We had a GREAT time at the Redding Whole Earth and Watershed Festival this past weekend. Redding knows how to rock it! Place was packed all day long. We gave a intriguing presentation and had convos with a lot of highly tuned and really cool people. Next, we are doing a radio interview on a show about eco related subjects. More info to come! Stay tuned.
Tonight, 7:30pm, set your DVR's, we are live, actually pre-recorded, on KIXE The Forum with those sweethearts of the talkshow game, @ashleelaunches and @ChristyLargent. Tune in for a lively episode of @sourcetainable talk.
We finally found some great professionals to do our patent search and now the game, as they say, is afoot. The wonderful people at Bay Area IP Group are, as we type, dilligently scouring the archives at the US Patent Office iin search of absolutely no trace of our evolutionary green technology device. Keep your fingers crossed and, if you need any kind of intellectual property work done, check the good people at Bay Area IP Group at www.bayareaip.com.
Last week was media week around here as we were invited to interview on the acclaimed PBS show "The Forum" produced at KIXE in Redding, CA. We had a rollicking good time on the show with hosts Ashlee Tate and Christy Largent.
We will let you know when the show is going to air, so stay tuned!
Sourcetainable and its groundbreaking wave energy technology just got accepted into the startup incubator, ChicoStart! Great things are coming so stay tuned.
We had some algae fall into our laps and so, once we cleaned up the mess, we started doing an R&D project to find out if algae is a viable feedstock for creating biodiesel. If we can crack the code on this it will be a win win for everyone as a desperate group of people up to their collective eyeballs in algae will have a solution to a problem that is only getting worse for them while we could tap into a potentially viable and inexpensive source for biodiesel production.
TWENTE, The Netherlands - There are four billion people worldwide who are affected by severe water scarcity for at least one month a year.
That is the conclusion of Arjen Hoekstra, professor of water management at the University of Twente, in new research published in Science Advances.
Professor Hoekstra’s team is the first research group in the world to identify people’s water footprint from month to month and to compare it to the monthly availability of water.
“Up to now, this type of research concentrated solely on the scarcity of water on an annual basis, and had only been carried out in the largest river basins,” said Hoekstra.
He defined severe water scarcity as the depletion of water in a certain area.
He said: “Groundwater levels are falling, lakes are drying up, less water is flowing in rivers, and water supplies for industry and farmers are threatened. In this research, we established the maximum sustainable ‘water footprint’ for every location on earth, and then looked at actual water consumption. If the latter is much greater than what is sustainable, then there can be said to be severe water scarcity.”
Microsoft revealed that as the world turns to computing power in the cloud, it is working to put datacenters under water.
Researchers working on "Project Natick" tested a prototype vessel on the ocean floor about a kilometer off the US Pacific Coast for about four months last year.
We hear stories every day, it seems, about penetrations of computer networks. These breaches grow costlier with each new hack. Who are these cyber criminals and how do they use our data?
THINKSTOCKThe vessel was named after a Leona Philpot character in popular Xbox video game franchise Halo.
"The bottom line is that in one day this thing was deployed, hooked up and running," Microsoft Research NExT special projects leader Norm Whitaker said in a post at the company's website. "A wild ocean adventure turned out to be a regular day at the office."
Material scientists from Virginia Tech have developed a new surface design that can control and prevent the spread of ice and frost. The patterned surface, inspired by the shells of Namib Desert Beetles, could be manufactured on a larger scale for use on aircraft wings and other components of infrastructure, such as wind turbines and heat pump coils.
The Namib Desert Beetle has a unique shell that allows it to gather water in the arid deserts of southern Africa. Little bumps on the shell collect moisture and form water droplets that then slide across a smooth, water-repelling surface to create channels that deposit the water directly in the beetle's mouth. Scientists commonly find inspiration for new material designs in the natural world, such as tiny robotic fliers modeled after bees.
A Kickstarter project wants to extend that love for the defiance of gravity to plant life. Air Bonsai uses the power of magnetic levitation to float small trees grown and groomed through the Japanese art of bonsai.
Air Bonsai uses the same principle we've seen before in this floating chessboard and this UFO-inspired levitating speaker. Repelling magnets push away from each other, allowing the plant container to float above the base. The creators refer to the floating plants as "little stars."
If you've ever tried to unscrew an incandescent light bulb after it's been left on for a while, then you know that a good deal of the energy flowing inside produces heat, not light. Now, a team of researchers at MIT claim that they've developed an incandescent bulb capable of recycling that heat back to the filament to help keep it shining bright while consuming less energy.
In an article for Nature Nanotechnology, the team claims that they've incorporated a special filter around the filament of the bulb, which is currently in the proof-of-concept phase. The filter traps wavelengths at the infrared part of the spectrum -- heat -- while allowing visible light waves to pass through.
TO READ MORE FOLLOW THE LINK: http://www.cnet.com/news/researchers-develop-an-incandescent-light-bulb-powered-partially-by-its-own-heat/
Sandbag yesterday released analysis (pdf) showing how Europe's carbon caps have turned into a carbon trap.
This analysis is launched ahead of the European Commission's communiqué expected this week, which will analyse the options for moving beyond a 20% emissions reduction target. Leaked versions of the communiqué have been widely circulated and indicate that the EU acknowledges there are problems with the systems and the oversupply of permits, recommending removing 1.4bn tonnes from the scheme from 2013-20. Sandbag analysis shows that that this number is too low, for caps to become effective 2.3bn tonnes need to be removed.
The EU ETS is facing a number of problems which may leave it redundant. To prevent this from happening and rescue the EU ETS Sandbag have highlighted four fundamental problems with the current system that must be addressed to salvage the scheme.
To the Jetty Joule Team,
I really hate writing letters of defeat – so I’m not going to do it here! As you well know Friday, August 14 was the terminal date for this latest technology gate in the Wave Energy Prize Contest. Twenty teams were chosen to move forward to the next gate – the Jetty Joule Team was not among them. The teams that were chosen all have amazing tech for deep-water wave zone generation and we wish them all of the best in their endeavors. Which brings us to the main point of why we were not chosen: The Jetty Joule was never really designed for a deep-water scenario. Ours is a surf zone generation system – of course we felt we could adapt it to the deep-water zone, but we were pushing the limits and we knew it. Apparently, so did the judges.
Was it worth the time and effort? Absolutely! This process forced us to really examine the Jetty Joule and define what it is and how it works in a real world scenario. That alone is an invaluable piece of what it will take to bring the Jetty Joule to life. Plus we gained some valuable insights from the judges on the implementation of our wave energy system. It also got the Jetty Joule name and concept out there into the ethers, which is also extremely valuable.
Where do we go from here? We continue moving forward in the process as if we were still a part of the contest – only we will make it our own contest with free beer and pizza for the winners. The next step will be to build a scale model for testing in a wave tank. While on that tack we will also be looking for investors to seed the project for development it into a viable full-scale reality.
What can you do? Don’t worry; we will be rattling your cages from time to time for expertise, information, or good old-fashioned hands on help. There are also other projects that we are working on and you can find out more about those on our blog at the website www.sourcetainable.com or you can follow us on Twitter under @sourcetainable. Also, if you have a project or concept that you would like the group to consider developing then give us a shout and we can put it on the agenda.
Remember this: The only losers in the Wave Energy Prize Contest were the people that never entered in the first place. We are all winners, that is why we are trying to accomplish what we are trying to accomplish.
All the best!
Team Sourcetainable looking for great catering. A team marches on its stomach! We noticed that while our team has many strengths it doesn't have catering. We are thinking of putting together a contest to find the best caterer.
A couple of weeks ago Team Sourcetainable, or as many members sober enough to travel, went to Clear Lake California in search of Algae. The goal was a preliminary meeting with the homeowners association about their nagging Algae problem. Of course Sourcetainable had another motive in this trip other than setting up an aquatic lawn service. It seems that Algae has a lot of oil locked up in that slimy green stuff which Sourcetainable wants to test press to see what kind yields can be extracted for the process of making Biodiesel.
Check out the Jetty Joule Team at: http://www.sourcetainable.com/team.html - There's big dog talent going deep to the bench on this team.
The Jetty Joule Team is always on the scout for best in class systems components and that's why we have turned to Aero Tech Labs for their cutting edge bladder tech to build us a bladder for the Jetty Joule. You can check out their stuff at: http://www.atlinc.com/
July 15, 2015 was the deadline for submission for the second gate of the Wave Energy Contest. The submission consisted of extensive answers to a series of questions as well as detailed drawings and schematics for our wave energy device. Needless to say, the team rose to the occasion and uploaded the team submission before the deadline. Yeh Team! Now we wait to see if the submission meets the requirements and demands of the prize judges. Fingers crossed. Not that we need that.
This is disturbing...
The Earth has entered a new period of extinction, a study by three US universities has concluded, and humans could be among the first casualties.
The report, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley, said vertebrates were disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal.
The findings echo those in a report published by Duke University last year.
One of the new study's authors said: "We are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event."
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Will work for water.
Human water use is sucking dry around a third of the world's largest underground water basins at an alarming rate, with potentially risky consequences for farmers and other consumers, researchers said.
Eight of the planet's 37 biggest aquifers are classified as "overstressed" because they have almost no new water flowing in to offset usage, according to two studies from the University of California based on NASA satellite data.
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Researchers at Columbia University have created a way to harvest energy from the imperceptible process of water evaporation, using it to power tiny machines.
Follow the link for more on this: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovation/evaporation-engine-propels-tiny-car-power-water-vapor-n376536