A weekly sustainable tech newsletter from a standing desk. – September 28, 2015
Here are the top sustainability news I found interesting this week
- Super-porous molecular structures known as covalent organic frameworks can convert Carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon monoxide (CO), creating opportunities to make stuff like fuel, plastics and pharmaceuticals. Carbon capture for useful products is not solved yet, but looks feasible.
- A self-tracking experiment to fix the pollen allergy. How a man tracked five years of sneezes to solve this
- Sweden wants to become the World’s first fossil fuel-free nation. Investments in photovoltaics, electricity storage research, smart grids, energy efficient residential buildings and climate-related projects in developing countries. No stated deadline yet.
- What is Daraprim and Turing Pharmaceuticals? The overnight increase in drug prices (5000% increase $13.50 to $750) that raised protests.
- Volkswagon and the Diesel Deception. 11 million cars diesel cars were equipped with software that could cheat on emissions tests. Emission scandal explained.
In Tech News
- Singapore launched a new 3D printing cluster. Part of $140 million (USD) Innovation cluster program, which in turn is part of $11 billion (USD) research and innovation enterprise plan (.pdf).
- Facebook renamed its internet.org to Free Basics. Sounds like a range of worn out Levi’s jeans.
- Not much to comment on Modi’s Silicon Valley visit, Facebook Townhall, and #DigitalIndia. Similar to Lincoln in Gettysburg, Modi established that the internet is of the people, by the people for the people. But which people? People who signed the net neutrality petition changed their display pictures today. Those who did, check this out.
Start you up (week’s start-up stories and insights)
- The Han Solo Delusion for startups explained by serial entrepreneur and investor Jason Calacanis. Do you have what it takes?
- “Avoiding opulent perks may be the best thing you can to improve your start-up” – @StartLJackson, a Twitter parody account that is seemingly growing in popularity (>60K followers). Here is Startup L. Jackson AMA on ProductHunt.
- Rocket Internet is leaving India. Plans to sell its top companies. This follows a series of events at Foodpanda, covered in the last newsletter.
- Jason Fried, founder of Basecamp and author of Rework (one of my favorite books) writes about why it’s important to give 5 minutes before rubbishing an idea.
What are ZNE homes?
ZNE homes are zero net energy homes. These homes have zero net energy consumption,which means that the amount of energy used by the building is equal to amount of renewal energy created there. Are ZNE homes feasible? – Here’s a case study
- How to know about food recalls instantly. Here is the alert list.
- PETA wants to give the photo rights to the ape who took the famous selfie.
- Serial podcast season 2 features army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Season 1 (Adnan Syed’s case) ended without a closure and upset a few listeners.
- Eating fish may curb depression risk. Here are some facts of the famous Hilsa. Bengali’s love’em. Its 1% of Bangladesh GDP. Its habitat makes it infeasible to breed them through aquaculture, which makes them rare, costly and dwindling towards extinction.
- A Japanese chain is getting rid of its conveyer belt technique for serving sushi. Push to serve food fresh and curb cold food waste.
- About the secret apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel’s private apartment at 935 feet is now open for public viewing.
Did you see?
- Funny Tripadvisor reviews of famous places. I suppose you can’t please everyone all the time.
- The 16 min video of the epic rant of an Indian engineer turned farmer. (Hindi w/ English subtitles)
- a blood red supermoon for the first time in 33 years. If you missed it. here are the pictures.
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Folks, that’s it for the week update. Good week ahead!