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Black Holes and UFOs: UK Astrophysicist Wins Templeton Prize

This may be a bit heavy for Wednesday afternoon but suck it up. In a rare break from Gadget news. Let’s take a look at something a bit more ‘techy’. As Richard Branson plans to explore the depths of the Ocean in his wacky submarine thing. British astrophysicist Martin Rees has just won Templeton Prize […]

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Open Planet Competition: How Can Technology Help The Planet?

Technology and people combined can do incredible things. This has inspired Sony and WWF to help create the ‘Open Planet Ideas’ project. The challenge, open to anyone, is to re-use and mash-up existing technologies and products to come up with bright new ideas to tackle environmental issues. My idea is to use Peer to Peer […]

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Mobile Phone Recycling from O2: Redeem Your Gadget Stash for Cash

I bet everyone of us have got an old mobile phone lying about in our homes which is in almost pristine condition. Rather than letting it gather dust in cupboards, hoping that one day you might be able to auction it off to an antiques fair, why not instead send it off and convert it […]

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Water Powered Clock: 100% Natural Time Keeper

Have you got that horrible guilty feeling now that the electricity bills have come through following keeping your fairy lights on all the way through Christmas? Realised that your keeping up with the Jones’ is actually costing the Earth? Make yourself feel a little bit better by investing in the Water Powered Clock. No mains […]

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BMW Starts Trialling Electric MINI

The auto blog reviews for cars has revealed that BMW have started trialling electric powered MINIs in the UK. This is the first UK trial for real world drivers to experience a fast charging electric car under everyday conditions.

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Solargorilla, a Portable Solar Charger, Among Winners at British Innovations Awards

The winners of the iawards have been announced. I wrote about the iawards back in August to encourage budding inventors to enter the awards which aim to recognise and celebrate the best British achievements in science, innovation and technology. The awards ceremony was held this week at the Science Museum and it saw the teams behind this year’s best British innovations rewarded for developing practical solutions to some of society’s greatest challenges. Among the winners was the Solargorilla a portable solar charger, from Powertraveller, which extends the power life of laptops and other electronic devices via the company’s Powergorilla device.

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DRIVe Around The World in 80 Days – Volvo launches unique Facebook game.

Sponsored: Around The World in 80 Days – Volvo’s New Facebook Game

Isn’t there anything that Facebook can’t do… Volvo Cars have released a new Facebook game in which you need to virtually drive around the world in 80 days. In the game, which has been released to promote Volvo’s super fuel efficient C30 DRIVe, you DRIVe (sorry, their pun, not mine) the C30 around the world using only your network of Facebook friends.

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At Last a Universal Phone Charger And It’s an International Standard

Sometimes it is the simple things that take the longest time. As a race we have sent people to the moon, we can communicate via satellite, we have GPS and we can call someone on the other side of the planet… But could we agree on a simple thing like a phone charger. No. Every phone has a different charger, even different models from the same manufacturer have different chargers. But now, at last, after what seems like decades of mobile phone use, a new mobile phone charger that will work with any handset has been approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

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