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Fuel3D is an Affordable 3D Scanner that Works Like a Point and Shoot Camera

Fuel3D is an Affordable 3D Scanner that Works Like a Point and Shoot Camera

As 3D printing technology becomes affordable for the at-home user, the developers behind the Fuel3D want to make 3D scanning available to everyone. With a recently launched Kickstarter campaign, the

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Phyto Kinetic: Green-Roofed Buses Add a Breath of Fresh Air to the Urban Jungle

Phyto Kinetic: Green-Roofed Buses Add a Breath of Fresh Air to the Urban Jungle

How would you like to be transported to work in a moving garden? If Marc Granen has anything to do with it, you may be able to. The landscape artist, who we discovered through Urban Gardens, has developed

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Penn State Creates Thin and Flexible Glass for Renewable Energy Storage

Penn State Creates Thin and Flexible Glass for Renewable Energy Storage

One of the greatest challenges to the widespread adoption of renewable energy and electric cars has been the issue of affordable, high-volume energy storage. To scientists at Penn State however, the

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UCLA Doubles Efficiency of Transparent Energy-Generating Solar Film

UCLA Doubles Efficiency of Transparent Energy-Generating Solar Film

A team of UCLA researchers has achieved a breakthrough in polymer solar cell (PSC) technology by doubling the efficiency of the transparent solar cells they unveiled last year. Led by Yang Yang, Director

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NASA Approves First 3D Printer for Use in Space

NASA Approves First 3D Printer for Use in Space

3D printing technology has quickly claimed an integral role in the design world, and now the first 3D printer is set to make its way out to space. NASA just approved the first 3D printer for use aboard

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Swiss Researchers 3D-Print Self-Assembling Helicopter Drones

Swiss Researchers 3D-Print Self-Assembling Helicopter Drones

Drones are a subject of hot debate, but a research team from Switzerland recently developed hovering plastic robots that are not only 3D-printed, but can also assemble themselves into a single unit. The

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MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

Parabolic Solar Mirror photo from Shutterstock Scientists at MIT just announced that they have created the perfect mirror - and it could signal a breakthrough for solar power technology. The team's

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Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Photo via Shutterstock When searching for inspiration to create an environmentally friendly battery, University of Maryland researchers Liangbing Hu, Teng Li and their team looked to the trees. Their

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Revolutionary Technology Allows Crops to Harvest Nitrogen From the Air Instead of Fertilizers

Revolutionary Technology Allows Crops to Harvest Nitrogen From the Air Instead of Fertilizers

Photo via Shutterstock Have you ever thought of air as the ultimate crop fertilizer? We haven't either, but researchers at the University of Nottingham have developed a technology—termed nitrogen

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MIT’s OpenFab Allows Designers to Make Cheaper, Flexible, Colored 3D Printed Objects

MIT’s OpenFab Allows Designers to Make Cheaper, Flexible, Colored 3D Printed Objects

MIT's OpenFab is a system designed to make 3d printing easier and cheaper - and it uses a new programming language to create flexible objects with varying materiality. Set to be launched at the end of the

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Aki Inomata’s Crystalline 3D Printed Hermit Crab Shells are Inspired by the World’s Architectural Wonders

Aki Inomata’s Crystalline 3D Printed Hermit Crab Shells are Inspired by the World’s Architectural Wonders

Inomata starting thinking about the transitory habits of hermit crabs and their shells when the French Embassy moved in Tokyo and its land transitioned from French to Japanese ownership and then back

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Could Dissolvable Electronics be the Answer to E-Waste Pollution?

Could Dissolvable Electronics be the Answer to E-Waste Pollution?

As technology rapidly progresses and consumers continue to hunger for the latest gadgets, an awful lot of out-dated cellphones and other e-waste is making its way into landfill. Researchers at the

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Norwegian Town Creates ‘Artificial Sun’ to Light Up Dark Winter Days

Norwegian Town Creates ‘Artificial Sun’ to Light Up Dark Winter Days

The small Norwegian town of Rjukan is getting its own artificial sun this month. Engineers are completing The Mirror Project—a system of three 300 square foot heliostatic mirrors that redirect winter

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Scientists Find That Nanoparticles from 3D Printers Can Be Harmful to Your Health

Scientists Find That Nanoparticles from 3D Printers Can Be Harmful to Your Health

3D printers can create amazing things, but new research show that they may have a dark side - at least when it comes to our health. Scientists found that the printing process involved in creating those

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MakerBot Announces Winners of the 3D-Printed Birdhouse Challenge

MakerBot Announces Winners of the 3D-Printed Birdhouse Challenge

Durwood’s classic bird bungalow took the MakerBot 20 hours of 3D printing time to lock in all the details of the suburban-style home. Using True White MakerBot PLA filament, the birdhouse has two

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INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about Fujisawa SST and what Panasonic is hoping to accomplish with this new endeavor? Mr. Ishio: From the business perspective, our Fujisawa Sustainable Smart

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NASA Creates a Robot that Mimics the Movements of Monkeys

NASA Creates a Robot that Mimics the Movements of Monkeys

From giant mechanical jellyfish and manta rays to birds, the field of robotics is quickly moving up the evolutionary chain. In response to DARPA's Robotics Challenge, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has

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Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eco-Aquaponic House is a Self-Sustaining Urban Farm

Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eco-Aquaponic House is a Self-Sustaining Urban Farm

Michael Jantzen’s Eco-Aquaponic House is a cylindrical steel structure that creates a self-sustaining environment for growing fish and plants - waste generated by the fish is used to fertilize the

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The iKnife Helps Surgeons Find Tumors by Sniffing Out Cancer

The iKnife Helps Surgeons Find Tumors by Sniffing Out Cancer

Removing cancerous tumors from a patient is a very precise science, and it can be very difficult for surgeons to determine where tumors begin and end. That's why chemist Zoltan Takats and his team of

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Air-Breathing SABRE Rocket Could Allow Aircrafts to Cruise at Five Times the Speed of Sound

Air-Breathing SABRE Rocket Could Allow Aircrafts to Cruise at Five Times the Speed of Sound

Reaction Engines, a UK-based company, has been given $90.6 million by the government to produce an air-breathing engine that, if successful, would allow aircraft to go directly into space and cruise at

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Elon Musk to Unveil Ultra High-Speed Hyperloop Train Plans by August 12

Elon Musk to Unveil Ultra High-Speed Hyperloop Train Plans by August 12

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX just announced plans to unveil the high-speed Hyperloop transportation system under an open source license by August 12th, 2013. The futuristic transportation

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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DIY: Beat the Heatwave by Making Your Own Air Conditioner

DIY: Beat the Heatwave by Making Your Own Air Conditioner

Martha and the Vandellas were on the right track -- heatwaves can definitely tear you apart. The current temperature in NYC has our "heads in a haze", and being as energy conscious as we are, we're torn

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Upcycle Goods Launches iPad Sleeves Made From Salvaged Treadmill Belts

Upcycle Goods Launches iPad Sleeves Made From Salvaged Treadmill Belts

These new Upcycle Goods Rubber Tread iPad Sleeves are handcrafted in Seattle, WA by local skilled artisans who really care about what they are making. The rubber tread is sourced from a local treadmill

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NASA’s Solar-Powered Polar Explorer Passes Sub-Zero Field Tests in Greenland

NASA’s Solar-Powered Polar Explorer Passes Sub-Zero Field Tests in Greenland

NASA's autonomous polar rover, the GROVER, has completed its initial tests in Greenland, coping with some of the harshest environments on the planet. GROVER, which stands for both Greenland Rover and

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Solar-Powered OnBeat Headphones Charge Your Phone as You Listen to Music

Solar-Powered OnBeat Headphones Charge Your Phone as You Listen to Music

Listening to music can be a drain on your smartphone or iPod battery, and stopping to charge up restricts your mobility. But with the OnBeat solar headphones, you can listen to music and watch videos on

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3D-Printed SLR Camera Can Be Made For Just $30

3D-Printed SLR Camera Can Be Made For Just $30

Ever find yourself longing for your old analog 35mm SLR camera? If you own or have access to a 3D printer, you have the ability to make one for $30 thanks to the OpenReflex Camera project by Leo Marius.

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Ohita: A Wearable, Portable Air Filter for City-Dwellers

Ohita: A Wearable, Portable Air Filter for City-Dwellers

It's pretty easy to control the air quality in your home; you can open the window, turn on a fan, or even invest in an air filter. But in public places it isn't so easy. Enter the Ohita, a portable air

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Rolling Rosphere Robot Can Travel Over Virtually Any Terrain

Rolling Rosphere Robot Can Travel Over Virtually Any Terrain

A team at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Spain has designed and developed a rolling spherical robot that could be used in a wide range of outdoor applications - including farming. The 

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Scientists Create Technology that Could Lead to Lifelike Artificial Skin

Scientists Create Technology that Could Lead to Lifelike Artificial Skin

Photo via Shutterstock Bionic ears and eyes are already a reality, and with the strides made by a team of scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology led by Professor Hossam Haick,

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