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How Scientists Generate Electricity from a Silk Moth Cocoon

How Scientists Generate Electricity from a Silk Moth Cocoon

Did you know that the cocoon membranes of a silk moth contain trace amounts of several elements such as sodium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium and copper, as well as carbon, nitrogen and

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INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INHABITAT: James, can you tell us about the genesis of your MV Recyclone barge concept? DYSON: To an engineer, there’s a certain thrill in solving problems, and this was absolutely an interesting one.

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14-Year-Old’s Biofuel Breakthrough Boosts Algae Production 500%

14-Year-Old’s Biofuel Breakthrough Boosts Algae Production 500%

Algae could provide an endless source of biofuel, however current production methods tend to be costly and time-intensive - first you have to grow the algae, and then you extract oily lipids and convert

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

If you've ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you're sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He's also the designer behind pioneering

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Airbus Unveils Incredible Design for a Transparent Plane

Airbus Unveils Incredible Design for a Transparent Plane

If you're a jet-setter who feels that air travel has lost some of its luster, then put your seat back in its upright position and get ready for a thrilling ride. Aerospace company Airbus has just

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A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

OAXIS is designed to incorporate a prefabricated modular structures with recycled steel. Several passive strategies would control the building’s environment while roof-mounted photovoltaic panels would

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Kite Building Bricks Look and Snap Together Exactly Like LEGO’s

Kite Building Bricks Look and Snap Together Exactly Like LEGO’s

Of all the LEGO-like building components we’ve seen over the years, Kite Bricks come closest to the famous toy bricks' building technology. The blocks, also referred to as Smart Bricks, allow for a

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3D-printed Wind Turbine Fits in Your Backpack!

3D-printed Wind Turbine Fits in Your Backpack!

Portable solar power has already taken off, but what about when the sun goes down? Could massive wind turbines be scaled down for personal use? Poznan, Poland-based 3D printer manufacturer Omni3d has

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16-Year-Old Discovers Way to Clean the World’s Pollution With Sunscreen and Pencils

16-Year-Old Discovers Way to Clean the World’s Pollution With Sunscreen and Pencils

16-year-old Samuel Burrow has found a way to scrub the world clean of toxic pollution using materials found in sunscreen and pencils! The teenager developed a white, smog-busting mixture of titanium

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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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Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound

Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound

Imagine walking down Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan while the sounds of the city surround you: the cabbie is honking his horn, the store owner is blasting music, and construction workers are

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Smart Street Lamps Get Their Own IP Addresses to Help Copenhagen Go Carbon Neutral by 2025

Smart Street Lamps Get Their Own IP Addresses to Help Copenhagen Go Carbon Neutral by 2025

As part of its quest to be carbon neutral by 2025, Copenhagen is looking hard at the kind of street lamps it should have. The city is setting up an experimental laboratory called the Danish Outdoor

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Twisting Tornadoes of LED Light Captured by Young British Photographer

Twisting Tornadoes of LED Light Captured by Young British Photographer

Martin Kimbell is only 25-years-old but he already manages beautifully the art of light painting. He captures images of sweeping ribbons of white light while wandering around quiet countryside locations

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China’s Largest Robot Restaurant is Crawling with WALL-E-Style Waiters

China’s Largest Robot Restaurant is Crawling with WALL-E-Style Waiters

Robot theme restaurants are a hot topic in Japan and now China. Without completely replacing human work, the robots move around freely throughout the eatery's 3,200 sq ft, following a black stripe with

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Amazing Exoskeleton Gives Shipyard Workers Superhuman Strength

Amazing Exoskeleton Gives Shipyard Workers Superhuman Strength

Iron Man, step aside - there’s a new superhuman in town. Dock workers in South Korea recently received a set of robotic exoskeleton suits that enable them to lift heavy equipment without breaking a

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Cameron Sinclair Launches the Dead Prize for Designs That Harm Humanity and the Planet

Cameron Sinclair Launches the Dead Prize for Designs That Harm Humanity and the Planet

Architects for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair has just launched the Dead Prize, an award "to celebrate engineering, architecture and designs that have had a negative impact on the planet." Sinclair

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Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High-Performance Supercapacitors

Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High-Performance Supercapacitors

There’s no butts about it - scientists in South Korea just found a way to recycle smoked cigarette filters into high performing supercapacitors. Researchers from Seoul National University found a way to

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Scientists Create Cheap, Efficient Spray-On Solar Cells

Scientists Create Cheap, Efficient Spray-On Solar Cells

For the first time, scientists have figured out a way to create efficient, affordable spray-on solar cells. While the concept itself isn’t something new, spray-on technology in the past has been so

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Could Bees 3D-Print Concrete Structures in the Cities of the Future?

Could Bees 3D-Print Concrete Structures in the Cities of the Future?

Bees already pollinate the great majority of our fruits and veggies - but could they build our buildings as well? Former Gizmodo Editor-in-Chief Geoff Manaugh, and designer John Becker came up a plan to

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INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

Last year, 19-year-old inventor Boyan Slat made waves by designing an "Ocean Cleanup Array" which he claimed could remove 72.5 million tons of plastic from the world's oceans. Although his idea received

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Think You Can Create a Smaller Power Inverter? Google Will Give You a Million Bucks if You Can!

Think You Can Create a Smaller Power Inverter? Google Will Give You a Million Bucks if You Can!

Google is offering a million dollars if you can create a power inverter that is smaller than a laptop. If you don’t know what an inverter is, the competition probably isn’t up your alley, but

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Over 200,000 People Apply to Become First Colonizers of Mars

Over 200,000 People Apply to Become First Colonizers of Mars

The numbers are in, and in just six months a phenomenal 202,586 people have applied to join the very first Mars colony. Frequently dubbed a "suicide mission," the $4 billion Mars One non-profit venture

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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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Next Generation Membrane Pacemakers Wrap the Heart Like an Electronic Glove

Next Generation Membrane Pacemakers Wrap the Heart Like an Electronic Glove

This heart is wrapped in a special electronic membrane that keeps it beating at the perfect rate. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis

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The Future of Medicine May Lie in the Fur of the Sloth

The Future of Medicine May Lie in the Fur of the Sloth

As bacteria become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, we're going to have to find a different way to fight the diseases that threaten us. After all, we tend to take for granted that we can tackle a

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Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

Global clean energy investment surged in the second quarter of 2014, driven by big wind and solar deals and installations of small-scale rooftop solar photovoltaics. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is

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A 15-Year-Old is Developing a 3D Printer That’s 10 Times Faster Than Anything on the Market!

A 15-Year-Old is Developing a 3D Printer That’s 10 Times Faster Than Anything on the Market!

When it comes to global innovation, teenagers are leading the way. The latest teen genius to cross our radar is Thomas Suarez, a 15-year-old who claims to have designed a 3D printer that is ten times

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INFOGRAPHIC: 2014′s Most Promising Alternative Energy Trends

INFOGRAPHIC: 2014′s Most Promising Alternative Energy Trends

Households, businesses, and cities around the world are turning to renewable energy to reduce their environmental impact - but which clean technologies are leading the pack in 2014? This new infographic

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The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

A former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory in Japan has been converted into the world’s largest indoor farm. Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, CEO of Mirai Co., partnered with GE

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Brilliant Solar-powered ‘Ladybird’ Robot Increases Farm Productivity!

Brilliant Solar-powered ‘Ladybird’ Robot Increases Farm Productivity!

University of Sydney’s robotics department invented a solar-powered farm robot that can detect vegetables, trace out crops and remove weeds with its robotic arms. Called Ladybird, the robot aims to

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