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Could Old Cell Phones Be Powered by Bacteria?

Those who bemoan the lack of ways to power up their old cell phone could be in for a surprise. New research is looking into the possibility of powering up used cell phones with bacteria. All living things give off energy and scientists at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory and England’s University of East Anglia, who have been studying a particular variety of bacteria, believe they have found a way to harness the energy that those bacteria are giving off.

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More Cell Phone Recycling Needed

The United Nations says that if the world learned to recycle more old cell phones and other forms of electronic waste, there would be far less of a need to mine so much metal from out of the ground. Thomas Graedal, a Yale University professor who is also a member of the United Nations Environment Programme, says more waste management schemes, coupled with smarter product designs from manufacturers would have a major impact on metal recycling rates.

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Old Cell Phones Law Crackdown

The law against using a new or old cell phone while operating a motor vehicle in Jefferson in the United States is not new, but it is the focus of a new police crackdown on the offence. The extra enforcement began on Tuesday and will continue until Monday the sixth of June.

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Used Cell Phones to Replace Credit Cards?

Will used cell phones soon be replacing credit cards as a way to pay for goods and services? That is the question major credit card companies may well be asking themselves following the announcement that internet giant Google is set to unleash a new NFC mobile payment technology that will allow consumers to use their cell phones to pay for goods and services.