Researchers find sunscreen becomes toxic when exposed to chlorine

June 30, 2017 by  
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Most of us are quick to reach for our sunscreen before heading outdoors in the summer , but that might not be a great idea – especially for swimmers. New research reveals that sunscreen becomes toxic when exposed to chlorine, sometimes resulting in kidney and liver dysfunctions, as well as nervous system disorders. The study, conducted by Lomonosov Moscow State University, was published in the journal Chemosphere . The researchers were reportedly stunned to discover that chlorine — a chemical commonly used in the US and UK to disinfect water by killing bacteria — breaks down suncream into other potentially-hazardous chemicals. Specifically, the ingredient Avobenzone is what breaks down into hazardous components when mixed with chlorinated water. As Phys.org reports , Avobenzone was approved by the FDA in 1988 due to its ability to absorb ultraviolet light by converting the energy of the light into thermal energy . Every year, it is regularly applied by millions of people worldwide — a fact which makes this finding so concerning. Related: Hawaii aims to ban coral reef-killing chemical sunscreens Dr. Albert Lebedev, the study’s author, said, “On the basis of the experiments one could make a conclusion that a generally safe compound transforms in the water and forms more dangerous products. In spite of the fact that there are no precise toxicological profiles for the most established products, it’s known that acetyl benzenes and phenols, especially chlorinated ones, are quite toxic .” Scientists are now looking into a suitable alternative for avobenzone that won’t break down when exposed to chlorination or bromination of fresh and sea water. “Studying the products of transformation of any popular cosmetics is very important as very often they turn out to be much more toxic and dangerous than their predecessors,” said Lebedeve. “In principle, basing on such researches, one could obtain results, which could restrict or even put under a ban the usage of one or another product, and preserve health of millions of people.” Via Express.co.uk , Phys Images via Pixabay , SheKnows

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15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat, Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair

June 6, 2014 by  
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From a sleeping bag that charges your gadgets to entire buildings warmed by body heat , scientists are harvesting the heat emitted by humans as a source of renewable energy. But the latest development in thermoelectric energy generation doesn’t come from a high-tech lab at MIT; it comes from Ann Makosinski, a 15-year-old Canadian girl who developed a flashlight that is powered by the heat from a human hand . With the aim of reducing the number of single-use batteries that are thrown in landfills, Makosinski developed the innovative flashlight, which can be developed cheaply and deployed to populations that can’t afford electricity to light their homes. Read the rest of 15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat, Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 15 year old , Ann Makosinski , Google , Google Science Fair , Hollow Flashlight , human heat , human-powered flashlight , renewable energy , science fair , teenager , thermal energy , thermoelectric flashlight

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Precinct Energy Power Station Activates a Low-Carbon Energy Landscape in Australia

November 6, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Precinct Energy Power Station Activates a Low-Carbon Energy Landscape in Australia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: astro-turf wall , carbon emissions , cogeneration , cogeneration power station , cogent energy , dandenong , energy production , low carbon energy , Peter Hogg + Toby Reed Architects , phtr architects , places victoria , precinct energy power , rorschach , thermal energy        

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Dwell Launches Its New Online Store!

November 6, 2013 by  
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Design lovers will finally have a chance to buy some of the stunning designs featured on the pages of the world-renowned Dwell Magazine . Dwell Media has just announced the launch of their Dwell  online store, which showcases a curated collection of modern products designed by icons such as Kartell, Flos, Rich Brilliant Willing and the Bouroullec Brothers. Read the rest of Dwell Launches Its New Online Store! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: design ideas , design magazines , dwell , Dwell designer , Dwell Home , dwell magazine , Dwell new designers , Dwell online store , green design , interior design ideas , online stores green design , product design store        

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15-Year-Old Develops Hollow Flashlight Powered by Body Heat

July 2, 2013 by  
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From a sleeping bag that charges your gadget s to entire buildings that use body heat to run heating systems , scientists are harvesting the heat emitted by humans as a source of renewable energy. But the latest development in thermoelectric energy generation doesn’t come from a high-tech lab at MIT; it comes from Ann Makosinski, a 15-year-old Canadian girl who developed a flashlight that is powered by the heat from a human hand . With the aim of reducing the number of single-use batteries that are thrown in landfills, Makosinski developed the innovative flashlight, which can be developed cheaply and could be deployed to populations that can’t afford electricity to light their homes. Read the rest of 15-Year-Old Develops Hollow Flashlight Powered by Body Heat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 15 year old , Ann Makosinski , Google , Google Science Fair , Hollow Flashlight , human heat , human-powered flashlight , renewable energy , science fair , teenager , thermal energy , thermoelectric flashlight        

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Vodafone Unveils Smartphone-Charging Shorts Just in Time for Festival Season

June 15, 2013 by  
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British telecommunications company Vodafone wants people to be able to use their phones, even when they’re away from a power source for days on end at music festivals, for example. So this week, the company unveiled a pair of denim hotpants that can actually charge a cellphone by harnessing thermoelectric and kinetic energy. In addition to the Power Pocket shorts, Vodafone also unveiled a sleeping bag that transforms body heat into energy that can be used to charge a phone. These technologies aren’t commercially available just yet, but Vodafone says it will be testing them out at the  Isle of Wright Festival  in England this week. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cellphone charging , kinetic energy , kinetic energy harvesting , off-grid , Power Pocket , renewable energy , smartphone charging , thermal energy , thermoelectric , Vodafone        

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World’s Largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant Planned for China

April 22, 2013 by  
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Lockheed Martin has announced that it is to partner with the Reignwood Group to construct the world’s largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant off the coast of southern China. The OTEC process—which uses the temperature difference between the cold waters of the deep ocean and warm surface waters to generate electricity—is nothing new, but few facilities have ever been constructed. The floating pilot plant will generate 10MW of electricity, enough to power the Reignwood Group’s planned net-zero energy resort on the nearby mainland. Read the rest of World’s Largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant Planned for China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , china energy , green energy , lockeed martin , Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion , OTEC , reignwood group , renewable energy , ridgewood , thermal energy , water energy        

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CBS Studios Installs Six PureCell Fuel Cell Systems at Two California Production Facilities

July 3, 2012 by  
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CBS Studios are going green by installing six PureCell stationary fuel cell systems at two of their production locations in California. The fuel cell systems are produced by  UTC Power and they will be installed at CBS Studio Center (a production facility with 18 sound stages) and CBS Television City (which houses eight studios). The PureCell systems at Studio Center and Television City will together produce a total of 2.4 MW of power, therefore satisfying 40% and 60% of the studios’ electricity requirements. Read the rest of CBS Studios Installs Six PureCell Fuel Cell Systems at Two California Production Facilities Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CBS Studios , emissions , fuel cells , PureCell , PureCell Fuel Cell Systems , thermal energy , toyota prius , UTC Power

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Facebook Adding Solar Power to New Headquarters

November 8, 2011 by  
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Facebook, a company that so far hasn’t done much in the “green” arena, is incorporating a nice-sized solar power system into their new headquarters. The cogeneration system , which is being built by Cogenra Solar , will include both solar PV and solar hot water heating and have far greater efficiency than just a solar PV system alone.  The 24-module system will reside on the roof of a 10,000 square foot fitness center, providing electricity for the fitness machines and hot water for the showers.  The system will have a capacity of 10 kW of electricity and about 50 kW of thermal energy. Facebook sees this as their initial investment in solar power and hopes to expand the system later on to include powering and heating other parts of the campus, like the cafes. via Crisp Green

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SOLO-TREC – The world’s first unmanned underwater vehicle powered by renewable energy

April 10, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Self-sustainable UUV uses the energy of the ocean for practically limitless energy supply. SOLO-TREC, or Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangian Observer – Thermal RECharging, is powered by Navy-funded thermal engine that is accomplishing a feat that no other underwater vessel has ever done.

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