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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Study: Current Technolgy Could Power the World

Written by , on January 28, 2011

According to a new study by Stanford researcher Mark Jacobson and Mark Delucchi, of the University of California-Davis, by 2030 all new energy generation could come from wind, water and solar, and by 2050, all pre-existing energy production could be converted to renewables, using only technology that is already available and at a similar cost […]  Read more »

Study: Efficiency Could Cut Energy Use by 73%

Written by , on January 28, 2011

A report produced by Dr Julian Allwood and colleagues at the University of Cambridge has analysed buildings, vehicles and industry around the world to determine how much energy would be saved if "best practice" efficiency changes wre applied to them. They found that 73 per cent of global energy use could be saved by introducing such […]  Read more »

Greenland Ice Sheet Not Slipping into the Sea

Written by , on January 27, 2011

Until now, it had been thought that melting ice could form a slippy layer at the bottonm of the Greenland ice sheet causing it to slide rapidly into the sea. Now, a study by Professor Andrew Shepherd of the University of Leeds, has shown that this is not happening. Professor Shepherd’s team used satellite imagery […]  Read more »

$1.50 a Gallon, Zero-carbon Synthetic Fuel Claim

Written by , on January 27, 2011

Gizmag has reported that UK-based Cella Energy has developed a synthetic fuel that could lead to $US1.50 per gallon petrol replacement. The technology, developed at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford, is based on complex hydrides, The development team was led by Professor Stephen Bennington in collaboration with scientists from University College London and Oxford […]  Read more »

New Use for Wind Turbine Towers …

Written by , on January 21, 2011

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Oven-cleaning Compound Could Produce Fuel using Sunlight

Written by , on January 21, 2011

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have developed a promising new technology that concentrates solar energy and uses it to efficiently convert carbon dioxide and water into fuels using a common compound, cerium oxide (or "ceria"), which is used in self-cleaning ovens. In an oven, ceria catalyzes reactions that decompose food. It does this […]  Read more »

Electric Tesla-beater

Written by , on January 20, 2011

North Carolina-based Li-ion Motors has announced the first all-American made electric car. The company says that the Inizio will have a top speed of up to 170 mph (275 kilometres per hour) and will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 kilometres per hour) in 3.4 seconds – beating the Tesla Roadster’s 3.7 secounds. In […]  Read more »

Recycling 100% of Plastic

Written by , on January 20, 2011

It is estimated that only about 12 percent of plastic sent to depots actually gets recycled. Because of problems such as glued-on paper labels and different types of plastic combined in one product, the rest goes to the landfill or is burnt. Scientists at the University of Warwick have now devised a system that could […]  Read more »

Overpackaging

Written by , on January 17, 2011

Why does this volume of ink need this much packaging? This is a HP 564 Colour  Ink Value Pack (which HP promotes as “avoiding wastage”) and a HP 564 Black Ink Value Pack, which contains the same ink as one HP 564XL cartridge but in three cartridges with three times the packaging plus a large […]  Read more »

Global Temperatures Continue to Rise

Written by , on January 13, 2011

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the UK Met Office Hadley Centre and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center have all reported that 2010 was the warmest year (equally with 2005) since global records were begun in 1880. This is NASA‘s updated graph of global temperatures from 1880 to 2010.  Read more »