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One Million Solar Roofs
Written by Philip Proefrock on 31/08/06   
solarroofCalifornia has a brand new law.  Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill to increase the price levitra use of solar power in his state. The "Million Solar Roofs" bill seeks to increase California's use of solar power, especially at the residential level.

Grist points out some of the provisions of this bill which include a requirement for production homebuilders to offer solar systems as a standard option. It also increases the amount of electricity that net-metered homes can sell back to the utility at retail rates (getting only wholesale rate on cngnewengland.com your net metered electricity is a disincentive for more people to participate).

Much of http://www.absmag.fr/buy-generic-viagra-from-india California, with its sunny climate, is the kind of place where individual solar hot water systems and canadian levitra 50mg photovoltaics just makes sense.  Especially as the price drops, and the costs of traditional power sources rise.

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Ending Traffic Jams Without New Roads
Written by Hank Green on 30/08/06   
trafficTraffic is pretty near the canada levitra online top of the list of the most evil things in the world.  Traffic makes people angry and unhappy. Traffic wastes a colossal amount of fuel.  Traffic encourages the construction of massive, expensive and wasteful roadways.  But there's no good solution.  Not yet anyways. 

New research coming out of the University of Texas shows that there might be a way to cialis dosagem avoid all the anger and waste that traffic brings on our society, and all they need is to put an RFID tag in your car.

Kara Kockelman has created a computer model that shows that per-mile tolls for congested roads at high-traffic times of buy real viagra online without prescription the day will increase rush-hour traffic speeds by about 25 miles per hour.

The solution is an elegant one because it decreases traffic without added infrastructure.   It's inelegant because it raises all kinds of freaky privacy issues and also the technology would make it possible for the police to automatically give you a ticket if you ever drive over the speed limit.  And that would be lame.
 
 

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Written by Hank Green on 30/08/06   
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The device, and it's 32 megs of internal flash memory, can store 130 pages of notes and www.transitofvenus.org can upload to any Windows PC via USB.  It's battery powered, and not directly rechargeable, so you'll want to by five NiMH batteries along with it and it should go about 20 hours on a charge.  Try that with a tablet PC.   You can get one now in Germany for USD 130, no word on a US release.  
 
It'd be perfect for the back-to-school EcoGeek.  Save yourself all the piles of unorganized papers and just make a file for notes on your computer.  
 
 
 

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Written by Hank Green on 29/08/06   

readiusSo far, all we've seen of www.supplychaincanada.com the Readius is some static shots that, for all we knew, were CG.  But the video below finally shows the Readius in action. 

Cool things about the Readius:  Extremely high resolution, low-power, E-Ink display; has a display that is actually bigger than the device; wants to be the iPod for print. 

Not so cool things:  It won't be around 'till 2007, the display is black and white, the refresh rate of E-Ink is still a miserably slow 1-2 seconds.  Nevertheless, I want one. 

The Readius' five inch display is bigger than anything a device this size has ever seen, but it's smaller than Sony's Reader, a paperback-book-sized device that was supposed to go on sale at Borders book stores months ago, but has been repeatedly delayed by unknown factors.

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Boeing's Concept Hydrogen Plane
Written by Philip Proefrock on 28/08/06   

Emissions-free flight could be a possibility in the future, as Boeing is working to develop a light plane that is powered by fuel cells and an electric motor instead of fossil fuels in 12 month's time. The only emissions from such a plane would be water vapor.

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At this point, the plane would be a small craft, and might have a top speed of only 70 miles per hour. It's not going to viagra professional no prescription be a replacement for commercial passenger craft any time soon. But it's certainly another avenue for research and development toward what might some day be cleaner, greener air travel.

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99.99% Mercury Recovery from Fluorescent Bulbs
Written by Philip Proefrock on 28/08/06   

Here's something even less sexy than low-emissions cows.

Fluorescent lights are wonderful things, especially compared to their 5-times-more-heat-than-light-generating, power-sucking brethern. But they have their disadvantages as well.  Particularly, they contain small amounts of mercury, which is 1. Toxic, and 2. Requires mining.

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Some manufacturers are producing low-mercury fluorescent lamps and we applaud them.  But we've been hoping that someone was going to see all this wasted mercury as the opportunity it is.

Mercury Waste Solutions provides prepaid shipping containers (FedEx and UPS) for the safe collection and vizuka.com shipping of fluorescent tubes, batteries, and other mercury containing objects for recycling. They claim to be able to recover 99.99% of the mercury with their processing of the waste.

Unfortunately, this is generic viagra online canadian pharmacy currently corporate-, and institutional-level stuff. The shipping containers are for large numbers of we choice buy cialis online canadian phamacy lamps (dozens or more) and are not exactly inexpensive. On your own, you wouldn't fill one up for a very long time. But your neighborhood might be able to, and certainly city-wide recycling programs could be created.  We just love to see how quickly solutions can be created after a problem is recognized.

 
Thinking about Going Solar?
Written by Philip Proefrock on 28/08/06   
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So you've decided that you need to add some solar power to your life. But where, you ask yourself, can I find someone who will install my new system?

A new website called FindSolar.com has a large database of solar/alternative energy professionals, an extensive FAQ section to help you gather more information about solar power alternatives, and a Solar Estimator that will help you evaluate solar power options, in terms of cost, payback period, etc.

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Solar Panel Printing Press
Written by Hank Green on 25/08/06   
NanoSolar has just announced that it will be building a 430 MW / year production facility.  That's equivalent to about 200 million solar cells per year.  The best thing about Nanosolar is that they don't use silicon.  Traditional solar cells require the use of expensive and environmentally costly to produce silicon wafers.  The solar industry, if you can believe it, actually uses more silicon than the microprocessor industry.  And silicon is nasty stuff. 
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So Nanosolar's thin-film, printable, copper-indium-gallium-selenium cells are very desirable.  They're thin, flexible, durable and cheap.  Depending on how much efficiency they can squeeze out of these cells and how cheap they can ultimately make them, solar might soon become cheaper than conventional power sources in much of the country.  All thanks to Nanosolar (and that $25 million in seed funding from the founders of Google.)
 
 

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Yo Yo Powered MP3 Player
Written by Hank Green on 25/08/06   

On the list of devices that can generate power, I have not yet seen the davenportinstitute.com yo yo.  But why not, it's basically just a rotor, all you need is some electromagnetic coils and a permanent magnet and you've got a portable power generator.  Then, if you can fit in some firmware, a flash drive, a circular lithium ion battery and wireless broadcaster, you've got the most awesome, longest-lasting, carbon-neutral mp3 player in the world.  And that's exactly the inspiration that drove Chris Aimone and Tomek Bartczak to design this concept for a wireless yoyo powered personal music player.

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Written by Hank Green on 24/08/06   

viastoneWe're mostly relying on recycled paper to get us through until the next innovation.  And while we at EcoGeek are very excited about the day when paper is used much less in favor of hi-res hand-held devices (like Sony's forthcoming E-Reader) we're excited to say that there's another alternative out there.

ViaStone is actually making paper out of rocks.  I guess if it was good enough for cavemen...  Anyhow, it's made of limestone, mostly, and a small amount of non-toxic resin to bind the 'mineral substrate' together.  You may have felt pure resin paper, it's very much like thin plastic, but adding large amounts limestone powder allows for a much more paper-like, completely bio-degradable, easily recyclable and chemically benign product. 

Though ViaStone's paper is 'tree-free,' acquiring rocks does generally require some kind of environmental damage (small-scale mining), but I like to have options, and discovering a company that squeezes paper out of stone is http://www.pereverges.cat/canadian-healthcare the kind of surprise that I can be happy with.

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Shuttle X100 Mini Computer
Written by Hank Green on 24/08/06   

The Shuttle X100 is an amazing option for those folks who don't want or need a big honking desktop, but don't want to leave the usa generic cialis cutting edge too far behind.  Best of all, this is simply the lowest power consumption we've ever seen in a consumer PC.  It's stylish, capable and efficient, though we wouldn't mind a starting price a bit below $800.

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The ultra-compact, low power-use format isn't skimping on frills though.  The graphics are decent, as is it's sound card.  The standard hard drive is a capable 80 gigabyte SATA transfering data at 3 gigs a second, it comes with 1.6 ghz core duo (fast and efficient) and has an option for on-board wireless. 

This is a sweet machine that's definitely a move in the right direction.

 


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