Honda Micro Commuter Prototype Field Tests Set to Roll

July 19, 2013 / No Comments

Japanese automaker Honda has announced plans to start testing the Micro Commuter Prototype ? electric vehicle in Saitama , Japan. Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has already approved the proposal from Saitama City council to promote the micro-sized mobility vehicles. According to Honda, this test will enable both the automaker and the City of Saitamato study the ...

Smog-Hungry Pavements in the Anvil

July 18, 2013 / No Comments

Venturing out into the smog could make life hell for you. Most of the time, you decide not to go out when smog fills your street. In The Netherlands, smog free streets could well be a reality in a few years to come. Hengelo, a city in The Netherlands, has plans to lay sidewalks that would sport smog-killing properties. The move ...

Nissan to Build a Network of More than 100 Fast Charging Stations in the US Market

July 17, 2013 / 1 Comment

It looks like Nissan is looking to build a network of fast charging stations across the US. Reportedly, the company will soon deploy quick chargers at more than 100 dealerships across 21 US markets. The charging stations will use the CHAdeMO standard so that they can deliver up to 62.5 kW of high-voltage direct current. It is said that this voltage ...

Fukushima to be Home to Largest Ever Off Shore Wind Farm

July 16, 2013 / No Comments

If you would remember, Japan’s Fukushima was completely shaken when the earthquake and tsunami struck in 2011. Adding to its woes, the nuclear disaster that was a byproduct of the natural calamity brought down all morale the city had left within itself. But then, as Japan as proved earlier too, these disasters have failed to bog the city down. The coastal ...

San Diego Bans Commercial Sale of Pets

July 15, 2013 / No Comments

If you are in San Diego, and have the habit of walking into pet stores to pick one for yourself, you will not be able to do so anymore. For, the San Diego City Council has voted unanimously to ban commercial sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores. Though a majority of people have welcomed the decision, some other ...

Aerovelo Human Powered Helicopter Atlas Wins Sikorsky Prize

July 12, 2013 / No Comments

Meet the Atlas! Before you run to conclusions, what we are talking about is a human powered helicopter designed by Canadian team Aerovelo. Atlas has proved its worth by bagging the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize of late. The Sikorsky competition which came into being way back in 1980 requires that teams need to keep their helicopter suspended at least ten feet in ...

Killer Whale Springer Sighted with Her Calf

July 11, 2013 / No Comments

It was in 2002, when Springer first made headlines after she was discovered alone at Pugut Sound, near Seattle,Washington. Now after eleven years, this killer whale was once again spotted along with her calf. When researchers first spotted her, she was a baby killer whale, struggling to survive. Researchers got concerned about the well being of this baby whale after discovering ...

Solar-Powered Boat to Protect the Great Barrier Reef

July 9, 2013 / No Comments

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the world heritage sites that carry a delicate eco system. The Great Barrier Reef area consists of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). In order to protect this area, authorities are now building a solar powered ...

Stella Solar-Powered Family Car Revealed

July 8, 2013 / No Comments

Solar Team Eindhoven, a team of 22 students from The Netherlands, has unveiled Stella, the world’s first solar-powered family car. The group has revealed to the world that a car running on solar energy could be a real possibility today. Stella is a four passenger car, which also features technologies that would make it light weight and more efficient, compared with ...

Wait Until 2050 for E-Thrust Electric Airliner to Take Flight

July 5, 2013 / No Comments

The E-Thrust airliner, from the European aerospace consortium EADS and developed in partnership with Rolls-Royce, has been shown off and going by the looks of it, it could radically transform commercial aviation by 2050. Chances are that it would increase the efficiency of future airlines. The newly developed E-Thrust concept is a hybrid electric propulsion system which reduces fuel consumption, emission ...