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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to botObjects Founders About ProDesk3D, The World’s First Full-Color 3D Printer

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to botObjects Founders About ProDesk3D, The World’s First Full-Color 3D Printer

Just over a month ago, we showcased a product with the potential to revolutionize the still-new 3D printing industry: the ProDesk3D by botObjects. Hailed as the world's first full-color 3D printer, the

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MakerBot Acquired by 3D Printing Company Stratasys in $403 Million Stock Deal

MakerBot Acquired by 3D Printing Company Stratasys in $403 Million Stock Deal

Desktop 3D printing is about to get very popular thanks to a new merger between leading 3D printing company MakerBot and Israeli 3D printer and additive manufacturer Stratasys. MakerBot, which recently

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Scientists 3D Print a Tiny Lithium-Ion Battery the Size of a Grain of Sand

Scientists 3D Print a Tiny Lithium-Ion Battery the Size of a Grain of Sand

As technology advances, gadgets and gizmos are becoming smaller and smaller. From medical devices to bee-sized robots, developments in engineering have made for incredibly tiny electronics. To accommodate

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16-Year-Old Develops a New Way to Turn Algae into Fuel

16-Year-Old Develops a New Way to Turn Algae into Fuel

While other 16-year-olds were watching TV and hanging out with their friends, St. Petersburg, Florida-native Evie Sobczak was hard at work in her garage developing a device that turns algae into

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The Hand Tree is a Bracelet That Purifies Polluted Air

The Hand Tree is a Bracelet That Purifies Polluted Air

As the human race continues to expand and urbanize, air pollution is becoming a serious, pressing issue - in major cities such as Beijing and Tehran you can literally see the problem before your eyes.

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EU Approves the Use of Laser “Tattoos” on Fruit as Replacement for Sticky Labels

EU Approves the Use of Laser “Tattoos” on Fruit as Replacement for Sticky Labels

Sticky fruit labels may soon be things of the past thanks to a new EU ruling that allows grocers and retailers to make laser marks on the skin of citrus fruit, melons and pomegranates. Laser branding,

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The Fairphone is an Openly-Designed Conflict-Free Smartphone

The Fairphone is an Openly-Designed Conflict-Free Smartphone

Buying a mobile device these days can feel like signing a pact with the devil - and to make matters worse, it's difficult to determine where the parts were sourced and assembled and whether they were

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Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet

Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet

People have been turning to nature for inspiration to help them solve problems for millions of years. From buildings and bridges to materials and medicine - examining the design of nature has aided in the

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MIT Scientists Create 3D-Printed Artificial Bone

MIT Scientists Create 3D-Printed Artificial Bone

Scientists at MIT have figured out a way to produce a 3D-printed artificial bone that is just as lightweight and durable as the real thing. By analyzing the structural patterns found in natural bone and

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SkinVision App Turns Your Smartphone Into a Skin Cancer Scanner

SkinVision App Turns Your Smartphone Into a Skin Cancer Scanner

SkinVision is a unique mobile app that uses your smartphone's camera to detect skin cancer and keep track of the health of your skin. The app takes into account skin type and your local UV index, and it

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Project Loon: Google Launches Solar Powered Balloons to Bring the Internet to Off-Grid Areas

Project Loon: Google Launches Solar Powered Balloons to Bring the Internet to Off-Grid Areas

The furthest corners of the globe may soon have a viable internet connection, thanks to Google's newly launched Project Loon. The project plans to deploy fleets of solar-powered balloons to bring the

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Dewar’s Teams up With 80,000 Bees to Create a 3D Bottle Out of Honeycomb

Dewar’s Teams up With 80,000 Bees to Create a 3D Bottle Out of Honeycomb

3D printing has yielded some amazing products, like robohands and prosthetic legs, but now Dewar’s has discovered a whole new way to print in 3D. The whiskey maker recently enlisted the services of

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Swiss Scientists Create “Cheetah-Cub” Robot that Moves Like a Cat

Swiss Scientists Create “Cheetah-Cub” Robot that Moves Like a Cat

Since the time of the ancient Egyptians all the way up to modern Internet memes, human beings have long been fascinated with cats. Researchers from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in

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Product Review: The BioLite Campstove Charges Your Gadgets as You Cook a Meal

Product Review: The BioLite Campstove Charges Your Gadgets as You Cook a Meal

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer For starters, the BioLite Campstove is remarkably easy to use. I've used several types of gas and wood-burning stoves before, and the BioLite is about as user-friendly as

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Anders Stai Fougner Creates Rectangular Headphones Made from Wood

Anders Stai Fougner Creates Rectangular Headphones Made from Wood

Created by Anders Stai Fougner, a 19-year old student from Oslo, Norway, these cool-looking headphones boast a rectangular shape that makes them stand out amongst the bunch of boring earbuds and

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McCamley’s Solar Wind Turbine Generates Energy From the Wind and Sun

McCamley’s Solar Wind Turbine Generates Energy From the Wind and Sun

Like peanut butter and jelly or chips and dip, some things were just meant to go together. A team from the University of Bath in collaboration with SME McCamley Middle East Ltd has developed a new wind

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UC San Diego Develops a Firefighting Robot Capable of Creating 3D Images

UC San Diego Develops a Firefighting Robot Capable of Creating 3D Images

Summer is here, and for many parts of the western United States that means fire season has officially begun. Scores of firefighters have already been battling blazes across the country. First responders

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The ecoATM Lets You Recycle Your Electronics for Cash on the Spot

The ecoATM Lets You Recycle Your Electronics for Cash on the Spot

Taking stock of your belongings, you will undoubtedly come across a hodge-podge of old or broken electronics that need to be recycled. Determining where or how to safely dispose of devices can take a

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The INLET Wall Socket Conserves Energy While Increasing Child Safety

The INLET Wall Socket Conserves Energy While Increasing Child Safety

Since its invention, the standard electrical outlet has changed little in function or appearance. The INLET by LivingPlug seeks to not only change the aesthetics of the standard wall socket, but to

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Corning’s Gorilla Glass Could Make Cars Lighter and More Fuel Efficient

Corning’s Gorilla Glass Could Make Cars Lighter and More Fuel Efficient

Corning's Gorilla Glass is used in the screens of about 1.5 billion mobile devices around the world -- you might even be reading these words on a device made from the material. It's scratch resistant,

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All-Solid Lithium Sulfur Battery Stores Four Times as Much Energy as Lithium Ion Batteries

All-Solid Lithium Sulfur Battery Stores Four Times as Much Energy as Lithium Ion Batteries

Researchers at the DoE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a lithium sulfur battery that is not only cheaper and safer than lithium ion batteries, but it can store four times as much

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Poduhvat’s Contra-Rotating Wind Turbines Could Produce 5 Times More Power

Poduhvat’s Contra-Rotating Wind Turbines Could Produce 5 Times More Power

London-based manufacturer Poduhvat has developed a wind turbine which they claim can produce five times more energy than traditional wind turbines with the same rotor size. The contra-rotating Whetar

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HYREL Creates a 3D Play-Doh Printer for Kids!

HYREL Creates a 3D Play-Doh Printer for Kids!

Kids can now 3D print their own creations using HYREL's 3D Play-Doh printer. Dubbed the Emulsifiable Extruder (EM01), this amped up extruder brings molding fun to the next level. Little ones can print

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Apple Pie Launches Recycled Cardboard iPad Case

Apple Pie Launches Recycled Cardboard iPad Case

Apple Pie's iPad Case is made entirely from recycled cardboard in the USA and it fits 2nd generation iPads or later. The iPad case is available in packs of 3 that cost $17, and the design has been

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Living Biofilters Could Use Bacteria to Help Manage Methane Emissions

Living Biofilters Could Use Bacteria to Help Manage Methane Emissions

Photo via Shutterstock Just ask any dairy farmer, climate scientist, or landfill site director about methane emissions, and they will tell you they are a serious challenge to manage. Methane is about

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Google’s New Finnish Data Center to be Powered Entirely by Wind Energy

Google’s New Finnish Data Center to be Powered Entirely by Wind Energy

Photo via Shutterstock Google just announced that its new Finnish data center will be powered entirely by wind energy. The company is no stranger to renewable energy, and it struck up a ten year deal

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World’s First Thought-Controlled Helicopter Passes Obstacle Course with Flying Colors

World’s First Thought-Controlled Helicopter Passes Obstacle Course with Flying Colors

We have seen thought-controlled bionic legs and an object 3D-printed using brain waves, but now researchers have developed the world's first remote-controlled helicopter that is powered entirely by human

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Shapeways Debuts a New Flexible 3D Printing Material

Shapeways Debuts a New Flexible 3D Printing Material

3D printing technology just added a little spring to its step with a new maker material called "Elasto Plastic," an off-white flexible polymer made by Shapeways. The substance sports a grainy texture

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Google and Motorola Team Up to Build the First Smartphone Made in the USA

Google and Motorola Team Up to Build the First Smartphone Made in the USA

Due to investigations into working conditions at manufacturing companies such as Foxconn, smartphone producers have been under pressure to provide products without sacrificing human health or basic

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MIT Creates Cloud-Like Silk Pavilion With the Help of 6,500 Silkworms!

MIT Creates Cloud-Like Silk Pavilion With the Help of 6,500 Silkworms!

A CNC machine created a series of polygonal panels to start the pavilion. The algorithm used by the CNC machine was based on the natural spinning patterns of silkworms. Once the dome’s shape was set, an

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