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Transportation systems
September 9th, 2014
10:18
 

While most of my blogging takes the form of searching out really amazing NEW technologies emerging around the globe, I was so impressed by the services detailed in this article, I had to share it.  This old-school trade in India has garnered attention from big corporations and universities seeking to grasp the concepts of their almost miraculous customer service and error-free performance.  Sometimes there’s just no replacement for the human touch!

This Indian meal service is so efficient it’s the envy of FedEx

 ”In a country not exactly known for promptness, 6 million meals each day get delivered through Mumbai traffic with flawless precision.”

 

 (P.S.  If the story makes you hungry, you’re not alone – I’ve got a craving for Biryani and curry that borders on pathological!)

Biryani

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August 29th, 2014
10:49
 

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of PUSHBACK is: (#1) the action of forcing an object backward; (#2) resistance or opposition in response to a policy or regulation especially by those affected.  [Personal note:  lots of language has morphed around the globe - - being a language purist, I'd rather see pushback as a hyphenated word, but I don't think I get a vote!]

Most often we hear “pushback” used in the office or home environment to describe a “counter-offensive” in response to a proposed idea, suggestion, or (heaven forbid) chore to be done in the house – so definition (#2) is in play there.  In the aviation world, pushback relates to the primary definition (#1).

Read about the new system being developed in Germany to bring more automation to airline departures or PUSHBACKS

Pilot Ground Situation Awareness System (PGSA)

Make sure to check out the contact information for the companies at the bottom of the article (job prospects, maybe?)  Sorry, I didn’t see any advice in the article as to how to make your teachers, parents or boss give in to your pushback! You’re on your own there, I’m afraid :-)

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August 25th, 2014
11:36
 

Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) – a mouthful to say; an important concept in making decisions towards a Smarter Planet!  SCR technology is one of the most cost-effective and fuel-efficient technologies available to help reduce diesel engine emissions.  SCR has been used for decades to reduce stationary source emissions. In addition, marine vessels worldwide have been equipped with SCR technology, including cargo vessels, ferries and tugboats.

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First step:  learn something about the technology from Wikipedia

Second step: learn something about its practical applications:  boilers, cars, trucks

Third step: learn about who the players are in the field (job-hunt while you’re at it…)

Final step:  assess how the technology fits in with YOUR work and go boldly into the cleaner future without having to hold your breath!

 

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August 7th, 2014
2:30
 

Travel on a bike is fun and healthy.  Traveling with a bike can be exhausting and hazardous to your health (keep in mind the angry looks and comments you endure from those who are unintentionally whacked by you toting your green transportation onto a subway, train, bus, … you get the idea).  And trying to get a bike into an electric car for a trip to the mountains is the equivalent of solving the riddle of the Sphinx.

Ta da!!! – this way cool alternative (which may or may not make it to the mass market), but is SO AWESOME!

Lucid Design’s Full-Size Bike Fits Into a Tiny Circular Backpack!

KitBike

And check out Lucid’s website for information on their other products and projects.  Based in India, their collective creativity is mind-blowing.  And their excitement in what they do is obvious – catch their spirit and build it into your own work!

 

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July 27th, 2014
10:16
 

It’s kind of expensive right now to “go green” with your vehicle. The price of the electric car is tied directly to the size of the battery used to power it. The bigger the battery, the more miles you can drive on one charge.

Tesla Motors’ chief executive, Elon Musk, announced Tesla would invest in a $4bn-$5bn “gigafactory” doubling the world’s production of lithium-ion batteries. These batteries power your mobile phone, but also Tesla‘s high-end luxury electric cars. The objective is to cut battery prices by 30% in three years, and to halve them by 2020.

Elon Musk

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, posing with with a Tesla elecric car in Times Square. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

BMW is also in the electric car arena and have developed the BMW i series from the ground up.

This new series has a whole new sustainable production process: FSC-certified eucalyptus wood has been used in the interior, the leather has been naturally tanned using olive oil rather than chemicals, and the dashboard and internal side panels are made from natural fibers rather than plastic.

Read all about the BMW of the future

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