Japanese Company Creates Recharger for Electronic Gadgets by Walking

October 21, 2008 / No Comments

This is cool. I can recharge my iPod or my Walkman by just walking. NTT of Japan unveiled a shoe that can generate electricity while it's wearer walks, thanks to a small generator attached to the water-filled soles. When the wearer walks it puts pressure on the sole causing the water to spin a small turbine and generate power. The shoe can generated ...

We Love Animals, We Love Pandas, We Love Parades

October 21, 2008 / 1 Comment

We love animals at Greenpacks. We love pandas at Greenpacks. What could possibly be better than one animal, or one panda? How about a whole parade of pandas?! Good grief, and we thought that the pandas were about to go extinct! No way! Paris is being invaded by the chubby fellows ... some 1600 of them. The paper mache pandas were ...

Photovoltaic Solar Panels on Vatican’s Roof

October 21, 2008 / No Comments

Pope Benedict has become the first ever Pontiff to be using solar power as an energy source for the Vatican. The Pope VI auditorium, which is used by the Pope to meet the pilgrims in bad weather conditions, will have 2,700 solar panels replacing the original roofs. The $1.5 million panels were gifted to the Pope by a Bonn-based company called ...

London Taxis Electrified by Geely Automobiles of China

October 21, 2008 / No Comments

The Chinese car maker Geely Automobiles which is a partner of the black London taxi maker Manganese Bronze has been negotiating plans with the UK government to transform the London cabs into electric cars. Chairman Li Shufu elaborates that he has had talks with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson at the Beijing Olympic Games - this August, and that Geely ...

Black Widow Spiders Threat in the UK – Only a Matter of Time

October 21, 2008 / 2 Comments

Global warming has affected the climatic conditions of Britain, making it a warmer place now. This weather change has encouraged many species of bugs and arachnids to make Britain their home. Among these is the extremely poisonous Black Widow spider that has traveled all the way from America to settle in the UK to make their way through food and ...

Electric Mini Cooper – Plug-in is Ready

October 21, 2008 / No Comments

Starting next year, Los Angeles and New York City and surrounding areas will be able to lease from a fleet of 500 all-electric Mini-Coopers says BMW. The car is called the Mini E, rhymes with Mini Me. [caption id="attachment_2000" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Mini E - Electric Mini Cooper"][/caption] The car will be able to travel 150 miles on a single charge and has ...

TEPCO Builds Solar Power Plant in Kawasaki, Japan

October 21, 2008 / No Comments

TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co) will build two solar power plants on the waterfront in Kawasaki, Kanagawa (near Yokohama), that will have a capability of producing some 20,000kw - enough energy for 5,900 households. That's great news, only 24,994,100 households to go. TEPCO's investment will come to about Y10B ($100 million). [caption id="attachment_1989" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Solar power wind turbine ...

Cat Show in NYC! CRA-Iams Cat Championship

October 20, 2008 / No Comments

We love animals at GP, but this is ridiculous. NYC is hosting a cat show at Madison Square Gardens where cats representing John McCain ask visitors to "vote for your favorite DemoCat or Republicat." McCain's cat is called Renegade while the cat representing Obama is called Bombay. [caption id="attachment_1984" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="A British shorthair cat named Renegade, representing John McCain"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1983" ...

Sarah Palin and Beluga Whales

October 20, 2008 / No Comments

The US Federal government listed the beluga whales as endangered. While the beluga swims off the coast of Alaska's largest city, Governor Sarah Palin called the listing "premature" saying she had pressed for more time to count the whales. It stands to reason that potlickers trying to gain points in Washington 5,000+ miles away would know more than a governor ...

Largest Wind Farm in Africa, to be Built in Ethiopia

October 20, 2008 / No Comments

The Ethiopian Electricity Corporation realized that they were falling short on energy resources and needed to add some extra sources to meet the demand. But instead of following the conventional method of installing huge power plants, they decided to build a wind farm instead. Built in north Ethiopia this 120 megawatt Ashegoba wind farm would generate 15% of the nation's power ...