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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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MIT Scientists 3D Print Tiny LEGO-Like Building Blocks for Creating Large Modular Designs

MIT Scientists 3D Print Tiny LEGO-Like Building Blocks for Creating Large Modular Designs

3D printing is all the rage, and designers around the world are competing to see how they can create the biggest, most jaw-dropping stuff. Here at Inhabitat, we've featured lots of cool 3D designs, from

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7 Eco-Friendly DIY Summer Crafts for Creative Adults (and Kids!)

7 Eco-Friendly DIY Summer Crafts for Creative Adults (and Kids!)

Tin Can Table Lantern Planning a barbecue or an al fresco dinner party? These recycled tin can lanterns are an easy way to add some sparkle without stretching your decorating budget. The materials are

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3D-Printed Vibrating Shift Knob Made From an Xbox 360 Controller Can Teach You How to Drive a Stick

3D-Printed Vibrating Shift Knob Made From an Xbox 360 Controller Can Teach You How to Drive a Stick

A Ford engineer by the name of Zac Nelson recently took the guts from an Xbox 360 controller, stuffed them into a 3D-printed shift knob casing, and used open-source technology to transform it into a

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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SolSource Sun-Powered Grill Coming to the US via Sizzling Kickstarter Campaign

SolSource Sun-Powered Grill Coming to the US via Sizzling Kickstarter Campaign

Back in March, Inhabitat reported that One Earth Designs (OED) enlisted Google Glass creator Tom Chi to perfect the design of their parabolic solar cooker, the SolSource. Readers wanted to know where

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NASA Sends ‘Grover’ Solar-Powered Rover Right Over Greenland’s Shrinking Arctic Ice Sheet

NASA Sends ‘Grover’ Solar-Powered Rover Right Over Greenland’s Shrinking Arctic Ice Sheet

NASA's Mars Rover might have captured headlines, but a new bot deployed in Greenland might be doing even more important work. NASA's newest scientific rover, a robot known as GROVER, is on its

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Liquid’s Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Program Makes Renting a Bike Easy

Liquid’s Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Program Makes Renting a Bike Easy

Visiting a city or live in a place that doesn't have a bike share program yet? Don't fret - Liquid is a new peer-to-peer bike rental marketplace that makes it easy to borrow a bike from individuals or

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Brazilian Fast-Food Chain Cuts Waste By Serving Up Burgers Wrapped In Edible Paper

Brazilian Fast-Food Chain Cuts Waste By Serving Up Burgers Wrapped In Edible Paper

A Brazilian fast-food chain has introduced a clever solution for customers tired of having to unwrap their hamburger before eating it: edible packaging. As part of a marketing campaign designed to

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Patents A Crash-Proof Airbag For Your Smartphone

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Patents A Crash-Proof Airbag For Your Smartphone

Photo via Shutterstock In an effort to forever vanquish the cracked, scratched smartphone screen, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has filed for—and received—what may be the world's first patent for a

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Autonomous Sunlight-Hunting Drone Keeps Your House Plants From Wilting

Autonomous Sunlight-Hunting Drone Keeps Your House Plants From Wilting

Potted plants are a great way to bring the healing qualities of nature indoors while also generating clean air. Keeping them alive and healthy once they're inside is another story. Belgium-based sculptor

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CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

Utilizing the combined power of a couple of efficient photovoltaic panels and bicycles employed as dynamos, the Ciclalab team provided the crowds with music and entertainment all weekend. Both the panels

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DualWash: Waterless Dishwasher Doubles as a Kitchen Cabinet!

DualWash: Waterless Dishwasher Doubles as a Kitchen Cabinet!

A team of industrial design students at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, has developed an ingenious design for a bipartite, or two-compartment, waterless dishwasher that is

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Brilliant Keychain Bike Pump Fits in the Palm of Your Hand!

Brilliant Keychain Bike Pump Fits in the Palm of Your Hand!

City streets are a rough place for cyclists - they're strewn with bits of glass, metal, and potholes, so popping a flat is virtually inevitable. Fortunately, designer Pat Ramey has created a brilliant

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