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Nissan and FedEx e-NV200 green trial kicks off in Washington D.C.

Nissan and FedEx e-NV200 green trial kicks off in Washington D.C.

Nissan has announced that it is kicking off a special new collaborative test of its latest all-electric delivery van in cooperation with delivery service FedEx. The two firms will be working on the test of the new e-NV200 in Washington D.C. under real world operating conditions. The collaboration and test program were announced recently at the Washington Auto show.

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MIT improves solar panel performance using hot carbon nanotubes

MIT improves solar panel performance using hot carbon nanotubes

A lot of research is being carried out around the world using carbon nanotubes for various needs. Recently a group of researchers at MIT has been using hot carbon nanotubes to help improve the performance of solar panels. The more solar energy that solar panels can convert into usable electricity, the more useful they become as an alternative energy producer.

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Switch infinia LED light bulb available nationwide

Switch infinia LED light bulb available nationwide

LED light bulbs have been around for years now. These bulbs are made to look like a normal incandescent bulb, but use significantly more power efficient LED bulbs inside. The upside to LED bulbs is that they are cheaper to power than an incandescent and last a lot longer.

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Luxera SmartSwitch LED lighting kit includes bulbs and a dimmer control

Luxera SmartSwitch LED lighting kit includes bulbs and a dimmer control

If you are the sort that wants to be as green as possible, you might be looking at replacing your normal incandescent bulbs with LED alternatives. If you also happen to like using dimmers to control the intensity of the light in your room, you may be aware that normal dimmers don’t work well with LED bulbs. A company called Luxera has announced a new LED lighting kit for the home or office that has everything you need.

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IEC publishes first technical specification for universal notebook charger

IEC publishes first technical specification for universal notebook charger

The International Electrotechnical Commission or IEC has announced that it has published the first globally relevant technical specification for a universal notebook charger. The charger outlined in the new specifications would work for a wide range of notebook computers. That would mean when you buy a new notebook you could use the charger from your old machine rather than buying a new one.

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Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle revealed for driver-assist testing

Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle revealed for driver-assist testing

This week the folks at Ford have revealed a brand new Fusion Hybrid research vehicle, complete with intention on bringing the next generation of driver-assist technologies to the public. This vehicle wont be sold to the public, of course, instead acting as a test platform for Blind Spot Information System, lane-departure warning, active park assist, collision warning with brake support, and adaptive cruise control technologies. This release is an announcement that signs way for the future, with the year 2014 acting as the biggest release year ever for Ford.

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Powerslayer smart charger aims to eliminate wasted energy, hits Kickstarter goal

Powerslayer smart charger aims to eliminate wasted energy, hits Kickstarter goal

Devices that need charged on a regular basis, such as smartphones and tablets, are apt to be left plugged in for long periods of time, even if the battery itself has reached it full charge. Though charged, there is still an energy draw that is taking place, which results in wasted power, and, though not much on an individual scale, it adds up when multipled by millions of gadgets. That is where the Powerslayer comes in.

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Luna Ring concept puts solar panels on the moon to power Earth

Luna Ring concept puts solar panels on the moon to power Earth

Solar energy is one method for powering homes and such with renewable resources, something that has seen great strides in past years but that still suffers from various limitations. One Japanese company has a big vision for the technology that would overcome some of these limitations, and it involves putting solar panels on the moon and beaming electricity at the Earth with lasers.

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Saleen Automotive teases electric car project

Saleen Automotive teases electric car project

Saleen Automotive is a name that is probably most closely tied to hopped up Ford Mustangs than anything else. That's not all the company is about, it has even built and sold its own supercar called the Saleen S7. Typically, the company focuses on selling aftermarket parts to make already fast cars faster.

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MIT’s Copenhagen Wheel makes bicycles electric, goes up for pre-order

MIT’s Copenhagen Wheel makes bicycles electric, goes up for pre-order

A near handful of years ago, some students from MIT revealed a bicycle attachment that converts a bike into a hybrid with electric rear-wheel power, something that is now known as the Copenhagen Wheel. The idea behind the contraption is simple -- it attaches to the rear wheel of a bicycle and utilizes one's own biking efforts to provide assistance on tough terrain.

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Voxan unveils 200hp Wattman electric motorcycle

Voxan unveils 200hp Wattman electric motorcycle

A French motorcycle company called Voxan has unveiled what it claims to be the most powerful electric motorcycle in the world. The new electric motorcycle is called the Wattman and it packs 200 electric ponies under its sleek bodywork. Like electric cars, all 200hp is available as soon as the throttle is opened.

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Marble WiFi router lets you grow a small plant on its surface

Marble WiFi router lets you grow a small plant on its surface

As technology ever-encroaches into our daily lives, it can be harder to stop and smell the flowers, both literally and figuratively. The Consortium for Slower Internet is aware of such an issue, and wants to make you aware of it, too, via its marble and wood router. With this router, which to the naked eye appears to be an organic brick with a couple antennas coming out the rear, you can grow a small plant that serves as a reminder to unplug every so often and enjoy nature.

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