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The Most Efficient Material For Cold Weather: Merino Wool

by Justin Thomas •

Smartwool Zip Midlayer Sweater

Merino wool is the most efficient material for cold weather. Merino wool is softer than regular wool, and it feels more like cotton against the skin. Merino wool resists wind and warms better than synthetic materials. It doesn’t absorb odors and it regulates body temperature. It is also produced in a sustainable manner. The jacket pictured here is the Smartwool …

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100% Electric Aptera Unveiled

by Justin Thomas •

I first mentioned the Aptera last year, when it was being test driven. This car’s eye-catching design isn’t just for show — it’s designed to be a very, very efficient vehicle. Just check out the video below you’ll see what I’m talking about: Much like a jet, the shape of the Aptera is designed to be highly aerodynamic.

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A Closer Look At The [re]Drive

by Justin Thomas •

I noted the release of the [re]Drive last month — this hard drive is probably the most energy efficient external hard drive available. I was glad to be able to get a hold of one for testing. The first thing I noticed about this drive, was the packaging, which was minimalistic enough to bring a smile to my face. The …

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The PowerGorilla: Flexible Portable Power

by Justin Thomas •

I’ve been testing a device that just been introduced called the PowerGorilla. It’s a portable power pack that acts an emergency back-up charger for your laptop computer other other electronic gadgets. The battery inside the PowerGorilla is a lithium-ion and weighs just 631 grams (1.4 pounds). The charger will give you an extra 2-5 hours of power, depending on your …

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Dahon Jack: An Inexpensive Folding Commuter Bike

by Justin Thomas •

I’ve been testing a folding commuter bike, the Dahon Jack. This is a good quality bike that feels solid when riding. I like the ergonomic grips on the handlebars and the full-size 26 inch wheels. I get a lot of flats, so the bike’s Schwalbe Big Apple tires were a welcome inclusion. Dahon says that these tires, which include Kevlar …

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Visit To An Efficient Winebar

by Justin Thomas •

I don’t think I would have ever discovered this winebar, had I not been led to it, through the labyrinthine streets of Arlington, by Chantrea, who is the originator of what I have to call a noetic zymurgy. I followed Chantrea through the avenues, and into a restaurant. I don’t recall which one, but I ducked inside, and we both …

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Efficient: Books That Explain Train Travel In North America

by Justin Thomas •

Train travel is one of the most efficient forms of transportation. However, in North America, traveling by rail is not particularly systematic or comprehensive. It’s difficult to get an overview of what’s available. Thankfully, there are several good books on North American train travel, which I read recently. Here’s a brief review:

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The 2009 Jetta TDI: A Clean Diesel Car

by Justin Thomas •

The new 2009 Jetta TDI is an efficient vehicle– this quiet-running, diesel-powered car has a cleaner tailpipe than most cars on the road. The Jetta uses a technology called “clean diesel” which actually lives up its name pretty well. While test driving this car, I found out that 97% of highway diesel fuel pumps are now dispensing Ultra Low Sulfur …