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New ultra-green yoga mats are made from algae harvested from streams

New ultra-green yoga mats are made from algae harvested from streams

It's hard not to wonder, when you're sweating in Down Dog or kicking back in Savasana, exactly what toxic nasties may be leaching from your yoga mat. The Bloom yoga mat, made entirely from algae, attacks

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Olafur Eliasson launches a gorgeous and affordable handheld solar phone charger

Olafur Eliasson launches a gorgeous and affordable handheld solar phone charger

Artist Olafur Eliasson wants to help you free yourself from the grid, one small yet impactful step at a time. Eliasson teamed up with engineer Frederik Ottesen to launch the Little Sun Charge, a

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Duolingo offers free language instruction to anyone with an internet connection

Duolingo offers free language instruction to anyone with an internet connection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OebgtUjLg4 If learning a new language has ever been on your bucket list, the Duolingo app is making it harder to come up with excuses to get started. Offering a fun,

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The motion-powered Million Mile Light is a runner’s dream come true

The motion-powered Million Mile Light is a runner’s dream come true

Runners, unless they prefer to exclusively jog well-lit hiking trails or the gym treadmill, all face a similar dilemma: staying visible and safe while pounding the pavement. The designers at the Million

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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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Australia reveals the world’s first solar powered “e-paper” traffic signs

Australia reveals the world’s first solar powered “e-paper” traffic signs

Sydney is leading the way in eco-friendly traffic signs by using solar-powered, “electronic ink” signs. Completely sustainable and able to be updated at the drop of a hat, the technology, which uses

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World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything

World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything

SCiO is a brand new consumer device that measures the molecular fingerprint of anything that reflects light, except it fits in your pocket. Equipped with some of the capabilities of large, heavy

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Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

We love technology and even those of us who don't love it, probably still use it to some degree. Even some of our common appliances like TV's, some refrigerators, microwaves, watches and other items use

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London’s only floating bookshop finally has a permanent home

London’s only floating bookshop finally has a permanent home

London's only floating bookstore takes readers on a bit of a journey, a "quirky" one says co-owner Paddy, "the Doctor," says. Along with co-owners John Privett and a mysterious boat owner referred to as

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Off-grid Candle Charger powers up two cell phones in just six hours

Off-grid Candle Charger powers up two cell phones in just six hours

Charging your cell phone during a black out or natural disaster could be as easy as lighting a candle. The Candle Charger was designed by Andy Byrnes, a co-founder of Stanford’s alternative energy

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Solar-powered Gingko tree charges smart phones in 2 hours

Solar-powered Gingko tree charges smart phones in 2 hours

Smart phones and tablets are now an intrinsic part of daily life, so we may as well charge them up in style. The solar-powered Ginkgo tree by XD Design allows you to do just that. Fitted with an extra

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This futuristic bracelet tells you how toxic your environment is

This futuristic bracelet tells you how toxic your environment is

Become a citizen scientist, simply by wearing this bracelet. Researchers at Oregon State University recently found that common silicone bracelets -- like those Livestrong bracelets that were once all the

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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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New Silk light bulbs mimic the sun to help you sleep better

New Silk light bulbs mimic the sun to help you sleep better

No one can underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Most of us have heard, yet maybe not followed, the advice to turn off bright lights and screens before going to bed because of the rousing

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Electronic Shark Shield keeps swimmers and surfers safe in the water

Electronic Shark Shield keeps swimmers and surfers safe in the water

Surfers and ocean swimmers all over the world will likely be looking for this new electronic shark deterrent, especially in light of recent shark attacks on the East Coast. The Shark Shield was developed

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Teenagers create $13 door handle that kills 99.8% of germs on contact

Teenagers create $13 door handle that kills 99.8% of germs on contact

Two teens from Hong Kong have created a new door handle that wipes out 99.8 percent of all germs on contact, potentially revolutionizing the hygiene industry. Realizing how many germs are spread through

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10 Successful kickstarters creating a better world

10 Successful kickstarters creating a better world

It’s a beautiful thing when businesses align profits and purpose for a better world. And with the growth of crowdfunding, the concept of launching a company funded by others, an increasing number of

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Ditch your iPhone charger with Native Union’s genius KEY cable

Ditch your iPhone charger with Native Union’s genius KEY cable

You're running late for work and your iPhone battery is low (again), but you can't, for the life of you, locate your stupid charger. And anyway, the thing is so frayed it's bound to cause an electric

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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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Kenyan teenager converts his school’s poop into safe, clean energy

Kenyan teenager converts his school’s poop into safe, clean energy

In early January 2013, Kenya's oldest English-language school, the Maseno School, opened new dormitories for 720 students, and it had a couple of problems. Pit latrines and a faulty sewage system

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Students create a machine that turns pop bottles into 3D printing materials

Students create a machine that turns pop bottles into 3D printing materials

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of their studies in 3D printing, three engineering physics students at the University of British Columbia have developed a desktop plastic recycler and

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Edmonton locals could ice skate to work using the new Freezeway

Edmonton locals could ice skate to work using the new Freezeway

Landscape architecture student Matthew Gibbs wants to be getting around the chilly Canadian city of Edmonton a lot more easy- and fun. Designed for his thesis project, the city is considering a pilot of

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Funky LED lamp transforms to illuminate the room and spark conversation

Funky LED lamp transforms to illuminate the room and spark conversation

Do you remember the Rubik’s snake? It was a fun, twisty toy made of wedges on spring bolts. You could twist the toy into a thousand configurations, but never separate them. Oikimus Design has come up

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Lumi is the first smart light that can adjust itself for your optimal health and comfort

Lumi is the first smart light that can adjust itself for your optimal health and comfort

  If you thought all there was to lighting was just the ability to turn it on and off, you are in for a surprise. Lighting is incredibly important for our health and well-being, and our currently

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The foldable Solight Solarpuff solar-powered lantern provides off-grid light where there is no electricity

The foldable Solight Solarpuff solar-powered lantern provides off-grid light where there is no electricity

What do you get when you cross a solar energy powered lantern with the cutest name ever? The Solarpuff, that's what!The good people at Solight have created the lightweight, compact latern cube as not only

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Ohio Professors Remediate Streams to Turn Toxic Runoff into Vibrant Paint Pigments

Ohio Professors Remediate Streams to Turn Toxic Runoff into Vibrant Paint Pigments

When heavy metals leach out of Ohio's abandoned coal mines, the sulfide minerals acidify the water and turn streams into sites of slimy toxic sludge, killing fish and destroying ecosystems. Ohio

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Amazing ColorUp LED Lamp Can Match the Color of Any Surface

Amazing ColorUp LED Lamp Can Match the Color of Any Surface

The amazing ColorUp lamp can mimic any color from a surface or physical object, allowing you to customize your lighting again and again to fit the mood or room. The giant bulb-shaped lamp, designed by

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INTERVIEW: Architect Gordon Beckman on How Mixed Use Buildings Create Healthy, Sustainable Cities

INTERVIEW: Architect Gordon Beckman on How Mixed Use Buildings Create Healthy, Sustainable Cities

  Metropolitan areas are growing faster than suburbs for the first time in decades, as more and more people want to live closer to where they work, eat, drink, and play. As populations in

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Brilliant Pascal Stool Lights Up When You Sit on it!

Brilliant Pascal Stool Lights Up When You Sit on it!

Looking for a perfect energy-efficient gift for that special bookworm in your life? Well, you're in luck because New Zealand industrial designer Holly Bradshaw-Clegg's light-up Pascal Stool is perhaps the

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Hemp Supercapacitors are as Good as Graphene at a Fraction of the Cost

Hemp Supercapacitors are as Good as Graphene at a Fraction of the Cost

Graphene is a super material that is 100 times stronger than steel, conducts electricity better than copper, and is more flexible than rubber. It's used in electronics but it's prohibitively expensive to

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