Starbucks $1 Million Compostable Cup Challenge

October 11, 2018 by  
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Elon Musk reveals boring tunnels are for Hyperloop

May 23, 2017 by  
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Cleantech pioneer Elon Musk wants you to drive a Tesla electric car or truck, power your home with SolarCity solar panels and store renewable electricity with Tesla Powerwall battery packs. Oh yeah, he also wants to zip you from DC to NYC in less than 30 minutes via Hyperloop pods that can reach speeds of more than 600 miles per hour racing through evacuated tubes. Now Musk has revealed that part of the reason he started The Boring Company , besides finding a solution for LA’s “soul-destroying traffic,” is to launch and test Hyperloop by using his new Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) to dig underneath the City of Angels . “Fast to dig, low cost tunnels would also make Hyperloop adoption viable and enable rapid transit across densely populated regions, enabling travel from New York to Washington DC in less than 30 minutes,” the company’s new FAQ page states regarding its specific goals, adding that “the electric skate can transport automobiles, goods, and/or people. And if one adds a vacuum shell, it is now a Hyperloop Pod which can travel at 600+ miles per hour.” Related: Elon Musk’s Boring Company video envisions underground LA as a crazy slot car race The FAQ page mentions that The Boring Company aims to fix congestion in major cities by building an underground network of road tunnels “many levels deep” with the ability to keep adding levels. The key to making this work would be “increasing tunneling speed and dropping costs by a factor of 10 or more.” Costs would be mitigated by reducing the tunnel diameter, which the site claims can be accomplished by placing vehicles on a “stabilized electric sled.” Speeding up tunneling is another way to reduce costs, with the stated goal for the TBM to defeat the snail in a race. Hyperloop One has already built a full-scale test track at the company’s development site in Nevada. Countries from India to South Korea  to the United Arab Emirates  to Russia  have expressed interest in Hyperloop technology. It is clear that the race to build the first Hyperloop rapid transit system is underway and similar to his other ventures, Musk is eager to take the lead. + The Boring Company + Hyperloop One Via Archinect Images via The Boring Company

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Google and Ford will join forces to make self-driving cars, report says

December 22, 2015 by  
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It’s not news that a number of different companies have been working to develop self-driving cars . Tesla and Google are clear front runners in the race, but some big car makers are looking to get in on the action as well. Nissan, Toyota, and Ford have all dipped their toes into the autonomous vehicle technology pool. With so many companies chasing their own dreams of cars that need no driver, one wonders how anyone will be able to translate technological advances into an actual product that people can buy and drive, err, ride in. Reportedly, Google and Ford are teaming up to do just that, pooling their knowledge and resources to create a new company specifically focused on self-driving cars. Read the rest of Google and Ford will join forces to make self-driving cars, report says

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Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

January 29, 2015 by  
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The Bangladeshi government wants every household in the nation to be solar powered by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing on what they call solar home systems (SHS). Solar home systems are provided by the government to homes that do not have access to the main power grid , thus supplying power where there previously was none. Read the rest of Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “sustainable energy” , Bangladesh , country , first solar nation , Homes , households , national , nationwide , off the grid , power , remote areas , renewable energy , SHS , solar home systems , solar panels , Solar Power , world bank

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Biotech Beating Out GMO When it Comes to Food Production, Says Greenpeace

October 28, 2014 by  
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In the race to feed the growing population of planet Earth, biotechnology is quietly overtaking genetic modification, according to a new report by Greenpeace. The Guardian reports that the Greenpeace report set to be published this week highlights successes of biotechnology projects and claims they are outpacing GMOs when it comes to improving food production in what the environmental group calls a “silent revolution” in agriculture. Read the rest of Biotech Beating Out GMO When it Comes to Food Production, Says Greenpeace Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , biotechnology , crops , farming , food , genetically modified , GM , GMO , Greenpeace , soybeans

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Super High-Tech Cars Take Off in World Solar Challenge

October 7, 2013 by  
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The world’s most eco-friendly car race is now underway in Australia: the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge . On Sunday morning, 38 solar-powered cars took to the highway to begin a 1,864 mile journey from Darwin to Adelaide. The challengers hail from 22 different countries around the world, all with one common goal: proving that solar-powered vehicles can be a sustainable alternative to ordinary cars. While some teams will compete in the “challenger” class of the race, judged solely on speed, others are competing for the title of the most practical vehicle as part of the “cruiser” class. Each cruiser car must meet road regulations in the competitor’s home country, and it must be able to seat at least two people. Two Australian teams from the University of NSW and TAFE SA have taken up the challenge, as well as a Dutch team that’s using the race as an opportunity to test out the world’s first four-seat solar car . (It also features a USB charger and a two-speaker sound system.) The race won’t be easy for the drivers since high temperatures and dry conditions are expected throughout the week . In 2011, the race actually had to be ended early due to raging wildfires along the route. However, the sunny weather will make it easier to keep the cars running at peak performance. The drivers are only allowed to store 5 kilowatt-hours of energy, with the rest harvested from the sun or recovered from the kinetic energy generated by the vehicle itself. So far, there have already been some hits and misses. The University of Cambridge team burned out early on , crashing twice during test drives on Saturday. Their 265 pound car was designed to run at a maximum of 50mph, but its light weight proved to be an issue during testing. The vehicle rolled over and skidded along its side into an embankment, scattering its solar cells across the road, and the team was forced to withdraw. They told the BBC there simply wasn’t time to repair the car. The challenge will be ongoing through Thursday. You can view footage from the race, track the cars on their journey, and see pictures of each of the unique vehicles participating in the challenge on the race’s official website . + Bridgestone Solar World Challenge Via Slashdot        

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Is the Arctic About to be Ravaged in a Search for Oil and Other Reserves?

February 2, 2012 by  
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The Arctic has long been described as a goldmine of untapped resources, and in recent years it has been the site for some international chest-thumping and the attempted claiming of rights . But given what lies beneath, it is not hard to understand why. According to the US Geological Survey , the Arctic potentially holds an estimated 90 billion barrels of oil (13% of the world’s recoverable oil reserves), up to 50 trillion cubic metres of natural gas (about 30% of the world’s natural gas reserves), and 44 billion barrels of natural gas liquids – not to mention assorted precious metals and minerals. As a result, the race is on for  various countries to exploit these reserves . However, rightfully so, scientists are worried about the environmental damage that could be unleashed on the region. Read the rest of Is the Arctic About to be Ravaged in a Search for Oil and Other Reserves? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic environmental issues , arctic exploited , arctic gas reserves , arctic gold minerals , arctic oil geological survey , arctic oil reserves , arctic reserve resources , arctic resources , arctic resources issues , arctic russia , arctic statoil

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Toyota’s Hybrid TS030 Supercar to Debut at Le Mans 24 Hour Race

January 25, 2012 by  
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Toyota just made a splash in the high-performance auto world as it unveiled its brand new hybrid TS030 – the gasoline-electric super car they’ll be driving in 2012′s 24 hour Le Mans Race . The Toyota team is the first confirmed participant using a hybrid engine in this year’s race, and although they’ve got their eye on the prize, they’re also upping their race credentials by completing Le Mans with their THS-R system (which stands for Toyota Hybrid System – Racing). With 3.5 million Toyota Hybrids sold worldwide, the TS030 will put Toyota’s fuel-efficient technology to the test in one of the world’s most competitive automotive races. Read the rest of Toyota’s Hybrid TS030 Supercar to Debut at Le Mans 24 Hour Race Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Eco-Inspiration , hybrid car , hybrid powertrain , hybrid race car , hybrid race car engine , hybrid racing technology , hybrid sports car , hybrid vehicle , le mans vehicle , Toyota , toyota hybrid , toyota le mans , toyota racing , toyota racing car , toyota racing team , ts010 , ts020 , ts030

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Panasonic’s Toy-Sized Evolta Robot Completes Triathalon in Hawaii

November 2, 2011 by  
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Panasonic’s Evolta robot recently proved that powerful technology can come in a pint-sized package as it completed a 230 kilometer (142.9 mile) triathlon in Hawaii. The active little robot has previously scaled the Grand Canyon and completed a 500 km trek from Tokyo to Kyoto . The triathlon was its toughest challenge yet, and he finished with an impressive time of 166 hours — quite an accomplishment considering his size. Read the rest of Panasonic’s Toy-Sized Evolta Robot Completes Triathalon in Hawaii Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AA battery , AaBattery , battery , bike , bot , endurance , evolta , evolta robot , EvoltaRobot , hawaii , panasonic , race , rechargeable , robot , robot triathlon , robots , RobotTriathlon , run , Sports , swim , triathlon

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Xenith: Stanford’s fastest solar car for World Solar Challenge

August 17, 2011 by  
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Snigdha Dalmiya: Stanford Solar Car Xenith Solar Car Brilliant minds at Stanford have been working on it for two years and the fruition is more than a sweet dream. It is the world’s fastest all-solar car ever. Called Xenith, this speedster is all set to cover the Australian outback solely on solar power. The structure consists of a huge panel exposed to the sun with an obscure drivers seat. This was a part of the preparation for the World Solar Challenge which is a 3000 km race from Darwin to Adelaide. Taking place between October 16-23, this race is conducted every two years and is vital in encouraging inventors and engineers to improve and perfect solar technology. The rules of the race include a stipulated time period for conceptualizing a solar vehicle design thereby pushing boundaries and expanding the scope of solar technology innovations. This Solar Challenge not only drives forth new era motor inventions but also packs in the fun and thrill of an all-out race. So sit back and get ready to behold one of the fastest Solar cars speeding through the Australian outback. Via: Zdnet

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