Fuel your Car with Watermelon Juice
(9/9/2009 8:51:04 AM)
Alternative Energy
Hundreds of thousands of tons of watermelons are lost every year. They are grown and then left in the ground because of superficial imperfections. About 20% of each annual crop is left in the field because of surface blemishes or because they are misshapen; currently these are lost to growers as a source of revenue. Due to imperfections, bad spots, or weird shapes, these watermelons are left in the field and then ploughed right back into the ground.

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Milking Your Algae for Oil
(8/12/2009 8:24:41 AM)
Alternative Energy
A company based in Los Angeles, announced a potential breakthrough in getting oil from pond scum. One big difference from the spate of recent announcements in the algae-sphere: Origin’s new technology promises a better way to “milk” algae to extract their natural oils. Other approaches involve genetically-engineering algae to excrete hydrocarbon-like liquids' and cost is still a huge issue for algae-to-oil operations.

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Charge your Electric Car for Free at McDonald's
(7/24/2009 8:26:46 AM)
Alternative Energy
McDonald's is one of several chains exploring green store design. Wal-Mart and Target are revamping their stores to conserve energy. Subway has opened its first stand-alone LEED-certified restaurant in the state in Chapel Hill. A brand-new McDonald's restaurant about to open in North Carolina will be the chain's first in the nation to offer free car charging in its parking garage.

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Save BIG with the Self-Recharging Battery
(7/22/2009 9:01:10 AM)
Alternative Energy
As we all know, batteries don't last forever. And when the flashlight dims you may be left with a double handful of toxic heavy metals to get rid of somehow. Until very recently mercury has been the main villain, but in addition to mercury, other hazardous metals such as lead, cadmium, chromium, and silver lurk in those little cylinders.

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