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GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

Here at Green Building 101, we’ve looked at many ways that you can design, build, and renovate your home with more attention to your health and the environment. Now that you've been thoroughly educated,

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MIT Engineers Create New Hybrid Materials That Could ‘Grow’ Electronic Devices

MIT Engineers Create New Hybrid Materials That Could ‘Grow’ Electronic Devices

A team of MIT engineers have created 'living cells' made from bacteria that could be used to 'grow' electronic devices. The cells are then used to produce biofilms that incorporate nonliving materials,

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Marcus Bleasdale’s Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

Marcus Bleasdale’s Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

Top image: A child is put to work at a militia-run mine in Watsa. © Marcus Bleasdale/National Geographic Captured during a 2004 visit to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, Bleasdale's

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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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Mipwr Dynamo Case Charges Your iPhone With a Simple Squeeze

Mipwr Dynamo Case Charges Your iPhone With a Simple Squeeze

Having 10 extra minutes of cell phone battery life in emergency situations such as hurricanes and earthquakes can literally save lives. Designers Bob Panos and Karl Lee have designed a case that can

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The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

Do you love your Blackberry or iPhone, but worry about the cost to the environment? Do you wonder whether the workers who mined the materials or assembled the device were exploited? Whether your purchase

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Phonebloks: Modular Phone Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks So You Never Have to Throw It Away

Phonebloks: Modular Phone Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks So You Never Have to Throw It Away

It seems like most people get a new cellphone every year these days - and while that’s good news for phone manufacturers and telecoms, it’s not helping our wallets or the environment. Enter PhoneBloks

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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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6 Handy Apps for Preventing Skin Cancer All Year Long

6 Handy Apps for Preventing Skin Cancer All Year Long

Coppertone My UV Alert Not sure whether sunscreen's enough or whether you should go for full coverage--hat, long sleeves, and sunglasses? Just plug in your zip code, and this free app from Coppertone

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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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Next-Gen 3D ‘Sponge’ Battery Could Recharge in Minutes, Retain Energy for Days

Next-Gen 3D ‘Sponge’ Battery Could Recharge in Minutes, Retain Energy for Days

We like to boast about how 'smart' our mobile devices and computers have become - but why are we still powering them with dumb batteries? Amy Prieto, a chemistry professor at Colorado State University,

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MIT Breakthrough Could Double Smartphone Battery Life

MIT Breakthrough Could Double Smartphone Battery Life

Smartphone photo from Shutterstock As much as we love Smartphones, they are a pretty inefficient technology. We typically focus on charging as the main point of energy consumption, but new research

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GreenWave Reality Launches WiFi-Enabled LED Light Bulbs That Can be Controlled With a Smartphone

GreenWave Reality Launches WiFi-Enabled LED Light Bulbs That Can be Controlled With a Smartphone

GreenWave Reality just launched a high-tech WiFi-enabled LED lighting system that allows consumers to easily control and automate lighting through a handheld remote or smartphone. The energy-efficient

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O2 to Sell New HTC Smartphone Without Chargers, Cut Four Olympic Swimming Pools Worth of E-Waste

O2 to Sell New HTC Smartphone Without Chargers, Cut Four Olympic Swimming Pools Worth of E-Waste

UK mobile network provider O2 just announced that they will not be releasing a charger with the new HTC smartphone. Why you ask? Well, their research has revealed that the UK “has more than 100m

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Scoot Launches Electric Scooter-Sharing Program in San Francisco!

Scoot Launches Electric Scooter-Sharing Program in San Francisco!

Bike sharing programs are great, but pedaling up San Francisco's steep hills can be a pain. And car sharing is cool, but finding a parking space in the city can be tough. Enter Scoot Networks, an

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Robert Magno Makes Colorful iPhone Skins From Recycled Boxes

Robert Magno Makes Colorful iPhone Skins From Recycled Boxes

Wanting to make a unique and affordable iPhone skin, San Diego-based designer Robert Magno decided to work with what he already had: boxes. “I’ve been noticing that there are a lot of products

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Get Fast Cash by Recycling Your Used Gadgets with eBay’s Instant Sale Site

Get Fast Cash by Recycling Your Used Gadgets with eBay’s Instant Sale Site

OK, early adopters: You want to spring for the latest phone or tablet, but your old one is still in great condition. What to do? Instead of holding onto those old electronics, or trying to pawn them off

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets with Chinese Government Officials

Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets with Chinese Government Officials

Apple CEO Tim Cook is in China this week meeting with Chinese government officials, seeking to clear up trademark and labor issues with the company's second-biggest market. In recent weeks, Apple has come

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