Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Reading Roundup: May 7

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

The Associated Press: Asia is world's cradle for new strains of flu
Interesting read about how new flu strains develop and the path followed in spreading around the globe.

No plug? No Problem. MIRA Debuts the "Plugless Plug-In Hybrid" - AutoblogGreen
great idea for apartment dwellers, and couples well with the idea of Project better Place, removable batteries that can be charge separate. Of course, batteries tend to be quite heavy, so this may not be practical to allow the batteries to be moved to a charging location separate from the vehicle.

US Environmental Destruction Agency: Making National Parks Coal-Friendly : TreeHugger
Title says it all.

Dragon Power Station makes electricity from traffic - AutoblogGreen
A novel idea to generate electricity from heavy trucks driving over plates using hydraulic pressure.

Wow: Facade in Beijing Integrates Solar Into World's Largest LED Display : TreeHugger
I'm not sure what to think about this one, but it seems like a neat way to couple some technologies together in an energy efficient linkage.