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Six decades of collected research and cheap discount cialis information about solar energy was nearly lost last month when torrential rains flooded parts of Boulder CO. The American Solar Energy Society, a non-profit organization supporting solar energy research and implementation is based on Boulder. The archives are now sitting in the organization's executive director's garage, but the genuine viagra in australia organization has bigger plans in store.

The ASES is running a Kickstarter to raise funds to generic cialis tadalafil 120 tabs digitize 60 years of archives. The fundraiser seeks to raise a relatively modest $118,977 to not just scan the documents, but also to OCR the information and make it more readily useful. "After a page is scanned from a paper format, whether it's a book, magazine, research paper, or pdf, it will be converted to plain text via OCR. The images and diagrams will also become separate entities with their own tagging and categorization methodology that allows searching to be optimized as well as displayed in different contextual formats."

ASES plans to make all of canadian pharmacy cialis this information freely available. "Similar to the way that the open source code community shares information, where code is open for others to cialis professional canadian canada see and build or improve upon, within open systems, creativity and innovation are able to grow exponentially. We want the same thing to happen with solar and renewable technologies."


Apple iBooks 2 Sells 350,000 e-Textbooks in Three Days

Last week, Apple officially unveiled its iBooks 2 textbook platform where iPad users can download electronic versions of textbooks that are not only interactive, but cheaper too. Apparently, it was just what educators and students were waiting for because early reports are saying that in just its first three days the iBooks store saw 350,000 downloads of e-textbooks.

Apple has partnered with the three textbook publishers Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who together represent 90 percent of the generic levitra usa textbook market. The e-textbooks come equipped with features like 3D animated models, random pop-up quizzes and the ability to create sticky notes on pages and then have them assembled into digital 3 x 5 notecards for use as study aids.

The digital textbooks also come with the advantage of being updated whenever new information comes along, keeping owners from having to purchase subsequent editions. Even with these added elements, high school e-textbooks cost $14.99 or less.

Studies have shown that once a certain threshold of e-books are downloaded, replacing the purchase of hard copy books, the carbon footprint of the e-reader or tablet itself is the best site levitra usa canceled out and from that point forward users are making a positive environmental impact.

With the size and weight of textbooks, that threshold could be even lower than with a typical book.  Between the Amazon's Kindle textbook store and the new Apple textbook store, students now can save their backs, their wallets and help the environment:  win-win-win.

via Engadget


Kindle Books Outselling All Print Books on Amazon

Amazon announced today that its Kindle ebooks are now officially outselling all print books, including paperbacks and buy real levitra online without prescription hardcover editions.  For every 100 print books sold, Amazon sells 105 Kindle books, a trend that the company expects to keep increasing.

The new figures do not inlcude the free ebooks, which would push the the best site low cost cialis ratio of ebooks to print ones even further in the ebooks' favor.  The numbers do include, however, print books that are not available in a Kindle edition.

Kindle ebooks surpassed hardcover sales in July 2010, then paperback sales in December 2010 and now they outsell both combined.  Amazon said it has already sold three times as many ebooks so far in 2011 than it did in the same time period of 2010.

A study last year by the Cleantech Group found that a Kindle has a lower carbon footprint than print books once you replace the purchase of 22.5 new books with ebooks.  Now that Amazon is selling so many ebooks, it's clear people are reducing their reading-related carbon footprints very quickly.

via Mother Nature Network

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NASA Satellites Will Help Farmers Irrigate More Efficiently

NASA has developed a computer program that analyzes satellite data, information from sensors in fields and weather observations to price of tramadol help farmers boost irrigation efficiency by 20 to 25 percent.

Irrigation is currently responsible for 70 percent of the country's water use, so cutting that by a quarter could have a major impact.

The program will use moisture and temperature readings from soil sensors combined with Landsat satellite data on generic cialis mastercard crop growth to calculate the irrigation needs of individual farms.  Farmers and vineyard managers will have access to the data in real-time via computer or mobile device, letting them determine how much water to release into the fields.  All of the information will be stored in a database so that farmers can access past and current data at any time.

The NASA program will allow farmers to produce the same yield with less water, cutting costs and making such a large consumer of water much more efficient.  The project is currently being tested on farms and vineyards in the San Joaquin Valley in California.

via Yale e360



The Kindle and wow)) buy generic levitra from india the Environment

kindleHere at EcoGeek we've been long-time supporters of cialis attorneys e-book readers. The publishing industry (including books, newspapers and magazines) is a serious environmental threat with a huge carbon footprint and raw materials that result in the harvesting of some 125 million trees per year.

So we were excited. But as the realities of ebooks set in, and they actually began to explode in popularity (with now selling more Kindle books than hard-covers) we got apprehensive. Would this new trend really be good for the environment? The answer...thankfully, is a resounding "Yes."

The Kindle device itself, of course, has a carbon footrprint caused by manufacturing and shipping all of its parts around. And it does use electricity (though, really, a very small amount compared with devices like laptops or even some cell phones.) But while I still love real books for a lot of reasons, I've got to give it to levitra india the Kindle. Authors are getting paid more, consumers are paying less, and (according to a study from The Cleantech Group) as long as the devices replace the purchase of more than 22.5 NEW (not used) books in the lifetime of the device, it will be a positive force for the environment. This seems to be roughly one year's use of the Kindle. Of course, if you're replacing newspapers and magazines with your Kindle chances are you'll go carbon negative faster than that.

But if you're thinking about getting a Kindle for green reasons, make sure you know you'll be replacing more than 20 new books on the thing before you upgrade, otherwise you're not just wasting your money, you're hurting the environment.

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