intelliPaper Turns a Scrap Of Paper Into a Customized Recyclable USB Drive

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Email and social networking sites have led to a sharp decline in the amount of paper used to communicate and store information. But that doesn’t mean paper is completely obsolete in the digital world. A company called intelliPaper has found a way to transform tiny scraps of paper into fully functional USB drive s and programmable documents that could revolutionize the printed materials industry and cut down on the ocean of e-waste currently headed for the landfill. Read the rest of intelliPaper Turns a Scrap Of Paper Into a Customized Recyclable USB Drive Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: e-waste , flash drive , intelliPaper , paper products , printed technology , recyclable , usb

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Atmospheric Vortex Engine Harnesses the Power of Tornadoes to Create Clean Energy

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Photo via Shutterstock A tornado is rarely something to be seen in a positive light, but the creators of the Atmospheric Vortex Engine (AVE) hope to harness properties of the extreme weather phenomenon to create cheap, renewable power. Currently under development by AVEtech, the AVE creates a contained wind vortex from which energy can be harvested at an estimated 3 cents per kilowatt-hour. The AVE recently received funding through Breakout Labs , bringing tornado-power just one step closer to reality. AVE creates a controlled wind vortex by injecting warm or humid air into a circular structure. AVEtech, the company behind the idea, estimates that the cost of producing tornado-driven energy would be as low as 3-cents per kilowatt-hour. By comparison, wind power, which is the most cost effective renewable energy source , costs about 5-cents per kilowatt-hour according to the American Wind Energy Association . In addition to being cost effective, tornado power doesn’t require any storage and it produces zero carbon emissions . AVEtech, the company behind the idea, is the brainchild of Louis Michaud, an inventor from Ontario, who says that he created the AVE in order to help alleviate global warming by providing clean energy for future generations. “My work has established the principles by which we can control and exploit that power to provide clean energy on an unprecedented scale. With the funding from Breakout Labs, we are building a prototype in partnership with Lambton College to demonstrate the feasibility and the safety of the atmospheric vortex engine,” he says. + AVE via Clean Technica

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