Archive for the 'Sun-day' Category

Might As Well Be On The Moon

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Shimizu Corporation “Luna Ring” Concept

The U.S.A. seems intent on outsourcing its green jobs, “Wind and Solar Deported to Mexico?”
Some projects that were funded at taxpayer funded universities in the U.S. have their patented designs “in development,” but given this tough economy, I’m afraid that many of the most useful won’t emerge into commercial […]

Free Permaculture Course Videos Online

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Instructor Will Hooker
36 video episodes of classroom instruction (over 40 hours) for an “Introduction to Permaculture” course are online at iTunes U, but are not easy to find. Here’s a direct link to the series,, which will launch iTunes.
“Spisblog,” a listener to The Survival Podcast, heard Jack Spirko talking about permaculture and blogged […]

Toxic Cleaning Products: Fear the Future

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Looks like the glass spray I described in “Get Ready To Eat and Wear Glass” is being joined by “hairy surfaces” in the war against consumable toxic cleaning products.
The first description of the invention I read was a Slashdot post, “New “Hairy” Material Is Almost Perfectly Hydrophobic.”
According to the Science Daily article being quoted, “Water […]

Get Ready to Eat and Wear Glass

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

DVD at Amazon
From Kurzweil AI comes a summary of a Physorg report that must be read completely about Turkish scientists creating a revolutionary glass spray that promises to “make cleaning obsolete” and even serve as a non-toxic barrier to pests for food crops.
“The liquid glass coating is breathable, which means it can be used on […]

Plug-Ins Panned, But Supercaps Coming

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

ARS Technica describes a recent National Academies of Science report in an article, “New report offers grim assessment of plug-in hybrids.” Several commenters to the article naturally rejected the report’s fuel price assumptions as oil company fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD).
Which reminded me about the promising EEstor breakthrough that’s supposed to be demonstrated this year, […]

$1/Watt, 10% Efficiency Thin-Film Solar

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

This Kurzweil AI item has a link to the Technology Review story, “Thin-Film Solar with High Efficiency.”
The article describes the San Jose based company, Solexant, in some detail including, “The company expects to sell modules for $1 per watt, with efficiencies above 10 percent.”
Nanotech leader Paul Alivisatos, of UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley Lab, sits […]

Solar for Dark Climates

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Cool Energy
A Kurzweil AI post describes progress in solar technology from Cool Energy, Inc.
“In cool months, the solar heater provides hot water and space heating. In warmer months, excess heat is used to drive the Stirling engine and generate electricity.”
Kurzweil also linked to this Technology Review article about the Colorado based company developing a low […]

Superpower Social Collapse Guidelines

Monday, February 16th, 2009

A Cory Doctorow Boing Boing post today describes a recent SALT talk by Dmitri Orlov comparing the impact on Russians of the fall of the Soviet Union with what the USA is about to endure. The talk’s title is “Social Collapse Best Practices.”
No doubt the podcast will appear at The Long Now Foundation site any […]

Ice Age Sunspot Shortwave Solar Installations

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Do I win a prize for the most bizarre headline? While we’re digressing, what’s up with “Cardinals” as a football team name? I think it’s fine for Abner Doubleday and Cooperstown, but on the gridiron a tweety bird is like a boy named Sue. Now give me some more tofu.
First some good news for energy […]

Solar “Balloon Engine” Power Generation

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

This Kurzweil AI item links to a New Scientist article, “Balloon power isn’t just a load of hot air.”
“A greenhouse traps solar energy, providing hot air to fill the balloon. As the balloon rises, it pulls a tether, which turns a generator on the ground.”
Balloon power should be cost competitive with wind turbines and other […]