Solar Powered Toyota Prius in 2010

January 6, 2009 / 1 Comment

Toyota is coming out with a new Prius, a solar-powered Prius. The car will have solar panels in its roof that will be used to run the car's air conditioning. And, when does a car need air conditioning? Right! When the sun is out. The 2010 Prius is expected to get 55+mpg, be plug-in-able, smaller, a wagon, and even Li-ion battery ...

Fuel Cells from Human Waste, Cookie Dough

January 6, 2009 / No Comments

Two Japanese companies have come up with alternative ways to get hydrogen for fuel cells - one from dough and the other from human waste. Kajima suggests microbes can created hydrogen from human waste. A prototype has alread been created that generated 130W from a cubic meter of waste. Commercially available by about 2020. [caption id="attachment_3390" align="aligncenter" width="386" caption="Not sure what she ...

China’s Carmakers Challenged to “Think Small” Learn from Mistakes of America’s Big Three

January 5, 2009 / No Comments

China wants its car makers to develop smaller, fuel-efficient models NOT the gas guzzlers that the US Big Three produced despite all the warnings to the contrary. "We used to believe medium-sized cars would have the biggest market in China, but actually small cars have the greatest potential in terms of energy efficiency and price," said a senior engineer  of the ...

New Polar Bear, New Year, New Hope

January 5, 2009 / No Comments

Taotao is just ten months old. He has a sad story. His mama left him when he was a little guy, much like Knut in German, except that Taotao is in China. Taotao's keepers smeared polar bear urine and crap all over themselves so that Taotao would be fooled and let them help him. It worked. Taotao eventually sucked the fingers ...

Aussies Make Mosquitoes Die Younger, Naturally. Huh?

January 4, 2009 / No Comments

Since old mosquitoes spread diseases, Aussie researchers have been pondering what to do. The conclusion...have the buggers die sooner, without killing them or poisoning them, of course. That won't work as the PETA mosquito bunch will be all over us, um, them. Scientists have been trying genetically engineer mosquitoes to become resistant to malaria and dengue fever and such as an ...

Happy New Year 2009

January 1, 2009 / 1 Comment

Because of time zones, the New Year's Eve may have passed or it's not there yet. We'd like to wish you to have the best year ever, to stay healthy and be better stewards to Mother Earth. Meanwhile, what's your New Year's Resolution? Is there any green "inside"? Happy New Year 2009! Alex & Bill Image by M Kuhn

Diet is New Year’s Resolution for Britain’s Most Overweight Cat – Tinks

December 31, 2008 / 1 Comment

Tinks is going on a diet, like it or not. Seems they had to fatten the fellow up just so as they could have him joining Britain's Pet Fit Club, put him on a diet and get him crowned champion if he loses weight on a 100-day diet and fitness regime. There is something seriously wrong with this picture. How about ...

Japanese Town, Kuzumaki, Kicks Dependence on Fossil Fuels

December 30, 2008 / No Comments

The small Japanese town of Kuzumaki (coo-zoo-mah-key), not to be confused with uzumaki (whirlpool) has just 8,000 residents that are showing the rest of the world how things might be done ... that is, kicking the fossil fuel habit. How green are they? Electricity is generated from cow dung. Dozens of wind turbines decorate nearby Mt. Kamisodegawa (kah-mee-so-de 'like in dead'-gah-wah) 25% of schools ...

Long March Series – China Second, Third Guesses Mother Nature

December 29, 2008 / 1 Comment

China is second guessing, third guessing Mother Nature. The Middle Kingdom launched its third geostationary meteorological satellite - the Fengyun-2-06 as part of its Long March Series. The satellite weighs in at 1,390kg and was developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology in cahoots with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The 2-06 is the third in the series and ...

Gumprechts Green Pit Viper among 1,000 New Species Discovered in Mekong Region along with Previously Thought Extinct Species

December 26, 2008 / No Comments

Here today, gone tomorrow and back again today. That's the story with the Gumprechts green pitviper and a Theloderma licin. Scientists have found more than 1,000 new species in Southeast Asia's Mekong region over the past 10 years. A spider as big as a dinner plate, a rat thought to have gone extinct 11 million years ago and a cyanide-laced, shocking ...