Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sustainable Homes from Easy Domes

The completed two-floor homes come with living room, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms and are constructed using only sustainable and recycled materials. The exterior is covered with non-toxic pinewood, and the roof is covered with grass.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Top 10 Up-and-Coming Products

More than 100 companies are strutting their stuff at the Demofall '08 and TechCrunch50 conferences out on the West coast this week.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008


Following Samsung Electronics America, Inc.'s (Ridgefield Park, New Jersey) announcement last week of an ambitious consumer electronics take-back program, the Electronics TakeBack Coalition (San Francisco) has started a "Thank You, Samsung" campaign, applauding the manufacturer's efforts … Missouri's Department of Natural Resources is holding its first rule-making workgroup for the Show-Me State's electronics recycling law. To participate, or for more information, contact DNR Community Involvement Coordinator Heidi Rice at (573) 694-0395 or … ASL Recycling (San Jose, California) today announced the expansion of its ASL GREENetwork e-scrap collection coalition to include 28 Southern California locations, with more to come … The Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority (Woodland) has posted a notice of a public hearing to accept comment on its general operating plan for the collection, transportation and recycling of specified unwanted electronic devices. The hearing will take place on October 3rd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Worlds First Magnetic Bus Goes On A Test Run

California's dream of using self-steering buses to fight traffic congestion made headway in San Leandro on Friday when UC Berkeley researchers conducted their first test on a public street of a bus guided by magnets. A driver removed his hands from the wheel of the moving bus on East 14th Street to signal that a computer had taken over, steering i

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New Laws about eWaste

I am not sure I have ever heard the word “e-waste” before. It conjurs up visions in my mind of what Rosie, the robot maid on the Jetson’s might expel, or perhaps, all of the outtakes from my various photo shoots. You know, the accidental shots of the floor, that might qualify as “art” in some circles.

We all knew that when we went digital, we were improving the environment. No chemicals, no film made of gelatin (which is made from cows). But it turns out we still have an environmental challenge. When your computer becomes out of date every 3 years, what to do with the old ones?

A law went into effect today in Texas that requires computer manufacturers to accept and recycle old computers that are of their own brand. “The law requires manufacturers offering to sell new computer equipment in or into Texas to provide a program for collecting and recycling of consumers’ used computer equipment.”

A quick look to Apple shows that they will accept any brand for recycling IF you buy a new Mac. But their website doesn’t mention anything about accepting old Apples.

According to the Texas law, they will have to adapt their policy and begin accepting old Macs (in Texas).

More specifically,

Manufacturers are only required to collect and recycle computer equipment purchased by individuals primarily for personal or home-business use.
Manufacturers are only required to collect and recycle their own brands of computer equipment, not brands owned by other manufacturers.
Aaah, so for the lawyer in all of us, what “is” a computer?

According to the laws, it includes:

a monitor,
a desktop computer or laptop, and
an accompanying keyboard and mouse made by the same manufacturer.
Noticeably absent- cameras and all the computer chips in them.

Also, don’t forget to wipe your computer clean- I mean really clean. A famous basketball player that I photographed told me a story about how he traded in his old computer, and someone called him with the news that all of his personal data was still on the used computer that they bought. Nice that they were honest. I don’t expect all people will be so lucky.

Happy Recycling.

Monday, September 8, 2008

How to Disappear in the Battlefield: Camouflage Technology

Military technology: Advances in camouflage, concealment and deception are revolutionising an age-old art of warfare. Even the most common form of camouflage—the coloured patterns printed onto combat fatigues—is being given a high-tech twist, as designers work with new software that incorporates neuroscientists’ understanding of human vision.

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HVAC boot cleared of Asbestos in Los Angeles