New Material Reflects Absolutey Nothing

Many optical technologies such as camera lenses, solar cells and light emitting diodes depend in part on light being efficiently transmitted through a medium. Reflections are are a waste of that precious light.

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), in Troy, NY, and semiconductor maker Crystal IS, in Green Island, NY, have developed a new type of nanostructured coating that can virtually eliminate reflections, potentially leading to dramatic improvements in optical devices.

The researchers showed that they can prevent almost all reflection by "growing" nanoscale rods projected at specific angles from a surface. The material stops reflections from nearly all the colors of the visible spectrum, as well as some infrared light. As a result the total reflection is 10 times less than it is with current coatings.

Applied to a solar cell, the new coating would increase the efficiency by a few percentage points. LEDs, already one of the most efficient ways to produce light, could also become much more efficient. A remarkable 40 percent improvement could be seen in LEDs, where a large amount of light generated by a semiconductor is typically trapped inside the device by reflections.

Via: Technology Review

Replacing Batteries with WiTricity

Researchers at MIT led by Prof. Marin Soljacic have accomplished what Nikola Tesla envisioned over a century ago – the efficient wireless transmission of electricity. Dubbed ‘WiTricity’ (for Wireless Elecricity) by its inventors, it is the first wireless transmission of power to improve on the efficiency of radiant electromagnetic devices, which send energy indiscriminately in every direction, while not requiring direct line-of-sight like lasers.

WiTricity works on the principle of magnetic coupled resonance. The MIT team built matching copper coils to precise specifications, so that when power was applied to one coil, it produces a magnetic frequency – in the MHz range, since you wanted to know – which causes the other coil to vibrate up to 7ft (over 2 meters) away. Meanwhile, other elctromagnetic fields, such as those surrounding computers, cell phones, and human beings, remain largely unaffected.

The scientists were able to light up a 60-watt bulb that had "no physical connection" with the power-generating appliance. "It was quite exciting," Soljacic said. The process is "very reproducible," he added. "We can just go to the lab and do it whenever we want."

Aside from the implications in clutter management (who wouldn’t want to get rid of that tangle of wires behind the desk? Ugh!) there’s a green component, too – imagine a world without the need for batteries and their weight, inefficiency, short life span and toxic chemicals. Current battery technologies are around 80-90% efficient at best, losing energy through heat and self-discharge; WiTricity is currently capable of about half that, but for a proof of concept that’s pretty darn good. The group envisions a product which could supplant batteries in cell phones, Roombas, laptops, and other household items which require frequent charging.

via Linux Insider and MIT News Office

Dell Wants to Be "The Greenest Technology Company"

Dell just decided that they’re the best and no one’s gonna mess with them. So Apple can announce it’s getting greener and HP might have more efficient PCs, but Dell is the leader, or will be, ’cause they say so.

Dell really has been doing some marvelous stuff in the last year. They’re allowing customers to offset the lifetime carbon of their PCs (and even themselves) and they have developed an excellent recycling strategy and efficient desktop and laptop designs.

But it’s not enough, Dell is asking all it’s users to take the environment section of Idea Storm by storm. Idea Storm is basically Dell’s suggestion box, and while news there has mostly swirled around Linux since it’s creation, the environment is likely a more important issue to Dell customers.

So go check out IdeaStorm’s Environment section. I’ve just submitted an idea myself, asking Dell to create a Long Life Laptop, that will function well for five to ten years, instead of the average three.

Cool Lamp…Not So Cool Price

About a month ago, I went searching for an energy efficient desk lamp, but came away a little disappointed. Although I ended up settling for a halogen lamp, the LED-powered Z-Bar would have been a beautiful alternative. Winner of the 2006 I.D. Annual Design Review "Best of Category" award, the Z-Bar uses 66 LEDs, producing 112 lumens with only 9.6 watts. The lamp makes up for a lack of bright light by concentrating the light from the LEDs in a 50 degree view angle, rather than 360 degrees like typical incandescents.

At a cost of $129, the lamp is really targeted for those into cool design, but cheap copycats are bound to come out sooner or later right? If you want one, head over to Koncept where they have a mini and floor lamp versions also for sale.


Reed Brothers Dodge Recently Hosted the Paul Green School of Rock at their Dealership

Several hundred people were captivated as The Paul Green School of Rock performed on stage at Reed Brothers Dodge dealership in Rockville, Maryland (MD).

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Date : Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Rockville, Maryland — (ArriveNet – Jun 06, 2007) — AWESOME!!! That’s the only way to describe the energy The Paul Green School of Rock brought to the stage at Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland (MD). These kids are one of those bands that turns out such an inspiring concert, all you want to do is go home and rock.

We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather or a more fun weekend to celebrate Reed Brothers Dodges’ Annual 81 Hour Memorial Weekend Summer Kickoff. It was a great success with lively music from The Paul Green “School of Rock” keeping everyone on their toes and delicious barbeque courtesy of Reed Brothers Dodge feeding all the hungry visitors.

The school’s manifesto today identifies The Paul Green School of Rock Music as the “nation’s premier performance-based rock music program”. They accept students from ages 7-18 and turn them into genuine rock stars. Their goals are to help their students realize their potential as musicians, to put them on stage in front of as many people as possible, and to help foster a new generation of incredible musicians.

As in any musical group, there were standouts: the fluent guitar solos of Justin Robb and Sean Simmons; the rock-solid playing of bassist Hunter Palmer; the clear, tuneful vocals of Mary Jordan Nogay and Camelia Pascual. The switch-hitting award goes to Nate Sweeney, who executed excellent drumming. The band really knows how to rock, and put on a great show, and that’s what it’s all about.

A good selection of new and pre-owned Dodge vehicles are on display at Reed Brothers Dodge, the premier Dodge Dealer in Rockville, Maryland (MD). Look for the various models of Dodge vehicles like the Dodge Avenger, Magnum, Caravan, Grand Caravan, Caliber, Charger and Viper. Trucks such as Dakota, Ram 1500 Ram 2500, Ram 3500, Ram 3500 Chassis Cab and SUV’s such as Durango and Nitro in the New Vehicles category are on their website at

Reed Brothers Dodge has service appointments, easy financing options and after sales service for Dodge vehicles. Reed Brothers Dodge, the premier Dodge Dealer in Rockville, Maryland (MD) enables you to purchase original Mopar parts and accessories for any model of Dodge vehicle.


Bugatti Veyron: 365km/h – 227mph on the Autobahn

So how does it feel like going 365 km/h or 227 mph on the German Autobahn with a 1001 Hp Bugatti Veyron? According to Autocar’s Chris Harris who points out more times than our ears can handle; i-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-e. Can’t say that we share the same enthusiasm with the old chap –even my century year old grandma’s aunt could probably manage to push the pedal to the metal in the autobahn. Still though, the video might be worth a few minutes of your time. Via:

Technorati: Bugatti+Veyron, cars, autos, vehicles

Mercedes Car Group Posts Record Sales of 116,000 Passenger Vehicles in May

Sales of Mercedes Car Group passenger vehicles rose three percent in May 2007 to a record 116,000 units (May 2006: 112,700 units). During the first five months of the year as a whole, sales of Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and smart brand vehicles amounted to 500,500 units (January-May 2006: 508,500 units). At 103,400 units, MayÂ’s result marks a new all-time high for sales of Mercedes-Benz brand vehicles (May 2006: 101,800 units). Since the beginning of the year, deliveries of Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles have risen to the record level of 468,400 units (January-May 2006: 459,100 units). With the new generation of the E-Class, Mercedes-Benz gained market shares in all triad markets. As a result, worldwide deliveries in the upper-range segment have increased by twelve percent since the beginning of the year, to 99,500 units.

Last 203 Series C-Class Station Wagon Rolls off Assembly Line in Bremen

The last C-Class station wagon of the 203 series rolled off the assembly line at the DaimlerChrysler plant in Bremen on Thursday, marking a major milestone in the success story of the Mercedes Benz C-Class. Approximately 360,000 units of the C-Class station wagon have been sold since the model was launched in early 2001. The last vehicle produced at the plant, a black C230 Kompressor equipped with right-hand drive, will go to a customer in England.

Extensive range of ‘Accessories for the smart 2007’ available: Clever and smart

The smart fortwo is a car’s length ahead of its time and lends a new, modern dimension to urban mobility. The smart’s clever vehicle concept remains unrivaled in its second generation as well, a fact also reflected by the new ‘Accessories for the smart 2007.’ The extensive range of features, which are based on intelligent ideas and sophisticated detailed solutions, include everything from practical storage elements to functional foot mats, effective navigation systems, and outstanding sound systems. The new bicycle, ski, and snowboard racks impressively demonstrate how large equipment items can be stored in the smallest possible space — it’s truly intelligent cargo management à la smart.

New top-of-the-range model for Mercedes-Benz Bike Collection 2007: Ultra-lightweight carbon fibre racing bike from Mercedes-Benz

At Mercedes-Benz it is not just the cars that benefit from the companyÂ’s involvement in the field of motor racing – motorsport know-how is also used to optimise various top-class technological Collection products. The latest example is the new ‘Racing Bike 2007’: thanks to an innovative frame made from carbon fibre – a high-tech material used in Formula 1 – this competition-standard cycle weighs just seven kilograms. With its consistently lightweight construction and exclusive equipment, this is a cycle that will appeal to professional cyclists and serious amateurs.

Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH presents the ‘Collection for the smart 2007’: For enthusiasts and individualists

With a daring, unconventional design, the ‘Collection for the smart 2007’ captures the attitude to life that is unique to smart enthusiasts and individualists. The cult bags, fashionable clothing and attractively designed utensils are just the thing for picnics, parties or any other occasion. The ‘smart fortwo edition 2007’ products were created specially for the new fortwo. smart drivers are smart by nature and have a weakness for unusual design. And they wonÂ’t be disappointed by the current ‘Collection for the smart 2007’, now available from smart partners. The ‘digital’ and ‘analogue’ watches not only boast a modern design but also precision – either square with a striking LCD display or round with luminous hands and date window. Made from brushed stainless steel, the solid casing forms a striking contrast with the cheerful green or vivid red textile strap. The watches come in a round neoprene case and a unique feature is that the bag has compartments inside and can later be used as a CD case.

Spy Photos Of The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Wagon

I ran across this story last week but unfortunately due to limited time constraints I wasn’t able to publish it, so if you’ve already seen it, I apologize for my tardiness. For everyone who hasn’t heard (or seen) the news, spy photographers recently captured new shots of a wagon variant of the Mercedes C63 AMG. As you’ll see in the photos, the model retains the same handsome styling found on the rest of the 2008 C-Class lineup, with the added addition of more storage space to allow the obsessive-compulsive among us to stuff even more crap into the back of their vehicle (or, for the Tony Sopranos among us, a few more bodies). Power for the model is rumored to come from a de-tuned version of Mercedes’ 6.2-Liter V8 outputting somehwere between 420 and 450 horsepower, while other highlights of the model likely include enhanced AMG styling, brakes, suspension… basically the same feature set found of the rest of the AMG variants.