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Adjusting the temperature on the Google Nest Thermostat.

Five must-have eco-friendly products for your smart home

Make your life a little greener with these eco-friendly smart home devices. We look at everything from bidets to smart composters.
A screen of Instagrams new NFT feature on an iPhone 13.

Meta to offset use of NFTs by ‘buying renewable energy’

There are valid environmental concerns about Meta's recent inclusion of NFTs in apps like Instagram. Here's what we know about how Meta plans to address them.
A woman's hand is held by a robot's hand.

Finishing touch: How scientists are giving robots humanlike tactile senses

Giving robots sight and hearing is fairly straightforward these days, but equipping them with a robust sense of touch is far more difficult.
An artist's rendering of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite.

This is how NASA measures rising sea levels from space

NASA has been monitoring Earth's sea levels from orbit for over 30 years. Here's why measuring from space is actually easier than doing it terrestrially.
Man looking at notifications on his iPhone 12.

Greener techniques could help find rare minerals for phones

Researchers say they have removed valuable rare earth elements from waste at high yields in a method that could also help save the environment.
iRobot Roomba S9.

Can a robot vacuum work as an air purifier?

Is there a future where robot vacuums and air purifiers are the same device? Not likely, but they might be able to work together.
Space Debris

Scientists call for environmental protections for space

Scientists are calling for environmental protections of space to be put in place to account for the increasing number of satellite launches.
Pile of old phones.

How to responsibly recycle old and unused phones

Your old phones have had a good life, and now it's time to recycle them responsibly. Let's run through the steps.
a sapling grows in the forest

Apps that plant trees for you are booming. But are they actually helping?

There are dozens of apps that promise to plant trees in exchange for your usage, but critics say not all of them are making a positive impact on the climate.
Someone hanging the Game Boy Grid Studio on the wall.

How Grid Studio transforms forgotten tech into works of art

Grid Studio is on a mission to give discarded tech a second lease on life by transforming it into a work of art. Here's how.
Illustration of a woman putting a bitcoin into a piggy bank.

Why crypto’s eco-friendly pivot is perpetually delayed

Switching cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum to a proof of stake system could cut their energy use by 99 percent, but doing so is easier said than done.
Image of the 2022 Samsung Earth Day Galaxy S21 case and Galaxy Watch 4 bands in yellow.

Samsung launches eco-friendly phone case line for Earth Day

Samsung is celebrating Earth Day 2022 with sustainably sourced Galaxy accessories in a partnership with plant-based designer Sean Wotherspoon.
A man using the EcoFlow Smart Home Panel in his garage.

Create the ultimate home energy solution with EcoFlow’s Smart Home Panel

The new EcoFlow Smart Home Panel can harden your home against extended power outages, while also making it easy to monitor and manage your energy use.
A bidet on a toilet seat.

How much toilet paper do bidets actually save?

Is the best option for a squeaky clean butt also the best option for the environment? Let's learn about bidets.
A worker replanting a tree outside.

Alexa launches Grow a Tree Skill for Earth Day

Amazon teams up with One Tree Planted to help Alexa users easily donate money to the reforestation charity organization.
brain with computer text scrolling artificial intelligence

Analog A.I.? It sounds crazy, but it might be the future

Digital transistors have been the backbone of computing for much of the modern era, but Mythic A.I. makes a compelling case that analog chips may be the future.
Illustration showing the front of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft in orbit above Earth with its deployable solar panels extended.

Sentinel-6 spacecraft becomes official ocean-monitoring satellite

We have a new tool for monitoring Earth's oceans: The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft.
A portrait of Louisa Heinrich, founder of Superhuman

The UX Pioneer: Louisa Heinrich’s quest to humanize tech

Louisa Heinrich was thinking about user experience long before UX was part of the popular vernacular -- and she has some big ideas on how we can do it better.
Woman mixing smelting aluminum.

Apple to use zero-emission recycled aluminum in iPhone SE

The iPhone SE will use aluminum that only produces oxygen in its smelting process. This is thanks to Apple Green Bond investments into new processes.
Marie Curie In Her Laboratory.

10 female inventors who changed the world forever

The women on this list have risen above inequality, creating products and services that have truly changed the world.
Victoria Tran, community director at Innersloth, the studio behind Among Us

Victoria Tran has a game-changing idea for changing video games

Victoria Tran, community director of Innersloth, has some big ideas on how video game design can foster kindness, community, and positive relationships
SuperVOOC fast charging active on the Find X5 Pro.

Do fast chargers mean phone makers don’t care about environment?

Do the fast-charging blocks included with some phones mean the manufacturers don't care about the environment? We asked Oppo, Realme, and Xiaomi to find out.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in the wild temperate rainforest.

Samsung recognized for sustainability with two EPA awards

The EPA has awarded Samsung for its innovative sustainability achievements.
Solar panels sit hillside.

Are solar panels recyclable?

Solar panels are great for generating renewable power, but what happens when they reach the end of their life? Find out how solar panel recycling works.
Samsung green initiative.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S22 phones built partly with recycled ocean plastic

Samsung has revealed that its new high-end Galaxy S phones will for the first time be made from repurposed ocean-bound plastics such as discarded fishing nets.
The Protect3d 3D scanning process.

Fighting football injuries with 3D-printed, hyper-personalized pads

Protec3d is on a mission to replace generic, one-size-fits-all football pads with 3D printed, hyper-personalized ones that offer more protection for players
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Step inside a stylish, self-sustaining California villa

In this episode of Genius Home, our hosts take us on a tour of a home that's not only smart and automated, but also completely self-sustaining
CES 2022 Tech for Change Awards Post Feature

Digital Trends’ Tech For Change CES 2022 Awards

Of all the world-changing technologies and innovative ideas on display at CES 2022, these four impressed us the most.
Qualcomm 5G logo.

Qualcomm thinks 2022 will be the year 5G finally ties everything together

At its CES 2022 conference, Qualcomm chief Cristiano Amon described how 5G will serve homes as well as businesses, and pave the way for wireless fiber.
Valencell Blood Pressure monitoring.

How taking your blood pressure is about to be as easy as taking your heart rate

Biometric sensor experts Valencell talks to us about an innovation that will make monitoring our blood pressure as easy as taking our heart rate.
solar shingles being installed

New nail-on solar shingles offer an affordable alternative to Tesla’s solar roof

GAF Energy has developed an innovative new nail-on solar shingle that's allegedly cheaper and easier to install than Tesla's solar roof system.
google fast pairing android features multi device experiences

Google is making Android devices work better together with expanded Fast Pairing

Google has new features designed to bring all the devices in your life into harmony around your Android smartphone of choice.
whill model f electric wheelchair

This ultraportable electric wheelchair can fold up to fit in the trunk of a car

Most electric wheelchairs aren't designed with portability in mind, but Whill's new Model F can collapse down for easy transport when not in use.
Google Sustainability Logo.

Google is using A.I. to reduce idling time at traffic intersections

A new research project from Google has been able to reduce gas emissions and wait times at intersections by 10% to 20%.