Microsoft is taking its software into green territory. The company recently signed an agreement with Yello Strom, a Cologne, Germany-based electricity supplier, to help people better understand how their electricity is being used in their homes. The program shows how much electricity is being used by individual appliances such as the refrigerator, microwave and home entertainment system.
Microsoft also partnered with Fiat Group Automobiles to develop ecoDrive, a program to improve environmentally friendly driving. The tool analyzes a motorists’ driving style and recommends a greener way to drive. Microsoft is also sharing best practices for data centers with the goal of helping companies learn energy-savings tactics from each other.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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