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MIT device makes power by burning fuel-coated carbon nanotubes

MIT device makes power by burning fuel-coated carbon nanotubes

Scientists and researchers at MIT have come up with a new portable method of making power that uses heat and doesn't require metals or toxic materials. The new method of generating power is based on a discovery made by MIT professor Michael Strano and co-workers in 2010. That team created a wire using small carbon nanotubes that is able to create an electrical current when the tube is progressively heated from one end to the other.

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Modular YOUMO power strip lets you customize the ports and outlets

Modular YOUMO power strip lets you customize the ports and outlets

Typically, when you buy a power strip all you get are outlets for plugging things in. Some might give you a USB port or two for charging other devices, but most don’t. A new power strip has turned up on Kickstarter that is called the YOUMO power strip and it allows the user to choose the configuration and what sort of outlets or ports it offers for your devices.

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Energizer Recharge batteries are made with 4% recycled batteries

Energizer Recharge batteries are made with 4% recycled batteries

About a year ago, Energizer rolled out new batteries that were made using 4% recycled batteries called Eco Advanced. The product was the first battery on the market to use recycled material from old batteries in its design. Energizer has now announced another green battery called Energizer Recharge, a rechargeable battery that is made using 4% recycled battery material.

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Shoes harvest energy from walking to charge gadgets

Shoes harvest energy from walking to charge gadgets

It can be very tough to keep your gadgets charged up and ready to work or play all day if you aren't near an outlet. There are several solar chargers and portable battery packs out there but those aren't ideal in all situations. A team of researchers are working on a very novel way to charge your gadgets while you walk around in the form of a pair of shoes that have energy harvesting technology inside.

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PSA: Your Apple AC adapter may need to be replaced

PSA: Your Apple AC adapter may need to be replaced

As of this week, Apple has issued a warning for owners and users of a certain set of Apple-brand AC wall plug adapters around the world. While there's likely no immediate danger to you and yours, Apple isn't taking any chances with this program, suggesting that "in very rare cases, the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched."

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myFC JAQ is a small fuel cell charger that slips into a purse

myFC JAQ is a small fuel cell charger that slips into a purse

Keeping your gadgets charged up and working when you are away from an outlet is a challenge. There are plenty of small battery packs out there that can do the job, but they have to be plugged in themselves. That means that you can only use them for a day or so before they need to be recharged. Fuel cell chargers are different with the ability to charge your gadgets as long as you have fuel for the cell.

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Heat Harvest turns wasted heat around the house into power

Heat Harvest turns wasted heat around the house into power

Developers Sergey Komardenkov and Vihanga Gore have developed an interesting device dubbed Heat Harvest. The device is designed to be used by itself or integrated into other objects like your kitchen table. Heat Harvest captures wasted heat from objects and turns that heat into electricity that can be used for other needs.

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Trinity portable wind generator keeps you charged on the go

Trinity portable wind generator keeps you charged on the go

There are many places where it can be hard to keep your gadgets powered up and usable. If you like to spend time in the outdoors, this is the hardest place to get power. There are no outlets on the side of a mountain in Colorado, but you need to be able to keep in contact in case of an emergency. A new device called the Trinity Portable Wind Turbine Power Station can keep you juiced up no matter how far you are from home.

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GE’s ecoROTR wind turbine has a dome for increased efficiency

GE’s ecoROTR wind turbine has a dome for increased efficiency

There are a huge number of wind turbines in use around the world. Here in the US a large number of wind turbines stand tall in and around a small city called Tehachapi located on the edge of the Mojave Desert in California. The majority of the wind turbines standing in the city all look the same. GE has a new experimental wind turbine being tested that has a very different look.

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Wind turbines of the future may shed their blades

Wind turbines of the future may shed their blades

Today there are a number of wind turbines placed around the US and around the world. These turbines all have some sort of blades that spin like an airplane's propeller to create electricity without having to burn coal. The turbines are so common that many people no longer even notice them as they go about their daily lives. A big change may be coming to the design of wind turbines of the future and the future may have no blades.

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SnapPower brings USB to any outlet without re-wiring

SnapPower brings USB to any outlet without re-wiring

Around the world, around town — even around your home, finding an outlet is tough enough. It’s especially annoying when you need to charge your mobile devices, because then you need to port around a clumsy charger with you. There are outlets that have USB ports, but require a rewiring job many are uncomfortable with doing. For the masses, there’s SnapPower, an outlet cover that adds a USB port, but requires no wiring. All you have to do is slip the faceplate on in place of your existing one, and you have a USB outlet!

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Your phone’s power usage can reveal where you’ve been

Your phone’s power usage can reveal where you’ve been

When you think of smartphone location tracking, both legitimate or otherwise, and you will most likely think of technologies that directly relate to locations, like GPS, WiFi, or even Bluetooth. But a group of researchers from Standford University and Israeli defense group Rafael are proving even something so innocent sounding like your phone's battery consumption can be used to track your movements. The good news is that it's not exactly as easy or as informational as those more dedicated sensors. At least not yet.

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