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Efficient Planes Good For Business; Gas Guzzlers Get Left Behind

by Benjamin Roman •

The airline industry is one of the nation’s biggest consumers of fuel – no surprise there – but new aircraft technology has dramatically improved planes’ fuel efficiency.  Besides drastically cutting carbon emissions, more efficient jetliners have proven critical for airlines’ financial bottom lines, and companies clinging to outdated technology are paying the price, as evidenced by this week’s American Airlines …

Old Running Shoes Never Die – But Brooks BioMoGo Really Does Fade Away

by Benjamin Roman •

A critical aspect of a product’s “efficiency” involves not just what it does, but also where it comes from and where it goes after its useful life. Brooks has taken an innovative step to improve the life-cycle efficiency of its running shoes with its biodegradable BioMoGo cushioning material.

Google Wants To Make Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

by Justin Thomas •

eSolar is one of the early-stage companies Google is working with. Google has announced a plan to develop sources of renewable energy that will be cheaper than coal. The new initiative, RE<C, (renewable energy is cheaper than coal) will begin by focusing on solar power technology, and will also encompass geothermal energy production. According to the Google.Org blog, of the …

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Manitoba Hydro Tower: 60% Energy Savings, 100% Fresh Air, Maximum Daylight

by Justin Thomas •

The new head offices for Manitoba Hydro, in downtown Winnipeg, will be a model for extreme climate design. Winnipeg is one of the coldest large cities in the world. Temperatures vary 100 degrees over a year. The design of the 700,000 ft² office tower is targeting a 60%+ reduction in energy consumption, through the use of passive solar techniques.

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New Solar Tiles Introduced

by Justin Thomas •

Kyocera has introduced a new solar roof tile. The solar tile is designed so that it blends in with standard roof tiles. These are not the first solar tiles on the market (see this previous post), but it is the first time a large corporation has introduced them. Kyocera calls the solar tiles “MyGen Meridian”. The company says the tiles …

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The Best Kid’s Trailer Bikes

by Justin Thomas •

Want to bring your child along on an extended bike ride? One easy way is to use a trailer bike — it’s a one-wheeled bike extension that attaches to the back of your bike. Your smaller companion can then assist you with pedaling, while you control the steering and speed. If  your child gets tired, they can just stop pedaling …

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Women’s Comfort Bikes Under $500

by Kristy Harvey •

Nothing takes you back to childhood more than hopping on a bike. Now that you’re more interested in a comfortable ride than beating your little brother to the end of the driveway, though, your old 10-speed might not cut it. Fortunately, there are a number of bikes on the market — for less than $500 — that make getting where …

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An Update On My Quest Not To Be Tracked

by Justin Thomas •

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I thought I’d publish an update on my quest to create a computer set-up that eliminates tracking companies from my world. Basically, this infographic explains why (it’s a large graphic  — you may have to zoom in). So far I’ve really only eliminated the following: Google, Facebook and various other data collection companies. I’ve made my web browsing relatively free …

Efficient: Private, Decentralized Networks

by Justin Thomas •

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The Internet is a wonderful invention, and we are now entering a time where the Internet is becoming nearly ubiquitous in our lives and quickly supplanting traditional forms of media. However, today the Internet is often censored and tracked by Internet Services Providers (ISPs) and companies like Google and Facebook, as well as governments around the world. (I’ve outlined some …

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900 Lumen LED Bulb Released By G7 Power

by Justin Thomas •

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A company called G7 has released a 900 lumen LED light bulb, which is selling for around $19. This warm white ( 3,000K) bulb runs on just 9W, and it is equivalent to a 65 watt incandescent bulb. It has a 75+ Color Rendering Index (CRI)  — quality household lights tend to have the CRI between 80 and 100.