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Tuesday, 26 Jan, 2010


Eco-park Design Unveiled in South Korea

The plans to construct a large-scale nature reserve have been recently presented by the National Ecological Institute of South Korea. The environment center will include several eco domes, an educational center and an environmental center.

The Ecorium Project was designed by SAMOO and it is expected to become a one-of-a-kind environmental center, which will cover an area of thousands of acres besides greenhouses and a visitor center.

The main goal of the project is to provide information about nature and offer space for those willing to find out more about the world's eco-systems and the best ways of preserving them. Ecorium features a 33,000 sq meter nature reserve, which in its turn has a large wild plant area along with a wetland reserve, informs World Architecture News.

To cut the level of energy use, designers decided to place advanced system of interconnecting wedge-shaped greenhouses that can adjust to the conditions inside the building based on the climate conditions from the outside. Such systems are located in the center of the eco-park and each one of them is made using metal panels, low-iron and low-e double glazing, wood and plexiglass.

Tuesday, 26 Jan, 2010


Chimpanzees Given Video Camera to Make a Movie

BBC is going to broadcast a movie that was filmed entirely by chimpanzee. The film is part of a documentary project on natural history. Researchers have given the apes a special camera for the film and decided to follow the animals' perception of the surroundings and of each other.

The idea to make such a movie came to primatologist Ms Betsy Herrelko, who is currently studying for a PhD in primate behavior at the University of Stirling, UK. For more than 18 months she has been trying to introduce video technology to 11 chimps at a newly constructed enclosure located at Edinburgh Zoo, UK.

It is worth mentioning that the enclosure features three big interconnected outdoor arenas and a number of smaller rooms where the chimpanzees can be studied. The new enclosure is currently the biggest in the world. After given the camera, researchers noticed that the animals became interested in movie-making.

Ms Herrelko first attempted to teach apes two main things - one is to train them to handle the touchscreen and choose different clips. In such a way the researcher wanted to find out which types of pictures the animals like to watch the most. The second thing that Ms Herrelko wanted to do was to give the animals a recording camera stored in a chimp-proof package, reports BBC. The top side of the box featured a screen that showed live pictures of the things the camera was pointed at.

At first the animals showed more interest in each other. However, after a while, they managed to learn how to change between different videos. While playing with the camera, the chimps showed their interest in the camera view screen. All in all the animals were more interested in the view finder rather than the touchscreen. Researchers still have to study the results of the experiment.

Tuesday, 26 Jan, 2010


Australian Skydiver Plans 120,000-feet Jump

Felix Baumgardner, a skydiver from Australia, looks forward to jump from a 120,000-feet altitude. Before the jump he will be in a capsule attached to a helium balloon.

The freefall is expected to last about 5 minutes and Baumgardner is expected to break the speed of sound and achieve a max speed of about 700mph. The skydiver is going to wear a protective full-pressure spacesuit, reports MSNBC.

In case his plans come to life and the freefall ends up successfully, the skydiver will establish four new records:

- the height record for freefall;

- the height record for manned balloon flight;

- the longest distance freefall;

- the highest freefall speed.

Wednesday, 30 Dec, 2009


Latest Invention: Bifacial Solar Panels from Sanyo

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The collaboration between Sanyo Canada Inc and AVACOS Solar Energy led to the creation of the first Canadian photovoltaic system coupled with the latest invention from Sanyo - HIT Double bifacial solar PV modules - and DuROCK Tio-Coat reflective roof covering.

The system was installed at DuROCK Alfacing International Ltd.'s main office in Woodbridge. It is worth mentioning that the HIT Double PV modules developed by Sanyo can produce renewable energy from both sides of a photovoltaic panel, which increases the amount of generated energy by 30 percent compared to traditional single-sided PV modules.

According to Environmental Leader, the latest invention is believed to be a perfect choice for carports, canopies and porch coverings. The DuROCK Tio-Coat roof covering boasts a solar radiation reflective capacity along with weather resistance of 89 percent. Thanks to such coating, the new system can produce more power, while making use of fewer solar panels.
Wednesday, 30 Dec, 2009


Researchers Create See-through Goldfish

A group of researchers from Japan managed to create a transparent goldfish that would represent an alternative to classroom dissections, which raise controversies, especially among those who fight for animal rights.

Due to the fact that the scales and skin of the see-through fish do not have pigments, it is possible to observe its organs, including a live heart, small brain and black eyes. Mie University Professor Yutaka Tamaru said that there is not need to cut the fish since everything can be observed from the outside.

The "Ryukin" fish was created after the Japanese scientist selected and bred mutant hatchery goldfish with pale skin. "As this goldfish grows bigger, you can watch its whole life," mentioned Mr. Tamaru. He added that the new, transparent fish, could live up to 20 years and its body can grow up to 25 centimeters (10 inches) in length, informs AFP. The goldfish will also increase its weight to over 2 kilograms (five pounds).

Thursday, 03 Dec, 2009

Health & Fitness

Toddlers Will Eat New Foods If They Look at Picture Books

Every parent at least once in their lifetime has faced the problem when their choosy children didn't want to try new foods. Psychologists from Reading University say that to solve the problem parents only have to show the picture of the new food before giving it to their toddler.

Researchers discovered that when one-year-old toddlers often look at photographs of foods, their interest in less known vegetables and fruits increases. They carried out an experiment in which parents were given books with four photographs illustrating: carrots, grapes, radish and lychees.

The child knew about the first two, while being unaware of radish and lychees. Parents then read the book together with their child each day for two weeks. After two weeks, toddlers were offered four different types of vegetables along with four different fruits - two vegetables and two fruits were described in the book, while the remaining foods were not.

Psychologists noticed that children were more likely to try unknown foods that they saw in the book, reports The Daily Telegraph.

According to Dr Carmel Houston-Price, the study's lead researcher from the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Science, in the near future researchers are going to analyze whether books featuring images of foods could be used to help parents feed new fruits and vegetables to their children.

Thursday, 03 Dec, 2009


Hydrogen Powerplant Harnesses Solar Power to Produce Hydrogen

The new project of SolarLab Research and Design is a Hydrogen Powerplant that uses solar energy to generate hydrogen.

The concept was designed to take advantage of seawater, a fuel cell and Solar Tiles to generate hydrogen. The latter is afterwards pumped carefully to inflated hydrogen tanks mounted on the sea floor.

Due to the water-cooling effect, the plant's efficiency increases by 30 percent and the operating temperature significantly decreases.

The chances of explosion are limited to zero because hydrogen is gathered underwater, informs EcoFriend. The produced hydrogen is then dispensed in a cold, pressurized underwater environment via a hydrogen pipeline.

Thursday, 03 Dec, 2009


Christmas Tree in Copenhagen Uses Pedal Power to Lit

Every Christmas people light up their Christmas trees and start celebrating. This year the citizens of Copenhagen look forward to light up the city's main Christmas tree and keep it lit using pedal power.

Everyone who gathers around the tree will have the possibility to participate in the environmentally-friendly process and contribute not only to the city but to the environment as a whole.

It is worth mentioning that the Copenhagen Christmas tree is 17 meters high and features 700 lights that light up when volunteer riders spin the pedals of 15 bicycles that are arranged at the tree's base.

Probably the most important thing here is that everyone can do something good for the city and the environment, everyone can make their step towards a greener future.

Thursday, 03 Dec, 2009


Astronomers Spot the Hottest Star in the Galaxy

Astronomers discovered what they believe is one of the hottest stars in the galaxy. Experts from the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics say that the dying star was noticed in the core of the Bug Nebula and it is 35 times hotter than our sun. Astronomers also mentioned that the temperature on the surface of the star is 200,000 degrees.

The discovery was possible thanks to the recently renovated Hubble Space Telescope. Professor Albert Zijlstra from The University of Manchester said that the star was hard to find due to the fact that a cloud of ice and dust, predominating in the center of the nebula, covers it.

It is worth mentioning that the Bug Nebula is located 3,500 light years away and can be spotted in the constellation Scorpius. The pictures of the nebula and the star behind the dust were made to test the possibilities of the telescope that was upgraded with a brand new Wide Field Camera, informs TimesOnline.

According to Professor Zijlstra, it is very important to understand planetary nebulas like the Bug Nebula, because they may hold the key to understanding our own existence. The pictures taken by Hubble will soon be available in the Astrophysical Journal.
Wednesday, 02 Dec, 2009


Latest Invention: Suma 3D Controller that Uses Squeezable User Interface Technology

Recently Cambridge Consultants have presented one of their most interesting inventions - Suma sensor controller, a prototype 3D controller that is based on so-called "squeezable" user-interface technology.

Duncan Smith, the company's spokesman, said that the new invention works by conveying the 3D deformation of a squeezed item into a software-readable form.

High sensitive control is provided by finger movements and whole-hand grip; thus the user can easily manage various programs, informs TG Daily. The new invention could be used by companies that develop different products and applications, be it gaming and design or creative arts.

Smith believes that till now the full possibilities of the human hand have not yet been explored. "Emerging trends like 3D displays and augmented reality are bound to stimulate interest in Suma's unique capabilities," said Smith.

Wednesday, 02 Dec, 2009


Latest Invention: Thinkpad Notebooks Installed as Seats

The latest invention from Lenovo is a Thinkpad Notebook. A number of such notebooks have already been mounted in buses and tram shuttles in the form of seats. The goal of the company's latest invention is to draw the attention of potential retailers and buyers to the Lenovo Roadshows throughout Germany.

The Thinkpad Notebook represents a part of promotional campaign launched by Ogilvy Frankfurt, an advertising agency.

The notebook folding seats have their frame made of metal, which provides shockproof hard drive protection, reports directDAILY. In addition, each seat features a waterproof keypad. Visitors thus have the possibility to use Lenovo's latest invention to surf the Internet to kill time while waiting by airports and railway stations.

Wednesday, 02 Dec, 2009


Japan Launches Spy Satellite to Observe North Korea

Recently Japan has launched a new spy satellite the mission of which would be to observe the military facilities located in North Korea. During the monitoring, the satellite will provide high-definition pictures for Japan.

It is worth mentioning that the optical satellite was launch on board of an H-2A rocket. It has the possibility to identify specific objects on our planet with a resolution of 60 centimeters square, which is much more accurate than its predecessor.

It would be worth noting that the Japanese government already has two similar satellites that collect data from Earth, informs In addition, it operates one radar satellite that is able to distinguish objects during nighttime and through clouds.

By fiscal 2011, Japan looks forward to launch another satellite that will help set up a surveillance system. The latter will allow capturing any point on our planet every 24 hours.

Wednesday, 02 Dec, 2009


First Space Butterflies Developed in Microgravity

Scientists from the BioServe Space Technologies and the University of Colorado managed to carry out a successful experiment - they grew butterflies in microgravity.

This is for the first time that two butterflies were able to survive the chrysalis stage of development in space and transform into mature Painted Lady butterflies.

It is worth mentioning that the experiment was made to allow students to observe the development of creatures in space, reports Discovery News.

School children can later compare the growth of butterflies in space and on Earth in their classroom.

Researchers launched their experiment on board space shuttle Atlantis. The reaction of butterflies to microgravity, their attempt to fly and their growth in space could be an interesting thing to observe.

You can follow the progress of the buterflies here.

Tuesday, 01 Dec, 2009


Solution Units Allow You to Generate Green Power Daily

Each day people do different things and spend a lot of energy. Some part of that energy could be gathered and then used to power various devices.

With this principle in mind designers Choi Hyung-Suk and Yun Jung-Sik decided to develop devices that anyone could wear on their wrist, hands and/or fingers. Their invention collects green energy that can be later used to power other devices.

The designers called their gadgets Solution Units. Each of these units features a battery that stores energy. Then the user can remove the battery and use it to power mobile phones and/or MP3 players.

When you're at home you can insert the battery units in the so-called Application Built-in Type so they would accumulate and supply power. Users can also make use of the Application Portable Type, which collects energy when they perform heavy-duty stuff, like cycling.