Monday, February 4, 2008

Reading Roundup: Feb. 4

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

President's Clean Tech Budget Add-On: How Big Is It? : TreeHugger
Smaller than GE Financial Services by over half. Smaller than Japan by a factor of 4 and Abu Dhabi by a factor of almost 8. Of course, that doesn't include existing investments.

Reinventing the Wheel : TreeHugger
For Bicycles, that is. Folding bikes are popular among those who commute and those who want an easy bike to travel with (allowed on many trains, no extra charge on a plane). Problem is the wheels are tiny. Maybe not for much longer.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 'Bizarre' new mammal discovered
Isn't amazing that for all we know about the world, it is still possible to find new species?

ENN: New Solar Panel Technology Stylish and Sustainable
A building facade could be powered by its own displays. Printable, transparent solar PV film.

The Aerogenerator: 9MW Vertical Axis Turbine : TreeHugger
I've always wondered why wind turbines always seem to be the classic spinning blades on a tall post kind. I'm no closer to understanding, but there must be some issue to solve. And here's news of a company trying to do it.

Geothermal Power in Alaska Offers New Renewable Energy Model - Chena Hot Springs Resort - Popular Mechanics
Geothermal used to power a resort in Alaska from what was considered to be not hot enough temperatures. And pretty pictures too.