NBC Nightly News features a bright spot in the jobs market. In a depressed Michigan town called Greensville, new green jobs in the solar industry are booming. The company doing all the hiring is United Solar Ovonic. They manufacture thin film flexible solar panels and they have been working with the city and community college to train a new skilled work force.
Architect Michelle Kaufmannshows us what to do with all those wine bottle corks. Instead of tossing them, start saving them and some day in the distant future, you can make your very own cork door mat. This is a fun and simple project using about 200 corks. Yes, that sounds like a lot, but if you hit a few parties, I bet you will have enough in no time. If your really industrious, you can collect wine corks from your local restaurants. I bet they are definitely tossing them with the bottles.
Materials Needed: 200 wine cork stoppers, a piece of fabric or wood in the shape of the mat you want to make and some wood glue. Now glue the corks to the material. Once the glue has dried, cut away the extra material and you are done. That really is dirt simple. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
You’re stuck again on the 405 in your morning commute and for a minute you daydream that your car lifts off above the traffic and flies you directly to work. Trust me, I know how you’re feeling and no, you haven’t been watching too many re-runs of the Jetsons with your kids during Sunday morning cartoons. Well, maybe you have…but the idea isn’t as fantastical as it once was. The company Terrafugia has begun manufacturing a ‘roadable aircraft’ (a.k.a. drivable plane). And yes, the vehicle can do both- fly and drive.
The first full scale model of Terrafugia’s two-seater hybrid vehicle, the Transition, is currently being built in a former machine shop in Woburn, MA, by ten employees whose goal is to debut the vehicle in this summer’s Air Venture aviation festival. It is the largest festival of its kind, held in Oshkosh, WI, annually. The team behind the Transition is led by a thirty-year old aerospace engineer- and some call visionary- Carl Dietrich, who holds a doctorate in the field from MIT.
We are covering this story, not because we are pot smokers, because we are not, but because, it’s a plant. Just like corn, sugar cane, lettuce or apples, its a plant which consumers want. We think making it a crime and destroying peoples lives is just plain stupid. Here is the full show from CNBC.
Jacob opened the African Refuge, a community center in his new neighborhood. Somehow (and I’m still not sure how he did it), Jacob convinced nurses to volunteer their services for those without health insurance….he convinced immigration lawyers to swing by once a week, for refugees trying to get American citizenship. He finds jobs for the unemployed, and flashes a warm smile when people need them most.
Jacob’s center is open to anyone who needs it. He’s already helped more than 1,000 people…and now he wants to expand to other locations.
The new definition of a Green business in America. CNBC’s Trish Regan goes behind the scenes to explore the inner workings of this secretive industry, focusing on Northern California’s “Emerald Triangle,” now the marijuana capital of the U.S. In this scenic pocket of America, the pot business, much of it legal under state law, now makes up as much as two-thirds of the local economy.
Here is the latest line up of video interviews talking about how all the major car makers in the United States racing towards an electric future. The gas guzzlers seem to finally be on their way out.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, and John Waters of Bright Automotive discuss the future of their companies, what part of the auto bailout they want and why.
And then MSNBC Show Morning Joe, talks with Michigan Govern Jennifer Granholm about the electric vehicle future being talked about at the Detroit Auto show. The host of Morning Joe don’t seem to be sold and in-fact they dismiss the idea’s, saying middle America will be a hard sell.
As more details are coming to the surface on the subject of spying on Americans. The Bush White House seemed to be spying on all of us and even focusing on groups, such as journalist. Rachel talks about the new evidence with the famous Washington Post journalist who broke the Nixon Watergate story, Carl Bernstein.
African Odyssey takes you to the real Africa. Follow along as the show travels from the expansive deserts to the deepest jungles. In this episode, the show travels to Dares Salaam and interesting and mysterious city. A fusion of African and Arabic cultures.
So I wake up today to yet another American auto giant saying they will lead the “charge” to an electric vehicle future. This time it was the almost forgotten Chrysler company. The company which has brought us the American classics, such as the Jeep, the Dodge Viper and even the dull but popular PT Cruiser.
I personally would have never guessed Chrysler could wake up quick enough to jump over the new green startups such as Tesla and Aptera. Or catch up to the other majors such as GM their new Volt ev vehicle and or the market leader, Toyota with their hybrid lines. They seem to not only have been able to catch up but in many ways are in the process of passing all of these companies, by transforming their existing platforms into all electric or gas assist electric vehicles.
To prove this, Chrysler today rolled out their classic Jeep and Minivan Voyager in gas assist versions. They went with electric motors in the wheel hubs, giving the vehicles 40 mile range in pure electric mode and 400 miles with gas assist.
Elephant interviews Dr Andrew Weil about his new skin care line for Origins. Origins mission is to promote beauty and wellness through good for you products and feel good experiences.
Dr. Weil also has published a new Food Pyramid for healthy aging. The main message the diet is delivering is, that if you change what you eat, you can avoid:
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
Age-related disorders, including many cancers
Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
Dr. Weil “Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help counteract the chronic inflammation that is a root cause of many serious diseases, including those that become more frequent as people age. It is a way of selecting and preparing foods based on science that can help people achieve and maintain optimum health over their lifetime.”” See the Food Pyramid after the jump.Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos