Archive for August, 2012

Chinese artist recycles oil drums into a metal dragon

Metal scrap is one of the largest hazardous wastes that pose serious threats to the environment worldwide, but there a few inspired souls that constantly strive to reuse or recycle metal scrap and turn into something creative or meaningful (environmentally, functionally and aesthetically) and make earth a better place to live. Reclaiming the old oil drums, Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie has created a creative public sculpture dubbed “Oil Can Dragon” that is not only magnificent to look at but also helps in sustaining the environment.

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New smart filter uses gravity to separate oil from water

While the environmental effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are still showing up, researchers at the University of Michigan have come up with an innovative way to separate oil from water using a “smart filter” that does its job with gravity alone. The smart filter comes with a special coating that manages to repel oil but attract water. These unique properties come courtesy of a rubbery, commercially-available polymer and an advanced nanoparticle. The polymer forms hydrogen bonds with water, thereby attracting it.

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Concept sun protector for Chevrolet cars generates energy too

Entering a car which has been parked in direct sunlight for a couple of hours is just as close to entering a furnace. The excess heat built up inside cars due to the solar heat that enters mostly through the windshield, makes the air conditioning system work harder by consuming a lot of energy. The simplest way to keep your car cool is by using a sun shield on the windscreen. Industrial designer Kdu Batista has come up with a concept sun shield that not only keeps your car cool, but also generates renewable solar energy.

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Between Air installation explores the relation between nature and technology

Designed as a part of the Spain Pavilion at the 2012 Architecture Biennale in Venice, Between Air, is an installation conceptualized by architects at the Spanish practice Selgascano. The installation is designed as a project to explore the relationship between the new visions of nature with technological advances to solve the problems of shortages of yields. The installation rethinks the way plants are normally grown to better conditions for farmers, while ensuring the farming gets as environmentally friendly as possible.

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Liquid Robotics’ Alex solar powered robot to provide accurate hurricane predictions

Liquid Robotics’ newest innovation in the field of robotic wave gliders is a solar-powered robot named Alex, is swimming through the Atlantic Ocean off the cost of Puerto Rico, to collect vital information, which will be used to predict future tropical storms and hurricanes. The solar-powered wave glider is the hundredth of its kind to be tested and can swim at a depth of up to seven meters.

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World’s most famous eco tourism destinations for green travelers

There is no dearth of exciting travel destinations around the world, however environmentally friendly people always find it better to visit places that help them connect with nature in a greener way. If you are one of those who are fascinated by lush green jungles, coral reefs or savannas, read on for some of the most favored eco tourism destinations around the world.

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Artist creates intricate sculptures from recycled books

There is no doubt that we throw away a lot of products each day, most of which add to the landfills or garbage dumps, while a few from the homes of eco conscious people make it to the recycling yards. Annoyed by the amount of waste produced all over the world, industrial designer Keri Muller has come up with beautiful sculptures that are made using recycled books.

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RTI International develops low cost solar technology to speed up adoption

Currently, even after the steep rise in the cost of energy and the rise in carbon emissions resulting from the production of conventional electricity, solar energy represents less than 1 percent of the total global energy supply. The reason for these low figures is the high cost of solar panels and other required infrastructure used for producing and storing renewable solar energy. Researchers at RTI International have now come up with an innovative solar technology, which aims to reduce the cost of solar panels and make it a lot more lucrative.

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House Arc prefabricated home is ready to the packaged and shipped

In a bid to make the most of the already dwindling land resources, architects over the globe want us to get into the future in a home which measures just a few square meters, but still manages to include the most necessary amenities while ensuring a reduced carbon footprint. There is no dearth of such portable home designs, but the House Arc by Bellomo Architects is one which is now being fabricated and is available for online purchase.

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Rain Garden: An experimental garden designed to harvest rainwater

In an effort to promote rainwater harvesting, while allowing visitors to spend some quality time in the lap of nature, designer Strawn Sierralta has developed an experimental garden that is both figuratively and literally a rain garden. Designed in accordance with 18th century English and French garden follies, the Rain Garden helps educate visitors about the value of freshwater and the importance of rainwater harvesting.

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