Wind-Powered Rotating Skyscraper in Dubai

June 11, 2008 / 10 Comments

Dubai continues to set standards and, why not with all the money the little kingdom has in the bank. Oil money. Our money. Dr. David Fisher is the designer of this Dynamic Architecture - a wind-powered rotating skyscraper, 420 meters high and with 80 floors that rotate independently. A total of 48 wind turbines will be installed between each floor ...

Drunk on Cough Syrup

June 11, 2008 / 1 Comment

Talk about disrupting the environment. Yesterday I wrote about a guy who fell off a cliff into a beehive and was a whole lot worse for it. There's another couple that was killed when they fell off a cliff in PA. Are these folks the kind that Obama was talking about? The couple was loaded up on cough syrup. The cops investigated their deaths ...

A2B Bicycle – Ultra Motor’s Light Electric Vehicle (LEV)

June 11, 2008 / 10 Comments

India and China are showing the rest of the world how to do things with electric bikes. On the heels of success in those to developing countries Ultra Motor's Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) is coming to the U. S. and Europe this summer. The eco-friendly and economical urban transporter, the A2B Bicycle, goes for $2,200 and can reach a top speed ...

Xeros – Waterless Washing Machine

June 11, 2008 / No Comments

Who's a thunk? A waterless washing machine. Well, almost waterless. The machine uses just one cup of water per cycle. A Leeds University research team headed by Prof Burkinshaw has developed the Xeros washing machine that uses thousands of reusable plastic chips to remove and absorb dirt. The little plastics buggers clean clothes by pounding the dirt out of them. Some 20kg ...

How Not to Lower Gas Prices (part 2)

June 10, 2008 / No Comments

Everybody wants to lower gas prices. And everybody has an idea of how to do it. Yesterday I wrote How Not to Lower Gas Prices. Today...part 2. A couple in Dartmouth decided they would beat the system by hoarding some gasoline in their apartment. Fumes ignited from the gasoline that was stored in a utility closet and sent residents from eight units fleeing for ...

M-112 the (Eco) Urban Concept Car

June 10, 2008 / No Comments

Looking at the new M-112, a compact economical car that recently participated in the Shell Eco Marathon 2008 in France, I'm pretty sure there are big chances it will be an inspiration for cars we're going to drive in 5 - 10 years. Large cities will get even more crowded and I don't even want to think what those traffic ...

Animal Rights, even for Bees?

June 10, 2008 / 1 Comment

Apparently this guy didn't read my instructions on how not to get rid of bees. Some knucklehead, in his 40s maybe, fell 85 feet off a cliff and landed in a bee hive. Talk about crashing a party, or dropping in unexpectedly. The bees didn't take to the invasion. They used him for a pin cushion. The swarm was strong enough to knock him ...

AeroCam – New Generation Wind Turbine

June 10, 2008 / 1 Comment

Broadstar Wind Systems has designed what is supposed to the be next generation wind turbine. Based on principles first established by the French aeronautical engineer Georges Jean Marie Darrieus who invented a wind turbine capable of operating from any direction and under adverse weather conditions, the AeroCam is capable of generating power virtually anywhere. Though it looks a lot like a ...

Solar-charged cell phone strap

June 10, 2008 / No Comments

My wife needs one of these things from Strapya and Tokyo Coil Engineering. The companies have come up with a plan to prevent missing phone calls. A solar-charged cell phone strap. The strap weighs just 40g (1 oz) and is just 12.5cm (5 in) long. Yet it can store up to 40 minutes of call time once fully charged. Just one problem ...

Two Headed Animals – When Two Heads are Not Better than One

June 10, 2008 / 4 Comments

We say, or at least some people say, that two heads are better than one. The Japanese say "sannin yoreba monchuu no chie" which roughly translates to three heads being better than one. But, not always. In China's Hunan province a gecko has been found with a head on each of its body. The little fellow was found wandering to and fro, ...