Inspiration for a Brighter Future

Do You Remember When Cars Had Combustion Engines?

Car exhaust

I do.

And it still shocks me when I look back on that time.

Let me explain.

In those days, it was taken for granted that motorbikes, cars and trucks were all noisy and highly polluting vehicles.

Everywhere these vehicles went, they left a trail of dangerous pollutants that filled our town and cities. Even schools were caught up in this onslaught, with parents regularly idling their cars while waiting or dropping off their kids.

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Can People and Urban Wildlife Live Harmoniously Together?

The Case for Conservation Friendly Construction

I came across a fantastic infographic this week that I wanted to share with you.

As you’ll see below, the infographic looks at the reasons why residential and commercial properties need to be built not just with humans in mind – but with a strong emphasis on helping urban wildlife to thrive.

Villages, towns and cites are all expanding at an incredible rate, and it’s obvious to me that we shouldn’t be thoughtlessly destroying our green spaces and forcing wildlife to flee for their lives.

Fortunately, there is another way.

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Tony Seba’s Presentation on the Future of Energy and Transportation Will Blow You Away

Tony Seba

A few days ago, my brother sent me a link to a YouTube video that he described as “compelling and thought provoking”. Now, my brother is certainly not the type of person who’s prone to exaggeration or overstatement. So, naturally, his comments piqued my interest, and I quickly found the time to watch the one-hour video.

What did I think?

I was mesmerised. And I think you will be too.

I’ve embedded the video into this post, but let me give you some brief details before you click play…

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10 Little-Known Facts About Hyperloop

Hyperloop

In August 2013, Elon Musk (of Tesla Motors and SpaceX fame) publicly released designs for a revolutionary high-speed transportation system named Hyperloop.

Three years later, it’s clear that his unique concept has captured huge attention from around the world.

So, what is Hyperloop?

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Wind-Up Radios Are Now Smarter Than You May Remember

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Do you remember when wind-up radios first hit the market in the 1990s?

They were certainly popular. But, they were also bulky and heavy.

I used to have one of the early Freeplay radios. It was great fun, but it involved far too much winding for my liking!

Twenty years later, technology has moved on in leaps and bounds. Wind-up radios are now cheap, lightweight and feature-packed.

A few months ago, I bought myself a $29.99 Duronic Apex. This is a radio, torch and alarm clock, that can be powered in three ways:

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Let There Be Light! Here’s How to Pick the Best Lightbulb

Light Bulbs

As regular readers of Eco Tech Daily will know, I’ve been fascinated by the rapid transformation of lightbulbs in recent years. (Please see my article 2015: The Year of the LED).

Not so long ago, consumers had only three options when choosing a lightbulb.

The traditional incandescent lightbulb. Which offered warm light, but suffered from short lifetimes and expensive running costs.

The halogen lightbulb. This improved on the technology used by incandescents, and offered smaller bulbs with high-intensity light. Halogen lightbulbs also had better energy-efficiency (i.e., were cheaper to run) than incandescents.

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Circular Homes: Dwellings of the Future, Inspired by the Past

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I’ve always been fascinated by circular buildings.

Think of the elegance of lighthouses, and the robustness of round castle towers.

You’re probably familiar with famous circular buildings such as the Colosseum in Rome, the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles.

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Here’s Why the Hype About Hydrogen Cars Won’t Last

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Hydrogen cars promise clean, green driving – but several factors could stop their mainstream adoption.

Firstly, a quick explanation of hydrogen cars.

They are sometimes referred to as Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV), and are cars powered exclusively by oxygen from the air and compressed hydrogen.

People tend to be amazed when they hear that hydrogen cars only emit water and heat from their tailpipes. And this is true – these cars emit no nasty pollutants whatsoever.

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Rivers of Fire, Rivers of Energy

This incredible video got me thinking.

Surely, the immense heat emanating from lava rivers could be captured and transformed into electricity?

The question can be answered in just three words – yes it can.

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The Unstoppable Rise of Solar Power

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Solar power is typically inconspicuous, as solar panels tend to sit high on the roofs of our buildings. However, this silent power generator is at the tipping point of an energy revolution.

There are various reasons for the burgeoning success of solar power, but let’s take a look at just three of the major trends that are converging right now.

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