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GE’s HDlive 3D Ultrasound Reveals Super-Realistic Images of Baby in Utero

GE’s HDlive 3D Ultrasound Reveals Super-Realistic Images of Baby in Utero

If you've ever seen a standard ultrasound, you've probably feigned an understanding of what you were looking at. Those grainy, blurry, black and white images could very soon be a thing of the past with

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New Tiny Lithium Ion Battery is 2,000x More Powerful and Can Charge 1,000x Faster

New Tiny Lithium Ion Battery is 2,000x More Powerful and Can Charge 1,000x Faster

With lithium ion batteries, it used to be that you would have to choose between power and storage capacity. But researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have proven that it is

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Hybrid Energy Harvester Uses Both Sunlight and Vibrations to Generate Electricity

Hybrid Energy Harvester Uses Both Sunlight and Vibrations to Generate Electricity

Why just harness light or vibration individually when you can use both to create electricity? Making sure to fully exploit both sun and sound simultaneously, researchers from Sungkyunkwan University and

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Coral Reef-Saving Coralbots Take a Step Closer to Reality

Coral Reef-Saving Coralbots Take a Step Closer to Reality

Last year we reported on Heriot-Watt University's Coralbot project, which aims to deploy swarms of intelligent robots to help rebuild coral reefs around the world. Now the Coralbots' makers have turned to

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All-Electric SportStar EPOS Plane Takes First Flight

All-Electric SportStar EPOS Plane Takes First Flight

As electric vehicles claim an increasing share of the road, their counterparts in the air are just starting to take off. On March 28, the SportStar EPOS two-seater electric plane made its first 30-minute

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Tiny Tin Nanocrystals Help Form the Lithium-Ion Battery of the Future

Tiny Tin Nanocrystals Help Form the Lithium-Ion Battery of the Future

From cell phones to electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries are the power pack of choice. They are capable of keeping large amounts of energy in a small space with relatively little weight, making them

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Energetic Energies: Panasonic and Akihisa Hirata Unveil Solar-Powered Cityscape at Milan Design Week

Energetic Energies: Panasonic and Akihisa Hirata Unveil Solar-Powered Cityscape at Milan Design Week

The "Energetic Energies" installation continues to reexamine the way solar panels are deployed, drawing from last year's "Photosynthesis" exhibit, also designed in collaboration between Panasonic and

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J.C. Karich’s 3D-Printed Headphones Are Music to Our Ears

J.C. Karich’s 3D-Printed Headphones Are Music to Our Ears

If you've always had trouble finding the perfect pair of headphones, this new 3D-printed iteration just might be music to your ears. Made with just a few simple elements, they combine 3D-printed parts

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TLED Bulb: Philips Unveils World’s Most Efficient Warm-Glowing LED

TLED Bulb: Philips Unveils World’s Most Efficient Warm-Glowing LED

Philips has just unveiled the world's most energy-efficient LED bulb. The TLED bulb, still in the prototype stage, is based on tube lighting technology and provides a warmer glow than conventional LEDs.

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Hear What Leading Automotive Designers and Architects Had to Say at Our ‘Design with a Conscience’ Webcast!

Hear What Leading Automotive Designers and Architects Had to Say at Our ‘Design with a Conscience’ Webcast!

Hey Inhabitat readers! In case you missed it, we just wrapped up our broadcast of the Design with a Conscience conference in San Francisco, CA! We teamed up with Ford Motor Company and the American

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Spent Nuclear Fuel Could Be Used to Sterilize Medical Products and Foods

Spent Nuclear Fuel Could Be Used to Sterilize Medical Products and Foods

Photo via Shutterstock For decades, engineers have been looking for something to do with spent nuclear waste other than letting it just sit in a repository. There are 104 nuclear reactors in the

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FabCafe Lets You 3D-Print a Gummy Version of Yourself

FabCafe Lets You 3D-Print a Gummy Version of Yourself

Gummies aren’t just for bears and worms anymore. Tokyo's FabCafe in Shibuya recently offered nine lucky customers the chance to create a 3D-printed gummy version of themselves! Using the café’s 3D

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Ocean Cleanup Array Turns to Crowd Funding to Raise $80K For Feasibility Study

Ocean Cleanup Array Turns to Crowd Funding to Raise $80K For Feasibility Study

Inhabitat recently reported on 19-year-old Boyan Slat's proposed Ocean Cleanup Array, which the designer believes could potentially remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic from the world's oceans. The project

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MIT Developing Ionic Wind Thrusters as Efficient Alternative to Jet Engines

MIT Developing Ionic Wind Thrusters as Efficient Alternative to Jet Engines

Ion thruster photo from NASA A team from MIT is working on developing ionic wind thrusters as an energy-efficient, low-emission alternative to conventional propulsion technologies like jet engines.

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PowerWINDow: New Bird-Safe Turbine Can Generate Clean, Quiet, Affordable Wind Power in Cities

PowerWINDow: New Bird-Safe Turbine Can Generate Clean, Quiet, Affordable Wind Power in Cities

Wind turbines offer a great way to generate clean power, but they doesn’t exactly work in a city. So Professor Farzad Safaei, Director of the University of Wollongong’s ICT Research Institute, decided

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Wave Glider SV3: Liquid Robotics Unveils Faster, More Powerful Wave and Solar-Powered Robot

Wave Glider SV3: Liquid Robotics Unveils Faster, More Powerful Wave and Solar-Powered Robot

We’ve been following Liquid Robotics’ solar and wave-powered robot here at Inhabitat for some time as it's gone from tracking great white sharks and hurricanes to making a record-breaking trip across

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Researchers Design Synthetic Trees to Produce Algal Biofuels and Water

Researchers Design Synthetic Trees to Produce Algal Biofuels and Water

In the global effort to wean ourselves from fossil fuels, scientists have been looking towards algal biofuels as renewable sources of energy. Microalgae is capable of using sunlight and carbon dioxide to

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Scientists Engineer Algae to Make Nanocellulose for Biofuel and Supermaterials

Scientists Engineer Algae to Make Nanocellulose for Biofuel and Supermaterials

If you like vinegar, kombucha, durable textiles, and also enjoy driving your car, then welcome to the future of biofuels and supermaterials! Dr. R. Malcom Brown Jr. has pioneered research that uses

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Researchers Find Way to Extract Hydrogen from Any Plant in Potential Breakthrough for Fuel Cells

Researchers Find Way to Extract Hydrogen from Any Plant in Potential Breakthrough for Fuel Cells

In a breakthrough that could be a game-changer for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, researchers at Virginia Tech have discovered a way to extract large amounts of hydrogen from any plant. Current methods of

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Scientists Set 18.7% Efficiency Record for Black Silicon Solar Cells

Scientists Set 18.7% Efficiency Record for Black Silicon Solar Cells

Researchers are racing to develop black silicon solar cells with higher and higher efficiencies - and Aalto University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) just took the lead

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Video: DIY Dynamic Bike Headlight Projects Your Speed in Front of You

Video: DIY Dynamic Bike Headlight Projects Your Speed in Front of You

Ever wonder how hard you are cranking it on your bike? Matt Richardson knows exactly how fast he is going with his Raspberry Pi Dynamic Headlight that projects his speed in front of him. His prototype

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Scientists Successfully 3D Print the Skeleton of a Live Animal

Scientists Successfully 3D Print the Skeleton of a Live Animal

3D printing is already capable of fabricating a beak for an injured bald eagle and three-quarters of a prosthetic human skull. Now, scientists at the University of Notre Dame have successfully recreated

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Man Given Second Chance at Life Thanks to 3D-Printed Prosthetic Face

Man Given Second Chance at Life Thanks to 3D-Printed Prosthetic Face

Image courtesy of Geoff Pugh The extraordinary development of 3D printing technology has given one British man his life back.  Thanks to the incredible advancements of 3D printing in the medical

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Matterform’s Desktop 3D Scanner is Cheaper than a Tablet

Matterform’s Desktop 3D Scanner is Cheaper than a Tablet

Tech lovers have already been 3D printing everything from ornaments to their own faces with small desktop 3D printers. But now the technology is even more accessible, as low-cost 3D scanners make their

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Scientists Create Robot Ants That Imitate Colony Behavior and Navigate Mazes

Scientists Create Robot Ants That Imitate Colony Behavior and Navigate Mazes

Scientists from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Research Center on Animal Cognition have used robot technology to shed light on how ants forage and navigate. By creating sugar cube-sized

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TU Delft and Mecanoo Unveil New Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine Design

TU Delft and Mecanoo Unveil New Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine Design

Researchers at TU Delft recently teamed up with Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo to design a bird-friendly wind turbine that can transform wind energy into electricity without any mechanical moving parts.

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Signal Creates the World’s First 3D Printed Snowboard

Signal Creates the World’s First 3D Printed Snowboard

We've seen 3D printers fabricate vehicles ready to for the open road - and now California-based Signal Snowboards has shown that printers can produce quality boards for the slopes! Working with GROWit 3D,

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Scientists Create World’s First 3D-Printed 3D Printer!

Scientists Create World’s First 3D-Printed 3D Printer!

Researchers at Germany's Doppelbock University just opened the door to the future of rapid prototyping technology by developing the world's first 3D-printed 3D printer! Dubbed the Ecophage, the

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China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars

China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars

As an extension of China's $16 billion plan to combat air pollution in its cities, today the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced an ambitious plan to export the nation's emissions to

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iDrive: Apple Releases New Device That Will Turn Any Car into a Driverless Vehicle

iDrive: Apple Releases New Device That Will Turn Any Car into a Driverless Vehicle

Many of us thought Google had the market cornered when it came to driverless cars, but Apple made a shocking announcement today with news that they would be releasing a new device and app that can

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