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Made in Space Just Launched the World’s First Zero-Gravity Printer

Made in Space Just Launched the World’s First Zero-Gravity Printer

When something breaks down in space, it is not always easy to replace. There’s no home supply store around the corner and the unique nature of space work makes finding parts a challenge. But what if

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The 4MM Jetpack Could Give You the Boost You Need to Run a Four-Minute Mile

The 4MM Jetpack Could Give You the Boost You Need to Run a Four-Minute Mile

A four-minute mile is just a dream for most people, but not if the US Military has anything to do with it. DARPA (the Military’s research arm) is in the process of designing a jetpack that could help

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EnGo Public Charging Station is Powered by Kinetic Tiles and Solar Panels in Missouri

EnGo Public Charging Station is Powered by Kinetic Tiles and Solar Panels in Missouri

NYC-based tech startup Volta Group has just installed its first EnGo public charging station that powers mobile devices with a clean energy combo of kinetic tiles and solar panels. Students at Webster

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Coniferous Clock Shows the Passing of Time With Browning Cedar Leaves

Coniferous Clock Shows the Passing of Time With Browning Cedar Leaves

Japanese collective Bril has created a clock without ticking hands or numbers - instead, it marks the passage of time through browning of cedar leaves. Inspired by cedar boughs used in sake production,

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Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

After completing his gorgeous 30 foot high treehouse, Ethan Schussler scoffed at the idea of having to climb up and down a giant ladder all day. Rather than abandoned his tree top escape, the designer put

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Crazy Hot Art Paintings Double as Energy Efficient Infrared Heaters!

Crazy Hot Art Paintings Double as Energy Efficient Infrared Heaters!

BRZBrands' Hot Art brings paintings to your home that do more than just warm your soul -- each work of art doubles as an energy-efficient infrared heater. Hot Art brings spa quality heat to any room

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Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks Turn Handwritten Notes into Digital Files

Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks Turn Handwritten Notes into Digital Files

Classic stationary and notebook purveyor Moleskine has taken a leap into the future with their new Livescribe 3 smartpen that turns your notes into digital files. The amazing notebook is paired with a pen

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15-Year-Old Invents Clever In-Sole Generator That Powers Your Phone While You Walk

15-Year-Old Invents Clever In-Sole Generator That Powers Your Phone While You Walk

Just 15-years-old, Angelo Casimiro has invented a new way to charge cell phones by harnessing the power of people's steps. The industrious teen has invented a device inserted into a shoe that converts

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Brilliant Device Could Completely Replace Crutches!

Brilliant Device Could Completely Replace Crutches!

It is astonishing that the design of crutches hasn't changed much since they were invented about 100 years ago. Behzad Rashidi’s brilliant Sit & Stand Walking Assistant addresses this anachronism

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SpaTap Transforms Any Water Bottle into a Pop Up Shower

SpaTap Transforms Any Water Bottle into a Pop Up Shower

Thanks to the new SpaTap, campers can turn an ordinary plastic bottle into a pop up shower! The simple contraption clips onto an ordinary water bottle to allow campers to enjoy a nice soak off the grid

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Fixing Germany’s Least Bike-Friendly City? There’s an App for That!

Fixing Germany’s Least Bike-Friendly City? There’s an App for That!

When Wiesbaden, Germany, was proclaimed the country's least bike-friendly city by a leading cycling club, local creative agency Scholz & Volkmer teamed up with artists Manfred Kraft and Tom Kresin to

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Tinplate Girl Upcycles Old Tin Cans into Airships, Toys, and Sculptures

Tinplate Girl Upcycles Old Tin Cans into Airships, Toys, and Sculptures

The creative team has made a wide array of artistic projects ranging from miniature steam boats to children's pinwheels. Marc (aka 'Tinplate Dad") began working in this medium about 15 years ago, while

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ASMO Phone Charger Stops Eating Energy When You Unplug Your Phone

ASMO Phone Charger Stops Eating Energy When You Unplug Your Phone

ASMO is the first mobile phone charger in the world that does not consume standby power. Every year, energy waste from the world's 6.8 billion mobile phones costs us the equivalent of power produced by

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Easy-to-Install Drain Mod Harvests Waste-Heat from Hot Water to Slash Energy Costs

Easy-to-Install Drain Mod Harvests Waste-Heat from Hot Water to Slash Energy Costs

When it comes to home efficiency, the bathroom is often where we focus on water conservation. Most bathrooms contain a sink, toilet, and shower, which can each waste tons of water if we're not careful,

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Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Smash Cup is a collapsible, highly portable, reusable coffee cup that allows you to get your morning cup of Joe on the go without producing more waste! Reminiscent of disposable coffee cups but upgraded

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Boston’s Solar-Powered “Soofa” Benches Charge Devices and Monitor the Local Environment!

Boston’s Solar-Powered “Soofa” Benches Charge Devices and Monitor the Local Environment!

The city of Boston just announced plans to roll out a series of solar-powered 'Soofa' benches that will enable citizens to charge their phones while they rest! The 'Soofas' were developed by Charging

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

We met up with Max at the Techshop in San Francisco, CA to see the Lumio first hand. At first glance the lamp looks like a simple hard-bound book or journal, but once you open it, the book unfolds several

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Window Socket: Portable Solar-Powered Outlet Sticks to Windows, Charges Small Electronics

Window Socket: Portable Solar-Powered Outlet Sticks to Windows, Charges Small Electronics

The Window Socket is an idea so fabulously simple, it's slightly amazing that we haven't seen one before. Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the charger sticks to a window and draws solar power to an

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Charming ‘oon’ Power Outlets Replace Ugly Plastic Cords for the Home and Office

Charming ‘oon’ Power Outlets Replace Ugly Plastic Cords for the Home and Office

The oon is a new type of multi-outlet power cord for living. Combining logical function and thoughtful design, it beautifully organizes plugs and blocky adapters that are ubiquitous in our lives. Three

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Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Next time you walk down a street in Chicago, take a look at those innocuous and ever-present light poles, because they may not be what they seem. Chicago is installing a network of sensor-equipped lamp

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SPARK: Creating Clean Energy Through the Power of Music

SPARK: Creating Clean Energy Through the Power of Music

Royal College of Art graduate Diana Simpson Hernandez has designed the percussion shaker SPARK, which converts the energy from playing it into electricity. Users can plug in a light or charge up a mobile

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Yves Behar’s Vessyl Smart Cup Detects the Nutritional Content of Everything You Drink

Yves Behar’s Vessyl Smart Cup Detects the Nutritional Content of Everything You Drink

There’s more to hydration than simply drinking eight cup of water a day. The new Vessyl cup, designed by Yves Behar, keeps track of what you drink by displaying the fat, sugar, caffeine and caloric

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World’s First TransAtlantic Scent Message to be Sent From New York to Paris

World’s First TransAtlantic Scent Message to be Sent From New York to Paris

Tomorrow the world’s first scent message will be transmitted via text by Harvard Professor David Edwards at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Edwards is also the CEO of Vapor

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Wi-Fi Connected Collaborative Cooking Machine Lets 5 Chefs Cook Together from Afar

Wi-Fi Connected Collaborative Cooking Machine Lets 5 Chefs Cook Together from Afar

The Stockholm-based project is the work of Christian Isberg, Petter Johansson Kukacka, Lasse Korsgaard and chef Carl Berglöf, who see it as a "project about how food, interaction and anonymity can create

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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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SmileSolar Watch: One Hour of Sunlight Provides Three Months of Battery Life

SmileSolar Watch: One Hour of Sunlight Provides Three Months of Battery Life

We discovered Q&Q's solar powered watches during Sight Unseen Offsite, a shoppable two-story exhibition that took place recently in New York City. Our team was instantly drawn to the colorful

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Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm

Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm

Located in the Fukushima Prefecture, the futuristic Aizu-Wakamatsu Akisai Vegetable Plant is the start of field trials led by Fujitsu Home & Office Services Limited. Measuring about half an acre, it

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Futuristic Solar-Powered Skylock Secures Your Bike With the Touch of a Button

Futuristic Solar-Powered Skylock Secures Your Bike With the Touch of a Button

For years fear of theft has deterred many would-be bike commuters from taking the two-wheeled plunge. Securing one's bike outside work or a restaurant has required big combination chains or hefty D-locks

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Beautiful Electree Mini is a Bonsai Tree-Shaped Solar Charger for Your Smartphone

Beautiful Electree Mini is a Bonsai Tree-Shaped Solar Charger for Your Smartphone

Electree Mini uses the same technology as its predecessor. It captures light through flexible mini solar panels held by the branches, mimicking the process of photosynthesis. The completely autonomous

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