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Disruptive, Defined: uBeam Lands $750K To Let You Charge Gadgets Without Plugs

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This is what we talk about when we talk about Disrupt. uBeam, a small startup founded by Meredith Perry, a 22-year-old new graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, has taken on $750,000 in seed funding to build out its technology for wirelessly charging electronic devices. uBeam’s investors include Founders Fund’s...
Disruptive, Defined: uBeam Lands $750K To Let You Charge Gadgets Without Plugs

Apple: Greenpeace’s Cloud Math is Busted

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A view of the huge roof of the Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina. Apple said today that the facility will use 20 megawatts of power, far less than an estimate by Greenepace. (Image: Apple). Apple says it will use 20 megawatts of power at full capacity in its...
Apple: Greenpeace’s Cloud Math is Busted
Electric vehicle tax credit would be bumped to $10,000 under US budget proposal
Science experiment: Will America's schools teach climate change, evolution, geoengineering?

Google gets Greenpeace props for work on energy

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Greenpeace tries to cast some light on the energy sources behind data centers and commend IT companies that advance clean energy and efficiency through tech. Facebook and Apple aren't quite there yet, it says....
Google gets Greenpeace props for work on energy
Wind energy continues to grow on the list of greentech choices
Tree-based solar cells point the way to recyclable energy sources

Sandia Labs develops self monitoring smart outlet, still needs you to plug it in

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The folk at Sandia Labs work on all sorts of interesting projects, and the latest thing to fan our utopian dreams is this experimental smart power outlet. Unlike most monitoring set-ups, it can measure and control electric load without being connected to a central management system. The outlet comprises...
Sandia Labs develops self monitoring smart outlet, still needs you to plug it in

Panel Installation Nearly Complete at Apple's Massive North Carolina Solar Farm

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We've been following Apple's work at its Maiden, North Carolina data center for quite some time, and early last month we saw some good aerial photos showing ongoing work at the site including the installation of a major solar farm to help meet Apple's renewable energy goals for the center....
Panel Installation Nearly Complete at Apple's Massive North Carolina Solar Farm

Indian giant Wipro beats outs HP, Apple as it tops Greenpeace's gadget guide

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For the first time in the history of Greenpeace’s green gadget guide, an Indian electronics firm, Wipro, has taken the lead in the rankings ahead of American tech companies like Apple, HP and Dell. Greenpeace released its latest (18th) Guide to Greener Electronics on Monday and announced that Wipro topped...
Indian giant Wipro beats outs HP, Apple as it tops Greenpeace's gadget guide

Proposal from Google and Duke Energy lets companies buy renewable power

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When a company wants a green data center, it often has to build its own energy sources. Google knows that's sometimes not practical, even for a company its size. To that end, it's partnering with Duke Energy on a proposed business model that would let companies explicitly purchase renewable...
Proposal from Google and Duke Energy lets companies buy renewable power
Greenpeace says Apple and others use dirty energy to power cloud facilities, Apple disagrees

The human battery: Inventions for 2013 and beyond

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 A futurist sees signs everywhere but anyone can connect the dots and glimpse what may come. When I signed up for my first cell phone in the late 90s (a Motorola StarTAC), I didn’t need Faith Popcorn, Ray Kurzweil or Alvin Toffler to tell me the smartphone would become a...
The human battery: Inventions for 2013 and beyond

3D? Feh. MIT has already moved on to 4D printing (video)

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The bad news: just as much of the world is starting to get excited about the prospects of 3D printing, science is moving on to the world of 4D. The good news: in the future, you might not have to assemble that Ikea chair yourself. "4D printing" is the...
3D? Feh. MIT has already moved on to 4D printing (video)

Facebook reveals its carbon footprint

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Data shows social networking site's annual emissions are significantly less than those of Google'sFacebook has, for the first time, revealed the carbon footprint of its operations and over 900m users' likes, photo albums and status updates.The data, published on Wednesday, shows that despite the social networking's rising star, its carbon...
Facebook reveals its carbon footprint

Will clean power and microgrids be the future of data centers?

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Will an idea to build a data center park powered by onsite clean energy and paired with a microgrid in Colorado, represent the future of data centers? Created by developer Craig Harrison, the Niobrara Data Center Energy Park is a proposal for a company or even the government to build...
Will clean power and microgrids be the future of data centers?
6 technologies that could shape the future of energy

MIT's high-temperature photonic crystals could power gadgets of the future

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The devices we carry around tend to evolve much quicker than energy sources inside them. If you need proof of that, just look at the ubiquitous lithium ion battery, which has seen little improvement for over a decade. That may all change within the next few years with advances...
MIT's high-temperature photonic crystals could power gadgets of the future
Facebook Praised By Greenpeace Despite Expanding Carbon Foorprint
Mars rock contains elements essential to life

Bill Gates talks polio, WinFS, and cheeseburgers in Reddit interview

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To promote his latest annual letter, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—and, of course, founder of Microsoft—answered questions today in a Reddit Ask Me Anything interview. The most important topics Gates discussed were related to the Foundation's work. Gates believes that, in spite of the...
Bill Gates talks polio, WinFS, and cheeseburgers in Reddit interview

New lithium-ion battery design that's 2,000 times more powerful, recharges 1,000 times faster

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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new lithium-ion battery technology that is 2,000 times more powerful than comparable batteries. According to the researchers, this is not simply an evolutionary step in battery tech, "It's a new enabling technology... it breaks the normal paradigms of energy...
New lithium-ion battery design that's 2,000 times more powerful, recharges 1,000 times faster

Greenpeace: Google, Microsoft & Other Online Giants Need Greener Data Centers

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Greenpeace has issued a report warning of the ballooning energy needs of data centers feeding cloud computing. It is intended to encourage cloud providers to choose cleaner energy sources, and it does not beat up overly on Google, Amazon, Salesforce, MicroSoft, Facebook, and Yahoo!. But, it is a mixed report...
Greenpeace: Google, Microsoft & Other Online Giants Need Greener Data Centers

A cheap nanowire ink that can boost existing solar cell efficiency by 25%

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Sol Voltaics, a Swedish startup founded by nanotech master Lars Samuelson, has announced its first product: Solink -- an ink made from nanowires that, when slathered onto existing solar panels, can boost efficiency by 25%. Not only could this give solar power the efficiency boost needed to compete with other...
A cheap nanowire ink that can boost existing solar cell efficiency by 25%
Electric vehicle tax credit would be bumped to $10,000 under US budget proposal

Google’s energy reduction plan praised in Greenpeace data center report

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While Greenpeace’s “How Clean is Your Cloud” report had not so great things to say about Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft’s use of coal energy in their data centers, Google was praised for its “comprehensive energy reduction plan”. The organization is urging consumers to contact the companies to convince them to...
Google’s energy reduction plan praised in Greenpeace data center report

Dissolving Computers Could Heal You From Inside Out

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To the list of objects that might occupy the coming Internet of Things, add the internal injury you suffered learning to kickbox. A government-funded research project has come up with dissolvable electronics capable of such tasks as monitoring a bruised kidney, sharing information and fending off infection. Researchers at Tufts University and the...
Dissolving Computers Could Heal You From Inside Out
The year 2000 as envisioned by children in the '70s
Light, heat, and vibration: MIT's new chip can harvest energy from all three simultaneously
BlackBerry creator pays big to go small: donates $100M to quantum computing and nanotech center
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