Toyota IQ – Ready to be Launched in the UK in January 2009

October 14, 2008 / No Comments

The new eco-friendly Toyota IQ is all ready to be launched in the UK in January 2009 and will be priced at £9,495 . It has a low carbon emission of 99g/km and a combined fuel economy of 65.7mpg for the 1.0 VVT-I with manual transmission. Although it isn't a large car it is easy to maneuver and does not ...

Marek Fire, Angel Island Fire, Gay Marriage Proposition – Is California Burning for a Reason?

October 13, 2008 / 5 Comments

Judgement day comes early for California maybe? California state is burning in the north on Angel Island and in the south at Marek. The fires are different - Angel Island is, well, an island that sit in the Bay near Sodom, um, San Francisco. And we know what happened to Sodom, don't we? Well, those of us who went to Sunday ...

Paul Krugman Wins Nobel Economics Prize, And Why The Brits Have Bad Food

October 13, 2008 / No Comments

As a guy with a high background on economics (finance and banking) I must tell you that I'm somehow interested on how this whole financial crisis affects us. Today, I've just heard that Paul Krugman Won the Nobel Prize in Economics, but since I don't know this guy (ashamed!), I had to Google it and find out more. As to my surprise ...

Angel Island Fire Expanded to 250 Acres

October 13, 2008 / No Comments

Angel Island is on fire. On Sunday evening at 9PM (12AM ET) a wildfire burned out of control on San Francisco Bay's largest island and forced the evacuation of some 30 to 40 campers, but no one was injured. Some 300 acres of vegetation on the hilly, grass and forest-covered island were shattered until now and Marine County fire officials ...

New Silicon Solar Cells – Flexible As Carpet

October 13, 2008 / No Comments

Solar cells which have been in use for sometime have a new generation of cells being developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Northern University. This new solar cell technology makes use of very minutely sliced silicon chips instead of the rigid plastic currently used in these cells. The solar cells which are nearly a ...

Monte Rosa Alpine Hut Turned Solar-Powered

October 13, 2008 / No Comments

The very modern Monte Rosa Alpine hut, outside Zermatt, is an exotic creation set atop the snow-clad Swiss Alps at 2,810m above sea level, overlooking the Matterhorn. This new 90% energy efficient solar powered hut is a creation of the Department of Architecture, at the Swiss Federal Technical University in Zurich, for the Swiss Alpine Club as a mountaineer’s retreat. The ...

LED Light Bulbs to Enable Wireless Technology

October 13, 2008 / No Comments

As the world is stepping towards the future, people have begun to realize how fast they are exhausting their natural resources. Every effort is being made to conserve all kinds of energy, and so is it for non-renewable energy sources. A technology is being developed which would help us reduce our great dependence on non-renewable energy resources, thereby cutting down on ...

Sharp, Sanyo and Gifu University Team Up on Solar Cell Research

October 10, 2008 / No Comments

Ah, this is something Japan knows how to do, and do well. Research. Sharp Corp. Sanyo Electric Co. and 15 other companies has joined forces with Gifu University to conduct research on nanocrystalline silicon, a promising material for highly energy-efficient thin-film solar cells. The consortium will explore the nanocrystalline silicon as the next-generation photovoltaic material = solar cell. Japan is a leader in ...

Bamboo Bike a Sustainable Transport Solution

October 9, 2008 / 2 Comments

Apparently the bamboo is not only good for flooring, salad bowls or cutting boards, but also for building some of the most sustainable commuters, the Bamboo Bike. The project was started by the guys at Calfe Design and was meant to build a "green" bike that wouldn't cost $13,000 like the carbon-fiber bikes we know these days. It costs more ...

US Army to Build a 500MW solar thermal plant

October 9, 2008 / No Comments

When the US Army takes a small break from those unnecessary and probably unnecessary wars, or don't plan new ones, they manage to amaze us. I'm talking about the latest initiative to build a 500MW solar thermal plant in the Mojave Desert near Fort Irwin, CA, that will help them cut down $21 million a year from their $3 billion ...