Episode 163: A ‘ROSI’ path for calculating sustainability ROI

March 15, 2019 by  
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Plus, thoughts on podcasts to add to your audio library of sustainability resources.

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A beluga whale living with dolphins learned to "speak their language"

November 3, 2017 by  
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A beluga whale living in captivity with a pod of bottlenose dolphins learned to communicate using their unique “language” or sounds. Detailed in a new study published in the journal Animal Cognition , the extraordinary inter-species communication breakthrough demonstrates the well-documented ability of beluga whales to accurately imitate sounds of other species. This mimicry extends even to humans, as was the case with Noc, the beluga whale studied by the US Navy in the 1970s who was observed making human-like sounds. Although it can’t be confirmed whether or not the beluga whale actually understands the meaning of the dolphin sounds, her ability to shift her own communication style demonstrates the social sophistication and intelligence of cetaceans . At first, the cohabitation arrangements were not originally an easy transition for the cetaceans. “The first appearance of the beluga in the dolphinarium caused a fright in the dolphins,” wrote researchers Elena Panova and Alexandr Agafonov of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow . However, after only two months of living with dolphins , the beluga whale featured in the study began using dolphin sounds. The team of scientists recorded 90 hours of vocalizations, data through which the researchers were able to identify that the beluga whale began to use the signature whistles of each individual dolphin, unique sounds that may function similar to names. Related: There’s a humpback whale living in the Hudson River Although the beluga whale was eager to fit in with her new family, the dolphins did not similarly adapt their “ language .” “The inspection of the audio recordings made before and after the beluga’s introduction revealed that the cross-species imitation was not reciprocal,” wrote the researchers. “While the imitations of dolphin whistles were regularly detected among the beluga’s vocalizations, we found only one case in which the dolphins produced short calls that resembled (but were not identical in physical parameters) those of the beluga .” Although the beluga may not be able to understand the sounds it is using, it is nonetheless an important example of a phenomenon known as call convergence. “The case reported here, as well as other instances of imitation and whistle sharing in dolphins described in the literature, may be considered as vocal convergence between socially bonded individuals – a phenomenon that can be seen in various vocal species, from birds to humans,” wrote the researchers. “With some exceptions, call convergence is suggested to provide recognition of a group and strengthening of social bonds between its members.” Via Science Alert Images via Depositphotos (1)

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Father and son team embroiled in copyright concerns over handmade wooden turntables

February 26, 2015 by  
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Taking your hobby to Kickstarter can be thrilling for small business owners with big ideas, and many projects end up getting a lot of love. It’s less sweet, however, when your crowdsourcing campaign brings up copyright allegations, though. When Seattle-based Silvan Audio Workshop launched a crowdsourcing effort to fund the creation of custom handmade wooden turntables, they were quickly faced with accusations from Joel Scilley of Audiowood , an established company making very similar turntables. Scilley claims the father-and-son team of Silvan Audio is infringing on his copyrighted design by producing their handmade audio elements. Read the rest of Father and son team embroiled in copyright concerns over handmade wooden turntables Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: audiowood , copyright infringement , design copyright , handcrafted turntable , high-end audio equipment , kickstarter campaigns , rega audio , seattle-based small businesses , silvan audio workshop , wood record players , wooden turntables

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Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Chilling Audio of Elephant Falling at the Hands of Poachers

November 21, 2013 by  
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The Wildlife Conservation Society has just released a tragic video which captures the audio of an elephant being shot and killed by ivory poachers in Central Africa. The chilling sounds were captured on recording instruments that were placed in the field by scientists from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Elephant Listening Project. The project is designed to study low frequency communication between elephants, but instead captured the horrific sounds of an elephant falling to its death after poachers shot it multiple times. Read the rest of Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Chilling Audio of Elephant Falling at the Hands of Poachers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 96elephants , Cornell Lab of Ornithology Elephant Listening Project , eco design , elephant poaching audio , Gabon National Park Agency , green design , ivory poaching , poachers shoot elephant , sustainable design , tragic audio of elephant being shot , video of elephant being shot , wildlife conservation society        

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Conquers Range Anxiety in the All-Electric Nissan LEAF

April 20, 2012 by  
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How to make a solar powered boombox

October 1, 2011 by  
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Satyajit Bera: Solar powered speakers Use solar energy to power up a boom-box With the gradual depletion of the natural energy resources, the world is looking forward to the non-conventional energy sources, mainly the solar-power. The power of the sun can be harnessed easily to produce useful electrical energy to power up different electrical or electronic devices and gadgets. All of us prefer a music system which is wireless and portable in nature. The conventional battery powered speaker boxes are OK. What if you can charge up the speaker batteries with solar power? Well it is obviously an excellent concept to “enjoy music off the grid”. Following are the steps to build up a solar powered audio boombox with some simple accessories and tools: Difficulty level: Moderately challenging (may require expertise in few areas) Time required: The overall time required to make this project is about 2 days. It depends on the efficiency of the person involved. Resources required: A small audio amplifier playable by a 12 V D.C. power source A pair of speakers (medium in size) Wooden plates (to make the cabinet) A 12 V D.C. rechargeable battery A solar power regulator Connecting cables (preferably copper cables) Wire stripper Hand saw Screws Zipper ties A screwdriver Soldering Iron Electrical insulation tape Cable ties Estimate cost: The estimated cost involved in this project is about $100. It depends on the type of solar panel and quality of the amplifier-speaker set used. Instructions: First of all make a sleek cabinet to mount the equipments. Use the hand saw, cut appropriate sizes and fix them together with the help of screws to build the cabinet. Cut two round shaped holes to place the speakers. Provide a strong metallic handle or a pair of handles to lift up or carry the system. Then, fix the solar panel on the top surface of the cabinet box with the help of screws and bolts and also make an additional hole for the cable entry from the panel to the components inside. You can also make an adjustable mounting for the solar panel so that you can change it’s angle so as to capture maximum sunlight. Mount the battery, the solar power regulator, speakers and the amplifier inside the wooden cabinet with the help of screws or zipper ties. Now lets get started with the electrical connections. Connect the two terminals of the battery to the solar power regulator. Next connect the solar power regulator with the two wires coming from the solar panel above the box. This is the one which collects the electrical power from the solar panel output and charges up the battery to store it. Once these connections are over, let us move on to the audio amplifier part. Connect the D.C. 12 V power source of the battery to the amplifier’s power input. Solder two wires to each of the speakers and connect them to the audio output sockets of the audio amplifier. You can take a test run of this system in order to check the correctness of the electrical circuitry. Once you have finished with the testing part, cover any naked wire terminals with electrical insulation tape. Properly dress the power cables with the help of cable ties. Connect the audio input cable of the amplifier and take out the other end from the hole you’ve already made for the solar panel cable. Connect this cable to any audio source such as Ipods, MP3 players or laptops and enjoy the music. Frequently asked questions: 1. Is this device portable? Yes, the design given above is completely portable. Well if you select small speakers then the solar panel required to feed the batteries will be smaller. That can reduce the overall size and weight of the boombox and make it easier to carry. 2. How long can I play the music off the grid? This device is designed suitably to charge a battery unit which powers the speakers and the amplifiers. Depending upon the backup capacity of the battery, you can enjoy the music. Try to use batteries above the rating of 2500 mAH. You can also get an increased playtime by optimizing the volume level of the speakers. Quick tips: Make sure that all the electrical components are of the same voltage ratings that is 12 V D.C. Mount the speakers and other components tightly and properly to avoid any damage due to any vibration or while carrying the device from one place to another. Make use of high quality copper wires for the connections. It is because a poor quality wire will result in losses and discharge the battery quickly. Try to keep the volume level moderate to get extended battery backup. Things to watch out for: Look out for cloudy weathers. In that case carry extra batteries if you are in a camp site or picnic because the solar charging system will not work in the absence of solar radiation. Never use a dead or leaking battery for such project. It may lead to the explosion of the battery as a result of repeated charging and discharging. Properly inspect the battery and check the outgoing voltage with the help of a multimeter before installing. Don’t make the cabinet box too heavy. Instead, try to keep it light and strong. That will prevent it from breaking up if it ever slipped from your hands and hit the ground.

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5 green products designed to monitor energy use in your house

September 10, 2011 by  
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Ankit Dahiya: O E I O E I energy monitoring device The increase in demand of energy globally has resulted in development of devices and home appliances that are more energy-efficient. This green technology is being adopted to save the fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources. The best energy-efficient devices are being produced for daily use as they can save energy to a large extent. People across the world believe that the energy dissipated in excess needs to be monitored in order to reduce the use of fossil fuels for producing power. Here is a list of 5 green products that are designed to monitor energy use in your house. 1. Intelligent energy saving device monitors and takes action Intelligent standby energy saver Intelligent standby energy saver for future This award winning energy saving device is one of the best energy-efficient devices available in market. The device monitors the amount of energy being consumed by the household appliances and also provides ways of saving energy by taking appropriate steps. The device automatically disconnects the power when the appliances are not in use. The system of the device is based on an artificial intelligence algorithm that keeps the system informed about the amount of energy being consumed by the attached appliances. 2. O.E.I: Egg-shaped device monitors energy consumption intelligently O E I O E I energy monitoring device This egg shaped devices is a perfect energy saving device with its intelligent system and user-friendly interface. This is actually an egg-shaped energy monitor that lets you see the energy consumption details of the house and provides apt information for ways of overcoming the energy consumption problems. It makes use of radio frequencies to receive information about energy consumption and power lines to reduce the mess around caused by cables. The Our Energy Information (O.E.I) is designed specially to provide real time stats so that equivalent steps can be taken to reduce the consumption of energy. 3. Wilting Flowers change their mood according to your energy consumption Wilting Flowers Wilting Flowers for future The wilting flower is the next device that is creating a buzz around in market for its unique energy saving techniques and super cool looks. It provides a visual information of the amount of energy being consumed by different appliances in your house. The flowers look so beautiful that nobody can say these are actually energy saving equipments. This design by Carl Smith is very attractive. The flowers use a wireless transmitter and a monitor to perform its operations. It monitors the energy used by appliances and keeps a note on the devices that are not in use and disconnects it automatically. Its main feature is that, according to the energy consumption of the house the flowers change their shape and color. When you are high on energy, these flowers stand straight and tall and if its low then the flower bend down to show the average power consumption. 4. eMetric: Monitoring energy consumption wirelessly eMetric eMetric Energy monitoring device It is a complete wireless technology device which provides information about the energy consumption of a house by keeping a close look at the appliances energy consumption. This is actually an office management system that allows consumers and workers to keep a check on their energy usage. This device is available in two modules; one is eMetric Powerstrip and the other is eMetric computer application. The power strip is connected to the computer through a wireless gateway and allows user to get the required information about the energy consumed by appliances. It provides an immediate response that adds to its popularity. As a whole, the device is good and above average for its power consumption capabilities. 5. Plogg-Blu: The energy monitoring pet for your den Plogg-Blu Plogg-Blu energy monitoring device The next big device in the energy consumption industry is the Plogg-Blu which is called as a pet device for your den. Falling into the category of energy consumption devices, it provides you information about various devices running in your house but it cannot bear all your household appliances. This cute, compact, and gorgeous device is what people prefer keeping other than those bulky measuring instruments. It is designed to measure consumption of only one set of device like Computer, Audio system etc. but it doesn’t support multiple devices. Portable, easy to use and handy is what makes it a perfect device for measuring single device power consumption. It uses an adapter that is plugged in the socket of the device and instantly sends the power consumed by that respective device.

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Sennheiser’s New Eco Turntables Are Easy on the Eyes, Ears, and Environment

September 6, 2011 by  
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Sennheiser is one of the most iconic names in the audio and electronic business – everyone from the Beatles to Beyonce have used their microphones, headphones , and speakers. In an attempt to connect their classic brand to the young and hip of today, the audio tycoons have teamed up with funky designer Matthew Lim to create an eco-friendly turntable set made of materials that are not only green , but also cost-effective. Read the rest of Sennheiser’s New Eco Turntables Are Easy on the Eyes, Ears, and Environment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cork , eco design , eco-friendly , electronics , green design , green electronics , headphones , matthew lim , sennheiser , turntables

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Hase Bikes’ Tricycle Transforms Into an All-Weather Velomobile

September 6, 2011 by  
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We’ve often found that the one thing stopping many of us from buying a tricycle is that it doesn’t have an all-weather cover. To cater to this hole in the market, Hase Bikes have developed the KLIMAX 2K – a recumbent tricycle that comes with a weatherproof fabric covering that can be removed at the will of the rider. Read the rest of Hase Bikes’ Tricycle Transforms Into an All-Weather Velomobile Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: hase bikes klimax 2k , Hase Bikes klimax 5k , Hase Bikes recumbent tricycle , Hase Bikes tricycle velomobile , Hase Bikes velomobile , Hase Bikes weatherproof tricycle , KLIMAX 2K KLIMAX 5k

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Researchers test variety of sounds to make electric cars safer in urban world

October 14, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Electric utility vehicle with NoViSim’s sound system to alert pedestrians of approaching vehicle.

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