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+ - SPAM: Chevrolet unveils 2016 Malibu Hybrid at the NY Auto Show

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "At a time when gas prices are nearing record lows, Chevrolet is investing in fuel-efficient vehicles. The automaker just unveiled its brand new 2016 Malibu Hybrid at the New York Auto Show – and it’s stylish, lighter, and more efficient thanks to a jolt of technology borrowed from the 2016 Chevy Volt."
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+ - Gogoro to launch battery-swapping electric Smartscooter this summer in Taipei

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "Gogoro's electric vehicle battery-swapping network just got a home. Today the start-up announced plans to blanket Taipei with battery swap stations in anticipation of a summer launch date for its upcoming Smartscooter. A six-second battery swap gives the scooter a full charge, and Taipei City and New Taipei City will be offering increased subsidies for electric vehicle purchases and preferred EV parking spots."

+ - O2 reveals cell phone made from grass->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "In collaboration with designer Sean Miles of DesignWorks, O2 Recycle has created the UK's first cell phone made from reclaimed cell phone parts and glass clippings collected from southwest London's Twickenham Stadium. The phone took over 240 hours to build, and is made from tens of thousands of blades of grass collected from the rugby stadium. The grass components make up the phone’s casing, and locally-sourced wood was used for the buttons."
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+ - The World's Largest 3D-printed Building Made From Powdered Cement ->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "Emerging Objects' Ronald Rael just unveiled the world’s largest 3D printed building made from powdered cement at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. Measuring 9 feet high by 12 feet wide and 12 feet deep, the swirling Bloom pavilion is composed of 840 custom-printed blocks. The project's construction process and materials sets it apart from other 3D printed structures. Most 3D printed buildings are created by extruding wet cement through a nozzle. This process creates durable buildings, however the finished product is rough and imprecise. Bloom was constructed over the course of a year by 11 3D Systems printers using powdered cement, polymers, and fibers. This process minimized waste and yielded strong, lightweight bricks printed with high-resolution details."
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+ - Financial supporters pull the plug on climate change denier Wei-Hock Soon->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "Financial backers are abandoning Dr. Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon after documents were released that proved the prominent U.S. climate change denier accepted $1.2M from oil and gas companies in exchange for lying about the causes of climate change. Exxon Mobil and the American Petroleum Institute were among the sources of funding revealed by the documents, and now companies like that are questioning whether they should continue their relationship with Soon."
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+ - Google's new California HQ is a greenhouse-filled utopia->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "Earlier this week Google announced that Heatherwick Studio and BIG are collaborating on the design of the company’s new Mountain View campus — and today they published a video giving the world a first look at the upcoming Googleplex. The video offers a glimpse at renderings and models of what looks to be a stunning biosphere-filled utopia for the Silicon Valley giant."
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+ - Tesla's next product is a battery for your home->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "According to Tesla's latest investor call, the company is working on a house battery that could help you break up with your expensive utility company, essentially turning any home into an off-grid abode. Before you know it, a home in the suburbs could even generate enough energy to turn a profit by selling the excess back to a traditional electric company."
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+ - FDA finds herbal supplements at GNC, Walmart don't contain what they claim

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "The New York State Attorney General's Office is demanding that GNC, Walmart, Walgreens, and Target remove store brand herbal supplements from their shelves after the pills were found to be packed with a strange array of fraudulent—and in some cases hazardous—ingredients. Popular supplements such as ginseng, valerian root, and St. John's wort sold under store brand names at the four major retailers were found to contain powdered rice, asparagus, and even houseplants, while being completely void of any of the ingredients on the label."

+ - FDA wants to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "In an attempt to curb outbreaks of two devastating tropical diseases in the Florida Keys, the FDA is proposing the release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the area. Scientists have bred male mosquitoes with virus gene fragments, so when they mate with the females that bite and spread illness, their offspring will die. This can reduce the mosquito population dramatically, halting the spread of diseases like dengue fever."
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+ - Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV at Detroit Auto Show->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "Tesla, take cover – General Motors is taking aim at the affordable electric vehicle market with the brand new Chevy Bolt, which was just unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The all-electric vehicle is able to travel 200 miles on a single charge, and it will cost about $30,000 – which puts it squarely in the ring with the Tesla Model 3."
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+ - Gogoro unveils Smartscooter and revolutionary battery swap infrastructure->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "Horace Luke played a key role in developing Windows Mobile, and he most recently served as HTC's chief innovation officer — however his latest project isn't a phone at all. Luke teamed up with Matt Taylor (previously HTC's chief technologist) to launch Gogoro — a revolutionary zero emission transportation network that consists of an electric Smartscooter and a series of densely distributed battery swapping stations. Each station holds 6 batteries, is about the size of an ATM, and requires zero infrastructure upgrades — so a city can be quickly and easily blanketed with stations. The best part? The scooter can be topped off with a six second battery swap instead of the hours it takes to charge most EVs via the grid."
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+ - London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "London just unveiled its next-generation subway trains — and they're sleek, 100% automated, and WiFi-equipped. UK-based design studio Priestmangoode teamed up with Transport for London to develop the trains over a period of 3 years, and they feature open and airy interiors inspired by aviation design."
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+ - Toyota Unveils the Swiss Army Knife of Cars->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "Toyota is targeting the maker community with a new vehicle that can be customized to the nth degree. The U squared is the size of a compact city car, yet it offers tons of space with a modular rail system that allows you to swap out seats in favor of racks, storage trays, bike racks, and other components."
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+ - Scientists Bioengineer Real Cheese Without Animal Products ->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "A group of scientists has developed a process to create Real Vegan Cheese from a yeast-based, non-animal-derived milk protein. To do this they bio-engineered regular baker’s yeast to make milk proteins known as caseins. These caseins then get blended together with sugar, oil, and water, to brew up a non-animal-derived milk that can be transformed into cheese by standard, time-tested methods. The team recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to bring the cheese to market."
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