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Written by Hank Green on 14/08/06   

Depending on what kind of geek or how geeky you really are, you may or may not appreciate this. You've got to purchase propecia without a prescription be pretty geeky to get excited about an archive of free, paperless, downloadable comic books stretching from 1930 to 1980.

We are that geeky.

The current archive of 2861 comic books hosted at AIBQ.com include Green LanternJustice League and, of course, Korak Son of Tarzan. While these don't represent the true cream of www.tevaka.com comic greatness, there is a lot of history and gay cialis hours of reading pleasure avaiable here. Now, all of these comics are still under copyright by DC, and the people who run AIBQ say that they want to digitize DC's entire library through 1980 (just DC, not Marvel, darnit.)

So far, they've gotten away with it because it's simply not worth the fuss. These comics aren't earning DC anything, and DC isn't planning on re-releasing any of them...ever.

The books are for educational purposes only, of course, and you need to download a special sequential image archive viewer to read them, but it is well worth the time. Sometimes a geek needs to find some ultra-geeky roots in an ecogeeky way. Thanks AIBQ.

 

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Bionic Pigeons Monitor Pollution?

This weekend, pigeons wearing tiny backpacks will roam the skies over Northern California. It’s not a manifestation of pet personhood, it’s a science project. The backpacks, equipped with smog sensors, GPS and a cell phone, gather air pollution data during the flight which is submitted - in real time - to the PigeonBlog website.

As the pigeons fly about, the sensors gather information on oxdizing gases, such as Nitrogen Oxides and Volatile Organic Compounds, as well as reducing gases, such as Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide and Hydrocarbons. On the MAP section of PigeonBlog you can follow both the tramadol drug sensory readings and the flying trajectory superimposed onto a satellite map of the area the pigeons fly over. The site also provides information about the composition of discount online cialis our air, common pollutants and their known health effects as well as the EPA’s Air Quality Index and the current state of http://www.aldentheatre.org/cheap-prescription-levitra air pollution in the United States today.

 

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The real scientist behind the project is Beatriz da Costa who is an Assistant Professor of Arts, Computation and Engineering at the buy viagra usa University of California, Irvine. She brainstormed the idea as a playful way to get people thinking about the health hazards of smog and as an alternative way to participate in environmental air pollution data gathering.

Da Costa's entry was inspired by a century-old photo of a homing pigeon wearing a tiny spy camera designed by the German engineer Julius Neubronner. She and canadain viagra india her team of two graduate students spent a year developing the bird sized packs that weigh a tenth of link for you levitra online pharmacy usa a pigeons body weight and cost about $250 each. The airborne expedition is part of ZeroOne San Jose, a weeklong showcase of technology and art.

 

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Tiny and Simple Device Cuts Air Conditioning Costs
Written by Hank Green on 11/08/06   

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Well, China isn't moving beyond the window unit, but they are making them better.  A Chinese institute has just released a remarkably simple device that takes the condensation from the cold part of the air conditioner and uses it to mist the ordering levitra hot part of the air conditioner.  This simple use of coolant that would otherwise be wasted can increase the efficiency of a window unit by more than 8%. 

From the Shanghai Daily.
"The device is attached to an air-conditioner by a series of http://www.hitlabnz.org/prescription-viagra tubes," (no...not the internet, an actual series of tubes,) "which collect condensation drops. The water is pumped to the device, which turns it into a fine mist that is sprayed on the back of the air-conditioner, cooling it down significantly. The device is expected to cost about 100 yuan (US$12.50), researchers said."

 

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GridPoint Makes Smart Meters Seem Dumb
Written by Hank Green on 11/08/06   

connect_imageIt's one thing to know how much energy you're consuming at any given moment, it's quite another to have a GridPoint system installed in your house.  Both of GridPoint's devices (the Connect and the Protect) save you money by peak shaving.  For example, the GridPoint system will store electricity during off-peak hours when electricity can be as much as 10 times cheaper.  Then, during the day, when most people are using electricity, that stored energy powers your house and levitra pharmacy you don't have to www.omroepgroesbeek.nl buy the expensive juice.  This, of course, assumes that your utility company charges extra for peak use, but, as energy gets more expensive, this will become more prevalent. 

Both GridPoint systems are built around a series of batteries and a Pentium computer which is both a client and a server.  The GridPoint computer constantly checks your household energy use and the prices the utilities are charging and decides when to store energy, when to do nothing, and when to pump electricity into your house.

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Green Investment Booms
Written by Hank Green on 09/08/06   
hundredsAt first I couldn't believe I hadn't seen this article yet, but then I noticed that it was published on August 14th...or...will be published.  Anyhow, it's an article from the future, in more ways than one. 

A tip from Katherine led me to a Daily Grist post about this amazing article at Business Week called "Wall Street's New Love Affair: Why some of the world's smartest investors are betting billions on clean energy." 
 
We at EcoGeek have been saying for a long time that business is going to lead this revolution.  Individuals; activists and writers and pundits and advocates can talk about how we started it, but corporations is going to finish it, and they'll be writing their own environmental laws before Senators even get their pens out of their pockets.  Frankly, finances run the world and we recommend viagra online buy Green is good for finances.  And so green technology is the largest growing sector of the investment economy.  Welcome to the future.

As exciting as it is, it's a long road.  And by no means will the bottom line drive us in the right direction forever.  But, for now, money is pouring into green energy solutions and that could mean a higher percentage of clear skies in our future for all of us.
 
 
State of NY goes Plug-In Hybrid
Written by Philip Proefrock on 09/08/06   
The good folks at sustainablog brought a green vehicles initiative from the The State of New York to our attention. Governor Pataki and state Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno announced a new program to convert the state fleet to genuine viagra in australia plug-in hybrids. The pilot program will spend $10 million to retrofit 600 vehicles to be able to charge their batteries by pluggin' in to the grid.

And for all those nay-sayers, we have a a nifty alternative fuels comparison chart (PDF), showing how much cheaper and cleaner grid power is than gasoline engine generated power.

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"Plug-in hybrid vehicles can be plugged into the electric grid – such as a normal 120 volt household outlet - to boost mileage. This will allow the vehicles to operate on emissions-free battery power, reducing the amount of fuel utilized and significantly decreasing the release of harmful pollutants, including greenhouse gases. Since the just try! order cheapest cialis online utility grid has lower demand during overnight hours, the recharging of plug-ins would not add to the peak load."

We thought maybe they'd just want to be the first ones to get their hands on the Tesla Roadster we seem to be so fond of here.

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The Future of Publishing
Written by Hank Green on 08/08/06   
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Gist of article: The publishing industry is changing, barriers are crashing down, magazines are going out of business in tech-savvy places and tech-savvy demographics.  We'll see way less paper and the best place cheap generic viagra india way more content.  This is, on the whole, a great thing for consumers, a good thing for the environment, and a terrible thing for the established publishing industry. 

So, have a read, I don't think it's 'futurology' but I do think it's prescient.
 
 

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Hey There Blimpy Boy
Written by Hank Green on 08/08/06   
Why do we even discuss personal electric cars when we could be talking about personal electric BLIMPS! SkyYacht, a corporation consisting of two amazing EcoGeeks who cite their motivation as "Pure Fun," has created a blimp for one or two passengers with electric propulsion. Imagine flying to work in your own personal air-ship with nothing in your ears but the sound of info viagra the breeze and the birds. On their website, I found an elegant summation of the SkyYacht's capabilities, "no other aircraft can accomplish the purchasing viagra seemingly straightforward task of picking off the top-most leaf from a particular tree." Now, not necessarily the nicest thing to do to a tree but, nonetheless, an amazing achievement.

The SkyYacht isn't completely environmentally friendly.  It's a hot-air blimp and so must burn propane to fill with hot air, but it's certainly more efficient than any other form of personal air travel, and probably more efficient than most cars. Don't expect to be going too fast though, it has a top speed of 12 mph (and don't try and go anywhere if the wind is blowing faster than that).

While it might not be particularly suitable for commuter travel, it could be an excellent resource for aerial photography, and, with the ability to touch down lighter than a feather and just as silent, it would be ideally suited for monitoring environmentally sensitive areas.

Hat's off to buy cialis online usa "pure fun" and the Sky Yacht team.

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The Reincarnation of an Obsolete Laptop
Written by Hank Green on 06/08/06   
770_thinpadThere's a lot of discussion about the $100 laptop these days.  I hate to be a party pooper, but I'll sell you any number of laptops for $100.  No, they won't be multi-colored or extra-durable or have hand cranks and I can't guarantee that the battery will function, but the garages and store-rooms of the best site no prescription America are littered with laptops that have double digit price tags.  The question is, what do we do with them?
 
Howard Fosdick has some ideas.  His article at Desktop Linux "Reincarnating a discarded laptop with Linux," gives a step by step guide to creating your own $100 laptop.  It does everything a computer should, though it'll be low on power and we like it levitra brand you'll be hard up to find a way to connect to a high-speed internet.  But, largely, old laptops can be very useful.  And, if you're using Free Open Source Software, all it takes is time. And with new laptop versions of Linux and Fosdick's guide, it doesn't even need to take very much time.
 
 

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2007 Hybrid Sierra (Greenwashed or Not)
Written by Hank Green on 04/08/06   
There's talk about GM...ok...we've said some nasty things.  But we've said some nice things too.  And today, we'll be saying something nice again.  In 2007, GMC will be releasing the first hybrid electric trucks.  Now, some people may see a hybrid Sierra as greenwashing, but I'm having none of it.  I honestly believe that trucks are one of the most important kinds of vehicles to go hybrid. 

Improving the where to buy cialis now gas mileage of a car from 60 to 70 mpg saves about 2 gallons of gas per 1000 miles.  Increasing the mileage of a truck like the Sierra from 15 to 25 mpg, as GMC has, saves ten times that. And, quite frankly, I think we need trucks just as much as we need passenger cars.

This is a big deal.  A lot of people need trucks, especially out here in the hinterlands, and I'm not about to criticize them.  But right now people who neeed 350 horsepower and a flatbed don't have any options above 20 mpg.  And the hybrid Sierra (greenwashed or not) gives people that option.
 
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Turnstile Power!
Written by Hank Green on 04/08/06   
For every action there is an equal and oppostite reaction.  Well...there are a lot of actions in the world...why not hook some of those reactions to a generator.  Decentralized passive power production...I think that's what it should be called.  J.R. East (the biggest railway company in Japan who we've already heralded for their hydrogen hybrid trains) hooked up a generator to the turnstiles of their railway stations and I call that awesome.  I mean, why not capture energy wherever we can. 

Now, I can't imagine it will add up to much, but if everything we do, from clacking a key to tapping a foot generated power, we might need a few less solar panels on the roof. 

The concept is currently being tested at their office, where you apparently have to walk through a turnstile to approach the receptionist.  Railway office...turnstile...ahh Japan...so cute...
 
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