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MIT Says Relax & Recharge On A Solar Powered Rocker

by Tracy McGill •

Architecture students at MIT, led by Professor Sheila Kennedy, recently unveiled their latest design for the Massachusetts’ based school’s 150th anniversary Festival of Art+Science+Technology (FAST). These solar powered SOFT rockers allow you to plug in and recharge your USB device while relaxing outdoors. With a soft wood construction, the rocker makes use of the balance from human body weight to …

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Best Waterproof Headphones For 2011

by Tracy McGill •

Ever since we saw Michael Phelps with his headphones at the Olympics not only have we asked the question, “What’s on Michael Phelps’ iPod?”, but more importantly, “How can we too enjoy music in and around the water?”.  With science continuing to advance in developing underwater headphones, water lovers can now bring their tunes with them and still get quality …

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Efficient Concrete Replacement: Blocks of Trash

by Justin Thomas •

From Live Science: Last year’s trash could become next year’s model home, thanks to the invention of a new type of construction material made entirely from waste products. “Bitublocks,” created by engineer John Forth of the University of Leeds in England, are composed of recycled glass, sewage sludge, incinerator ash, the by-products of metal purification and pulverized fuel ash from …

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New Luminescent Bulbs May Outshine LEDs and Fluorescents

by Tracy McGill •

Retailers are gearing up to meet deadlines for the incandescent light bulb ban. Ikea has already stopped selling the inefficient bulbs. And California has pulled the plug and is letting current supplies run down. Many incandescent lovers are shedding tears and hating on the mercury-containing CFLs and the more expensive (though infinitely more efficient) LEDs. So here come the ESLs. …

Energy From Waste Heat: Via Sound!

by Justin Thomas •

University of Utah physicists developed small devices that turn heat into sound and then into electricity. The technology holds promise for changing waste heat into electricity, harnessing solar energy and cooling computers. “We are converting waste heat to electricity in an efficient, simple way by using sound,” says Orest Symko, a University of Utah physics professor who leads the effort. …

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New Record: Wind Powers 40% Of Spain

by Justin Thomas •

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Wind power is breaking new records in Spain, accounting for just over 40 percent of all electricity consumed during a brief period last weekend. As heavy winds lashed Spain on Saturday evening wind parks generated 9,862 megawatts of power which translated to 40.8 percent of total consumption. Between Friday and Sunday wind power accounted for an average of 28 percent …

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The Most Efficient Public Swimming Pool In The U.S.

by Justin Thomas •

A community swimming pool called the Richmond Plunge has just opened in Richmond, California, and it may be the most efficient swimming pool in the country. The Richmond Plunge has many efficient features: it’s heated by solar collectors, it’s entirely chlorine-free, and the building is powered by solar panels on the roof. The Plunge is a historic pool — it …

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The Best LED Flashlights Of 2014

by Justin Thomas •

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In A Nutshell Update: We have more newer article over here — The Best LED Flashlights Of 2015 Here are the best LED flashlights of 2014: The brightest keyring-size LED flashlight: Fenix LD01 — 80 lumens — costs around $40 The best standard-size LED flashlight: Fenix TK11 R5 — 225 lumens – costs around $75 The brightest LED flashlight that …

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Alternatives to Root Canals

by Kristy Harvey •

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They are the two words that no patient wants to hear while sitting in the dental chair: root canal. The root canal procedure, which is used to save a badly infected or decayed tooth, involves removing the nerve and pulp inside a tooth and cleaning and sealing it, thus preventing the tissue surrounding the tooth to become infected or abscesses …

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LiFePO4 Batteries: A Breakthrough For Electric Vehicles

by Justin Thomas •

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Note: If you looking for AA-sized LifePO4, you can find them here. Soon, we’ll probably be seeing Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries being used in most electric cars and bikes. This new battery type is set to dominate the market. Based upon lithium ion technology, LiFePO4 batteries offer many advantages over lithium cobalt dioxide (LiCoO2) batteries which are commonly used …