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Flash Laptop from Samsung
Written by Hank Green on 26/04/06   

{mosimage}Samsung revealed a laptop with a 32 gig flash drive at CeBIT this year. Booting side by side with a traditional laptop with the spinning platters that we've all got, this thing was up and buy tramadol online pay by mastercard ready almost twice as fast.

Of course, twice as fast also translates to www.bsd-berlin.de ten times more expensive. If it were in stores now, this drive would set you back about $900, a cost of take levitra $30 per gigabyte. Harddisk drives for laptops are currently closer to $2.50 per gig. So, even with the speed, the durability and the brand cialis without prescription buy efficiency, Samsung has a ways to go before these drives go mass market.

 

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Make a Battery a Flashlight
Written by Hank Green on 26/04/06   
{mosimage}Falling into the category of “duh” inventions is this little device that pops on the top of a nine volt battery. Suddenly, the candle seems so obsolete! OK, this isn't a complicated post, but you gotta love when we're able to make something that is tiny, cheap, useful and efficient (not only in its use of electricity, but also in the use of materials.)

Pak-Lite says you'll get more than 20 hours on per charge on a nine-volt battery. Of course, if you use this thing on a battery that's not rechargeable, it becomes more a wasteful device than a marvelous toy. So, stock up on nine volt rechargeables and visit 9voltlight.com .

 

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Dimmable Compact Fluorescents

Your real environmental commitment is tested most when you have to give something up. How many of purchase viagra soft tabs us don't actually prefer riding our bicycles and eating delicious organic food? Organic, vine-ripened tomatoes. What a sacrifice! {mosimage}

I struggle most with making the very obvious and logically airtight decision to convert my household lighting over to compact fluorescent bulbs. Compared to buy viagra china incandescent bulbs, they use anywhere from 50-80% less electricity and last somewhere around ten times as long. A no-brainer.

But here's the problem: The light they cast is just plain ugly. Standard fluorescent bulbs emit too much yellow and levitra samples blue, and not enough green and red. This limited spectrum is responsible for the how much viagra horrible, sickly appearance of food in high school cafeterias, and the purply, poxed look of your face in truck stop bathroom mirrors.

What's more, standard fluorescents can't be dimmed. Who wants to eat nasty-looking food across from a sickly roommate under un-dimmable glaring lights in their own home? By show of buy generic levitra cheap hands?

Fortunately, technology advances. You can now purchase, on Amazon.com, dimmable, spiral compact fluorescent bulbs, which are at least somewhat color compensated to reduce the ugliness. We haven't tried them ourselves yet, but this EcoGeek is ordering some right now.

What's the point of eating tasty organic food if you can't enjoy it at just the right lumen level and with accurate color rendition?

Via MetaEfficient

 

APR 20

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Now Catfish is the New Diesel?
A mere two days ago we EcoGeeks reported on a refined method of converting plain old coal into diesel motor fuel. Now, struggling to maintain a straight face, we point to an even better raw feedstock for the production of non-petroleum truck energy: {mosimage}

Catfish.

Yep, according to this article on vnagency.com a crafty and determined Vietnamese innovator has successfully developed a method of producing diesel fuel using the oil and offal from catfish. Evidently the quarter million tons of catfish generated in the Mekong Delta each year are now yielding the handy co-product of 30,000 tons of diesel fuel, at least some of which is actively being used to operate a brick making plant.

We have no way to how to get levitra in canada confirm any of what is reported in this story, and it's scant on details to be sure. But we like the viagra mexico idea. Real bio-diesel is a good thing, and this article attests to the ability of human ingenuity to think our way out of the ridiculous petro-addiction we modern societies are suffering.

Imagine, catfish as the new source of global transportation energy, fueling our trucks, cars, and trains. The South could rise again! I dream of a day, after Peak Oil has come and gone, when impoverished Middle Eastern Mullahs, look on in nostalgic envy as the Southern U.S. states assume their rightful place as the source of a globally critical energy reserve:

Catfish!
 
 

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Hybrid bus trend spreads to Toronto
Written by Dave Burdick on 20/04/06   
Toronto ordered 150 hybrid buses to incorporate into their mass transit system, according to the Toronto Star . It sounds similar to a project in New York City that has "180 Orion VII's in use now, with orders that will see more than 500 on the road by the end of the year."
 
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Toronto's ordering the same type of bus.
 
A quick quote from Paul Fleuranges, spokesman for New York City Transit: "They are performing as well as or even a little better than we expected, and doing exactly what we wanted, which is to contribute less to pollution and increase fuel mileage."
 

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235 MPG VW of the Future...from 2002
Written by Hank Green on 20/04/06   

Hello Redditers. Welcome to EcoGeek.

Just a note...this is a rather old article, and it turns out that VW will in fact be selling this car! You can read more about it here. I guess they were just waiting for $4 / gallon gas...

It isn't really a surprise that this car is extremely fuel efficient. I mean, bobsledders figured out that this design was aerodynamic a long time ago.

But Volkswagon took that extra step and made a bobsled with a diesel engine. It is, in fact, actually a car. It seats two (arguably), gets roughly 235 miles per gallon of wow)) cialis canada online pharmacy diesel fuel and is perched at the very cutting edge aerodynamic technology. Of course, this comcept car has been around since 2002, and we're still no where near seeing it on our roads.

The car's technology comes from it's unique shape and it's ultra-light body. The frame is actually made of magnesium, an extremely light metal, and the outer skin is reinforced with carbon fiber. The one cylinder engine is made of aluminum and sits on top of the rear axle. The car is only a bit more than three feet high and weighs less than 700 lbs.

It might seem like a death trap and, if you got in a head-on with an SUV, it would be. But the car is surprisingly safe for its size, employing an excellent roll-avoidance system that makes the car virtually impossible to flip.

So...the car of the future was officially here four years ago. It could have been (and maybe still could be) a whole new class of vehicle. But nobody wants the passenger to straddle the driver in what looks to be the child of a VW Bug and a bobsled. The technology is in our hands. We choose not to use it.

 

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GreenScanner, UPC database for the environment.
Written by Hank Green on 19/04/06   

We've been waiting for this one, imagining the day when we can pick up a product at the grocery store, scan the bar-code, and discover, for real, what the tramadol 180 product is about. Sure, we can read the froofy language on the side of the can – quote Eddie Izzard – “This jam was made by groovy people, out of fruit that agreed to be in the jam in the first place.”{mosimage}

But we want to tap into an international database of consumer opinions with a boop of it's cool generic cialis 100mg our bar-code scanner. Bill Tomlinson , a researcher at the University of California at Irvine, has made just such a database available. It's called “GreenScanner.”

Quoting Greenscanner: "This site is a public database of opinions about the environmental friendliness of various products. It has been designed for use with network-enabled mobile devices so you can use it at the food store."   Unfortunately it has not been designed to be easy on the eyes.  Be Careful.

Of course, there's no hundred-person-strong team of researchers finding all this information and buy real viagra online typing it into the database (yet.) But Tomlinson feels that leaving it in the public's hands is probably a better idea anyway.

So now, standing in the aisle is no longer a passive process. We can discover information and, where there is no data, we can rate the products as we choose. It's cool technology, it's empowering individuals, and it's allowing us to more environmentally informed decisions. This...GreenScanner... is the essence of EcoGeek.

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Citizen Memory LCD
Written by Hank Green on 18/04/06   

Take a good look at your computer screen and realize: Nothing is Moving. Yet, it is powered, constantly, as if it were a mobile display. E-Ink, the ecogeek's favorite display, has conquered this by only needing power to change its display while LCD screens have always needed constant power to maintain the display.

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No Longer! Citizen has created the Memory LCD , which retains its image even when turned off. Of course, this thing is a long way away from being a computer monitor. A good start though, and a good alternative to the slow refresh rate of E-Ink, if it comes to that (though don't ever expect this to be flexibile like E-Ink.)

If you're wondering, the picture here is a point-of-sale screen, showing that 500 grams of bananas costs 395 yen, and that the banana's come from Ecuador (and also where Ecuador is, just in case the consumer is interested.)

Via Engadget  

 
The burp to end all burps
Written by Dave Burdick on 18/04/06   
Okay, I don't have a copy of professional cialis the text and I don't have a login for TimesSelect -- then how, you ask did I get this information? {mosimage}I have my sources/mother... -- but there's a New York Times op-ed today about the theory of the "methane burp," or as the headline puts it, "The Big Burp Theory of the Apocalypse."

Very flashy. Can't wait for the movie.
 
"Snakes on a Plane II: Burps at the Apocalypse."
 
At any rate, the idea is that under the super cialis sea (under the sea!), there is a store of methane that's waiting for warmer climes to bubble up and then, you know, make all of the oceans boil like giant seafood-frying... oceans. The beginning of the column looks like this:
 
"Since President Bush is complacent about conventional risks from climate change, let's try fear-mongering."
 
Some preview that is! At least we know it's about fear-mongering and burping, right? 
 
If you've got TimesSelect, check it out here.
 
For those of us without, here's the general idea of www.beverly.org methane burps as extracted from an AP story that ran on CNN.com a-way back in 2000:
 
"Huge reservoirs of methane trapped beneath the ocean floor rapidly escaped during prehistoric global warming and depleted much of the sea's oxygen, according to new research into why many forms of life suddenly vanished 183 million years ago."
 
And:
 
"Methane hydrate is formed beneath the sea floor when algae from the surface dies and sinks. Normally a gas, the methane is locked in an ice-like state but is susceptible to changes in pressure and temperature."
 
So that's exciting. If that's not enough, check out this explanation from the UK's Environment Agency.
 
Via NYT. And Mom.
 
Ho-hum swimming robot
Written by Dave Burdick on 18/04/06   
Man, you can't swing a data-obsessed scientist anymore without hitting a data-gathering robot of some kind.{mosimage}
 
A "robot" named Spray is "swimming" from Greenland to Spain, sending daily e-mail updates to its fleshen masters, who can adjust its course via the things GPS receiver. Ooh, a data-gathering robot with a GPS receiver. How creative.
 
Okay yeah, it's cool that this robot will be gathering data on salinity, temperature and online viagra sales other things to keep tabs on the ocean's climate, but it's a little creepy that the scientists in charge want to deploy a ton more by 2011 and call them robotic underwater sentinels.
 
Also, am I wrong in saying that it looks a lot more like a missile than a robot?
 
How hard would it have been, Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, if you're already going to the trouble of calling it a robot to give it googly eyes or a square, painted-on mouth?
 
All I'm saying is I wouldn't want to be reaching for  the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and accidentally grab a torpedo. But what do I know? 
 
 

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Coal is the New Diesel
A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina has demonstrated a new method of converting coal into diesel fuel. The results were released with the usual media-manipulating fanfare and heralded as a source of "green diesel."

"Green diesel?" Come again?{mosimage}

Isn't that a bit like calling a slap a "polite punch?"

According to a National Geographic report
, the scientists used a compound chemical process to rearrange the carbon atoms in coal, yielding ethane gas and diesel fuel. The resulting fuel "is much cleaner burning than conventional diesel, even cleaner burning than gasoline," according to a Rutgers University chemist Alan Goldman, cited in the report. The technology relies on two chemical processes, one of which independently was awarded the Nobel Prize last year. So it's clear this is world-class science.  

But green? Ecogeeks remain skeptical.
 


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