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Environmental Assessment of Wind Turbines: Good or Bad?

Wind turbines provide a renewable source of energy that is generally considered as environmentally friendly, as well as an excellent alternative to the common fossil fuel power plant.  Once installed and running, wind turbines generate power with essentially zero carbon emissions.  Despite the overwhelming support of wind turbines as an alternative source of renewable energy, some sceptics still question the true impact of the wind turbine; some may argue that the relatively low power output from a wind turbine, combined with the carbon emissions caused by production, transportation, installation and maintenance, may in fact produce a negative environmental impact. [Image […]

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Andes Mountain Pass, The Cristo Redentor

The Paso Internacional Los Libertadores, also known as the Cristo Rendentor, is a mountain pass in the Andres between Argentina and Chile. At an elevation of 3,200 meters, the mountain pass is the main transport route between Chilean capital city Santiago and Mendoza city.  [Image Courtesy of AmusingPlanet] The sharp ascent on the Chilean side contains twenty-nine switchbacks to help moderate the steep slope. The road climbs approximately 900m to arrive at the border crossing tunnel at an elevation of 3,200m. Opened in 1980, the tunnel is 3,080m long and serves as an important land crossing between Chile and Argentina. […]

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Tesla Motors To Release All Patents

Engineer and entrepreneurial genus Elon Musk has made headlines once again by announcing that Tesla Motors will release all patents to the public. Musk, the globally renowned entrepreneur co-founded Tesla Motors in 2003 with the intention of providing fully electric vehicles (EVs) at an affordable automotive price.  Tesla Motors remains one of the top electric vehicle companies in the automotive industry. [Image Courtesy of FastCompany] On July 12, 2014, CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla Motors will implement a “Technology Sharing” strategy which will allow technology patents to be viewed by anyone in good faith. This ground-breaking idea is implemented […]

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Jekko Minicrane

Jekko Minicrane is a division of the company ORMET SpA that has been working in the field of lift & handling for more than 40 years. The company, based in the province of Treviso (Italy), at the foot of the Venitian Prealps, is situated in an industrial area of over 30.000 square meters, of which 10.000 square meters under roof and with about about 100 employees. The first mini cranes were built at the end of ’90, in the 2006 the Jekko brand was registered and in May 2007 a production plant was inaugurated which is dedicated to the mass assembly of all models up […]

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Snail House-Nautilus

What would you do if you have a lot of money? Buy a super car, or maybe yacht and a mansion? Well, Magali and Fernando Mayorga decided to use their money for building a house, but not one of the ordinary houses you see every day. Their house is called Nautilus and the name is not casual – the house has the shape of a giant mollusk, more precisely a snail. You can discover this house at Mexico City, built there by the architect Javier Senosiain. This is a great example of how the nature could be taken as a […]

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What the signs and symbols at the airport mean

When you have been sitting on the airplane waiting for the last people to get on-board, you may have looked out the window and wondered what all the signs and symbols at the airport mean. Well if you have you can now find out as a new book has been released by Kate Ascher, called “The Way to Go”. The book is packed with some great graphics and information, along with stuff that is really cool and interesting to know. “The Way to Go” is all about infrastructure and great for anyone who is engineering minded. It features graphics that […]