Archive for the ‘Science 'n' Technology’ Category

World’s leading economy ran its routinue without nuclear energy!

Although it is a regular Monday around the World, it was still not a regular Monday in Japan. This is the first time in four decades that Japan ran the country without relying on nuclear energy.

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What Kenyan students’s startup could do that a big telecommunications giant Airtel couldn’t do!

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Check out the inside story on what a team of Kenyan graduate students’s startup did during a Spring internship with a pay of $150 a month that Bharti Airtel proposed for $1.9 million


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Online collaborating! Interesting tools for an interesting life!

Here goes a list of online tools for online sharing of information as written by Kate Russell this week.

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Kate Russell’s weekly review of new and interesting sites and apps.

Could the desert sun power the world?

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

The Sahara solar panels  generated Green electricity is hailed as a solution to the climate change crisis.

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Brand New Windowfarms- Vertical Food Gardens

A Food project in Brooklyn, NY by The Windowfarms Project


About this project

If we get $200,000 worth of orders by Dec 7, these gorgeous gardens will be produced in the USA. Please ask a friend to join you in windowfarming. It will help us create more fun, green jobs and a healthy planet.

Kickstarter link to support the project and contact the innovators


Windowfarms let you grow fresh vegetables at home by taking advantage of natural light and climate control indoors. The roots are bathed in nutrients from the sea, preventing food plants from getting root bound (as they do in traditional soil filled containers). You get healthier roots, and fresher, more nutritious vegetables without dirt in small spaces.

By bringing edible gardens into living rooms and kitchens, you learn about where your food comes from while eating the freshest produce available.

We are offering One-Column Windowfarms at a special reduced price to help us meet our production minimums. Normally, our One-Column Windowfarms will cost $119.95, but if you buy on Kickstarter now to help us get started, you will get it for just $99 (plus shipping and handling).

The new Windowfarms systems are made from environmentally friendly plastic and wire. The new design just snaps together, so you can get right to growing. As you can see below, they can either hang from two hooks above your window (left) or stand on their metal base or your sill or floor (right).  Over time, we will come out with many more versions but we love this one so much we are already calling it “the Classic.”


This website is a little different. Here on Kickstarter you can “preorder” a windowfarm. It lets you help us, a small business with a powerful social mission, pay the startup costs of this new manufacturing project. When you select a reward from the options on the right, you are ordering something that is not made yet. Your credit card will be charged for it on Dec 7, once everyone’s orders are in. Then we will take your order along with everyone else’s order and money to the manufacturer and they will make all of them!  Yours will ship to you or your giftee in March.  You will be in the first batch and you will see that that buys you a lot of “street cred” in our community.

HAVE QUESTIONS? Read our Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of the page in blue.

You don’t have to have a green thumb because windowfarms come with a built in social network online. There are already 22,000 of us around the world who are growing in water bottle windowfarms and we are online! You always have someone to talk to about your plants to share your growing experiences with at Conversations center on identifying the “micro-climate” of your windows and finding a good match amongst the huge varieties of herbs, greens, vegetables, fruits, and medicinals available.  It’s like the Facebook game, Farmville, but tastier!

If you think you want to start easy. Choose a reward that includes nutrients and baby plant delivery of our favorite, well-tested varieties to ensure that you start off with good baby plants and your Windowfarms are always producing fresh herbs, greens, and other edibles.

Holiday Gifts

Our new Windowfarms will not be ready to ship by the holidays, but your giftee’s Windowfarming experience will start on Dec 24. If you tell us you are pre-ordering as a gift, we will send a personalized welcome-to-the community card to your loved one before December 24. The card will include a link to a personalized webpage already set up for his/her windowfarm. Your giftee will be able to begin customizing the page and learning about his/her window’s microclimate. He/she will go through Windowfarms 101 by video. At that point, he can select the plants he wants and start meeting other windowfarmers. By the time the windowfarm arrives, your loved one will be ready to grow for real!!


One-Column Classic Windowfarm $99 + shipping/handling (US & Canada) comes with:

International version does not include timer & pump but does include shipping (see FAQs below)

Four-Column Classic Windowfarm $269 + shipping/handling comes with one special, slightly larger air pump that runs all four columns and one timer. All other parts come with 4X the quantity.

Baby plant and nutrient rewards come at several reward levels. Some are for one shipment, others are for multiple quarterly shipments. Each shipment includes:

– Organic and natural sea-derived nutrients from Botanicare’s Organicare line, enough to last for one or two crops (about 4 months) and a measuring dropper.

– Disposable water testing strips.

– Baby plants, aka “seedlings,” raised by our chef-turned-hydroponic farmer partner, Greg Graft of Grateful Greens. You will have an opportunity to select your plant mix from a variety of fine herbs and salad greens after the campaign closes. Common varieties include: Genovese Basil, a peppery watercress, perfect-caesar romaine, red leaf lettuce, tangy red-veined sorrel, lolla rosa lettuce, arugula, rosemary, thyme, oregano, stevia, mint and much more. We are always trying new varieties.  Seedlings are about 3-4″ tall and their roots are grown in hydroponic root cubes. You just nestle them into the clay pellets and turn your pump timer on! You can harvest from the same plant for 2-4 months depending on the variety.



Time: Windowfarms will ship in March. Bags will ship in January.

One-column Windowfarm: Please add $15 within the continental US, $19 for Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska. International shipping included in the International Reward.

Four-column Windowfarm: Please add $35 within the continental US, $42 for Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska. Not available internationally.

Baby plants and nutrients cannot be shipped internationally because of customs restrictions.  Please see below for all international frequently asked questions.


The pictures of the Windowfarms systems are of prototypes. Small changes to improve your experience will most definitely occur before you receive your Windowfarm! Please contact us if you have questions.

Brighten 1.5 Billion lives with $1

WAKAWAKA Solar Lamp – A solar LED lamp with a story

High-Tech Low Cost patented state of the art solar solution, giving you 16 hrs reading light.
A sustainable & sensible Adventure!

Haarlem, the Netherlands –In the beginning there was light for all – and a little later there was electric light for, well, only some of us. But 1.5 billion people still live in darkness. Dutch startup Off-Grid Solutions makes an end to developing countries’ killing kerosene dependency. They want their high-tech low-cost WakaWaka solar LED lamp to light up Africa ‘like a Christmas tree’.

Via, the general public is now enthusiastically pre-ordering WakaWaka´s for 35 dollars each. The minimal support to contribute to their mission is one dollar. Thanks to this innovative way of crowdfunding, WakaWaka grows at the speed of light. And with it, the dream of providing all Africans with a sustainable light solution becomes more real by the minute.

1.5 billion people live off-grid. They depend on kerosene fuel for their basic lighting needs.
Annually millions of children suffer severe burns from accidents with kerosene lamps. The toxic fumes cause even more health problems. World Bank reports that each day 780 million women and children inhale the equivalent of two packs of cigarettes as a result of indoor air pollution.

Fuels for lighting take up to 20% of the income of poor people, who try to survive on less than $2 a day. This way, the poor stay poor. But there is light at the end of the tunnel: the WakaWaka light.


The WakaWaka (‘Shine Bright’ in Swahili) solar lamp uses the latest in patented solar technology developed by Intivation, allowing for superior charging in any weather conditions.
Each day of free solar charging gives 16 hours of decent reading light. It has different light intensities and fits on a bottle, stimulating recycling and opening up opportunities for joint promotions. Innovative distribution methods will reach even the most remote rural areas. Various accessories (cell phone chargers, radios, etc.) are already in development, which will further enhance livelihood and help people get out of poverty.

Co-founder Camille van Gestel: ‘I genuinely believe that if you can make a difference, you must. I have never done anything with so much passion. The support and inquiries we are receiving for WakaWaka from all over the world are as stimulating as they are heartwarming. We are doing the right thing.’

Let’s hope this new bright light spreads fast, for all and everybody. LED there be light.


About Off-Grid Solutions
Founded in 2011 by 4 partners: Environmental inspirator and guru Maurits Groen, hands-on change maker and entrepreneur Camille van Gestel, carbon emissions consultants Do-Inc, experts emerging markets and finally Paul Naastepad seasoned executive in clean tech industry.

Mission of Off-Grid Solutions is to provide workable, sustainable and affordable solutions to people who live, work or recreate off-grid. These can be families living in developing countries, but also outdoor and camping fanatics. Off-Grid Solution develops, manufactures and distributes and seeks cooperations with organizations and companies who have already established a considerable distribution footprint in emerging markets. Currently Off-Grid Solutions is seeking seed capital to fund the initial phase of their start-up: going to market.


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We look forward to hearing from you.

Maurits Groen: +31 62 155 35 63

Camille van Gestel: +31 64 118 50 31

Kim van der Leeuw:  +31 62 833 66 57

Paul Naastepad : +31 65 421 10 00

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An ‘ice shield’ experiment to keep the Mongolian city cool

November 17, 2011 Leave a comment
Mongolia is attempting to combat the adverse affects of global warming and the urban heat island effect through one of the world’s biggest ice-making experiments to cool the Mongolian city.
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