Daily Archives: May 12, 2013

So this is exciting to me because…

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Image links to Discovery article

I have been so sick of seeing car commercials. They release tons of new cars. The new version of the one that came before it. They get all this hype. And for what? And extra mile per gallon? A new computerized gizmo to make something “easier” for you or maybe even distract you that will just drain the battery more and probably not work all that well to begin with and will cost a lot to fix? I’m over it. Sure, I have a car. It works fine. But I really don’t see the point in releasing a new version every year. Why not wait a few and have something interesting about it? I have been waiting for people to stop and think about how else people can travel. Just get away from the whole idea of a car. I’ll be excited when I see something new. Which is why this makes me excited. I could care less if it works or not or if it would take a century to make function-able and marketable. People are trying to think of something else and that is all I care about.

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Exciting times!

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Image links to Inhabitat article

“Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have created low-density, super-strong aerogels made of carbon nanotubes that could be key to cleaning up oil spills. The new material is able to absorb up to 900 times its weight. When used for cleaning oil spills, the oil is separated by simply squeezing or burning the fire-resistant nanotube aerogels that can be reused.”

There may be hope for you yet, Arkansas!

Energy Harvest

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Image links to Inhabitat article

Energy Floors has developed an illuminated dancefloor fit for Saturday Night Fever that doubles as a renewable energy source. The LED-lit floor converts dancers’ moves into usable electricity. In San Francisco, the Temple Night Club has a permanent Energy Floor installed, constantly harvesting the wasted energy from their customers.”

This seriously needs to be in every club! It would be even better if the energy from the floor is what powered the club for the night instead of offsetting the cost of utilities.

Image links to Inhabitat article

” Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a way to harness the power of the photosynthetic process to generate a clean form of electricity. During experiments, the process resulted in current levels that were twice the power of current systems. While more work needs to be done to bring the technology to market level, the developments could potentially improve the function of solar panels, remote sensors, and other electronic equipment.”

Totally on board! Unless this takes away what the plant need to survive. Not only would that be rude, but that wouldn’t be sustainable either to kill all the plants that make energy use easier.