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Author Archives: Jo Borrás

Korea to Abandon Printed Textbooks by 2015

July 8th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

In a bold move, South Korea's ministry of education recently announced plans to remove printed textbooks from Korea's schools by the year 2015. Called “Smart Education”, the plan calls for the creation of a dedicated cloud network - which will host digital copies of the students' required reading and lessons – that can be accessed through “any” Internet-connected device, from low-power netbooks to tablets to (presumably) Android-powered washing machines, which will be provided to students' families if they are unable to afford them (the netbooks, not the appliances)

Electric Irish Water Taxi is the Future of Venice

July 7th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

That futuristic little space pod up there is called the CAT (for City Aquatic Transport), and is the product of Irish industrial designers from the Curve Creative studio aimed at providing an alternative to automotive traffic on congested urban roads

EADS Announces VoltAir Electric Airline Concept

June 27th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

The all-electric VoltAir "electrifies" show-goers at last weekend's Paris Air Show, with swappable battery packs, hyper-efficient propellers, and a bit of a fishy look, if we're being honest

Coming Soon: the Laptop You Power by Typing

June 26th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

A team of researchers at Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) have successfully demonstrated a new, "piezoelectric" film's capacity for turning the mechanical pressure of punching keys into clean, usable electricity!

GOP Front Group AAPS Behind Bogus Biofuel Death Claims

April 11th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Every once in a while, I read something that doesn't quite jive. Sometimes it's a simple typo or a misplaced decimal point, and a quick double-take + common sense will straighten things out. Other times, like when I read a report on Autoblog Green about the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) predicting a move to ethanol-based bio-fuels "could kill 200,000 people a year", something more sinister (or possibly just "more stupid") is behind the apparent disconnect

Extreme Wind Turbines Mean Extreme Testing

April 7th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

Wind power is definitely "big" these days, especially in light of Japan's ongoing nuclear crisis in the wake of last month's earthquake. The failure of several contingency plans at the Fukushima facility has cast doubts on nuclear power's role in future energy policy, with several EU member nations discussing scaling back even current levels of nuclear power production

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