Apple announces plans to make all products from recycled materials

April 20, 2017 by  
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Apple just announced plans to close the loop and make all of its products from recycled materials. We tend not to realize how damaging our electronics are for the environment – from mining materials to the toxic effects when we dump them . Apple starting tackling these problems last year with its  recycling robot , and now the electronics giant wants to only use recycled materials in its devices. Apple recently released its latest environmental report, and in it, the company claims that it is working towards using recycled materials to create its next generation of products. This will happen, in part, by reclaiming and re-using old Apple devices. Obviously they aren’t there yet, but Apple has never been shy when setting goals. Related: Apple just unveiled a blazing fast iPhone recycling robot Apple has been steadily shifting towards renewable resources. Its data centers all run on renewable energy , and it has partnered with or built its own solar and wind farms to generate the energy it needs. The company has also been recycling old devices, which saved Apple over $40 million in gold re-use alone. Via Engadget

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Solar-powered Gingko tree charges smart phones in 2 hours

July 9, 2015 by  
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Researchers use smart phones to track city pollution levels

March 9, 2015 by  
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Air pollution isn’t fixed. It fluctuates throughout the day, depending on time and location, meaning that the health risks associated with air pollution can increase depending on how high the local pollution levels are. Luckily, scientists publishing their research in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology have found a way to use smart phone and sensor technology to monitor where pollution is peaking. The researchers noted that it’s important to remember that pollution can vary greatly between school and work environments, or by time of day—for instance, rush hour. Read the rest of Researchers use smart phones to track city pollution levels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , black carbon , mark nieuwenhuijsen , pollution levels , pollution monitoring , smart phone , smartphone

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March 9, 2015 by  
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Air pollution isn’t fixed. It fluctuates throughout the day, depending on time and location, meaning that the health risks associated with air pollution can increase depending on how high the local pollution levels are. Luckily, scientists publishing their research in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology have found a way to use smart phone and sensor technology to monitor where pollution is peaking. The researchers noted that it’s important to remember that pollution can vary greatly between school and work environments, or by time of day—for instance, rush hour. Read the rest of Researchers use smart phones to track city pollution levels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , black carbon , mark nieuwenhuijsen , pollution levels , pollution monitoring , smart phone , smartphone

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This 3D-printed tree charges smart phone with solar power

February 23, 2015 by  
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Scientists at  VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have created a tree prototype that harvests solar power from indoor or outdoor light, and turns it into electricity for powering small electronic devices, including smartphones. The tree, which is 3D-printed from wood-based biomaterials developed by VTT, can also harvest kinetic energy from its surroundings. It’s also cute enough to fit in with your decor. Read the rest of This 3D-printed tree charges smart phone with solar power Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed , 3D printing , nanosolar , paper-thin solar , solar , solar panels , Solar Power

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Wickedleak Launches the First Waterproof Smartphone: The Wammy Passion X

March 4, 2014 by  
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Accident-prone smartphone owners can finally breathe a sigh of relief and stop with the bowls of dry rice – the tech start-up Wickedleak just unveiled the world’s first waterproof smartphone . The curiously-named Wammy Passion X is internally and externally coated with a molecular nanocoating called AquaProtect. The “hydrophobic smartphone” can be submerged in a variety of liquids with no damage to the device. Read the rest of Wickedleak Launches the First Waterproof Smartphone: The Wammy Passion X Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aqua protect , nano coating , smart phone innovation , smartphone , start-up technology , Technology , water resistant smartphone , waterproof phones , waterproof smartphone , waterproof technology , Wickedleak , Wickedleak Wammy Passion X        

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CitiSense is a Portable Air Pollution Monitoring Device that Sends Data to Your Smart Phone

December 19, 2012 by  
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CitiSense is a portable pollution monitoring system that allows you to check nearby air quality on your smart phone. Developed by computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, the system delivers real-time data to cell phones as well as home computers. Information from the CitiSense sensors is displayed in a color-coded scale—from green to red—for air quality based on EPA ratings. Read the rest of CitiSense is a Portable Air Pollution Monitoring Device that Sends Data to Your Smart Phone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Air quality , Air-Pollution Monitoring Device , CitiSense , city pollutants , environmental destruction , green gadgets , green technology , monitoring devices , pollution levels , san diego , scientific research , scientists , university of california , urban air

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New General Motors System Would Use Smart Phone Technology To Help Drivers Avoid Pedestrians

July 27, 2012 by  
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General Motors has announced that the company is developing a new pedestrian detection system that relies on Wi-Fi Direct technology to ‘see’ pedestrians and bicyclists on congested streets or in poor visibility. Wi-Fi Direct is a the peer-to-peer wireless system that allows smartphones to communicate directly with each other rather than through a shared access point like a cell phone tower, which speeds up the amount of time needed to acquire location information. In GM’s application, the technology would be used to quickly alert drivers to change their course when their view of a pedestrian or cyclist is otherwise blocked. Read the rest of New General Motors System Would Use Smart Phone Technology To Help Drivers Avoid Pedestrians Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automotive technology , bicyclists safety , car safety , cell phone technology , general motors , pedestrian detection system , pedestrian safety , wi-fi direct

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iPod Turns 10 Years Old, And We Celebrate the Dematerialization of Music

October 24, 2011 by  
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ewen and donabel / CC BY 1.0 Yesterday was the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the iPod, the digital music player that would play a key role in dematerializing music forever. Think for a moment — even if you don’t own an iPod, do you listen to digital music? Do you have an MP3 player or a smart phone that acts as your music library? Odds are, you no longer cart around a Discman or Walkman to listen to while traveling or going for a walk. And you may not even own or buy CDs anymore. And for that, we have the iPod to thank. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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From Yawning Lions to Buffalo-befriending Birds: Africa’s Threatened Animals in Stunning Photos (Slideshow)

October 24, 2011 by  
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Photo: WildiZe For more than 10 years, the WildiZe African Conservation Foundation has been lending its support to conservation projects across Africa, from improving the relationship between locals and animals to developing sustainable farming practices. The projects, trips, and research teams that the group supports are working on a variety of issues — community development, animal research, endangered species monitoring — and sending back striking images of a country’s animals on the edge of change.

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