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South Korea Doles Out Tax Lollies For Green R&D

July 14, 2010 / No Comments

The Government of South Korea has made its support for a greener world clear by announcing big tax benefits and support for eco-friendly technology and research. They expect that this will also be advantageous to increasing competitiveness in this field.

Scientists see Huge Biofuel Potential in Wood-Eating Gribble

March 10, 2010 / No Comments

The image you see above, is the not-too-good-looking pest, Gribble. The marine pest that troubled seafarers by chomping on ships and wooden piers may soon become valued because of its wood-eating capabilities. Researchers from Britain believe that the enzymes produced by the Gribbles and the energy rich sugars that are then produced may lead to the path of energy, with ...

Scientists Make Plastic Sweet, Easily Compostable

February 19, 2010 / No Comments

Plastics are evil, big villians in every environment story. They are made from fossil fuels, refuse to biodegrade for centuries, and the modern lifestyle ensures that mountains of plastic are produced every year. Nearly 150 million tons of plastic is produced every year, and 99% of that is made from fossil fuels. There are plant based plastics like PLA out ...

Researchers Find a way to Make Solar Cells Less Material Intensive

February 16, 2010 / No Comments

The push on green technology has recently resulted in a number of advancements in the field of solar energy. A lot of work is being done to make them more efficient, robust, less intensive, and more cost efficient. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, have found a way to make flexible solar cells with silicon wires.

Route to Success for Electric Cars Goes Through Good Looks, Says Merrill Lynch

November 10, 2009 / No Comments

Merrill Lynch has just said what has been the writing on the wall for some time now. A research carried out by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch says merely having a "green" tag isn't going to sell many EVs/ PHEVs unless they get better looks. So while electric cars like the Tesla Roadster, Tesla Model S and Fisker Karma ...

Sharp, Sanyo and Gifu University Team Up on Solar Cell Research

October 10, 2008 / No Comments

Ah, this is something Japan knows how to do, and do well. Research. Sharp Corp. Sanyo Electric Co. and 15 other companies has joined forces with Gifu University to conduct research on nanocrystalline silicon, a promising material for highly energy-efficient thin-film solar cells. The consortium will explore the nanocrystalline silicon as the next-generation photovoltaic material = solar cell. Japan is a leader in ...

Elephants Never Forget, and Can Add, Too

September 2, 2008 / No Comments

More Japanese researchers with nothing to do (remember the whales), have learned, or think they learned that elephants not only don't forget, they can count, too. In addition exercises, one elephant scored 87% and another scored 69%. American elephants scored in the lower percentile, wondering aloud "What's addition?" Researchers dropped different amounts of food into a bucket, blindfolded the elephant to to ...

Japanese Say Whales are Losing Blubber

September 1, 2008 / 1 Comment

The Japanese have been claiming all along that they have been doing research on the whales, not just hunting for dinner for a football team for a month. A study has come out that says the whales are losing their blubber because ocean resources have been dwindling. Japan conducted "lethal research" on 6,779 whales, about two-thirds were killed and some were pregnant. The ...

2 Living Fossils Found in China

June 24, 2008 / No Comments

  Ask a Chinese person and they will tell you China had it first. China has the oldest. China has the most. It was invented first in the Middle Kingdom. It is everything. So, why not 'living fossils' too? There are at least two living fossils in China. The Chinese sturgeon and Chinese alligator. China sent five pre-historic Chinese sturgeons to Hong ...