Jay Leno Has Logged 11,000 Gas-Free Miles in His Chevy Volt

November 22, 2011 by  
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We’ve heard a lot about sales numbers and predictions since the Chevy Volt’s release , but we haven’t heard as many real-world driving stories.  What kind of range are people getting?  Are they enjoying the car? Jay Leno, probably the most famous Volt driver so far, has raved about his experience with the vehicle and reported that he’s racked up 11,000 miles in the car without ever having to fill up the gas tank. Leno drives his Volt from his home to the studio and back every day — a 35-mile trip each way.  With the Volt’s battery range of 40 miles, he’s able to make the drive to work, plug in to recharge and then drive home again at the end of the day all without using any gas.  In fact, the half tank of gas that was in the vehicle when it was delivered to him is still there, untouched. The big idea behind the range-extended vehicle was just this scenario:  people could make their regular commutes on battery power only, but have the option of filling up on gas for longer trips where EV chargers weren’t as easily accessible.  Jay Leno has basically just proven that the idea totally works. via Inhabitat

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Profile: An American in Amsterdam Talks About Bike Culture (Video)

November 2, 2011 by  
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Julie A. Ruterbories, the U.S. Consul General in Amsterdam, discusses her experience with bike culture in the Netherlands and what we can learn from it.

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How to Keep Custom Design Thriving in an Economic Downturn (Video)

November 2, 2011 by  
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Maker Brian Moore discusses commodities, furniture, and keeping custom, high-end designs available.

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French Physicists Want to Use Giant Lasers to Make it Rain (Video)

November 2, 2011 by  
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A group of researchers is pioneering a new technology that would employ giant lasers to create condensation in drought-stricken areas. Consider it geoengineering-lite …

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Space Station Architect Designs Out Of This World Trailer

August 2, 2011 by  
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Images credit Cricket Architect and designer Garrett Finney always loved small spaces, and moved to Houston to work on the habitation module (where the astronauts live) of the International Space Station. Wanting to camp with his kids in a little more comfort than a tent, he combined his “NASA experience with his love of the earth” to design the Cricket, “an innovative lightweight, compact, and flexible small environment in which to travel and explore the world we live in.”… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Are Commercial LED Replacements Ready for Prime Time?

August 19, 2010 by  
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There are increasing numbers of LED replacement products for T8 fluorescent lamps, which are widely used in retail and commercial buildings, but the US Department of Energy is warning that many of these do not yet offer comparable performance and light output versus what is supplied by using fluorescent lamps. Just because they are called replacements does not mean they are going to provide a similar level of performance. Many LED replacement lamps are highly directional, with the LEDs only emitting light in one direction

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Plug-In Solar Appliance Brings Cheap Solar Power to Homes

August 18, 2010 by  
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Solar power company Clarian Technologies has developed a new concept in residential solar power:  the solar appliance.  Just like a refrigerator or microwave, a homeowner can buy the Sunfish solar power system, plug it into any outdoor outlet and start feeding solar power into their home. Whereas most solar power systems require a contractor to install the module and an electrician to connect it to the electric panel through an inverter (to convert the DC power generated to AC power), Clarian says a handy homeowner can install the Sunfish themselves in about an hour. The other major bonus of such a plug-and-play-type system, is the cost.  Let’s face it, that’s the main draw.  The base model Sunfish will cost $799 with the largest running about $4,000, where a typical roof-mounted system costs a minimum of $10,000 and goes steeply up from there.

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Surfer Teaches an Alpaca to Catch a Wave (VIDEO)

March 17, 2010 by  
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Photo via Pilar Olivares / Reuters Peruvian surfer Domingo Pianezzi loves to ride the waves–so much so, in fact, that he’s made it his mission to share the experience with different animals he comes across. Over the years, Pianezzi has become quite accustomed to teaching all manner of furry and feathered friends how to surf, but for the first time yesterday he hit the wav… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Today on Planet 100: Cyclone Tomas (Video)

March 17, 2010 by  
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