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    The Netherlands replaces streetlights for glow-in-the-dark road markings

    glow-in-the-dark-roads-1Streetlights use bulbs, bulbs use electricity and the generation of electricity does have an environmental impact that’s quite damaging. This is why the Netherlands has decided to replace streetlights with an energy-efficient and eye-catching way to light up its roads. Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have now found a home on a 500m (0.3 mile) stretch of highway in the region, designed by Studio Roosegaarde.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on April 18, 2014
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    Philips unveils an efficient LED bulb that ‘looks and feels’ like a good ol’ incandescent

    Phillips-Clear-LED-BulbThere are more energy efficient ways to power up homes and office spaces than incandescent bulbs. This is exactly why the world has quickly begun swinging towards LED and fluorescent lighting solutions. However, the rest simply won’t break away from the good old incandescent, given the fact that most LED lighting solutions available today simply don’t “feel” right! Keeping that in mind, electronics giant Philips has unleashed an LED bulb that literally looks like an incandescent bulb and also gives off a similar glow!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on April 5, 2014
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    Sony unveils its first solar powered and manually chargeable radio, the ICF-B88

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    Radios might seem a little old fashioned now, but these devices that have kept the world entertained right since the transmission of digital signals were made possible, can prove to be quite handy in numerous situations. Technology giant Sony understands the usefulness of this friendly little device and has given it a green edge. The company now proudly boasts the ICF-B88, its first solar emergency radio that will be made part of a manually-powered device series.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on March 4, 2014
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    Bamboo Plant Opal Loudspeaker is the world’s first to use plant opals!

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    It isn’t very often that a technology company begins to do things the green way. Panasonic has decided to break trends and has announced the world’s first loudspeaker using a diaphragm made from plant opals in bamboo leaves. Called the Bamboo Plant Opal Loudspeaker, the system is capable of producing clear sound with low distortion. This is made possible with the use of the hard, plant opal materials occurring in bamboo.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on February 28, 2014
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    Swedish Sweat Machine transform human sweat into potable water

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    Awful as it may sound, with the right amount of purification, sweat can be turned into potable water. To prove this theory right, Swedish designers built a Sweat Machine that literally uses sweat from drenched clothes and turns it all into pure and drinkable water! The machine is inspired by NASA’s astronauts who recycle everything they use in outer space to sustain their stay. Developed by the Deportivo PR Company and UNICEF, the machine turns the spotlight on important issues like water scarcity and famines.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on February 21, 2014
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    Ecigs vs analog cigarettes, which of these are a better health and environment-friendly option?

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    Kicking the butt isn’t an easy task and most people find this route to a healthier lifestyle to be quite difficult. Well, while nicotine does have a bunch of negative effects on a person’s health, perhaps one of the most dangerous contents of a regular cigarette is the tobacco and the myriad chemicals all packed into one death-stick. This is where ecigs or electronic cigarettes rise and shine. While many have jumped aboard the continual debate of the use of ecigs vs analogs, smokers do benefit from shifting to the former, particularly because of the fact that these lack smoke, ash, odor, and chemicals. Apart from this, ecigs also work better with the environment and don’t pollute both, our lungs and the environment.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 28, 2013
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    Hevo Power brings wireless EV charging systems to New York City!

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    Wireless EV chargers are now more than just someone’s imagination poured out on a drawing board! Hevo Power plans to bring this fantastic way to juice up electric vehicles to the city of New York. To make things more interesting, these EV chargers placed in roads will be disguised as man-holes. Quoting Hevo’s CEO and founder Jeremy McCool in an interview with Wired, “I was standing at 116th and Broadway, and I was looking down and saw a manhole cover. And thought, that’s the ticket. There are no cords, no hazards. Everything can be underneath the manhole cover.”

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on October 22, 2013
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    Solar Power-Dok solar-powered picnic table installed at the Boise State University

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    Having green and energy efficient installations set up in educational institutions have several benefits. Firstly, this is a great way to teach younger minds all about eco-consciousness, in a subtle and practical way. That apart, these installations are used more often, given the fact that they cater to a bigger audience, i.e. university folk. It goes without saying that the move by the Boise State University to install a solar-powered picnic table is a fantastic idea. Called the Solar Power-Dok station, the table basks in the glory of the sun, soaks energy and uses the same to charge up smartphones and more!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on October 7, 2013
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    University of Houston installs solar trashcans that work like garbage compactors

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    Installing trashcans in public spaces is never a bad idea. But what’s better, is a trashcan concept like the one developed by Massachusetts-based Big Belly Solar. These trashcans have been installed at the University of Houston and are a step above the conventional dumpster you use. Priced at $8,000 a pop, these trashcans are, in essence, miniature solar-powered garbage compactors! With a capability to fit five times more trash than a regular garbage bin, these also include sensors that automatically signal the authorities when full.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 26, 2013
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    Oltu concept uses heat expelled by refrigerators to cool vegetables

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    Refrigerators are known to expel heat energy, most of which is left unused and is wasted. Industrial designer Fabio Molinas has come up with the Oltu concept, a system that uses the heat generated by refrigerators and uses the same to cool vegetables! The system uses the heat emitting from the back of a fridge and cools vegetables using evaporation. To function as it is intended to, the system uses clay containers. Heat rises and affects the double wall of the clay containers. Using water contained between the walls, the temperature inside is lowered.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 18, 2013
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