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Written by Hank Green on 06/09/06   
alladinEcoGeeks have firm handshakes.  Or, at least, they will once the get an AladdinPower handheld and operated generator.  Just squeeze the www.aagon.de thing and the juice starts flowing.  It'll recharge anything up to the size of a portable DVD player.  You're not going to have much of an effect on a laptop computer, but anything else is fair game. 

The device comes with a built in high-powered light as well as a cigarette lighter-type connector.  So as long as you've got a car charger for your device, you'll never run out of levitra cost of order cheapest viagra online sales batteries again!

I've never actually gotten my hands on one of these, so I don't have any idea how difficult it is to squeeze or how quickly it can charge a device.  But I do know that it'll set you back 60 bucks and could be the secret ingredient in any of a thousand awesome DIY projects.
 
 
Millions of Little Engines
Written by Hank Green on 05/09/06   
Below is an amazing scene from an amazing movie, You Cant Take it With You. About half way through to film, Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur sit down on a park bench and have a five minute conversation that covers the meaning of life, the politics of fear, the future of solar power and falling in love. It's five minutes long and has no cuts, just Jimmy and Jean acting their hearts out. The longest piece of http://jaygalbraith.com/cialis-femele the scene is the bit about solar power. 

It was 1938, and Jimmy's character, Tony Kirby, had been forced to decided between his utopian research and joining in his families bank. This scene says a lot of things, but it's worth watching just for the little bit about solar power, quoted below. 
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"Well, we thought if we could find the secret of all those millions of little engines in this green stuff, we could make big ones.  And then we could take all the power we'd ever need right from the sun's rays."

A quick look at the work being done with porphyrins shows us that there's still a lot of work to be done. But, Tony Kirby, your work continues!
 

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Mimicking Chlorophyl
Written by Hank Green on 05/09/06   
Usually when we talk about solar cells, there are just two varieties.  Silicon and thin film.  Both were our ideas.  We thought, "Well, if a photon can knock an electron off a substance a plant made, why not a substance people made."  So we came up with substances that lose electrons when hit with photons. 

But, just now, when blogging about Jimmy Stewart and the future of Solar Power as seen in 1938, I realized that EcoGeek has never once mentioned what is still the future of solar power: Porphyrin.  Instead of creating our own substances that will lose electrons, some scientists are using porphyrin, the chemical that plants use to convert light into electricity. 
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Porphyrin chemistry is confusing and order viagra next day shipping troublesome.  And while it's been going on for a while, practical applications are still a ways off.  But, when they do arrive, we can expect much broader capabilities from solar power.  Porphyrin complexes, for example, can be painted on in huge swaths or incorporated into plastics.  They're also two to three times more efficient than anything silicon or thin film. 

The Fresh Science Initiative has announced that a team in Sydney has taken the first steps to practical organic solar cells.  By attaching hundreds porphyrin molecules to the outside of tramadol cod cheap saturday several bucky balls, the team has managed to cialis medication create a high enough density of porpharyn molecules to produce a significant amount of electricity. Though they're certainly in the first stages, it will be very exciting to follow their progress.

Leaves are extremely efficient, inexpensive, and environmentally neutral solar cells.  It's in our best interest to figure out how they do it as soon as possible so we can rid ourselves of our clumsy first attempts at mimicking nature. 
 
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Hugg: It's Digg for Green
Written by Hank Green on 03/09/06   
hugg125x125We at EcoGeek have to keep our eyes open all the time for good environmental news.  Besides us and GreenGeek.ca, there's no one service that provides specifically environmental tech news, so we've got to prowl around a lot for good stories.  Digg is great for tech with occasional green articles.  But Hugg is great for green with occasional tech articles. 

Hugg is technology for the environment, and I feel bad I haven't posted about them before.  So thanks to the folks at TreeHugger for putting together an awesome environmental Digg-clone. 
 
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The Complete New Yorker on a Portable Hard Drive
Written by Hank Green on 03/09/06   

 

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If you ever wanted to get your hands on every single issue The New Yorker, but were afraid of killing trees, fear no more!  You can now purchase The Complete New Yorker, over 4000 issues, on a portable harddrive for $300.  This includes every cover, ever cartoon and every advertisement since 1925.  Nothing is left out.  This is actually significantly cheaper than it would be in print and, I dare say, much more environmentally responsible.  Not to mention much more manageable. 

I am honestly not a huge fan of The New Yorker, but this move has broader implications for publishing and media in general.  What else might we see in similar formats.  They fit 4,000 issues of a magazine on an 80 gig harddrive, might we soon see every issue of http://www.bsd-berlin.de/canadian-cialis-for-sale whole newspapers?  And why stop at hard drives.  In another two years we could see a decade The New York Times on a flash drive. 
 
And why not bundle genres, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, and Scientific American on a something I can put in my pocket.  Now that's something I'd pay $300 for.
 
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AMD: Faster Processors, Less Power Consumption
Written by Hank Green on 03/09/06   
{mosimage}Quad Core technology is still about a year off, but AMD is releasing a continuous stream of news relating to best place to buy viagra online this next generation of chips.  While they haven't much discussed the http://eatingdisorderrecovery.com/levitra-for-women clock speeds (we imagine they will be sufficiently impressive,) what we are hearing from AMD is more about efficiency. 

AMD's focus on efficiency has created a huge shift in the processor industry.  As Intel struggles to catch up, AMD is doing everything in its power to ensure that its quad cores help them continue their unquestioned leadership in terms of efficiency.  The main advantage of the quad core system is that some of the chips can remain idle when not needed.  Running one core at 100% and three at 30% provides a power savings of 40% over single core architecture.  Most of the time, a computer doesn't even need half of its power.   Full cores can even be completely shut down, decreasing power use even more.

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One Watt Light Bulbs!
Written by Philip Proefrock on 02/09/06   
ledisonLED lamps have been around for a while. But new products keep coming out that allow high-efficiency LEDs to replace more incandescent bulbs and drastically reduce energy use at the same time.

Mule Lighting now has their LEDison series of LED lamps which are meant to replace standard incandescent lights for decorative applications. Unlike most other LED lights, these fit into standard Edison-base sockets (hence the name LEDison.)  These can be used just like compact flourescents with no special fixtures required.  

LEDison lamps are being used to replace 10 to 60w incandescent bulbs in commercial applications (like shopping malls). The LED lamps have ten times the service life of the incandescents they replace, and use only 1 watt! An even greater cost savings is realized when the annual maintenance costs of replacing incandescent bulbs is considered.  Unfortunately, they're not yet being mass produced and are probably pretty expensive (since they wouldn't tell us how much they cost.) 

They don't quite produce the amount of light we usually expect from household lamps, so compact fluorescents are still probably a better choice, for now. But progress continues, and these are another neat little step along the way.

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Green Electronics BlackList
Written by Philip Proefrock on 02/09/06   
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Greenpeace has come up with a Green Electronics Guide which ranks 14 technology manufacturers based on reduction of dangerous chemicals in their products and recycling policies.

Nokia, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard are at the top of the list, while Acer, Motorola, and Lenovo are the bottom three.

The list concentrates primarily on companies reducing their use of overnight cialis PVC plastics and brominated flame retardants (BFR). Corporate recycling and take-back was also a part of this ranking.

If you need to purchase new electronics (and sometimes the buy tramadol best price online greenest choice can be not to buy, or to tramadol for my dog buy used), this list can give you some comparison information.

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More about Free Google Book Downloads
Written by Hank Green on 31/08/06   
Quoting the introduction to the copy of Hamlet I just downloaded:

"This is a digital copy of a book that was preserved for generations on library shelves before it was carefully scanned by Google as part of a project to make the world’s books discoverable online.

 "It has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain. ... Public domain books are our gateways to the past, representing a wealth of history, culture and levitra for cheap knowledge that’s often difficult to discover. Marks, notations and other marginalia present in the original volume will appear in this file - a reminder of this book’s long journey from the publisher to a library and finally to what is cialis professional you."

google_natl_library It's really very simple, if you're looking at a public-domain book, a download button loads with the page and tells you how large the file is.  Just click it and the PDF is downloaded.  For an example, check out Pride and Prejudice or Origin of Species, depending on your tastes.

Unfortunately, these are just scanned images, not text.  If you read any reports that these files would be instantly searcheable (as I did) those reports were false.  However, the books are instantly searcheable online, proving that Google does indeed have the ability to read and convert these documents into text.  Let's hope that's next on the agenda.
 
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Ultra Low-Power Wireless Card
Written by Hank Green on 31/08/06   
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These things will likely find homes in cell phones and cialis from canadian pharmacy PDA's first.  But as the $170 pricetag drops they'll find their way into laptops, cameras and possibly even your household appliances.  Connecting to the internet without sucking a lot of juice is a big deal, not to mention the benefits for low-power computing.
 
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Free Google Book Downloads Starting Today!
Written by Hank Green on 31/08/06   
google_natl_libraryThe war on paper continues!  Yes, we can recycle it, yes we can make it from rocks, but why use it at all?  While high-res e-readers are promising to allow us to read digital text comfortably, content providers are revving up access to electronic books.

And, in this case, free books.  Sometime today, Google will begin providing full PDF downloads of public-domain books.  Though Google is currently only offering books with expired copyrights, the system does open the door to a pay-to-download service. 

We've been suspecting such an expansion for Google Book Search for a long time now, but we're excited to see this first step being made.  I'll update the post with a link once the service is up and running, so check back. 
 
 


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