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New York ladybug is making a comeback!

Data / date: 11/12/11 Sem comentarios / No Comments

The  nine-spotted  Ladybug is one of the official symbols of the State of New York. For 29 years she was missing and hardly anyone have  noticed. Now, after all these years, the insect is making a comeback. It was seen ast summer among the sunflowers in Amangasett, by Peter Priolo, a volunteer member of the Lost Ladybug Project. The project aims to prevent the species disappereance.  A possible cause of it is the [...]

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Commercial flight using cooking oil biofuel

Data / date: 10/11/11 Sem comentarios / No Comments

The first commercial flight running on biofuel derived from cooking oil took off today 9 / 11 from  Seattle, United States. The Alaska Airlines announced that it will use biofuel prepared by Dynamic Fuels, a mixture containing 20% of cooking oil and 80% traditional jet fuel. Lufthansa was the first European airlines to use biofuel and United Airlines was the first American company to make a commercial flight with biofuel made ​​from algae, last Monday. The UN agency for Industrial Development UNIDO, signed on 3 November an agreement with [...]

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China will do away with incandescent bulbs

Data / date: 08/11/11 Sem comentarios / No Comments

You know those light bulbs that are being used less and less because they spend more? Well, China decided to phase them out from October 1, 2012. The goal is to replace a billion light bulbs with more efficient models used within 5 years. According to the International Energy Agency, lighting accounts for 19% of the electricity consumed in the world. This number can be reduced to 7% if the rest of the world do the same as China. It is a big [...]

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How can vineyards kill salmons?

Data / date: 28/08/11 Sem comentarios / No Comments

All ecosystems are all interconnected  and function in a large network like the Internet. The imbalance of an ecosystem can bring the most unexpected effects to another. What is happening in Sonoma County in the U.S. because of the vineyards give us an example of this imbalance. When planting grapes to make wine,  vineyards’ owners are [...]

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Amazon 360º

Data / date: 19/08/11 Sem comentarios / No Comments

Google has reached the Rio Negro in the Amazon Basin with cameras that capture 360-degree views to collect panoramic images. Google’s next step is to capture images of the Amazon to share the environment and culture of the region with the world. The Google team is sailing down  rivers and  and cycling through the villages of the world’s largest rain forest in search of updating the Street View project in the  Amazon. Fonte: [...]

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US 10 million lamp

Data / date: 16/08/11 Sem comentarios / No Comments

Phillips Company has won  U.S. $ 10 million of  Bright Light Tomorrow Prize for its LED lamp (Light Emitting Diode) of 60 watts. The prize was awarded by the US Department of Energy (DOE). If  all of 60-watt incandescent bulbs  in the United States  were replaced by this, the country would save about 35 terawatt hours of electricity or 3.9 billions in one year. The coolest thing is the economy of 20 million metric tons of carbon emissions! The award has existed since 2008 and [...]

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Japan: the race for solar energy

Data / date: 15/08/11 Sem comentarios / No Comments

After the disaster with the nuclear plant of Fukushima, Japan is committed to achieve secure, clean and renewable energy. CNN ‘s video show how  factories of solar panels coulde be “the new oil fields.” We do hope so!

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A tree to stop the traffic road

Data / date: 16/07/11 2 Comentarios / Comments

It is an oak tree and has between 700 and 800 years. It had recently gained the status of monumental tree, entitled to protection granted by an official commission. To achieve this, the inhabitants of a Turkey Aegean village took to the streets to protest against the felling of the tree. Kadkikoy citizens and environmentalists began to stand guard around the oak tree to keep it from being chopped down  as part of the construction of the Salihil Denizli [...]

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Solar Impulse: the planet of 21st century.

Data / date: 24/06/11 Sem comentarios / No Comments

The “green” plane Solar Impulse is the special guest of the International Paris Air Show and it is attracting everyone attention.  Last July, the plane held  a historic flight of 26 hours, day and night without fuel, flying only on solar energy. The initiative has been praised by the Minister of Economy, Industry and Finance Christine Lagarde this morning, when she discovered the plane in the lounge. The aircraft is powered by four electric 10 horsepower  motors [...]

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Music for Plants!

Data / date: 12/04/11 2 Comentarios / Comments

One of the most prestigious British orchestras has performed for an audience outside the ordinary - several rows of plants in an attempt to see if music helps plants grow! The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presented a  threee hour  concert  at the Cadogan Hall in London, with 33 musicians playing pieces like Mozart’s Symphony n.40. There were more than a 100 different varieties of plants and bulbs, including geraniums, fuchsias and other perennials. According to the conductor Benjamin Pope, this was one of the strangest audience for which the orchestra played, but it is expected that the sound of classical music will result in growth and flowering in the coming months.

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