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They met reading TreeShagger. (It could happen!) Photo: Katya Litvinenko TreeShagger is now the official name of our green dating column, as it trounced Treefucker in last week’s poll .
The doors swish shut and with the press of a touchscreen button, the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) car is off, gliding through the tunnels beneath Abu Dhabi's new Masdar City. The sleek four-passenger vehicle — which looks like something out of the movie TRON: Legacy — runs on an electric motor, making it clean and carbon-free. There are no tracks — the car is autonomous, driven by a computer that charts direction with the help of tiny magnets embedded in the road. When my PRT car senses another vehicle waiting in our parking space, it stops and waits for the area to clear, avoiding a collision.
High energy costs are one drawback of making clean water from waste effluents. According to an article in the journal Biomicrofluidics , which is published by the American Institute of Physics, a new system that combines two different technologies proposes to break down contaminants using the cheapest possible energy source, sunlight. Microfluidics – transporting water through tiny channels -- and photocatalysis -- using light to break down impurities – come together in the science of optofluidics. "These two technologies have been developed in parallel but there have been few efforts to employ the natural synergy between them," says author Xuming Zhang of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Tasting the results. A solar crop dryer developed by a UNSW photovoltaic and solar energy engineering student has the potential to provide a living for thousands of people throughout Vanuatu. Telia Curtis, 29, who developed the solar tunnel dryer as part of her Masters thesis, wanted to create a unit that would allow families to dry and sell the abundant fruits and nuts found through the South Pacific island nation. “I want to create a design that could be built out of easily accessible materials,” says Talia of her bamboo, wood, corrugated iron and polythene film construction which she adapted from a German design. It was developed in conjunction with Charles Longwah of the Vanuatu Kava Store. The dryer works with solar powered fans for forced convection, with products being laid out on mesh trays and air forced over them to extract moisture from the foods.
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