TRANS PORTATION curated News March 26th

AIRSHIPS - Aircraft Engines That Use Less Fuel & Can Last Three Times As Long Via New Nanoparticle Coating
The service life of aircraft engines can be greatly increased, by up to 300%, through the use of a nanoparticle coating, according to new research from University West in Sweden.This nanoparticle coating also allows the temperature within the engine to be raised, which would increase fuel efficiency — resulting in decreased fuel use, and reduced emissions. The new technology is also considerably cheaper than current conventional ones.
The new coating protects airplane engine components from heat damage, while lasting longer than existing similar coatings Image Credit: Stefan Bjorklund
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/03/27/aircraft-engines-use-les


BATTERIES - Non-toxic biodegradable battery dissolves in water in 3 weeks, could be used inside your body
Biodegradable electronics that dissolve harmlessly after a certain number of days, weeks, or months could be quite useful .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/non-toxic-biodegr


Bykes - Chainless electric bike folds up to fit under your desk, doesn't look dorky
For the aspiring bike commuter who wants a folding electric bike that doesn't look like a folding bike, JiveBike offers a solution .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/chainless-electric-bike-fold


Bykes - Evolution of the bicycle in 60 seconds! (video)
When the bicycle was first invented, there was a period of great innovation and change as various bike makers tried to get things just right .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/evolution-bicycle-60-seconds


Bykes - Now this is clever: The Double O bike light
Designer Paul Cocksedge solves a number of problems in one clever desig .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/now-clever-double-o-bike-lig


EVs - Reservations already in place for 12,000+ Tesla Model X SUVs
With deliveries approximately a year out, there are already over 12,000 reservations in place for Tesla's electric SUV/crossover .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/reservations-already-place-12


EVs - Toshiba Develops Communication Unit Smart Energy Meters
Toshiba develops communication unit for smart meters in compliance with international communications standard G3-PLC (ARIB BandPlan, TTC JJ-300.11) Toshiba Corporation has announced that it has developed the first communications unit*1 to meet the G3-PLC (ARIB BandPlan, TTC JJ-300.11)*2 standard for international power line communication between a smart meter and Home Energy Management System (HEMS)*3, including.. .. ...
energy management meters
http://solarthermalmagazine.com/2014/03/26/toshiba-develops-


TRANSPORT - Number of Californians walking, biking or taking transit doubled since 2000
Recent statistics suggest a promising trend. But imagine what would happen if we actually got serious about promoting livable cities .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/number-californians-walking-