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Brio smart outlet only turns on when you need it

Brio smart outlet only turns on when you need it

Electrical outlets pose different sorts of threats, most notably being to small children who poke objects inside them out of curiosity. The go-to method for avoiding this unfortunate scenario is using plastic outlet plugs that block the ports, but that's not always effective. A California company called Brio has addressed this issue with a smart outlet likewise called "Brio" that only goes live when a valid object is plugged into it. In doing so, the company hopes to mitigate the typical hazards associated with outlets.

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Germany’s Sunfire makes synthetic gasoline from water, CO2

Germany’s Sunfire makes synthetic gasoline from water, CO2

While vehicles like Toyota's fuel-cell powered Mirai are leading the charge to a future less reliant on fossil fuels, Germany's Sunfire GmbH may have a way to bridge the gap with its method of producing synthetic fuel from water and carbon dioxide. By using two of the world's most abundant elements to create hydrocarbon fuel, a much great efficiency over fossil fuels can be achieved.

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New solar cell is its own battery

New solar cell is its own battery

Solar power is an important part of our future, but in many ways it is still too expensive. The Ohio State University has helped lessen that issue with a new device it created -- a solar cell that serves as its own battery, doing so using a type of panel design that introduces air into the "breathing" battery.

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Raspberry Pi Model B+ has more slots, less power demand

Raspberry Pi Model B+ has more slots, less power demand

The Raspberry Pi Model B is getting another facelift and no, this isn't a Raspberry Pi 2, and all that is implied by that major name change. Instead, the B+, as the name would suggest, is a very incremental improvement over the existing Model B, giving makers and hackers more connectivity options but retaining the same core and keeping compatiblity with the existing software and peripherals.

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Sharp solar cells can reach 60 percent efficiency

Sharp solar cells can reach 60 percent efficiency

Solar power is perhaps the most well-known alternative source for power, but because of cost and the puzzles of physics itself, it is still quite far from becoming a completely sustainable and practical replacement. Sharp, however, may be on the breakthrough of creating solar cells that are twice as efficient as currently existing cells, at least in theory.

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Cree brings energy-saving LED lights to broader market

Cree brings energy-saving LED lights to broader market

This week the folks at Cree have begun pushing their newest set of LED lightbulbs. These bulbs may look like a standard lighting fixture, but they’re working with unprecedented bits and pieces - like a Color Rendering Index number of 93. This company is not only making way for a new era of color-correctness, they’re aiming to bring the industry to a 100-percent LED awareness level as well.

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