environment

HydroDrive washing machine uses efficiency tech to make laundry a 12 minute activity

HydroDrive washing machine uses efficiency tech to make laundry a 12 minute activity

Technology makes navigation, entertainment, finance, and all sorts of other matters easier, and has found its way into the household in a variety of ways, a la the Roomba vacuum. Laundry is another regular activity, and while no longer taking as long as it did in pre-washing machine days, is still time consuming. The HydroDrive has tackled this issue, and offers a cycle that takes only 12 minutes.

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Designer develops smog “vacuum cleaner” to make cities breathable

Designer develops smog “vacuum cleaner” to make cities breathable

Smog is a concern for all big cities, with some being plagued with it on a continual basis, both decreasing the quality of life for residents and posing a health risk. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has decided to tackle this program and designed an "electronic vacuum cleaner" that eliminates the pollution. Presently, the designer is in talks with Beijing government to have the technology installed in a city park.

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NASA’s “MAVEN” Mars orbiter launched without a hitch

NASA’s “MAVEN” Mars orbiter launched without a hitch

NASA's Mars orbiter MAVEN launched successfully today from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:28PM EST. Once it arrives in orbit around the Red Planet, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN orbiter will gather data about Mars' upper atmosphere to try and discover how exactly the planet got to be so dry and atmosphere-poor. Earlier probes suggest the planet used to be much more like Earth in terms of moisture and atmosphere thickness.

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Enevo One Collect smart sensor aims to make trash collection green

Enevo One Collect smart sensor aims to make trash collection green

Every week, the garbage truck will show up at your home or apartment complex and empty the cans or dumpsters, repeating its process on the same schedule week after week. This is an efficient process in terms of collection, since it allows entire blocks to be emptied of their trash in one swoop, but it is decidedly unscientific and isn't necessarily the best collection method for the environment. This is what the Enevo One Collect smart sensor aims to change.

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Ford experiment uses Coke’s PlantBottle tech to create car seats with new partnership

Ford experiment uses Coke’s PlantBottle tech to create car seats with new partnership

Going green spans a wide range of endeavors from unusual and offbeat to unique and conservative, and not to be left out of the mix, Ford has been working on its own various environmentally-friendly projects. In its latest move, the auto maker has teamed up with Coca-Cola in a partnership to use the latter company's PlantBottle technology to develop seat components for its Ford Fusion Energi hybrid.

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BMW C Evolution “green” scooter slated for 2014 launch

BMW C Evolution “green” scooter slated for 2014 launch

BMW has announced its upcoming C Evolution scooter's launch plans, with the electric motor bike getting its debut next month in Europe. The C Evolution concept has been shown off in the past, going as far back as summer of 2012, but this marks its actual production kick off. Though there's no mention of it coming to other markets, it is suggested the scooter may find itself in other markets at a later date.

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Solar cell developed with highest efficiency ever at 44.7%

Solar cell developed with highest efficiency ever at 44.7%

The teams behind the world's previous record-holding solar cell for efficiency, which was unveiled back in May, has trumped its own achievement, announcing that they've boosted that cell's efficiency even higher to 44.7-percent. The latest solar cell works by utilizing four solar subcells, allowing it to achieve nearly a 50-percent efficiency rate, and was developed based on a bit over three years' worth of research.

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Gearlike legs propel the plant hopping Issus to nearly 400 G’s

Gearlike legs propel the plant hopping Issus to nearly 400 G’s

For the first time in nature, an insect has been shown to use a set of gears to aid in jumping. Said insect is the Issus coleoptratus and it can be found throughout Europe as well as in parts of the Near East and North Africa. This particular incest is a planthopper found mostly on European climbing ivy and it belongs to the Issidae family. But key for today is the gear-like legs that cause this insect to be a champion jumper.

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