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    Mar032012

    Innovative Filters Made In Colombia Reduce Emissions

    Colombia has developed a filter from a certain type of material and a specific structure that allows diesel engines to greatly reduce the emission of harmful gases into the atmosphere, specifically the large particles that cause serious risk to the human respiratory systems.

    Engineering Ceramic Filter prototype

    The pollution problem has become a major concern of mankind, so any initiative to help support the environment is well received all over the world. However, in countries like Colombia, where technological innovation is not exactly a strength, projects led by researchers such as Jairo Escobar, a researcher at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of the Andes, lack the momentum and the application they aspire to achieve.

    Escobar designed a device built from a series of materials called "engineering ceramics", which uses a foam-like matrix as the basis of its structure. This filter is designed to stop harmful particles containing gases from diesel engines, generating a tremendous advantage over conventional filters and significantly reduces long-term costs, as their market price ranges from $1,500 and $3,000 while further reducing repair costs for damage to the engines themselves.

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    Thursday
    Feb232012

    Sebastian Thrun: Google's driverless car



    Sebastian Thrun helped build Google's amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents. Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go.

    Sebastian Thrun is the director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and is working, through robotics, to change the way we understand the world.
    Thursday
    Feb232012

    ULTra Personal Rapid Transit Vehicle - Test Day; Heathrow Airport



    ULTra PRT is required to perform a number of specific demonstrations of the performance of the ULTra System at Heathrow to show how it deals with a number of different operating scenarios. This video shows one of the early demonstrations of the system, conducted in mid-March.

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    Thursday
    Dec082011

    Paris launches electric car-sharing plan



    The Autolib' concept is modeled after a bike-sharing plan called Velib'. The system is aimed at discouraging private car ownership, as well as reducing noise and air pollution. October 02, 2011|By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times

    Reporting from Paris — The French capital rolled out the first of its new eco-friendly electric "bubble cars" on Sunday at the launch of a car-sharing plan it hopes will spark a quiet transportation revolution.
    Hot on the wheels of Paris' self-service bicycle program known as Velib', comes Autolib'. As with the 20,000 cycles at hundreds of stations across the city since 2007, anyone wishing to get from Point A to Point B in the French capital will soon be able to pick up an electric Bluecar at one location and drop it off at another.
    Friday
    Sep302011

    Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, Speaks on Transport

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