Recycling Old Electronics: One Writer’s Journey

March 3, 2017 by  
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Take a minute and think about how much technology you have had throughout your lifetime. Now think about having all of that in your hands at one time. Where did all those pieces go after you were done with them? Just what happens to electronic…

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New super batteries could charge phones in seconds and electric cars in minutes

December 7, 2016 by  
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A scientific breakthrough at the University of Surrey could completely change how we charge our devices. Researchers developed a new material that could be used to create supercapacitors 1,000 to 10,000 times more powerful than conventional batteries . The new super batteries would also be safer, faster charging, more efficient, and greener. The breakthrough is made possible by a special type of polymer that is, surprisingly enough, adapted from the principles used to make soft contact lenses. Supercapacitors have long been considered a superior alternative to batteries – able to charge and discharge energy incredibly quickly. However, until now, the materials used for these devices have had a poor energy density that limited their usefulness. This new, denser polymer could change all that. This groundbreaking new technology could allow electric cars to finally become competitive with conventional vehicles. Cars equipped with the new supercapacitors could be charged in minutes, taking no longer than the time it takes to fill a normal vehicle with gasoline. It could also completely transform our household devices and appliances, allowing phones and laptops to charge in mere seconds. Related: MIT’s new carbon-free supercapacitor could revolutionize the way we store power The development seems to confirm what Elon Musk has been predicting for years : that supercapacitors are likely the future of electric transportation. With this new breakthrough, it’s only a matter of time before faster-charging EVs capable of traveling far longer distances hit the market. Via The Daily Mail Images via Myrtle Beach TheDigitel and Pixabay

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Smartphone Recall: Will Samsung Consider the Earth?

November 10, 2016 by  
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Keep your seat back in the upright position, put your tray table up, switch all electronics to airplane mode, and turn off your Samsung Galaxy Note 7. This is the new script for airline workers now that the recently launched smartphone has been…

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Digno Rafre washable smart phone hits the market

December 17, 2015 by  
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You may soon be able to wash your smart phone with good old fashioned soap and water. Japanese telecom firm KDDI and Kyocera have been busy working on the “Digno Rafre phone,” which users can scrub-a-dub with suds. With waterproof phones already on the market, KDDI is developing the washable phone geared toward parents needing to effectively keep their phones clean from their kids’ grubby hands- or phone addicts who can’t part with their gadgets at bath time. Read the rest of Digno Rafre washable smart phone hits the market

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Change Your Behavior: A Guide To Recycling Rechargeable Batteries

August 27, 2015 by  
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As millions of students prepare to head back to school, now is a prime time to shop for new gadgets and electronic devices to replace the old ones. While it’s exciting to upgrade, it can be a tough season for Mother Earth. The pencils and notepads…

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Can the ICT sector help grow a decarbonized economy?

June 22, 2015 by  
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ICTs generate over $11 trillion by 2030, helping to to grow the economy while reducing negative environmental impacts, a new report from the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Accenture finds.

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Awesome Flux Bike Charges Your Gadgets on the Go

August 6, 2014 by  
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Cyclists are fond of saying, “it costs nothing and makes you thin” but now thanks to Royal College of Art graduate Offer Canfi , bicycles can also charge your gadgets. Canfi’s Flux project utilizes resonant inductive coupling – a method of transmitting electrical energy without man-made conductors – in order to not just charge phones and tablets, but also, it is hoped, to charge electric bikes via inductive bicycle lanes. Read the rest of Awesome Flux Bike Charges Your Gadgets on the Go Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle charges electronics , bicycles , e-bike , electric bicycle , electric bikes , Flux project , gadget charging bike , green transportation , inductive bicycle lanes , Inductive coupling , Offer Canfi , Royal College of Art

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Steven Holl’s Knut Hamsun Museum Stands Tall in the Norwegian Countryside

August 6, 2014 by  
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Like any good architect, Steven Holl finds inspiration in unexpected places. His award-winning Swiss residence was inspired by the black rocks and white snow of the Swiss Alps. And this project, a museum in Hamarøy, Norway , is inspired by the writing of Knut Hamsun , Norway’s most inventive 20th century writer. While the structure at first glance seems a bit austere, its design concept, described as “building as body,” is rich and poetic, serving as a narrative that “tells many contrasting tales and constantly revitalizes Hamsun’s writing.” The museum will include exhibition areas, a library, cafe and auditorium, topped off by a roof garden whose long grass reflects traditional Norwegian sod roof design. Read the rest of Steven Holl’s Knut Hamsun Museum Stands Tall in the Norwegian Countryside Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dark tower , Hamsun , Hamsun Museum , Holl Museum , Holl museum Norway , Knut Hamsun , Knut Hansen Museum , norway , Norway Architecture , Norway Museum , Norwegian , Norwegian Museum , Steven Holl , Steven Holl Norway

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“Extremely Rare and Unprecedented” Double Whammy Storms to Slam Hawaii

August 6, 2014 by  
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In what’s being called an extremely rare and unprecedented event, two tropical storms are set to batter Hawaii back to back. The Huffington Post reports that the National Weather Service Pacific Hurricane Center (NWSCPH) is currently keeping an eye on two large storms approaching the islands of Hawaii, including Hurricane Iselle that’s expected to hit on Thursday afternoon – and tropical storm Julio, which is expected to follow suit two or three days later. Two successive storms like this have never been documented before, according to one weather expert. “In 75 years of reliable data you only have one case where [tropical storms] were even 10 days apart,” Weather Channel lead meteorologist, Kevin Roth told The Huffington Post . Read the rest of “Extremely Rare and Unprecedented” Double Whammy Storms to Slam Hawaii Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: change , climate , extreme , flash , flood , hawaii , heavy , Hurricane , iselle , juilo , rain , storm , tropical , weather

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BioLite BaseCamp Stove Transforms Fire into Electricity for Your Off-Grid Needs

May 15, 2014 by  
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If you can’t bear to be apart from your gadgets when you’re trekking in the Great Outdoors, you’ll love what the BioLite team has cooked up. Yesterday, the startup launched a Kickstarter for their new BaseCamp stove model that can transform fire into 5W of electricity–more than enough to charge your GPS, phone, and tablets all at the same time. Want one of your own? This advanced off-grid cooking stove is now being sold at $299 for preorders and has already exceeded its Kickstarter goal by sixfold in less than 24 hours. + BaseCamp Stove Kickstarter + BioLite The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 5w electricity , BaseCamp , basecamp stove , BioLite , biolite kickstarter , kickstarter , off-grid , reader submitted content , turns fire to electricity

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