The trained biologist and environmentalist Matevz Lenarcic is the first flyer and pilot to complete the eco friendly Arctic voyage. And the ultra light plane flew almost 4,000 kilometers which no other light plane is capable of flying. He had started his journey to North Pole on 22nd of April from Ljubljana for his GreenlightWorldFlight North Pole project. And has been flying from Europe to America and back all over to the North Pole in an ultra light plane. The environmentalist Slovenian Matevz Lenarcic then later landed at Ljubljana completing the month long trip. Earlier the journey was scheduled for a shorter duration but due to inexplicable reasons the journey was stretched for an additional 14 days. The biologist even explains his well wishers and the crowds that the trip was a lot more difficult and troublesome than he had expected but what matters the most is the ultra light plane landed safely.
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After the immense success of Samsung Galaxy S2 and Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung has come up with new Samsung Galaxy S4 as the latest Android phone in Galaxy S series. And this time, the new phone is environment friendly. Yes, you read it right. Now, Samsung Salaxy S4 is environment friendly too. Samsung Galaxy S4 along with all the bundled accessories has successfully passed the TCO certification. TCO certification is the certification for being an environment friendly product. So this means that now your Samsung Galaxy S4 is healthy device to use when we talk in reference with environment.
In the recent past, we have witnessed some changes in climate that are not only affecting farmers but also the masses all over the world. Addressing the issue, a small company dubbed the” re:char” has developed an indigenous technology that will not only help small farmers grow more food but also help in dealing with some grave real word tribulations. The new high-tech practice makes use of biochar, a carbon-negative soil amendment made using an extreme heating practice called the “pyrolysis,” to grow up to 144% more food.
Developed by a team of researchers, led by Daniel G. Nocera, the “artificial leaf” is an innovative device that can produce energy from dirty water with the help of particularly developed catalysts capable of healing themselves. Claimed to be the world’s first practical “artificial leaf,” the sustainable device is capable of producing energy from sunlight and water like real, natural leaves. Though, it doesn’t rely on photosynthesis, like its real counterparts, for producing energy.
Considering the fact that a large percentage of the energy generated by us go astray through waste heat, need for some highly efficient products or technologies has been felt more than ever before, so we could make the most out of the available energy. Though, we have thermoelectric materials that can produce electricity through differences in temperature, but the hefty price of thermoelectrics, like most of such influential technologies, make it a forbidden fruit for common users.
While there is no dearth of materials that can claim to be among the world’s heaviest, the world’s lightest title was being held by aerogel for more than eighty years. The material, which is also called “frozen smoke”, is 96 percent air and hence its weight is less. Last year researchers developed aerographite, which quickly jumped into the number one spot and one cubic centimeter of the stuff weighs just 0.2 milligram.
While producing hydrogen by simply using solar energy and water seem to be the holy grail of clean energy, actually the process isn’t as simple as the one you might have tried out in your chemistry lab. Producing large quantities of hydrogen, while making use of minimum amount of electricity uses catalysts, which are usually, made using expensive and rare-earth metals, driving up the cost of hydrogen hence produced. As a solution, two chemistry professors from the University of Calgary have created a new method of water-splitting catalysts using abundant metals.
While there is no denying the fact that the condition of the environment is worsening with every passing day, few individuals are working hard to develop means that they hope will be able to tackle the environmental challenges. Working on the same lines a research team from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University has come up with a new nanomaterial that is just as multi-purpose as a Swiss army knife.
The last time we studied about photovoltaic solar panels we learned that their efficiency reduces as the panel surface heats up. However, while considering the fact that solar heat also can be used to produce renewable energy, it was just a matter a time unless someone figured out a way to develop a device that can harvest solar heat along with sunlight. A team of researchers over at Stanford have done just that and have come up with a revolutionary solar cell that they claim can be 100 times more efficient than standard photovoltaic cells.