Category Archives: Environment

Delphi self-driving car goes coast-to-coast, autonomously

It’s 1903 all over again when it comes to creating firsts in cross-country driving. This time, it’s not just to make it cross-country by car, but to make the longest autonomous drive cross-country in car. A team of Delphi engineers covered 3,400 miles, San Francisco to New York City, over a span of nine days. The…
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These 14 Photos Capture How Polluted China Has Become, And It’s Terrifying…

From the trash-strewn Great Wall of China to oil-filled lakes, this land and its people are suffering from the effects of unsustainable industrialized living In case you haven’t heard, China has declared war on pollution, as rates of environmental toxicity are beyond tolerable and are negatively affecting its population. As reported by NationalInterest, the first thing you…
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Why Starbucks Doesn’t Recycle Cups

Starbucks sells 4 billion paper cups annually, and most of them are never recycled. "Recycling seems like a simple, straightforward initiative — but it’s actually quite challenging," the company said in a recent statement, explaining why it was failing to reach a seven-year goal of implementing recycling programs in all of its stores. In a…
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Revolutionary graphene polymer batteries charging 10 minutes to run 1000 km

According to a report from a Chinese website, The Spanish Graphenano, along with the University of Cordoba and Grabat Energy, developed a polymeric graphene battery, especially suited for electric cars, that will be cheaper and lighter than conventional batteries and will run 1000km on a 10 minute charge. Graphenano claims that this revolutionary battery will…
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That tap saves water. A brilliant idea won a prestigious design award.

Simin Qiu a Product Designer  from London, England, graduated from Royal College of Art has designed a tap that saves water. In 2014, his project won a Concept Desing Award.  Excess Logic continues reposting interesting articles about hi-tech, startups and new technologies to draw attention to e-waste recycling of used computer, lab, test, data center, R&D, computer and electronic…
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Student science experiment finds plants won’t grow near Wi-Fi router

Ninth-graders design science experiment to test the effect of cellphone radiation on plants. The results may surprise you. Five ninth-grade young women from Denmark recently created a science experiment that is causing a stir in the scientific community. It started with an observation and a question. The girls noticed that if they slept with their…
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Do you know what’s lurking in your office water cooler

Americans are a thirsty population and water continues to be the most popular drink of choice in the United States. In fact, according to Beverage Marketing, Americans are consuming water in greater quantities than ever before, drinking 1.2 times more water than they were a decade ago. This increase has led to a total of…
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Top 10 Most Serious Water Quality Violators in California

Why This Topic Is Important Clean, safe drinking water is essential to child health and learning. Access to quality drinking water in the home, school, and child care facilities limits exposure to harmful toxins and also increases child consumption of water, promotes healthy habits, and helps children stay mentally focused and physically fit. Excess Logic continues…
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What is the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch?

A swirling sea of plastic bags, bottles and debris is growing in the North Pacific, and now another one has been found in the Atlantic. But how did they get there and is there anything we can do? Ocean currents collect floating garbage for thousands of miles and drop it into the North Pacific Subtropical…
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22 interesting facts about drinking water

A lot of water is wasted because so many people give little thought to where water comes from and where it goes after they use it.  Yet less than 1% of the Earth's water is available for human consumption.  And there is no "new" water on Earth. Excess Logic continues reposting interesting articles about hi-tech, startups…
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NASA Scientist Warns “California Has One Year Of Water Left”

Given the historic low temperatures and snowfalls that pummeled the eastern U.S. this winter, it might be easy to overlook how devastating California's winter was as well. As our “wet” season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was…
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How much arsenic in the water you drink?

Your water looks, smells and tastes fine. So why do you need to test it? It is hard to believe that water that looks, smells and tastes fine may not be safe to drink. But the truth is that 1 in 10 wells US has water that is high in arsenic. There are wells high…
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How clean is the water in your office?

Recycling facts about things that contaminate water. WASTE The average American office worker uses about 500 disposable cups every year. Every year, Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times. Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Westchester NY, Berkeley, and Malibu California have all banned Styrofoam foodware. Laguna…
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Confirmed: California Aquifers Contaminated With Billions Of Gallons of Fracking Wastewater

The problems with California's underground injection control program are far worse than originally reported. It has now been revealed that California regulators with DOGGR permitted hundreds of wastewater injection wells and thousands more wells injecting fluids for “enhanced oil recovery” into aquifers protected under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Excess Logic continues reposting interesting articles about hi-tech,…
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How polluted is U.S. drinking water?

Water supplies in the United States are safer than they used to be, but plenty of old and new dangers still lurk beneath the surface. U.S. tap water is some of the cleanest on Earth, generally safe from the microbes and chemicals that have plagued humans' water supplies for millennia. While much of the planet…
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Worrying about what’s in your drink?

The answer is in your office dumpster. E-waste recycling in San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Fremont. Ask your equipment manager what does he do with used equipment and call us 650-307-7553 to schedule a free pick up of your used computer, electronic, lab and biotech equipment. #DontDumpAndDrink
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Amazon wants to curb warehouse clutter by installing 3D printers on trucks

More than anything, logistics are the biggest hurdle for retailers like Amazon. Managing stock, maintaining warehouses, and shipping orders is a constant juggling act. What if you could cut out all of the hassle, make an item on demand, and deliver it directly to the consumer? A recent patent application from Amazon has that future…
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Novartis AG (NVS) Japan Ordered to Halt Business for 15 Days

TOKYO – Japan’s health ministry ordered the Japanese unit of Novartis AG (NVS) to halt sales and manufacturing of prescription drugs for 15 days for failing to report the side effects of some medications, Reuters reported Friday. The 15-day suspension, which will take place from March 5 to 19, was handed down for failing to…
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Boeing invents four-part reusable satellite launch vehicle

Taking even small payloads into orbit is expensive, thanks in large part to the use of expendable rockets to break the bonds of gravity. Companies like SpaceX are working on reusable rocket technology that could carry cargo and people into space, but Boeinghas just filed a patent for an alternative method. Being’s new reusable launch…
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Sprint launches Smartphone Encore Challenge

Challenge designed to help reduce electronic waste and encourage mobile innovation. Sprint, Overland Park, Kansas, has launched its inaugural Smartphone Encore Challenge in conjunction with Brightstar Corp., Miami, and HOBI International, Batavia, Illinois. Sprint says the challenge calls for students to find profitable and innovative ways to repurpose old smartphones or their components. Nonprofit Net…
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Apple Will Spend $848 Million Building A Massive Solar Farm In Monterey

Tim Cook dropped a bit of news in a conversation at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference today: Apple is putting a massive $848 million into solar energy. According to Cook, Apple is putting $848 million into building a 1,300-acre solar farm in Monterey, Calif., in partnership with Arizona-based First Solar. As part of the…
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Plastics recycling rate in Canada reaches record

Report finds that the access to recycling of plastic beverage containers in Canada stands at 98 percent. The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has released its 2014 Recycling Access Report for Plastic Containers and Packaging, which shows that the number of recycling programs that now accept and recycle plastic packaging has grown to the largest…
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Nanowire breakthrough could recycle vehicle exhaust, improve car efficiency

A group of researchers at Sandia National Labs have announced a major step forward in thermoelectric nanowires, hopefully paving the way for new types of efficiency-boosting mechanisms in internal combustion engines. The team’s long-term goal is to use nanowire construction to capture heat from the exhaust system and use it to power in-vehicle sensors and…
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Airbus focuses on thermoplastic composite materials

Company claims thermoplastic CFRP holds several advantages over thermoset CFRP, including 100 percent recyclability. While the use of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) has become a mainstay in aircraft production, many are unaware there is more than one type available. Airbus, Toulouse, France, is working to take maximum benefit of thermoplastic CFRP material—which holds several key advantages…
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China is going to mine the Moon for helium-3 fusion fuel

China’s Chang’e lunar probe dynasty is already having a great year. The Chang’e 3 lunar lander surpassed all expectations last week to emerge from its 14th hibernation while the Chang’e 5-T1 just completed its transfer from the Earth-Moon Lagrange Point 2 into a stable orbit around the Moon. Chang’e 3’s main mission was only to…
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Big Data company proposes servers in space, we have no idea why

Space technology is cool. Whether you’re a fan of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, NASA’s Curiosity, or the ESA’s ongoing exploration of Comet 67P, ongoing space exploration is at the heart of some of humanity’s most impressive endeavors. This, however, doesn’t makeevery space-based idea a good idea. We’re honestly scratching our heads over how Big Data analytics…
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Berkeley Continues to go “Green” in a $100B+ Industry

Going “green” in chemistry has become a lot more lucrative than was anticipated just 18 short months ago. In June of 2013, Biotechnology Calendar Inc. reported that the green chemistry market was expected to grow from $2.8 billion in 2011 to $98.5B by 2020 and will save the industry $65.5B. However, recent reports indicate that…
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