• U.S. government offers $1 million for a better Ebola-proof HAZMAT suit design

    Posted in Other Stuff on October 17, 2014

    ebola-hazmat-suit-designThe Ebola outbreak isn’t something the world can ignore anymore. Given the fact that more and more people are being affected by this, particularly health workers who’ve been helping patients, there is an urgent need to cut short the spread of the virus. With the help of the USAID, the CDC, and the U.S. Department of Defense, the White House is now offering a $1 million award to anyone who can design an Ebola-proof HAZMAT suit that’ll keep its wearer safe.

  • Eco Friendly Flood Prevention for Flood Prone Areas: Is It Possible?

    Posted in Other Stuff on October 9, 2014

    floodFloods are a damaging thing to lives and to property. However, the bad reputation that dams have with stream and fish health has had many areas re-thinking their flood control strategies. Preventing water damage in flood-prone areas is possible in a number of eco-friendly ways. This can be done both in a natural way with plants and landscaping choices, as well as, with different building choices in more urban or residential areas. Much of the trick of this is water control.

    Berkshire now plays home to UK’s first floating solar power farm!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on October 6, 2014

    floating-solar-planet-ciel-terreThe sun shines quite brightly during those moments when the overcast sky finally decides to skip out on long coffee breaks. Keeping this in mind, farm owner, Mark Bennett, joined hands with solar company Ciel et Terre to create a floating solar farm that plays home to 800 photovoltaic panels with a capacity of 200kW. The floating solar farm is located in Berkshire and uses Ciel et Terre’s modular Hydrelio system. Speaking to NCE, Bennett said, “We are speaking to big utility companies, to agricultural companies – anyone with an unused body of water. The potential is remarkable.”

    Tesla unveils its first supercharger in UK, at the Edinburgh Airport

    Posted in Other Stuff on October 6, 2014

    tesla-superchargerTesla Model S owners driving to and from the Edinburgh Airport, in Scotland, now have one less worry to give them sleepless nights. Tesla has just unveiled its swanky new supercharger station that will offer free green juice to Model S owners. The two-bay charging facility will be available round the clock and will charge up a Model S’s battery halfway with just a 20-minute hookup.

    Boundary Dam project is the world’s first clean coal-fired power plant

    Posted in Alternative Energy on October 6, 2014

    Boundary-Dam-for-webJust when we’d thought ‘clean coal’ was a paradox penned by a cheeky copywriter, Boundary Dam project encouraged us to look closer at what a phrase like this could actually mean! Located in Saskatchewan, this is the world’s first commercial coal-fired power plant that captures its carbon dioxide emissions! By doing this, the project aims to capture and sell around 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, annually.

    Volkswagen uses a Ducati motorcycle engine inside the ‘most fuel-efficient production car’

    Posted in Transport on October 6, 2014

    vw-xl-sport-ducati-supperleggera-1Volkswagen hasn’t stopped dreaming about unleashing the most fuel-efficient production car known to mankind. To fuel its dreams, the automaker recently revisited the XL1 by popping inside a two-cylinder engine, basically a Ducati Superleggera V-Twin unit! Sporting a new chassis based on motorsports, titanium and magnesium-alloy components and lots of futuristic upgrades, the car produces 197 hp to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and touching an ultimate top speed of 270 km/h. The new car is called the XL Sport!

    What’s the Future for Scotland’s Planned Wind Farm Rollout?

    Posted in Alternative Energy on September 27, 2014

    scotland-wind-farmAlex Salmond’s SNP may have lost the independence referendum, but the drive remains to put the country on the path of becoming the “Saudi Arabia of renewables”. There has been much talk about the impact Mr. Salmond’s seeming infatuation with wind farms will have on the Scottish public. So the question is: what does the future hold for wind energy in Scotland?

    Finnair to use cooking oil to power its flights to New York

    Posted in Alternative Energy on September 26, 2014

    finnair-airplaneThere’s something good cooking at Finnair! Very recently, this Finnish airline announced flights from Helsinki to New York powered by an environmentally sustainable biofuel. Simply put, Finnair plans to fly planes using cooking oil. To do so, the airliner will use biofuel by SkyNRG Nordic, a joint venture between SkyNRG and Statoil Aviation. This biofuel is manufactured from cooking oil recycled from restaurants and will work as a better alternative to conventional jet fuel.

    Bohemian Guitars – Revolutionary environment-hugging guitars made from recycled oil cans

    Posted in Recycle on September 26, 2014

    oil-can-guitar-bohemian-guitarsMusic is self-expression at its best. That said, there’s no better way to express your love for the environment than strumming on a guitar made from recycled products! Two brilliant conceptualizers, Adam and Shaun Lee, came up with Bohemian Guitars, a startup that transforms waste oil cans into electric guitars. Having grown up in Johannesburg, the duo was inspired by the resourcefulness of residents in South African townships and aren’t strangers to repurposing waste materials into playable instruments.

    Robb Godshaw’s human hamster wheel gives office workers a nice long walk indoors

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 20, 2014

    desk-treadmill-1What does a sedentary lifestyle do to you? It turns you into a lethargic coffee-overdosing pot-bellied exhausted individual who barely uses his/her legs for anything more than walking down to the deli to stock up on meat. To keep the lethargy at bay at work-spaces, industrial designer Robb Godshaw has unveiled this piece of furniture described as “health-promoting piece of work furniture.”

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