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UTSA and Microsoft establish sustainable energy research and development pact

Read the full story from the University of Texas San Antonio.

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and Microsoft Corp. (Microsoft) announced today a three-year agreement to research and develop sustainable technologies to make data centers more energy efficient and economically viable.

In addition to the research agreement, Microsoft made a $1 million gift to UTSA to support the university’s research and technology programs.

 

Leaner Library Loaner Laptops: Tips from the Pro

Read the full post at TechSoup for Libraries.

After the Zion-Benton Illinois Library had some of their expensive laptops stolen and broken, they didn’t give up on loaning out laptops to patrons. Instead, they decided to try using sturdier, but less expensive refurbished laptops. Here’s how they did it.

TechSoup for Libraries’ Ariel Gilbert-Knight got a chance to meet Tara Caldara at the PLA conference in Indianapolis last month. Tara is Assistant Director of the Zion-Benton Library in northeastern Illinois above Chicago, and she had some great tips to share about checking out laptops to patrons.

 

 

Indoor air quality sensors could be coming to your smartphone

Read the full post at Treehugger.

Indoor air quality can be as much of a health concern as the air quality outdoors. Things like volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, mold and other compounds can cause things like headaches, fatigue, respiratory illnesses and worse. The EU has started to focus on how to combat indoor pollution and is funding a new nanotechnology project that would allow people to have real-time air quality information wherever they are — at home, at work, even in the car.

Called IAQSENSE, the project aims to “develop new nanotechnology-based sensor systems that will precisely monitor the composition of the air in terms of both chemical and bio contaminants.” It is designed to be both tiny and low cost so that it can be adopted widely.

 

How consumers can track products at the touch of a smartphone button

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Producers and suppliers trace and count every item they distribute. It’s time to share that information with everyone.
 

The Genius Entrepreneurs Who Turn E-Waste Into Usable Products

iFixIt is featured in Slate.

 

 

Will.i.am: ‘Let’s make plastic a verb’

Read the full story in The Guardian. Thanks to ISTC’s Governor’s Awards Specialist John Mulrow for the link.

The Black Eyed Peas star and Ekocycle founder talks to Jo Confino about waste, technology and why the iPhone will never be an antique.

 

 

Scientist developing materials, electronics that dissolve when triggered

Read the full story in R&D Magazine.

A medical device, once its job is done, could harmlessly melt away inside a person’s body. Or, a military device could collect and send its data and then dissolve away, leaving no trace of an intelligence mission. Or, an environmental sensor could collect climate information, then wash away in the rain.

The full research article is available here.

 

Groups protest chemicals used in Apple’s iPhone

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Apple’s labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China.

 
 

A Wild Idea: Making Our Smartphones Last Longer

Read the full post from the New York Times.

Despite their small size, smartphones are expensive, resource-hungry goods, and they deserve a better life cycle than two years of use followed by an eternity in a forgotten desk drawer. It is possible to buy smartphones with an eye to longevity — a strategy that will save money and global resources and give you the snooty self-satisfaction of knowing you’re shunning gadget consumerism.

 

iPhones Recycling Reaches Canada

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Apple said its iPhone reuse and recycling program is now available in Canada Customers can now trade in old iPhones at an Apple store for a credit of up to $275.

 
 
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