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Brrrr, Turn Up the Server

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'Data furnaces' tap heat-generating computer servers to warm houses

With the rise of cloud computing, data centers are popping up all over that are filled with heat-emitting servers. These servers are comprised of motherboards, and the motherboards must be cooled to prevent overheating. Technology companies pay energy costs to run the servers, and an additional 50% of the cost of running the servers simply to cool them with fans. Why not eliminate the fans and......read more

In Praise of Crap Technology

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Why bother with an iPod when a Coby will do?

When I bought the first-generation iPhone, it took me all of four days to leave it in a cab, never to see it again. Meanwhile, the phone it was meant to replace, a not-remotely-smart Nokia brick dating from the previous century, had weathered a drop into a toilet and traveled with me to Europe and back -- twice. It still works. Sound familiar? Maybe not, but there's something to be said for......read more

Rewriting the Future of Paper

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With its market evaporating, a responsible paper company finds new uses for pulped wood

With more and more of us reading things on digital screens, the future of paper looks very bleak indeed. While trees around the world breathe a cautious sigh of relief, the paper industry is trying to find ways to change its fortune. At Fast Company, Ariel Schwartz informs us about a joint venture between Domtar (a paper company focused on environmental responsibility) and FP......read more

Third-Gen One Laptop Per Child Device Unveiled

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At $100, Fuseproject's XO-3 meets the call for a cheap, robust laptop for kids in the developing world

This week, Yves Behar's fuseproject studio unveiled the latest addition to the One Laptop Per Child project, which aims to provide cheap, durable computers to kids in the developing world. The OLPC XO-3, launched at CES 2012, is substantially thicker than the absurdly thin concept tablet shown in 2009. Unfortunately, e-paper tech hasn't advanced as much as the designers envisioned, so Behar and......read more

Charge Your EV While You Drive

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Stanford research tech could lead to wireless charging of electric vehicles

A new report from Stanford University offers a striking glimpse of our transportation future, and let us be the first to say, it looks pretty sweet. Stanford researchers have designed a system through which electric vehicles could be charged wirelessly simply by driving on the highway. Whoa. One of the main drawbacks of EVs is their limited driving range. This new technology, known as......read more

The Big SHFT: Trailer

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In the new series from SHFT and Ford, we meet ten innovators who are changing our world

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the state of the environment should be driving innovation around the world. And indeed it is. In our new series "The Big SHFT: 10 Innovators Changing Our World," we team up with Ford Motor Company to profile leading innovators who are shaping new sustainable businesses and influencing positive change around the world. Executive produced by SHFT......read more

The Big SHFT: Tom Szaky, TerraCycle CEO

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In our new series with Ford, we meet the genial upcycling innovator who turns trash into profit

Tom Szaky is the quintessential eco-entrepreneur. While a freshman at Princeton, Szaky founded a company that recycles garbage into plant fertilizer, then packages it in discarded soda bottles. Fast forward five years, and TerraCycle Plant Food is available in every Home Depot, Target, Wal-Mart, and more than 3000 other locations. Today, TerraCycle is finding new uses for trash, creating products......read more

The Big SHFT: Mike Biddle, Plastics Pioneer

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Get to know the big-thinking engineer whose company closes the loop on discarded plastic

If there was a hall of fame for sustainable business, Dr. Mike Biddle would be one its first inductees. Twenty years ago, the trailblazing plastics engineer launched MBA Polymers in his garage. He was determined to prove that complex polymers from consumer plastics could be recycled into useful raw materials. Mike developed a patented series of techniques for separating and refining plastic waste......read more

Andrea Plant-Based Air Purifier

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Mathieu Lehanneur's design harnesses the air-cleaning power of plants $149.98

In the natural world, plants perform the crucial duty of filtering dirty air from the atmosphere. French designer Mathieu Lehanneur mimics that natural process with Andrea, a slick-looking home air purifier powered by plants. The air cleaning tech draws air in through a quiet fan before propelling it through the leaves and root system of the plant, and then out through the soil and back into......read more

Dimmable LED Bulb by Insteon

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Control this low-energy bulb from your smartphone $29.99

Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce you to the world's first remote-controlled LED bulb. Insteon's networked 8W LED bulb, which glows at the same intensity as a 60-100W incandescent, makes dimming the lights to set the mood as easy as a couple taps on your smartphone. Of course, remote-controlled ambience comes at a price, in this case $29.99 for each bulb plus $99.99 for the SmartLinc......read more

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