Fusion brings us this excellent, if saddening look at the effects of over-fishing in the Sea of Cortez. The area, which rests between the Baja California Peninsula and the Mexican mainland, also known as the Gulf of California (see the map below), was once hailed for its biodiversity and the sheer amount of fish and wildlife under […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on July 30, 2014 · 0 comments

Tesla Motors open sources its patents. Is it the start of the EV revolution?

This is big. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, today announced that his company is open sourcing all of its patents. Could this be the spark that sets off the electric vehicle (EV) revolution? In a post on the company’s blog, cheekily titled “All Our Patent Are Belong To You,” Musk explained the rationale behind […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on June 12, 2014 · 0 comments

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey — which follows in the footsteps of Sagan’s 1980 masterpiece — closed the book on the so-called “debate” on global warming. Point by point, he shot down each of the counterarguments for reducing carbon emissions… using SCIENCE! (Sorry for the all-caps.) Sunday’s episode, “The World Set Free” tackles climate […]

Read more Must watch: Cosmos – Global warming case closed

by Pedro Hernandez on June 2, 2014 · 0 comments

Internet streaming is greener than DVDs - Credit: Geoffrey Fairchild - Flickr (gfairchild) - CC

Go dematerialization! The  term, which sounds like what the transporters do in Star Trek, is one of the great benefits of the Internet. Instead of CDs, folks have turned to iTunes and Spotify. Rather than heft around a tome or two, they head to Amazon and order e-books for their Kindles. The data centers that serve […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on May 31, 2014 · 0 comments

Xbox One

Well this is a little disappointing, although not without precedent. Both Sony’s PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft’s Xbox One (the Kinect-less version pictured above, obviously) scarf down a lot more electricity than their immediate predecessors (their respective “slim” versions), according to a report from The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). In fact, they consume “two […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on May 19, 2014 · 0 comments

Fujifilm Recording Media USA Solar Array

Exiting news out of Massachusetts today. Fujifilm Recording Media USA has cut the ribbon on a big rooftop solar panel installation located at its Bedford, Massachusetts manufacturing facility. The solar array, made up of 1,870 modules, will generate an estimated 644,000 kWh of electricity each year, resulting in a yearly carbon offset of about 444 metric tons of CO2. Columbia […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on May 13, 2014 · 0 comments

Recycling an old graphic… It’s no Google Doodle — which rocks this year, by the way (yes, even the Dung Beetle) — but it’s from the heart. Here are some Earth Day themed tweets to get you started on this awesome day (updated throughout the day). Microsoft’s #carbon neutrality efforts highlighted along with #sustainability work […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on April 22, 2014 · 0 comments

Rackspace

Add Rackspace to the growing list of tech companies that are bringing energy efficient innovations to their cloud data centers beginning at the planning stage. Like Google, Facebook and Microsoft, the San Antonia-based cloud computing company plans to increase its cloud footprint by constructing a new data center using green design principles from the start. Gary Boyd, […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on February 19, 2014 · 0 comments

Google acquires Next for $3.2 billion.

This is big. Google has acquired Nest Labs, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based maker of smart thermometers and smoke detectors for a cool $3.2 billion in cash, reports Chris Preimesberger over at eWEEK. “Google took another big step Jan. 13 in its quest to become a major player in the connected-home Internet of Things market,” he wrote. Agreed. […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on January 13, 2014 · 0 comments

Intel: All our 2014 processors will be conflict-free

Excellent news from chipmaking giant Intel. CEO Brian M. Krzanich announced at CES that all of the microprocessors that it ships in 2014 will not contain conflict minerals. The company reported that it “had achieved a critical milestone and the minerals used in microprocessor silicon and packages manufactured in Intel’s factories are ‘conflict-free’ as concluded […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on January 8, 2014 · 0 comments