Dolphin Virus Infects Bottle-Nose Dolphins in Florida

November 14, 2013 / No Comments

The measles-like virus that is killing hundreds of dolphins along the east coast of the United States has reportedly spread to Florida too. NBC News said that the morbillivirus, which already took the lives of 753 cetaceans, is now making its presence felt in Florida, where bottle-nose dolphins are appearing on beaches dead or dying. Teri Rowles of the NOAA Fisheries Marine ...

New EPA Standards Force Closure of Last Primary Lead Smelter in the USA

November 13, 2013 / No Comments

The Doe Run Company has announced the closure of its primary lead smelting plant in Herculaneum, Missouri. This is due to the 2008 change in the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for lead. The allowable amount was reduced to one tenth of the previous level. The original acceptable levels were from 1.5 µg/m3 (micrograms of lead per cubic meter of ...

BoatBox Launches Car Roof Container That Doubles Up as Boat

November 13, 2013 / No Comments

Did you always want to take your boat along while you are on a camping trip near a lake, but could not do so, simply because of the hassle you have to go through in transporting it? Also, what if you also get a roof top storage along with the boat? Yes, it is true. BoatBox has launched a little ...

Christmas Lights Are Going Green

November 12, 2013 / No Comments

Many people remember their parents putting up the Christmas lights all over the outside of the house, lining windows, doorways and the outline of the roof and eaves. Outside trees and shrubs received a plentiful dose of lighting too. In colder climates, I remember the white, snow-laden trees where the red, green, yellow and blue lights prevented the snow from ...

US to Crush 6 Tons of Confiscated Illegal Ivory Stock Pile

November 12, 2013 / 1 Comment

The US administration has decided to destroy illegal ivory that have been confiscated after they were tracked down. The move is to  send out warning signals to poachers who are engaged in ivory hunting. A task force that will include officers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and also other conservation groups, will destroy six tons of ivory that have ...

US Company to Launch Powerful Solar Chargers for Electric-Poor South African and Other Countries

November 11, 2013 / No Comments

Many countries in the world suffer from the lack of widespread electricity. I know of several missionaries who carried small solar-powered chargers that powered their iPod so they could play some music for an hour or two in the evening. A day-long charge only yielded that amount of power. [caption id="attachment_15687" align="alignnone" width="500"] World Panel 500 used at a school to ...

Volkswagen Twin Up! Diesel-Electric Concept Heading for Tokyo Show

November 11, 2013 / No Comments

Later this month, when the curtains go up on the Tokyo Motor Show, Volkswagen will look so proud to bring in its latest vehicle to the event podium. The car, a diesel-electric concept, could look like what you have seen before. The car maker has styled the new vehicle on the lines of the earlier Up! city car, and that ...

Cutting Building Energy Costs and Keeping Office People Happy

November 8, 2013 / No Comments

If you have ever worked in a business office, you have experienced the building vs. people comfort war. Some building management companies decide to turn off the air processing equipment on nights and weekends.  You will be guaranteed a very uncomfortable worker in a short time if you have to endure this for too long. If you have shared a set ...

Help with Making Decisions on Green High Power Computing Data Centers

November 8, 2013 / No Comments

Mentioning High Power Computing (HPC) and green data centers in the same sentence brings shivers to many executives. There are so many factors to consider and some decisions may have an adverse effect on other parts of the equation. Some people may even wonder why try to go green when it is much simpler and less expensive to set up ...

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 ...