Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Reading Roundup: Mar 5

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

Chris Jordan at TED: Running More Numbers : TreeHugger
Pictures and patterns made from things like the 1 million plastic cups used in 6 hours of US airline flights or 32,000 barbies. The images for the cups is very visually interesting. The barbies not quite as much.

How Many Plastic Bottles Did it Take to Make This Suit? : TreeHugger
Yes, clothing made from recycled bottles. No mention of price or availability in the US, but a pretty darn cool idea and way to reuse that plastic.

My Forbidden Fruits (and Vegetables) - New York Times

OpEd piece in the NY Times that covers the obstacles (including fines) to local farmers producing fruits and vegetables instead of soy, corn, rice or wheat.

Wave-powered ship ready to take maiden voyage Greenbang
Neat. A boat that moves through the water by redirecting the energy of passing waves in a sort of biomimicry.

Body Heat…and Power TriplePundit
Generating power to run small devices using small heat medical devices powered by body heat. And of course, there are a lot wider applications for this stuff.. the trick will be getting devices down to such miniscule power requirements.

Solar bus takes to Australian roads Greenbang
Cool, who needs a hybrid bus when a (albeit small) electric one with an operating range of 120-miles is available?

Stirling Engine Cools Computer : TreeHugger
Nifty way to make a hot chip help cool itself by converting the waste heat into mechanical motion to turn a fan.