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Cave computing

| May 13, 2010 | 1 Comments

Greentechmedia: One of the biggest headaches for IT companies is not software crashes or server outages – it’s heat. Computers generate an enormous amount of heat, so much so that cooling can consumer around half the power used by data centers. One Norwegian company has come up with an innovative solution that makes use of [...]

Filed Under: Look to Nature

The cost of food waste

| May 11, 2010 | 2 Comments

SMH: A chef frustrated with picky diners leaving leftovers on their plate has come up with a novel solution to reduce food waste – offer customers a 30% discount if they eat everything they have ordered. Chef Yukako Ichikawa from Sydney’s Waku restaurant decided she was sick of wasting precious food and now asks diners [...]

Filed Under: Waste = Opportunity

Remote monitoring

| May 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

BBC: A network of remote weather stations in Italy’s Valle d’Aosta is allowing scientists to monitor the unpredictable mountain environment for the early warning signs of life-threatening floods or landslides without having to leave their desks. New technology has enabled the solar-powered weather stations to be connected through the mobile phone network, so scientists can [...]

Viral photosynthesis

| May 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Economist: Artificial photosynthesis is one of the Holy Grails of chemistry but the complexity of this natural energy-generating process has thwarted efforts so far to replicate it. However, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have brought the goal one step closer by using a genetically-modified virus to help split water into hydrogen and [...]

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Bike sharing

| April 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Grist: The city of Denver has launched the US’s largest bike-sharing program, setting up 500 bicycles at 50 locations around the city for its citizens to use for transport instead of cars. The program is simple: you can sign up online for 24-hour, seven-day, 30-day or annual membership which entitles you to access any of [...]

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Cactus water purifier

| April 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

New Scientist: Water purification is a costly and energy-intensive process, but scientists are taking lessons from 19th century Mexican communities and employing cactus power to do the job. Researchers from the University of South Florida have discovered that the thick gum used by the prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) to store water also acts as [...]

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Farming wind

| April 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

ABC Radio National’s Bush Telegraph: Farmers are always on the lookout for innovative ways to diversify their income and the movement of air across their properties is a tempting revenue earner. One wind turbine can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, but farmers are likely to see about one tenth of that figure. [...]

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Pedal-powered hotel

| April 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Guardian: A Copenhagen hotel has discovered an unusual new source of renewable energy – people power. Guests at the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers are being encouraged to make use of the hotel’s new electricity-generating exercise bikes which feed into the hotel’s power supply, with the incentive being that in addition to burning off excess [...]

Filed Under: Waste = Opportunity

Blog mining

| April 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Economist: The vast majority of the millions of blog entries written each day sink into obscurity, read only by their authors, but thanks to research from the University of Southern California‚Äôs Institute for Creative Technologies, they may soon have at least one avid reader – a computer. Researchers are hoping to one day ‘data [...]

Printable RFID tag

| March 31, 2010 | 1 Comments

Sick of standing in line at the grocery store waiting for your goods to be painstakingly scanned? Relief may be at hand in the form of printable radio frequency ID (RFID) tags, according to Wired magazine. Researchers from South Korea’s Sunchon National University, and Rice University in Houston¬†have developed a printable RFID tag that uses [...]