July 2015

Bill Gates to Invest $2bn More in Renewable Energy

Bill Gates Invest $2B Renewable EnergyBill Gates plans to double investment in green energy technology and research to combat climate change, but rejects calls to divest from fossil fuels. He announced that he will invest $2bn (£1.3bn) in renewable technologies initiatives, but rejected calls to divest from the fossil fuel companies that are burning carbon at a rate that ignores international agreements to limit global warming. … read more »

Adidas, Parley Create World’s First Sneakers Made From Ocean Trash

adidas-parley-for-the-oceans-recycled-sneakers-1-537x403Adidas’s newest sneaker is a load of garbage—ocean garbage, that is. The sportswear giant has teamed up with Parley for the Oceans, a multidisciplinary band of “creators, thinkers and leaders” who want to make ocean debris a valuable material for the fashion industry, to create the world’s first shoe upper made entirely from reclaimed ocean plastic and illegal deep-sea gillnets.… read more »

Powering your Phone from Thin Air

PoWiFi-wirless-power-university-of-washington-1-537x302What if you could power your iPhone from thin air? Making wires redundant was one of Nikola Tesla’s biggest dreams – a dream University of Washington researchers want to fulfill with PoWiFi. Shyam Gollakota and his team recently demonstrated technology at EmTech Digital in San Francisco that harvests ambient ‘backscatter’ radio signals to power battery-free temperature and camera sensors.… read more »

An APP to Watch your Plants Grow

633x356A killer app for Africa’s ‘telephone farmers’ – watch your plants grow, from your mobile or computer screen. IBM Research is helping African farmers see and use the opportunity using a new mobile APP innovation called EZ-Farm. It’s a nifty combination of a soil moisture sensor, a water tank level monitor and – best of all – an infrared camera that monitors plant health.… read more »