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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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Smartphone battery temperatures aid in gathering crowdsourced weather data

Smartphone battery temperatures aid in gathering crowdsourced weather data

With the vast majority of cell phone users out there owning some type of smartphone, whether dated and well-worn or new and running top-line software, crowdsourced data acquired through apps is something that has drawn increasing attention, not the least of which concerns weather. OpenSignal, a startup that had worked with gathering crowdsourced cell reception data, has launched a new weather crowdsourcing app that looks at smartphone battery temperatures.

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Smartphone apps that mimic birds are harmful, says Wildlife Trust

Smartphone apps that mimic birds are harmful, says Wildlife Trust

It is inevitable that technology and decidedly non-technological things will continue to merge as mobile devices and such become more powerful and less expensive. One such way this reality has manifested is birdsong apps, which are apps that play a specific type of bird's song, luring them in for bird watchers or photographers to enjoy. According to the Wildlife Trust of Dorset, this is harmful, and it has issued a warning against it.

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Gadget-eating crazy ants causing millions in damages

Gadget-eating crazy ants causing millions in damages

Depending on what state you live in, there could come a point when one of your electrical devices - maybe even a gadget - fail, only for the culprit to be pegged as "crazy ants". Such has been the case for many in the Southern United States, where a species of insect known as Raspberry crazy ants have made their way from South American, driving out native ant populations and destroying hosts of electronics equipment.

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