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Now even your cell phone can go green. Fairphone smartphones are made with conflict-free materials, and all electronic waste from the phone's production is recycled. But you don't have to sacrifice quality for eco-friendly production; this phone has great features including 2 SIM card slots and 32 GB of memory. GO GREEN! #tech #smartphone #recycled #ecofriendly #gogreen #gadgets #communication #conflictfree #awesome #bestof

This gadget just may be a revolution for the lazy. As part of a Netflix hackathon this past January, a team of engineers came up with the idea of this mind-controlled headband that measures brain signals to choose what you want to watch on Netflix...completely hands-free. Unfortunately Netflix has no current plans to release Mindflix for sale, but we can hope!

If you're an earth-conscious coffee consumer, then this will likely be of interest to you: Bio-Bean is a London-based company that recycles waste coffee grounds into "biomass pellets," or carbon-neutral biofuels and biochemicals. In turn, they can be used for anything from heating buildings to powering transport. The company hopes to turn 85 percent of coffee grounds into fuel, saving money on waste disposal and displacing fossil fuels.

Thanks to @News for letting us share this cool story! There have been decades of failure in making an artificial blood substitute. But now, scientists from the universities of Bristol, Cambridge, and Oxford have isolated and manipulated stem cells in labs to produce red blood cells.Their goal is to make red cells for patients with complex blood types because it can be hard for them to find donors. This synthetic blood is about to go through human trials for the first time! Although there is still a long road ahead for a full-scale rollout of synthetic blood, these developments could possibly change the future of how we save lives. Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. In the U.S. alone, 41,000 donated pints are needed every day and although an estimated 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year.

If you’re sick of commuting to work via the public bus every day, this one might be of interest to you. It's the brainchild of Elon Musk called Hyperloop, which is a transportation system that resembles a train traveling at speeds of more than 600 mph inside of a tube. This would make travel between LA and San Francisco a ridiculous 35 minutes. In Musk's preliminary designs for Hyperloop, the estimated cost of the operation was $6 billion — an entire $3 billion less than the amount already pledged to high-speed rail in California.

Thanks to @News for letting us share this cool story! In 2002, two percent of car sales in Norway were EV. By 2015, that number had risen to 22 percent and is continuing to grow. With such continued success, Norway is planning on selling purely electric vehicles by 2025. The country hopes to place a charging station every 31 miles across all major roadways, which could make driving an electric car a more viable option while also solving some of the anxiety that could be making potential customers reluctant to switch to full electric. In addition, there are very low VAT or purchase tax for EVs sold within Norway, as well as free parking in certain cities, access to bus lanes and low road and ferry tolls.

If you've ever felt like your smart phone wasn't enough, never fear, because Levi's and Google are partnering to bring you the Smart Jacket, a jean jacket that connects with your smart phone via a removable Bluetooth wrist-cuff. The jacket allows you to answer incoming calls, change music, get directions, and more. Bonus: It's even machine-washable.The Smart Jacket is set to be available for purchase this fall for $350.

Thanks to @News for letting us share this cool story! Pretty soon you may be able to eat your water. Whaaaat?! Skipping Rocks Lab's has one goal: to make plastic packaging disappear. Their first product, Ooho!, is a sustainable packaging alternative to plastic bottles and cups, made from a seaweed extract. It is entirely biodegradable and so natural you can actually eat it. Said the company, "Our packaging is cheaper than plastic and can encapsulate any beverage including water, soft drinks, spirits, and even cosmetics."

Ever wanted to display what’s on your smart phone onto your body instead? Well, with new technology, you might able to do just that. Researchers are currently developing a flexible, bendy touchpad that could one day be inserted into clothing, or even the human body. "This is the first time anyone has made a transparent, touch-sensitive electronic device that can detect touch while the device is being bent or stretched," says John Madden, an electrical engineer at the University of British Columbia. What's more is that the materials used to make the device are cheap, so it could one day be a very cost-effective product.

A new online catalogue showcasing 3D stem cell images is giving new hope for scientists to detect diseases such as cancer. The Allen Cell Explorer is a public catalogue found online containing more than 6,000 pictures of stem cells with key components in the cells being highlighted to show specific genes. The director of the Allen Institute For Cell Science, Rick Horwitz, has explained how these images can help to quicken the process of stem cell research as researchers can start to observe better irregular aspects of a cell's structure. Said Horwitz: “Working as a community, we can apply and expand on these tools to make leaps forward in the field of cell biology and have great impact on our study of human health and disease.”

A breakthrough study at Duke University in Durham is giving new hope for those with autism in the family. The study involving 25 children getting a blood transfusion through their own umbilical cord which had stem cells that could potentially treat autism. The study showed real results with more than two-thirds of those involved showing substantial improvements. The researchers are now hoping to work on another trial that could potentially lead to even better results.

A bioengineer has been awarded a $211K grant to develop printable 3D materials to create blood vessels for children who have vascular defects. Vascular defects are much harder to treat in children, compared to adults, and often, children would need several invasive surgeries. What Yi Hong, together with his partner Guohao Dai, are attempting to create is a range of printable materials in 3D format to create blood vessels that are specific to the patient and ones that will adhere to the human body.

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