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The Light's On In This Brain! 'Insight' By Solovdesign

Maria and Igor Solovyov, from Belarus, combine their superb design talents and energy into a family business: SolovyovDesign, a studio that shows brilliance in many spheres of product design.  Today I must share the Insight energy efficient lamp, because it shines so brilliantly... and is so darn metaphoric.

 

NRDC Joins Professional Sports Leagues To Launch The "Green Sports Alliance"

The National Resources Defense Council has joined forces with the MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA, WNBA, and MLS to form the Green Sports Alliance.  The GSA intends to reduce the carbon footprint of northwestern professional sports teams involved in the alliance.  Clearly, the NRDC understands the importance of utilizing highly influential groups to express the importance of green-ness.

Unclear On Nuclear? Try Thorium - Nuclear Energy Without The Side Effects

Thorium is a safer and more abundant nuclear energy source than uranium. So where are the reactors?

New Method Of Extracting Oil From Tar Sands Will Also Help Clean Up Oil Spills

Researchers from Penn State University have developed a new method of extracting oil from tar sands that is far eco-friendlier than traditional methods.  What's more, this method can also be applied to cleaning up beaches after oil spills.  Using ionic liquids, the new technique cleans sand so efficiently that the sand can be put back where it came from rather than being moved to landfills as with former processes.

Radiation Exposure Readiness: Part 3, Preparing For The Worst

Somewhere in the millions of InventorSpot pages is a blog about a luxury underground survival community being built in California for the kind of disaster that millions in Japan are facing now.  I hope that project is ready for the special 200 families who can afford to pay for accommodations there. For the rest of us, we'll just have to get prepared step by step.

Radiation Exposure Readiness: Part 2, When Your Health Is At Risk

How do scientists determine when your health is at risk due to the amount of radiation in the air?  First they measure the amounts and translate those measurements into levels that they know have caused biological harm in the past.  They have learned from longitudinal studies of people in the paths of Hiroshima, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and many smaller-scale, but serious, incidents of radiation exposure.  Here is a look at the basic radiation measuring scheme and how other variables can affect biological dangers from radiation.

Japan's Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster: A Personal Perspective

The catastrophic earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 of 2011 resonated throughout the world, carried in unprecedented detail via the Internet and broadcast media. Having once walked the scenic shores, beautiful beaches and quaint city streets of Miyako, the scope of the disaster is stunning beyond belief.

For He's A Jolly Google Fellow - Google Takes A Stance On Climate Change

Google announces 21 Google Science Communication Fellows, who have been charged to spread the word about climate change.

Radiation Detectors, Part One: Detect Radiation Around Your Home

It would probably be safe to assume that most of the people all over the world have already heard about the devastation in Japan due to the earthquake and tsunami. While the aftershocks are simmering down, another catastrophe is looming, not just in Japan but all over the world: the radiation leak catastrophe.

Radiation Levels Said to Rise In California: Find Out About Your Town

Radiation levels were originally said to be on the rise in southern California yesterday as a result of devastation in Japan; however, the latest news says that levels are normal for that area.  Nonetheless, it's important to know the facts about radiation levels and what they are in your area.  Check out two websites that provide helpful services, such as reporting radiation levels across the country.

Good Hydro - Getting Power From Waterways

An efficient, easy-to-install hydro turbine is more effective than wind or solar power in the right places.

Pass The Bill - Giving Your Representative An Informed Opinion

POPVOX gives you the facts, and allows you to petition your representative without partisan interference.

Metals Can't Slip On Past These Banana Peels - Water Purification Goes Fruity

Often researchers are regarded as bananas for their long and tireless dedication to a very narrow space of subject matter, but now sane scientists at Brazil's UNSEP have discovered a way to use the classic banana peel as a way to purify water.

EcoGeneration Scrubs By Cintas Wins Most Eco Friendly Uniform Award

Would you wear recycled plastic bottles to work?  Aparently millions of healthcare workers are about to, as Cintas, a major player in the uniform business, is launching its EcoGeneration scrubs. Each set of scrubs saves seven plastic bottles from landfills and weaves their material into threads, blending them with cotton and polyester fibers.

 

The Bombardier Project Eco Train, Completely Solar Powered

Francisco Lupin, an Argentinian industrial designer, created an ecological, ergonomic, and economically efficient design for the Bombardier train competition. Called the Inter Urban Eco Train, eco4, for short, it is designed to offer local transit services for business commuters and students who go back and forth to school or universities. Zero carbon emissions.

Life On The Death Star - Shooting Lasers At Space Junk

Scientists want to shoot all the space junk out of the sky, just like Darth Vader taking pot shots at X-wings.

PepsiCo Announces A Bio-Based, 100% Recyclable Bottle

PepsiCo announced today the first 100 percent recyclable PET bottle made from agricultural byproducts from the company's own foods business.  The company is already a leader in green endeavors, including its 100 percent compostable SunChips bags; 100 percent, post-consumer recycled NAKED juice bottles; and the ultra-lightweight Aquafina bottle, "Eco-Fina."

Plumen 001 Wins British Design Award For Energy Saving Sculptured Lighting

Whoever thought that light bulbs could be fun, both for the designer and the consumer? Fun and functional; that's the motto of Hulger design, the British design house that brought out the cool, crazy phones for Skype and other VoIP services. The new sculptured bulbs, Plumen 001, just won the top product category and the overall best British Insurance Design Award.

 

 


A Green Metropolis For China: The Largest Green Development In The World

Projected to be the world's largest green development yet, CK Designworks, a group based in Australia, has unveiled a master plan for a green metropolis to be located in Nanjing, China.  With 10 LEED-certified towers and a monorail connecting them, the project hopes to express modern sustainability as well as Chinese culture and history to the entire world.

Cardboard Safari Doesn't Have To Hunt For Design Ideas

The folks at Cardboard Safari sent out their March newsletter today, reminding me that I have not checked in with them for some time. I was wowed!  They have added quite a few more clever Cardboard Trophies, as well as full-bodied animals, to their collection. Plus, Cardboard Safari has just introduced a human mask and a cardboard bowling game!