Jim Lillie

Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 00:00

Power This Home for Less than $3 Per Year

A pair of Melbourne-based architectural companies have combined efforts to construct what is believed to be the first 10-star carbon-positive home Down Under.

The stylish abode, which was built with the idea of wasting nothing as well as positively outgrowing its carbon footprint over its lifespan, could result in an annual savings of more than 500 pounds of carbon.

Nat Woods from the Sociable Weaver, one of the two architectural firms, recently told New Atlas, "We  like to call it the full sustainability package deal."

That would be a full-package deal that's anticipated by the Social Weaver to run the occupants about $2.35 USD ($3 AUD) per year to power.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 00:00

Honda Tests Autonomous Off-Road Work Vehicles

The vehicles combine Honda's all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and emerging advanced autonomous technology and are designed to improve safety and efficiency for commercial, public, and consumer endeavors such as firefighting, landscaping, rescue, agriculture, construction, and snow removal. 

The ATV chassis that serves as the base for the new Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) has been developed over three decades with the purpose of helping people to reach remote locations by way of a four-wheel drive system. Because of its compact size and ability to operate off-road, the prototype is ideal for a variety of locations ranging from tight urban pedestrian areas to thickly vegetated forests.

Tuesday, 01 January 2019 00:00

Battery-Free Implant Suppresses Appetite

The implantable gizmo could assist the more that 700 million adults and children worldwide classified as obese to lose weight, engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said recently.

Laboratory testing demonstrated that rats using the device succeeded in dropping approximately 40 per cent of their body weight. And the device takes up very little room, measuring at less than a centimeter across -- or about a third of the diameter of a U.S. penny.

Here's how it works: The safely implantable device generates harmless electric pulses by picking up on the stomach's typical churning action and then delivers those pulses directly to the vagus nerve, which ties together the brain and the stomach. By gently stimulating the vague nerve, the device essentially fools the brain into believing that the stomach doesn't want more than the few morsels of food it has already had.

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