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The ArgoBots! A Team of 3,000 Oceanic Robots

Our oceans are becoming extremely important: their warming, the destruction of generic cialis no perscription coral reefs, the oceans' salinity and buy cheap generic cialis acidity, and ultimately, their ability to act as massive carbon sinks. Up until now we have had surprisingly little information regarding the cialis non prescription state of our oceans, save for the pioneering work of researchers and activists and the little funding they have available. A fundamental shift in data collection, however, is set to change as the Argo Program has just completed laying out their network of 3,000 robotic sensors.
The international program, using 1.5m drifting floats that are disbursed around the world's oceans, is currently in the finalizing stages of setting up their data collection systems. These robotic floats will drift over a period of 10 days, submerging themselves at a depth of 1000m and finally to 2000m before they ascend and transmit their data to a satellite, after which they will repeat the process. Ultimately, the program hopes to gather over 100,000 data transmissions annually and report on the usefull link viagra 100 mg climate state of the oceans, providing this data and findings to the public.

The hopes are that this project, which has been ongoing for the last seven years, "will allow us to get free levitra grapple with some of very good site generic levitra from india the big climate questions, as well as provide insight into how the ever-changing ocean weather affects marine ecosystems".

It's never been more important to understand exactly what's going on cialis 20mg in our oceans. Let's hope the Argobots start reporting some promising data soon!


Charge Your Gadgets by Breathing!

I'm willing to bet that everyone who reads this blog breathes. There's also a fairly good chance that you have a USB-powered gadget...I have about a dozen. So why waste all that energy expanding and contracting your rib cage when you could pump that energy straight into a gadget (or USBCell rechargeable battery)?

Using some parts scavenged from an old CD-ROM drive, some dude at instructables has built a breath-powered USB charger. While he says that it's possible to get 1 W out of the device, he's only seeing 50 mW. Not so great, as it'd take about 24 hours of breathing to charge your cell phone. But let's be were planning on breathing anyway.

More at Instructables


Paul MacCready on EcoGeekiness

Paul MacCready was an original EcoGeek. He created the first human-powered airplane, and sprearheaded the first human-powered flight across the cheap cialis no prescription English Channel. The story of his work on ultra-efficient flight and levitra from india his interest in the environment are very inspiring.

His recent death has prompted the people at TED to release a talk he gave at their conference in 2003. If you've got a spare 20 minutes, there's no better way to spend them.


Google Teams Up with Innovate or Die

Specialized bicycles recently announced their "innovate or die" campaign. They're asking clever folks like you to design and build pedal-powered machines that will help replace some of our current power use. Now, Google has teamed up with them, and is promoting the project through YouTube. A final video of the pedal-powered project will have to be uploaded at the projects YouTube channel.

Unfortunately, Specialized stole the best idea already, a pedal-powered laptop workstation. Laptops work well because they have an internal battery (so they won't crash if you get too tired) and use far less power than a desktop.

The winning submission will walk away with $5000 and a Specialized bike. Not bad. I'm pretty excited to see videos start making their way up onto YouTube. So far, it's just the one vid from Specialized. You can check it out after the looks like that poor girl is working pretty hard to make that laptop work.

Don't Mess with Bikes in Toronto

DEATH TO BIKE THIEVES! For of the main reasons bikes are less convenient than cars is because theft prevention is so difficult. I've had several bikes stolen in my time, all locked, all dissapeared. For a while, I prevented bike theft by just riding a really crappy old bike.

But the University of Toronto Police had a better idea. Hide GPS devices on some unsuspecting high-end bikes. Then, when the were reported stolen, they tracked down the thieves and returned the bikes. Bike theft has dropped dramatically on campus. Now, U of T is handing out "This Bike Could be Bait" stickers to anyone who wants one.

Talk about Technology for the Environment.  Unfortunately, it comes at a price. The GPS beacons are more expensive than most bikes, at $1,400 a piece. Get that price down a bit and I'll bet we'd see this program replicated in a lot of generic viagra europe places.

Via TreeHugger and Biking Toronto

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