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Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection (RFCx) has just launched a Kickstarter campaign that aims to protect some of the world’s most endangered rainforests using recycled smartphones. Each device monitors rainforest

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Teeny Tiny Windmills Could Power Future Smartphones

Teeny Tiny Windmills Could Power Future Smartphones

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington are working on the world’s tiniest wind farm that could fit on a grain of rice and charge your smartphone! The teeny tiny windmill is just 1.88mm

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Swiss Researchers Add 3D Scanning to Smartphones with a Simple App

Swiss Researchers Add 3D Scanning to Smartphones with a Simple App

3D scanning could completely change the way we see the world, improve robotic vision, and lead to a whole new 3D printing revolution. While there’s a lot of promise in 3D scanning, the technology still

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Legal Marijuana More Popular and Profitable than Smartphones in the U.S.

Legal Marijuana More Popular and Profitable than Smartphones in the U.S.

Image of prescription marijuana via Shutterstock Move over technology, there's a hot new industry in town and it's all green. New research shows that legal marijuana is among the fastest-growing

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Honda’s New Pedestrian-Saving Tech Uses Smartphones to Alert Tech Zombies

Honda’s New Pedestrian-Saving Tech Uses Smartphones to Alert Tech Zombies

Image via Shutterstock Smartphones are a huge distraction for motorists and pedestrians these days. Safety is a huge concern with so many eyes glued on their screens as they’re walking around or,

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Rainforest Connection Tackles Illegal Deforestation With Solar-Powered Smartphones

Rainforest Connection Tackles Illegal Deforestation With Solar-Powered Smartphones

Photo via Shutterstock Rainforest Connection is an online system that was developed to inform park rangers protecting rainforests of illegal deforestation activities. The platform fits discarded

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Caltech Develops ‘Indestructible’ Self-Healing Microchips for Computers and Smartphones

Caltech Develops ‘Indestructible’ Self-Healing Microchips for Computers and Smartphones

A team of engineers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has developed a way to create computer chips that can repair themselves. The new chips can reportedly fix problems "ranging from

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Vodafone’s Nearly New Program Introduces Pay-As-You-Go Pre-Loved Smartphones

Vodafone’s Nearly New Program Introduces Pay-As-You-Go Pre-Loved Smartphones

For pay-as-you-go cell phone users, using high-end smartphones can be a pricey investment. Vodafone, a UK cell phone service, has a nifty solution to the cost problem that also happens to be great for the

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Miniature Sofant SmartAntenna Could Double Battery Life of Smartphones

Miniature Sofant SmartAntenna Could Double Battery Life of Smartphones

Edinburgh-based Sofant just unveiled a new micro SmartAntenna at CES 2013 that could potentially double the battery life of today's smartphones while easing network congestion. The tiny antenna is

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NASA To Power New Fleet of Satellites With Android Smartphones

NASA To Power New Fleet of Satellites With Android Smartphones

Just how smart are smartphones becoming? A team of scientists at NASA’s Ames Research center in California are currently working on a fleet of miniature satellites that are powered by Android devices.

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Huawei Unveils Epic Pegasus Sculpture Made From 3,500 Smartphones

Huawei Unveils Epic Pegasus Sculpture Made From 3,500 Smartphones

Spotted by our friends at Treehugger, this epic Pegasus Sculpture, crafted by London's Machine Shop from 3,500 Huawei smartphones stands nearly 19 feet tall and boasts a 16 foot wingspan. The mass of

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E-MiLi: New Idle Technology Could Make Smartphones 44% More Energy Efficient

E-MiLi: New Idle Technology Could Make Smartphones 44% More Energy Efficient

Researchers at the University of Michigan have found a clever way to make our smartphones up to 44% more energy efficient without changing how we interact with them. They found that when your smartphone

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World’s first Braille smartwatch gives blind people a lifeline to information

World’s first Braille smartwatch gives blind people a lifeline to information

In countries where smartphones are popular, it’s common to see folks walking down the street, tiny screen in hand, as they navigate to a new cafe, text with a buddy, or read an email from their boss.

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Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

We love technology and even those of us who don't love it, probably still use it to some degree. Even some of our common appliances like TV's, some refrigerators, microwaves, watches and other items use

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Cracked cellphone screens will soon be able to repair themselves

Cracked cellphone screens will soon be able to repair themselves

Have you ever been misfortunate or clumsy enough to drop your phone, leaving a spiderweb of cracks that, at best, serves as an embarrassing conversation starter or, at worst, turns your phone into an

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Revolutionary Fairphone 2 is an ethically sourced smartphone you can fix yourself

Revolutionary Fairphone 2 is an ethically sourced smartphone you can fix yourself

In the last few years smartphones have have become ubiquitous, connecting people worldwide and becoming an everyday, multipurpose tool. Yet, non-ethical sourcing of materials and worker exploitation in

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10 Successful kickstarters creating a better world

10 Successful kickstarters creating a better world

It’s a beautiful thing when businesses align profits and purpose for a better world. And with the growth of crowdfunding, the concept of launching a company funded by others, an increasing number of

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PhoneDrone turns your smartphone into an autonomous flying object

PhoneDrone turns your smartphone into an autonomous flying object

Ready to buy a drone but the cost is a bit prohibitive? You may be able to reduce the cost by turning your powerful smartphone into a PhoneDrone. Simply dock your phone in the drone and watch it go. What

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This elegant, organic LED lamp will make your reading nook cozier than ever

This elegant, organic LED lamp will make your reading nook cozier than ever

LEDs are firmly established as the energy-saving, long-lasting successor to incandescent bulbs, but the next wave might just come in the future of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). With the capacity

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Apple’s US operations are now 100 percent powered by renewable energy

Apple’s US operations are now 100 percent powered by renewable energy

Just ahead of Earth Day, Apple has published their annual environmental responsibility report—much of the report highlights the massive projects they have undertaken in the past year to reduce their

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This periodic table shows which of Earth’s elements are at risk for depletion

This periodic table shows which of Earth’s elements are at risk for depletion

And you thought we were just running the world out of oil. Ha. Think again. All around you are rare elements from the Earth. LCD screens have a bit of indium; LED’s, lasers, semi-conductors and the

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How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

Image via Shutterstock Jeans Dirt rarely shows its face on denim until it's really dirty, so unless you're wearing jeans to trek through mud or you always go commando, don't wash them after every wear.

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Researchers use smart phones to track city pollution levels

Researchers use smart phones to track city pollution levels

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

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IKEA launches new furniture that can wirelessly charge your smartphone!

IKEA launches new furniture that can wirelessly charge your smartphone!

Are you always losing your smartphone charger? Not to worry, with IKEA’s new furniture line misplaced smartphone chargers will be a problem of the past. The Swedish furniture maker unveiled on Sunday a

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

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

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

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Taiwan will fine parents who fail to restrict their kids’ screen time

Taiwan will fine parents who fail to restrict their kids’ screen time

In response to a growing worldwide concern facing electronics addictions among children, the Taiwanese government has now placed serious restrictions on of smartphones, tablets and computers in kids under

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New documentary ‘Earth: A New Wild’ illustrates connection between humans and nature

New documentary ‘Earth: A New Wild’ illustrates connection between humans and nature

This week, a new documentary series debuts that might finally change the way we look at the world around us. Wildlife biologist Dr. M. Sanjayan hosts Earth: A New Wild and turns the camera around to

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West Virginia gas pipeline explodes in a giant fireball

West Virginia gas pipeline explodes in a giant fireball

  On January 26, a gas pipeline exploded in Brooke County, West Virginia, sending an enormous fireball into the morning sky. Nearby residents watched in amazement, capturing snapshots and videos

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The Lit C-1: The Electric Motorcycle-Car That Stays Upright In A Collision

The Lit C-1: The Electric Motorcycle-Car That Stays Upright In A Collision

We've seen electric cars and electric bikes, but this is the first time we've seen a vehicle that combines elements of the two. Not just that, but Lit Motor's Lit C-1—a compact two-wheeler—also

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Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

Indonesia has the worst rate of deforestation in the world, with much of its logging activity illegal and therefore unreported. However, the country's new president, Joko Widodo, has taken an early stand

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