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World’s Largest Wave Farm to be Built off the Coast of Scotland

World’s Largest Wave Farm to be Built off the Coast of Scotland

Scotland holds 10 percent of Europe's wave power potential, and the nation just announced plans to tap into that resource by building the world’s largest wave farm! Once constructed, the farm will

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Former EPA Head Lisa Jackson to Become Apple’s Lead Environmental Officer

Former EPA Head Lisa Jackson to Become Apple’s Lead Environmental Officer

After four years under the Obama administration as the head of the EPA, Lisa Jackson will begin a position at Apple as their lead environmental adviser. CEO Tim Cook announced the decision Tuesday at the

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Scientists Create World’s Tiniest Bunny Using New 3D Shaping Material

Scientists Create World’s Tiniest Bunny Using New 3D Shaping Material

Scientists in Japan recently used a promising new 3D printing material to create objects so small that they are the size as a single bacteria. The researchers were able print shapes that are measured in

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Stanford Engineers Create a Jumping and Gliding Robot Inspired by a Flying Fish

Stanford Engineers Create a Jumping and Gliding Robot Inspired by a Flying Fish

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to energy efficient dynamics, engineers know that gliding is the best way to move. From giant jellyfish to manta rays, researchers have already seen that minimal

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Intel’s New Haswell Chips Will Boost Laptop Battery Life by 50 Percent

Intel’s New Haswell Chips Will Boost Laptop Battery Life by 50 Percent

Photo via Shutterstock Laptop technology has come a long way in the past decade or so, but sales of mobile phones and tablets are leaving PCs in the dust. Part of that has to do with battery life;

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This Homemade Lightsaber Can Burn Through Wood

This Homemade Lightsaber Can Burn Through Wood

Star Wars fans of the world rejoice, because the dream of owning your own personal lightsaber just got one step closer to reality. This 300mW hand-held blue laser can burn through cardboard, wood or a

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Apple Announces Plans to Produce New Line of Macs in Texas

Apple Announces Plans to Produce New Line of Macs in Texas

Photo Via Shutterstock Apple just announced new details regarding its plans to produce its next line of Macs stateside. In a Senate hearing last week, Chief Exec Tim Cook said that Apple has invested

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Mataerial is an Anti-Gravity 3D Printer That Can Function in Space

Mataerial is an Anti-Gravity 3D Printer That Can Function in Space

Full color 3D printers not high-tech enough for you? How about one that can work in the anti-gravity conditions of space? Meet Mataerial, designed by Petr Novikov and Saša Jokić. Instead of extruding

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New DIY Glowing Plant Kits Let You Grow Bioluminescent Blooms at Home

New DIY Glowing Plant Kits Let You Grow Bioluminescent Blooms at Home

Recently Inhabitat wrote about the Glowing Plant Project, which uses the science of bioluminescence to light up a room using plants. The Kickstarter campaign, created by the team of bio-engineers behind

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Renewable Energy Could Be Stored in Facilities Deep Underground

Renewable Energy Could Be Stored in Facilities Deep Underground

Photo via Shutterstock A new study by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Bonneville Power Administration finds that two underground sites in the Pacific Northwest

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Scanadu Creates World’s First Star Trek-Style Medical Tricorder

Scanadu Creates World’s First Star Trek-Style Medical Tricorder

Scanadu, a startup based at the NASA Ames Research Center, has made the science-fiction of Star Trek a reality by creating a non-invasive tricorder that, within 10 seconds, can gather medical information

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Solar Impulse Departs for Dallas on Second Leg of Sun-Powered Flight Across America

Solar Impulse Departs for Dallas on Second Leg of Sun-Powered Flight Across America

This morning the Solar Impulse airplane embarked upon the next leg of its sun-powered journey across the United States. The solar-powered giant has already traveled from the San Francisco Bay Area to

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NASA Backs Star Trek-Style Replicator That Could 3D Print Pizza In Space!

NASA Backs Star Trek-Style Replicator That Could 3D Print Pizza In Space!

In preparation for Star Trek: Into Darkness, we have been rewatching all of the old Next Generation episodes. One of the series' most memorable moments is when a crew member casually walks over to a

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Eighteen-Year-Old Invents Device That Can Charge Your Cell Phone in 20 Seconds

Eighteen-Year-Old Invents Device That Can Charge Your Cell Phone in 20 Seconds

It's hard enough being tied to your cell phone without having to worry about getting the "Low Battery Icon of Death" right in the middle of an important task - and charging up via wall outlets takes

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Blackbody Shows Off Beautiful Life-Size OLED Trees at ICFF 2013

Blackbody Shows Off Beautiful Life-Size OLED Trees at ICFF 2013

Designed by world-renowned designer Aldo Cibic for Blackbody, "Blossom" is a large metallic light fixture that resembles a tree. Each "branch" is fitted with ultra flat (2 mm thickness), long-lasting,

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Romanian Teen Designs Autonomous Car System that Would Cost Just $4,000

Romanian Teen Designs Autonomous Car System that Would Cost Just $4,000

Many great minds at companies like Google and Tesla have been laboring towards creating a self-driving car system. Millions of dollars have gone into the research, resulting in expensive prototypes and

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Ventus: The Computer Game that Uses Crowd-Sourced Info to Map Global CO2 Emissions

Ventus: The Computer Game that Uses Crowd-Sourced Info to Map Global CO2 Emissions

While not everyone can become a full-time climate activist, it is still possible to contribute to the battle against global warming. Researchers from Arizona State University have created an online

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The Sugar Lab 3D Prints Sweet Geometric Sculptures From Sugar

The Sugar Lab 3D Prints Sweet Geometric Sculptures From Sugar

Founded by husband and wife team in Silver Lake, California, the Sugar Lab began as a novel way to produce a birthday cake for a friend that did not have to be baked in an oven. With a background in

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Klaus Lackner’s Artificial Trees Soak Up CO2 Emissions Faster Than Plants

Klaus Lackner’s Artificial Trees Soak Up CO2 Emissions Faster Than Plants

As news breaks that global carbon dioxide levels are at an all-time high, one scientist is developing "artificial trees" to help cleanse the air and reduce greenhouse gas pollution. Columbia

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Emerging Objects Creates Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Materials

Emerging Objects Creates Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Materials

These days, 3D printers can create just about anything - from human organs to deadly weapons. But one innovation we haven't previously seen in 3D printing? Printer filament made from of planet-friendly

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Can Technology Save the World?

Can Technology Save the World?

Can technology save the world? In short: No, not by itself. A sweeping set of changes in the way we interact with the planet is needed to stabilize our rapidly deteriorating biosphere and avert a bleak

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Researchers Use an Inkjet Printer to Create Electrically Conductive Paper

Researchers Use an Inkjet Printer to Create Electrically Conductive Paper

So far we've showcased paper artwork, robots and USB drives here on Inhabitat - and now researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam-Golm have utilized sheets of paper to

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SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

Many people around the world rely on cash crops to create extra income for their families. During the dry season, shallow wells and drought are challenges that reduce crop yield - and extra income. In

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Smithsonian Institution Starts 3D Scanning its Entire Collection

Smithsonian Institution Starts 3D Scanning its Entire Collection

Last year, the Smithsonian was one of the first American institutions to jump on the 3D printing bandwagon when they scanned and printed a Thomas Jefferson statue from Monitcello. The world-famous museum

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Glowing Plant Project Creates Bioluminescent Plants for Natural Lighting

Glowing Plant Project Creates Bioluminescent Plants for Natural Lighting

Why use a light bulb to illuminate your home when you could just fill it with glowing plants? That's the question asked by Antony Evans, the head of a team of bio-engineers in San Francisco, California.

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MIT and Harvard’s 3D-Printed Inchworm Robot Can Assemble Itself

MIT and Harvard’s 3D-Printed Inchworm Robot Can Assemble Itself

The first sure sign of a robot uprising will be when robots gain self-awareness and begin acting autonomously - and if this self-assembling robot is any indication, we're well on our way to the

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Google’s New Timelapse Shows How Much Our Planet Has Changed in Past 30 Years

Google’s New Timelapse Shows How Much Our Planet Has Changed in Past 30 Years

Google’s amazing new Timelapse may be the closest thing to a time machine that we’ve seen yet. Forget waiting for Doc to fix the time-traveling Delorean, Timelapse has the capability of showing some

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Earl: The World’s First Solar-Powered Backcountry Survival Tablet

Earl: The World’s First Solar-Powered Backcountry Survival Tablet

Out in the wilderness, there are few places to charge electronic devices. Those who are looking to slim down their packs and consolidate their GPS, maps, books, and radios into  one rugged machine may

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San Francisco Drops Law Mandating Radiation Warning Labels on Cell Phones

San Francisco Drops Law Mandating Radiation Warning Labels on Cell Phones

Photo via Shutterstock Citing high costs and extreme resistance from the mobile phone industry, San Francisco has dropped a law that would have required a radiation warning label to be placed on all

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State Department Steps in to Block Access to 3D-Printed Liberator Gun Blueprints

State Department Steps in to Block Access to 3D-Printed Liberator Gun Blueprints

It has only been a couple of days since the Liberator 3D-printed gun was successfully fired in Texas by Defense Distributed. But after the gun was downloaded over 100,000 times in just two days, the State

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