The Smogathon hackathon aims to stop a smoky menace

If you’ve ever visited Krakow, Poland, you’ll be familiar with the smog. Born of air pollution and fog, the smog regularly shuts down the local airport and casts a pall over this beautiful

BotFactory raises $1.3 million to help you build circuit boards on your desktop

Fabricating a circuit board isn’t tough but it takes a while. The back and forth, the bugs, and all of the shipping costs can turn a small project into a big problem. That’s why Botfactory

This team has built adorable tiny backpacks for pigeons to track air pollution

It’s time to take wearable devices to the next level. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.plumelabs.com/">Plume Labs</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.digitaslbi.com/">DigitasLBi</a> have

Big Win For Uber In London As Regulator Drops Major Rule Changes

London's transport regulator TfL has concluded a review of a public consultation into changes to the rules for private hire vehicles, dropping a raft of measures that would have substantially impacted

An Investment Opportunity In Trash

As incredible as it might seem, processing trash may represent a future unique investment opportunity. Consider the new technologies that will operate on the micro scale, breaking the bonds of molecul

Video: Captain Planet Would Be Proud Of The T-Shirt That Detects Pollution

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/pollution.jpg" />Very clever, this. It's a t-shirt that “detects” pollution by way of changing color when it comes into contact with

Dutch concrete cleans the air — just the air

A study in the small Dutch town of Hengelo is conducting field research by the University of Twente to determine if a new type of concrete can reduce acid rain. Concrete paving stones are laced with p

Dell carbon-neutral, let's all give them a hand

How nice! It’s a good day for corporate responsibility. Dell has achieved its goal of carbon neutrality that it set several years ago. And several months early, to boot! It’s corporate res

USB-powered ionizer fan is perfect for polluted desks

Is your cubicle located on top of a pile of garbage? If so, you might want this USB-powered air purifier. The product’s manufacturer, Brando, says “We are surrounded by polluted air every

Guiyu, e-waste capital of China

Photos like these (check out the accompanying multimedia presentation) make me rethink my entire career as tech journalist. This is a mess. In Guiyu, China, the electronics recycling industry has dest

The Bill of Lights: Maunfacturers Need to Stop Putting Useless Lights Everywhere

It was the blinking of the hideous lights! Computerworld’s Mike Elgan is angry at gadget manufacturers who put silly, useless lights all over today’s gadgets. Computer monitors have lights

Apple Fined Over Air Quality Violation

Apple is no stranger to fines and lawsuits, but the latest is a bit out of left-field. Back in April of 2006, Apple’s Elk Grove facility was using their backup generator for non-emergency use. N