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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Shaken, not heated: the ideal recipe for manipulating magnetism

Shaken, not heated: the ideal recipe for manipulating magnetism
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Ion semiconductor sequencing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ion semiconductor sequencing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Ion Proton sequencer decodes DNA fast and on the cheap

Ion Proton sequencer decodes DNA fast and on the cheap
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fwd: How Two Frat Boys Turned Shrooms and Trash into Millions



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Upcycling's Upshot: How Urban Mushroom Farmers Turned Scavenging into a Business
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In domestic relationships, one of the quickest ways to butter up your partner is by taking out the trash. In business, removing festering piles of waste also makes you the sort of person who's gets missed when you're not around.

In 2009, Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez were recent graduates of the University of California at Berkeley who had both been offered positions in consulting and investment banking. Yet both were stuck on an idea they came across in their business ethics class: Gourmet mushrooms grow and flourish in recycled coffee grounds; thus, waste from one industry could be fertile ground for another. Trash, if not treasure, could be a sustainable and cost-free raw material.

The two set to experimenting with growing mushrooms in coffee grounds in the basement of Velez's fraternity. They managed one crop in an old paint bucket and immediately charged out to their local Whole Foods, where they showed their harvest to the first person they saw in the produce department: "Hey, look, we grew these mushrooms."

Two weeks later, they received a call from the regional produce manager for Northern California Whole Foods stores. They were told that if they could figure out how to do it on a larger scale, "we can blow this up in stores."

But if the pair were going to make a real go of upcycling coffee grounds and establishing themselves as gourmet mushroom suppliers, they would need more than what they could collect on foot from local coffee shops.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Fwd: A Vampire-Slaying Electronics Charger?



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Chargers that Fight the Power Suck of Vampire Energy
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In many ways, our mobile devices can help us lead more environmentally friendly lifestyles. Myriad apps and constant connectivity to the internet provide us with the information we need to make sustainable consumer choices, for example, or access public transportation more easily. But incorporating gadgetry into more and more aspects of daily life uses up an ever-increasing amount of electricity. Vampire energy—the power suck when our devices are plugged in but turned off—costs U.S. consumers $3 billion a year alone. 

Electronics accessories manufacturer Bracketron is hoping its new product line of environmentally friendly batteries and chargers will help make our devices a little lest parasitic on the grid, making another contribution to the growing line of electronics intended to fight vampire energy. Unlike traditional chargers, GreenZero chargers can tell when a device is fully charged, at which point they automatically stop providing juice to a phone. And the chargers know when your phone is unplugged, too, so no need to flick a switch on a power strip to fight the drain of vampire energy.

If the allure of cutting back on your electricity bill isn't strong enough, the GreenZone accessories offer another bonus: the design is pretty cool too. The aptly named "Mushroom" charger includes a big green button on top: Just press it to start or stop charging. Bracketron announced that it'll debut the chargers at next week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and plans to have them in stores by March.  Zak Stone

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