This morning I read it in the newspaper. It has to be more efficient and produce less greenhouse gas emissions so that we can limit the global warming. Mankind has to create the cow of the future…”Cow”? Well I was a little confused but the headline got my attention. So here is a short summary.
It’s about the methane. Cows eject Methane which has a much higher effect on global warming as for example Carbon Dioxide. In the article of the Financial Times Juan Tricarico explains “that we have to create a more productive, healthier and problem-free cow”. He is in charge of the Cow of the future project at the US Dairy Innovation Centre. But we also have such projects in Germany where the Chamber of Agriculture of North-Rhine Westphalia got the results that cows are burping less methane when eating more corn instead of grass. According to the FT article they even try to save the methane in backpacks which are directly connected with the stomach of the cows to use it as a source of gas.
To make sure everyone understands the maths. One cow approximately ejects 250 litre of methane every day. We have 1.02 billion cows in the world (in the year 2012). Calculated in an easy way that makes 250.5 billion litres of methane every day from the cow population. For comparison the world economy emitted 36 billion tons last year by burning fossil fuels. To compare these we have to know that under best conditions 16 grams of methane (1Mol) equal 22.4 litres. So we could say that each cow ejects 11 Mol per day which equals 176 grams. The total number of cows are ejecting 179.5 thousand tons per day which are 65.5 million tons per year which is 0.2 percent of the Carbon Dioxide the world economy emitted last year through fossil fuels.
Well that clearly shows that cows are the reason for global warming – “NOT”. Well I liked the approach to have a look on all possibilities to reduce emissions but again newspapers are not telling the whole story so be careful and always think twice or it will be as Jim Morrison said “Whoever controls the media, controls the mind”
I mentioned the mission statement of the World Economic Forum in a former post about the history of this event. It is “Committed to Improving the State of the World” and the “Schwaab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship” shows that this commitment is actively approached by Klaus Schwaab and his wife Hilde Schwaab. Continue reading
today I want to present Athos, a venture-backed Start Up which developed a system to track your exercise data. Compared to Nike+ or other similar sports tracking apps you have the possibility to get detailed data to every muscles group. This is possible because of the 100 % machine-washable technical gym clothes. The clothes include sensors which monitor the individual muscle activity. You can check this data in time by insert a small “core” into the clothes which is a device that sends the data directly to your smartphone. Continue reading
I just read some articles about google glass and other electronic devices which might impact our future. At YouTube I found this very interesting short movie about a possible future we are heading to. I don’t want to say too much, but it’s interesting, kind of cool but also scary. So enjoy the short film “Sight” by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo.
In the recent time computers have a very short life cycle time and a really bad environmental balance. The individual components are not easy to reuse and they are fastly out of date due to new techniques and so forth. MicroPro, a company from Ireland, developed a Touchscreen personal computer which is supposed to fabricate 70 percent less carbon dioxid as an usual and comparable personal computer. These numbers are calculated throughout the whole life cycle, beginning with the reduction over the using phase until the recycling process. Moreover they mention that 78 percent of the materials are recyclable and an additional part of 20 percent are even reusable for repairing other computers.
The computers’ name itself says what it is “Iameco or rather I Am Eco” is made by standard components which can be retrofited as the ser wants them to be in a later stage of the life cycle. It’s a similar modular component system as I mentioned in my post about Phonebloks which enhances the life span of the product essentially.
Moreover MicroPro also offers a Laptop with similar economical advantages as the “Iameco”. The development was made in collaboration with their partners from different universities (as e.g. University of Limerick) and institutes (as e.g. Fraunhofer Institute). You can already buy some of their products in their online shop and the “Iameco” currently costs 850 € but in the product description they unfortunately only provide information about the environmental advantages and not about the technical standard for the PC which will make it difficult to sell this quite interesting product. So I hope they add the technical details in the near future.
Today I found the interesting invention called Clever Caps which was made by the company Cleverpack. The first way to use the Clever Caps is as a bottlecap but instead of throwing the bottlecap away or recycling it you can directly use it as a legobrick because the bottlecaps are designed in a way that they fit the sizes of the usual legobricks. Continue reading
As I am currently working on my master’s thesis I have to review a lot of books and papers on my topic Corporate Entrepreneurship. To make the process more efficient I read some online articles how to fasten the reading speed without missing important content. Now a friend of mine showed me a very interesting app which contributes to this topic.
Spritz is a new app which you can use to learn faster reading. They use the technique of highlighting the “ORP” of the words. ORP stands for Optimal Recognition Point which is a point which our eyes search within a word and after finding it our brain starts to process the meaning of the word. By highlighting this point you can decrease the time you need to search for the ORP and therefore read faster. Continue reading