Thursday, November 15, 2012

Interactive Map That Tells If Your Home Is Suitable for Solar Power

The city of Cambridge in Massachusetts has collaborated with MIT to make an interactive map that determines solar power potential, enabling its residents (and possible solar power beneficiaries) to know whether their home is suitable for solar power or not – just by typing their address into the innovative web system.

The site lets users understand the advantages and factors related to the installation of solar voltaic units in good locations, such as:

The size of the installation
Price of installation
Savings via state and federal tax rebates
Savings via electricity production estimates annually
Assessment of pollution and carbon diffusion

This technology assesses the amount of electricity that can be produced in one year and ranks the homes as zero, poor, good and excellent solar potential.

Artist Makes Real Indoor Clouds

Berndnaut Smilde, a Dutch artist has developed a method of making clouds indoors by meticulously regulating the light, humidity and temperature in space. This awesome intersection of art and science was named recently as one of the “Best Inventions of 2012” by TIME Magazine.

These fluffy white clouds are assembled with the use of a fog machine, producing an unbelievable sight in the center of a room. Smilde has made his clouds in various locations -- from hallways and corridors to bedrooms and other spaces