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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Chinese Government Kills Off the Hummer

Written by , on February 28, 2010

The Chinese Government has blocked General Motors attempt to sell Hummer to Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery, a private Chinese company that manufactures heavy vehicles and road-building equipment. As a result, General Motors will now dismantle the brand. John Smith, General Motors’ Vice President of Corporate Planning and Alliances, said that “GM will now work […]  Read more »

Fuel Cell Energy Breakthrough?

Written by , on February 23, 2010

American 60 Minutes has shown this segment on the Bloom Box, a new fuel cell system that its makers say can cost-effectively generate electricity on the spot, without being connected to the electricity grid. Large corporations are already testing the device; the manufacturer foresees one in every home. (The segment begins with an advertisement.) Watch […]  Read more »

Inside a Wind Turbine Tower

Written by , on February 22, 2010

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Carbon-capturing Crystals

Written by , on February 16, 2010

UCLA graduate student Hexian Deng and biochemistry professor Omar M. Yaghi, have developed synthetic crystals that can be used to trap carbon dioxide. Their “designer crystal” approach opens the door for low cost, scalable applications, such as trapping carbon dioxide from factories or vehicle exhaust pipes. The new synthetic crystals can code information, just as […]  Read more »

GM Believes Fuel Cells Competitive by 2015

Written by , on February 14, 2010

General Motors has released the newest version of its hydrogen fuel cell  engine and says that hydrogen fuel cells could be cost cometitive with other technologies by 2015. General Motors’ “second generation” fuel cell is half the size of previous “Project Driveway” stack. Although significantly smaller in size and weight it is capable of generating […]  Read more »

Topless Mountains (Mountop Removal)

Written by , on February 13, 2010

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Renault-Nissan Pinning Its Future on Electric Cars

Written by , on February 12, 2010

In an interview with BBC, Carlos Ghosn, the head of Renault-Nissan, has outlined how he is pinning the future of his company on the electric car. “I think the trends we’re seeing are all pointing in the same direction,” he said. “Oil is a challenge, both price and availability. Regulations about environments are going to […]  Read more »

New Material “Eats” Nuclear Waste

Written by , on February 11, 2010

Scientists at Northwestern University in Chicago have developed a new material which permanently traps only the radioactive ion cesium and not other harmless ions like sodium. The material is made from layers of a gallium, sulfur and antimony compound. It has been found to be extremely effective in removing radioactive cesium – which found in […]  Read more »

Stylish Building-Integrated Solar

Written by , on February 8, 2010

One of the biggest challenges for architects and developers wanting to integrate solar power generation with building materials is aesthetics. Many building-integrated solar technologies are also somewhat inefficient, which means that large parts of a building have to be covered with solar energy-gathering materials to get significant benefits. The Center for Architecture and Science, which […]  Read more »

Inexpensive Alternative to OLEDs

Written by , on February 6, 2010

Swedish and American researchers have succeeded in producing a new type of lighting component that is inexpensive to produce and can be fully recycled. The invention paves the way for glowing wallpaper made entirely of recylclable plastic. OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) have recently been introduced commercially in some mobile phones, cameras and TVs. These consist […]  Read more »