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Handmade e-Bike Indestructible Versatile: The Suru Scrambler
Suru made the first scrambler e-bike in the world. Most parts are sourced in Asia but assembled in Canada. They are designed by award-winning motorcycle designers. Drive quickly with the Suru Scambler The Suru Scrambler is an e-bike with a top speed of 32 kilometres per hour (20 mph). You can easily drive 70 kilometres before recharging it. Recharging takes only 3,5 hours. You do not need gasoline or diesel, just a functioning battery. As you do not need a licence or insurance for this bike, it is very easy to drive. Customise it as unique as possible You can make the Suru Scrambler as unique as you like. The Scrambler is available in six standard colours packages, plus you can choose to customise all graphics, which will give you your own exclusive designed bike. Financing and shipping the Scrambler The bike is made in Canada; Canadian products are very good, so this bike is also very trustworthy. The Suru comes with a lifetime warranty. The cost of the motorcycle is CAD 3.500 or US $ 2.700. You can also pay in instalments; $ 72 per month in US dollars only. SURU is delivered for a fixed amount of $149 to the mainland of the United States and $99 in Canada. Just attach four bolts and off you go. Probably not available in Europe It will probably not be available in Europe, so Canadians and US buyers are fortunate to purchase this sustainable Suru bike . A joy to ride and good for the environment! https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/automotive/cycling  
Suru made the first scrambler e-bike in the world. Most parts are sourced in Asia but assembled in Canada. They are designed by award-winning motorcycle designers. Drive quickly with the Suru Scambler The Suru Scrambler is an e-bike with a top speed of 32 kilometres per hour (20 mph). You can easily drive 70 kilometres before recharging it. Recharging takes only 3,5 hours. You do not need gasoline or diesel, just a functioning battery. As you do not need a licence or insurance for this bike, it is very easy to drive. Customise it as unique as possible You can make the Suru Scrambler as unique as you like. The Scrambler is available in six standard colours packages, plus you can choose to customise all graphics, which will give you your own exclusive designed bike. Financing and shipping the Scrambler The bike is made in Canada; Canadian products are very good, so this bike is also very trustworthy. The Suru comes with a lifetime warranty. The cost of the motorcycle is CAD 3.500 or US $ 2.700. You can also pay in instalments; $ 72 per month in US dollars only. SURU is delivered for a fixed amount of $149 to the mainland of the United States and $99 in Canada. Just attach four bolts and off you go. Probably not available in Europe It will probably not be available in Europe, so Canadians and US buyers are fortunate to purchase this sustainable Suru bike . A joy to ride and good for the environment! https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/automotive/cycling  
Handmade e-Bike Indestructible Versatile: The Suru Scrambler
Handmade e-Bike Indestructible Versatile: The Suru Scrambler
Nuclear Fall Out In Glaciers: What Happens When They Melt?
New research finds high levels of radioactive particles frozen in the ice. Scientists found elevated levels of radioactive atoms that result from nuclear accidents and weapons tests in glaciers around the world. The world's ice is rapidly disappearing, but not without a trace. Ancient artifacts,  frozen corpses ,  long-dead viruses  and loads of trapped greenhouse gases are the parting gifts left behind as Earth's melting glaciers and permafrost retreat. And now, thanks to ongoing global research, a new (and concerning) item can be added to that list: nuclear fallout. Fallout from nuclear accidents and weapon tests In a recent survey of glaciers around the world, an international team of scientists discovered elevated levels of fallout radionuclides— radioactive atoms that result from nuclear accidents and weapons tests — in every single glacier studied. "We wanted to show this is a global issue and not just localized near sources of nuclear contamination," said study researcher Caroline Clason, a University of Plymouth lecturer in physical geography. The good news is these nuclear contaminants likely pose no immediate threat to the environment, said Clason, who presented the team's findings at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) conference on Wednesday (April 10). However, Clason told Live Science, the contaminants at most sites were found in significantly higher levels than what is considered safe for human ingestion. These contaminants could enter the food chain as glaciers continue to melt into rivers, lakes and seas due to  climate change. The sponce in the ice For their new research, Clason and her colleagues looked for nuclear contaminants in cryoconite, a layer of dark sediment found on the surface of many glaciers around the world. Unlike run-of-the-mill sediments, cryoconite is composed of both inorganic material (like rock minerals) and organic material. The organic parts can include black carbon, or the leftovers from incomplete combustion of fossil fuels; fungus; plant matter; and microbes. This makes cryoconite a very efficient "sponge" for airborne contaminants that fall onto glaciers with snow and rain, Clason said. Even more contaminants accumulate in cryoconite as the climate warms and dirty meltwater sweeps across dying glaciers. The radioactive cryoconite samples came from 17 glaciers spanning locations from Antarctica to the Alps and British Columbia to Arctic Sweden. And these samples didn't just have minor amounts of contamination. "These are some of the highest levels you see outside of nuclear explosion zones," Clason said in her EGU presentation. Nuclear fingerprints While some of the detected radionuclides, like lead-210, occur naturally in the environment, two isotopes, in particular, can be traced directly to human nuclear activities. Americium-241, a radioactive isotope that's produced as plutoniumdecays, was found at many of the glacier sites in quantities that could be hazardous to human health if ingested, the team found. Meanwhile,  cesium -137, an isotope produced during nuclear explosions, was found at all 17 sites in quantities tens to hundreds of times greater than expected background levels. These nuclear byproducts were most likely deposited by the  Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion of 1986 , the researchers said. "People knew that (cesium-137) was in the environment after Chernobyl, but they don't know that glaciers are still releasing this continually, 30 years later," Clason said at EGU. Assessing the environment Where they currently sit, these cryoconite contaminants don't pose any known threat to humans or the environment, Clason said. The fear, rather, is that they could pose a threat if they spread through meltwater into rivers and lakes, where grazing animals eat and drink. There is some historical precedent for these concerns. Wild deer, boarand bears in Europe and Asia all exhibited elevated levels of radioactive cesium following the Chernobyl disaster. And as recently as 2016, tens of thousands of reindeer were deemed unfit to eat in Sweden due to similar concerns about cesium radiation. Next, the researchers want to figure out whether nuclear contaminants are binding to minerals in cryoconite or to the organic components, which would make the radionuclides much more readily available for uptake into the food chain, Clason said. In the meantime, add this to your list of winter aphorisms: Don't eat the black snow. "No one's eating the cryoconite," Clason said, "and if they are, I would strongly recommend they don't." By:  Brandon Specktor, Live ScienceThis research has yet to appear in a peer-reviewed journal https://www.whatsorb.com/category/waste
New research finds high levels of radioactive particles frozen in the ice. Scientists found elevated levels of radioactive atoms that result from nuclear accidents and weapons tests in glaciers around the world. The world's ice is rapidly disappearing, but not without a trace. Ancient artifacts,  frozen corpses ,  long-dead viruses  and loads of trapped greenhouse gases are the parting gifts left behind as Earth's melting glaciers and permafrost retreat. And now, thanks to ongoing global research, a new (and concerning) item can be added to that list: nuclear fallout. Fallout from nuclear accidents and weapon tests In a recent survey of glaciers around the world, an international team of scientists discovered elevated levels of fallout radionuclides— radioactive atoms that result from nuclear accidents and weapons tests — in every single glacier studied. "We wanted to show this is a global issue and not just localized near sources of nuclear contamination," said study researcher Caroline Clason, a University of Plymouth lecturer in physical geography. The good news is these nuclear contaminants likely pose no immediate threat to the environment, said Clason, who presented the team's findings at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) conference on Wednesday (April 10). However, Clason told Live Science, the contaminants at most sites were found in significantly higher levels than what is considered safe for human ingestion. These contaminants could enter the food chain as glaciers continue to melt into rivers, lakes and seas due to  climate change. The sponce in the ice For their new research, Clason and her colleagues looked for nuclear contaminants in cryoconite, a layer of dark sediment found on the surface of many glaciers around the world. Unlike run-of-the-mill sediments, cryoconite is composed of both inorganic material (like rock minerals) and organic material. The organic parts can include black carbon, or the leftovers from incomplete combustion of fossil fuels; fungus; plant matter; and microbes. This makes cryoconite a very efficient "sponge" for airborne contaminants that fall onto glaciers with snow and rain, Clason said. Even more contaminants accumulate in cryoconite as the climate warms and dirty meltwater sweeps across dying glaciers. The radioactive cryoconite samples came from 17 glaciers spanning locations from Antarctica to the Alps and British Columbia to Arctic Sweden. And these samples didn't just have minor amounts of contamination. "These are some of the highest levels you see outside of nuclear explosion zones," Clason said in her EGU presentation. Nuclear fingerprints While some of the detected radionuclides, like lead-210, occur naturally in the environment, two isotopes, in particular, can be traced directly to human nuclear activities. Americium-241, a radioactive isotope that's produced as plutoniumdecays, was found at many of the glacier sites in quantities that could be hazardous to human health if ingested, the team found. Meanwhile,  cesium -137, an isotope produced during nuclear explosions, was found at all 17 sites in quantities tens to hundreds of times greater than expected background levels. These nuclear byproducts were most likely deposited by the  Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion of 1986 , the researchers said. "People knew that (cesium-137) was in the environment after Chernobyl, but they don't know that glaciers are still releasing this continually, 30 years later," Clason said at EGU. Assessing the environment Where they currently sit, these cryoconite contaminants don't pose any known threat to humans or the environment, Clason said. The fear, rather, is that they could pose a threat if they spread through meltwater into rivers and lakes, where grazing animals eat and drink. There is some historical precedent for these concerns. Wild deer, boarand bears in Europe and Asia all exhibited elevated levels of radioactive cesium following the Chernobyl disaster. And as recently as 2016, tens of thousands of reindeer were deemed unfit to eat in Sweden due to similar concerns about cesium radiation. Next, the researchers want to figure out whether nuclear contaminants are binding to minerals in cryoconite or to the organic components, which would make the radionuclides much more readily available for uptake into the food chain, Clason said. In the meantime, add this to your list of winter aphorisms: Don't eat the black snow. "No one's eating the cryoconite," Clason said, "and if they are, I would strongly recommend they don't." By:  Brandon Specktor, Live ScienceThis research has yet to appear in a peer-reviewed journal https://www.whatsorb.com/category/waste
Nuclear Fall Out In Glaciers: What Happens When They Melt?
Earth Day: Colonialisme, Overexploiting Of Natural Resources
This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. We are currently experiencing the worst environmental crisis in human history, including a “biological annihilation” of wildlife and dire risks for the future of human civilization. The scale of that environmental devastation has increased drastically in recent years. Mostly to blame are anthropogenic, or human-generated factors, including the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil. Other industries like gem and mineral mining also destroy the world’s ecological sustainability, leading to deforestation and the destruction of natural habitats. Much of this traumatic exploitation of natural resources traces its origins to early colonialism. Unlimited resources to exploit, with little consideration for the long-term impacts Colonialists saw “new” territories as places with unlimited resources to exploit, with little consideration for the long-term impacts. They exploited what they considered to be an “unending frontier” at the service of early modern state-making and capitalist development. To understand our current ecological catastrophe, described as “a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040 ,” we need to look at the role of colonialism at its roots. This exploration is not a debate over whether colonialism was “good” or “bad”. Instead, it is about understanding how this global process helped create the world we currently inhabit. Clear-cutting rainforests for industrial rubber Since the 15th century, the Indian Ocean has been the site of global trade. Colonialism built upon local economic systems but also profoundly built up and shaped many of the massive industries and processes that are currently at play in the region. For example, British colonialists transformed the Malay peninsula into a plantation economy to meet the needs of industrial Britain and America. This included the expanding demand for cheap rubber during the industrial revolution. Exploitative colonial policies in Singapore and the peninsula limited the economic options of poor Malays, Indians and Chinese. These workers were increasingly forced to clear cut vast swathes of rainforest to literally carve out a living for themselves at the expense of local ecosystems. Deforestation for palomoil plantations Meanwhile, more than half a century after the end of colonial rule in the Malay peninsula, the over-exploitation of local resources through extensive logging continues apace. Once numerous, Malayan tigers are now classified as a critically endangered species due, in part, to habitat loss from logging and road development. Deforestation in Malaysian Borneo also continues to accelerate, mainly due to the ongoing global demand for palm oil and lumber. Exporting for global markets In Myanmar (formerly Burma), trade in raw commodities goes back centuries. Under colonial rule, the export of minerals, timber and opium expanded enormously, placing unprecedented strain on local resources. The integration of regions north of the Irrawaddy River basin into the Burmese colonial state drastically increased economic integration between upland areas rich in natural resources and larger flows of European and Chinese capital. Today, despite generating billions of dollars in revenue, these regions are some of the poorest in the country and are home to widespread human rights abuses and environmental disasters . Extracting Africa’s gemstones and minerals The human cost of the diamond trade in West and South Africa is relatively well-known. Less known are the devastating effects on Africa’s environment that the stripping of natural resources such as diamonds, ivory, bauxite, oil, timber and minerals has produced. This mining serves a global demand for these minerals and gems. The intensive mining operations required to deliver diamonds and other precious stones or minerals to world markets degrades the land, reduces air quality and pollutes local water sources. The result is an overall loss of biodiversity and significant environmental impacts on human health. From 1867 to 1871, exploratory digging along the Vaal, Harts and Orange rivers in South Africa prompted a large-scale diamond rush that saw a massive influx of miners and speculators pour into the region in search of riches. By 1888, the diamond industry in South Africa had transformed into a monopoly, with De Beers Consolidated Mines becoming the sole producer. Around the same time, miners in nearby Witwatersrand discovered the world’s largest gold fields, fuelling the spread of lucrative new mining industries. As European powers carved up the continent in the so-called “scramble for Africa” during the late 19th century, commercial exports came to replace slavery as the primary economic motivation for direct colonial occupation. New transportation technologies and economic growth fuelled by the industrial revolution created a global demand for African exports, including gemstones and minerals that required extensive mining operations to extract. From 1930 to 1961, the diamond industry in Sierra Leone played a crucial role in shaping and defining colonial governmental strategies and scientific expertise throughout the region. Nearby Liberia was never formally colonized and was established as a homeland for freed African-American slaves. But American slaveholders and politicians saw the republic primarily as a solution to limit the “corrupting influence” of freed slaves on American society. To “help” Liberia get out of debt to Britain, the U.S.-based Firestone Tire and Rubber Company extended a $5-million loan in 1926 in exchange for a 99-year lease on a million acres of land to be used for rubber plantations. This loan was the beginning of direct economic control over Liberian affairs. Unequal power relations A report suggests that Africa is on the verge of a fresh mining boom driven by demand in North America, India, and China that will only worsen existing ecological crises. Consumer demand for minerals such as tantalum, a key component for the production of electronics, lies at the heart of current mining operations. Our understanding of colonialism is often limited to simple ideas about what we think colonialism looked like in the past. These ideas impede our ability to identify the complex ways that colonialism shaped and continues to shape the uneven power structures of the 21st century, as anthropologist and historian Ann Laura Stoler argues in her book, Duress. Unequal power relations between and within developed and developing countries continue to define the causes and consequences of climate change. A clearer understanding of where these problems came from is a necessary first step towards solving them. People in prosperous countries are often unaware that the garbage they throw out every day often gets shipped around the world to become somebody else’s problem. While people debate whether climate change should be taken seriously from the comfort of their air-conditioned homes, hundreds of thousands of people are already suffering the consequences. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. By: Joseph McQuade. Cover photo by: Daniel Berehulak (Tech companies says it's too hard to investigate whether they benefit from child labour ) https://www.whatsorb.com/community/consumerism--a-society-built-on-exploitation
This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. We are currently experiencing the worst environmental crisis in human history, including a “biological annihilation” of wildlife and dire risks for the future of human civilization. The scale of that environmental devastation has increased drastically in recent years. Mostly to blame are anthropogenic, or human-generated factors, including the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil. Other industries like gem and mineral mining also destroy the world’s ecological sustainability, leading to deforestation and the destruction of natural habitats. Much of this traumatic exploitation of natural resources traces its origins to early colonialism. Unlimited resources to exploit, with little consideration for the long-term impacts Colonialists saw “new” territories as places with unlimited resources to exploit, with little consideration for the long-term impacts. They exploited what they considered to be an “unending frontier” at the service of early modern state-making and capitalist development. To understand our current ecological catastrophe, described as “a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040 ,” we need to look at the role of colonialism at its roots. This exploration is not a debate over whether colonialism was “good” or “bad”. Instead, it is about understanding how this global process helped create the world we currently inhabit. Clear-cutting rainforests for industrial rubber Since the 15th century, the Indian Ocean has been the site of global trade. Colonialism built upon local economic systems but also profoundly built up and shaped many of the massive industries and processes that are currently at play in the region. For example, British colonialists transformed the Malay peninsula into a plantation economy to meet the needs of industrial Britain and America. This included the expanding demand for cheap rubber during the industrial revolution. Exploitative colonial policies in Singapore and the peninsula limited the economic options of poor Malays, Indians and Chinese. These workers were increasingly forced to clear cut vast swathes of rainforest to literally carve out a living for themselves at the expense of local ecosystems. Deforestation for palomoil plantations Meanwhile, more than half a century after the end of colonial rule in the Malay peninsula, the over-exploitation of local resources through extensive logging continues apace. Once numerous, Malayan tigers are now classified as a critically endangered species due, in part, to habitat loss from logging and road development. Deforestation in Malaysian Borneo also continues to accelerate, mainly due to the ongoing global demand for palm oil and lumber. Exporting for global markets In Myanmar (formerly Burma), trade in raw commodities goes back centuries. Under colonial rule, the export of minerals, timber and opium expanded enormously, placing unprecedented strain on local resources. The integration of regions north of the Irrawaddy River basin into the Burmese colonial state drastically increased economic integration between upland areas rich in natural resources and larger flows of European and Chinese capital. Today, despite generating billions of dollars in revenue, these regions are some of the poorest in the country and are home to widespread human rights abuses and environmental disasters . Extracting Africa’s gemstones and minerals The human cost of the diamond trade in West and South Africa is relatively well-known. Less known are the devastating effects on Africa’s environment that the stripping of natural resources such as diamonds, ivory, bauxite, oil, timber and minerals has produced. This mining serves a global demand for these minerals and gems. The intensive mining operations required to deliver diamonds and other precious stones or minerals to world markets degrades the land, reduces air quality and pollutes local water sources. The result is an overall loss of biodiversity and significant environmental impacts on human health. From 1867 to 1871, exploratory digging along the Vaal, Harts and Orange rivers in South Africa prompted a large-scale diamond rush that saw a massive influx of miners and speculators pour into the region in search of riches. By 1888, the diamond industry in South Africa had transformed into a monopoly, with De Beers Consolidated Mines becoming the sole producer. Around the same time, miners in nearby Witwatersrand discovered the world’s largest gold fields, fuelling the spread of lucrative new mining industries. As European powers carved up the continent in the so-called “scramble for Africa” during the late 19th century, commercial exports came to replace slavery as the primary economic motivation for direct colonial occupation. New transportation technologies and economic growth fuelled by the industrial revolution created a global demand for African exports, including gemstones and minerals that required extensive mining operations to extract. From 1930 to 1961, the diamond industry in Sierra Leone played a crucial role in shaping and defining colonial governmental strategies and scientific expertise throughout the region. Nearby Liberia was never formally colonized and was established as a homeland for freed African-American slaves. But American slaveholders and politicians saw the republic primarily as a solution to limit the “corrupting influence” of freed slaves on American society. To “help” Liberia get out of debt to Britain, the U.S.-based Firestone Tire and Rubber Company extended a $5-million loan in 1926 in exchange for a 99-year lease on a million acres of land to be used for rubber plantations. This loan was the beginning of direct economic control over Liberian affairs. Unequal power relations A report suggests that Africa is on the verge of a fresh mining boom driven by demand in North America, India, and China that will only worsen existing ecological crises. Consumer demand for minerals such as tantalum, a key component for the production of electronics, lies at the heart of current mining operations. Our understanding of colonialism is often limited to simple ideas about what we think colonialism looked like in the past. These ideas impede our ability to identify the complex ways that colonialism shaped and continues to shape the uneven power structures of the 21st century, as anthropologist and historian Ann Laura Stoler argues in her book, Duress. Unequal power relations between and within developed and developing countries continue to define the causes and consequences of climate change. A clearer understanding of where these problems came from is a necessary first step towards solving them. People in prosperous countries are often unaware that the garbage they throw out every day often gets shipped around the world to become somebody else’s problem. While people debate whether climate change should be taken seriously from the comfort of their air-conditioned homes, hundreds of thousands of people are already suffering the consequences. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. By: Joseph McQuade. Cover photo by: Daniel Berehulak (Tech companies says it's too hard to investigate whether they benefit from child labour ) https://www.whatsorb.com/community/consumerism--a-society-built-on-exploitation
Earth Day: Colonialisme, Overexploiting Of Natural Resources
Earth Day: Colonialisme, Overexploiting Of Natural Resources
Solar Team Eindhoven The Netherlands Presents: The Solar Car
Solar Team Eindhoven is ready for this year’s challenge: prove that cars can be a part of the solution in the energy transition, instead of being the problem. Solar Team Eindhoven’s first family solar car named Stella, which was built in 2013, proved that solar cars can be fossil fuel independent. This year the team expands their vision to take on mobility as a whole. TU Eindhoven Solar Team's Stella They have committed themselves to prove that cars can be more than just a means of transportation . This has resulted in a design for a new solar car that takes another step in energy-efficient mobility and moves towards a future where life is powered by the sun. Since last September, the 26 students have been working full time on the design of the fourth solar-powered family car of Solar Team Eindhoven. The team is continuously working on the challenges they encounter; challenges caused both by striving for their own goal to develop innovative features and the new regulations imposed by the Cruiser Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The Challenge will cover the same distance, but instead of permission to charge every night, the participants may only charge at two stops. This means that the solar-powered family cars have to be able to cover a distance of 1200 km on a single charge. Also, the practicality score will determine half of the final score of the competing teams. Both these changes in the regulations and the new concept for the solar car make it an exciting and promising year for the team. Photo by: Solar team Eindhoven The team’s vision and the requirements have resulted in a final design, which made them ready for production! Solar Team Eindhoven started their production on the 1st of March at their new production location at the Brainport Industries Campus (BIC). The BIC is a brand-new community where innovative high-tech companies and organizations join forces, which makes it a unique collaboration. For the first time since the foundation of Solar Team Eindhoven in 2012, the solar car will be produced entirely in Eindhoven, opening up many opportunities for the team. On the fourth of July 2019, Solar Team Eindhoven will present their new solar car to the public. But before we get there, there is still much to do. Unexpected challenges await the team, which they are motivated to overcome to achieve their set goals. In the coming months, they will work hard on presenting an innovative solution for the energy transition and defending their world title in Australia. To make this possible, the team is looking for sponsors and has started a crowdfunding campaign. For the same amount of money you spend on refueling your car once, you could contribute to a future where you’d never have to. Become part of the new car via  Solar Team Eindhoven Crowdfunding https://www.whatsorb.com/category/automotive
Solar Team Eindhoven is ready for this year’s challenge: prove that cars can be a part of the solution in the energy transition, instead of being the problem. Solar Team Eindhoven’s first family solar car named Stella, which was built in 2013, proved that solar cars can be fossil fuel independent. This year the team expands their vision to take on mobility as a whole. TU Eindhoven Solar Team's Stella They have committed themselves to prove that cars can be more than just a means of transportation . This has resulted in a design for a new solar car that takes another step in energy-efficient mobility and moves towards a future where life is powered by the sun. Since last September, the 26 students have been working full time on the design of the fourth solar-powered family car of Solar Team Eindhoven. The team is continuously working on the challenges they encounter; challenges caused both by striving for their own goal to develop innovative features and the new regulations imposed by the Cruiser Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The Challenge will cover the same distance, but instead of permission to charge every night, the participants may only charge at two stops. This means that the solar-powered family cars have to be able to cover a distance of 1200 km on a single charge. Also, the practicality score will determine half of the final score of the competing teams. Both these changes in the regulations and the new concept for the solar car make it an exciting and promising year for the team. Photo by: Solar team Eindhoven The team’s vision and the requirements have resulted in a final design, which made them ready for production! Solar Team Eindhoven started their production on the 1st of March at their new production location at the Brainport Industries Campus (BIC). The BIC is a brand-new community where innovative high-tech companies and organizations join forces, which makes it a unique collaboration. For the first time since the foundation of Solar Team Eindhoven in 2012, the solar car will be produced entirely in Eindhoven, opening up many opportunities for the team. On the fourth of July 2019, Solar Team Eindhoven will present their new solar car to the public. But before we get there, there is still much to do. Unexpected challenges await the team, which they are motivated to overcome to achieve their set goals. In the coming months, they will work hard on presenting an innovative solution for the energy transition and defending their world title in Australia. To make this possible, the team is looking for sponsors and has started a crowdfunding campaign. For the same amount of money you spend on refueling your car once, you could contribute to a future where you’d never have to. Become part of the new car via  Solar Team Eindhoven Crowdfunding https://www.whatsorb.com/category/automotive
Solar Team Eindhoven The Netherlands Presents: The Solar Car
Solar Team Eindhoven The Netherlands Presents: The Solar Car
Fast Internet Globally. Environmental And Health Risks: 5G
Most of us are probably familiar with the 3G and 4G networks, as we will frequently see these symbols displayed on the screens of our mobile devices. We understand that this is where we get our internet connection on those devices from, even when we are not on any Wi-Fi network. With the advent of 5G, that promises even greater connection power and speed, we are likely to start relying even more on this next generation of mobile networks. Even more importantly, 5G is expected to have a great impact on the development of Internet of Things (IoT) applications, as it will serve as the gold standard for most internet connected devices - and will eventually connect and tie them all together. As of today, there is no actual standard yet in place for what would define a 5G network, so the industry is working hard to develop a viable version of it. First 5G roll-outs It is generally expected that the first 5G networks will be available to the general public after 2020, although several 5G test areas have already been established in cities such as Sacramento, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas and New York. This means that a significant portion of the population will already be exposed to 5G radiation before it will be released to the world as a whole. And while all government entities and corporations involved in the development and rollout of this highly anticipated successor of 3G are adamant that its radiation will not in any way be harmful, there has been a large number of scientists and doctors who have opposed those claims: around 250 of them, from all around the world, have appealed to nations working on 4G technology to call a halt to the commercial roll-out. Pressing health concerns Citing concerns for human health as well as the environment, these scientists are quick to point at the risks already associated with the use of our current wireless technologies, including 2G, 3G and 4G. These are frequently used in our cell phones, computers, and wearable tech devices - and while it has definitely improved many aspects of our lives, there have been indications that its radiofrequency exposure poses a health risk for humans, animals, and the larger environment. And no, this is not just a story flaunted about by some conspiracy theorists. Research published in peer-reviewed publications have confirmed their theory, and would support their main premise: more research is definitely needed if we want to ensure that a 5G roll-out would not be harmful to anything or anyone. Gains of 5G versus local interests However, by only focussing on the quick gains, most countries and corporations have ignored this scientific impasse. Instead, they are opting for a quick implementation of 5G test areas throughout densely populated areas. Local and federal regulations are adjusted accordingly, all to facilitate a smooth rollout. And all of this will make it even harder for communities and scientists to demand further research. Yet those who are looking beyond the surface will quickly find that even the wireless corporations themselves are acknowledging that the use of 5G will increase levels of radiofrequency radiation in the immediate area surrounding the antennas. Although there are some countries - including China, India and Russia - that have imposed stricter regulations on radiation limits, effectively prohibiting the implementation of any 5G networks. These countries are facing immense pressure from the industry to loosen their limits, which would allow them to bring 5G within their borders as well. A dangerous trend. Pushing through 5G To highlight the urgency of the matter: as part of the rollout of 5G, hundreds of thousands of wireless antennas will have to be installed in densely populated areas: recent estimates are that there will have to be a transmitter of sorts for every two to ten homes. These will especially be needed to increase the range and capacity, in anticipation of 5G. This makes it a network technology that requires a higher frequency. And thus, a network that is potentially more damaging to us and the world around us. Even more worrisome - most countries are pushing through legislation that allows them to place these antennas and transmitters virtually anywhere. So technically, they could even place them right in front of your home - and you, as homeowner, will have absolutely no say in the matter. It can hardly be called surprising that numerous communities have taken the network companies or local governments to court to fight the matter. The technicalities of 5G So what exactly would be the problem? Well, as explained before, 5G is committed to utilising several frequencies from those that are already being used, only with higher millimeter frequencies. Put simply: today’s mobile networks - including 3G and 4G - use microwaves. This type of electromagnetic radiation uses various frequencies up to 6 gigahertz, or GHz. It is able to wirelessly send data over those frequencies.   5G, on the other hand, requires a much greater spectrum band in higher frequency ranges, which could potentially be as high as 100 GHz or more. For this, so-called submillimeter and millimeter waves are used instead of microwaves: that are capable of super quick and big data transmissions. Measurable health effects The big difference between microwaves and those millimeter and submillimeter waves is that the latter are biologically active. This is to say, they are capable of interacting directly with our skin; as proven by, amongst others, Dr. Ben-Ishai of the Hebrew University in Israel. He showed how such wavelengths could affect our sweat ducts and skin. And he was certainly not the only one to claim that wireless technology has a real, measurable impact on our health. Even the wireless modalities that we use today (2G, 3G, 4G) have already been proven to have led to various health issues. This so-called mechanism of action has been substantiated by numerous researchers over the years, making it a virtually undisputed claim. 5G radiation use in warfare In fact, 5G frequencies are currently used by the Americans, Russians and Chinese in their weaponry. The defence agencies of these countries have been working on weapons that use the possibilities of this frequency range - with the ultimate goal of inciting unpleasant burning sensations on people’s skins .   Let’s take a moment to let that sink in: some of the greatest military nations on the planet are actively pursuing 5G technology as a means of doing harm to potential targets. As the Department of Defence of the United States explains: “ The sensation dissipates when the target moves out of the beam. The sensation is intense enough to cause a nearly instantaneous reflex action of the target to flee the beam .”   Just imagine what this means if you would be constantly exposed to this kind of radiation. Our human skin would basically act as some kind of receiver - or antenna, if you wish - as a result of our sweat duct’s conductivity. This process starts when we are near sub-THz technologies, which includes 5G. The possible health effects of this are not exactly known - apart from the ‘unpleasant burning sensation’ when directly exposed to a beam.   Need for further research It should suffice to say that further research into those health effects is very much warranted. If these invisible radiation waves are already capable of quite literally setting our skins on fire, who knows what side effects this will have on our organs or brain, just to name a few obvious suspects. “ We need to know if 5G increases the risk of skin diseases such as melanoma or other skin cancers ,” according to prominent researcher Ron Melnick. It is time to take a step back and put some real effort in the investigation of the potential health effects of 5G-related technologies, before we start implementing it on a greater scale. As Dr. Cindy Russell so accurately summarised it in her paper on the matter: “ 3G, 4G, 5G or a combination of zapping frequencies giving us immersive connection and entertainment but at a potentially steep price. ”   And as this ‘potentially steep price’ might include not only skin cancers but also arrhythmias, heart rate variability, bacterial affects, antibiotic resistance, immune system affects, chromatin affects, teratogenic effects, altered gene expression and cataracts - just to mention a few -, we would do well to listen to the doctors and think about our health before profits and gains. https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/artificial-intel
Most of us are probably familiar with the 3G and 4G networks, as we will frequently see these symbols displayed on the screens of our mobile devices. We understand that this is where we get our internet connection on those devices from, even when we are not on any Wi-Fi network. With the advent of 5G, that promises even greater connection power and speed, we are likely to start relying even more on this next generation of mobile networks. Even more importantly, 5G is expected to have a great impact on the development of Internet of Things (IoT) applications, as it will serve as the gold standard for most internet connected devices - and will eventually connect and tie them all together. As of today, there is no actual standard yet in place for what would define a 5G network, so the industry is working hard to develop a viable version of it. First 5G roll-outs It is generally expected that the first 5G networks will be available to the general public after 2020, although several 5G test areas have already been established in cities such as Sacramento, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas and New York. This means that a significant portion of the population will already be exposed to 5G radiation before it will be released to the world as a whole. And while all government entities and corporations involved in the development and rollout of this highly anticipated successor of 3G are adamant that its radiation will not in any way be harmful, there has been a large number of scientists and doctors who have opposed those claims: around 250 of them, from all around the world, have appealed to nations working on 4G technology to call a halt to the commercial roll-out. Pressing health concerns Citing concerns for human health as well as the environment, these scientists are quick to point at the risks already associated with the use of our current wireless technologies, including 2G, 3G and 4G. These are frequently used in our cell phones, computers, and wearable tech devices - and while it has definitely improved many aspects of our lives, there have been indications that its radiofrequency exposure poses a health risk for humans, animals, and the larger environment. And no, this is not just a story flaunted about by some conspiracy theorists. Research published in peer-reviewed publications have confirmed their theory, and would support their main premise: more research is definitely needed if we want to ensure that a 5G roll-out would not be harmful to anything or anyone. Gains of 5G versus local interests However, by only focussing on the quick gains, most countries and corporations have ignored this scientific impasse. Instead, they are opting for a quick implementation of 5G test areas throughout densely populated areas. Local and federal regulations are adjusted accordingly, all to facilitate a smooth rollout. And all of this will make it even harder for communities and scientists to demand further research. Yet those who are looking beyond the surface will quickly find that even the wireless corporations themselves are acknowledging that the use of 5G will increase levels of radiofrequency radiation in the immediate area surrounding the antennas. Although there are some countries - including China, India and Russia - that have imposed stricter regulations on radiation limits, effectively prohibiting the implementation of any 5G networks. These countries are facing immense pressure from the industry to loosen their limits, which would allow them to bring 5G within their borders as well. A dangerous trend. Pushing through 5G To highlight the urgency of the matter: as part of the rollout of 5G, hundreds of thousands of wireless antennas will have to be installed in densely populated areas: recent estimates are that there will have to be a transmitter of sorts for every two to ten homes. These will especially be needed to increase the range and capacity, in anticipation of 5G. This makes it a network technology that requires a higher frequency. And thus, a network that is potentially more damaging to us and the world around us. Even more worrisome - most countries are pushing through legislation that allows them to place these antennas and transmitters virtually anywhere. So technically, they could even place them right in front of your home - and you, as homeowner, will have absolutely no say in the matter. It can hardly be called surprising that numerous communities have taken the network companies or local governments to court to fight the matter. The technicalities of 5G So what exactly would be the problem? Well, as explained before, 5G is committed to utilising several frequencies from those that are already being used, only with higher millimeter frequencies. Put simply: today’s mobile networks - including 3G and 4G - use microwaves. This type of electromagnetic radiation uses various frequencies up to 6 gigahertz, or GHz. It is able to wirelessly send data over those frequencies.   5G, on the other hand, requires a much greater spectrum band in higher frequency ranges, which could potentially be as high as 100 GHz or more. For this, so-called submillimeter and millimeter waves are used instead of microwaves: that are capable of super quick and big data transmissions. Measurable health effects The big difference between microwaves and those millimeter and submillimeter waves is that the latter are biologically active. This is to say, they are capable of interacting directly with our skin; as proven by, amongst others, Dr. Ben-Ishai of the Hebrew University in Israel. He showed how such wavelengths could affect our sweat ducts and skin. And he was certainly not the only one to claim that wireless technology has a real, measurable impact on our health. Even the wireless modalities that we use today (2G, 3G, 4G) have already been proven to have led to various health issues. This so-called mechanism of action has been substantiated by numerous researchers over the years, making it a virtually undisputed claim. 5G radiation use in warfare In fact, 5G frequencies are currently used by the Americans, Russians and Chinese in their weaponry. The defence agencies of these countries have been working on weapons that use the possibilities of this frequency range - with the ultimate goal of inciting unpleasant burning sensations on people’s skins .   Let’s take a moment to let that sink in: some of the greatest military nations on the planet are actively pursuing 5G technology as a means of doing harm to potential targets. As the Department of Defence of the United States explains: “ The sensation dissipates when the target moves out of the beam. The sensation is intense enough to cause a nearly instantaneous reflex action of the target to flee the beam .”   Just imagine what this means if you would be constantly exposed to this kind of radiation. Our human skin would basically act as some kind of receiver - or antenna, if you wish - as a result of our sweat duct’s conductivity. This process starts when we are near sub-THz technologies, which includes 5G. The possible health effects of this are not exactly known - apart from the ‘unpleasant burning sensation’ when directly exposed to a beam.   Need for further research It should suffice to say that further research into those health effects is very much warranted. If these invisible radiation waves are already capable of quite literally setting our skins on fire, who knows what side effects this will have on our organs or brain, just to name a few obvious suspects. “ We need to know if 5G increases the risk of skin diseases such as melanoma or other skin cancers ,” according to prominent researcher Ron Melnick. It is time to take a step back and put some real effort in the investigation of the potential health effects of 5G-related technologies, before we start implementing it on a greater scale. As Dr. Cindy Russell so accurately summarised it in her paper on the matter: “ 3G, 4G, 5G or a combination of zapping frequencies giving us immersive connection and entertainment but at a potentially steep price. ”   And as this ‘potentially steep price’ might include not only skin cancers but also arrhythmias, heart rate variability, bacterial affects, antibiotic resistance, immune system affects, chromatin affects, teratogenic effects, altered gene expression and cataracts - just to mention a few -, we would do well to listen to the doctors and think about our health before profits and gains. https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/artificial-intel
Fast Internet Globally. Environmental And Health Risks: 5G
Fast Internet Globally. Environmental And Health Risks: 5G
Sustainable Electric Motorcycle From Sweden: The CAKE Kalk&
What if you could chase the streets with your bike? A sense of freedom, the wind blowing in your face, and everything around you seems quiet. A bike with features as quietness, reliability and sustainability. A bike with which you can ride on the highway and off-road. The CAKE Kalk& is the bike for everyone. The CEO of CAKE The founder and CEO of CAKE, the Swedish manufacturer of electric motorcycles, is Stefan Ytterborn. Ytterborn started this Swedish Company, because of his passion for gravity sports. He wanted to develop high-quality performance products that value respect and sustainability. With a clear view of the future, the development of electric motors was soon taken into account within the company. This is how the story of their latest product begins: The CAKE Kalk&. The purpose of CAKE CAKE wants to inspire people, to contribute to a zero-emission society, combining responsibility and excitement. How do they do that? They design a new type of electric bike: optimising the specifics of an electric driven train with an off-road chassis. They build the bikes from scratch: from frame to wheels, to components, everything is designed and produced to achieve the highest level of performance, sustainability and overall quality. The bikes are all beautiful, light and silent. All bikes are engineered to encourage performance, trail/enduro and free riding in the countryside, leaving nothing up to chance. Why the CAKE Kalk&? The CAKE Kalk& is the new addition to the Kalk Line by CAKE. Designed for the outback and permitted for your daily commute, Kalk& combines the best of both worlds. The purpose was to build a bike that has the ability and handling to go off-road and then be capable of riding that same bike home on the highway. And that’s what they did. They build a bike with dual usability and making the Kalk& street legal. The bike only weighs 70 kg, with a top speed up to approximately 90 kilometres per hour. The body is made from carbon fibre, a swing arm, and an aluminium extrudes tube profile with linkage. One of the advantages of carbon fibre is that it does not oxidise when it is exposed to water and oxygen. It has a lower density than steel and high tensile strength. This makes the material very suitable for bikes. When do you use CAKE bikes? CAKE manufactures bikes that are quiet, with respect for the environment, nature and for clients that share the love for the countryside. CAKE wants its customers to be open to sustainability, respect and be interested in this new development. Besides the love for the countryside, they also look at people who like training and racing more, especially in urban/suburban locations. You have to be able to race with it, but you also have to be ready to go home with it. Through the city or in the countryside. It is a bike for everyone. Even the inexperienced rider can get away with it. Should you buy it? The Kalk& seems to be a top model for bikes in the future. The new edition in the Kalk line is one of a kind: new on the market, one that is street legal. A bike that can be used off-road as well as on highways, and is completely electric, so good for the environment. But it comes with a price. The bike is almost 14,000 euros, and if you already want to pre-order it, you pay a fee of 200 euros. So yes, the bike is expensive, but you get a lot in return: he is durable, neat, made of sturdy materials and can be used for several occasions.   https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/automotive/cycling  
What if you could chase the streets with your bike? A sense of freedom, the wind blowing in your face, and everything around you seems quiet. A bike with features as quietness, reliability and sustainability. A bike with which you can ride on the highway and off-road. The CAKE Kalk& is the bike for everyone. The CEO of CAKE The founder and CEO of CAKE, the Swedish manufacturer of electric motorcycles, is Stefan Ytterborn. Ytterborn started this Swedish Company, because of his passion for gravity sports. He wanted to develop high-quality performance products that value respect and sustainability. With a clear view of the future, the development of electric motors was soon taken into account within the company. This is how the story of their latest product begins: The CAKE Kalk&. The purpose of CAKE CAKE wants to inspire people, to contribute to a zero-emission society, combining responsibility and excitement. How do they do that? They design a new type of electric bike: optimising the specifics of an electric driven train with an off-road chassis. They build the bikes from scratch: from frame to wheels, to components, everything is designed and produced to achieve the highest level of performance, sustainability and overall quality. The bikes are all beautiful, light and silent. All bikes are engineered to encourage performance, trail/enduro and free riding in the countryside, leaving nothing up to chance. Why the CAKE Kalk&? The CAKE Kalk& is the new addition to the Kalk Line by CAKE. Designed for the outback and permitted for your daily commute, Kalk& combines the best of both worlds. The purpose was to build a bike that has the ability and handling to go off-road and then be capable of riding that same bike home on the highway. And that’s what they did. They build a bike with dual usability and making the Kalk& street legal. The bike only weighs 70 kg, with a top speed up to approximately 90 kilometres per hour. The body is made from carbon fibre, a swing arm, and an aluminium extrudes tube profile with linkage. One of the advantages of carbon fibre is that it does not oxidise when it is exposed to water and oxygen. It has a lower density than steel and high tensile strength. This makes the material very suitable for bikes. When do you use CAKE bikes? CAKE manufactures bikes that are quiet, with respect for the environment, nature and for clients that share the love for the countryside. CAKE wants its customers to be open to sustainability, respect and be interested in this new development. Besides the love for the countryside, they also look at people who like training and racing more, especially in urban/suburban locations. You have to be able to race with it, but you also have to be ready to go home with it. Through the city or in the countryside. It is a bike for everyone. Even the inexperienced rider can get away with it. Should you buy it? The Kalk& seems to be a top model for bikes in the future. The new edition in the Kalk line is one of a kind: new on the market, one that is street legal. A bike that can be used off-road as well as on highways, and is completely electric, so good for the environment. But it comes with a price. The bike is almost 14,000 euros, and if you already want to pre-order it, you pay a fee of 200 euros. So yes, the bike is expensive, but you get a lot in return: he is durable, neat, made of sturdy materials and can be used for several occasions.   https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/automotive/cycling  
Sustainable Electric Motorcycle From Sweden: The CAKE Kalk&
Sustainable Electric Motorcycle From Sweden: The CAKE Kalk&
Wiebe Wakker
A Dutch man who has driven 89,000km from Amsterdam to Adelaide in a small electric car says he is proving to Australians that electric vehicles are a viable alternative. Since March 2016, adventurer Wiebe Wakker has driven across 33 countries from Europe to the Middle East to south-east Asia and finally to Australia in a 2009 Volkswagen Golf, converted to electric. Over the past seven months he has continued the journey around Australia from Darwin down to Perth, across the Nullarbor to Newcastle, up to Queensland, and back down to Adelaide. After Adelaide, Wakker will finish once he reaches Melbourne and then Sydney. Electric cars and charging stations in Australia “I expected that by this time I would be exhausted and starving but I’m still having a lot of fun,” he told Guardian Australia from Adelaide. “I’m actually a little bit sad that I’m coming to the end of the journey.” By driving such extreme distances, Wakker said he hoped to bust Australian anxieties over the lack of charging stations and how far electric cars can travel. Australia has one of the slowest uptakes of electric vehicles in the developed world. In 2016, only 0.1% of all new car sales were electric, compared to 29% in Norway, 6% in Wakker’s native Netherlands and 1.5% in China and the UK. “In Australia the infrastructure for electric cars is still getting off the ground, but it’s already possible to drive all around Australia using charging stations,” he said. A lot of people say they are just waiting for the price to come down. Others say the electric car is just not viable for Australia because the distances are so big, which is a bit weird I think. The average daily commute is just 20km or so. A Volkswagen electric car from 2009? “My car is from 2009 and it has a limited range of 200km. Most cars that are available on the market now do 300km to 500km, so if you buy a current car in Australia you won’t have this problem. You can cover the whole country.” Wakker’s car, which he calls “Blue Bandit”, is a first-generation electric car that can be charged on domestic power sockets. “When I started this journey I thought I would mainly charge at people’s homes and whenever I get a charging station that will be a bonus,” he said. He said those with newer electric cars would find the journey even easier. Charging electric cars in Australia The Royal Automobile Club has built a chain of charges in WA, and the Queensland state government has built a 2,000km superhighway of chargers from Cairns to Coolangatta, which Wakker used. “Some states are supportive of installing infrastructure – Queensland has been doing very well. But it’s a pity that the (federal) government doesn’t really support it,” he said. “Most western countries where electric cars are taking off, the government is giving a lot of incentives for electric cars.” In Norway electric cars are exempt from import taxes and the 25% VAT. Users are exempt from tolls and sometimes get free parking and the right to bus lanes. Despite his positive experience, Wakker said he found the journey between Glendambo to Coober Pedy in South Australia a challenge in his 2009 car. “It was 255km – I knew I wasn’t going to make it,” he said. “So I checked on my app to see how the wind was going, I saw that 12 hours later I would have a tailwind. I waited and drove very slow to save energy – 60km. I did 235km, which was my record. Just 20km from Coober Pedy I ran out, I put on a lot of sunscreen and waited for someone who could give me a tow. Someone came by within 10 minutes and said yes.” By: Naaman Zhou. Cover photo: Wiebbe Wakker https://www.whatsorb.com/category/automotive
A Dutch man who has driven 89,000km from Amsterdam to Adelaide in a small electric car says he is proving to Australians that electric vehicles are a viable alternative. Since March 2016, adventurer Wiebe Wakker has driven across 33 countries from Europe to the Middle East to south-east Asia and finally to Australia in a 2009 Volkswagen Golf, converted to electric. Over the past seven months he has continued the journey around Australia from Darwin down to Perth, across the Nullarbor to Newcastle, up to Queensland, and back down to Adelaide. After Adelaide, Wakker will finish once he reaches Melbourne and then Sydney. Electric cars and charging stations in Australia “I expected that by this time I would be exhausted and starving but I’m still having a lot of fun,” he told Guardian Australia from Adelaide. “I’m actually a little bit sad that I’m coming to the end of the journey.” By driving such extreme distances, Wakker said he hoped to bust Australian anxieties over the lack of charging stations and how far electric cars can travel. Australia has one of the slowest uptakes of electric vehicles in the developed world. In 2016, only 0.1% of all new car sales were electric, compared to 29% in Norway, 6% in Wakker’s native Netherlands and 1.5% in China and the UK. “In Australia the infrastructure for electric cars is still getting off the ground, but it’s already possible to drive all around Australia using charging stations,” he said. A lot of people say they are just waiting for the price to come down. Others say the electric car is just not viable for Australia because the distances are so big, which is a bit weird I think. The average daily commute is just 20km or so. A Volkswagen electric car from 2009? “My car is from 2009 and it has a limited range of 200km. Most cars that are available on the market now do 300km to 500km, so if you buy a current car in Australia you won’t have this problem. You can cover the whole country.” Wakker’s car, which he calls “Blue Bandit”, is a first-generation electric car that can be charged on domestic power sockets. “When I started this journey I thought I would mainly charge at people’s homes and whenever I get a charging station that will be a bonus,” he said. He said those with newer electric cars would find the journey even easier. Charging electric cars in Australia The Royal Automobile Club has built a chain of charges in WA, and the Queensland state government has built a 2,000km superhighway of chargers from Cairns to Coolangatta, which Wakker used. “Some states are supportive of installing infrastructure – Queensland has been doing very well. But it’s a pity that the (federal) government doesn’t really support it,” he said. “Most western countries where electric cars are taking off, the government is giving a lot of incentives for electric cars.” In Norway electric cars are exempt from import taxes and the 25% VAT. Users are exempt from tolls and sometimes get free parking and the right to bus lanes. Despite his positive experience, Wakker said he found the journey between Glendambo to Coober Pedy in South Australia a challenge in his 2009 car. “It was 255km – I knew I wasn’t going to make it,” he said. “So I checked on my app to see how the wind was going, I saw that 12 hours later I would have a tailwind. I waited and drove very slow to save energy – 60km. I did 235km, which was my record. Just 20km from Coober Pedy I ran out, I put on a lot of sunscreen and waited for someone who could give me a tow. Someone came by within 10 minutes and said yes.” By: Naaman Zhou. Cover photo: Wiebbe Wakker https://www.whatsorb.com/category/automotive
Wiebe Wakker's epic drive proves electric cars are viable
The Artificial Sun Is Heating Up: Nuclear Fusion On Earth
No, we are not actually trying to create a second sun on the surface of our planet. Although, to be fair, this project of China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak is attempting to do something that comes rather close. To further research in nuclear fusion, the Chinese have used their nuclear reactor to produce temperatures required for realising nuclear fusion on earth. A sustainable way  of realising nuclear fusion Using the reactor, hydrogen could be heated to temperatures of more than 100 million degrees Celsius, which is sufficient to produce nuclear energy. A huge feat, even if it may sound trivial to some. In fact, a sustainable way of realising nuclear fusion is the key to providing our earth with a seemingly endless supply of clean energy - as nuclear energy is known as a particularly sustainable source of this basic and much needed global resource. A small caution has to be made; as science is not yet quite ready to actually transform fusion technology in a durable, reliable source of energy. This development, however, would prove to be a major breakthrough in finding a way of harnessing the unlimited nuclear power, much like stars harness their power naturally.   Heat up Hydrogen How it works? Well, researchers used this ‘artificial sun’ to heat up hydrogen, until it crossed the threshold of 100 million degrees Celsius - after which it turns into plasma. Such extreme temperatures are a requirement for actually triggering nuclear fusion by letting two so-called nuclei ‘fuse’ to create a heavier nucleus. Through this process, huge amounts of heat and energy are released. To see just how much, look up at the sky at night - see all of those bright spots that we call stars, or even the sun? You are directly staring in the face of nuclear fusion. The whole ‘nuclear’ addition might make some people feel uneasy. After all, it is quick to trigger memories of disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima. This is, however, something different: nuclear fission, which is the opposite of fusion. Here, the nuclei of atoms split in a fixed chain reaction. While this process also releases huge amounts of energy, it has the unfortunate by-product of radioactive waste . Nuclear fusion, on the other hand, is considerably cleaner.   As such, it is not hard to see why so many scientists are eager to find a way of finding a safe, clean method of nuclear fusion for the benefit of energy generation. This Chinese ‘sun’ might be a step in the right direction, there is still much left to discover and research before it can be implemented as a possible solution for our growing energy needs: not only do we need a sustainable fuel source, the reactors should also be stable for more than just a few seconds, and, also very important, the technology should be suitable for significant scaling up to make an impact on the commercial level.   So it definitely is time to focus our energy on those questions - and guarantee a virtually limitless supply of energy in the future! https://www.whatsorb.com/category/energy
No, we are not actually trying to create a second sun on the surface of our planet. Although, to be fair, this project of China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak is attempting to do something that comes rather close. To further research in nuclear fusion, the Chinese have used their nuclear reactor to produce temperatures required for realising nuclear fusion on earth. A sustainable way  of realising nuclear fusion Using the reactor, hydrogen could be heated to temperatures of more than 100 million degrees Celsius, which is sufficient to produce nuclear energy. A huge feat, even if it may sound trivial to some. In fact, a sustainable way of realising nuclear fusion is the key to providing our earth with a seemingly endless supply of clean energy - as nuclear energy is known as a particularly sustainable source of this basic and much needed global resource. A small caution has to be made; as science is not yet quite ready to actually transform fusion technology in a durable, reliable source of energy. This development, however, would prove to be a major breakthrough in finding a way of harnessing the unlimited nuclear power, much like stars harness their power naturally.   Heat up Hydrogen How it works? Well, researchers used this ‘artificial sun’ to heat up hydrogen, until it crossed the threshold of 100 million degrees Celsius - after which it turns into plasma. Such extreme temperatures are a requirement for actually triggering nuclear fusion by letting two so-called nuclei ‘fuse’ to create a heavier nucleus. Through this process, huge amounts of heat and energy are released. To see just how much, look up at the sky at night - see all of those bright spots that we call stars, or even the sun? You are directly staring in the face of nuclear fusion. The whole ‘nuclear’ addition might make some people feel uneasy. After all, it is quick to trigger memories of disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima. This is, however, something different: nuclear fission, which is the opposite of fusion. Here, the nuclei of atoms split in a fixed chain reaction. While this process also releases huge amounts of energy, it has the unfortunate by-product of radioactive waste . Nuclear fusion, on the other hand, is considerably cleaner.   As such, it is not hard to see why so many scientists are eager to find a way of finding a safe, clean method of nuclear fusion for the benefit of energy generation. This Chinese ‘sun’ might be a step in the right direction, there is still much left to discover and research before it can be implemented as a possible solution for our growing energy needs: not only do we need a sustainable fuel source, the reactors should also be stable for more than just a few seconds, and, also very important, the technology should be suitable for significant scaling up to make an impact on the commercial level.   So it definitely is time to focus our energy on those questions - and guarantee a virtually limitless supply of energy in the future! https://www.whatsorb.com/category/energy
The Artificial Sun Is Heating Up: Nuclear Fusion On Earth
The Artificial Sun Is Heating Up: Nuclear Fusion On Earth
Dumpster Diving: A Hobby That Helps To Combat Food Waste
Dumpster diving. The term alone is guaranteed to put a smile on your face - whether it is one of actual enjoyment or disbelief, I am not sure. Yet this phenomenon, where people sometimes quite literally ‘dive’ in the dumpsters in their neighbourhood to hunt for thrown-away treasures, is seeing an uptake after some of its most famous proponents recently made headlines again. Food and perfectly good things thrown away With the loot varying from hundreds of left-over desserts to household equipment and sometimes even cash money, it is not hard to see why some have turned this somewhat peculiar hobby into a way of life. A fact is that we, as the collective world population, are throwing away too many perfectly good things. From food to clothes and from electronics to toys: consumerism has taken a turn for the worse, now that we discard items once we are ‘done’ with them, rather than after they have been used fully. Take the issue of food waste. Every year, an average one-third of the food that is produced in the world for the purpose of human consumption is wasted. Simply thrown away. I don’t want to risk sounding too patronising, but the old mom-trick is painfully relevant here: “You should eat your dinner, poor children in Africa would kill for it.”   And while it is a cliche of the worst kind, it unfortunately rings true. While some of us are having the luxury of discarding perfectly good food items, others are starving. The world’s wealth has always been distributed unequally - but so has the food supply. The billions and billions worth of food thrown out in the western world, simply because it is a day past the expiration date, is inexcusable.   Coming back to dumpster diving. A lot of people are claiming that they are doing it as a way of showing their outrage with consumerism and waste. Others just say that it is fun and addictive. There’s this Dutch guy, Theo Vreugdenhill, who claims that he merely tries to " save perfectly good food from the trash”. As he says, “I simply cannot stand by idly if good food is thrown away, only because there is a tiny dent in it, happens to be slightly damaged, or is nearing its expiration date. Especially when I look around and see how many people are struggling to get by. ” He is not doing it for himself, quite the contrary. He is a preacher in a local church and takes two full crates with him to service on Sunday, for those who are unable to provide in their own needs. The products that he finds? Quite diverse, actually: from cheese to beer, butter, yoghurt, fruit drinks, feta cheese, salads and fruit. Although he has also come across perfectly good vacuum cleaners and laptops in the past, which just goes to show how careless we are in what we throw away. Not everything can be found in the dumpster: most divers will agree that it are mostly perishable items, such as vegetables, fruit and bread. So you probably should not quite be ready to give up the day job and spent your days as a full-time dumpster diver: products like rice, peanut butter, soda, dish soap and detergent are pretty hard to come by.   Would you still want to try and find your inner dumpster diver and fill your fridge with leftovers? Then you can quite literally take the dive and plunge in the bins headfirst, although you could also try to talk to some shop owners yourself. Especially if your good cause stretches beyond feeding your immediate family, they might be very willing to hold on to that day’s excess for you and hand it to you in a bag instead of making you scour for it. Some other hints, as shared by experienced dumpster divers: Do not wear your Sunday’s best for the diving part - while it is not nearly as gross as many people suspect, it is not something that you want to do in your favourite shirt and jeans either. Only go dumpster diving at night, preferably after the shops are closed. This way, you avoid awkward situations with shoppers walking out of the store while you are digging around in the trash. Do not climb any fences or force open gates. Trespassing is not appreciated nor legal, so stay off private property. Stick to the curb-side. Always clean up after yourself. Leaving behind a mess of torn apart bags and scattered trash is bad taste and will most likely set some bad blood. Be a good neighbour and make sure that the people whose trash you are raiding do not mind. Be open about what it is that you are doing: you might get some funny looks from passerbys, who might even think of you as some homeless person. Talk to people who spotted you and explain what you are doing and what you have found.   Very practical: use a headlight, so that you can freely use your hands while digging; and make sure to bring plenty of bags and boxes and, preferably, a way of transporting your newfound treasures. Not quite ready to go out and dig in your community’s trash bins yet? Then you can do other things to cut back on your food waste. In order to actively encourage you to do so, you will be happy to find that there are quite a few apps that remind you to do so and give helpful hints. One of those apps is Too Good To Go , specifically designed for bargain hunters: businesses can post their leftovers in the app at steep discounts (adding up to at least 50-75%), after which shoppers can come in to collect the relatively fresh food at a great prize.   Another popular app is Olio , which allows you to share food with your local community. Handy if you are going on holiday, for instance. Your leftover food can be listed, along with a preferred pick-up point and pick-up time, and people in your community will be able to take it off your hands.   Unsung kind of does the same as Olio, except that it works with volunteers, in a charitable set-up. After posting your ‘offer’, one of the Unsung volunteers will come pick it up and deliver it to a local food bank or homeless shelter. Basically, the volunteers are the delivery guys who pick up your food and drop it off with people who need it the most. Finally, Eat Me prevents your food from going bad: it creates a timer for all the food that you have in your fridge. Scan the food as you put it in the fridge, after which it will alert you if it is about to go bad. A fun fact: this app was actually the idea of two teenage girls, who are still involved in the company. Look, I don’t care if you are digging through trashcans or donating your leftovers through one of the apps listed above. The essence remains the same: avoiding a situation where you have to throw away food while someone else in your community might be going hungry. And that is definitely something worth fighting - or dumpster diving - for. By: Metro/Sharai Hoekema Original article in Dutch  https://www.whatsorb.com/category/waste
Dumpster diving. The term alone is guaranteed to put a smile on your face - whether it is one of actual enjoyment or disbelief, I am not sure. Yet this phenomenon, where people sometimes quite literally ‘dive’ in the dumpsters in their neighbourhood to hunt for thrown-away treasures, is seeing an uptake after some of its most famous proponents recently made headlines again. Food and perfectly good things thrown away With the loot varying from hundreds of left-over desserts to household equipment and sometimes even cash money, it is not hard to see why some have turned this somewhat peculiar hobby into a way of life. A fact is that we, as the collective world population, are throwing away too many perfectly good things. From food to clothes and from electronics to toys: consumerism has taken a turn for the worse, now that we discard items once we are ‘done’ with them, rather than after they have been used fully. Take the issue of food waste. Every year, an average one-third of the food that is produced in the world for the purpose of human consumption is wasted. Simply thrown away. I don’t want to risk sounding too patronising, but the old mom-trick is painfully relevant here: “You should eat your dinner, poor children in Africa would kill for it.”   And while it is a cliche of the worst kind, it unfortunately rings true. While some of us are having the luxury of discarding perfectly good food items, others are starving. The world’s wealth has always been distributed unequally - but so has the food supply. The billions and billions worth of food thrown out in the western world, simply because it is a day past the expiration date, is inexcusable.   Coming back to dumpster diving. A lot of people are claiming that they are doing it as a way of showing their outrage with consumerism and waste. Others just say that it is fun and addictive. There’s this Dutch guy, Theo Vreugdenhill, who claims that he merely tries to " save perfectly good food from the trash”. As he says, “I simply cannot stand by idly if good food is thrown away, only because there is a tiny dent in it, happens to be slightly damaged, or is nearing its expiration date. Especially when I look around and see how many people are struggling to get by. ” He is not doing it for himself, quite the contrary. He is a preacher in a local church and takes two full crates with him to service on Sunday, for those who are unable to provide in their own needs. The products that he finds? Quite diverse, actually: from cheese to beer, butter, yoghurt, fruit drinks, feta cheese, salads and fruit. Although he has also come across perfectly good vacuum cleaners and laptops in the past, which just goes to show how careless we are in what we throw away. Not everything can be found in the dumpster: most divers will agree that it are mostly perishable items, such as vegetables, fruit and bread. So you probably should not quite be ready to give up the day job and spent your days as a full-time dumpster diver: products like rice, peanut butter, soda, dish soap and detergent are pretty hard to come by.   Would you still want to try and find your inner dumpster diver and fill your fridge with leftovers? Then you can quite literally take the dive and plunge in the bins headfirst, although you could also try to talk to some shop owners yourself. Especially if your good cause stretches beyond feeding your immediate family, they might be very willing to hold on to that day’s excess for you and hand it to you in a bag instead of making you scour for it. Some other hints, as shared by experienced dumpster divers: Do not wear your Sunday’s best for the diving part - while it is not nearly as gross as many people suspect, it is not something that you want to do in your favourite shirt and jeans either. Only go dumpster diving at night, preferably after the shops are closed. This way, you avoid awkward situations with shoppers walking out of the store while you are digging around in the trash. Do not climb any fences or force open gates. Trespassing is not appreciated nor legal, so stay off private property. Stick to the curb-side. Always clean up after yourself. Leaving behind a mess of torn apart bags and scattered trash is bad taste and will most likely set some bad blood. Be a good neighbour and make sure that the people whose trash you are raiding do not mind. Be open about what it is that you are doing: you might get some funny looks from passerbys, who might even think of you as some homeless person. Talk to people who spotted you and explain what you are doing and what you have found.   Very practical: use a headlight, so that you can freely use your hands while digging; and make sure to bring plenty of bags and boxes and, preferably, a way of transporting your newfound treasures. Not quite ready to go out and dig in your community’s trash bins yet? Then you can do other things to cut back on your food waste. In order to actively encourage you to do so, you will be happy to find that there are quite a few apps that remind you to do so and give helpful hints. One of those apps is Too Good To Go , specifically designed for bargain hunters: businesses can post their leftovers in the app at steep discounts (adding up to at least 50-75%), after which shoppers can come in to collect the relatively fresh food at a great prize.   Another popular app is Olio , which allows you to share food with your local community. Handy if you are going on holiday, for instance. Your leftover food can be listed, along with a preferred pick-up point and pick-up time, and people in your community will be able to take it off your hands.   Unsung kind of does the same as Olio, except that it works with volunteers, in a charitable set-up. After posting your ‘offer’, one of the Unsung volunteers will come pick it up and deliver it to a local food bank or homeless shelter. Basically, the volunteers are the delivery guys who pick up your food and drop it off with people who need it the most. Finally, Eat Me prevents your food from going bad: it creates a timer for all the food that you have in your fridge. Scan the food as you put it in the fridge, after which it will alert you if it is about to go bad. A fun fact: this app was actually the idea of two teenage girls, who are still involved in the company. Look, I don’t care if you are digging through trashcans or donating your leftovers through one of the apps listed above. The essence remains the same: avoiding a situation where you have to throw away food while someone else in your community might be going hungry. And that is definitely something worth fighting - or dumpster diving - for. By: Metro/Sharai Hoekema Original article in Dutch  https://www.whatsorb.com/category/waste
Dumpster Diving: A Hobby That Helps To Combat Food Waste
Dumpster Diving: A Hobby That Helps To Combat Food Waste
Sustainable Housing Reused Materials and Photo-voltaic Panels
There are various problems concerning housing construction in countries as Lebanon: problems of waste management and construction pressure, for example. A solution could be Lifehaus, a new housing prototype for homes that regain building techniques from the ancestor and that use natural and recycled materials to create home-free emissions. The designers are aiming for a sustainable and inexpensive alternative that helps alleviate the problem of access to housing in developing countries. Self-reliance and a low carbon footprint The idea for Lifehaus emerged from the hand of Lebanese architect Nizar Haddad and Australian journalist Nadine Mazloum. The concept revolves around affordability, self-reliance and a low carbon footprint. The design corresponds to a house of 160 square meters: this surface consists of a study with living room, mezzanine, terrace, greenhouse and a technical room. The first experimental test was held in Baskinta, Lebanon. The construction process Lifehaus: comfortable, made with natural materials and low cost. It all sounds like a dream, but how does the design of Lifehaus actually work? In this video you will get to know in depth the construction process and the characteristics of this house, which is offered in three categories: economic, standard and luxury. It combines comfort with the application of traditional methods of construction and the use of natural materials available in the environment, to which parts and recycled products are added. Reused materials and photovoltaic panels The construction is shaped by different types of material. In particular, a fundamental part is based on local materials of low energy consumption such as limestone, clay, hemp or rock. Also, materials like reused glass bottles, tires and aluminium cans are discussed. Because there is no availability of wood or bamboo in the area, cement is chosen for the roofs. The area around the house has been of great important in the design of Lifehaus. Created in a way that allows to retain heat and humidity, as well as to protect the interior of the external climatological conditions, this house is designed to operate outside the network and thus give a response to those who live in areas without access to electricity. Therefore, the design incorporates photovoltaic panels, as well as wind and hydraulic turbines to ensure the supply of the home. The scarcity of water has also been included in the design. The house is equipped with a system for collecting rainwater, in addition to using recycled water for irrigation. And this model also seeks to alleviate the lack of food that effects millions of people in the world, which is why these houses also include  a greenhouse and a hydroponic cultivation system. A low-cost option With Lifehaus, the creators want to facilitate access to housing by offering a low-cost option. Specifically, the price per square meter would be reduced by half compared to a house built by oneself. The reduced dependence on fuel and electricity would also mean significant savings for those who choose this type of house. https://www.whatsorb.com/category/architecture
There are various problems concerning housing construction in countries as Lebanon: problems of waste management and construction pressure, for example. A solution could be Lifehaus, a new housing prototype for homes that regain building techniques from the ancestor and that use natural and recycled materials to create home-free emissions. The designers are aiming for a sustainable and inexpensive alternative that helps alleviate the problem of access to housing in developing countries. Self-reliance and a low carbon footprint The idea for Lifehaus emerged from the hand of Lebanese architect Nizar Haddad and Australian journalist Nadine Mazloum. The concept revolves around affordability, self-reliance and a low carbon footprint. The design corresponds to a house of 160 square meters: this surface consists of a study with living room, mezzanine, terrace, greenhouse and a technical room. The first experimental test was held in Baskinta, Lebanon. The construction process Lifehaus: comfortable, made with natural materials and low cost. It all sounds like a dream, but how does the design of Lifehaus actually work? In this video you will get to know in depth the construction process and the characteristics of this house, which is offered in three categories: economic, standard and luxury. It combines comfort with the application of traditional methods of construction and the use of natural materials available in the environment, to which parts and recycled products are added. Reused materials and photovoltaic panels The construction is shaped by different types of material. In particular, a fundamental part is based on local materials of low energy consumption such as limestone, clay, hemp or rock. Also, materials like reused glass bottles, tires and aluminium cans are discussed. Because there is no availability of wood or bamboo in the area, cement is chosen for the roofs. The area around the house has been of great important in the design of Lifehaus. Created in a way that allows to retain heat and humidity, as well as to protect the interior of the external climatological conditions, this house is designed to operate outside the network and thus give a response to those who live in areas without access to electricity. Therefore, the design incorporates photovoltaic panels, as well as wind and hydraulic turbines to ensure the supply of the home. The scarcity of water has also been included in the design. The house is equipped with a system for collecting rainwater, in addition to using recycled water for irrigation. And this model also seeks to alleviate the lack of food that effects millions of people in the world, which is why these houses also include  a greenhouse and a hydroponic cultivation system. A low-cost option With Lifehaus, the creators want to facilitate access to housing by offering a low-cost option. Specifically, the price per square meter would be reduced by half compared to a house built by oneself. The reduced dependence on fuel and electricity would also mean significant savings for those who choose this type of house. https://www.whatsorb.com/category/architecture
Sustainable Housing Reused Materials and Photo-voltaic Panels
Sustainable Housing Reused Materials and Photo-voltaic Panels
Urban car with zero emission, the Air-Powered Car AIRPod 2.0
Gasoline is already the fuel of the past. The search is on, but what will the fuel of the future be?  Zero Pollution Motors, LLC predicts air compression. Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) is poised to produce the first compressed air-powered car for sale in the United States by mid-2019. Production in Europe is schedule for the first quarter 2019, for US buyers estimate delivery, for those who paid their deposits is 2nd half 2019. Urban car , AIRPod 2.0 Compressed Air-Powered Car The AIRPod vehicle, developed by MDI (www.mdi.lu), is the solution to urban pollution and urban mobility.  With its small size, a tiny price, zero pollution, and a fun and futuristic design, AIRPod marks a turning point in the range of urban vehicles.   It is a real breath of fresh air in cities and the prelude to travel without pollution.  Zero Pollution Motors, LLC is launching the urban car of the future, now. Photo by: MDI As one of the U.S. licensee for Luxembourg-based MDI, the developer of the Air Car as a compression-based alternative to the internal combustion engine, ZPM has attained rights to build one the first of several modular plants in the United States to produce the air-powered vehicles branded 'AIRPod'. Delivery Continental USA. The purchaser will have to pay for the shipment from the plant to their destination. For the moment we are negotiating with various parties as where the first plant will be built in continental US. Once we have selected a site, it will be announced officially. Once we officially announce the site of the first plant, you can request a freight estimate from UPS at:  www.ups.com. Design and technical specifications https://www.whatsorb.com/category/automotive
Gasoline is already the fuel of the past. The search is on, but what will the fuel of the future be?  Zero Pollution Motors, LLC predicts air compression. Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) is poised to produce the first compressed air-powered car for sale in the United States by mid-2019. Production in Europe is schedule for the first quarter 2019, for US buyers estimate delivery, for those who paid their deposits is 2nd half 2019. Urban car , AIRPod 2.0 Compressed Air-Powered Car The AIRPod vehicle, developed by MDI (www.mdi.lu), is the solution to urban pollution and urban mobility.  With its small size, a tiny price, zero pollution, and a fun and futuristic design, AIRPod marks a turning point in the range of urban vehicles.   It is a real breath of fresh air in cities and the prelude to travel without pollution.  Zero Pollution Motors, LLC is launching the urban car of the future, now. Photo by: MDI As one of the U.S. licensee for Luxembourg-based MDI, the developer of the Air Car as a compression-based alternative to the internal combustion engine, ZPM has attained rights to build one the first of several modular plants in the United States to produce the air-powered vehicles branded 'AIRPod'. Delivery Continental USA. The purchaser will have to pay for the shipment from the plant to their destination. For the moment we are negotiating with various parties as where the first plant will be built in continental US. Once we have selected a site, it will be announced officially. Once we officially announce the site of the first plant, you can request a freight estimate from UPS at:  www.ups.com. Design and technical specifications https://www.whatsorb.com/category/automotive
Urban car with zero emission, the Air-Powered Car AIRPod 2.0
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