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North Uist rivalries in song

00    a musical landscape dominated by all that’s young and urban, an artist who sings centuries-old songs in Gaelic would not be expected to get much farther than the Inner Hebrides. But with a celebrity following that boasts Ricky … Continued

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How to build a Water Motor

00   The Water Motor We all know how an industrial electric motor operates. You have a power switch. It turns electric current on and off to an electric motor, which then does work. That work can be pushing a cart, … Continued

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The Google of Renewables

Nanosolar is winning the race to develop solar power that is cheaper per unit than grid electricity. The company promises a solar panel on every building.

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Solar pool heaters

Solar hot water heaters can be a cost-effective way to heat the swimming pool at your off-grid palace. This isn�t just a celebrity trend, though � you can buy ready-made kits to that are easy to install starting at around �700. Heating an average pool for the swimming season uses about the same amount of energy as most homes require per year. The costs go beyond just monthly heating bills when you consider greenhouse gas emissions involved � so a solar pool heater pays for itself quickly. Solar blankets (pool covers) are the cheapest way to reduce heat loss and save energy.

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Branson’s New Toy

Richard Branson�s got himself another island to do with as he pleases. Branson wants his latest purchase to serve as an eco-friendly example to the rest of the resorts out there. Conventional cars will be banned although there may be small electric buggies to ferry visitors around. Homes will be built Balinese-style from sustainable materials. Branson is already installing wind and wave turbines and solar panels on Necker, which is used as a hideaway by celebrities such as Mariah Carey and Annie Lennox.

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Bush sees the light

George Bush has been listening to the light gods � he�s given funding to a project harnessing energy from sunlight and interior light to wirelessly power everything from cellphones to signboards. With the Solar America Initiative, Bush has finally been forced to let solar energy compete with conventional electricity sources, and Konarka hopes to develop flexible plastic solar cell strips � material that could be embedded into the casings of laptop computers and even woven into power-producing clothing to energize digital media players or other electronics.

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Mobile Homesteading

Documented mobile, school bus conversion so others can learn and duplicate thework. A 1991 GMC/Ward 66 Passenger School Bus is shown at the various stages of conversion, and all the steps taken to convert it into a rolling home are documented.

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Vanity Fair’s greenwash

We think Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and singer Bono are the chewing gum stuck to the shoe of the green movement, but Hollywood’s green elite know better.It seems not a month goes by without some magazine doing �the Green issue�, and Vanity Fair loved it so much the first time, they�re doing their second green issue this May.

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Cheap energy in the UK

UK providers of cheap gas and electricity are in a price war. But comparing their prices with potential renewable installations , especially over a few years’ shows the cheapest energy may be in renewables after all.

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Hurley’s Organic Ambitions

After announcing she was quitting acting and settling down, Elizabeth Hurley has been true to her word. She wed Arun Nayar at the start of March, and now plans to settle on an organic farm.