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James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

Beneath their spotless surfaces, rivers are often incredibly filthy and not particularly easy to clean up. After all, you can’t just bust out your vacuum and suck up all of the debris lingering there,

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eCool Off-Grid Cooler Makes Cold Beer Emerge from the Ground Like Magic!

eCool Off-Grid Cooler Makes Cold Beer Emerge from the Ground Like Magic!

There are few things as enjoyable as cracking open a cold brewski after a long, hot day in the great outdoors (or, y'know, at work). Beers usually live in the fridge where they're kept frosty cold - but

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Hemiplanet’s New Inflatable Tent Turns the Audi Q3 Into a Camper Vehicle!

Hemiplanet’s New Inflatable Tent Turns the Audi Q3 Into a Camper Vehicle!

The tent itself looks like a cross between two previous Hemiplanet models: the two-person Wedge and the three-person Cave. It features both a private sleeping area and a pass-through breeze way that's

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Crazy Transforming Sofa Goes from Couch to Adult-Size Bunk Beds in Less than a Minute!

Crazy Transforming Sofa Goes from Couch to Adult-Size Bunk Beds in Less than a Minute!

Tiny houses and efficient urban apartments are growing in popularity. While both come with lots of eco-friendly benefits, like cheaper utility bills and less room for clutter, small dwellings require

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Fly Factory: Icelandic Man Makes Pate and Dessert With the Larvae of Soldier Flies

Fly Factory: Icelandic Man Makes Pate and Dessert With the Larvae of Soldier Flies

Thinking of starting a protein-heavy diet this spring? Why not take it a step further and add a bit of insect larvae pate or dessert to the mix? Thanks to design student Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson's Fly

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Urban Screen’s ’320 Licht’ Transforms Former Gas Tank into a Magical Cathedral of Light

Urban Screen’s ’320 Licht’ Transforms Former Gas Tank into a Magical Cathedral of Light

As the lights display a continuous series of hectic, flashing images on the tank's vast interior, sounds react to the unique acoustics, creating a dizzying atmosphere designed to make viewers lose

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Rama Llama – the World’s First Genuinely Sustainable Sleeping Bag!

Rama Llama – the World’s First Genuinely Sustainable Sleeping Bag!

Deneb Outdoors has created a high performance sleeping bag made from Llama wool. Yes, Llama! Because of the Llama fibers' hollow construction, it acts like a straw pulling any water away from the body,

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DIY Perforated Paper Lamp Allows People to Make Their Own Creative Lighting Designs

DIY Perforated Paper Lamp Allows People to Make Their Own Creative Lighting Designs

This striking Take-Off lampshade allows people to make their own creative lighting designs. Fifti-Fifti uses a laser to create a fine pattern of perforated stitches in paper, which is easily attached to

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17 Year-Old’s Science Project Speeds Discovery of New Flu-Fighting Drugs

17 Year-Old’s Science Project Speeds Discovery of New Flu-Fighting Drugs

When most of us were 17, we dreamed of owning our own car and the freedom that would come with college admission. But Eric Chen dreams of much more. This California high-school senior wants to change the

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UK Student Designs a Brilliant Bicycle-Powered Lampshade System

UK Student Designs a Brilliant Bicycle-Powered Lampshade System

Nottingham Trent University student Mark Colliass has taken multi-tasking transport to a whole new level with a new lampshade-producing bicycle. For those who would like to bike their way to design, one

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Buy One of These Fabulous ‘Stax’ Shelves on Kickstarter to Help Support Studio H’s Eighth Graders!

Buy One of These Fabulous ‘Stax’ Shelves on Kickstarter to Help Support Studio H’s Eighth Graders!

An initiative of the nonprofit Project H Design, Studio H is a design/build class for middle and high school students based in the Realm Charter School in Berkeley, CA. Studio H students are given the

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Facebook May Acquire Solar-Powered Drone Company to Bring Internet Access to Remote Areas

Facebook May Acquire Solar-Powered Drone Company to Bring Internet Access to Remote Areas

Internet access is what keeps companies like Facebook and Google in business. The more people who have internet connectivity, the more demand there is for their services. That's presumably why Google is

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Portable BRCK Router Could Revolutionize Internet Connectivity in Africa

Portable BRCK Router Could Revolutionize Internet Connectivity in Africa

At the recent Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, Kenyan technology firm Ushahidi unveiled a lightweight and portable internet router designed to work anywhere in the world - even in places with

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This Brilliant Rekindle Candlestick Turns Melted Wax Into a Fresh New Candle

This Brilliant Rekindle Candlestick Turns Melted Wax Into a Fresh New Candle

Designer Benjamin Shine has created a brilliant regenerative candle holder that transforms melted wax into a fresh new candle! The Rekindle Candlestick lets users reuse a candle over and over again by

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Twelve-Year-Old Creates Working Braille Printer Using Lego Mindstorms Kit

Twelve-Year-Old Creates Working Braille Printer Using Lego Mindstorms Kit

These days, it's not unusual to meet a teenager with a head full of marketable ideas. Unlike some enterprising youngsters, however, Shubham Banerjee isn't on a quest for fame or fortune. The 12

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Brooklyn Boulders Rock Climbing Gym Allows Workers to “Climb the Walls” to Reduce Stress

Brooklyn Boulders Rock Climbing Gym Allows Workers to “Climb the Walls” to Reduce Stress

Do stressful workdays make you want to climb the walls? Well, thanks to Brooklyn Boulders, you can now literally climb the walls to help relieve stress and stimulate your productivity. The climbing

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Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green Roofs

Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green Roofs

Photo of green roof via Shutterstock The idea of someone sprinkling urine on building rooftops sounds like a major health hazard, but that's just what Amsterdam's water utility, Waternet, recently

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Rawlemon’s New Spherical Beta.ey Solar Generator Can Charge Your Cell Phone

Rawlemon’s New Spherical Beta.ey Solar Generator Can Charge Your Cell Phone

For the past year or so, Rawlemon has been blowing our minds with their innovative concepts for concentrated solar power generation. Back in 2012 Inhabitat first reported on the Barcelona-based

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Superhydrophobic Coatings Could Prevent Wind Turbines from Becoming Giant Icicles During Cold Winter Months

Superhydrophobic Coatings Could Prevent Wind Turbines from Becoming Giant Icicles During Cold Winter Months

GE is developing new superhydrophobic coatings that allow turbines to keep pumping out energy in sub-zero temperatures. As Arctic temperatures again begin to engulf nearly every corner of the United

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Wisconsin Uses Cheesy Water to De-Ice Wintery Roads

Wisconsin Uses Cheesy Water to De-Ice Wintery Roads

Known as the cheese capital of the United States, Wisconsin paving its icy roads with cheese brine. While it may seem like a marketing ploy to promote American cheddar, instead Milwaukee began a pilot

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Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India

Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India

Water, hygiene, and transportation are constant challenges for developing nations like India, and women often shoulder the burden of collecting water for their families. In order to make this chore less

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Hans Kotter Makes Brilliant Light Installations With LEDs

Hans Kotter Makes Brilliant Light Installations With LEDs

Kotter crosses photography, sculpture and technology to create glowing installations that give physical form to light. In a constant exploration of new materials and techniques, he creates visually

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Packaging Made from Tomato Plants Yields Safer Canned Food

Packaging Made from Tomato Plants Yields Safer Canned Food

A new bio-resin made from tomato plant by-products could make it safer to eat canned foods in the future. Although eating fresh food is great for our health, it can be troublesome on the wallet. Fresh

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Philips’ New LED Carpeting Ensures You’ll Never Get Lost in the Airport Again

Philips’ New LED Carpeting Ensures You’ll Never Get Lost in the Airport Again

Philips has achieved a new milestone in its quest to integrate energy-efficient LEDs into all surfaces. We've seen the company install LEDs on ceilings, walls and now they are putting them in floors.

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Ergonomically-Correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way

Ergonomically-Correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way

The toilet, ubiquitous as it is, hasn't changed much in design or function since indoor plumbing became a thing. In honor of World Toilet Day, plumbing and drain specialists Dyno-Rod decided to change

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Awesome Library’s Climbable Bookshelves Encourage Reading AND Exercise!

Awesome Library’s Climbable Bookshelves Encourage Reading AND Exercise!

Kids these days. With all the awesome technology swirling around our homes and schools, the simple joy of a book, or climbing a tree, are lost on them. In order to encourage life-saving exercise, play,

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iHome: Apple Files Patent for Futuristic Home Automation System

iHome: Apple Files Patent for Futuristic Home Automation System

Is the fully automated iHome of the future on the horizon? It just might be - Apple recently filed a patent for a new intelligent home automation ecosystem that could seamlessly connect all the gadgets in

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Shreddies Fart-Filtering Undies Eliminate That Awkward Elevator Moment

Shreddies Fart-Filtering Undies Eliminate That Awkward Elevator Moment

Maybe you're lactose-intolerant but yogurt was the only breakfast option. Maybe you had Indian food for lunch. Either way, you may find yourself trapped in a cab, cubicle, or even worse, elevator with a

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Science Fiction Novelist Plans World’s Tallest Skyscraper to Launch Rockets into Space

Science Fiction Novelist Plans World’s Tallest Skyscraper to Launch Rockets into Space

Could space travel be just an elevator ride away? Science fiction author Neal Stephenson is teaming up with Arizona State University scientists and engineers to develop a concept for the tallest tower on

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Innovative Birth Simulator Device Trains Women To Handle Life-Threatening Complications

Innovative Birth Simulator Device Trains Women To Handle Life-Threatening Complications

Expectant mothers in developing nations don't always have the luxury of a nearby hospital or well-trained OB/GYN. Instead, when the baby decides it's ready to be born, they must rely on the assistance

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