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Microsoft now runs one data center entirely on wind power

Microsoft’s commitment to renewable energy such as wind power makes its Cheyenne, Wyoming, data center completely green.

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Aligned Energy changes the data center model

Data centers are a big, expensive and increasingly important part of the fabric of technology. Aligned Energy's new center looks to change the cost models in the industry.

Nokia buys small semiconductor company to land 5G tech

A small semiconductor company based in Cambridge, Mass., was acquired today by Nokia, in a move to make the Finnish giant’s base station technology more energy-efficient.


Microsoft commits to running data centers off 50% renewable energy by 2018

Microsoft announced it plans to run its data centers off 50% renewable energy by 2018. The company’s worldwide production, licensing and logistic centers already run off 100% renewable energy.

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Apple commits to run off 100% renewable energy

Apple joined with 77 other corporations around the world in committing to using electricity from 100% renewable sources to run its data centers and offices around the globe.

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Apple steps up environmental efforts in China

The company's assembly sites are keeping waste out of landfills, and its suppliers are moving toward renewable energy.

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Forget range anxiety: EVs could replace 90% of today's cars

Electric cars would meet the needs of nine out of 10 drivers today, enabling the replacement of most combustion-engine vehicles, according to an MIT study of U.S. driving patterns.

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Is corporate sustainability shaping your cloud adoption strategy?

Corporate sustainability departments looking to reduce waste are influencing IT decision making, and it could lead to increased cloud adoption.

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Google's DeepMind A.I. can slash data center power use 40%

Google turned its DeepMind artificial intelligence technology loose on its massive data center infrastructure and managed to reduce the amount of energy for cooling by up to 40%.

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Amazon’s amazingly wasteful packaging

Two days later, a box big enough to hold a DVD player lands on our doorstep carrying two tiny packages of 24 flossers, the pair wrapped tightly together in more Amazon plastic.

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.


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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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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