A Bookless Library?

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A bookless library; what will I read? The first public, bookless library is set to open this fall in San Antonio, Texas. The new book-free library, called “BiblioTech,” is intended to open in the fall an\[d is part of an entire bookless public library system planned for the entire county of Bexar (Texas). You do not have to take your own device. The library will actually lend out e-readers (of an unspecified brand) for two weeks at a time. It will be all computers and e-readers. Academic libraries have been experimenting with libraries with a lot fewer books for a… read more

Big Phones Are Best

Big Phones Are Best

When cell phones first came out in the late 1980’s, they were enormously oversized and created for on-the-go business folks and other wealthy individuals. The phones were outrageously expensive, and extraordinarily useless. The trend since then had been to decrease the size of mobile phones until they were barely noticeable and, ironically, almost as useless as their first generation ancestors. That trend hit full-gear around 2000-2007, when blackberry devices and “dumb phones” were the market leaders. Thin, light, small phones were popular back then, until the iPhone entered the marketplace. Since then, phone screen sizes have steadily grown bigger and bigger,… read more

Wearing Solar Fabrics

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The idea of wearing solar fabrics may look like a piece in a sci-fi movie, but the fact is it is not new or fictitious. Researchers around the globe have been trying to figure out how to incorporate solar technology into wearable designs for years. A solar fabric will be lightweight, portable, foldable, wearable and capable of trapping more of the sun’s rays. This  is because the fabric will be collecting sunlight from many different angles at once, whereas flat panels can only collect rays from one installed direction. Many solar fabric innovations have involved either printing solar cells onto regular… read more

Deep Water Gas Emissions

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NOAA ocean explorers used an advanced multibeam sonar mapping system on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in November to discover and map the first deep water gas seeps found off the U.S. Atlantic Coast north of Cape Hatteras. The seeps were found at water depths greater than 3,300 feet. Based on preliminary information, scientists believe the seeps are likely emitting methane gas. Locating seeps with this advanced technology will expand opportunities for researchers to study how seeps in the deep ocean environment affect ocean chemistry. NOAA’s use of advanced technology to discover seeps will benefit other agencies, including the U.S. Geological… read more

Eco-Friendly Watches

Next-Gen Wristwatch

In the past several years since smartphones first debuted, wristwatches, pocket watches, and other forms of time-telling devices have drifted further and further into obscurity. Nowadays, watches are a status symbol of tradition, or a statement of wealth. However, in 2013, wristwatches are making an epic comeback. The story of the next-generation wristwatch began in 2012, when a few enterprising individuals came up with several really neat concept ideas that merge traditional clock devices with the future of mobile technology. Some of them allow you to control your phone through your watch; others are aesthetically beautiful and ecologically conservative. The… read more

The Ecobutton

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Many new computers come pre-equipped with an “eco-button” that regulates your computer’s energy usage when not employed. Rather than fiddling around with the settings, you can simply press this button when you leave your workstation for convenience and peace of mind. It can put your computer to sleep, lower the backlight, send it into hibernation which uses almost zero energy without completely shutting down, etc. This is great for when we are absent-minded and walk away without properly ensuring that we’ve taken care of everything. However, not all computers have this function, nor do most older laptops. Instead of spending… read more

Refrigerator Recycling

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Some important household appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners are now considered to be dangerous because they contain coolants that can contaminate almost everything from air to soil. These appliances are gods in the home but they become demons when they are thrown out. Disposal of these appliances is similar to nuclear disposal – which requires care and attention. Recycling these appliances is hard because one has to carefully remove the usable part of the appliance without releasing the harmful substance. Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA) and GE has come up with a recycling technology which efficiently recycles these refrigerators…. read more

Reading The Radiation

Reading The Radiation

2012 was a great year for crowdfunded projects, with 2013 promising to bring even bigger and better projects to the public eye. With companies such as Kickstarter and IndieGogo leading the way for interested consumers to help fund tech gadgets and devices with their own money, we’ve seen some pretty cool things come from crowdfunding. One of the more successful projects we’d like to highlight is the Safecast Geiger Counter. This pint-sized, lightweight and affordable device was created in response to the tragedy at the Japanese Fukishima Nuclear Reactor a couple of years ago. Safecast created the geiger counter for… read more

Wi-Fi LED Bulbs

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The internet has almost become everything in this connected world, with more and more application of the internet, advancement in electronic devices and even our homes becoming smarter. A start-up company, Greenwave Reality, has come up with a “wireless LED lighting kit” which surely is a gateway to a smarter home. Headed by former consumer electronics executives, the company sells this lighting kit at a price of US$200. It contains four 40 watts LED bulbs and a Smartphone application – which is the game changer. The four supplied bulbs are Energy star rated and they should be connected to the… read more

Smart Thermostat

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There are many thermostats in the market that concentrate on home energy management featuring programmable settings that allow the user to save maximum power by scheduling the thermostat. However there is a thermostat that programs itself based on weather forecasts that effectively saves power as well as keeps the home at a perfect temperature. This auto programming is done by some intelligent software named ‘e5’. E5 is a demand-response software developed by EnergyHub and Earth Networks,with the help of more than 9,000 weather observation stations around the country. Owned by earth Networks, e5 receives periodic updates on weather conditions and reports to the… read more