You must check the amazing macro images that the U.S. Geological Survey has uploaded on its flicker stream. The subjects are insects like spiders, beetles, butterflies and especially bees in their various forms, colors, and from highly illustrative angles. The pictures speak how meticulous these miniature creations of nature are. The look at the details captured in these high-resolution macro images will take you to a world that exists at a very low level of the food change. Unless you are an entomophobic, these images are likely to entertain you. In case you wish for more of them, then you can find them on U.S. Geological Survey flicker stream under album titled ‘USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab’. continue reading..
The US Solar sector boom has witnessed more installation of solar projects in the last 18 years than it did in the last 30 years combined: that is almost 5,000MW. Many European countries strive to harness the energy of sun as much as it could be. India has joined the league. The need for generating solar energy has got the attention of the government. The Solar Corporation of India plans 10,000 MW solar energy generation by the end of 2017. continue reading..
Bann Industries is a Hong Kong based E-bike Company which was founded by Arda Onal and his brother about four years ago. Basically from Turkey and Engineers by profession, the brothers wanted to establish and grow a business which has a purpose beyond simply making money. This year they’ve just released their highest-end brand called Ariel Rider where they combine cutting edge technologies with old school charm for style conscious riders. Crafted using unique craftsmanship’s and classic styles, the Ariel Rider ebikes are designed by extreme dedication giving thought to every little detail.
While the world moves towards stylish and energy efficient lighting solutions, there are some parts of the world which are improvised or underdeveloped. The electricity supply is a farfetched dream for the people living in these parts. In such circumstances, paraffin is the most favored solution for illumination of the dwellings. Paraffin fumes are highly toxic when burned and they add to the emissions too. continue reading..
An issue of great concern for NYC is that where to ship 12,000,000 tons a year. The landfills are almost full or say, it’s inevitable when the space per person is lesser than any other city in the world. The disposal of the waste isn’t the only issue. The expenditure of shipping the waste out of city touches $300 million and still the waste isn’t gone, it’s just displaced. Out of this total expenditure, $85 million are spent only on shipping the organic waste of the city which makes 30% of the total residential waste. continue reading..
Electricity shortage is a major problem around the world especially in the continents of Asia and Africa. Some rural regions are still deprived of electricity and about 1.5 billion people are dependent on kerosene lamps. However, a Chicago-based company known as the Greenlight Planet has taken the initiative to help this large population of off-grid villagers by providing them with affordable and safe solar-powered lamps. The company was founded back in 2009 and since then it has sold 1.8 million solar lamps. Costing between $11 and $40, about one million of these lamps were sold during the last 10 months only. The company hopes to sell 4 million lamps this year and expects to reach 16 million homes by 2016.
The icebergs are melting, and it’s unlikely that this climatic disaster will ever stop, at least, not with the present pace untamed human activities. While it’s inevitable to stop the melting under increasing green house effect, how about utilizing the same icebergs for producing energy, vegetables, crops, and a small habitable community space that’ll keep floating in the waters between Greenland and the coast of Labrador for couple of years. The produce will be shipped to the coastal areas of Greenland, thus, relieving it from the import of almost every edible and goods. And that too with no fuel, no grid energy, and no external supply of anything at all.
Thinking beyond conventional black colored solar cells, Engineers at University of Michigan has invented colorful and semi-transparent photovoltaics which have opened the possibilities of their use in a much broader range than before. As for now, traditional black solar panels can only be placed on the rooftop of a building. However, these colorful solar cells are designed to look attractive and are conceived by the scientists on sides of buildings, stained-glass windows, decorative, as energy-harvesting billboards and window shades as well. Not only outdoors but these solar panels can also come in handy indoors.
UK parliament has committed to increase its energy efficiency by 34% by the year 2020/21.The Palace of Westminster is in focus these days as what methods and strategies could be implemented to make the whole structure more sustainable and energy efficient. One of the recommendations from Sir Rober Rogers, clerk of the House of Commons and chief executive, says that the Big Ben clock face should be converted into a solar powered face. continue reading..
Architectural firm Perkins+Will has converted a San Francisco situated century old complex into amazing one room and two room Presidio Landmark apartments which rents for as much as $8,000 per month. Established as the Presidio military installation at the southern entry of the San Francisco Bay by Spain in 1776, the complex went through lot of transformation over this long period. In 1846 United States took control over the complex and the Presidio served as a strategic training and staging area for many wars. Designed in Georgian Revival style, the seven-story complex opened as The Public Health Service Hospital in 1932 but was shut down in 1981 as part of government cuts.