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World’s First Jetpack to Hit the Market in 2014, New Prototype Unveiled

World’s First Jetpack to Hit the Market in 2014, New Prototype Unveiled

New Zealand's Martin Aircraft Company has redesigned the Martin Jetpack in preparation for the personal aircraft's commercial launch in mid-2014. The world’s first “practical” jetpack can achieve a

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Nest Labs Confirms Smart Smoke Detector in the Works

Nest Labs Confirms Smart Smoke Detector in the Works

Image © Shutterstock The tech startup Nest Labs made waves in 2011 when it introduced an innovative thermostat that is capable of learning home owners' behavior and automatically adjusting

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Hammer-Proof Smartphone Screen is Thinner and Cheaper Than Gorilla Glass

Hammer-Proof Smartphone Screen is Thinner and Cheaper Than Gorilla Glass

As long as we've had smartphones, we've been afraid of dropping them. With price tags of $500 and above, smartphones are delicate technological flowers that can be killed by a single drop of water or a

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The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

Do you love your Blackberry or iPhone, but worry about the cost to the environment? Do you wonder whether the workers who mined the materials or assembled the device were exploited? Whether your purchase

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MIT Engineers Create Indestructible, Guaranteed Theft-Proof Bike Lights

MIT Engineers Create Indestructible, Guaranteed Theft-Proof Bike Lights

For thieves, an unsecured bike light is a terribly tempting (and very low-hanging) fruit. After getting sick of having their gear stolen, a team of MIT engineers formed the Fortified Bicycle Alliance

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America’s First Digital Library Opens in Texas

America’s First Digital Library Opens in Texas

America’s first all-digital library just opened this past weekend in Texas. Instead of the traditional ribbon-cutting approach, officials attending the opening ceremony on Saturday pushed a button with

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RFID-Controlled Pinch Power Strip Switches Off Devices When You Walk Away

RFID-Controlled Pinch Power Strip Switches Off Devices When You Walk Away

The vast majority of us aren't always too quick to turn off our devices every time we leave our desks or walk out of a room. Instead, computer monitors, printers, lamps and the like are either left

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Dodecado’s Dazzling Light Blocks Let You Create Your Own LED Lamps

Dodecado’s Dazzling Light Blocks Let You Create Your Own LED Lamps

Montreal-based Dodecado has created a playful set of sculptural light blocks that can be stacked to create practically any shape you can imagine. The blocks are lit by low-energy LED lights, and they snap

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6 Essential Kitchen Tools for Vegan and Raw Cuisine

6 Essential Kitchen Tools for Vegan and Raw Cuisine

1. Eco Friendly Cutting Boards Select a set of durable and sustainable food-grade cutting boards, such as ones made from polypropylene and flax husk. Using flax husk reduces the amount of plastic used

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Elon Musk Uses Iron Man-Inspired Holographic 3D User Interface to Print a Rocket Part

Elon Musk Uses Iron Man-Inspired Holographic 3D 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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Chinese Scientists Successfully Produce a Living Kidney Using a 3D Printer

Chinese Scientists Successfully Produce a Living Kidney Using a 3D Printer

We've all seen the cool things that can be done with 3D printers, but now scientists at a Chinese university in eastern Zhejiang Province have made an incredible leap for medical technology by producing a

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7 Green Gadgets for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

7 Green Gadgets for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Summer is almost over, which means it's high time to hit the road on an outdoor adventure while you still can! Fortunately, thanks to the latest green gadgets, you can delve into the wilderness without

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LEGO Introduces Female Scientist in Their Minifigures Series 11 Collection

LEGO Introduces Female Scientist in Their Minifigures Series 11 Collection

Image via Maia Weinstock. There are some new Minifigures on the LEGO block, and they love to study science. While this may not seem like an unusual departure from the toy's regular line of explorers,

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Can Google Glass Help Doctors Perform Safer, More Successful Surgeries?

Can Google Glass Help Doctors Perform Safer, More Successful Surgeries?

The world is gaga for Google Glass, but even the nerdiest among us must admit that the practical applications are few thus far. For most, wearing the internet in your eyeball is just an excuse to make

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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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Beehaus Provides Urban Rooftop Housing for Two Bee Colonies

Beehaus Provides Urban Rooftop Housing for Two Bee Colonies

Urban beekeeping has never been easier than with the sporty Beehaus. Resembling a picnic cooler, the easily maintainable hive is actually two hives in one, with two entrances that accommodate 22 separate

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This Bamboo Calculator Is a Throwback to Old School Solar-Powered Gadgets

This Bamboo Calculator Is a Throwback to Old School Solar-Powered Gadgets

Solar-powered calculators have been on the scene since the 1970s, but nothing much, except the shape, has changed since. Now a solar-powered calculator made entirely from bamboo is putting a modern twist

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Elon Musk Claims the Iron Man Hologram UI Can Be Built—and He Might Just Be the One to Build It

Elon Musk Claims the Iron Man Hologram UI Can Be Built—and He Might Just Be the One to Build It

In case you needed further evidence that Elon Musk may in fact be Iron Man himself, the billionaire inventor and entreprenur's recent tweets are here to help. While Tony Stark's hologram computer user

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EcoSmart World’s Refillable Markers Won’t Make Your Kid Funny in the Head on Art Days

EcoSmart World’s Refillable Markers Won’t Make Your Kid Funny in the Head on Art Days

Remember when you were a kid and the worst thing about art day was those terrible Magic Markers. They gave you all those crappy off colors, smelled funny, and scratched terribly against paper when they

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The HOT Smart Watch Transforms Your Hand into a Mobile Phone Receiver

The HOT Smart Watch Transforms Your Hand into a Mobile Phone Receiver

If you make calls on a Bluetooth headset, you may have noticed that every once in a while passersby may throw you a quizzical look before realizing you are talking to another human being instead of

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VOLTAIC’s Converter Solar Backpack Powers Up Your Devices While You’re on the Go

VOLTAIC’s Converter Solar Backpack Powers Up Your Devices While You’re on the Go

Kids and adults can power-up their electronic devices en route to school or work with this awesome Voltaic Converter Solar Backpack. Big enough to carry all your books and papers for class, the backpack

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Goal Zero’s New Lighthouse 250 Lantern Charges Your Devices in the Wilderness

Goal Zero’s New Lighthouse 250 Lantern Charges Your Devices in the Wilderness

Goal Zero prides itself in making products for living off the grid, but their new Lighthouse 250 Lantern brings a little technology to your camp. The solar powered lantern is equipped with a USB power

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Fuseproject and Briggo Unveil the Fully Automated Coffee Shop of the Future

Fuseproject and Briggo Unveil the Fully Automated Coffee Shop of the Future

Yves Béhar just unveiled the coffee shop of the future - a smartphone-controlled "Coffee Haus" that uses robotics to serve up finely tuned doses of java customized to your personal taste. Designed and

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Researchers Develop Battery-Free Wireless System to Power Mobile Devices

Researchers Develop Battery-Free Wireless System to Power Mobile Devices

Anyone with a mobile device has likely experienced the frustration of having to be reliant on a battery. The charge never lasts long enough, and finding a source of electricity on the run is a hassle.

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Nube Hammock Tent Lets Adventurous Campers Sleep in the Treetops

Nube Hammock Tent Lets Adventurous Campers Sleep in the Treetops

The Nube` camping hammock - the flagship project of outdoor equipment manufacturer Sierra Madre Research - could be one of the most versatile tents out there. Able to suspend the user above the ground,

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EMW JuiceBox Provides Quick EV Charging for $139

EMW JuiceBox Provides Quick EV Charging for $139

Electric cars are flying off the lot and they seem to be getting more popular with drivers everyday. That said, the technology could still stand to improve, particularly in the area of battery charging.

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Scientists Develop Plasma-Treated Nano Filter to Clean Water in the Developing World

Scientists Develop Plasma-Treated Nano Filter to Clean Water in the Developing World

A team of international researchers have found a new way to purify water in the developing world. It’s a filter made of plasma-charged carbon nano-tubes that can easily filter out harmful contaminants

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New App Can Tell Your City’s Temperature by Gathering Data From Smartphone Batteries

New App Can Tell Your City’s Temperature by Gathering Data From Smartphone Batteries

When the developers of the popular OpenSignal Android app analyzed some of the data they’d gathered from their users, they were in for a surprise. They realized that the temperature sensors meant to

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Martin Aircraft Unveils World’s First “Practical” Jetpack

Martin Aircraft Unveils World’s First “Practical” Jetpack

The jetpack is the quintessential mode of futuristic transportation - and if all goes well for New Zealand's Martin Aircraft, you might have the chance to get your hands on one soon. Looking like one of

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6 Of The Coolest, Most Innovative 3D-Printed Designs

6 Of The Coolest, Most Innovative 3D-Printed Designs

3D-Printed Haptic Feedback Shifter 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

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