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The world’s first plantable coffee cup replenishes local flora

The world’s first plantable coffee cup replenishes local flora

In America alone, over 145 billion disposable coffee cups are discarded annually. People's coffee habits have led to a startling amount of waste, much of which fails to end up in recycling bins. Then

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Elon Musk uses Iron Man-inspired holographic 3-D user interface to print a rocket part

Elon Musk uses Iron Man-inspired holographic 3-D user interface to print a rocket part

After Elon Musk announced plans to post a video of himself using a holographic computer interface inspired by the one Tony Stark uses in the film Iron Man, it looks like the Tesla CEO and inventor has

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6 ways people are using aerial drones for good

6 ways people are using aerial drones for good

Ambulance Drone Delft University graduate Alex Monton created an Ambulance Drone that can arrive to the accident scene as quickly as one minute after being dispatched. While an ambulance can take about

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VIDEO: How to Save Money and Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

VIDEO: How to Save Money and Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

If your wallet is already feeling the pinch from your monthly energy bill as we head into the colder months, you'll be happy to know that you can keep those expenses down using a simple device called a

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French Rollkers ‘under shoes’ allow walkers to travel at up to 7mph!

French Rollkers ‘under shoes’ allow walkers to travel at up to 7mph!

French startup Rollkers SAS is coming to the US to unveil their unique shoe accessory. The Rollkers undershoe is described as a "transportation accessory that increases a person’s average walking

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Cambodian floating toilets filter human waste naturally via wetland plants

Cambodian floating toilets filter human waste naturally via wetland plants

The floating village of Prek Toal in Cambodia is utilizing the power of natural filter wetland plants to soak up contaminants from their raw sewage. Floating toilets supported by Wetlands Work will soon

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Reverse sunglasses outfitted with LED lights chase the winter blues away

Reverse sunglasses outfitted with LED lights chase the winter blues away

Now that the winter is in full swing in the northern hemisphere, grey skies dominate the horizon—and we should all watch out for signs of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Three guys from Denmark

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Is this the ultra-efficient refrigerator of the future?

Is this the ultra-efficient refrigerator of the future?

The classic refrigerator is one of the most power-hungry appliances in the home. Phononic is hoping to change that with a new solid-state refrigerator that is more reliable, greener and quieter than most

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This Helmet for Skiers and Snowboarders Can Scan for Brain Injuries

This Helmet for Skiers and Snowboarders Can Scan for Brain Injuries

  When folks zip down icy, snow-covered mountains at warp speed, it's only natural that some (OK, most) of those people are going to take a fall. That's why skiing and snowboarding, while fun,

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Watch Bill Gates drink water made from sewer sludge!

Watch Bill Gates drink water made from sewer sludge!

  In his quest to help save the planet, Bill Gates has literally tasted the next evolution in waste water technology: drinking water recycled from human waste. Gates visited the

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Ambio lamp glows with bioluminescent bacteria instead of electricity

Ambio lamp glows with bioluminescent bacteria instead of electricity

A Dutch designer has created a lamp that needs no electricity: it consists of a glass tube filled with bioluminescent bacteria taken from octopuses and suspended in a saltwater solution. All it needs in

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Revolutionary recycled cardboard mini batteries can charge your phone in a hurry

Revolutionary recycled cardboard mini batteries can charge your phone in a hurry

Need a quick charge on your smartphone? Sick of carrying around cables and bulky chargers? Tired of searching out plugs and waiting for your phone to charge? This award-winning cardboard battery concept

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This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge

This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge

If you’re in the produce business, getting your goods to the market while they're still fresh is imperative. In some countries where the climate is fairly warm, that can be a daunting, if not almost

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New treeless, inkless paper could save entire forests of trees

New treeless, inkless paper could save entire forests of trees

In research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, a team at the University of California developed a multi-use option for one of our most ancient mediums: a reusable "paper" that has been created

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Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid?

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Egloo heats your room without electricity for 10 cents a day

Egloo heats your room without electricity for 10 cents a day

Can you heat your room for just 10 cents a day? Egloo can. Egloo is a clever little heater that harnesses candle power to heat a room without wasting electricity. Egloo works by concentrating the heat

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The Hemingwrite digital typewriter lets you write your masterpiece – distraction free

The Hemingwrite digital typewriter lets you write your masterpiece – distraction free

Ever wanted to write like Hemingway but find there’s just too much distraction in the digital world? A new Kickstarter project could provide the answer to your literary prayers. Hemingwrite is a

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16 Tech-tastic Green Gifts for Gadget Geeks

16 Tech-tastic Green Gifts for Gadget Geeks

With the ubiquity of smartphone technology and tablets, there's really a little bit of gadget geek in every person on your holiday gift shopping list. Whether your loved ones' wider interests lie in

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Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Professor Stephen Hawking has revealed in an interview with the BBC that he believes, "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." Since Professor Hawking is in

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New Pulsar Machine Detects Horse Meat in a Matter of Minutes

New Pulsar Machine Detects Horse Meat in a Matter of Minutes

Remember the horse meat scandal that rocked the UK last year? Well, it might never happen again thanks to a new device designed by UK-based Oxford Instruments The new Pulsar device can distinguish between

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Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There’s No Internet Service

Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There’s No Internet Service

An estimated 4.3 billion people around the world don't have internet access. In times of natural disasters, internet and phone connections also frequently fail. Lantern is a pocket-sized device designed

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Skateboard Legend Tony Hawk Rides the World’s First Hoverboard (VIDEO)

Skateboard Legend Tony Hawk Rides the World’s First Hoverboard (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2me8E1GZeg Last month we reported on the breakthrough technology behind Hendo Hoverboards. Since then, the company has almost doubled its Kickstarter goal aimed

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Merve Kahraman’s Revitalizer Wax Lamp Melts and Re-creates Itself Over Time

Merve Kahraman’s Revitalizer Wax Lamp Melts and Re-creates Itself Over Time

The Revitalizer Wax Lamp is not your typical light fixture. Created by London-based designer Merve Kahraman, the lamp features a wax shade that goes through a cycle of melting and reshaping. The lamp

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Brilliant Device Turns Waste Paper Into Pencils

Brilliant Device Turns Waste Paper Into Pencils

If you often find yourself searching for a pencil, then this clever little device called the P&P Office Waste Processor will keep well stocked by quickly producing them from simple office waste

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Low-Cost Lapdeck is a Recycled Cardboard Laptop Desk You Can Take Anywhere

Low-Cost Lapdeck is a Recycled Cardboard Laptop Desk You Can Take Anywhere

Despite all the buzz about standing desks, there are still times when you want to sit down somewhere comfortable, like in bed or on the couch, and work on your laptop. Of course, laptop desks have been

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6 Futuristic Bicycle Designs

6 Futuristic Bicycle Designs

The Denny The “Denny” bicycle, by Sizemore Bicycles, was especially designed for Seattle’s rainy weather and urban environment. Denny sports clever design features like auto-shifting and electric

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This Mushroom Drone Will Biodegrade if it Crash Lands

This Mushroom Drone Will Biodegrade if it Crash Lands

What happens to a drone when it crash lands? Besides polluting or damaging a potentially sensitive environment, it could also mean, at least for the military, that people you are spying on will know,

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Pedal-Powered Centrifuge Allows Off-Grid Blood Testing in Rural Areas

Pedal-Powered Centrifuge Allows Off-Grid Blood Testing in Rural Areas

Designer Jack Albert Trew’s Spokefuge harnesses the power of the pedal to help doctors in remote areas test blood without electric medical equipment. Trew’s simple design uses a bike wheel to power a

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VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

Artist Olafur Eliasson explores the importance of turning artistic potential into environmental action in this inspiring video created by VICE for The Creators Project. Eliasson discusses his Little Sun -

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Ambulance Drone Could Provide Life-Saving First Aid in Just One Minute

Ambulance Drone Could Provide Life-Saving First Aid in Just One Minute

When you have an emergency, the time it takes for help to arrive can be the difference between life and death. An ambulance takes an average of 10 minutes to get to the scene of an accident - too late to

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