We all realise the reason why we’re all encouraged to take the bus now and then, instead of driving our own to cut down on individual carbon emissions, but are our local buses eco-friendly enough? They may be, but not nearly as ‘green’ as this one!
The new Volvo 7700 Hybrid, is the world’s first hybrid bus…
Volvo has created the Volvo 7700, the first hybrid bus that is promising major green delivery. The 7700 promises to reduce fuel consumption by 30% – a perfect solution to the rising fuel prices. In addition to the lower fuel consumption, the Volvo hybrid reduces the discharge of particles and nitrous oxides by 40-50% compared to the diesel bus. Hang on, cause it only gets better! Volvo has equipped these sweet little beauties to run as a parallel hybrid. Using the Volvo I-Sam hybrid system, the bus can be powered by the electric motor which is charged by the braking system, or the diesel engine which can be used separately or simultaneously.
SimpleTech’s [re]drive has a super large capacity of 500Gb and is well equipped with a turbo USB 2.0 connection, at just $160, it already has enough quality to stand out from the crowd. But that’s not all, it’s also claimed to be THE MOST eco friendly, though this is highly subjective of everyone’s view, but the [re]drive’s casing is made of bamboo and aluminium. The hard drive itself is low in terms of energy consumption, more importantly, the [re]drive doesn’t even have a fan and that’s all part of its superior design to use aluminium as part of its casing material.
What you’re looking at is not just any wall of LCD displays stacked on top of each other to form a large display but is NASA’s highest ever resolution visualisation system. The ‘hyperwall-2’ is 23 feet high and 10 feet wide and consists of 128 screens driven by 128 graphic processing units with a total of 1,024 processor cores capable of displaying a quarter billion-pixel graphics!
Compared to NASA’s original system, which was developed over six years ago in 2002 by the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) visualization team, its original visualisation system consisted of just 49 screens, the hyperwall-2 is certainly a ‘massive’ improvement from its original.
Of course, the hyperwall-2 visualisation system won’t be used for gaming (let’s hope we receive some leaked pics of people trying to 🙂 ), it will be used for more important things like exploring mars and stuff… Check out the pics and the NASA press release below for full details…
At the moment, one of the hot issue is the climate change due to green house gases. To tackle to this issue, ATP Electronics has teamed up with American Forest Partnership to produce an environment friendly USB memory stick called EathDrive. These drives are made up of a biodegradable material, which means they are safe to the environment and fully recyclable. It is also waterproof, shockproof and dustproof. Part of the profits from this product will go towards planting tree.
It’s always exciting to hear news about people willing to sacrifice and devote their own time to spreading the message about global warming, it feels proud to be blogging about them too!
Louis Palmer and his team from Switzerland will be attempting to go around the globe in his solar-powered car, as pictured. The three wheeled, double seater Solar Taxi pulls a trailer along with additional solar panels, resulting in a total cell area of 65 square feet. Since the long journey began in summer 2007 when he set out from Lucerne, Switzerland he has travelled across Europe, the Middle East as well as India, at present he and the solar taxi team are in Indonesia.
Here’s his mission statement:
Global warming can be stopped. Solutions are available.
On 3 July 2007 I set off on my first journey around the world with a solar powered vehicle. Admittedly, as a regular citizen I cannot change the world but I can demonstrate to the world just how dire the global climate situation has become and how many sophisticated solutions to lower the greenhouse gases already exist, which bring with them many other advantages. So that we can have a better world and a more secure future. The solar taxi should rekindle hope and a zest for life, set an example to counteract resignation and stimulate reflection. And show that every single one of us can take a step towards preserving our planet.? Continue reading »
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