Frog Named after Film Maker James Cameron

November 8, 2013 / No Comments

Yet another newly discovered species has been named after a celebrity. This time the lucky chap is James Cameron. Cameron’s name was given to a tiny colorful frog found only in the Aprada-tepui summit in Venezuela. The frog has been named Pristimantis jamescameroni. In the European Journal of Taxonomy, scientist Dr Philippe Kok says the name has been given in honor ...

Wind Power Is Growing in Michigan Despite Opposition

November 7, 2013 / No Comments

Michigan has been doing their part to expand the use of alternative energy sources.They are harnessing the wind to produce electricity.In fact, there is only one state that is building more wind-powered turbines, and that state, surprisingly, is oil-rich Texas. At the present time, according to United States Senator Debbie Stabenow, wind turbines provide the power needs for approximately 325,000 homes. ...

Dogs Wag Their Tails According to Their Emotions

November 7, 2013 / No Comments

Researchers seem to continuously arrive at the conclusion that dogs wagging their tail indicate what emotions they have in their minds. In 2007, a group of Italian researchers observed that when the dog wagged its tail to the left, it showed negative emotions and when it was to the right, it showed positive emotions. In another study that was released recently ...

Ten-Megawatt OTEC Power Plant is Green Energy

November 6, 2013 / No Comments

Lockheed Martin has joined forces with the Reignwood Group to build what will become the world’s largest capacity OTEC power generation plant. This is green technology at its best.  OTEC stands for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion and it uses the natural temperature differences in the ocean to generate electricity. OTEC power plants have been built before, but never at this large ...

Rainchutes: Repurposed Parachutes as Water Harvesters

November 6, 2013 / No Comments

Rainchutes, an innovative project from PITCHAfrica is an initiative that repurposes old parachutes to harvest rainwater in order to collect drinking water in semi-arid areas with occasional rainfall. These areas are the ones in which roofs of thatch and mud is not a feasible option for rainwater catchment systems. The project is being carried out in collaboration with ATOPIAResearch. It offers ...

One Solution for Reducing Elephant Poaching In Tanzania

November 4, 2013 / 2 Comments

Tanzania has a severe poaching problem when it comes to elephants. Some estimates show 70 jumbo elephants are poached every day for their ivory tusks. Needless to say, the population of elephants is Tanzania is being decimated. Poachers often have the latest in equipment that allows them to effortlessly take down the largest of elephants, quickly remove their tusks and flee ...

Sir David Attenborough Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Save Gorillas

November 4, 2013 / No Comments

Nature broadcaster and wildlife expert Sir David Attenborough is standing up for the gorillas. In a bid to help save the African mountain gorillas, he has kickstarted a new crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com. Having set a goal of $160,000 to aid the efforts of Fauna & Flora International in protecting gorillas from poaching and habitat loss, the wildlife expert has called ...

Winter Olympics Host Russia Faces Waste Hassle

November 1, 2013 / No Comments

Russia is said to have not stuck to its “Olympic Games without waste” pledge. An investigation by AP has revealed that tons of construction waste have been disposed of into an illegal landfill, which could contaminate the local water supply. The Winter Olympics is to take place in February 2014, in the city of Sochi in Russia. However, the news does ...

Edinburgh Roads to Welcome Greener Mode of Transport

October 31, 2013 / No Comments

Commuting along the streets of Edinburgh is turning greener than ever before.  Making it happen is Lothian Buses, who is adding new hybrid vehicles to its existing 721-bus fleet. Low fuel consumption and smooth operation of the new Volvo 7900 Hybrid buses have prompted Lothian to buy 20 of them and add them to its existing fleet. These buses, which boast ...

Water Purification Gets a Sunshine Project

October 30, 2013 / No Comments

Water contamination is no simple issue. Clean water is the right of every being that inhabits this earth. But with contamination levels on the rise, water needs to be treated to be clean. Now researchers at Purdue have come up with a tech-enabled plan to ensure clean water for all. They are doing this by making efforts to harness UV radiation ...