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Liquid pistons could revolutionize camera phones and lenses

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Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed liquid pistons which could potentially be used in camera phones and lenses. The liquid piston contains two drops of ferrofluid, which is basically a magnetic liquid, and each drop sits in a hole on a substrate about the size of a piece of chewing gum.

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Obama wants internet IDs for all Americans

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President Obama is giving the U.S. Commerce Department the responsibility of heading an internet ID program for Americans. The U.S. government wants the public to be able to have a single digital identity that can be used for multiple websites. According to the U.S. government, it will eliminate the need for multiple different passwords. 
The Obama administration is drafting a program called the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace that includes details on the internet ID, which should be released by Obama in the next few months.

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Best Buy’s Buy Back Program will leave you Scrooged

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Today Best Buy launched their Buy Back Program (BBP) to encourage shoppers to keep upgrading to the latest tech without every having to worry about the device becoming dated. With the BBP, people can upgrade as often as they like, getting a lump of credit on a gift card.

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Electric-powered Waiex aircraft took first flight

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The electric-powered Waiex aircraft achieved its first flight on December 3, 2010 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The aircraft made a short hop on the runway and was in the air for about 15 seconds. The aircraft is a result of a four-year project and part of Sonex Aircraft, LLC’s E-Flight Initiative.

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Honda to start leasing electric scooter

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Honda will start leasing its EV-neo Electric Scooter on Friday, December 24, 2010 to select businesses in Japan. They are leasing 100 scooters as part of a government-backed program to collect data about the scooters. The EV-neo can go for 34 km before needing to be recharged, which Honda measured at a constant speed of 30 km/h on a level road. The scooter is being marketed for delivery services.

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Honda tests solar-powered charging stations for electric vehicles

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Honda announced that vehicle charging stations will be part of a Japanese trail to further Honda’s goal of reducing CO2 emissions through their products.

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i-Green concept charges devices as you ride your bike

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Chinese designer Fandi Meng has created the i-Green, a charger you can attach to your bike and use to charge any portable device. It uses the kinetic energy from the motion of the bike wheels and turns it into electricity, giving your dying cellphone or mp3 player a boost while you pedal down the street.

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