• 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.”

    France to play home to rent-worthy electric three-wheelers with Toyota’s upcoming project

    Posted in Transport on September 19, 2014

    toyota-i-roadThe French like doing things differently. Which is why, soon this nation full of love and champagne will begin playing home to extremely bizarre but seemingly cool three-wheeled buggies. From next month onwards, Toyota and Grenoble will give folks in France an opportunity to ride on these electric vehicles. 70 EVs like these will be up for rent for short periods of time, allowing citizens to enjoy a quick joy ride.

    NASA records warmest August globally in 2014

    Posted in Other Stuff on September 19, 2014

    climate-mapIf you’ve been wiping the sweat off your brow furiously all year long, here’s what you should know. NASA, the American agency full of geniuses who usually know more than the average human being, has stated that this August was the warmest August on record, globally! Places like Central Europe, northern Africa, parts of South America, and the western portions of North America saw temperatures higher than usual while larger areas of the oceans around the world were found to be unconventionally warm!

    Quant begins testing salt-water-powered electric supercar in Germany

    Posted in Transport on September 19, 2014

    quant-1Salt has always been an essential to the food industry, but little did we know that the automobile world would soon begin leaning on it too. A recent news report made us drop our recycled cups of coffee on our hipster chinos and we’re quite sure it’ll have the same effect on you! From what we’ve read, a company called Nanoflowcell has received official approval to test its e-Sportlimousine on the roads from German. So what’s special about this? The Quant e-Sportlimousine electric car is powered by salt water!

    Electric bus charges at bus-stops with a rapid charger

    Posted in Transport on September 9, 2014

    electric-bus-1Electric buses have always been considered as one of the cleanest ways to get people around town. However, with technology being extremely limited these days, most electric buses have been confined to fixed routes with overhead cables juicing them up. Instead, we’ve come across a concept electric bus that sports a rapid-charger, enabling the vehicle to juice up in less than a minute. This will enable the bus to charge at bus-stops while passengers board and alight!

    California will soon be the first state in US to ban plastic bags

    Posted in Other Stuff on September 9, 2014

    california-plastic-bagsPlastic bags were never a good thing. When you come to think about it, these man-made disasters have pretty much led to the destruction of a significant part of nature, thanks to the reckless disposal of them by us, humans. In a move against these lethal products, the state California has decided to ban plastic bags. Governor Jerry Brown recently stated that he will approve a ban on single-use plastic bags, making California the first American state to do so.

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