The electric Vespa scooter of your dreams is coming in 2018

November 8, 2017 by  
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Environmentally-conscious commuters, rejoice ! Vespa’s first electric scooter will hit the market next year, and it will have a range of about 62 miles. The good news was announced at the Milan Motorcycle Show by parent company Piaggio. Though the price of the Vespa Elettrica has not yet been revealed, an eager fan base can’t wait to get their hands on the chic electric two-wheeler. Vespa’s first electric scooter is as high-tech as it gets. A 4.3-inch TFT color display sits between the handlebars, displaying information on speed, range, and charge level. When the scooter is connected to the Vespa Elettrica app, messages and phone calls can also be received. Vespa is currently developing a special helmet that is equipped with a built-in Bluetooth speaker and microphone for just this purpose. The app can also be used on a smart phone to keep track of diagnostic information and locate the vehicle on a map. According to Piaggio, the Elletrica will have “superior performance” to a 50cc scooter – although its range is about three times less than the 174-mile range of the 50cc Vespa Primavera . Piaggio says that the new Vespa Elettrica is “perfect for city environments.” The electric scooter charges in four hours from a normal wall outlet, and Vespa Elettrica owners can expect 10 years (or approximately 50,000 to 70,000 km) of use from the scooter . Piaggio is also developing a hybrid version of the Elettrica that has a gas-powered generator . The Elettrica X will have a range of approximately 124 miles. + Vespa Via The Verge Images via Vespa

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US will temporarily halt use of cyanide bombs to kill Colorado wildlife

November 8, 2017 by  
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The United States government has employed M-44s, or cyanide bombs, to kill animals . But those against the use of cyanide capsules just won a small victory: the United States Agriculture Department’s Wildlife Services will suspend their use in Colorado during an environmental analysis. The Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit in April saying Wildlife Services didn’t fully asses the potential impact of killing bears and cougars on other native wildlife such as the Canada lynx in Colorado, according to Reuters . Federal officials had also intended to shoot up to 75 bears and 45 mountain lions . Related: Congress just voted to allow the slaughter of tens of thousands of wild horses and burros Under a recent stay of the lawsuit, Wildlife Services must finish a new environmental assessment by August 1 of next year. They’ll evaluate the consequences of their predator-control actions, according to Reuters. Under the agreement they will not use or fund the use of M-44s on Colorado public lands. They also won’t hunt or trap mountain lions or black bears to study the impact on ungulate populations. Attorney Matthew Bishop of the Western Environmental Law Center said in a statement, “This agreement represents a sign of good faith moving forward to do the right thing when it comes to Colorado’s wildlife and ecosystems. It’s a big swing to go from deciding to ignore the best available science to halting potentially harmful wildlife killing while improving the science.” This isn’t the only time cyanide bombs have made headlines this year. An M-44 killed a family dog and sprayed a 14-year-old boy in Idaho earlier this year. The boy’s father, physician Mark Mansfield, reportedly said in a petition to the White House, “The USDA maintains they resolve conflict between wildlife and people ‘in the safest and most humane ways possible,’ but the nature of the cyanide bomb is neither safe nor humane. Cyanide gas has been used throughout history to murder masses of people.” Via the Center for Biological Diversity and Reuters Images via Depositphotos and USFWS Mountain-Prairie on Flickr

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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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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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