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Alarming Facts About Water

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Whether it’s the hour-long showers folks in the U.S. take, or the bath-in-the-swamp many people are forced to endure in underdeveloped nations, water is an important commodity, never to be taken for granted. Here are some interesting facts and information about water and how it affects people around the globe. The Good Water is the main constituent in the human body, and forms 50-60% of body weight and approximately 75% of body volume. Water contains zero fat, proteins, carbs, or calories. The average person uses 465 litres of water per day. However, with education and practice, those numbers can be severely… read more

Preventing Desertification

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Desertification is the process in which fertile land slowly turns into sand-filled deserts. It’s happening all around the world, and increasingly so in the United States. It’s a direct result of poor environmental decisions, livestock grazing, and landowner neglect. The good news is that it’s also reversible and preventable. Allan Savory, a research biologist and President/Co-Founder of the Savory Institute, recently gave an inspirational TED talk about healing our land. His background on the subject is impressive, and should give us pause to heed his words. In the 1960’s while working in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), he came to understand what… read more

Ensure your computer does not become landfill

Donate your computer

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide toss their junk computers in the garbage, perhaps unaware of the incredible damage its battery juice, plastic parts, metal alloys can do to the environment. If you’re considering getting rid of a computer, and are looking for options on how to properly dispose of it, you’ve come to the right place. Instead of throwing away your computer, consider donating it to a local school, thrift store, or someone in need. Each dumped computer represents a wasted opportunity for someone to become educated on the technology available to them in today’s world. If… read more

Save money by going green

Leafy Continents

The following are some great tips and advice on how you can save the planet, save your wallet, and feel great doing it. Most are simple, some are no-brainers, and a few may cost you a bit of upfront cash, but will save you in the long-run. Create a homemade compost bin This is a quick and easy project for personal use or to teach the kids how to be eco-conservative. Say NO to disposable bags Stop using the plastic bags you normally receive from the grocery store. Purchase a recyclable bag and carry it with you. Not only won’t… read more

Going paperless – give it a go!

Going paperless

“Save the trees and stop global warming” she cried We’re not really sure who “she” is, but someone has surely shouted that out at one point or another in their life, probably from a rooftop like in the movies. Paperless everything is here for good now. E-reader devices, document scanners, e-magazines, etc are the new magazine stand, bookstore-down-the-street, xerox-printer-in-every-office trend, and the movement is growing. You’re hopefully wondering how you might join this fad. The answer is quite simple; do your research and ditch old habits. Maybe you work for a company who prints out paper like it’s their job, and… read more

One Laptop Per Child Project

One Laptop Per Child

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project began several years ago, when a group of philanthropists in the tech world desired to make educating the world a priority through the use of technology. Basically, the idea is that everyone should have access to educational tools through computers and the internet. Unfortunately for underdeveloped nations, computer technology is extremely expensive in comparison to traditional textbooks. And finding teachers qualified to help their students learn how to operate these new devices is a challenge in itself. The OLPC project has been plagued by many obstacles through the years, including high costs, lack… read more

Keeping your IT costs low

Home IT costs

Everybody appreciates efficient productivity, whether it’s in the workplace, the hobbies you’re building in your garage, or your home computer. And when we can achieve that level of potency while keeping costs and power usage low, everybody wins. Here are a few tips on keeping your home IT costs to a minimum: 1. Raspberry Pi Microcomputer This $35 device is a terrific all-around mini-computer, with an endless range of uses. One of it’s most valuable assets is its low-power consumption. You can turn your Raspberry Pi into a digital network storage device for all your computer files. The best part? It only… read more

Creating eco-friendly robots

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When one thinks of an autonomous robot, one does not usually envision it being created out of paper, plastic, PVC, even cardboard. Yet, a few researchers are trying to change the way we think about robotics, and argue that its future is dependent on creating clean, eco-friendly machines. The image of the giant robot from the 1951 film ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ rings in my mind to this day. It was a mammoth machine, with power and capabilities way ahead of ours, even to this day. It’s not a practical design by today’s standards, and certainly won’t be… read more

The versatility of compact scooters

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Scooter and motorcycle companies are raising the bar each year for next-generation engineering and design. You’ve seen some pretty cool ideas for hovering scooters and such, but you’ve probably never seen a compact folding scooter. The Moveo Scooter The Moveo is a sleek new innovation in scooter design. It’s able to completely fold down to be carried with you, and it’s quite nice to behold.   The Moveo was created from Antro; a “non-profit Hungarian organization that also designed the wood-framed hybrid Solo car.” The electric Moveo weighs just 63 pounds, which, by vehicle standards, is super light. You probably won’t… read more

The future of flight

MIT's future of flight

MIT’s AI Lab is a busy hub of practical inventions and idealistic passions. Recently, they showed off a new system of personal aircraft control they’ve created in conjunction with airplane manufacturer Boeing. One of MIT’s Graduate students, Peng Yu, displayed their vision of the future some 20-30 years down the road. Yu and his team developed a variety of ways for commuters with no airplane piloting knowledge to effectively control either a personal aircraft or a flying taxi. Using voice, keyboard input, tablet, and motion gestures, Yu showed how easily an average person could operate a remote-controlled airplane. Tablet –… read more