Technology

Ford to Introduce New EcoBoost Engine and Dual-Clutch Gearbox Next Year

July 22, 2009 / No Comments

The Ford EcoBoost strategy for the coming year got its own boost through an announcement made at the 2010 model year preview in Dearborn, Michigan. The next generation EcoBoost 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine will arrive in 2010. The engine upgrade will be coupled with the debut of a Powershift six-speed dual clutch gearbox. For the future, Ford is advocating the use of ...

Mint Energy Rechargeable Battery Needs No Sockets

July 15, 2009 / 2 Comments

Non-rechargeable batteries contribute to garbage and add dangerous toxins to waste making them an environmental threat. Rechargeable batteries have long been touted as safe or at least better for the environment but when you do not find a socket outdoors the entire praise falls flat. It is in these circumstances that people look for those AA and AAA 1.5volts options ...

General Electric making gadgets to cut power use in homes

July 15, 2009 / 1 Comment

In an effort to reduce electricity consumption, General Electric Company is going to combine energy-efficient lighting and energy-efficient appliances with energy management systems and renewable power generators. The systems – named ‘Net Zero Energy Home’ – involves photovoltaic cells and thin-film solar cells as well as advanced energy storage products that help save energy. General Electric said in a press release ...

Finally the US Government realizes Tesla’s Worth by Granting $465 Million

June 24, 2009 / 4 Comments

It was the Japanese who realized the worth of the Prius almost two decades back and look where they stand today in hybrid vehicle development. The US government seems to have finally realized the worth of green cars on American roads and therefore, finally the car makers have found some solace in the form of grants.

Mazda Goes Ahead with Hydrogen-gasoline Rotary Engine Hybrids

June 2, 2009 / No Comments

Though hydrogen as an alternative fuel for vehicles is more expensive compared to electricity, Mazda Motors is going ahead with its hydrogen-engine plans by delivering the first of its Premacy Hydrogen Rotary Engine Hybrids to the Iwatani Corporation. [caption id="attachment_5407" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Mazda Premacy Hydrogen Hybrid"][/caption] Premacy (the model known in the United States as Mazda5) uses the same hydrogen rotary engine ...

Could Lithium Be The New Pollutant?

May 28, 2009 / No Comments

More and more new-generation vehicles are using lithium batteries in an effort to cut down pollution levels, but could it be true that lithium batteries are as damaging to the environment as gasoline? Yes, according to some experts on energy! William Tahil, research director of Meridian International Research, an independent consultancy specializing in renewable energy, is not all that happy with lithium.

Aircrafts with Waggling Wings Can Save 20% Fuel

May 27, 2009 / 1 Comment

By waggling a wing, aircrafts could save up to 20% fuel – thus saving on costs significantly and also cutting greenhouse-gas emissions from aviation. [caption id="attachment_5287" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="An Airbus A380 on San Francisco Airport"][/caption] The surprise discovery was made by researchers at the University of Warwick in Coventry, West Midlands, England, who were “playing with” a model aircraft-wing in a wind ...

The Solar Powered 6 in 1 Robot – an Entertaining Option

May 26, 2009 / 2 Comments

[caption id="attachment_5277" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Solar Powered Robot Takes Various Shapes"][/caption] The current challenge for mankind is to seek the advantages of alternative energy. We are not quite sure whether we have reached a level where we can actually use solar energy to entertain ourselves but, if someone creates an "android" based on the same theory, we're going to hail the development ...

Super Falcon Submersible “Flies” Beneath the Water

May 18, 2009 / No Comments

In an exciting invention, a British engineer has built a high-tech, winged submersible that claims to “fly” beneath the water. Dubbed the Super Falcon Submersible (and resembling Thunderbird 4), it can reach a depth of up to 1,500 feet and move through the ocean at 6 knots – that is, about 7 miles a hour. It has a range of nearly ...

6 Million Dollar Penguins Meet Godzilla

May 5, 2009 / No Comments

[caption id="attachment_4895" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Bionic (Aqua) penguins by Festo"][/caption] I remember the 6 million dollar man and the Bionic woman, but there might be a new TV series in the making - the Bionic Penguin. Penguins are know for how snazzy they dress. Now they can be seen flying through the water. But look carefully because these are actually robots— the ...