Sunday, February 17, 2008

Reading Roundup: Feb 17

Reading Roundup is a regular feature of WebEchoes. It exists to limit the number of "read this" posts with minimal commentary on my part.

As promised, a very long roundup to get caught up on most of last weeks cool topics. Be sure to view the full list by clicking the continue link below.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Work starts on Gulf 'green city'
A very scifi sounding set of amenities (transport pods) to grace what is expected to be the first city created that is zero-carbon, zero-waste and car-free. I hope it works and shows the way. Now, can we work on a city-retrofit version of this instead of building for whole cloth?

JPG Magazine: Photos: "When Waves Collide" by Andrew Castellano
Great photo of an outbound and inbound wave colliding at Laguna Beach, CA.

Inhabitat » Artificial Energy Islands Could Power The World
From the further proof we don't need more technology, just investment and leadership, a way to generate electricity and desalinated water in the tropics with no pollution during operation.

CycleDog: From the "Why didn't I think of that?" file...
Pedals with LED's built in and generate their own power. Do those come with SPD cleats? (I see my commuter bike is going to be very well lit up/circus like if I acquire all the lights I like)

WorldChanging: Re-Shirt: A New Backstory for the T-shirt
Not many of my t-shirts live long enough to be reworn by someone else, but here's a cool way instead of using a local charity.

The Autonoma: Self-Powered Programmable Street Lighting : TreeHugger
A cool lighting idea that doesn't require much infrastructure to deploy. This would be great for parking lots and other lit but largely unused areas.

Casulo: An Entire Apartment's Furniture in One Small Box : TreeHugger
How come I didn't know about this 3 months ago when I needed to furnish my new apartment? Very cool, a bed, desk, armoire, stools, and shelves in a 31"x47" box.

Cotton Bollworm Shown To Resist Bt Produced By Transgenic Cotton : TreeHugger
Shock. Cotton Bollworms resistant to pesticide exuded by cotton plants designed to prevent bollworms. 'cause ya know, we couldn't have predicted that after the experience with antibiotics and resistant strains of diseases.

Seen While Running: Eaten By Trees | Elite Feet
More photo goodness to while I get caught up. Things that have been absorbed, overgrown and otherwise overwhelmed by tree growth.