The problem with Ethanol is pretty much the same problem as with Biodiesel as I'm sure Codeblack loves to point out, and that is a bunch of yahoos jumped on it too quickly without thinking things through, and the result was/is a food shortage crisis as food crops/land became fuel crops. The only proper way to make either and prevent such crisis is with rooftop algae farms which will produce more inshorter periods.
But I do have more articles links on other stuff of interest, I've been keeping up, its too bad EESTOR didn't come through AGAIN (just have to watch to see if the actually come through. Back to Flywheels in the mean time.)
Students Transform Salad Spinner Into Life-Saving Centrifuge by Ariel Schwartz, 05/03/10http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/03/salad-s ... ore-114044
more about it here
Revolution with a salad spinner Rice students' Sally Centrifuge could help diagnose anemia globallyhttp://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot ... =237277269
"Pixie Dust” Used to Regrow Limbs of Wounded Soldiers by Ariel Schwartz, 05/03/10 http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/03/pixie-d ... -soldiers/
Shooting Laser Beams in the Sky Could Produce Rain Clouds by Sarah Parsons, 05/03/10 http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/03/shootin ... in-clouds/
Scientist Produces Plastic From Natural Gas by Ariel Schwartz, 04/30/10 http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/30/scienti ... tural-gas/
Hyper-Absorbant Peat Moss Could Clean Up Oil Spills Like Louisiana’s by Cameron Scott, 04/30/10http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/30/hyper-a ... ouisianas/
Not a bad idea BUT I think the designer greatly underestimated the necessay bouyancy gas volumes for an airship that size, judging from the pictures.
High-Flying Algae Airships are Self-Sufficient Airborne Cities by Mike Chino, 05/10/10http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/10/high-fl ... ne-cities/
The Frog's heavy cost here is probably the Solar Panels, It also looks like a major cost reduction could be made using Compressed Earth Blocks
Project FROG’s Eco-Friendly Modular Classrooms Score Big with Teachers & Kids by Desmond Williams, 05/07/10http://www.inhabitots.com/2010/05/07/pr ... -and-kids/
A bit cramped In My Opinion barely bigger than my bedroom. But workable for a single person with few possessions.
PREFAB FRIDAY: Twelve Cubed Mini Prefab Home by Bridgette Meinhold, 05/07/10http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/07/prefab- ... ore-115152
This device could help doctors worldwide especially if it could be mass produced inexpensively.
Three-Inch Device Detects 3,000 Types of Viruses and Bacteria by Sarah Parsons, 05/07/10http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/07/three-i ... -bacteria/
Philips Unveils World’s First LED Replacement for Most Common Bulb by Mike Chino, 05/12/10 http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/12/philips ... ore-116612
Researcher Grows Durable “Bio Bricks” From Sand, Bacteria, and Urea by Yuka Yoneda, 05/12/10 http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/12/researc ... -and-urea/
MIT Harnesses Biological LEGO Blocks to Build New Organs by Brit Liggett, 05/13/10http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/13/mit-har ... ore-116880
Bio-Grow Uses Electronic Waste to Make Algae for Biodiesel by Ariel Schwartz, 05/12/10http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/12/bio-gro ... biodiesel/