Wave Powered Boat to Sail From Hawaii to Japan

Wave Powered Boat to Sail From Hawaii to Japan

In the middle of May 2008, Kenichi Horie, an adventurer known for such feats as paddling a pedal powered boat 4,660 miles from Hawaii to Okinawa in 1993, will be sailing a wave powered boat from Honolulu’s Hawaii Yacht Club to the Kii Channel in Japan. The boat, a 3-ton catamaran named the Suntory Mermaid II, works by virtue of the fins located at the front of the boat. These fins “generate thrust force by moving up and down like the tails of dolphins and whales and absorbing the energy of the waves.”

The system can propel the boat no matter which direction the waves come from. Because the wave propulsion system absorbs the energy from the waves, a passenger on the boat will experience a smooth ride. With a top speed of about 5 knots, the journey is expected to take about 2 to 3 months.

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Nanoparticles to Make Hydrogen Cheaper than Gasoline

Nanoparticles to Make Hydrogen Cheaper than Gasoline

According to EE Times, a California-based company called QuantumSphere has developed nanoparticles that could make hydrogen cheaper than gasoline. The company says its reactive catalytic nanoparticle coatings can boost the efficiency of electrolysis (the technique that generates hydrogen from water) to 85% today, exceeding the Department of Energy’s goal for 2010 by 10%.

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Doomsday Vault Springs to Life

Doomsday Vault Springs to Life

Aimed at providing mankind with a Noah’s Ark of food in the event of a global catastrophe, an Arctic “doomsday vault” filled with samples of the world’s most important seeds will be inaugurated on Tuesday.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Nobel Peace Prize winning environmentalist Wangari Matai will be among the personalities present at the inauguration of the vault, which has been carved into the permafrost of a remote Arctic mountain, just some 1000 kilometres from the North Pole.

The vault, made up of three spacious cold chambers each measuring 27×10 metres, create a long trident-shaped tunnel bored into the sandstone and limestone.
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