The push to erase what's called the digital divide is moving forward quickly as computer makers and others bring out inexpensive PCs designed for school children in underdeveloped regions. Companies producing Intel's Classmate PC are ramping up for production, with an expected starting price somewhere between $200-300. The competitor to the One Laptop Per Child program employs a 900 MHz Celeron CPU, also offering wireless networking. A color screen and rugged design should help children in emerging markets compete with those growing up in regions where computers are commonplace.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
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