Scientists at Stanford have developed a fast, water disinfecting device using nanofilms and visible light. It is relatively small, but could have a big impact on both hikers and boondockers.
The glass tablet is topped with bits of copper and “nanoflakes” of the industrial lubricant molybdenum disulfide.
“UV light only counts for 4 percent of the total solar energy. If you can also use visible light, that’s 50 percent of solar energy.”
The early results show highly efficient water disinfection against E.coli and a lactic acid bacteria. Viruses and harmful chemicals may follow. The water should not be cloudy.
It could be commercialized in 3-5 years.
Continue reading The Future Of Water Purification
Would you travel a 1000 miles for a two minute event and wait two years for a chance to be part of it? I’m already making plans for this opportunity of a lifetime.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, the 2017 Solar Eclipse will produce up to 2m40s of totality across the nation; it won’t last very long, but if you manage to be at the right place at the right time, these two minutes will make a big impact on you.
It will be quiet and birds stop singing; you may feel a chill in the air as temperatures can drop 10°F.
As the light dims, shadows appear and at full totality, your surroundings are filled with darkness.
Everyone in the continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse and most of us live close enough to be able to see the total solar eclipse, as its path of totality stretches from Oregon’s coast to South Carolina’s seashore. Continue reading The Ultimate Trip: Two Years Away And Two Minutes Long
Solo RV living or solo travel is more popular now, than it’s ever been. It follows the same route as the Tiny House movement, where people want to scale down, live smaller, have less impact on the environment and be closer to nature.
Yet traveling around solo in a recreational vehicle brings with it some specific issues, that need to be addressed. While you have the opportunity to make all the decisions and go where you want to go, you also lack the support of a partner. Nothing is as devastating as facing a disastrous event, while parked alone in the boondocks, without any lines of communication and far away from the nearest help.
Before getting on the road, we have to anticipate the difficulties we may face during our explorations, so we can avoid worrying about all bad things that can happen. Be prepared, realistic and have fun! Continue reading Solo RV Living: Rules To Live By!
Most pet owners won’t leave home without their beloved animal and van owners are not different. A converted van may be limited in space, but that doesn’t bother Fido. As long as his boss is nearby, nobody is complaining.
Yet there are some restrictions to having a pet on board. The 600 mile daily stretch, to do the cross-country trip in as few days as possible is history. Doggie may not like driving that much and regular stops with long walks may relieve him in more than one way.
Continue reading Ready To Travel? Bring Your Pet!
NOW YOU HAVE FINISHED YOUR VAN AND SPEND THE SUMMER VISITING YOUR FAVORITE LOCATIONS, BUT WINTER IS APPROACHING… WHAT TO DO?
Everybody’s situation differs and much depends on how well you insulated your van and what kind of heating you installed. Most should follow the crowd and GO SOUTH!
Four distinct areas are well-suited for the colder months of the year, each with their own advantages and drawbacks.
Continue reading Living in a Van: How to Survive Winter