Science & Technology

By on March 24th, 2011

World water day was March 22th and to honor it, why not talk about bottled water and it”s impact on this planet. From the same people who brought you “The Story of Stuff” here is “The Story of Bottled Water”

The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.

The United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March of each year as the World Day for Water by adopting a resolution.This world day Double down playing online baccarat or blackjack en ligne , see the cards being dealt, use your best gambling strategy and have fun. for water was to be observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development contained in chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resources) of Agenda 21.

States were invited to devote the Day to implement the UN recommendations and set up concrete activities as deemed appropriate in the national context.

The Subcommittee welcomes the assistance offered by IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre to contribute to an information network centre in support of the observance of the Day by Governments, as required.

By on March 7th, 2011

To add to what I posted earlier (A world made of glass presented by Corning), here is a real life preview of a transparent LCD display by Samsung. One thing that I should specify here is the LCD display is actually powered by nothing more than ambient light. With its 46-inch display, 1920 x 1080 resolution and ten-finger touchscreen capability, this is the coolest computer screen I have ever seen!

[Source] Engadget

By on March 7th, 2011

Imagine a world where everything that surrounds you is made of glass. But not the usual kind. This glass is interactive and tactile in a way that you could think of it as a giant iPad. This could be part of a more eco conscious future reducing our use of paper to almost nothing. If you pay attention to the details in this video, you will see that the waste reduction is not only limited to paper. Right at the beginning, you see the house windows changing shades to allow the sun to come through. This means no more need for blinds or curtains. When the guy operates the stove, you see that there is no more need for switches, buttons or other analog controls. This may not seam like much, but put all those little things together and you get big results. Also, glass is very clean compared to plastic or other petroleum based compounds.

On an economic standpoint, we could see a boom in the advertising market. New ways of connecting with customers and in the process, a new shopping experience. In fact, there is a wide variety of jobs that would be created to support all this glass display infrastructure. From the worker putting it together to the one installing the system and everything in between.

To sum it up, this would really be the world at our fingertips.

By on March 7th, 2009

In this video discover +1 Water that comes to you in a bottle made from a renewable resource, corn, not petrochemical biproducts. The bottles are made from certified biodegradable NatureWorks PLA, and is not only compostable but is also recyclable along with other plastics. For more information click Here

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By on February 5th, 2009

efuel1_450x600_270x360I recycle my beer bottles, but I thought that was the full extent of any possible beer-related environmentally friendly activities.

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But oh how wrong I was.

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, already on the forefront of many ecological efforts such as fuel cell power plants and solar panels on top of its new parking lot, has found a new way to help mother Earth: make ethanol out of beer by-products!

The company is testing coke-machine sized portable refineries (see above) made by a company called E-Fuel, which can take the leftover yeast from the beermaking process (currently sold as feed for livestock) and turn it into ethanol. Sierra Nevada can then use this fuel to power, at least partially, its fleet of vehicles! The company even expects, if all goes well, to end up with a surplus of ethanol that can be provided to employees.

So, if you ever think you smell beer coming out of a passing car or truck, you’re not crazy. And if you want to support this kind of effort, head for your local adult beverage store and pick up a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I plan to!

(from cnet)

By on January 24th, 2009


In this video climatologist David Phillips answers our questions about the weather, global warming and climate change. For more information click Here

By on January 20th, 2009

13in MacBook

I’ve been writing a few articles about MacBook laptops and now I can finally say that I’m a real Mac person. I went to best buy this Sunday and I bought a 13in MacBook. It’s totally awesome. I just love the fact that it’s almost completely recyclable and made from aluminum.

What truly amazed me was the packaging. Apple was telling us that it was environmentally friendly. I use to like this fact but now that I’ve seen it for my self I can say that it’s true. They used the strict minimum to package this little wonder.

Now all there is to do is to explore every aspect of my MacBook. As I do this I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. 

If any of you want to ad something about this feel free to comment.

By on January 16th, 2009

macbook-pro

If you’re a Mac enthusiast you must know that the 13in Macbook that came out at the end of this summer is a big step in computer designing in terms of the environmental impact. The laptop is fully built out of a block of aluminum. I don’t want to go into details on the conception of the laptop because what I really want to talk to you about today is the latest wonder in the laptop world and that is the big brother of the MacBook…the MacBook Pro.

The newly designed MacBook Pro just like it’s little brother uses the aluminum block to carve the casing. What is really impressive about the MBP is the big evolution in lithium-polymer batteries. This one can last up to 8 hours on a single charge and that can be done 1000 times which is more than three times the lifespan of a typical notebook battery.

Apple commitment to the environment is one awesome feature of the company. To be noted, the new MacBook Pro is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:

  • Arsenic-free glass
  • BFR-free internal components
  • Mercury-free LED-backlit display
  • PVC-free internal cables
  • Up to 37% smaller packaging
  • Highly recyclable aluminum and glass enclosures

Not only is this notebook ENERGY STAR certified but it also received the EPEAT Gold status. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, evaluates the environmental impact of a product based on how recyclable it is, how much energy it uses, and how it’s designed and manufactured.

So if you need a high performance notebook you should

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definitely go for a MacBook Pro or if power is not relevant to your needs you may want to take a look at the MacBook.

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