Scientists in the UAE have successfully run tests on jojoba methyl ester in a standard diesel engine. Created by mixing jojoba oil with a small amount of methanol, the fuel performed as well as diesel, and ran cleaner...
The hurricane season draws to a close this week, as we approach December 1. So what happened? A year after Katrina, Dennis, Rita and Wilma attacked from the the Atlantic, predictions were calling for "13 to 16 named storms,...
Nuclear Fusion is the process that powers stars, and could provide almost limitless, clean energy if harnessed. The problem is that Fusion requires such high-temperatures that any known container would vapourize immediately to contain the reaction. Physicists have successfully...

Blackout!

Four days after Blackout 2003, things are getting back to normal in Toronto. The only things still not running are the subways and streetcars, but they are still threatening rolling blackouts as the grid is brought back to...

Power Woes Continue

Two weeks after the massive blackout darkened most of northeast US and Ontario, another large blackout has hit on the other side of the Atlantic. Large areas of London, England are out of power at the moment, stranding...
Last week's blackout showed just how dependant we all are on electricity. Local blackouts are common and usually short-lived. But when half the country (and a quarter of the country to the south) goes dark, the things...
This afternoon, as I was walking to my car in Downtown Toronto, I walked in front of an old Dodge Caravan waiting to pull out of a parking lot. At that moment, I had the oddest flashback to...
Okay, this Earth Hour thing is a huge amount of hype! (not necessarily in a bad way) The entire issue of the Saturday Star is all about shutting the lights out, and it seems everyone was talking about...
US based Changing World Technologies claims they have perfected a Thermal Depolymerization Process to convert any carbon-based material into water, gas, oil, and minerals. They have experimented with various feedstock including tires, plastic bottles, old computers, cornstocks, sewage...
Researchers have found a new seismic fault line under the city of Los Angeles, running for 50 kilometers between Orange County and Beverly Hills, running right under downtown LA. The good news is that earthquakes along this fault are relatively...
At the opening ceremonies of the Green Living Show this morning, I found myself 20 ft away from the scene where David Suzuki got up in Federal Environment Minister John Baird's face for not doing enough to lessen the...

Spray-on Solar Cells

A new plastic solar cell can capture both visible and infrared light and convert it to energy, allowing it to work effectively even on a cloudy day. This plastic polymer can be sprayed like a paint, or woven into clothing....

Recent Posts