practical way! The service offers free rental cars from one location to another, in turn helping rental car companies transfer vehicles!

    Qatar prepares to ditch cars for a ‘more comfortable’ mass-transit system

    Posted in Transport on October 18, 2014

    public-transit-system-1Oil isn’t particularly considered to be a luxury in Qatar, owing to which, citizens aren’t really taken by surprise every time they need to pay a measly sum of about a dollar for a gallon of gas. This is also why, the people of Qatar don’t think twice before jumping behind the wheel of a car as often as possible. However, things could change for Qataris as authorities are looking for a greener mode of transport for the population. To begin with, the city of Doha will welcome home a swanky new Metro Network that will include 100 new train stations!

    The BESV Panther PS1 is the world’s lightest commuter electric bike

    Posted in Transport on October 17, 2014

    besv-panther-ps1-electric-bike--1Driving a car to travel short distances in an urban environment isn’t the best idea, particularly if you’re looking to breathe in unpolluted air. One of the best replacements to chunky gas-guzzling cars is an electric bicycle, particularly because of the fact that it enables green transport while helping you stay fit. Recently, we spotted the BESV Panther PS1 pedal-assisted electric bicycle, a carbon fiber bike that is also the winner of the 2014 Good Design Award.

    Identify oil pollutants with the DIY Homebrew Oil Testing Kit by Public Lab

    Posted in Other Stuff on October 17, 2014

    homebrew-oil-testing-kitLet’s face it, pollution is rampant. No matter how hard we try to escape from the deathly grip of these man-made hazards, pollutants somehow manage to wind up in our day to day life! To help the wary stay away from hazardous pollutants, the Public Lab recently unveiled this DIY kit called the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit that enables users to keep away from oil pollution. The kit recognizes the types of oil pollution and is also capable of determining sources.

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