Tuesday, November 25, 2008

MacBook: Greenest Notebook?

Apple Green Macbook
Yet another company using the "Green" bandwagon to sell their products. Have a look at this.

Apple: When we redesigned the new Macbook, our designers and engineers set a goal of making not only the greenest notebook Apple ever produced, but the greenest family of notebooks. So every new Macbook has been built using materials that are highly recyclable and free of many harmful substances present in other computers. Apple engineers also designed the software and hardware to work together, in order to maximize energy efficiency and minimize the carbon footprint of the MacBook. Even the packaging was reconsidered and reduced, so there would be smaller boxes to ship and less material to recycle. The result is exactly what we hoped for: the greenest family of notebooks ever made.

As for the "eco friendly aluminum cases: Refining Aluminum is not the most "eco friendly" process. It tends to result in lots of "carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen fluoride gases and particulates, fluorides, alumina, sulfur dioxide and volatile organics are produced ..." which by the eco people are not "environmentally nice".

Want to be green? Don't buy a new computer!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Encyclopedia of Life

Encyclopedia of Life is an online collaborative effort by scientist, which encompasses an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about all known species on Earth, make accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.

"Imagine an electronic page for each species of organism on Earth, available everywhere by single access on command." - Edward O. Wilson

Encylopedia of Life will be a great tool for teaching and learning, for students, scientists and the public.

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