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Book Review: The End of Oil

27Sep08

You may recognize author Paul Roberts from the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? (I did, at least )
I have just finished reading his excellent book, The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World, which will now be added to our book list. Here are my thoughts:
The title of the […]

EVs: A detailed analysis

11Jul08

Rei at Daily Kos is currently running an interesting series analyzing the economics and feasibility, as well as current state and future outlooks of electric vehicles. Rei possesses considerable technical knowledge on the subject, and is confident that EVs are the answer, based on well-backed arguments and facts.
The gist of his analysis is The economics […]

The Curse of Suburbia

07Jul08

In the past couple of weeks, I coincidentally came across some related pieces about a major shaping force of the relatively affluent population groups in the world today: suburban living. With the recent oil price hike, it turns out that the trend is becoming less popular in the United States and other developed nations (although […]

Wasteful Ethernet

06Jul08

Did you know that in 2005 alone, all the network controllers (in computers, switches, routers, etc.) in the United States consumed 5.3 terawatt-hours of energy, sufficient to keep 6 billion 100-watt lightbulbs shining for a full year? As the May issue of IEEE Spectrum reports, a major reason for this is that network controllers maintain […]

Dubai’s Shape-shifting Green Buildings

06Jul08

The BBC reports that Dubai is to build towers that rotate continuously, so they will “never look the same, not even in a lifetime”. The towers consist of 80 floors, and each floor is a seperate apartment. Obviously, this will only be the playground of the rich and famous (expected price tag: $3.7 million - […]

Bugs that excrete oil?

19Jun08

It was widely reported that LS9, a startup company in Silicon Valley, claims to have genetically modified E.coli to excrete crude oil, and they further claim the process is carbon negative:
LS9’s bugs are single-cell organisms, each a fraction of a billionth the size of an ant. They start out as industrial yeast or nonpathogenic strains […]


Did you know?

In 2010, there will be 4200km of new highways in and around Shanghai, China that didn't exist in 2000. Varese, a town in Northern Italy, runs on 100% renewable power. The town uses a mix of wind, solar and small-scale hydropower. The town has reaped benefits from the energy network through added jobs, and an additional 350,000 euros [US $514,000] in revenues that are handed over to the council each year.

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