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Great Invention Idea? Bull's-eye Toilet Bowl!


Toilet Bowl with Bull's-eye TargetToilet Bowl with Bull's-eye Target


I'm afraid a quick glance at my articles might give some readers the wrong impression: that I have an affinity for anything relating to bodily functions. In particular, anything people do in the bathroom. Well, those readers are wrong. That being said, today I bring you United States patent 4044405, the toilet bowl bull's-eye! read more »

A New Production Method May Make Ethanol Cheaper


Ethanol Produtcion: Without CornEthanol Produtcion: Without Corn

Alternative fuels have been taking a beating in the media over the last few weeks. Scientists are providing evidence that in the long run, Ethanol won't pay off. However, a new production method from Coskata may be the answer. read more »

Floating Origami


Boating can be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable pastimes around. The only real problem ahead of you is getting a boat. You have a few options available to you here. You can outright buy one. You can opt to rent one. You can build one. What if a new boat is a little heavier than your wallet and you use one too much to rent? Building one is the logical choice. And thanks to a few very intelligent people, even that has become easier. read more »

Wind-Powered Air Conditioning


High power bills due to blasting the air conditioning in the summer can be a drag. Recently, researchers from the Malaviya National Institute of Technology in India have designed a natural, passive method for keeping indoor environments cool during hot summer days. read more »

Space Based Solar Power Lights Up Japan's Energy Future



An ambitious long-term program by JAXA, Japan's space agency, seeks to set up a reliable and environmentally friendly solar energy collection system thousands of miles above the Earth.
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Nanowires Grown to Absorb more Sunlight


 

Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario have grown light-absorbing nanowires that can absorb more energy from the sun than the silicon ones. The challenge for the researchers is to improve the nanowires' efficiency without bringing up the cost. Can they do it? read more »

10 Gigantic Solar-Powered Projects


 

Solar cell efficiencies are improving, and a number of solar-powered projects are popping up around the world. Here are a few highlights, including single buildings and large solar plants. Hopefully, their successors will be even bigger and better... read more »

Japan Tobacco's Cheerfully Chiding 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 2



How many ways can Japan's smokers be told to be considerate and well-mannered while puffing away? Seventy-three, it seems. We covered the first 10 in the series last month; here are numbers 11 through 20.
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Great Invention Idea? The Modern Bathhouse!


Mechanical ShowerMechanical Shower

As many of you already know, conservationists espouse the use of car washes because the facilities recycle the water used to get your vehicle looking its squeaky-clean best. Sounds like a good idea, right? But why should such a practical idea, like recycling water, be limited to cars? After all, we don't generally wash our cars everyday. We do, however, bathe our bods (I hope) everyday. Presumably then, washing ourselves is far more wasteful of a precious natural resource - one that some people argue will be the world's next "oil" - than the occasional washing of our cars. read more »

E. Coli Turns Sugar into Hydrogen Fuel


By modifying a few genes in the stomach bacteria E. coli, scientists from Texas A&M have made the bacteria capable of producing hydrogen - possibly enough to power vehicles and homes in the future. read more »

Mazda's New Rotary Rocket


Mazda is known for it's very clever use of the rotary engine, especially the RX series. Recently, they decided to add another vehicle to the Rotary family, and it's a love-hate relationship. read more »

Lovely Eco-Silverware Jewelry For Your Love


Jennifer Northup, a talented jewelry designer, deserves applause for her innovative eco-jewelry. Recycled from vintage antique silverware of the 1800s she molds silverware (handles and other parts) into elegant belts buckles, necklace pendants, bracelets, rings, spoon watches, cardholders, etc. read more »

Higher Performance and Lower Fuel Cost for the 2010 Mustang


Since it's release in 2005, the new edition of the Mustang has seen steadily climbing sales and some very happy drivers. They hope to improve upon both with a revamping for the 2010 year model. One which may include Twin-Turbo. read more »

Alaska Resort Thrives on Geothermal Energy


While most tourists visit the Chena Hot Springs Resort to swim in the steaming water of Rock Lake, the locals use the hot springs for another reason: to power their buildings in an attempt to become a self-sufficient community. read more »

Making the Electric Car Work: Can Israel Succeed?


Renault's, soon to be electric, Megane. (from Channel4.com)Renault's, soon to be electric, Megane. (from Channel4.com)

When a country can't buy oil from most of the Middle East, there are a few smart things to do: reduce consumption, buy from somewhere else, or, introduce the most revolutionary electric car infrastructure ever. For Israel, it's doing all three. read more »

Happy Baby, Green Baby


Today's baby product manufacturers are not only innovative, but environmentally friendly too. read more »

A Universe of Man-Made Islands Coming to Dubai?


The proposed Universe Islands, depicted just under The World IslandsThe proposed Universe Islands, depicted just under The World Islands

Sunday, on the heels of the completion of a massive project, property development company, Nakheel, unveiled another Dubai mega-project. If given the go ahead, The Universe Islands would add more than 7,500 acres worth of man-made islands to an already crowded coastline. read more »

Rice Ethanol Replaces Oil, Saves Farm Jobs



Street-racing slang often refers to tuned Japanese sports cars as "ricers", but a new project to create ethanol fuel from non-food rice may just succeed in extending the term to include ALL cars driven in Japan.
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Can We Just Hide Our CO2?


Although discovering green methods for generating power is a worldwide priority, many people are worried that these cures won't come soon enough. To try to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the meantime, some countries are looking at ways to hide our enormous CO2 footprint by burying the gas deep in the earth. read more »

Toyota Hybrid Race Car to Compete at 2010 Le Mans



The historic "24 Hours of Le Mans" is one of the world's most challenging auto races, and Toyota has never won it. Now they're charging - literally - back to Le Mans with an impressive hybrid racer... and the plan this time is to win!
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