Nereus, kite-powered water craft concept

June 6, 2008 / 11 Comments

Using wind to get from place A to place B is quite unusual for most of us. But, how about about the Nereus, the water pad racer for adrenaline junkies? Inspired by kite sailing, these pix are aconceptual design of a kite-powered water craft capable of achieving relatively high speeds both on and under the water. Inspired by ET?! Though ...

Toyota FCHV-adv: improved hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle

June 6, 2008 / 1 Comment

Toyota came out with great news today about an advanced fuel-cell vehicle with a maximum cruising range of 830 km (516 miles) on a full tank of hydrogen. Fuel cell vehicles are running on hydrogen which is both cheap and inexhaustible, emits only water and offer the same driving experience which may lead us to considering them against traditional cars. Image ...

Sharp Launches Sunvista, New Solar Cells with Highest Conversion Rate

June 6, 2008 / 1 Comment

Osaka's Sharp Corp has a new residential solar cell panel (polycrystaline) that Sharp says has the highest solar-to-electric conversion rate to date. The new environmentally friendly product is called SunVista and will be released on Jun 18th. The addition of a third main electrode instead of the conventional two is the difference. Sharp's conversion rate will be 14.4% compared to the ...

The Problem with Biofuels – U.N. Food Summit

June 5, 2008 / No Comments

Not all countries think more biofuels are the answer. At least not yet. There's Japan, the United States, Brazil...the major biofuel-producing countries. The beef, um, corn is that biofuel output is causing food prices to soar. Biofuels are made from corn, sugar cane and other food stuffs. At the just closed U.N. Food summit Japan argued for promotion of second generation biofuels, ...

Barack Obama’s Green Fist Bump

June 5, 2008 / No Comments

Barack Obama will be the democratic presidential candidate. Yeah, yeah, the first black American to have a major party's backing for president. Black, white...what we really need to know is whether or not Barack Obama is green? And what shade? It reminds me of an old not so funny story. A bus driver during the fight for civil rights days was hauling some ...

New Green LED for One-Fourth the Cost

June 5, 2008 / No Comments

A university research team in Japan has developed a new type of green LED that is equally as energy-efficient as the existing LEDs. What's different is these new LEDs can be made for one-fourth the cost. Energy efficient, good for the world and cheap. The LED uses: 1. cheaper material 2. a relatively simple process of thermal diffusion 3. involves a much lower ...

Beer Bottles Used to Create a Solar Water Heating System

June 4, 2008 / 5 Comments

In the do it yourself category we have Ma Yanjun, a farmer in Mizhi county, Shaanxi province in China, that managed to build a solar water heating system using empty beer bottles. The reason he did it, was to allow his 73-year old mother to take a warm bath every day. Since there was no warm water in the area ...

Solar power cheaper than coal by 2020

June 4, 2008 / 9 Comments

Imagey by drawdenizlop The US government, along with many investors such as Chevron, Goldman Sachs, and Google, is confident that solar power could become much cheaper than coal within the next 12 years. Taking into consideration tax incentives, carbon-capping legislation and the rising prices of natural gas, experts think that solar power is going to be more economical than coal ...

Oldest Japanese to Reach the Everest Peak

June 3, 2008 / No Comments

Yuichioro Miura, a 75-year-old young man from Japan managed to climb the world's largest peak, Mount Everest. His health and the age did not deter him from taking on that adventure. Image via Snow Dolphins Since China wants to bring the Olympic torch on the Everest, no one was allowed to climb the mountain and Miura was delayed a few days. ...

Houses made of bamboo, stand up to earthquakes

June 3, 2008 / 2 Comments

Although bamboo is not a modern material for structures, often considered to be poor man's timber, it is one of the most flexible and light materials to build houses. Though there are sophisticated materials available on the market, bamboo isby far the best that would be able to withstand an earthquake. Around 70-percent of the people in Bangladesh live in bamboo ...