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Top 10 emerging technologies from the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum has compiled a list of the top 10 emerging technologies for 2016. The list includes nanosensors that will circulate through the human body, a battery that will be able to power an entire town and socially...

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America’s data centers are getting a lot more efficient

U.S. data centers have used about the same amount of energy annually over the past five years or so, despite substantial growth in the sector, according to a new report published by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory....

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Cloud computing slows energy demand, U.S. says

In recent years, power usage at data centers grew at an unsustainable rate, soaring 24% from 2005 to 2010. But a shift to virtualization, cloud computing and improved data center management is reducing energy demand.

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Networked clothing getting closer

Sewing machines can be used to create micro-thin embroidered antennas and other circuitry that could bring cheap, comfortable ‘e-textiles’ to the Internet of Things.

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No, Apple didn’t make $40 million mining gold from discarded iPhones

Jason Koebler at Motherboard debunks a run-amok story from earlier this week that created the erroneous impression that Apple was profiting handsomely from the mining of millions of dollars worth of gold from old iGadgets.

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Envisioning a 65-story data center

Two young architects have designed a data center that challenges how the structures are built. Instead of constructing a flat, sprawling complex, they are proposing a data center that reaches skyscraper heights.

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Grow lunar-based solar panels to eliminate fossil-fuel reliance, says kid

Self-replicating solar panels located on the moon could be the answer to fossil-fuel elimination on Earth, says a high school senior. The youngster is being taken seriously by academics.

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Facebook’s Open Compute Project helps competitors build hyperscale data centers together

Facebook’s open source hardware development and procurement strategy grows with new competitors and new industries.

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Power stations gone by 2030, report suggests

Large-scale, conventional power plants will ultimately be replaced by rooftop solar panels and wind turbines, says an official power-industry body.

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The struggle to create fusion energy at MIT

MIT's Dennis Whyte talks about the efforts to build a prototype fusion reactor.

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The MIT C-MOD Fusion Reactor Project

MIT has been developing a small fusion reactor prototype, three of which could power the City of Boston if they were fully built.

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MIT wearable tech gives 'power walk' a whole new meaning

Today's wearable devices are often used to track exercise and fitness, but what if those very actions served to power the devices as well? That could soon be possible thanks to new research from MIT.

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NSF puts $30M behind software bug killing, synthetic biology & computational sustainability

The National Science Foundation this week announced it is divvying up $30 million in funding among three multidisciplinary research projects designed to put advanced computing models to work on nixing software bugs, boosting synthetic...

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Salesforce backs new wind farm in 12-year renewable-energy deal

A few months ago Salesforce committed to a goal of eventually powering its global operations entirely with renewable energy, and on Monday it took a key step in that direction by signing a 12-year agreement to back a brand-new wind...

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ilumi: Not so smart lighting

ilumi's Smartbulbs have too many downsides to be considered a serious contender in the smart lighting market

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San Jose gets SmartPoles with LTE, LED lights and energy meters

San Jose, Calif. has begun installing 50 SmartPoles that integrate LTE wireless with LED street lighting.

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Scientists developing solar panel that doubles as a Li-Fi receiver

Existing on-roof solar panels can receive data, acting as a broadband receiver for hilltop laser transmissions, says a scientist.

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Researchers tout technology to make electronics out of old tires

Researchers are working with a process that turns old tires – and there are some 300,000 tossed yearly – into electrodes for supercapacitors that would be used on the grid or in cars and other electronics applications.

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