Animation : Borrowed light, by Olivia Huynh

Borrowed light by Olivia HuynhThe previous nights were the occasion to see the Perseid meteor shower. It was also the Nuits des Etoiles in France, where hundreds of events are organized to allow people to watch stars and (re)discover the sky and stars above our heads.

As you perhaps know, I am quite an astronomy fan and I believe it is very sad that the skies aren’t dark anymore. So when Grist published an article about a cute animation on that very topic I knew I had to share it with you.

Borrowed light by Olivia Huynh made me wish for a darker sky and to be able again to enjoy the marvels of the stars, galaxies and nebulae.

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Solar electricity, A/C and water. All-in-one.

The High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal system To Climate Progress, Swiss researchers working with IBM have built a new solar dish, called the High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal system (HCPVT)┬áthat tackles the waste heat problem by using it to generate fresh water.”

Yep, a solar installation that generates fresh water, thus solving two common problems faced in developing nations around the world. Icing on the cake, it could also be used for air conditioning.

If all this wasn’t enough, IBM believes this could be cheaper than comparable solar systems, less than $10 cent per kilowatt hour. Talk about genius !

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Friday video : Petroleo

I thought a short video might be interesting to end this week. It’s called Petroleo and it was done by two animation students at Gobelins, The French Ecole de l’Image. This was done during a Cartooning for Peace workshop.

An idea from famous French cartoonist Plantu, Cartooning for Peace offers higher levels of visibility to the many syndicated cartoonists fighting for peace and Human Rights around the world.

Petroleo offers a great reflection at our addiction to oil and its effect on us. You know my opinion on that matter : we need to get out of oil ASAP.

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A brilliant video on electric cars and Better Place

Better PlaceAt first I wasn’t that convinced that electric vehicles were the solution to end our oil addiction and decreasing carbon dioxide emissions. But reading Sustainable Energy – Without the hot air changed that.

Before proposing you a series of articles on electric vehicles (it will begin after my series on nuclear) I would like to share with you a presentation Shai Agassi did at TED Talks earlier this year.

In less than twenty minutes the video explains very well the history and development of Better Place as well as the tremendous advantages of electric cars.

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