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    Hypersolar is a company working on creating a feasible hydrogen generator using nothing more than sunlight and any source of water...

    Imagine a generator that you can have in your back yard that runs NOT on dangerous gas cans of diesel, but on water... even dirty, gutter water! Even stale pond water! The prototype shown in the video uses water from the Salton Sea, which is known to be full of hazardous agricultural runoff.

    Here they have a working "prototype" with some expensive materials as part of the cells. They believe they can manufacture these less expensively.

    Watch the video and read why I think this company is the real thing.

    Things that make me believe this company is not out to scam anybody:

    -- Its founder is a dedicated scientist, with published academic research.

    -- Company now has a Highly-competent CTO

    -- It has an academic on board as a scientific advisor.

    -- It has an ongoing research agreement / relationship with the University of Iowa

    -- Continuous improvement in bringing down the cost of doing this on a large scale.

    This is a small team, and is currently a small-cap stock. However, we NEED these little ventures, because that is where breakthroughs happen. I have full confidence in the ability of the team to deliver value to its investors.

    Hypersolar IS a public company, and if you believe in the future of innovations like this, you can invest in HYSR at Tradeking. New investors, please sign up with this link: http://bit.ly/2dAQrUy

    Source source Tag(s) energy, solar, water, Hydrogen, hydrogen
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    Portland to participate in Whitehouse's Smart Cities Initiative

    80 million investment to build smarter cities. There are some endeavors that are simply too much for any one city to take on by itself.

    NIST’s Global City Teams Challenge is establishing multi-team super-clusters to take on grand challenges too big for any single city team to tackle. Examples include multi-city resilience to large-scale natural disasters, intelligent transportation systems that work in any city, and regional air quality improvements through coordinated local action. This initiative brings together groups of communities formed around lead cities—Portland, Oregon; Atlanta, Georgia; Newport News, Virginia; Columbus, Ohio; Bellevue, Washington; Kansas City, Kansas; and Kansas City, Missouri—to work with NIST and its collaborators, including DOT, DHS Science and Technology Directorate, NSF, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the International Trade Administration, the Economic Development Administration, IBM, AT&T, CH2M, Verizon, Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions, Intel, US Ignite, and Urban-X, to develop ‘blueprints’ for shared solutions that will be collaboratively implemented in multiple cities and communities.

    NIST is announcing $350,000 in four new grants enabling 11 cities and communities to work together on innovative smart city solutions. The Replicable Smart City Technologies grants to teams of communities led by Newport News, Virginia; Bellevue, Washington; Montgomery County, Maryland; and Portland, Oregon focus on the development and deployment of inter-operable technologies to address important public concerns regarding air pollution, flood prediction, rapid emergency response, and improved citizen services through inter-operable smart city solutions that can be implemented by communities of all types and sizes.

    Source source Tag(s) urban planning, green tech, city design
    Added about 1 year ago view
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    Stab-lok

    Electrical hazards in homes in the Northwest are rampant, due to a specific company's product .... these are especially common in Oregon and Washington.

    Federal Pacific Electric breaker box.

    "According to a report, some Federal Pacific Electric panels failed to operate properly nearly 60% of the time in the event of a power surge. The homeowner had no way of knowing that too many electrical devices were plugged into one room. The devices required more electricity than the circuit could provide. “The wiring got hot enough to fry an egg,” the electrician reported. Normally, the circuit breakers should trip to cut off the electricity and prevent a fire. The Federal Pacific Electric breakers did not operate properly, resulting in two circuit breakers and a bus bar being burned."

    Source source Tag(s) safety
    Added about 1 year ago view
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    WASHINGTON — The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $37 million in funding for 16 innovative new projects as part of a new ARPA-E program: Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids (IONICS). IONICS project teams are paving the way for technologies that overcome the limitations of current battery and fuel cell products."

    http://arpa-e.energy.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/IONICS_Project%20Descriptions_FINAL.pdf

    Source source Tag(s) energy, fuel cells, ARPA
    Added about 1 year ago view
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    Klamathriverrestoration

    On Netflix! A documentary about a river resource brought to the brink of destruction, its slow reclamation, and a peace made between people.

    "A River Between Us tells the story of the oldest and most bitterly disputed water war in the West today. The film's primary focus is the struggle for justice on the Klamath River, where forty years of bad blood between the local farmers, ranchers, Native Tribes, members of the Tea Party, state politicians and federal government have created one of this country's worst environmental crises. Most importantly, as part of the largest restoration project in American history, A River Between Us provides the solution to ending this generations-old conflict: in order to save a river, you must first heal a people."

    Source source Tag(s) water, native wisdom, salmon
    Added about 1 year ago view
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    Pest control without synthetic chemicals

    12-15 drops of Peppermint oil, 8-10 drops of Eucalyptus oil dropped into 0.5 oz dish soap diluted in 12 oz water spray bottle.

    Fragrant and strong! The soap + oils will help the scents remain in humidity and weather.

    Repels (low concentration of essential oils) or kills (in higher concentrations): Fleas, Ticks, Wasps, Spiders, Mites, Chewing Lice, Earwigs, Millipedes, Dust mites!

    Essential Oils can be obtained in quantity online, pretty easily:

    Peppermint Oil

    Eucalyptus Oil

    Source source Tag(s) eco cleaning, organics
    Added over 1 year ago view
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    The Federal Aviation Administration is funding research to make this costly conductive concrete more affordable.

    This special concrete mix, studded with electricity-conducting ingredients, could help airports and other places run on time during inclement weather.

    "Potholes often originate from the liberal use of salt or de-icing chemicals that can corrode concrete and contaminate groundwater over time, Tuan said, making the conductive concrete an appealing alternative with lower operating and maintenance costs. The power required to thermally de-ice the Roca Spur Bridge during a three-day storm typically costs about $250 -- several times less than a truckload of chemicals, he said."

    Other info: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/uon-ccc012216.php

    Source source Tag(s) technology, building materials
    Added almost 2 years ago view
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    Battling climate change with a partnership between public and private investment in discovering and developing breakthrough technologies is the aptly-named Breakthrough Energy Coalition

    While we'll never get people to stop burning wood to make fires for heat and light, and cooking -- we probably can help our planet out by finding better ways to stay warm, have light, and cook food.

    And let's not forget about powering our beloved electronics!

    "The existing system of basic research, clean energy investment, regulatory frameworks, and subsidies fails to sufficiently mobilize investment in truly transformative energy solutions for the future. We can’t wait for the system to change through normal cycles."

    Source source Tag(s) energy, climate change
    Added almost 2 years ago view
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