Environment

Russian Pirates Beware: Shiver Your Own Timbers!

A new fire-fighting robot to fend off pirate attacks has been designed by Russian engineers. Known to wash away pirates and their weapons, even the dastardly Blackbeard himself might have reconsidered before attacking a ship so equipped that it could have forced his early retirement (not to mention, funeral). Read on, as those who deserve it shiver in the pants as well as their timbers

Bizarre, Elongated Skulls Found In Siberia

Archaeologists in Siberia have recently unearthed a weird set of elongated skulls that date back to the 4th century. Although not the first time odd skulls like these have been found, they raise many new questions as to how multiple cultures across the globe with no contact with each other came to perform the same type of ancient surgery. Read on for details but hang on to…your head.

Wallypop Brings Reusable to Question

Should some things just not be reusable? Personally speaking I don't have a problem with using recycled toilet paper. Sure it isn't soft toilet paper, but it also doesn't require deforestation or the use of dangerous chemicals to make it. What I'm not so sure about is going a step further, for the sake of the environment or my wallet, and using reusable Wallypop wipes. 

Project Green Prom Contest Ends March 30th

For some teenagers there are only a few months left before prom night arrives. While many of these teenagers are buying new dresses, new shoes, new jewelry, renting limos, etc., others are a concerned about the carbon footprint prom night leaves on the planet. To encourage a greener prom, maybe a greener lifestyle too, high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to enter the Project Green Prom Video Contest. 

Plush Tetrapods Turn Your Couch into a Coastline

You may not have seen these odd "tetrapods" before but most anyone in Japan has - half the island nation's coast is lined with them. Now these angular wave-blockers have been reproduced in soft, comfy polyester plush.

2009 Winner Of Lemelson-MIT Award Is Not Your "Average" Student

Geoffry von Maltzahn is a man whose inventions are helping to create not one, but several different paths for successfully treating cancer. He is 28 years old, a biomedical engineer in graduate school at MIT, and he has already submitted 8 patent applications, co-authored 19 papers, founded two companies, and mentors aspiring scientists. And in his spare time...

Russian Academy of Sciences to Explore One of Jupiter’s Moons

The Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences aided by European and NASA scientists are discussing the possibility of exploring one of Jupiter’s moons. The specialists gathered to discuss the potential problems, which may appear during research missions to Europa. Read on and …be amazed.

Power Hog Piggy Bank: Green Gadget for Kids

 

This little bank isn't your  average run-of-the-mill piggy bank.  The Power Hog helps children learn all about conserving electricity.

New Holland Introduces Fuel Cell Tractor...Proves Even Farms Can Go Green

While alternative energy sources are most prominent when talking about the automotive industry, it has been reaching other places as well. A perfect example of this comes from New Holland Farm equipment and their new Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tractor.

Protoscar Unveils All Electric Lampo Concept

Last month, another all electric roadster called the Protoscar Lampo was partially unveiled to the public. Aside from a few pieces of information about the power train, Protoscar didn't give out many details regarding their new sporty EV, however they did say it would be bowing at Geneva and more information would be available just before the show.

Contain Explosions In Your Spare Time: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6854374 also known as the Explosion Containment Net could well be the perfect gift for the terrorist on your list who has just about everything. Think ahead, even though we are nowhere near the holidays, because explosions can and usually do make a difference. Read on, but duck.

Ferrari Design Students to Attend Modena University: Provide Better Cars for the Future

While most automotive designers will be happy with a job working for one of the several huge car companies across the globe, there are a few who have set their sights even higher. From them, exotics are what they want to design and they will settle for nothing else. Which raises the question: "Where do the men and women who design the exotic imports attend school?" If it's Ferrari, they will be attending the new Mille Chili Laboratory housed in Modena University.

Be The First on Your Block To Freeze Dry Dog Poop!: Great Idea?

The Doggie Poop Freeze Wand is also known to some discerning specialists of fecal matter as Patent#US 6883462. If when you hear the word, wand, you think of fairy godmothers and Tinkerbelle, you are not that far off. There is no pumpkin coach or glass slipper or even a cute prince waiting however; it’s merely a response to the call of nature that befalls all living things. Read on but…don’t buy this yet.

Lotus/Jaguar Team Up to Design Engine that Runs on Pretty Much Anything

Back in August, Lotus and Jaguar began a project, named "Omnivore," that was aimed at changing the way we think about the internal combustion engine. The engineers planned on beginning with a two stroke engine, rather than the four stroke we are used to, and redesigning it to work efficiently in their vehicles. Skip forward a few months, and now the Lotus/Jaguar team has put their "Omnivore" engine on display for the world to see.

Burial Space Running Out: Could Promession be the Right Option?

I first wrote about biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak and her cryogenic technology with dead bodies in October of 2007. She was 8th and favorite on my list of eco-friendly burial options. Nearly 2 years later her freeze-dry technology is placed top of the list as a possible eco-burial option for East Lothian.