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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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Heat your house for free by storing this cloud company’s servers

Heat your house for free by storing this cloud company’s servers

Winter is rapidly approaching, and with it the bills for heating your home will be quickly rising as well. If only there were some way to store some kind of object that puts out a lot of heat, and yet belongs to someone else… Well, if you have room for a cabinet of cloud servers in your house, Germany's Cloud&Heat can help you do just that!

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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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Ocean Energy Turbine project aims to harness energy from the ocean

Ocean Energy Turbine project aims to harness energy from the ocean

We've grown accustomed to seeing wind turbines peppered across open patches of land, but researchers working under Crowd Energy are eyeing a different location for generating energy: the depths of the ocean. If successful, a single 100-foot turbine could generate 13.5 megawatts of power.

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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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Connected devices responsible for billions in wasted energy

Connected devices responsible for billions in wasted energy

Connected devices come in many flavors, some from big-name companies, others from lesser known entities looking to nab their piece of the industry pie. Regardless, the market is filled with energy-inefficient products, and they are having an unfortunate effect: billions of dollars in wasted electricity every year.

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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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Gravel power storage may be key to worldwide green energy use

Gravel power storage may be key to worldwide green energy use

We’re using more solar power and wind power now than at any point in history. The United States Department of Energy wants us to use solar power for 27% of the country’s electricity needs by 2050, as it were - but we need a better way to store it. Today the prevailing means requires a mountain to function.

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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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KAIST Wireless Power: Charge 40 phones at one go

KAIST Wireless Power: Charge 40 phones at one go

Researches at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) are on to something big; so big that it will change your perception about wireless charging forever. With the technology that they are on to, KAIST researches hope to make power cords redundant in the future and get you to power up to 40 smartphones at one go. The good news is that the technology can be extended to powering a large TV or even a fan.

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Raindrops and toilets can potentially power your home

Raindrops and toilets can potentially power your home

Scientist from South Korea have a found a way to harness power from a flushing toilet to generate electricity. Technically the application can be extended from toilet flushes to rainwater, ocean waves, river currents, even to a drop of water. However, it sounds way cooler when we say that the mechanical energy from flowing water in your toilet bowl can potentially power your home.

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