Printer Ink From Car Tires

by Justin Thomas •

Printer ink can cost as much as vintage champagne, so finding an inexpensive and eco-effective way to make would be great. Now three inventors from Derbyshire, UK, think they have just the solution: extract the carbon from unwanted tires to generate a cheap and plentiful supply.

Mad Experiment: Meta-Optimal Investigations

by Justin Thomas •

Mad Experiment has appeared metaoptimally and is covering experimental activities. For example this concept product: each key has embedded OLED screen, allowing the keys to be remapped. Via Mad Experiment

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Using Eggshells To Build Walls In Japan

by Justin Thomas •

In Japan, there’s a product called “Shell Walls” which allows walls to be plastered with a paste made out of waste eggshells. Making full use of the eggshell’s porous structure, Green Techno 21 created Shell Walls which withstand humidity. The eggshell plaster is hazard-free and fireproof as it is made from natural calcium carbonate. After having their inner film peeled …

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Efficient Diesel Motorcycle Created

by Justin Thomas •

Star Twin, a company in Holland, has designed and built a motorcycle with a turbocharged, direct injection diesel engine. There’s potential for biodiesel here, and reportedly the bike gets 150MPG. It’s called the “Thunder Star 1200 TDI Sportbike”. KneeSlider tells us that Star Twin started with a three cylinder diesel engine from the VW Lupo, redesigned numerous parts using SolidWorks …

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PaxFan: An Innovative Spiral Form

by Justin Thomas •

A fine example of biomimicry, the PaxFan is an innovative, spiral fan created by Jay Harman, an Australian inventor. His domestic exhaust fan is half as noisy and three-quarters more efficient than the average fan. Sierra Magazine reports: Harman spent a lot of his life watching water flow, both as a diver and as a sailor, one of those principles …

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Mobile.Seed: Biodegradeable Mobile Phone

by Justin Thomas •

Interesting concept. It’s called the Mobile.Seed. The idea is to have a fully biodegradable mobile phone that contains a visible seed inside. When you done with the phone, you put it in the ground, and flowers grow from the seed within. The phone’s brand could be tailored around the seed and plant that grows.

Vigilus Mountain Resort

by Justin Thomas •

Vigilus is an efficient mountain resort located in S├╝dtirol, Northern Italy. It is reachable only by cable car. The resort was made with the ideal of an “organic architecture” — architecture integrated with the existing natural elements. All rooms outfitted with a clay partition wall, which stores warmth and moderates the room climate. The Vigilius mountain resort is stoked by …

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Red LEDs to Grow Lettuce

by Justin Thomas •

Apparently red LEDs are 60% more efficient than fluorescent light when growing vegetables hydroponically. According to IEEE Spectrum Online: Of all the colors of the rainbow, red is lettuce’s favorite. Chlorophyll, the electrochemical engine of photosynthesis, runs on red photons. So if you are growing the vegetable indoors in a factory, why waste energy on colors you don’t need?

(Partially) Biodegradeable DVD Player by Sony

by Justin Thomas •

The Sony DVP-NS955 DVD player, recently released in the UK, has 50% vegetable-based plastic parts. The parts are made of a biopolymer called polylactic acid (PLA). The biopolymer was created by Cargill/Dow, and they have been criticized for using GMO (genetically modified) corn to create the biopolymer, because GMO crops could potentially have devastating effects on the earth’s biodiversity.

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Toshiba Develops One Minute Rechargable Lithium-Ion Battery

by Justin Thomas •

Toshiba who have developed a high energy density lithium-Ion battery that recharge 80% of its capacity in one minute. This is sixty times faster than typical lithium-ion batteries (which among other applications are commonly used in cellphones).