Sci/tech

America's Addiction Fuels Desire For Coffee Ground Biodiesel
December 9, 2008 09:03 AM - , Low Impact Living

Researchers are reporting they have successfully made a high quality biodiesel from spent coffee grounds. They estimate that the coffee ground biodiesel industry could generate as much as $8,000,000 in profits annually using waste from US Starbucks stores alone.

Scottish climate bill could set global example
December 9, 2008 08:58 AM - WWF

Edinburgh, Scotland: The newly published Scottish Climate Change Bill has the potential to become a world leading piece of legislation if it receives cross-party backing from Scottish MPs, according to WWF-Scotland. The targets in the bill include a 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a cut of 80 per cent by 2050. It also sets out measures to tackle shipping and aviation emissions, as well as emissions from all six greenhouse gases, not just carbon dioxide.

Electric scooters give Fairfax police a silent edge
December 9, 2008 08:51 AM - ASH Institute

Fairfax's version of the stealth fighter is black, nearly silent and runs on batteries. The police department's two new electric scooters - vehicles that look like a cross between a skateboard and a mountain bike - will give officers greater mobility and flexibility, said inventor Rob Fruechtenicht, a Fairfax resident.

IBM, Harvard want your PC for solar power study
December 8, 2008 08:54 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists at Harvard University and IBM are hoping to harness the power of a million idle computers to develop a new, cheaper form of solar power that could revolutionize the green energy world. Researchers have launched the project using IBM's World Community Grid, which taps into volunteers' computers across the globe to run calculations on a myriad of compounds -- potentially shortening a project that could take 22 years to just two years.

Newest Source of Biofuel: Fungus
December 5, 2008 10:00 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Researchers claim that the fungus, Gliocladium roseum, has the ability to produce a plethora of unique combinations of hydrogen and carbon molecules unlike any organism in the world, and the product is remarkably similar to the diesel we use to fuel our cars. And, according to a recently published issue of Microbiology, scientists are currently working to develop its fuel producing potential. So, someday, we might be filling up our cars tanks with hydrocarbons derived from fungus instead of fossil fuel!

The Fusion Hybrid Is Ford's Escape Route
December 5, 2008 09:25 AM - Jason Sattler, Wires News

The Big Three were late to the hybrid party, but they're finally getting into the swing of things with cars like the 39-mpg Ford Fusion Hybrid, a car that should make Toyota nervous and might just help Ford escape the apocalypse in Detroit.

EU approves genetically modified soybean for import
December 4, 2008 09:24 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has authorized imports of a genetically modified (GM) soybean type for sale across its 27 national markets for the next 10 years, the European Commission said on Thursday. Developed and marketed by Monsanto, the soybean is destined for use in food and animal feed, not for growing. It is a second-generation GM product known by its code number MON 89788 and commercially as Roundup RReady2Yield.

New Lithium-Ion Battery Recharges To 90% Capacity In 5 Minutes
December 4, 2008 09:10 AM - , MetaEfficient

Toshiba has developed a new lithium-ion battery called SCiB (or Super Charge Ion Battery) which can charge to 90% capacity in 5 minutes. The life cycle of the new battery is more than 10 years even if it is rapidly charged and discharged many times. The battery is also mucher safer than other types of lithium ion batteries, which are potential fire hazards.

Indonesia eyes regional role with tsunami warning system
December 4, 2008 09:07 AM - , SciDevNet

[JAKARTA] Indonesia has launched its Tsunami Early Warning System (InaTEWS) and hopes to become the Indian Ocean tsunami warning provider by 2011. The new system can warn of an impending tsunami within five minutes of an earthquake and uses new technologies that differ from previous systems, according to its developers.

Better Place electric cars head to Hawaii
December 3, 2008 10:43 AM - Reuters

Electric car company Better Place said on Tuesday it plans to develop a $200 million to $250 million electric car network in Hawaii, the latest market to join such efforts to cut global warming carbon emissions and pricey fuel imports.

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