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Toyota Unveils the Swiss Army Knife of Cars

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  about 3 months ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "Toyota is targeting the maker community with a new vehicle that can be customized to the nth degree. The U squared is the size of a compact city car, yet it offers tons of space with a modular rail system that allows you to swap out seats in favor of racks, storage trays, bike racks, and other components."
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Scientists Bioengineer Real Cheese Without Animal Products

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  about 4 months ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "A group of scientists has developed a process to create Real Vegan Cheese from a yeast-based, non-animal-derived milk protein. To do this they bio-engineered regular baker’s yeast to make milk proteins known as caseins. These caseins then get blended together with sugar, oil, and water, to brew up a non-animal-derived milk that can be transformed into cheese by standard, time-tested methods. The team recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to bring the cheese to market."
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Scientists Confirm Life Under Antarctic Ice for the First Time

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  about 4 months ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "A new paper by a group of researchers from Montana State University confirms that life can survive under antarctic ice. Researchers led by John Priscu drilled down into the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and pulled up organisms called Archaea. These organisms survive by converting methane into energy, enabling them to survive where there is no wind or sunlight, buried deep under the ice."
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Jamaica Unveils World's Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  about 5 months ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "The world’s largest wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project was recently completed in Kingston, Jamaica. The WindStream Technologies array is expected to generate approximately 106,000kWh annually with a return on investment in less than four years, and it should save approximately $2 million in energy costs over the course of its 25-year lifetime."
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Germany Quadruples Energy Surplus in Past Two Years

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "Germany's Federal Statistics Office just reported a surplus of 22.8 billion kilowatt hours over the last two years. While 46 percent of Germany’s power still comes from coal, in 2012 nearly 22 percent of the country’s electricity came from renewables — and the government has set a goal to source 80 percent of its electricity from green technology by 2050. Holland, Austria and Switzerland were the country’s main customers for the extra energy."
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Scientists Create World's First 3D-Printed 3D Printer

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "Researchers at Germany’s Doppelbock University just opened the door to the future of rapid prototyping technology by developing the world’s first 3D-printed 3D printer. Dubbed the Ecophage, the duplicitous device is capable of using readily available materials to create copies of itself – albeit at a slightly smaller scale. Best of all, it’s outfitted with a built-in material re-processor that can convert virtually any carbon-based substance into filament for 3d-printing."
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DIY BioPrinter Hack Lets You Print Biomaterials Using an Old Inkjet

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  about 2 years ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "Instructables member Patrik has successfully transformed an old HP5150 inkjet printer into a DIY bioprinter. To do this he removed the plastic covers and panels and rewired the paper handling mechanism. Then he prepped ink cartridges to be able to handle biological materials by opening the lid, removing the ink, and washing it out with deionized water. For his first experiment, he printed a simple solution of arabinose onto filter paper."
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Natcore Builds World's First Black Silicon Solar Cell Using Scalable Production

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "Natcore Technology has created the world’s first commercially-viable absolute black silicon cell. The company claims that by using a scalable liquid phase disposition (LPD) process, the groundbreaking solar cell can make virtually 100% of received sunlight available for conversion into electricity."
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Device Turns Waste Paper Into Pencils

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "Chinese designers Chengzhu Ruan, Yuanyuan Liu, Xinwei Yuan and Chao Chen have devised an award-winning device that is capable of turning waste paper into pencils. Their P&P Office Waste Processor salvages paper from the waste basket and spits out fully formed pencils at the push of a button. The team made a clever connection between an office’s waste stream and supply needs with a satisfying design that produces something truly useful."
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New Toilet Turns Waste to Electricity, Cuts Water Use 90%

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have invented a new toilet system that turns human waste into electricity and fertilizers while reducing the amount of water needed for flushing by up to 90%.The system is known as the No-Mix Vacuum Toilet due to its vacuum suction technology, which is similar to the tech used by aircraft toilets. The toilet system works by using two chambers to separate liquid and solid wastes so that only 0.2 liters (.05 gallons) of water are required for flushing instead of the usual 1-1.5 gallons. If this system is installed in your average public restroom, it is estimated that is would save about 42,267 gallons per year."
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Green Cars Dominate 2012 Detroit Auto Show

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MikeChino writes "Inhabitat reported live from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show today, where green cars dominated the floor — practically every major auto manufacturer had a plug-in, hybrid, or electric vehicle on display, and many revealed next-gen concept cars exploring fuel-efficient technologies that will likely trickle down to consumer vehicles. From Lexus' sporty (and purely conceptual) LF-LC hybrid to the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid (which will be hitting the market soon), the volume of green vehicles on display signaled a sea change in the field of personal transportation."
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Russia Building World's Largest Li-Ion Battery Pla

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "Russia and China are gearing up to dominate the lithium battery battery industry by launching the world’s largest Li-ion plant. Planned for Novobirsk, Russia, the facility will be a joint venture between Chinese firm Thunder Sky and RUSNANO (a Russian state-run corporation) and it will be able to produce up to 500,000 batteries (of all sizes) per year."
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Record-Breaking EV Goes 1K Miles on Single Charge

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "Offenburg's University of Applied Sciences' “Schluckspecht” electric vehicle ("heavy drinker" in German) just broke a world record by traveling 1013.77 miles on a single charge. The team used aerodynamics, weight reduction, and balancing to blow past the previous record of 623.3 miles, held by the Japan Electric Vehicle Club. The achievement follows close on the heels of Schluckspecht’s distance record-setting run in the 2010 South African Solar Challenge, in which the car traveled more miles on public roads than any previous EV."
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$1.5 Billion Star Trek Theme Park Coming to Jordan

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "King Abdullah of Jordan (who was once an extra in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager) has given the green light to a $1.5 billion Star Trek theme park that will boldly take Jordan where no Gulf state has gone before. While the theme park will not be powered by dilithium crystals, it will utilize green technology in order to lower its carbon footprint — all of its electricity will be generated by renewable sources."
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Plans for World's Tallest Building Unveiled Today

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "This morning American architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill announced that they will be spearheading the design of the world's tallest building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dubbed the Kingdom Tower, the building will stand over 1,000 meters high, dwarfing the Burj Khalifa. The project is expected to cost $1.23 billion dollars, and it will be funded in part by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal."
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Mind-Reading Prius Bike Shifts Gear With a Thought

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "The future of cycling is here — Toyota and Parlee Cycles are working with DeepLocal to develop a mind-reading Prius bicycle that shifts gears by reading your brain waves with a "neuron helmet". DeepLocal also designed a smartphone app to monitor heart rate, speed, and cadence. This could allow the bike to be programmed to behave intelligently in the future, remembering the driver’s behavior on a certain route and switching to autopilot mode for auto shifting."
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Earth's Population to Hit 7 Billion This Year

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "The UN Population Division just announced that the world’s human population will hit 7 billion by Halloween 2011. The increase of one billion people in the past 12 years is worrying, especially since the global population only reached one billion total in the early 19th century. In the next 20 years, our population growth is predicted to rise to 8 billion people as our demand for food increases by 50 percent, water by 30 percent and energy by 50 percent."
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Oyster 800 Wave Energy Generator Unveiled Today

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "We've learned about Scotland's wave energy initiatives in the past, and just this morning the nation unveiled Aquamarine Power's next-generation Oyster 800 wave power plant. The new generator can produce 250% more power at one third the cost of the first full-scale 315kw Oyster that was installed in Orkney in 2009. The device’s shape has been modified and made wider to enable it to capture more wave energy, and a double seabed pile system allows for easier installation. Inhabitat has fresh photos and details from the unveiling."
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MIT Unveils Flexible Solar Cells Printed on Paper

MikeChino MikeChino writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MikeChino (1640221) writes "MIT just published a paper in Advanced Materials detailing a new breed of flexible solar cells that can be printed on paper or fabric and can be folded over 1,000 times without any loss of performance. The solar cells are formed by placing five layers of material onto a single sheet of paper in successive passes. A mask is utilized to form the cell patterns, and the entire printing process is done in a vacuum chamber."
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