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...
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,...
Forcing water through tiny channels has always been difficult because of an electrical effect that takes place. The surface of the channel becomes electrically charged which hinders the flow of charged ions through the channel. Larry Kostiuk took that...
For us, sitting out on the cottage deck on a Sunday morning with a coffee and a newspaper has been the tradition for three generations. This weekend, we brought our son Jack, the fourth generation, up to the...
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...
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...
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...

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...
Lake Kivu is a deep lake in Rwanda, whose water contains high amounts of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide (from volcanic activity) and methane (produced from deep water bacteria). Engineers have devised a system to remove these three gasses,...
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....
Shell Renewables is organizing a light show in London, England designed to imitate the Northern Lights on the south shore of the Thames. A stretch of 40 trees will be used to mount lighting, sound and atmospheric equipment, and the...

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