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Solar-Powered Trash Compactors

“These new landfill-crunching compacting bins are entirely powered by
the sun and are able to accept close to eight times as much waste as a
regular trash can. Pretty cool, we thought – especially once we found
out that they are calling the new bins Big Bellys and that they stand to save the city close to 12 million dollars over 10 years!”…. Via Inhabitat

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Give a Laptop Get A Laptop

I found the concept really interesting when it originated and to see Amazon bring to the mainstream in time for Christmas is laudable <Amazon.com’s Changing The World>

Technical Details

  • Dual mode sunlight-readable display screen, 1200×900 resolution
  • Video and still camera
  • Rugged water resistant low power laptop, no hard drive
  • Open Source, Linux OS, encourages community involvement and self-exploration
  • Standard WiFi as well as ‘Mesh’ networking that allows laptops to communicate with each other with or without a network infrastructure

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MIT researchers boost the power of solar energ

“Sunlight has the greatest potential of any power source to solve the world’s energy problems, Daniel Nocera, the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy at MIT, said in an earlier interview. In one hour, enough sunlight strikes the Earth to provide the entire planet’s energy needs for one year, he added.

The problem, however, is how best to harness that energy”…. <More>

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Good for You, Good for the Planet

Power Button, image credit Paul Randall via Flickr, under Creative Commons-licensed content.

“Good for You, Good for the Planet’s Jorge Alonso Garcia says that nearly “100%” of electronic devices remain on standby mode after they’ve been turned off. “This is so that they can be quickly turned on again,” he explains.
So What Does the Device Do?

100%Off, the device designed by Good for You, is a microprocessor which uses algorithms to detect a decline in the flow of electricity being sent to an electronic device or appliance. Once 100%Off has detected a decline, it completely shuts the device or appliance off. (The amount of time 100% off waits before a complete shutdown of the device is configurable through programming.)”….<More>

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The Green Revolution 2.0

The WSJ’s Continuing the Green Revolution by NORMAN E. BORLAUG, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize:

“Today, with the tools of biotechnology, such as molecular and marker-assisted selection, the ends are reached in a more organized and accelerated way. The result has been the advent of a “Gene” Revolution that stands to equal, if not exceed, the Green Revolution of the 20th century”…. <More>

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A Modern, Green House for $100,000!

https://i1.wp.com/farm3.static.flickr.com/2165/2345699328_9af44f7b58.jpgISA_View01_Renderpreferred-kitchen-stair-back-lightsJan 08 Builder Spec Plans 100K House - Postgreen Flickr Slideshow Dec 21 Updated Plans - Postgreen Flickr Slideshow preferred-all frontFloorplanDraft by postgreen.

GreenByDesign had an interesting post on a company called PostGreen who is attempting to build a house for $100,000 called the 100K house it is a little on the small side and not strictly a prefab. Also, the 100k budget covers “the hard construction budget only. The price of the land and all soft costs are separate” which sorta defeats the purpose

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Bringing Broadband to Africa Via Satellite

“What caught our attention was a map with a bunch of red lines representing the fiber that runs around the world,” says Mike Fries, chief executive of Liberty Global, the broadband and cable company partly owned by media mogul John Malone. The map showed large areas, primarily in and around Africa, with little or no fiber. “It was a compelling illustration of what this network will fill,” says Mr. Fries, adding that Liberty’s Denver office will help develop the project”…. <More>

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