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Siphoning Roadway Heat? It’s Not Our (As)phalt!

At the University of Rhode Island, scientists are warming up to ways to capture the heat trapped in roadways.

 

Send A Postcarden And Give The Gift Of A Mini Garden Too

Nowadays, most people send cards because they feel obligated to do so because of some occasion.  They want you to know that they are thinking of you, but are often too busy to do more than sign the card and mail it out.   Now, instead of mailing a plain old card you can send the gift of a tiny garden too.

Immunity: What's Fertility Got To Do With It?

Do you catch every cold or flu that comes along?  Or do you somehow manage to avert the most contagious of them?  Either way, it's possible that this study of immunity and fertility among Scottish sheep may turn out to provide the reason.

T6 Delivers Filtered Water At Any Temperature

Even with all of the money we put into water on a daily basis, we still have to work to get it the temperature that we want it for each particular purpose.  The T6 Water Dispenser is looking to simplify our daily water needs.  Once installed to your main water supply it will filter and dispense at four different temperatures – chilled, ambient, hot and boiling hot.

Cats, Dogs, & Laser Toys

I've written a lot of blogs about pet toys, including one I update every year called the 19+ Best Interactive Pet Gifts, but I don't write a lot about laser toys.  There's a reason for that, and with the holidays soon upon us, I want to share my thoughts about buying laser toys as pet gifts.

Bees Solve Complicated Math Problem Faster Than Computers

The "Traveling Salesman Problem" is a complex mathematical problem that involves finding the shortest route to all destinations in the shortest amount of time.  A computer is tied up for days figuring out the solution, but not so for bumble bees! 

What A Physicist Might Do In The Name Of Biomimicry

A physics grad student at Georgia Tech, Andrew Dickerson, conducted an interesting animal experiment in the hopes of it leading to a new design for a washing machine or something, perhaps, that had not been invented yet.  He studied the number of shakes it takes for various animals to dry off.

 

Deuterium: A Tractor that Harvests the Environment

"Deuterium" is no longer just a hard to pronounce name for a hydrogren isotope.  Now, it's also the name for the latest multi-dimensional, eco-friendly concept tractor, which uses solar energy and hydrogen fuel to harvest a healthier planet.

Landslide Warnings Get Down With The Sound

A new type of sub-surface, sonic detection system is making all the night noises when it comes to efficient landslide detection.

5 Last Minute "Trashy" Kid Costumes Make A Green Statement

Why spend $15-20 (sometimes more) on a Halloween costume for your kid? Your child is only going to wear it once. For some ideas to make your own, take a look at the homemade eco-themed costumes below made by very innovative parents.

The 2% Solution – Milk As A Styrofoam Superlative

A combination of milk protein and ordinary clay may represent a biodegradable alternative to the Styrofoam and plastics we dump in our landfills.

Worried About Winter Germs? GetGloved And Kill Them Naturally

Gloves start out looking fresh and clean, but after a very short while end up looking pretty dirty and beat up, not to mention that they likely harbor a lot of germs.  GetGloved bamboo gloves sound like a great alternative to the usual old hand protection.  The organic bamboo material is said to be incredibly soft on the skin, eco-friendly, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and hypoallergenic.   

Biomimicry At Work: Ants Inspire The A.N.T. Aid Necessities Transporter

A multipurpose aid and rescue vehicle, the Aid Necessities Transporter, alias ANT, was designed by Brian Lee, a 24 year-old design student at Monash University in Australia when he submitted his entry to the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) Target 2020 competition.  It was announced this week that Lee's ANT design, inspired by the anatomy and mentality of ants, won the competition.

 


Room With A View – The Hotel Industry Gets Spaced Out

Russian company Orbital Technology adds “space hotel” to its list of under-development projects.

Whale Poop Is Vital To Ocean Ecology

You probably don't think about the nutrients in whale poop very often, but biologists from the University of Vermont and Harvard University actually made a huge contribution to many scientists and fisherman, sharing what they learned studying whale poop and which way it floats.

Swabbin’ Yer Cheeks Now Quickly Reveals The Black Lung. Avast!

Early detection in lung cancer is key to survivability, and a team of researchers has developed a way to easily identify those affected.

 

Green Technology is the Future

In the midst of one of the worst economic periods the United States has ever seen and the increasing need for renewable energy sources, green technology will lead the way toward an environmental revolution. Throughout history it has been entrepreneurs and inventors that have pulled economies out of the gutter, not government bailouts or higher taxes. As the future innovators of the world, it is our responsibility to make sure our planet is taken care of, not taken advantage of.

The 2010 Nobel Prize In Chemistry: Palladium As Catalyst For Carbon Coupling

The 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, its seminal work by Richard F. Heck and its variations by Ei-ichi Negisi and Akira Suzuki, has been awarded for the discovery of palladium as a catalyst in forming carbon bonds.  This discovery has already impacted many areas of science, from medicine to agriculture to electronics. Like the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded yesterday, the chemistry award acknowledges advancements in carbon enhancement.

 

 

A Mighty Solar Wind May Power Us Up

Scientists at Washington State University have developed a semi-practical plan to take advantage of the solar wind that blows our way. 

Dog Poop Lights 'Eternal Lamp' For The Park Spark Project

Instead of trying to identifying the culprits of that poop on the grass, dog poop is actually a welcome sight to the residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who are happily participating in the Park Spark Project.  The objective of the project is to turn dog poop into methane gas and use it for energy.  A relatively small amount of dog poop is already lighting one of the city's lamps - an eternal light from the power of dog poop.