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New Discovery: Plants Can Power Smartphones

Chilean students discover energy produced during photosynthesis can charge cell phones.

A trio of Chilean engineering students has figured out how to harness the natural power of plants to charge their smartphones. During a brainstorming session in the college’s garden, student Evelyn Aravena wondered why plants don’t have a socket, stating that “there are so many living things which have the potential to produce energy.” The trio developed E KAIA, a biocircuit able to harness the energy that plants produce during photosynthesis without disrupting the plant’s growth cycles that can fully charge a smartphone in less than two hours. The students hope to launch the product commercially in late 2016, and given that animal agriculture produces more greenhouse gases than cars, there is yet another reason why raising plants, not animals, is part of a sustainable future.

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NYC All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Fest Offers Vegan Scoops

Three-day festival Scooper Bowl in Bryant Park will treat guests to ice cream of every variety, including dairy-free scoops from Van Leeuwen, Ben & Jerry's, and Häagen-Dazs.
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Animal Ag Companies Fined $29M for Destroying Amazon

The government of Brazil slapped a hefty fine on feed suppliers to meat and dairy companies that sell to McDonald's, Burger King, and Walmart for destroying the country's biodiverse Cerrado region for profit.
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Moby Retires from Touring to Focus on Activism

…and to make vegan smoothies every morning after waking up in his own bed.
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UK Version of Beyond Burger Expands Across London

British vegan brand Moving Mountains expands its B12 burger to five locations of meat-centric chain Dirty Bones—where it will be served topped with vegan mac and cheese.
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Legendary Canadian Rugby Player Starts Vegan Cheese Brand

Nick Blevins' vegan lifestyle improved his performance on the field so much that he established a plant-based cheese and yogurt company to educate others on the benefits of plants.
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This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

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