Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Reading Roundup: Mar 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.

DuPont to Corn: You Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Nitrogen « Earth2Tech
Genetically modifying crops to require less oxygen. Now that's actually a useful idea.

AMEE : The world's energy meter
Avoiding Mass Extinctions Engine is a platform for data sharing and usage for global warming datasets. Google has launched a set carbon calculator tools for their users in the UK based on it.

The Avoiding Mass Extinctions Engine « Earth2Tech
Coverage of the above AMEE site and information about the founder.

leah buechley - projects - LilyPad: a construction kit for electronic textiles
A system for putting electronics onto clothing for the DIY/education market. Very Cool. Found via Cyclelicio.us where a jacket with turn signals is pictured.

Fairtrade, Right or Wrong? » Celsias
Interesting thoughts about the FairTrade product logo and how it may not be fulfilling its promise to give more money to poor commodity farmers.

India running low on oil, looks to Turkey (and beyond) for help - AutoblogGreen
Remember that cheap new car introduced in India? Much like the US, India will need more oil to keep those cars moving than it can produce on its own. Demand goes up, so do prices...

Solar Roadways update - things are happening with Scott Brusaw's idea - AutoblogGreen
Interesting idea, but I'm not sure its a) cost effective b) anything we're likely to see in the next 15 years in more than a pilot project.

In the Labs: Paint Yourself Solar « Earth2Tech
Painted steel building cladding that can generate electricity with the addition of a solar "paint".

Video: Aptera rolls into Touchstone commercial - AutoblogGreen
The Aptera electric/plug-in hybrid vehicle in a commercial for an electric company as well as an interview with the CEO and the designer.