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Report: 95% Of “Green” Products Are Misleading

What if you were told that a whopping 95% of all products that claim to be "green" are misleading? Well, a new report by the Underwriters Laboratory of Canada sampled 5,296 products in stores across the U.S. and Canada and found just that.

The big issue here is that products are able to make claims without any proof, and not only that, some products are just plain vague and misleading about how "green" they actually are. In fact, the total number of "green" products has risen 73% over the past year, of course as the study shows, some of which are not so "green" at all. Luckily, within that number is a rise in products that actually are "green."

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Nissan Leaf Test Drive Goes 116 Miles On One Charge

Ever been to a dealership and seen your car boasting way more mileage than you actually get? I have. Unfortunately for us, the numbers they show on the cars aren't always very accurate, certainly not in normal driving conditions. However, a recent test of the Nissan Leaf proves Nissan's claim to be true, going between 62 and 138 miles on a single charge.

PluginCars.com recently took the car for a test drive and was able to pull off 116 miles on a single charge. Not bad if you ask me.

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Russia Enters Hybrid Market With Unnamed “City Car”

It looks like Russia just entered the hybrid game with their very own gas-electric vehicle. Behind the prototype of the unnamed vehicle is billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov who plans to show off the car this December.

The car has been dubbed the City Car but will be named in a naming contest where people can suggest names and vote for their favorite. It's expected to cost somewhere around $13,000 depending on the configuration of features. At 65 miles per gallon, that ain't so bad.

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Paper Made From Panda Poo

Pandas are darn cute and we all know it. Now, in addition to showing your love for pandas by buying a stuffed animal, you can get some of these eco-friendly paper products made from... recycled panda poo. Yeah, we're serious.

You eat more fiber, your poo becomes fibrous, and nobody eats more fiber than pandas. Well someone might, but not us. Since panda poo is loaded with fiber, their poo has been collected, rinsed, boiled, fiber has been added and dried and now you've got yourself some grade-A panda poo greeting cards, etc.

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Lays Chips To Get Quiet Bags Made From Potato Skins

Sun Chips recently received quite a few complaints after releasing its biodegradable chip bags. Not because it wasn't a great idea, but because they were incredibly noisy. Now Lays--known as Walkers in the UK--will be getting a similar treatment, with new bags made from the starch from potato peels.

The new bags are expected to ship out in the UK within the next 18 months, and should be able to reduce the carbon footprint of the chips by around seven percent. The bags are expected to be much quieter than their Sun Chips counterparts.

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Why It’s Hard to Crash the Electric Grid

Last March, the U.S. Congress heard testimony about a scientific study in the journal Safety Science. A military analyst worried that the paper presented a model of how an attack on a small, unimportant part of the U.S. power grid might, like dominoes, bring the whole grid down.

Members of Congress were, of course, concerned. Then, a similar paper came out in the journal Nature the next month that presented a model of how a cascade of failing interconnected networks led to a blackout that covered Italy in 2003.

These two papers are part of a growing reliance on a particular kind of mathematical model — a so-called topological model — for understanding complex systems, including the power grid.

And this has University of Vermont power-system expert Paul Hines concerned.

“Some modelers have gotten so fascinated with these abstract networks that they’ve ignored the physics of how things actually work — like electricity infrastructure,” Hines says, “and this can lead you grossly astray.”

For example, the Safety Science paper came to the “highly counter-intuitive conclusion,” Hines says, that the smallest, lowest-flow parts of the electrical system — say a minor substation in a neighborhood — were likely to be the most effective spots for a targeted attack to bring down the U.S. grid.

“That’s a bunch of hooey,” says Seth Blumsack, Hines’s colleague at Penn State.

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Domaining.com Responds to Criticism of Marketplaces, Hints At Changes

A few days ago Facebook launched a new groups feature. Having an extensive network of domainers as friends on Facebook, I decided to create a group exclusively for serious Domainers. Many have been actively participating and I expect it will be a great place to discuss Domaining, network and share.

These new groups have something pretty neat, a chat room feature. While casually discussing domain marketplaces in the chat room with group members, I mentioned that I do not use the marketplaces found on the popular industry news site, Domaining.com. To my surprise, a short while later I received an email from Francois who was curious as to why I don’t use the Domaining.com marketplaces.

I commend Francois for proactively seeking out feedback for the website. He has always been open to suggestions since the beginning.

Here I would like to share the concerns I expressed to Francois and his detailed responses. Some grammar has been fixed and sensitive comments omitted.

1. My domains do not appraise highly through your algorithm and may be perceived as less valuable to buyers.

Response: You know it’s not my algorythm but Estibot’s algorythm who also powers Valuate.com, and the valuations given are statitstically good to compare domains and adopted by most of the domain industry. For domains having a low appraisal and or an appraisal under the reserve price I don’t know if I coded to continue showing the appraisal in the sale page or not. It’s certainly a good point to let the owner to decide, I will add that option.

2. Don’t like that there are varying levels of membership and benefits for sellers who pay membership fees.

Response: Each plan has it’s logic. First, there are many to avoid to ask to pay too much someone who will not need of all the options and services.

The initial membership at $10 is mainly here to filter buyers and avoid anyone to come, place a fakebid and go away (what we had in the begining 3 months ago). It’s also a way to filter unscrupulous buyers that list domains they don’t own or don’t transfer a name sold. It’s the level to have a minimum of security and peace of mind for each participant. I have be thinking to have it a single time fee, maybe I will do it.

The second one is in fact the normal level to get advantage of almost any service and with almost the maximum privileges, it’s less than $4/month. It should help pay the DNS cost when you want to park your domain for sale or portfolio (not sure you know these features) which is expensive.

The third is only for buyers that want to be aware of the best deals before anyone, anyway, even this plan cost nothing… (it’s possible we raise it next year significantly).

You know, these plans are targeted for each kind of buyer/seller.

3. Marketplaces are not easily linked to each other. Some new visitor to BargainDomains.com may never see or know about Cax.com domains.

Response: Right, mainly because none is finished completly as I would like.

4. Flipping.co domain implies that you are “selling something bought for cheap” which is negative connotation

Response: It took me 2 hours to decide to create this marketplace, start the promotion and have the first domains listed. It was the morning the .CO become available to everybody. As a lot was registering for cheap (exactly), I imagine the most smart will try to immediately flip it to avoid the scenario of the .mobi.

You cannot consider people are stupid, almost everyone knows .CO has been registered for less than $25 a month ago and that you are flipping.

5. Cax.com domain does not make sense.

Response: The same Google does not make sense, Sedo, Bido, … any brandable name doesn’t make sense. Oops! People will tell you after that Sedo is “search domain” but who knows this? It’s logical only after someone has told you :) I remember a popular thread in DNF 4 years ago about a game trying to find what was the meaning of SEDO, … it was funny and outlined very well. Now that you like Cax or that you don’t like it’s up to you and it’s personal. I remember found very ugly bido and his sonority at the begining, and I also must be honnest and say I like it a lot after many months of promotion.

There are basically 2 routes when you decide to buy a domain for a service: generic or brandable. I am maybe too elitist, but my experience outline that if you don’t own the industry generic killer name then better buy a brandable. The good ones was: Aftermarket.com, Domains.com, … names I cannot buy today for many reasons. But I also want to say it’s not easy to have generic as you must allways add the .com and what ever you do you are never totally owner of the generic.

In a side note I wanted this time (after domaining.com) of a very short brandable that pass the radio test and that was easy to spell and that has some punch. I think the catchy domain Cax.com has this. Maybe after 3 months of strong promotion you will change your mind. Last thing, the type-in is proportional to the inverse of the length, it’s fast to write cax.com/mydomain.com and access your sale page or tell about your sale page.

6. BargainDomains.com is better and of course PremiumDomains.com would be the ultimate name for marketplace.. but that is for your private names.

Response: Both make sense, one to list bargain and the other for premium, but use any of them for list any kind of names does not make sense.

7. Design of the marketplaces is OK, I think it could be much more professional and more usable for buyers and sellers.

Response: Rome has not been built in 3 days. I just have a head, 10 fingers and my days like yours still have 24H :) Don’t worry they are going to be seriously improved.

Apparently you just see a part of the iceberg, look at SalePage.com, DomainPortofolio.com, … in construction. As soon Cax.com is finished all the pieces should be linked and exposed in a more logical way.

By the way Cax.com will allow to submit names without restrictions of appraisals.

Thank you Francois!

Your responses have some excellent points. While I still do not agree completely with everything (I wish there was one big marketplace with categories), it does look like your marketplaces are heading in a positive direction and will receive good use from the Domaining.com audience. I look forward to the upcoming changes and improvements.

The new DomainPortfolio site looks very promising to me. Great idea.

What do you think of the Domaining.com domain marketplaces and the possible changes and introductions? Please leave a comment below with your thoughts.

This article is from DotSauce Magazine.



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Walmart to Install Thin Film Solar Panels

Prominent corporations are paying special attention to go green and create a conducive environment for clean and green energy. Walmart too is taking appreciative steps in the field of alternative energy. In the year 2007, Walmart entered into a partnership with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to provide a thrust to the photovoltaic technologies. It was related with thin-film solar. They aimed for taking it out from labs to the real world.

In the practical world, products should be commercially viable, consistent, and cost effective. Walmart is already installing the solar panels in its stores in southern California, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Now they made it public to install more solar panels to another 20 to 30 outlets in California and Arizona. With this step they are moving towards their pledge of going 100% green in future.

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