Scientists Adding Color to Solar Panels

July 4, 2013 / 1 Comment

If you have noticed the design and layout of solar panels around, you would have thought a minute or two about its aesthetics. Though not too bad, the dark colored cells could be a put off. Scientists have now decided to add some color to them. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Germany ...

How to Save Water During Droughts

July 4, 2013 / No Comments

Many parts of the U.S. are experiencing early drought conditions again this year, including Texas, Colorado and Southern California. Lack of rainfall negatively affects agriculture, livestock, and drinking water quality. Drought also increases the risk of destructive wildfires. Because agriculture uses 80% of our water supply, our food supply is threatened by continued drought. Our recent blog post, “How Do You ...

NuOffice in Munich is the Greenest Office Building

July 3, 2013 / No Comments

Munich in Germany now boasts the greenest office building in the world. The NuOffice has achieved the LEED platinum status and has done brilliant in all sustainability ratings. Designed by European research project DIRECTION and scientists from Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, the uber-green building will serve as a benchmark for upcoming constructions around the globe. For the building’s energy efficiency, ...

Horizon Mass Transit System is an All-Electric Train-Plane Hybrid

July 2, 2013 / No Comments

What would you feel like if you get to travel in a plane-train hybrid? Ever wonder what it would be like? The Horizon Mass Transit System is a 100 percent electric mode of transportation. Conceived as a hybrid between a plane and a train, the system uses a maglev-style mechanism that helps large aircraft to pick up passengers inside small ...

PETA Urges Movie Goers to Shun The Lone Ranger for Abusing Horses

July 1, 2013 / 4 Comments

Animal rights body PETA has urged cinema goers to stay away from watching the movie ‘The Lone Ranger’ when it releases in theaters. Know why? PETA wants all of us to shun the flick starring Johnny Depp because the horses used in the film were under severe danger, almost close to death, during filming. PETA has stated several instances which could ...

Jaguar Video Featuring C-X75 Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Out

June 28, 2013 / No Comments

Back in 2010, Jaguar first unveiled its C-X75 concept car and within two years, the design has evolved as a prototype. Jaguar has released a new video that shows their hybrid powered supercar with Jaguar’s first carbon composite monocoque chassis. Jaguar has teamed up with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop the C-X75, a plug-in parallel hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) that can ...

Los Angeles City Council Votes in Favor of Plastic Bag Ban

June 27, 2013 / No Comments

Los Angeles has become the largest city in the US to clamp a ban on the use of plastic bags. Toeing the line adopted by San Francisco, Seattle and many other cities worldwide, the Los Angeles City Council also voted 11-1 in favor of the ban. With plastic bags entering landfills, waterways and finally the ocean, the substance has been threatening ...

Women in Kenya advised to Use Eco-Friendly Stoves

June 26, 2013 / No Comments

Women in Kisumu have been advised by Faida Kubwa Regional Manager Frederick Omollo to use environment friendly ways of cooking. The new initiative is aimed at prompting women to encourage green and renewable source of energy. He has further suggested that they use stoves with fewer emissions and that which help increase cooking efficiency by 60 percent. According to Omollo, respiratory ...

Making Schools Eco-Friendly

June 25, 2013 / No Comments

Educating children in an eco-friendly learning environment will set in motion a virtuous cycle that will impact behaviours and attitudes for many years, and most changes require only the slightest adjustments to implement. The old adage that people have a responsibility to protect and use the environment in a way that will protect it for our children and our grandchildren extends ...

Plant Food Supplies Calculates Internally

June 25, 2013 / No Comments

Did you know plants too think like we humans do? UK scientists who studied the plant Arabidopsis were amazed to see that plants, like humans, have an inbuilt capacity to do the math, which allows them to regulate food reserves at night. Such a blend of biology and arithmetic calculation comes as surprise. The John Innes Centre team has said that ...