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Scientists in Uruguay Genetically Engineer Sheep to Glow Under UV Light

Scientists in Uruguay Genetically Engineer Sheep to Glow Under UV Light

When you can't sleep and need to count sheep to drift off, try wrapping your brain one of these eerie glowing lambs from South America. Scientists from the Animal Reproduction Institute of Uruguay (IRAUy)

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Virgin Galactic’s First Rocket-Powered Flight Breaks Speed Of Sound

Virgin Galactic’s First Rocket-Powered Flight Breaks Speed Of Sound

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic - the world’s first commercial spaceline - just announced that its SpaceShipTwo (SS2) successfully conducted its first rocket-powered flight. The test, which saw

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Myo is a Wearable Computer that Converts Movement into Digital Commands

Myo is a Wearable Computer that Converts Movement into Digital Commands

  From genetically-engineered glowing plants and 3D-printed food, it often seems that our technological reality had finally entered the realm of science fiction. But the way we interact with our

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BotObjects Unveils the World’s First Full-Color Desktop 3D Printer

BotObjects Unveils the World’s First Full-Color Desktop 3D Printer

BotObjects just unveiled the world's first full-color desktop 3D printer - the ProDesk3D. Instead of producing monochromatic objects with a single piece of filament, the new ProDesk3D allows designers to

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16-Year-Old Creates Cancer-Killing Nanoparticle Bullet

16-Year-Old Creates Cancer-Killing Nanoparticle Bullet

In the battle to beat cancer, everyone is looking the elusive silver bullet. In this case, the bullet may actually be made of gold, and it has been developed by a 16-year-old. Indian-born Arjun Nair has

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SUPRAPOWER: European Union Developing Next-Gen Superconductor Wind Turbines

SUPRAPOWER: European Union Developing Next-Gen Superconductor Wind Turbines

Today's wind turbines are big and heavy, which makes them costly to build and maintain - especially when they are installed offshore. To make turbines more efficient, the European Union just launched

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Helical Robotics Introduces Climbing Robots for Wind Turbine Inspection

Helical Robotics Introduces Climbing Robots for Wind Turbine Inspection

Inspecting wind turbines is not for the faint of heart. Some of the largest wind turbines possess rotating blades that are hundreds of feet in length suspended at dizzying heights, and getting up close to

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Droning for the Planet: How Conservationists Use Drones to Protect the Earth

Droning for the Planet: How Conservationists Use Drones to Protect the Earth

Photo by Conservation Drones Rhinoceros photo from Shutterstock Twenty years ago I had a tsetse fly-filled conversation with some hardened and battle-scarred rangers about how to count rhinos in the

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IBM Solar Collector Harnesses the Power of 2,000 Suns

IBM Solar Collector Harnesses the Power of 2,000 Suns

A team of IBM researchers is working on a solar concentrating dish that will be able to collect 80% of incoming sunlight and convert it to useful energy. The High Concentration Photovoltaic Thermal system

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SolarWorld and PC-AERO Unveil Two New Solar-Powered Airplanes

SolarWorld and PC-AERO Unveil Two New Solar-Powered Airplanes

SolarWorld and PC-Aero just announced plans to launch two new solar-powered electric aircraft at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany this month. The show, scheduled to

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New Ultra-Light Nanotube Aerogels Could Clean Up Oil Spills

New Ultra-Light Nanotube Aerogels Could Clean Up Oil Spills

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have created low-density, super-strong aerogels made of carbon nanotubes that could be key to cleaning up oil spills. The new material is lighter than air but

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Virgina Tech Researchers Create Food from Non-Edible Plant Cellulose

Virgina Tech Researchers Create Food from Non-Edible Plant Cellulose

Few people turn to a tree branch or corn husk for a meal, and for good reason. The cellulose found in the cell walls of plants is enormously difficult for the human digestive system to break down. The

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LG is Developing a Waterless Washing Machine

LG is Developing a Waterless Washing Machine

LG is rumored to be creating a washing machine that doesn’t use water. Reports indicate that the South Korean firm plans to focus on next-generation smart appliances next year, and it's

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Student-Designed Chaac Ha Water Collector Can Harvest 2.5 Liters of Drinking Water from Dew Each Night

Student-Designed Chaac Ha Water Collector Can Harvest 2.5 Liters of Drinking Water from Dew Each Night

World Water Day may have come and gone, but the importance of preserving water remains. There are some amazingly innovative ways to harvest water out there, like this award-winning Chaac Ha Water

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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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