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Fight Against Maturity

There’s something really creepy about this…

A British local council is planning to use excess energy from a crematorium incinerator to heat one of its swimming pools, it emerged today, but critics slammed the proposals as “sick”.

The council in Redditch, a town near Birmingham in central England, said the measure would help reduce its carbon footprint.

via Crematorium to heat swimming pool | News.com.au.

February 3, 2011 Posted by | Alternate fuels, Creepy | Comments Off on There’s something really creepy about this…

Petrol Is cheaper here? That just means others are getting screwed worse.

Despite the increase, people in the United States still pay significantly less for gasoline than people in many other countries.

The Price of Fuel | How Countries Compare

May 8, 2008 Posted by | Alternate fuels, Cars | , , | Comments Off on Petrol Is cheaper here? That just means others are getting screwed worse.

Souped-up Segway?

Balancing act

It may look like the most dangerous motorbike in the world but this new invention is actually the latest form of green transport.

The electric Uno is the brainchild of 18-year-old Canadian Ben Gulak who spent several years developing the bike, which is controlled entirely by body movements.

The machine actually has two wheels, side-by-side, and uses gyroscopic technology to stay upright. It moves in the direction the rider leans – and the more you lean, the faster you go.

Ben claims that the bike could help beat pollution and he was inspired to design it after visiting China and seeing all the smog there.

He says: “The bike is fairly easy to ride, but takes a bit of getting used to because you have to learn to trust it.”

May 2, 2008 Posted by | Alternate fuels, Bikes, motorcycle | | 3 Comments

Get Charged up: Aptera Electric Vehicle

Vodpod videos no longer available. from youtube.com posted with vodpod

April 8, 2008 Posted by | Alternate fuels, Cars | 4 Comments

Going down?



A German town is subsiding after authorities drilled underground to harness “green” energy.

Staufen, in the Black Forest, was proud of its innovative geothermal power plan that was supposed to provide environmentally-friendly heating. But only two weeks after contractors drilled down 460ft to extract heat, large cracks have appeared in buildings as the town centre has subsided about a third of an inch (8mm).

The baroque town hall, the main church, two schools and more than 64 other buildings in the historic centre were severely affected. Experts said buildings in the outer part of the town had risen by a similar amount.


More about Staufen Staufen is a pretty little town in a beautiful valley. Check it out at the link.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Alternate fuels | Comments Off on Going down?

Milton Hershey would be proud.

Chocolate-powered trip to Timbuktu


Two British adventurers drove to Timbuktu and back in a truck fuelled by chocolate.

Andy Pag, 34, and John Grimshaw, 39, made the 2,600-mile trip in salvaged Ford Iveco Cargo lorry and Land Cruisers, using biodiesel made from waste chocolate.


The image is of the design of the five cent Hershey Bar wrapper used from 1927 to 1932.

January 10, 2008 Posted by | Alternate fuels | 1 Comment

Stand-up, powered trike.


A new way to commute (or break a lot of bones) – a 12mph electric tricycle.


December 7, 2007 Posted by | Alternate fuels, Strange | Comments Off on Stand-up, powered trike.