This week at TreeHugger: Meet the Acabion, the two-passenger vehicle that can do 280 mph at half throttle. Check out some of the solar-powered gadgets that made their debut at CeBIT, and find a place online to swap all your old Foghat records and copies of the original World of Warcraft for media you can actually use. Lastly, take a peek at TreeHugger TV, our full-fledged video podcast that we originally teased you with a couple weeks ago.
Claiming to be the next step in the evolution of efficient human transport, the Acabion comes off as an airplane fuselage mounted over a ridiculously fast motorcycle. Appearing at this year s Geneva auto show, the German-made Acabion is a synthesis of aeronautic and bionic concepts, which apparently adds up to a two-passenger vehicle that can do 280 mph at half throttle. The Acabion's fuel economy is a praiseworthy 62 mpg. While the Acabion has certainly captured our attention, the tease factor is painfully high: while we know it can go from 180-280 mph in 10 seconds, and what the drag coefficient is, how about 0-60? What will it cost? While the Acabion may be on to something with the idea of single and double occupancy vehicles, it s not clear how going 300 mph fits into the picture at this point.
Solar power continues to slowly conquer the world of mainstream consumer culture; our latest proof comes with these two nifty little products that run on the power of the sun. A-Data Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI), both based in Taiwan, introduced new solar-powered flash-based memory systems at CeBIT. A-Data will launch the Solar Disk thumb drive equipped with a solar cell module. The drive does not have a built-in battery; the solar cell powers its LCD display to show remaining capacity. MSI debuted their prototype for a solar cell-equipped MP3 player, which uses the solar module to charge the built-in lithium battery and provide supplementary power to extend battery life, which provides 10 hours of playback on a full charge.
For anyone that has a few CDs, DVDs or games collecting dust, we have a solution for you. Check out this growing collection of sites that helps you swap old tired games and other media for new (to you) albums, movies and games. After signing up online, you can create a list of used CDs, DVDs or videogames that you're willing to sell. If another member asks to buy something on your list, the site will notify you. Instead of receiving cash in exchange for the aging media, you collect points that can be used to "buy" other CDs, DVDs or what-have-you from fellow members. The more items you sell, the more points you collect; once enough points are collected, you can make purchases, effectively swapping your old media for something "new."
Lastly, we bring news that the ribbon has been cut on TreeHugger TV. With it comes a brand new wing (perhaps "branch" is more appropriate) of the TreeHugger sphere, with archived episodes and instructions on how subscribe to Treehugger TV via RSS and iTunes, making it easy to never miss an episode. Finally, there's a way to do some TreeHuggin' and TV watchin' at the same time.
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