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Human Wildlife

by Justin Thomas •

This book, Human Wildlife, is an interesting survey of the fungi, yeasts, bacteria, worms and other creatures that inhabit the human body. Though sometimes hard to read, it’s certainly illuminating to know about the symbiotic relationships that the human body entertains, and well as the more parasitic ones.

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40,000 Homes Could Powered By Golden Gate Tidal Turbines

by Justin Thomas •

Tidal power could energize 40,000 homes in San Francisco. A study is being conducted to see if tidal power can be tapped by installing turbines on the sea floor below the Golden Gate Bridge. According to earlier studies, 40,000 San Franciscan homes could get clean energy from tidal turbines such as these. The California utility PG&E will be conducting the …

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Efficient Green Home by Wired

by Justin Thomas •

Wired Magazine has teamed up with LivingHomes to create an efficient green house called the WIRED LivingHome. LivingHomes is already known for designing cutting-edge, modern green homes. The 4057 square foot house will have a 4 kilowatt solar power system and be outfitted with efficient appliances. Green building materials will be used throughout. It will be located in the modernist …

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Google To Spend $10 Million On Electric Cars

by Justin Thomas •

Wow, this is great news for those of us who would like to see electric cars go mainstream. Yesterday, Google switched on the 1.6 megawatts solar roof on its corporate campus. The roof will provide about one third of the company’s electricity. Google also announced plans to accelerate the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Google.Org is awarding $1 million …

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Groningen City: 57% Of All Trips Are By Bike

by Justin Thomas •

The On the Level: Car Free Blog has an interesting first-hand account of the bike-friendly city of Groningen in the Netherlands. According to the report, 57% of all trips are made by bicycle in this student town. The city has just completed a new underground bike park at their railway station. The post continues: The station now has room for …

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Solar-Powered Boat Sails Across The Atlantic

by Justin Thomas •

A company called MW-Line in Switzerland has been busy creating solar catamarans for tourism operations, where quietness and clean fuels are major pluses. Their Sun21, a 46 foot catamaran, was the first boat to cross the Atlantic on solar power alone. The Sun21 is actually a commercially available solar Aquabus C60, which holds 60 passengers.

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Honda’s Silcion-Free Solar Cells

by Justin Thomas •

Honda has begun selling new thin-film solar cells in Japan. The solar cells are made with a compound of copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS), rather than the conventional silicon. The cells are said to be “greener” because there is less carbon dioxide generated during their production. Some pundits believe that CIGS cells may become the low cost photovoltaic cell …

Multifaceted Eco-Tower For Siberia

by Justin Thomas •

Woah, plans are afoot to build this tower above the skyline of Khanty Mansiysk in Siberia. Set high on a hill in a densely wooded area, the tower rises above two podium buildings each faceted like a cut diamond, reflecting and refracting natural light to illuminate the interior. It will be a mixed-use building, providing amenities for the city.