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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Male Contraceptive Proven Effective

Written by , on January 30, 2010

Researchers from the Beijing-based Chinese National Research Institute for Family Planning have reported a method for male contraception that they say is effective, reversible and without serious short-term side effects. In the testing conducted with nine other research centers around China, 1,045 healthy fertile males were injected monthly with 500 milligrams of a formulation of […]  Read more »

Rubber Film Harvests Energy from Body Movements

Written by , on January 30, 2010

Engineers at Princeton University, led by Professor Michael McAlpine, have developed a power-generating rubber film which could harness natural body movements such as breathing and walking, to power pacemakers, mobile phones and other electronic devices. For example, shoes made of the material could harvest the pounding of walking and running to power mobile electrical devices. […]  Read more »

Storing Energy as Ice

Written by , on January 28, 2010

Ice Energy, a  Colorado company, has signed a contract with the Southern California Public Power Authority to deploy rooftop units that use electricity at night to make ice. The ice is then used to cool buildings during the day. The system effectively stores electricity made at night when demand and cost is low and uses […]  Read more »

Energy from Garbage

Written by , on January 27, 2010

American garbage-disposal giant, Waste Management, has partnered with InEnTec, an Oregon-based company, to begin commercializing a plasma-gasification process which converts garbage into energy. Plasma gasification technology has been in development and pilot testing for decades. Major pilot plants, capable of processing 1,000 tonnes or more of garbage daily, are under development in Florida, Louisiana and […]  Read more »

South Korea to Build World’s Largest Tidal Plant

Written by , on January 25, 2010

The world’s largest tidal power station is to be constructed off the west coast of South Korea at Incheon. GS Engineering and Construction has signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power to begin construction next year with a view to completion around 2017. The power station will have a capacity of […]  Read more »

Could “Magic Sand” Make the Deserts Bloom?

Written by , on January 25, 2010

DIME, a company based in the United Arab Emirates, has begun selling a hydrophobic sand for creating an artificial water table which, the company claims, could revolutionize farming in the Middle East and other sandy desert areas. Hydrophobic sand has an extremely thin layer of nanoparticles on each grain which causes it to repel water. […]  Read more »

Environmental Patents Placed in the Public Domain

Written by , on January 24, 2010

Leading members of the corporate community, including IBM, Sony, Nolia and Pitney-Bowes, have come together in a first-of-its-kind effort to help the environment, unleashing dozens of innovative, environmentally responsible patents to the public domain. The pledged portfolio, dubbed the "Eco-Patent Commons", is available on a dedicated, public website, www.wbcsd.org/web/epc, hosted by the World Business Council […]  Read more »

Open Source Hydrogen-Electric Car

Written by , on January 22, 2010

British company, Riversimple, has shown its Mk 1 "network electric" car. The car is a hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle about the size of a Smart Car. The car features unique technologies that enable it to run on a 6kW fuel cell, with a fuel consumption equivalent to 0.008 litres per kilometre with greenhouse gas […]  Read more »

Total Oil Boss: “Supplies Will Not Cover Demand”

Written by , on January 21, 2010

In an interview with Time magazine, Christophe de Margerie, CEO of the French oil giant Total, has commented that "what will happen very soon is that oil supplies will not cover demand. That won’t mean there is no oil. There are oil reserves, but you will need to invest billions and billions to get it." […]  Read more »

The Story of Cap and Trade

Written by , on January 21, 2010

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