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Police demanding more and more cell phone data

Local, state and federal law enforcement have all spiked the number of data requests to phone companies<p>Natasha Lennard<p>December 9, 2013 3:10pm (UTC)<p>Last year saw a spike across local, state and federal law enforcement requests for cellphone user data. As the ACLU reported Monday, last year alone, …

30 Minute Caramelized Shallot, Spinach and Goat Cheese Garlic Butter Pasta

Caramelized Shallot, Spinach and Goat Cheese Garlic Butter Pasta.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> December 9, 2013 102<p>This is my give-me-a-break-from-candy-canes …

DIY Metallic Mason Jars.

<i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> December 5, 2013 76<p>I did a craft I did a craft I did a craft!<p>This… is huge. For me. You know it.<p>So. My brother’s girlfriend, Mary, is …

How to easily root an Android device

Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, deleted unwanted bloatware, update the OS, replace the firmware, overclock (or underclock) the processor, customize anything and so on.<p>Of course, for the average user, …

600,000 bats killed at wind energy facilities in 2012, study says

Over 600,000 bats were killed by wind energy turbines across the United States last year, with the highest concentration of kills in the Appalachian Mountains, according to new research.<p>In a paper published Friday in the journal BioScience, University of Colorado biologist Mark Hayes used records …

World's First 1 Megawatt Wave Energy Power Plant Launched in South Australia

Australia’s Oceanlinx just launched the world’s first 1 megawatt wave power plant in Port MacDonnell, South Australia. The wave energy converter was …

The Official Explanation for the German Energy Transition

In a recent posting, John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self Reliance lays out three clear drivers for why Germans are going renewable at all …

This cheeky map shows what each country leads the world in

Every country is Number One when it comes to something, and this map from webcomic <i>Doghouse Diaries</i> just what all those somethings are.<p>You can see a …

A Wondrous GIF Shows the Most Popular Baby Names for Girls Since 1960

Social Security Administration data visualized in the most lovely way imaginable<p>My friend Judy used to always say that whenever she met another Judy, she knew exactly how old that Judy was—to the day.<p>Now that level of precision might be a bit of a stretch, but, as the above map wonderfully shows, …

Why Elon Musk is a utility executive’s worst nightmare

Attention US utility executives: You have a decade at most before the boom in renewable energy makes your century-old business model as relevant as a rotary telephone. In the time it takes to get a transmission line built in California, solar energy production and other new technologies could …

Renewable Energy

Banksy's New York works suffer vandalism just hours after completion

Banksy's new pieces in New York are being vandalised just hours after they appear as part of a surprise all-city exhibition, Better Out Than In.<p>The elusive street artist Banksy embarked upon a month-long exhibition throughout the streets of New York on Tuesday, but so far his new pieces are being …

A Renewable Energy Tax Credit May Die At The End Of This Year

A tax credit promoting wind energy and other renewables is set to die at the end of the year, and for the moment there’s no obvious way to resurrect …

Blizzident 'six-second toothbrush' created by dentists

<b>A team of dentists has created a toothbrush they say can clean teeth thoroughly in less than six seconds.</b><p>Manufacturer Blizzident uses the same scans dentists use to fit braces and an extremely precise 3D printer to create a brush for each individual customer.<p>Each brush contains about 400 soft …

Dental Care

FBI seizes underground drug market Silk Road, owner indicted in New York

The site was doing more than $1.2 billion in business, according to a criminal complaint<p>It appears the Federal Bureau of Investigation has finally cracked down on Silk Road, the underground marketplace where users could buy cocaine, heroin, meth, and more using the virtual currency Bitcoin. <i>The …

5 Knots You Need to Know How to Tie at All Times

We’re doing something different today with our Knot of the Week series and taking a look at five knots that you should know how to tie at all times. …

5 industries that are hurting America

In these cases, corporate America no longer sees itself as owing anything to this country<p>Paul Buchheit<p>September 30, 2013 12:38pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>There are more than five ways, of course. There are numerous <i>product</i> ripoffs, as described in a recent article byLynn …

VIDEO HOW TO: Get Started With Cloth Diapers

Are you still using disposable diapers? Lots of American parents are — an estimated 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used and thrown out in the US …

Google is on the way to quietly becoming an electric utility

You probably won’t be receiving a utility bill from Google anytime soon, but the search giant is slowly but surely morphing into a literal power broker. Yesterday (Sept. 17), for instance, Google announced that it would buy all the electricity generated by the 240-megawatt Happy Hereford wind farm …

Renewable Energy

New browser extensions let you hit the NSA where it hurts: in the data

Jeff Lyon<p>Flagger.io does just one thing: It adds a random selection of keywords, like “terrorist,” “pressure cooker,” “Al Qaeda,” etc. to the address of every website you visit. The idea is that, because the US National Security Agency (NSA) is gathering essentially all the internet traffic that …

Al-Qaeda

Mashed Potato, Cheddar and Chive Waffles

What am I going to do with all of these leftover mashed potatoes (said no one ever!)?<p>Make waffles!<p>How is there a solution to a problem that isn’t …

Shushing Wind Turbines Could Boost Power

This sounds like good news for wind energy: GE and government scientists are reporting lab work that could lead to quieter wind turbines.<p>Noise has …

Puri Desalinating Water Bottle Could Save Your Life at Sea

The Puri is unlike any other water bottle out there – it could save your life. Designed by Younsun Kim, Kangkyung Lee, Byungsoo Kim and Minji Kim, …

PHOTOS: MakerBot Opens New 50,000 Sq. Ft. 3D Printer Factory in Brooklyn

If you need any more proof that a 3D printing revolution is about to take hold, look no further than MakerBot's brand new 50,000 square foot factory. …

3D Printing

Australia's Largest Solar Cell Printer Can Spit Out a Photovoltaic Panel Every Two Seconds

An incredible new printer at the University of Melbourne has allowed researchers to print solar cells up to the size of an A3 sheet of paper. …

Solar Panels

Electric avenue: Korean buses now wirelessly charge as they drive

Wireless charging hasn't quite yet made an impact in the smartphone market but that hasn't stopped scientists in South Korea from using a similar technology to develop the world's first road-powered electric vehicle network. Located in Gumi city, the 15-mile network uses specially adapted roads …

European Electric Micro Car Can Drive On Solar Alone

The evolution of the electric vehicle industry in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom where we’ve seen strong examples of its progress, is …

Volvo Unveils Portable Solar Charging Station That Fits In The Trunk Of Your Car

Volvo, Sweden’s largest car manufacturer, is planning to unveil a foldable solar charging station that can be broken down and stored in the truck of a car.<p>The so-called “Pure-Tension Pavilion” was developed by Synthesis Design + Architecture, a design firm based in Los Angeles, CA, for Volvo’s …