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Dec 2, 2019

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Cybertruck could hit Cd of .30 “with extreme effort”

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Last week we covered how the Tesla Cybertruck’s aerodynamics might be better than its boxy shape suggests, and today Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to the numbers and suggested that the Cybertruck could get a Cd (drag coefficient) as low as .3 – quite impressive for a pickup truck.

Nov 30, 2019

Near-Real-Time and Laboratory Data

Posted by in category: sustainability

RadNet data from individual near-real-time air monitors is available on a clickable map and is also listed by state and city. Sampling locations with drinking water, precipitation and air filter analysis results in 2016 are also listed.

Nov 30, 2019

SILENT 44 | Luxury Yachts | Solar energy & electric propulsion

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

100% Solar Yachts are catching on in a big way. Impressive.


Specifications Length overall: 13,40 m (44‘) Beam overall: 7,2 (23.6‘) Draft: 0,75 m (2.5‘) Light displacement (EC): 11 tons Water: 500 – 1.000 L Waste-Water: 1 x 250 L Fuel: 250 – 500 L Solar Panels: 9 kWp E-Motors:

Nov 29, 2019

Philippine-made ocean waste collector and dengue mapper to join the NASA global hackathon

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Philippine-made ocean waste collector and dengue mapper to join the NASA global hackathon

MANILA, Philippines — A deployable, autonomous ocean waste collection system utilizing space data to locate nearby garbage patches built by students from De La Salle University and an automated information portal which correlates dengue cases with real-time data from satellite, climate, and search engines won the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s International Space Apps Challenge last October 18–20, 2019 in Manila, in collaboration with the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD), Animo Labs technology business incubator, PLDT InnoLab, American Corner Manila, the U.S. government, and part of the Design Week Philippines with Department of Trade and Industry-Design Center of the Philippines.

Using NASA’s Ocean Surface Current Analysis Real-time (OSCAR) data to determine possible locations of ocean garbage patches using GPS, PaWiKAN uses a pair of deployable, dynamically reconfigurable boats capable of trapping and returning ocean waste back to ground. It is equipped with extended-range radio system based on LoRa technology and Arduino to communicate with sensors and controlled by a deployment station. It was developed by Lasallian electronics and communications engineering students Samantha Maxine Santos, Antonio Miguel S. Alejo, Grant Lewis Bulaong, and Janos Lance L. Tiberio of Ocean’s 4, who also joined the last year’s hackathon, creating a hyper-casual puzzle game utilizing images from the Hubble Space Telescope and intuitive physics concepts.

“Our global bodies of water are actually littered with plastics. This is a very futuristic solution to help get rid of plastics currently floating or submerged in global waters. It is timely and relevant solution,” according to Monchito B. Ibrahim, Industry Development Committee Chairman of the Analytics Association of the Philippines and former undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

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Nov 28, 2019

Old Reno & The Promise Of New Reno. How Is Tesla Gigafactory Shifting Nevada?

Posted by in categories: business, sustainability

Forget the latest Hollywood film noir and spend some time learning about this story instead. The story is that of Reno, Nevada, and the location of the original Tesla Gigafactory. The historical drama, a true story, unfolds with twisting and dark details.

The story came to light due to the notable new podcast series The City (USA Today’s investigative podcast). Episode 4 of season 2 is titled “West World.”

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Nov 26, 2019

Cows on Russian Farm Get Fitted with VR Goggles to Increase Milk Production

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability, virtual reality

On a farm near Moscow, the cows are walking around with VR goggles strapped to their heads in an effort to improve their living conditions, relax them, with the ultimate goal for them to produce more milk.

Nov 25, 2019

IKEA Just Released Free Plans For A Sustainable Garden That Can Feed A Neighborhood

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The Swedish company IKEA is always leading in terms of initiation and creativity when it comes to their projects.

Nov 25, 2019

“Living” Chandlier is a Green Lighting Piece Filled with Algae

Posted by in categories: biological, sustainability

Julian Melchiorri’s “Exhale” is a piece of green lighting where algae help purify air. The prototype chandelier was recently at the London Design Festival.

Nov 24, 2019

Bacteria farms produce natural sugar safe for diabetics and teeth

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, health, sustainability

Sugar poses one of the most pressing health problems in the modern world – not least because it’s just so delicious. Rather than quitting sweets cold turkey, low-calorie alternatives to sucrose could make tasty treats that are at least less bad for us. And now, researchers from Tufts University have developed a more efficient method for producing one such sweetener, using farms of bacteria.

The sugar in question is called tagatose, which the FDA says is “generally regarded as safe.” It’s 92 percent as sweet as sucrose – regular old table sugar – but because the human digestive system doesn’t metabolize as much of it, it only has 38 percent of the calories. That, in turn, means tagatose has a much smaller effect on blood glucose and insulin, making it safe for diabetics. And to cap it off, tests show that it doesn’t contribute to cavities or tooth decay.

But, of course, there’s a catch – tagatose is a little complicated to produce. Normally, it’s done by hydrolyzing lactose to make galactose, which is then isomerized into tagatose, which then needs to be purified and crystallized into a solid, usable form. Yields from this process are low, at less than 30 percent.

Nov 24, 2019

Eggs that will hatch into genetically modified salmon arrive in U.S.

Posted by in categories: food, genetics, sustainability

EVANSVILLE, Ind., May 30 (UPI) — Eggs to grow the first genetically engineered salmon for human consumption in the United States arrived this week in Indiana.

The salmon eggs, owned by AquaBounty Technologies of Massachusetts, were shipped from the company’s Canadian hatchery to one in Albany, Ind. The company hopes to begin harvesting in late 2020, spokesman Dave Conley said.

This is the first time a genetically modified food animal will be raised and sold in the United States. The work is being done by AquaBounty Farms.

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