In this week's Newsletter: You're never too old to innnovate, NYC's spring disposal events, the Earth Day March for Science in DC and much more!
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America's Most Exciting Tech Innovator Is 94 Years Old

John Goodenough may not be a household name, but if you use a cellphone, an electric toothbrush, a wristwatch or pretty much anything powered by a rechargeable battery, you've benefited from one of his greatest inventions, the lithium-ion battery that makes, among other things, electric cars possible. And now he and his team at the University of Texas-Austin may have come up with the next big battery technology. 

One month ago, we featured an article about the importance of battery technology in a renewably-powered world. Goodenough's new glass battery may be the very breakthrough we were talking about. While there are a lot of people competing in the race to find the next and best possible battery, he is the only one who can say he's already successfully done it before.

The new battery can store three times more energy than lithium-ion batteries, and also won't catch fire or cause your cellphone to explode in your pocket. They also charge superfast- in minutes instead of hours. An electric car running on a fully charged electric battery could run for 600 miles without running out of power.

"I think we have the possibility of doing what we've been trying to do for the last 20 years," Goodenough told the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). "That is, to get an electric car that will be competitive in cost and convenience with the internal combustion engine."

You can read more about John Goodenough, his new invention and his long career on Aletrnet.org here.

Spring SAFE Disposal Events Are Coming to Your Borough

It's a bit hard to believe when the weather is still pretty wintry, but it is actually spring! And what does spring immediately bring to mind? Spring cleaning!

So if you're like us, over the next few weeks you will likely be washing windows, mopping floors, dusting surfaces and taking stock of what can or must be thrown out, give away or recycled. And while most household items are safe to put in the trash, some most definitely aren't. In general, solvents, automotive fluids, flammable liquids and electronics are not allowed to be left in regular trash, and even some cosmetic and health care products contain ingredients that can become dangerous or deadly if they leach into the soil of groundwater after being landfilled.

So if you have a collection of stuff you don;t know how to get rid of, the Department of Sanitation can help you out. They are holding SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammable and Electronics, get it?) disposal events in all the boroughs, starting next weekend. Only NYC residential waste is eligible for the program, and you will be asked to show your driver's license or a utilityy bill to show proof of residence. But after that, you can rest easy knowing that your old prescription drugs, cans of turpentine and computer mintors will all be safely dealt with. General speaking, DoS holds two events per borough per year. All events are held from 10am-4pm, rain or shine.

SAFE Disposal Schedule
Brooklyn: Sunday April 2
Prospect Park, Park Circle
Corner of Parkside Ave & Prospect Park SW
Cars enter from Parkside Ave

Manhattan: Sunday, April 30
120 St between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave
Cars approach from Seminary Drive down Amsterdam Ave

Staten Island: Saturday, May 6
Midland Beach Parking Lot
Father Capodanno Blvd & Hunter Ave
Cars approach from Slater Blvd

Bronx: Saturday, May 13
Orchard Beach Parking Lot
Follow Park Drive to the end

Queens: Saturday, June 10
Citi Field Park Parking Lot A
Cars approach from Shea Avenue & 126 Street

You can learn more about what you can bring, how to arrange community droop off and more at the DoS website here.

Calling All Scientists, Science Teachers and Science Lovers: Will You Attend the March for Science in DC on Earth Day?

As we all know, the Women's March on Washington in January was a big success, sending a strong message to the world that women are prepared to fight for equality, fairness and equal rights. Now another big march is being scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd in Washington, DC: An Earth Day March for Science.

The New York Times is taking a survey to learn more about who is planning to go to the March and why. If you are planning to go, or not planning to go, and have a compelling reason, please let the Times know. The most interesting responses will be published as part of a round-up of opinions on the subject. So let your voice be heard!
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

3/31
SOLD OUT! Final Fridays Micro Film Series: Garbage Warrior
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3/25
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Throg's Neck
IS 192, Randall Avenue bet Hollywood Ave & Throgs Neck Expressway, Bronx, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Chelsea
Mike's Tech Shop, 120 West 20th Street bet 6th & 7th Aves, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

3/26
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Howard Beach
Rockwood Park Jewish Center, Parking Lot on 84th St off 157th Ave, Queens, 10am-4pm, free 

3/27
Light Your Way Forward: New Trends in Lighting Design
USAI Showroom, 13 Crosby Street bet Grand & Howard Sts, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $5+

CleanTech Open’s 2017 NYC Kickoff
Grand Central Tech, 335 Madison Avenue bet E 43rd & E 44th Sts, Manhattan, 7-9:30pm, $20 general admission/$10 students

3/29
Better Steam Heat: Upgrades & Resident Engagement
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, free
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