Disposable and rechargeable batteries promise near-zero waste and better value

If you really want to minimize the amount of toxins that you put into the environment, use rechargeable batteries. Disposable and rechargeable batteries can contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium, and with an estimated 3 billion batteries a year being discarded in the U.S. alone, the sometimes small amounts in each battery can really add up. Using rechargeables greatly reduces the number of batteries entering landfills, but many people don’t bother buying…

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Nissan PIVO EV concept headed for Tokyo:Third iteration

Nissan is the latest auto manufacturer to declare its hand in the lead up to the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show with the announcement that a new version of the PIVO electric concept car will take center stage. The PIVO 3 will be joined at the Nissan stand by two other concept electric vehicles, a light commercial van prototype and smart house technology that allows a Nissan LEAF’s batteries to supply a home with electricity.  Despite…

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Devlop Insulin Subtitle for treating diabetes orally

The World Diabetes Foundation estimated that some 285 million people, or around 6 percent of the world’s adult population, were living with diabetes in 2010. For type 1 diabetics and up to 27 percent of type 2 diabetics, that means daily insulin injections, which can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. Since most people would rather pop a pill than get a shot, researchers have been trying to develop an oral form of insulin. However, this has…

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Get more miles on a single charge:2012 Zero S electric motorcycle

When we first took the Zero S electric motorcycle for a spin our verdict was that while great fun to ride, impending advances in battery technology will mean that this – and other electric bikes – will only to get better from here … and they are. Zero Motorcycles has announced a complete overhaul of every model in its 2012 range of electric two-wheelers with new powertrains and upgraded power packs that promise greater longevity,…

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Good news for star-gazers:NASA’s new super-black nanotube

When it comes to gathering measurements of objects so distant in the universe that they can no longer be seen in visible light, the smallest amount of stray light can play havoc with the sensitive detectors and other instrument components used by astronomers. Currently, instrument developers use black paint on baffles and other components to help prevent stray light ricocheting off surfaces, but the paint absorbs only 90 percent of the light that strikes it.…

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Gocycle G2 release on March 2012: KKL readies Gocycle

When the very last model of the award-winning Gocycle was sold in February of this year, Karbon Kinetics Limited immediately announced plans to develop an updated version. The technical specifications have now been finalized and a manufacturing partner secured – so let’s have a closer look at the upcoming Gocycle G2. Karbon Kinetics Limited was founded in 2002 by former McLaren Cars design engineer Richard Thorpe with the aim of developing a high-performance and lightweight…

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Portable scanner syncs with iOS devices : Mobile Technology

Apparent is updating its line of portable scanners with the Doxie Go, a lightweight, standalone unit with enough on board storage for up to 600 pages or 2400 photos and the ability to scan directly to an external drive or sync scans to iPad and iPhone without the need for a computer escort. While Doxie’s previous effort – the Doxie U portable scanner – came decorated with pink love hearts that would sit nicely next…

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Charge toward Glasses-free 3D displays the iPad goes 3-D, sort of…

The charge toward Glasses-free 3D displays hasn’t left the iPad out in the cold, as we pointed out a few months back. Now, using a bit of smoke and mirrors (well, mirrors at least) a team from Japan’s Ochanomizu Women’s University (OWU) has developed a novel approach that incorporates a centuries-old artist’s trick to bring “tangible” depth to the iPad’s 2D display. In the 16th Century, painters developed a technique (dubbed mirror anamorphosis) with which…

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Tablet or Smartphone MobileMount sticks: Mobile Technology

There are definitely some situations where it helps to be able to mount your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device on a flat surface, such as a dashboard, kitchen counter, or wall. If you use multiple devices, this entails buying several mounts – one designed for each device. Chicago inventor J.R. Sanchez, however, has created “one mount to rule them all,” so to speak. It’s called MobileMount, and it works with any device it can…

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BRZ Concept sports car finally breaks cover:Toyota and Subaru

It feels like we’ve been waiting for Subaru’s BRZ concept forever. The BRZ is a joint development effort between Toyota and Subaru, using a 2.0 litre version of Subaru’s signature horizontally-opposed engine with Toyota’s direct injection system. Toyota will sell the car as the FT-86 which it showed as a concept two years ago at the Tokyo Motor Show and has since shown with revised styling. The near identical BRZ concept will be seen for…

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