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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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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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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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