Scientists around the world continue to look for alternative energy sources to replace fossil fuel, deposits of which continue dwindling. Solar and wind energy are but two of the many other forms of alternative energy sources currently researched by man.
National Geographic has compiled a list of five unusual sources of alternative energy:
Certain types of food products – fruit peels and ground coffee – can be used to produce biogas. There are already small energy plants that produce electricity from food waste generated by big towns.
Solar energy is one of the cleanest energy resources available to date. However, there are certain practical and economic restrictions when it comes to the use of solar panels. Thankfully, scientists are already hard at work developing a way to harvest energy from solar wind – a continuous flow of ionized particles that flow from the Sun into space at speeds of 300-1,200 km/sec.
We hear energy created by sound waves every day – we feel the approach of a heavy cargo truck and the walls vibrating whenever our neighbours turn on the music too loud. Because sound waves can generate vibrations of nearly any form of matter present on Earth, scientists are studying ways to transform sound waves into electricity. The volume of energy that can be generated from sound waves is not big. Regardless, scientists are studying ways to use it to recharge small devices.
The electric eel can generate an electric charge of 400 Watts. Eels use it as a defensive mechanism and to hunt smaller fish. Its main purpose, however, is a sort-of radar system that replaces eyes for the near-blind eels. In Japan, a marine museum used an electric eel to power up lights on a Christmas tree.
Our modern lives consist of one big energy-consuming process. Walking or jumping on special platforms can provide enough energy to generate electricity. This kind of technology is currently too expensive to make such an idea a reality. However, looking at enormous volumes of energy spent in clubs or overcrowded streets, this kind of technology may have potential in the future.
This week, the Lithuanian Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a renewed National Security Strategy, laying out 14 major hazards and risk factors to national security.
Every euro invested in advertisement has seven times the influence on a country’s GDP. Every one euro brings seven euros in return to the country’s GDP, as emphasized by Latvian Advertising Association, noting that advertisement sector contributes to employment in all of the European Union.
According to information provided to the parliament, six deputies were applied with administrative penalties during Saeima’s autumn session.
The economic growth of Estonia in 2017 will be slower than previously expected, Swedbank economists have announced lowering their previous economic forecast for the Baltic country by 0.2% to 2.2%.
Latvian State Revenue Service’s Finance Police has successfully apprehended two organized crime groups that caused significant damage to the state budget in 2015 and 2016 by realizing different VAT fraud schemes.
The Estonian government has decided to drop special pensions and to push forward with plans regarding other significant changes in the pension system, including tying the retirement age to the average life expectancy.
Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau intends to inspect if the approval of acting head of Riga City Council’s Transport Department Emils Jakrins in the management board of Rīgas satiksme had any signs of breach of good management principles.
Italy has been shaken by a number of earthquakes this week, one of which has triggered an avalanche burying a mountain hotel, where at least two people have been found dead and dozens more a searched for through rubble and snow.
Weather in Latvia will not be stable in the next couple of days – cloudy weather with some precipitation will be mixed with periods of clear sky, according to State Environmental, Geology and Meteorology Centre.
Experts say container cargoes have the potential to bring major contribution to the logistics sector. With that, LDz Logistics intends to continue organizing the next container train from China, as well as cooperate with partners from Belarus and China in the context of the Great Stone industrial park, as BNN was informed by Transport Ministry’s representative Ilze Greiskalna.
It will no longer be necessary to prepare land border plan for entry of land units in the Land Book. It will help save budget funds, as it will not be necessary to perform land-measuring actions, as reported by Saeima press-service.
The Competition Council is concerned about Latvijas Gāze’s behaviour in the process of liberalization of the country’s gas market. Economy Ministry has submitted a draft of the Gas Trade and Use Rules to the Cabinet of Ministers Committee for review.
Berlin has emphasised plans to increase defence spending after facing criticism from upcoming U.S. President Donald Trump on NATO countries not meeting their spending commitments.
On Thursday, 19 January, Latvia’s Saeima approved the Aircraft Passenger Data Processing Law in the final reading. This will form the passenger data registry.
After a long period of low milk purchase prices in Estonia, milk retail prices in the Baltic country have increased twice, reaching the point where famers receive just enough to cover milk production costs.
In spite of a 16.44% turnover decline, Ventspils Freeport bought a lux-class Audi A8L W12 for EUR 156,000 last year. It’s only known passenger so far has been the formally suspended chairman of Ventspils City Council Aivars Lembergs, as reported by Latvijas Avīze.
Estonia and Finland have signed a bilateral defence cooperation framework agreement aiming for closer and more regular cooperation in the field by the neighbouring countries.
In Tokyo, Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola and Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister Motome Takisawa signed a convention between the two countries on double taxation prevention for income tax.
Real estate tax benefits for housing area could be applied for each person declared living in each respective house. Each benefit can be applied to the building and land, Finance Ministry’s representative Aleksis Jarockis reported on conclusions made by the work group responsible for amendments.
The main suspect of the attack in Istanbul, which left 39 people dead during New Year’s celebrations, had selected randomly the place of attack.
Continuing the digitization process and studying customer habits more intently, it is planned to allow customers resolve matters related to finances using WhatsApp, DNB Bank reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of the former U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, found guilty of stealing and leaking a vast material of classified material to transparency organisations.
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Linda @ 2017-01-16 22:30:28
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Ilmars @ 2017-01-14 07:25:29
Ilmars @ 2017-01-14 07:20:09
The above load of written crap is part of the aforementioned Russian "information campaign". Russia is what is has always been - a backward, closed authoritorian regime. Putin, himself, closed down all demonstations in Moscow 3 years ago when the Russian crowds were chanting "Putin out". This type of propaganda might play well with nickalai and olga in their upgraded collective farm west of Khabarosk, but in the rest of the world, it is just neo-communist drivel. The Russians should upgrade their propaganda, and get better propagandists, because no one in their right mind would beleive this palpable nonsense.