olympics

BMW Provides Remote-Controlled MINIs for the London Olympics

August 6, 2012 / No Comments

We already know that BMW has provided a fleet of hybrids and electric MINI Coopers for the ongoing 2012 London Olympic Games. Along with that the company has also supplied a fleet of small remote-controlled MINI Coopers. These small remote-controlled vehicles are deployed specifically to clear the field during Olympic events. These MINI Coopers are 1/4th the size of the original ...

London Olympic Stadium to use Recycled Knives and Guns For Construction

January 20, 2010 / 1 Comment

The 2012 London Olympics is getting closer, and an interesting detail about the green Olympic stadium has come into the light. As is well known, the London Olympics will have an environment friendly Cloud Tower, but that isn't the only green thing. The stadium will use recycled guns and knives as construction material.

Cloud Tower to be Erected in London for 2012 Olympics

December 8, 2009 / No Comments

The Cloud is the name of an observation tower, designed with glowing spheres, connected to very light transparent towers. The designer behind all this is Carlo Ratti, who heads the MIT SENSEable Cities Laboratory. The tower is going to become a major landmark, and it will be constructed through fundraisers and support from the society.

Animal Olympics?

August 24, 2008 / No Comments

Dang it! These animal Olympic events weren't on my TV sked and I am afraid I missed them. How come all the good stuff gets by me? Okay, how come most everything gets by me? There is the Bear High Bar Gymnastic Event. Pygmy Loris Climbing Elephant Soccer Goat Riding What do you think about using animals for entertainment purposes? Maybe the animals could get ...

Beijing Controls Weather for Olympic Opening Ceremony

August 7, 2008 / 1 Comment

In a previous post I wrote Beijing was planing to artificially change the weather for the Olympics if they needed to. Good news, I suppose, they won't have to. How do you say "whew!" in Chinese, I wonder? The forecast will be overcast (smog?) but no rain is expected according to the China Meterological Administration. A shower in the ...

Greenpeace Gives Beijing Thumbs Up

July 29, 2008 / No Comments

I am as surprised as the next guy. I didn't think anybody could make Greenpeace content about anything. However, the environmental extremists have pronounced their blessings on Beijing for their 2008 Olympic Games preparations. "We are glad to see that Beijing has improved its infrastructure in preparation for the Olympics," says Greenpeace China's Campaign director. It has made public transport more ...

Beijing May Artificially Change Weather for Olympics

July 17, 2008 / No Comments

Beijing is pulling out all the stops in order to have clear weather for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics Games. The government says that if bad weather threatens then meteorologists will be asked to step in and change the weather.  Whoa! It almost makes me wish for rain, or thunderstorms and heavy winds and such just to ...

Chicago’s Green Bridge – 7 Facts About It

July 12, 2008 / No Comments

Chicago is reputed to be one of the top 10 greenest cities in the United States. The windy city, not famous for wind power, does have another idea ... a green bridge. So here's what we know about it. The bridge: has a price tag of $1 billion will be used as a breakwater will use wind turbines to line the bridge and create ...

Laser Remote Sensing Cars to Fight High Emission Vehicles

June 26, 2008 / No Comments

Tokyo Tells Large Buildings to Cut CO2 Emissions. Now, Beijing is banning high-emission vehicles. For whatever reason these kinds of things remind me of a ceasefire in a war. If they can stop now, or for a while, why can't they stop for good? Yellow vehicles are those with, surprise, a yellow sticker on them for not being able to ...

Half of All Government Cars Removed from Streets

June 25, 2008 / No Comments

Beijing is getting serious about clean air during the Olympics. The city has removed one half of all government vehicles from the streets of Beijing. The move eases congestion, reduces emissions and saves resources for a greener Olympics, which start 8-8-08. "The government wants to take the lead in guaranteeing smooth transport during the Games," said a transport official. The move ...