Massive iceberg draws tourists to tiny Canadian town

April 19, 2017 by  
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A new natural attraction drew scores of tourists to a small town of around 500 people in Newfoundland, Canada over Easter weekend. A massive iceberg appeared near the coast, and photographers dashed to the area to snap pictures. The Southern shore highway close to Ferryland filled with traffic over the weekend as tourists came to view the impressive iceberg. The Newfoundland coast area is commonly called iceberg alley due to the ice blocks that float down during the spring from the Arctic , but this particular huge iceberg might stay right where it is, according to Ferryland Mayor Adrian Kavanagh, who told The Canadian Press it’s the biggest one he’s ever seen in the area. Related: Naturally striped Antarctic icebergs are almost too beautiful to be real Usually just the tip of an iceberg is visible, with the rest of the mass beneath the waves, so many run aground when they float near the coast. Local Don Costello told CBC News the iceberg probably won’t be moving unless winds keep blowing because it’s stuck on shallow ground. He estimated the iceberg’s highest point is roughly 150 feet. The BBC reported more icebergs are drifting through iceberg alley than is normal for this point in the year, with hundreds of icebergs in the Atlantic. This particular iceberg has moved around some and broken apart, but it appears it’ll stick around for a while. That’s good for tourism – a tour operator told CBC News they’re happy when the icebergs are grounded, and his company is receiving dozens of online bookings every day. Iceberg tourism season technically hasn’t even started – there are a few weeks to go. Costello told CBC News, “I met a couple of people and they were looking for somewhere to get a bowl of soup or a sandwich or something, and there’s only two places here…and they don’t open until the 24th of May.” Via the BBC and CBC News Images via Randy Wheeler on Facebook , Fantasy RV Tours on Facebook , and Alison Thorne on Facebook

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Solar Impulse co-founder aims to make electric aviation a reality with new company

April 19, 2017 by  
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Electric high-speed trains have been zipping passengers across Europe and Asia for decades. Now the era of affordable electric cars is beginning with the introduction of the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3. But what about aviation? Could the friendly skies one day join electric trains and cars as an alternative to fossil-fueled transportation, which is polluting the air and contributing to climate change?  Solar Impulse ’s co-founder André Borschberg is aiming to make electric propulsion in the aviation industry a reality with a new company he co-founded, H55 . “Electric air transport will undoubtedly disrupt the aviation industry,” said Borschberg. “15 years ago, when I started with Solar Impulse, electric propulsion was anecdotal. Today it is a major development path of every large aeronautical organisation as well as attracting many start-ups and new players. What is science fiction today will be the reality of tomorrow.” Related: Solar Impulse successfully completes solar-powered flight around the world The Switzerland-based venture will focus on the entire propulsion chain — from the energy source to thrust and power to pilot interface and control systems. H55 has already successfully completed more than 50 hours of flight testing with its electric demonstrator aircraft, aEro1. Borschberg piloted eight of the 17 legs of Solar Impulse 2’s around-the-world flight, including flying for five days and five nights non-stop over the Pacific Ocean — the longest flight ever recorded in a single-pilot airplane. Solar Impulse 2 departed Abu Dhabi in March 2015, returning there in July 2016 after flying around the world (including a nine-month delay for technical repairs). + H55 Images via H55

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Self-driving buses are hitting the streets of Helsinki

August 18, 2016 by  
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The city of Helsinki, Finland, is testing its first batch of self-driving buses to mingle with everyday traffic. The EZ10 bus has transported Finns before, but only on a track separate from the unpredictable nature of city roads. This step will bring the world closer to ushering in driver-less public transportation everywhere. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnALmmz1P8w “This is actually a really big deal right now,” Harri Santamala, the leader of the project told Finland-based Uutiset . ”There’s no more than a handful of these kinds of street traffic trials taking place, if that.” The EZ10, manufactured by EasyMile, will be hitting the roads thanks to Finland’s lax rules on cars being driven by a real, live person. CNET reports that this particular trial will end in mid-September. Related: 3D-printed self-driving Olli bus to hit the streets in the US The EZ10 successfully shuttled people to a housing fair in the city of Vantaa last year, yet the bus was kept separate from other traffic. Awe-struck passengers can be seen in the video commenting on how being chauffeured by a machine feels, albeit at the safe speed of 6 miles per hour. Autonomous public transportation is ramping up all over the world. The semi-autonomous Mercedes-Benz Future Bus is being tested and Olli, the 3D printed self-driving bus , is ready to hit the streets just as soon as regulations allow. Future generations may look back at this time and wonder how we ever got around relying on human drivers. +EasyMile Via  CNET Images via  YouTube (screenshot)

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10 Innovative eco friendly products

October 4, 2011 by  
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Mahashweta Patra: ecofriendly products Innovative ecofriendly products Eco friendly trend is now very popular across the world. This environmentally friendly concept is mainly used by industries as an eco-label on their products, ensures their undisruptive effects towards the environment. As a result of various natural calamities such as excessive heating effect of earth’s surface, global warming, polluted environment and many more. It has now become the prime need to pay more attention to this serious issue at global level. Most of the nations are extremely focused on maximum possible usage of eco-friendly products by people. As a result, the earth’s atmosphere gets benefited through so many ways. Such as minimal air pollution and global warming, conservation of non-renewable source of energy and many more. Eco friendly products are actually considered as precious gifts to our nature. Various ways contribute all companies to project the nature friendly practices. Recycling process is one of the major practices exercised by so many industries in very large scale. Many used papers are recycled to be reused in different other forms of packaging or something. As the biodegradable materials are easily decomposable in nature and less detrimental to earth’s surface, severely emphasized to be used in major scenario. Nowadays, varieties of products used in our day-to-day lives, easily available with eco-label on them. Hence, aim of less harm to environment easily gets fulfilled to very much extent. Many sectors like automobile, textile industries, food industries, technology field, fashion and art industries are equally working towards the common aim of eco-friendly concept. There are so many popular products, so innovatively designed, especially to fulfill the dual purpose of styling and noble deed towards nature. If you are also one of the eco-lover people then you must be interested to know about various kinds of eco-friendly products. Following is the list of ten innovative eco-friendly products – 1 . Eco friendly burial Price: $ 40000 Burial promoting ecologically-friendly burials Now, even a burial process can be done with an eco-friendly manner. One of the special caskets are designed, are biodegradable in nature. Residues of banana clumps and bamboo plant are mainly used to build the caskets. As a result, an eco-friendly medium is provided to the decomposition process of dead body. One famous industry from Denver introduced this concept of ecologically-friendly burials. They specifically named it as Ecoffin. The entire biodegradation process takes around six months to two years for its completion. It is reported that many communities like Muslim and Jewish are showing very much interest in eco-friendly burials. Also people from New Mexico shown very much interest in such Eco-friendly creations as they highly believe on green ceremonies. 2 . Eco friendly remote control Remote Control Sony Conductor TV Remote – eco-friendly A very interesting invention is presented by one of the renowned company like Sony. You can easily contribute to go-green concept even through watching your favorite show in your television. Well, the invention of an eco-friendly remote control made it happen in reality for you. The young mind from China came up with this magnificent invention in front of Sony. Sony launched this unique remote by the name of Sony Conductor TV Remote. This innovative creation is available in wand shaped and is required to be bend side-to-side for charging its power. At the same time, a green LED light is also attached to it and functions as an indicator of remote’s power level. The unique creation performs different function through its motion in varied directions. This is the main highlight of the remote. For channel change, you need to move the remote in up and down direction. The conductor’s left and right movement is helpful in terms of controlling volume of your television. Whereas, the conductor’s circular motion is allocated for turning the system on or off. The main highlight of this remote is its kinetic energy. This special remote is one of the most attractive remote control in the market these days. This is one of the green ways to make your television watch more enjoyable and easy going. 3 . Eco friendly pet furs Pet Furs Making clothes from pet’s fur. Normally, you must have heard about usage of wool for winter clothes. In the same way, have you ever thought of wearing pullover made up of same fur obtained from your dog skin? Well, this is possible. In past few years, some people are actually experiencing the warm with the help of their own dog’s fur. The hair obtained from dog’s skin after brushing called stuffing. This stuffing is further collected in order to have sufficient quantity to start with knitting process. In later stage, the large fur balls are finally brought in use to design coats. Well, its one of very unique but interesting ways of acquiring an Eco-friendly nature. 4. Eco friendly edible shoe cream Edible Shoe Cream Edible Shoe Cream – ecofriendly Had you ever thought that your shoe cream may also be used as a multi-puprose herbal cream? With rapid advanced technology and human’s extra consciousness towards nature actually made it happen in reality. A special multi-purpose cream is invented with a tag of Eco-label on it. Mostly creams are prepared with the mixture of several chemicals. The rest entire processing method also requires chemical treatment. However, this particular cream is totally herbal and eco-friendly in nature as it is manufactured with organic ingredient i.e. coconut oil. This all-rounder cream can be used for multi purposes in man’s life. For example, as a lip balm, skin cream and also edible as a toast cream and drinks. 5 . Eco friendly umbrella Umbrella Collapsible umbrella This particular umbrella is very much different from the conventional umbrella designs. Unlike normal umbrella, these eco friendly umbrellas do not have any fixed shading surface. However, you can attach or provide any surface from your own side, in the form of newspaper or any plastic bags. This whole setup is easily folded into compact form. Hence, easy to carry while traveling. The flexible design of this unique eco-friendly umbrella makes it more attractive for people. Make your sunny or raining days more convenient and interesting by simply carrying an innovative eco friendly umbrella. 6 . Eco friendly clothing for babies Clothing for Babies Clothing for Babies – ecofriendly Small cuddly babies are never expected to be involved in any causes like eco-friendly concepts and something. However, you can make it possible by simply make them wear an eco-friendly outfit. Basically, eco-friendly clothes are resulted because of organic farming. The organic farming is deprived of any kind of chemicals being used throughout the farming process. The entire farming process does not involve any usage of herbicides or pesticides. Instead of that, biodegradable and natural fertilizers are used during farming practices. A special harvesting technique is followed in case of eco-friendly cloth production. The unique soil management procedure and crop rotation standards make the go green concept truly applicable. You do not even have to worry about their proper cleanliness, as the eco-friend clothes are easily washable too. This cute outfit will not only make your baby look super cute rather also give them to chance to establish a style statement via healthy green way. In this way, even small babies contribute to environment save mission by wearing an organic cotton infant baby suit. 7 . Pollution sensitive dress Sensitive Dress Pollution-sensitive ‘EPA Dress’ by Stephanie Sandstrom The science and technology is constantly working towards reducing the pollution effects in our environment. However, for the first time art and fashion is also contributing towards the eco-friendly mission. The crumpled and tired condition of our clothes never put a nice impression to your mind. How about getting an idea about your surrounding through the same described condition of your dress? Besides, you also get to know about all health hazards due to disturbances in your surrounded air. Recently, a special dress named EPA by Stephanie Sandstrom, efficiently shown its response against bad air surrounding. The designer has assembled the unique sensor with the dress material, which in turn creates a twist on the dress surface by detecting the bad air atmosphere around the carrier. the main highlight i.e. dress sensitivity makes it unique from any other modern dresses designed so far. Therefore, whenever the dress detects the unhealthy or poor surrounding, the dress looks automatically changes and gives a soiled appearance. Another incredible invention in the same field is also introduced. It is designed by Amanda Parkes and named this dress as Piezing dress. This particular dress mainly functions on combine affect of human motion and piezoelectric effect. The entire mechanism involves the storage of generated electricity in small storing battery for further use conditions. The main highlight of this product is, the produced electricity, generated after the result of mechanical motion in the area encircled around elbow joints and hip potion of the dress. Therefore, even fashion and art industries are paying equal attention to incredible style presentation along with the concern towards the environment. 8 . Eco friendly moss carpet Moss Carpet The Moss Carpet, created by Nguyen La Chanh A walk on grass always makes you experience a pleasant feeling. It is even recommended in order to attain a healthy blood circulation into your body. One of the innovative products designed is the moss carpet. Placing your feet over moss carpet almost gives you the same relax feeling as you get in the park. The moss carpet is especially made by using foam called plastazote. The complete mat mainly includes three types of mosses. One is island moss, second is ball moss and the last one is forest moss. It is only suitable for keeping in your bathrooms. This is because moss remains fresher in humid atmosphere which is best found in bathroom like places in house. So bring this incredible creation with eco-friendly thought and makes your bathroom an eco-friend place as well. 9 . Eco friendly car racer Car Racer Car Racer by Dr Kerry Kirwan. Automobiles are always considered harmful for the environment. The burning fuels are the major source for causing pollution in surrounding. Apart from that, the manufacturing process of complete body of the car also includes severe polluting ways to accomplish. The use of fossil fuels is one of the serious issues attached with car. However, one convenient green invention is presented in context of car driving. One innovative car named Eco One is launched with an aim of obeying non-polluting strategy. This is basically, a single seater racing car. The whole body of the car is constructed with biodegradable materials. Right from the body to the kind of fuel used for car movement, all plastics parts is replaced with organic substances like plants. The eco-car tyres are specially made from potato residues. Whereas, the brake pads are manufactured with the help of ground cashew shell particles. The entire body structure is made with the help of rapeseed oil and hemp. Besides, liquid mixture of fermented wheat and sugar beet is used as a running fuel of the car. This whole new eco-friendly concept in the field of automobile is very much capable to bring revolution in current time. It is reported that Eco One car is ninety five percent biodegradable and can easily be recycled in the nature. Only some of the car parts such as steering wheel, electric circuits and seats are comprises of basic conventional substances. At the same time, several tests also revealed that Eco One can easily cover zero to sixty two mph in just four seconds. Hence, acquiring high-performance-eco-friendly car is no more exist only as a myth rather it is already converted into reality. 10 . Eco friendly earrings Earrings The eco fashion accessories by Kitten Lab How about combining your modish accessories with a noble cause of green concept for your environment? Well, as we know fashionable jewelries are mainly made from plastics and metals like materials, it takes around several years for their proper decomposition. However, many accessories are designed with less harming materials and easily decomposed ones. Such types of earrings are named as Eco-friendly accessories. This includes the light weighted earrings and easy to be carried by you. For example, the Eco-fashion accessories are presented by Kitten labs with beautiful design created with the help of IBM Selectric typewriter balls. The pretty balls used makes it more attractive and light weighted. This particular Eco-friendly invention not only enhances your modish appearance rather also contributes your environment to make it less polluted through many ways. Such as by reducing the landfill risks and many more.

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The good, the bad and the ugly about harvesting energy from landfills

October 4, 2011 by  
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Rajeev Kumar: harvesting energy from landfills Harvesting energy from landfills Call it one of the hazards of rapid urban growth, mega-cities of the world are facing a new challenge of disposing massive wastes. According to an estimate, over 2.1 billion tons of municipal waste is produced all over the world annually. The most common method of disposing this waste has been through the development of organized landfills. Experience has shown that these landfills end up producing harmful gases, particularly methane and carbon dioxide in large amounts. However, researchers have successfully shown that the gases emanating from vast landfills could be trapped for creative purposes like generation of electricity, bio-fuels, and fertilizers. Still, there are various pros and cons associated with the practice of harvesting energy from landfills. Here we have discussed all such issues in detail. Good Waste to Energy: Waste materials of a landfill can be used to produce electricity for domestic consumption. In fact, data from the International Energy Agency shows that many countries have started to harvest energy from municipal and industrial wastes that were earlier dumped in large landfills. Presently, over 400 terawatt of electricity all over the world, is produced this way. Landfills contain large amount of organic wastes like discarded food scraps, paper, textiles and yard trimmings. They produce large amount of green house gases like methane and CO2. The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) says that landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United State, amounting to 17 percent of total methane emissions. With the development of new technologies, it has now become possible to use such large amount of methane to produce clean electricity. This is done by burning the methane for producing electricity. Water and less potent CO2 is produced as the byproduct. This process doesn’t require any extra fossil fuels for burning methane as this gas is itself highly inflammable. Apart from electricity, new technologies have shown that cellulosic ethanol can also be derived from the landfills. It is organically produced because of the degradation of cellulose found in grass trimmings, fallen tree branches and corn stalks etc. This bio-fuel produces more energy and emits less greenhouse gases as compared to other bio-fuels produced today. Bad Burning landfill methane for energy is a bad Idea: While the amount of global waste is increasing, a fool-proof method for harvesting energy from them is still alluding scientists and policy makers. Experience at some places, has shown that the existing technology could cause more harm than good. The reason for this is that a large amount of gas actually leaks into the environment which not only contributes to global warming but also causes some health hazards. As, methane is 75 percent more powerful greenhouse gas in the first 20-years of its existence than the CO2. Most of the landfills are sealed from the top to help prevent the leakage of gases. However, these gases find different routes to escape. For example: Landfill experiment in Ontario has shown that the potential damage by leaked gases could be far more than the useful production of about 5000 MW of electricity from them. Also, it has been found that existing technology succeeds in treating only about 20-25 percent of the total waste. Worst Landfill Gas and awful affects of landfills: Apart from methane, the land fills also produce other gases with heavy odor – that not only affect the environment but are substantial health hazards. While about 50 percent of the gases produced in a landfill is methane, 40 percent of CO2 and some other harmful gases like sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other particulate matters are produced. The sulfur dioxide causes acid rain, particulate matters cause respiratory problems and fatigue among people living in proximity to these landfills. Also, the nitrogen oxides cause local ozone and smog formation. The heavy odor of these gases may also cause headache and nausea among people. These gases can travel through the soil and sometimes enter nearby buildings, putting them to significant fire risks as methane is highly inflammable. However, harvesting energy from the gases organically produced in landfills, is still the most effective way of reducing some of the hazards discussed above. And, on a positive note, many new initiatives have been taken up to this effect in many cities in recent times.

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Toyota and Ford Working Together on Hybrid SUV Drivetrain

August 25, 2011 by  
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Toyota and Ford are partnering together to build a new hybrid drivetrain for SUVs and light trucks.  The two automakers, who’ve both been developing hybrid drivetrains for cars and SUVs separately for years, are hoping to make better advances in this particular sector by pooling their resources, both monetarily and technology-wise. A statement from Toyota said the company wanted to work with Ford because of their leadership in producing SUVs and trucks and the high demand for those vehicles in America.  Basically, American love their trucks, so there should be better hybrid versions on the market. The timeline for this duo’s drivetrain has only been limited to sometime later this decade, but the pair will each use the drivetrain in their own vehicles, not in any collaborative vehicles.  Seeing as SUV and truck hybrids have been the least efficient hybrids produced so far, the sector needs some great improvements, so it’s good to see automakers working together toward this goal. via Ford

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Ford Bringing Hybrid Tech to Conventional Cars

December 29, 2010 by  
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Some of the technology that helps make hybrid vehicles so efficient will soon be making its way into non-hybrid cars as well. Ford has recently announced that Auto Start-Stop technology , which has been used in gasoline-electric hybrids since 2004, will be introduced in some conventional cars, crossovers and SUVs in North America starting in 2012. Auto Start-Stop automatically turns off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop, and then restarts it again when the vehicle is ready to move again.

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Whale Fossil Discovered in Australia

December 26, 2009 by  
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This week in Australia, an ancient whale fossil estimated between 25 and 28 million years old has been discovered, and offers some unique insight into evolution and predatory habits. The whale, which has been dubbed the ancient dwarf whale since it measures only about 9 feet in length

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Create Your Own Dry Skin Remedy

December 20, 2009 by  
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For some of us, the season is a constant battle against dry, irritated skin.  Sure there are lots of heavy moisturizers out there, but it can be difficult to find the one that does the trick.  Some leave you too slippery, while others cast a strange chalky effect.  Certainly not what we are looking for during the most festive (and social) time of the year. Now, I have written many an article here on Feelgood about dry skin and the many wonderful products on the market to help with this particular condition.  But (for those of you prone to plenty of natural oils) please bear with me, I think I am on to something here. This latest concoction was something I stumbled upon over lack of time and forethought.  After exfoliating my body with a mixture of sugar and milk in the shower I went to apply my usual body lotion.  Realizing it would not be enough hydration for my freshly sloughed skin, I added a squirt of body oil.  Later that night I realized that my skin was still super silky and soft and well nourished.

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Tutorial: Small-Space Vintage Wallpaper Collage

November 14, 2009 by  
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At an Upcycle Exchange event a couple of months ago, I scored the awesomest vintage wallpaper swatchbook ever.

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