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Virtual reality umbrella shares vibe of guerrilla rain, frog falls and more
Friday, October 23, 2009
Read the full story Environment | Events | Interviews | R&D | WTF? 09:54 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: osaka university umbrellas virtual reality

This week’s Digital Content Expo at Miraikan is one of the less corporate tech shows on the Tokyo calendar, so it’s no surprise to see some pretty kooky engineering like the Funbrella from a grad-student team at Osaka University.

Toshiba slashing utility bills with domestic fuel cells
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Read the full story Environment | Household | Power | R&D 10:12 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: fuel cells toshiba

As the world’s supply of fossil fuels shrinks, it’s heartening to see one company pressing ahead with serious plans for alternative ways to power our homes.

Man-made photosynthesis looking to change the world
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Read the full story Environment | Power | R&D 08:02 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: mitsubishi photosynthesis

Details are scarce on this one, but sources in Japan are reporting that Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings is seriously engaged in research that aims to move the chemical industry away from oil dependence towards a future based on something altogether more illuminating.

Fuel cells powered by sewage and cookie dough
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Read the full story Environment | Household | Power | R&D 11:44 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: dough fuel cells hydrogen kajima sapporo sewage

Hydrogen fuel cells are clearly a great idea, but the fact that much of the gas that goes into them still comes from fossil fuels is a bit of a problem. That’s why researchers are looking at alternative sources of hydrogen from substances as diverse as dough and sewage.

Pedestrians generate (even more) electricity at Shibuya station
Monday, December 08, 2008
Read the full story Environment | Japan | Power | R&D | Transportation 10:13 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: jr east

A thin mat that creates electricity from footsteps has been installed at Tokyo’s Shibuya train station to harness the kinetic energy they expend as they pass through ticket gates twice a day.

High-tech tanks to fuel hydrogen car, um, boom
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Read the full story Environment | Power | R&D | Transportation 09:50 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: carbon fuel cells hydrogen

When it comes to safely storing hydrogen for car fuel cells, Buckytubes may be the future, but the here and now appears to be carbon fibers that can contain a lot more of the pressurized gas.



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