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Nikki Heeren

I'm a Kindle-carrying nerd with a love of technology, mobile, gadgets, automobiles and green tech! I have a master's degree in education and have experience teaching about one of nature's greatest technology- worm composting. I love all animals, not just worms, and believe their energy effects us all in ways we cannot comprehend.

Cars that drive themselves

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LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) is a new way of looking at the world.   With 64 spinning lasers, LIDAR images the world in a true 3D manner by measuring the distance from a stationary or moving position at a million points per second.   The image is recreated by the control software in a similar way as modern video gaming operates.

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Portable charger uses the river to generate power

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Rafters might be able to rejoice with the Vena Microhydro System, a water-powered personal charger designed by Daniel Hull. Using a small turbine, generator, and anchor, the device can harness hydro-energy under a river or stream.

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M-Dress: Wear nothing but your phone

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Most clubbing attire is so snug you can’t fit a penny in your pocket, let alone a cell phone.  The M-Dress by CuteCircuit was designed as good news for tight clothing and for missed calls buried below half a bathroom cabinet.

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Voltaic’s new standalone mobile solar chargers generate 4 watts

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Voltaic has just released the Amp, Fuse and Switch, standalone chargers with solar panels that can produce up to 4 Watts of Power. With 4-5 hours of sun, or a day at the beach, their Lithium Polymer batteries can be fully powered and then used at anytime to charge a handheld device.

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Better than a sweet sixteen: High schoolers build world’s most efficient electric car

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If you thought getting asked to prom was exciting, try setting the world record for most efficient electric car before you can even drive.  Students from DeLaSalle High School in Kansas City are awaiting confirmation from the Guinness Book of World Records that a vehicle they built for a class project sets a new world record for fuel efficiency.

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Tata Motors drives two new EVs to Europe

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Tata Motors is set to release its Indica and Ace electric cars by March 2011 in Europe. The electric Indica is a four door hatchback powered by lithium-ion batteries.  It has more size and power than the Reva Electric and can run for 175-200 km on a full charge.  Tata Motors will also be releasing its first electric mini-truck, the Ace EV with a range of 72 kilometers and a loading capacity of 750 kg (1650 lb).

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Hybrid boat emerges for carbon-free cruising

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The Greenline 33 Hybrid is the world’s first production hybrid (diesel-electric) and solar powered boat. Designed by Seaway, its causing a new wave of emissions-free boating in Europe. A super-displacement hull allows it to move at higher s

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34% of AT&T iPhone users are waiting to switch to Verizon

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What’s going to happen when the iPhone becomes available through Verizon?  A new survey by market research firm Morpace provides a good prediction.  Morpace surveyed 1,000 consumers across all carriers and 29 percents said they were “somewhat/very likely” to purchase an iPhone with Verizon.

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FCC Spotting: Huawei touchscreen eReader with Wi-Fi and 3G to sport Android?

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It’s not surprising that Huawei Technologies, the largest networking and telecommunications equipment supplier in China, has entered the e-reader market. With CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezosis, expecting e-book sales to surpass paperback sometime in the next 9 to 12 months, releasing the T62W seems to be the right move to make.

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One crazy flipping boat

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It’s not a ride at Six Flags, it’s the FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform), a research vessel built in 1962 that does exactly what its names implies.  After being towed to a target site in a horizontal, normal ship position, the FLIP rotates a full 90 degrees sending 300 of its 350 feet vertically under the water. 

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Darpa’s Butterfly: Inspired sensors light up at chemical threats

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It’s not the first time bugs are being heroes. In 2005, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency supported scientists in using honeybees in bomb detecting devices. Last year, DARPA-backed researchers at Agiltron Corporation began implanting larvae with micromechanical chemical sensors.

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World’s first Electric Aircraft has great potential

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A Boeing 747 flying from San Francisco to New York emits an estimated 5,000 pounds of greenhouse gasses, it also consumes over 12,000 gallons of fuel in that flight.  Although it will be a while before they can compete with the 747, new aircrafts are emerging with "zero-emission" flights.

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View home videos on your wall with Ordos’ HD camcorder

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Now you can project films directly from your camera using Ordo's HDV-350S.  The device includes a Texas Instrument chip DPL that throws a WVGA (854x480) resolution image with a brightness of 15 lumens.  According to Ordro this allows for 60-inches of projection.

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Watch recorded TV on your iPhone with AT&T’s free U-verse Mobile app

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With an iPhone in your pocket, you’ll never have to miss an episode of the Jersey Shore again.  AT&T’s new U-verse Mobile app lets premium subscribers download and watch programs directly on the device.

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Apple iPhone users having more sex? Think again, Android is pretty frisky

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A writer from the online dating site OkCupid has claimed that Apple users have twice as much sex as Android users, well, he might have to take a closer look at his own graph. Taken from OkCupid’s online dataset, the graph illustrates the sexual activity of 9,785 anonymous 30-year-old smartphone users.

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