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Wyze Solar Panel and Lamp Socket kick off the company’s birthday week

Wyze Solar Panel and Lamp Socket kick off the company’s birthday week

Smart home company Wyze has announced two new products to kick off its birthday week celebration: the Wyze Solar Panel and Wyze Lamp Socket. These two new products are designed for use with the company's Wyze Cam v3 and Wyze Cam Outdoor security cameras. The solar panel features a micro USB cable for powering the Wyze outdoor camera, while the Lamp Socket is exactly what it sounds like: a smart socket for existing light fixtures.

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Hardened wood knife boasts three times the sharpness of stainless steel

Hardened wood knife boasts three times the sharpness of stainless steel

Scientists have developed a hardened wood material that, when sharpened, is three times sharper than a stainless steel dinner knife, according to the new study on the work. The research comes from the University of Maryland's Teng Li and a team that developed a new method to generate extremely hard wood. Among other things, the development may lead to more sustainable building materials.

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SWFT Fleet Review

SWFT Fleet Review

The SWFT Fleet is an electric bicycle with a classic beach cruiser style and a 37.2-mile range. The bike has a 19.8 MPH top speed courtesy of a 500W motor inside, and it works with a single rechargeable, removable battery that takes approximately 6 hours to go from totally empty to totally full. This is a big, high-quality electric bike the likes of which have scarcely been out-done in the world today.

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McDonald’s McPlant plant-based burger test kicks off in US next month

McDonald’s McPlant plant-based burger test kicks off in US next month

We've known for a while now that McDonald's is testing its own plant-based burger offering called the 'McPlant,' but it has thus far been unavailable for consumers in the US to try. That changes starting early next month when McDonald's will begin testing the McPlant at select restaurants across the nation. Because this is only a test run, the burgers will be available for a limited time.

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EU effectively subtweets Apple on the USB-C iPhone

EU effectively subtweets Apple on the USB-C iPhone

Today the European Union released a public statement on their intent to require USB-C for all smartphones, tablets, cameras, and more. "The European Commission tried to bring companies on board via voluntary agreements, which partially worked." said Anna Cavazzini, Chair of the EU Parliament's consumer protection committee. "However, not all companies have agreed, and that is why the Commission has finally proposed legislation for one common standard for chargers."

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Volvo Group collaborates for green steel and hydrogen

Volvo Group collaborates for green steel and hydrogen

When it comes to manufacturing all types of equipment and vehicles, steel is a very common building material. Volvo Group has been working with SSAB and Ovako on a green steel collaboration. The group says that 1.87 million tons of crude steel were produced around the world last year, with 16 percent of that steel used in the transportation sector.

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Acer TravelMate Vero expands eco-friendly lineup

Acer TravelMate Vero expands eco-friendly lineup

Acer expanded its "eco-friendly" computer line with new Vero devices this week. The Acer Aspire Vero was revealed earlier this year as an upgrade-friendly consumer laptop made with post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic. Today, Acer revealed the Acer TravelMate Vero (laptop for business), Acer Veriton Vero (mini desktop PC), Acer Vero BR277 (monitor), and a series of Vero accessories.

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California moves to ban all combustion-powered lawn equipment

California moves to ban all combustion-powered lawn equipment

California is the most populous state in the union and has some of the worst air quality in the entire country. The state also has some of the strictest emission standards in the entire country. A new law will expand emissions mandates to lawn equipment. California has a new law that will eventually ban the sale of any new gas-powered lawn care equipment, such as leaf blowers, weeders, and lawnmowers.

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Concrete footbridge built with concrete from a renovated building

Concrete footbridge built with concrete from a renovated building

Researchers from EPFL have created a prototype footbridge that used reinforced concrete blocks without pouring concrete for the building project. The concrete blocks were cut from the walls of a building being renovated. The project marks the first time concrete has been recycled in this way.

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Nikola signs a hydrogen infrastructure agreement with TC Energy

Nikola signs a hydrogen infrastructure agreement with TC Energy

Typically when we talk about green vehicles, we're talking about electric cars and trucks. One of the alternatives to using batteries for emissions-free driving is hydrogen fuel cells. When the biggest challenge for hydrogen moving forward is the lack of hydrogen fueling infrastructure in most of the country and around the world. A company called Nikola builds semi-trucks that run on hydrogen.

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Nestle tests realistic plant-based shrimp and eggs amid vegan trend

Nestle tests realistic plant-based shrimp and eggs amid vegan trend

Nestle has announced the launch of two new plant-based food products meant to serve as alternatives to shrimp and eggs. The company uses a variety of plant-based proteins and other ingredients to mimic the texture and appearance of eggs and shrimp without animal-based products, meaning both products are suitable for vegans.

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Tesla to move its HQ from California to Texas

Tesla to move its HQ from California to Texas

Tesla has already built a factory in Texas, and it now appears the company is set to move more of its operations away from California into the southern state. Texas and other locations in the South are appealing to auto manufacturers because southern states tend to shy away from unions. No unionized labor means less costs for building vehicles, and southern states have become a safe haven for corporations with tax breaks and incentives.

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