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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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The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

Image via Shutterstock Like too many fruit flies in a bottle, there are now so many humans on this finite planet that we are changing our environment to be less favorable for a comfortable and enduring

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Pirate 3D’s New Buccaneer 3D Printer Will be Available for Just $347

Pirate 3D’s New Buccaneer 3D Printer Will be Available for Just $347

Right now, the cost of a desktop 3D printer is out of reach for many consumers, which prevents the technology from reaching widespread saturation. But for those waiting on the sidelines for 3D printers

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Greenbean Recycling Gives E-Cash Rewards Through Its Reverse Vending Machines

Greenbean Recycling Gives E-Cash Rewards Through Its Reverse Vending Machines

It is easy to see the impact recycling can make on the environment and your bank account after unloading several large bags of bottles and cans at a center. Yet it is much more difficult to observe what

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Engineers Build Robotic Carp That Can Dive and Turn Like a Real Fish

Engineers Build Robotic Carp That Can Dive and Turn Like a Real Fish

From mechanical manta rays to giant robo jellyfish, the marine world is well represented in the field of robotics. While many autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) take advantage of energy-efficient

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Sign Up to Help Capture Images of Remote Places with the Google Trekker Backpack

Sign Up to Help Capture Images of Remote Places with the Google Trekker Backpack

Google is calling on trekkers to help create street views of hidden corners of the world. Amateur explorers can now sign up to add their own contribution to Google Street View, with the Google Trekker

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Buttercup the Duck Receives New 3D-Printed Foot

Buttercup the Duck Receives New 3D-Printed Foot

Humans aren’t the only ones benefitting from 3D printed prosthetics. Buttercup is a fluffy duck who was born with a backwards foot, causing her to hobble around the other ducks. Thanks to 3D printing,

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Chinese Wind Turbine Manufacturer Sinovel Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets From US Clean Energy Company

Chinese Wind Turbine Manufacturer Sinovel Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets From US Clean Energy Company

US-based American Superconductor (AMSC) recently accused Sinovel Wind Group - one of China's biggest wind turbine manufacturers - of stealing trade secrets. AMSC claims the stolen software was used in

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged - all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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Solar-Powered SunnyBot Directs 7000 Lumens of Daylight Into Your Home

Solar-Powered SunnyBot Directs 7000 Lumens of Daylight Into Your Home

What if you could have sunlight in every room in your home, regardless of its orientation? Solenica, a manufacturer of heliostats, made the SunnyBot robot to focus the sun’s rays and redirect them

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Spanish Town Become World’s First to Run its Vehicles on Sewage

Spanish Town Become World’s First to Run its Vehicles on Sewage

Photo via Shutterstock Say you're a small town looking to add some green energy options to your city. You could invest in good old wind or solar power, or in the case of one Spanish town, you could

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Honda Develops New Robot to Survey Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Honda Develops New Robot to Survey Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Late last year, electronics company Hitachi unveiled a large, 2.5-ton robot to help clean up the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was damaged in the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Now Honda has

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German Researchers Create a Robo-Ape for Work in Space

German Researchers Create a Robo-Ape for Work in Space

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence has created a robotic system based on an ape that aims to improve the locomotion and mobility characteristics of robots. It is the latest

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German Scientists Create Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge an Electric Car for 27 Years

German Scientists Create Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge an Electric Car for 27 Years

Scientists at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemburg (ZSW) have developed one of the most efficient lithium-ion batteries yet. The super li-on batteries herald a bright future

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Incredible Spray That Makes Anything Totally Waterproof is (Finally!) Available

Incredible Spray That Makes Anything Totally Waterproof is (Finally!) Available

Say goodbye to water damaged phones and soggy shoes - Rust-Oleum just launched NeverWet, an amazing product that can waterproof nearly any surface or object. The ultra-hydrophobic spray coating was

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Synth[e]tech[e]cology Pollution-Harvesting Skyscraper Extracts Carbon From Petrol Fumes To Make Biofuel

Synth[e]tech[e]cology Pollution-Harvesting Skyscraper Extracts Carbon From Petrol Fumes To Make Biofuel

Synth[e]tech[e]cology was Lee’s diploma project at Royal College of Art in London, for which he won the Student Prize for Architecture at the Academy’s Summer Exhibition. He conceived the project as

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Robo Raven Robot Can Flap its Wings Like a Real Bird

Robo Raven Robot Can Flap its Wings Like a Real Bird

Engineers have already managed to build robots that glide, run, and buzz. Now two professors from the University of Maryland Robotics Center have created a robot that is able to fly by flapping its wings

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Google Street View Goes to the Top of the Burj Khalifa

Google Street View Goes to the Top of the Burj Khalifa

Google Street View is a fantastic tool for travelers who need to find their way around a new location. It is also is an great way to explore the world's landmarks without having having to buy an expensive

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Biomimicry 3.8 Founder Janine Benyus Says Biomimicry is the Key to a Green 3D Printing Revolution

Biomimicry 3.8 Founder Janine Benyus Says Biomimicry is the Key to a Green 3D Printing Revolution

Sunflower photo from Shutterstock 3D printing is one of today's most exciting emerging technologies - few other developments have as much potential to shape the way we make things and the world as we

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Scientists Use Crab Shells to Make Better Lithium-Ion Batteries

Scientists Use Crab Shells to Make Better Lithium-Ion Batteries

If you can make a battery out of a piece of citrus, why not a crustacean? Scientists at Stanford University are taking a look at the nanostructure of crab shells to create better lithium-ion batteries.

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MIT Creates Cheap New Full-Color Hologram Technology

MIT Creates Cheap New Full-Color Hologram Technology

Full-color holograms were once just an imaginary mode of communication between rebel princesses and venerated Jedi masters. Daniel Smalley, a graduate student at MIT, has made the technology a reality

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Revolutionary Lightweight Carbon Fiber UltraRope Could Make Kilometer-High Elevators Possible

Revolutionary Lightweight Carbon Fiber UltraRope Could Make Kilometer-High Elevators Possible

Finnish elevator manufacturer KONE has just announced a new high-rise elevator technology that could enable elevators to travel heights up to 1 kilometer-twice the distance that is currently feasible.

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