Items That Should Never Be Trashed

For the most part, dumping your trash is pretty clear cut. Paper, cans, and bottles go into the recycle bin. Food waste goes into the trash or compost. Paper towels, expired foods, and many other excess pieces go in the trash. But there are several things that don’t belong in any of these locations and may require special handling to dispose of properly. Some of these items are considered hazardous waste and others are recyclable, but only in specialized facilities.

Batteries — Most people will toss batteries into the trash, but they contain metals like alkaline, zinc, nickel, and cadmium. Some stores like Walmart and IKEA offer battery recycling programs, but otherwise, you can take them to a local Home Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility near you.

Electronics — Electronic materials are highly recyclable, but you can’t just stick them in with your paper, cans, and bottles. Televisions,

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Strengthening LEDs

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) inhabit nearly every electronic device we use in some form. They light up power indicator bulbs on computers, DVD players, printers, and televisions, and they make up the screens of many devices like our phones, tablets, computer monitors, and some televisions. LEDs are small semiconductors that emit light when an electric current is run through them. As technology has advanced, shrinking our electronic devices and increasing their processing power, so too has the LED been pressured to shrink while becoming more efficient.

Scientists from the University of Washington have constructed the world’s smallest LED, which are made from stackable, flexible semiconductors called tungsten diselenide. How small are these LED semiconductors? These semiconductors are a mere three atoms thick. That’s about one ten-thousandth the size of a human hair. Traditionally, our electronics use 3D LEDs, which are 10-20 times thicker than the 2D LEDs.

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Life Hacks, Pt. 1

Life hacks, pro tips, good ideas . . . they go by several different names, but all in all, these tips and tricks are just little ways to make your life a little easier. They range from simple to complex, and some of them can help you cut back on wasted energy (the physical and electrical kind) and money.

Protect Charger Wires — Frayed wires are a problem we face in the world of mobile technology. By wrapping an old pen spring around the wire by the small end of the plug, you’ll keep it protected from bending and fraying.

Wire Management — Bulldog clips (the strong, black, metal clips that fold up) can be used to organize wires, like cell phone chargers and USB cables. Attach them to your desk with the silver metal strips pointing away from the desk. Thread your cables through the silver

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