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The DIY BioPrinter Hack Lets You Print Biomaterials From an Old Inkjet

The DIY BioPrinter Hack Lets You Print Biomaterials From an Old Inkjet

With large companies such as Organovo and Autodesk teaming up to fabricate living tissue, you might think that bioprinting is out of the scope of the average DIYer. But when it comes to technology, human

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A Beautiful and Mysterious Rose Created by an Earthquake and a Pendulum

A Beautiful and Mysterious Rose Created by an Earthquake and a Pendulum

When there is an earthquake, we may feel as though the world has been thrown into a state of chaos. Yet even the most violent of shifts in the earth's crust have a sort of rhythm and order. On February

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Cloud Machine Changes the Weather High Up in the Atmosphere to Help Combat Climate Change

Cloud Machine Changes the Weather High Up in the Atmosphere to Help Combat Climate Change

Like death and taxes, we once thought that the weather was out of our control - however technology could one day enable us to manipulate the skies above. The Cloud Machine, created by interdisciplinary

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Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

Now and again, even the best green thumb could use a little help taking care of their plants. French electronics company Parrot just unveiled a new gizmo at CES 2013 called the Flower Power that makes it

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The Shout Out Louds Create a Functional Record Made From Ice to Promote Their Newest Single

The Shout Out Louds Create a Functional Record Made From Ice to Promote Their Newest Single

If you thought vinyl was an outdated technology, then this record is practically from the Ice Age. The functional ice record was produced by the Swedish band the Shout Out Louds to promote their single,

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The BeetBox Kicks Out the Jams With the Help of Root Vegetables

The BeetBox Kicks Out the Jams With the Help of Root Vegetables

Want to throw down some sick underground beats using vegetables that actually grow underground? Get back to your musical roots by jamming on the BeetBox, a simple musical instrument powered by a Raspberry

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Hitachi Rolls Out a New Robot to Help With Fukushima Daiichi Cleanup

Hitachi Rolls Out a New Robot to Help With Fukushima Daiichi Cleanup

Robots venture where humans fear to tread. The ASTACO-SoRa developed by Hitachi is destined to roll into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant next year to clean up radioactive and toxic rubble. The

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UK Engineers Create World’s First Working 3D Printed Electronic Devices

UK Engineers Create World’s First Working 3D Printed Electronic Devices

Researchers at the University of Warwick's School of Engineering have discovered a way to manufacture working electronic devices using 3D printers. To date, the electronic inner workings of products have

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Playful Daisy Rug Can be Rearranged Into Many Varieties

Playful Daisy Rug Can be Rearranged Into Many Varieties

This faux grass rug invites whoever uses it to interact with the design by playfully rearranging the flowers! The creation of Toronto-based Joe Jin Design Company is made-up of artificial daisies that can

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Scientists Usher in a New Age for Augmented Reality With LCD Displays for Contact Lenses

Scientists Usher in a New Age for Augmented Reality With LCD Displays for Contact Lenses

Soon, you may literally be staring into the future of augmented reality. Researchers from imec and The Centre of Microsystems Technology (CMST) at Ghent University in Belgium have developed a spherical,

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Trotify Makes Your Bike Sound Like a Galloping Horse

Trotify Makes Your Bike Sound Like a Galloping Horse

The makers of Trotify ask, "Why the long face? Do you have the need for steed?" Now, you can turn your humble pony into a galloping stallion with Trotify, a simple wooden device that fits on your front

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Super-Efficient iLumi LED Bulb Lasts for 20 Years and Can Be Controlled With a Smartphone

Super-Efficient iLumi LED Bulb Lasts for 20 Years and Can Be Controlled With a Smartphone

The new iLumi, unveiled this week on Indiegogo, is an energy-efficient LED bulb that lasts for 20 years and can be controlled by any smartphone. The bulb features iLumi's HyperLux technology, which allows

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Thought-Controlled MindRider Bike Helmet Turns Brain Waves Into Traffic Signals

Thought-Controlled MindRider Bike Helmet Turns Brain Waves Into Traffic Signals

Motorists and cyclists may not always understand one another, but with the help of the MindRider, they'll at least have one more avenue of communication. Developed by MIT student Arlene Ducao, the

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Studio Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome is a Marriage of Science Fiction and Nature

Studio Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome is a Marriage of Science Fiction and Nature

Like the opening scene from a science fiction movie, a figure walks into a dimly lit 17th-century church only to discover a giant, 7-foot-tall shining silver dome. As they reach to touch the futuristic

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The Citrus Clock is a Tart Timepiece Powered by Lemons

The Citrus Clock is a Tart Timepiece Powered by Lemons

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or, if you are really clever, make a clock. The Citrus Clock by the international design studio Anna Gram harnesses the power of the tart fruits to power a

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The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand is Powerful Enough to Hold 99 Pounds and Sensitive Enough to Use a Pen

The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand is Powerful Enough to Hold 99 Pounds and Sensitive Enough to Use a Pen

Welcome to the 21st century where the phones are smart, the computers are tiny, and the limbs are bionic. RSL Steeper's new bebionic3 hand is the newest incarnation of the company's prosthetic. Capable

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Philips Unveils the Hue: The World’s Smartest LED Bulb

Philips Unveils the Hue: The World’s Smartest LED Bulb

The light bulb has come a long way since Edison introduced the carbon filament back in 1879. Even within the last couple of years, we have seen improvements in the modern LED light, including the

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Datagrove is a Vibrant LED Art Installation that Spouts Twitter Feeds

Datagrove is a Vibrant LED Art Installation that Spouts Twitter Feeds

The installation was commissioned for the ZERO1 “Seeking Silicon Valley’ Biennial in San Jose, California, and will be on view until December 8, 2012. Located in the courtyard of San Jose’s

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The Sgabellissimo is a Two-Legged Stool and Ladder Rolled Into One Precarious Piece of Furniture

The Sgabellissimo is a Two-Legged Stool and Ladder Rolled Into One Precarious Piece of Furniture

The Italians like to keep the design world on the edge of their seats—literally. The Sgabellissimo from Modoloco Design is a two-legged stool that becomes a small ladder when turned upside down.

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Boston’s Glowing ENfold Pavilion is a Made from Reusable Garden Bed Liner Fabric

Boston’s Glowing ENfold Pavilion is a Made from Reusable Garden Bed Liner Fabric

The Pavilion is supported by large maple and oak trees, and it provides an imaginative frame for various musical and art performances (including a Brazilian drumming band, a tai chi exhibition, etc.). Not

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rAndom International Unveils Brilliant Kinetic Artworks During Paris Design Week

rAndom International Unveils Brilliant Kinetic Artworks During Paris Design Week

rAndom International's latest piece, "Future Self" (2012), is made from thousands of hanging LEDs. 3D cameras react to visitors' movements to create a light sculpture that reveals our own identities

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Electri-City: Benjamin Yates Creates Miniature Sci-Fi Worlds From Recycled E-Waste

Electri-City: Benjamin Yates Creates Miniature Sci-Fi Worlds From Recycled E-Waste

The electronic components of Benjamin Yates' Electri-City Coffee Tables are contained inside sturdy acrylic and glass enclosures. Yates tries to utilize as much waste as possible: the screws from

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The Futuristic LIFX LED Bulb Changes Color Via Wi-Fi and Lasts for 25 Years

The Futuristic LIFX LED Bulb Changes Color Via Wi-Fi and Lasts for 25 Years

Who says that energy-saving LED light bulbs need to be boring? The LIFX light bulb is energy-efficient, has a 25 year life span, and changes colors via smart phone application. The bulb is currently

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“Hammer Synthesizer” is a Complete Miniature Sound System Built Inside a Birch Log

“Hammer Synthesizer” is a Complete Miniature Sound System Built Inside a Birch Log

This may be one of the strangest instruments we have ever seen, second only to the Theremin, or possibly the Bubble Organ. "Inventor of useless things" Niklas Roy has constructed a multi-channel, 1-bit

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Fully-Functional Go Kart Built Entirely From LEGO Bricks!

Fully-Functional Go Kart Built Entirely From LEGO Bricks!

Remember how long it took you to build a house or car with LEGO bricks? In a matter of minutes you could slap together four walls and a roof, or four tires and a steering wheel, and your LEGO person would

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Patrick Jouin’s 3D-Printed Bloom Table Lamp Opens Like a Flower

Patrick Jouin’s 3D-Printed Bloom Table Lamp Opens Like a Flower

Patrick Jouin's Bloom Table Lamp is inspired by MGX’s One_Shot.MGX stool and the way plants respond to their environment. The digital technology behind the lamp design involves rapid prototyping and 3D

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Glowing Nixie Chess Board Made from Salvaged Nixie Tubes by Lasermad

Glowing Nixie Chess Board Made from Salvaged Nixie Tubes by Lasermad

Lasermad has executed a brilliant move with his glowing chess set made from recycled vintage Russian Nixie tubes. Each piece is illuminated without any visible wires, and emits a warm light when at rest

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Disney Develops Plant-Controlled Touch Software That Makes Music

Disney Develops Plant-Controlled Touch Software That Makes Music

Singing flowers used to live only in the fanciful realm of cartoons, but like something out of Alice in Wonderland, Disney Research presents "Botanicus Interacticus", an interactive music game that uses a

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BLOOM Encourages Crowds to Come Together and Make Intricate Art In Public Spaces

BLOOM Encourages Crowds to Come Together and Make Intricate Art In Public Spaces

When is a toy more than a toy? When it helps bring a community together through the joyful process of making low-impact art that beautifies a public space, of course. BLOOM, an urban toy made from

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Otto Ng’s Robotic Wallbot Walls Automatically Move to Adapt to Your Lifestyle

Otto Ng’s Robotic Wallbot Walls Automatically Move to Adapt to Your Lifestyle

Wallbot mobile walls can communicate among themselves. By applying scientific research in collective intelligence to architectural design, artist and architect Otto Ng has created a kinetic wall system

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