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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!

 

Powder Vibration Chamber Used In Materials Analysis Wins NASA's Invention Of The Year

NASA has recognized inXitu, Inc. with its 2010 Invention of the Year Award for inXitu's invention of the powder vibration chamber  The chamber is used in inXitu's portable X-ray scattering device (XRD) and represents such a 'leap forward' in materials analysis technology that it has been chosen to launch on the Mars Science Laboratory later this year.

 

 

 

That Blasted Roof! - Capturing Wind Energy On Your Roof

A cheap, unimposing wind turbine that attaches to the roof of your house could be on many horizons in the not-too-distant future.

Carbon Dioxide Eating TREEPOD Gives Shade In Light & Light At Night

Inspiration comes from all corners for the de-carbonizing artificial tree dubbed the TREEPOD.  The idea began with Dr. Klaus Lackner, whose team at Columbia University developed humidity swing technology, a  system of using evaporating humidity in the air to remove carbon dioxide. That invention inspired  the city of Boston...

We've Got The Power - Memory That Requires 100 Times Less Energy

New technology drastically reduces the energy needed to run mobile devices, allowing you to use them for longer.

The Hydra Tower: An Earth Shattering Skyscraper That Harnesses Hydrogen Using Lightning

Winning an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, the Hydra Tower promises to harness energy using lightning to split water molecules for producing hydrogen.  Hydrogen is a valuable alternative energy source but unfortunately requires a great deal of energy to procure; however, using heaven-sent resources could be just the ticket.

Earthquake Damaged Japanese Nuclear Plant has a Shaky History

The devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Japan on March 10 of 2011 affected many nuclear power plants in the region. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is of special concern, not only due to damage to its cooling system but because of the plant's somewhat dubious safety record.

Massachusetts Ski Resort Drops Off The Grid

A small ski resort in Massachusetts has become the world's first ski resort to provide for 100 percent of its own power needs.

Lights Out - A Sensor That Cuts Your Electricity Usage

A single sensor in your home could save you 40% of your electricity costs.

U.S. Department of Energy Announcement: Innovative Technology Counteracts Biofuel's Shortcomings

Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced that a research team led by the Bioenergy Science Center developed an economical, one-step method for converting woody plants directly into isobutanol for use in traditional gasoline-powered vehicles.  The considerably simple and inexpensive process utilizes a new strain of the microbe, Clostridium celluloyticum, which naturally breaks down cellulose.