How to: Win a free Hushamok organic baby hammock worth $599

September 27, 2015 by  
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Rocking a newborn gently to sleep often works, but doing so can put enormous strain on your arms and back. Babies love to be rocked—sometimes hours on end—which has sparked the invention of useful battery-powered “swing-o-matics;” however, they’re often ugly and made from synthetic, off-gassing materials. Luckily, Hushamok has created a stunning and stylish organic alternative, the Okoa Hammock, that’s designed to swing naturally in the breeze and is made from all-natural materials. Our editor-in-chief gave it her seal of approval when she reviewed it for her baby and we’re delighted to announce that we’re giving away a brand new hammock set, worth $599 . ENTER TO WIN A FREE HUSHAMOK BABY HAMMOCK>

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This honeycomb-like residential structure sits atop an existing car park in London

February 25, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of This honeycomb-like residential structure sits atop an existing car park in London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architects of Invention , glas facade , green architecture , honeycomb , London , London architects , modular housing , residential tower , Terraces , vertical housing

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Trash to gold: Generating energy from ambient CO2

October 24, 2011 by  
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Dino Renthlei: Energy from ambient CO2 Generating energy from ambient CO2 Why Now? The Polar ice-caps are melting everyday. Consequently, the sea levels are rising and the continental coastlines are receding. Greenhouse gas emission is the biggest reason behind this and the major factor is, of course, CO2 or carbon dioxide. The Earth has its own way to absorb this gas through photosynthesis. However, since the invention of fossil fuels and public use of electricity, the human population has been emitting greenhouse gases like CO2 at a much higher rate than the Earth can naturally absorb. This has resulted in rising temperatures and depleting ozone layer, which has been steadily jeopardizing the future of humanity. Excessive reliance on motor vehicles running on fossil fuels, large energy consuming industries and coal-fed power plants are the major contributors in the emission of CO2. Scientists have already begun working towards finding a solution to these problems and different ideas have evolved. These concepts revolve around three major objectives – sequestration of CO2 from the atmosphere, using sequestrated CO2 in generating fuel and increasing the use of bio-fuel. The trash story Every trash to gold story begins with trash. If scientists want to use atmospheric CO2 to produce fuel or reusable substances, they need to capture CO2 first. This greenhouse gas can be absorbed either in the emission site or at places far from it from normal air. An emission site refers to fossil fuel-fed power plants and diesel or petrol-run motor vehicles. It isn’t easy to recapture CO2 from moving vehicles so scientists are currently concentrating on harnessing it from power plants. While the concept is laudable, it does come with a few cons. Installation of sequestration technology in an existing plant and transportation of captured gas is a costly affair. And while setting up a standalone sequestration site is comparatively easy, the density of CO2 in the atmosphere is much lower. CO2 absorption technology is energy consuming too and different attempts have been made to test both avenues. The Trash Miners 1. San Diego Researcher Converting CO2 To Energy San Diego researcher CONVERTING CO2 TO ENERGY San Diego researcher CONVERTING CO2 TO ENERGY The gold Scientists at the University of San Diego have come up with a new technology to capture the atmospheric CO2, so as to, produce fuel and reusable substances from it. The process is known as dual-benefiting – it lowers the volume of CO2 in the atmosphere and generates CO or carbon monoxide for reuse. The mining process Solar energy is used to run the mining process. Energy captured from sunlight activates the catalysts which, again splits the atmospheric CO2 into CO or carbon monoxide and oxygen. This CO is used to produce methanol and other chemical ingredients. Methanol, in turn, can , be used as fuel. The glitter One can genuinely raise the question of CO2 being emitted when methanol is burnt. However, the process is CO2 neutral, as, it emits the same amount of carbon dioxide, previously absorbed it from the air. 2. Synthetic Fuel from CO2 and Solar Energy Synthetic Fuel from CO2 and Solar Energy Synthetic Fuel from CO2 and Solar Energy by team of scientists working in Sandia National Laboratories The gold Considering CO2 emissions by methanol fuel, scientists have been working on fresh technology to produce synthetic fuel in liquid state from the atmospheric CO2. Sandia National Laboratories has invented one such technology. The mining process In this process too, solar energy is used to feed the machinery. Carbon monoxide, an important by-product, however, is used to produce Syngas. This is expected to emit less CO2. The glitter Despite the brilliancy of this technology, the major concerns are the practical applicability and project cost. If these two drawbacks can be addressed, then it would allow us to create more CO2 neutral energy in future. The gold rush In the quest for inventing carbon negative bio-fuel sources, scientists have come across various breakthroughs. One such discovery is Shewanella bacteria. 1. Bacteria to create fuel from sunlight and CO2 1Bacteria to create fuel from sunlight and CO2 Bacteria to create fuel from sunlight and CO2 The new technology uses two types of bacteria, Synechococcus and Shewanella. The first type converts the atmospheric CO2 into sugar in the presence of sunlight. Then the second one consumes this sugar and produces fatty acid, which is transformed into ketones. These ketones act as a source of diesel fuel. In other words, this technology turns the atmospheric CO2 into liquid gold, raising the hope of our independence from petroleum fuel. 2. Bio-diesel Bio-diesel Bio Diesel The Next Generation Sustainable Fuel Long before the invention of synthesizing ketones from bacterium, people learned the use of bio-diesel. While petroleum-based diesel is heavy and very effective energy-generating fuel, its highly pollutant nature has tipped the scales against its favor. Bio-diesel is comparatively safe in this respect. It emits less CO2 and other toxic gases. A proper mix with petroleum diesel makes the concoction very effective and environment friendly. Bio-diesel is produced from different sources worldwide, depending on the availability of different crops. The production cost of bio-diesel is lesser than that of crude petroleum too. However, excessive reliance on bio-diesel could induce farmers to shift to fuel crops like soy, corn or jathropa and this could be detrimental to our food security. In Germany, the authorities are planning to mix bio-gas with natural gas, sourced from the eastern part of the continent. 2030 is the target year for Germany to produce 10 percent of bio-gas in their supply of natural gas. This will help them tackle the rising cost of the natural hydrocarbons and increasing greenhouse emissions.

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Blaze up your nights with portable solar lamp

August 1, 2011 by  
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Nisha Changrani: Sunnyside up solar Solar powered lamp Let’s start with a quiz. List down as many uses of solar energy as you can think of. Don’t take pains to think of the answer, I shall do that on your behalf. Solar Energy has a few conventional uses of those of electrifying, water heating and the most recent, refrigeration. However, there aren’t many on the earth who would think of charging night lamps or a mobile night torch during the day by virtue of sunlight? We have a legitimate contender who claims to have done so, the product being a portable lamp. The brainchild of Sunnyside up Solar, the portable lamp has been fondly named ‘Signature SUS’ because of the subtle depiction of SUS on the graphic of the lamp. You can use this lamp after dusk provided your place has constant supply of sunlight during the day. The back of the lamp is brilliantly designed to make the bulb shine brighter. Sunnyside up solar Solar powered lamp Sized 5.5? long by 4.25? high, the lamp uses two LED bulbs, a switch and two AA batteries which are rechargeable. The best thing about this solar lamp is that you can take it wherever you like, be it on weekend camping or night walks. Charge it during the day and you can easily use the lamp for five to seven hours at night. You can program the time when the lamp is supposed to light and it will pop up automatically. A good time integration, I must say. The Lamp is now for sale at sunnyside up solar supermarket shop for only $38. Sunnyside up solar Solar powered lamp Nature has gifted us our star only to be used until the portion of our planet in which we reside turns around. Such inventions as the above would help us enjoy the sun’s benefits even when the globe has rotated about. So, enjoy the invention and enjoy the lower electricity bills that would have been otherwise keeping you awake. This is what we call feasting on nature’s bounty using human brains. Turn on this majestic solar lamp, sip a cup of coffee and read your favorite book! Via: AlternativeConsumer

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Eco friendly OneBike uses kinetic energy to generate electricity

August 1, 2011 by  
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Shoib: One Bike Electric Cycle by Byoung-soo Choi and Jun-kyeong Kim We know a lot about electric bikes but OneBike designed by Byoung-soo Choi & Jun-kyeong Kim is a cut above the rest because this bike is powered by kinetic energy. The bike is different from others because it can be used as a fitness machine when you’re not on the road. When the bike is on cradle and you pedal it as part of your fitness regime, your pedaling generates energy and the bike used this energy is converted to electric power by OneBike. Picture Gallery One Bike Electric bike powered by kinetic energy and becomes a stationary fitness machine when needed I must say that OneBike concept is one of the most unique and innovative eco-friendly bikes we have seen so far. The bike will be loved by fitness freaks as well because it allows the users to check their workout performance while pedaling when the bike lies on its cradle. Once you are done with your workout, just fold the cradle and ride the bicycle, just like any other bicycle available on the market. The kinetic energy generated as a result of your pedaling will be used electrically when you go outdoors. Check out the picture gallery to get a better understanding of the bike and its operation. Via: Yankodesign

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History of the Bathroom Part 4: The Perils of Prefabrication

July 14, 2011 by  
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In 1940, Buckminster Fuller receieved Patent 2220482 for a prefabricated bathroom. Fuller wrote in his claim: Attempts have been made heretofore to provide prefabricated bathrooms with the object of lowering the cost of building a bathroom into a dwelling. Such bathrooms, however, by reason of their great weight and more or less conventional construction, have involved relatively high costs by the time they have been shipped and installed for use….It is an object of my invention … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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How can I build a baby playpen reusing or recycling stuff?

July 27, 2010 by  
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Early 2009 was apparently a boring time around here: every couple we know – bar one other couple & us – had a baby last autumn/winter. (The other couple are expecting their first in just over a month; we got a dog & chickens instead.) All the babies are starting to crawl/walk with support now so need penning in lest they get *everywhere*.

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PermaFLOW See-Through Drain Doesn’t Clog, Removes Need for Toxic Chemicals

December 17, 2009 by  
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Clever, But Think Before You Buy This invention falls in the “obvious in retrospect” category. While I’ve never had much problems with blocked drains, there’s a whole “unclogging” industry around the world that sells all kinds of devices and chemicals to deal with this problem. The PermaFLOW see-through drain uses good old mechanical action to replace those chemicals; since it’s transparent, you can have a quick look and see what’s going on (“is that my earing?”), and if there’s blockage, just turn the knob.

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Yes, Obama Is Still Coming to Copenhagen

December 17, 2009 by  
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The rumor has been making the rounds at Copenhagen today that Obama was going to cancel his trip to Copenhagen in the face of dismal progress on a climate deal. The COP15 website posted a note about it on Thursday morning.

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