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A Small Wind Turbine You Can Make Yourself

May 29th, 2013

As the June 17 deadline to the Instructables Green Design Contest fast approaches, Jaymi Heimbuch at TreeHugger has highlighted one particular entry: a small DIY wind power generator that can sit in your backyard.

The wind generator’s designer, out-of-the-box, offers demo videos and text instructions accompanied by photos. As the designer notes, the amount of electricity the generator can produce depends on the steper motor you choose to use when constructing it yourself. The one shown in the instructions tops out at 8 volts, but on a still day outputs around 4. Modifying the turbine to increase efficiency, out-of-the-box is posting updates after the last step in the instructions, like removing a cup off of each arm to reduce wind resistance and adding unobtrusive solar panels.

This contest’s accessibility stands out among some other green design competitions. It doesn’t involve prototypes that use obscure materials or require years of experience in aerospace engineering. Instead, each entry must provide step by step instructions to show others how to make the project themselves.

via: TreeHugger

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Controversial Figures of Swine Flu (H1N1) in Venezuela – The Costa Rica News

May 29th, 2013

Controversial Figures of Swine Flu (H1N1) in Venezuela
The Costa Rica News
Latin America News – Swine flu (H1N1) is back in Venezuelan newspaper headlines. At least 16 deaths have been confirmed by local authorities. But the government, which ruled out any epidemic, is not reporting figures because that confuses citizens.



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Eagle Ridge Residence is a Low-Impact Home on Orcas Island

May 29th, 2013

Remote-Controlled Car-Helicopter Hybrid Transitions from Air to Land Seamlessly

May 29th, 2013

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Flying cars aren’t quite ready to take to the roads (or in the skies) just yet, but a new remote-controlled car brings them one step closer to reality. The B RC Hybrid Car-Helicopter starts off scooting down the road, then lifts off into the air with the flick of a switch. The B transitions from air to ground seamlessly, providing possible inspiration for future vehicle design. Click through to see a video of the mini flying car in action.

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Intel’s New Haswell Chips Will Boost Laptop Battery Life by 50 Percent

May 29th, 2013

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Laptop technology has come a long way in the past decade or so, but sales of mobile phones and tablets are leaving PCs in the dust. Part of that has to do with battery life; because they use more powerful hardware, laptops simply can’t compete with longer-lasting tablet batteries. But Intel is preparing to release a new generation of Core processors, known as Haswell, that will help to bridge the gap, giving laptops 50 percent more battery life. That will enable travelers to watch up to three HD movies on a laptop before the battery conks out.

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Pop-Up Community Space Made from Shipping Containers Opens in Detroit

May 29th, 2013

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company

May 29th, 2013

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Automotive designer J Mays has become well-known as the design director of Ford Motor Company. Born in rural Oklahoma, Mays started working at his family’s auto parts store at an early age with aspirations of becoming an architect, but eventually found his calling in car design while at the Art Center in Pasadena. An automotive design pioneer with more than 30 years under his belt, Mays has been involved in the design of a number of the car industry’s most well-recognized automobiles, including the VW “New Beetle”, Aston Martin DB9, Land Rover LR3/Discovery, Ford GT, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 2012 Focus (including the Focus EV), and the new green 2013 Ford Fusion—just to name a few! For the last 16 years he’s been leading the charge at Ford as the Vice President of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer and has played a critical role in bringing a new generation of stylish, green, high-performance electric and hybrid vehicles to a mainstream market. I recently got the chance to chat with Mays about his monumental career, and I’ve published our interview here. Click ahead to read the entire interview, where Mays touches on his global travels, his design ethos and influences, the current market for hybrid and electric vehicles, and what he sees for the future of zero-emissions vehicles, both at Ford and on a global scale.

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Yahoo! Acquires PlayerScale

May 29th, 2013
Internet giant Yahoo! Inc. recently announced its acquisition of gaming infrastructure start-up PlayerScale for an undisclosed amount.


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Army officer from WB being treated for swine flu – Business Standard

May 29th, 2013

Army officer from WB being treated for swine flu
Business Standard
The officer, Haneef Khan, had come to this tourist town with NCC cadets for trekking expedition and he had shown symptoms of swine flu such as throat pain and cough and was admitted to the Cantonment Hospital, hospital officials said. As his swab sent ...

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Dominican Sisters House of Formation in San Rafael Becomes the First LEED-Certified Convent in the US

May 29th, 2013