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Dr. Baile Zhang Unveils Light-Bending ‘Invisibility Cloak’ at TED 2013

Dr. Baile Zhang Unveils Light-Bending ‘Invisibility Cloak’ at TED 2013

Dr. Baile Zhang, an assistant physics professor at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has created a small, box-like “invisibility cloak” that uses optic crystals to bend light.

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Chinese Scientists Create Ultra Light, Low-Cost Carbon Nanotube Aerogels from Bacteria

Chinese Scientists Create Ultra Light, Low-Cost Carbon Nanotube Aerogels from Bacteria

Scientists at the Univeristy of Science and Technology of China have developed an environmentally friendly method of creating carbon nanotube aerogels. The ultra light, fire-resistant material is made

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Stretchable Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Power Devices Inside the Human Body

Stretchable Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Power Devices Inside the Human Body

Embedded electronic implants have long been confined to the realm of science fiction, but the development of a new stretchable battery could soon make them a reality. A pair of scientists have developed

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UK Scientists Launch the World’s First Smartphone-Powered Satellite

UK Scientists Launch the World’s First Smartphone-Powered Satellite

This week the world's first smartphone-powered satellite was successfully launched into orbit. STRaND-1 went into space aboard the Indian Space Research Organization’s Polar Satellite Launch

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Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

There is a good reason why Argentina's flag sports a shining sun. At present, Argentina only produces about 10MW of solar power, but that figure is soon about to receive a giant boost as the country plans

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Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Photo via Shutterstock As we begin to see the devastating effects of plastic pollution on our environment, scientists are working towards generating more eco-friendly alternatives to petroleum-based

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Ohio Researchers Unveil Emissions-Free Method of Extracting Energy from Coal

Ohio Researchers Unveil Emissions-Free Method of Extracting Energy from Coal

Researchers at Ohio State University have discovered a new way to extract energy from coal while preventing 99 percent of the carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. The technique, called

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New ‘Nano Shish Kebab’ Semiconductor Could Lead to Greater Solar Cell Efficiency

New ‘Nano Shish Kebab’ Semiconductor Could Lead to Greater Solar Cell Efficiency

Researchers at North Carolina State University just made a nano shish kebab out of germanium sulfide (GeS) crystals - but it's not for the world's smallest barbecue. Instead, the first-of-its-kind

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Four Nigerian Girls Create Pee-Powered Energy Generator

Four Nigerian Girls Create Pee-Powered Energy Generator

Four Nigerian teen girls have wowed visitors to Maker Faire Africa by creating a generator that is powered with pee. Using a resource that everyone has, the girls developed a generator that produces

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3D Printed Mechanical Muscle Has a Heartbeat Powered by Yeast

3D Printed Mechanical Muscle Has a Heartbeat Powered by Yeast

If the Tin Man were looking for a modern heart instead of an oversized pocket watch, it might look a little something like this. Scientists at the University of West England in Bristol have fabricated a

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Scientists Develop Self-Healing Protective Coating for Concrete

Scientists Develop Self-Healing Protective Coating for Concrete

Photo via Shutterstock Cracks are a road's worst enemy. Once a crack forms, water is able to enter the paved surface, and when it expands and contracts with changes in temperature it destroys the road.

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3Doodler: World’s First ’3D-Printing Pen’ Lets You Draw Designs in Thin Air!

3Doodler: World’s First ’3D-Printing Pen’ Lets You Draw Designs in Thin Air!

Desktop 3D printing technology has allowed builders to take control of their projects with an astonishing degree of precision. For those who want a little more manual control and and a smaller price

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Teenage Scientists Working on Turning Mosquitos Into ‘Flying Syringes’ to Deliver Vaccines

Teenage Scientists Working on Turning Mosquitos Into ‘Flying Syringes’ to Deliver Vaccines

A team of teenagers interested in biotechnology is working on turning mosquitos into “flying syringes” to deliver vaccines to humans. The students are working in part with Provita

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Bottle Charger Turns a Plastic Bottle into an Off-Grid Cell Phone Charger

Bottle Charger Turns a Plastic Bottle into an Off-Grid Cell Phone Charger

A group of designers in Nairobi, Kenya have created a way to charge your cell phone with green energy while recycling a plastic bottle! The Bottle Charger transforms any used plastic soda or water bottle

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World’s First Bionic Hand With a Sense of Touch is Set to Be Transplanted

World’s First Bionic Hand With a Sense of Touch is Set to Be Transplanted

An anonymous man in his 20s who lives in Rome will soon receive a new hand, and for the first time in the world his bionic hand will be able to feel the things that it touches. The hand will be wired to

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Epiphany’s onEPuck Charges Your Cell Phone With Your Morning Coffee

Epiphany’s onEPuck Charges Your Cell Phone With Your Morning Coffee

Your morning cup of coffee may power you through your busy work day, but what if it could also power up your cell phone? The Epiphany onEPuck is an incredible phone charger that siphons energy from

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MIT Scientists Engineer Yeast Cells to Produce More Efficient Biofuels

MIT Scientists Engineer Yeast Cells to Produce More Efficient Biofuels

In the hunt to replace petroleum, scientists are looking for more efficient ways to produce biofuels from organisms. A team of researchers at MIT have engineered yeast to manufacture the heavy alcohol

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Dutch Biotech Firm to Make Car Tires From Hybrid Dandelions

Dutch Biotech Firm to Make Car Tires From Hybrid Dandelions

You see them popping up in your garden, and soon the dandelion may also parked in your driveway. Dutch biotech firm KeyGene has plans to use the latex found in dandelion roots to create a new material for

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FDA Approves World’s First Bionic Eye: The Second Sight Argus II

FDA Approves World’s First Bionic Eye: The Second Sight Argus II

The FDA just gave official approval to the world's first bionic eye! Developed by Second Sight Medical Products, the Argus II is a bionic eye that bypasses damaged rods and cones in the retina. A

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Envision Plans to Install 2,300 Rotating Solar Tree Car Shelters in South Carolina

Envision Plans to Install 2,300 Rotating Solar Tree Car Shelters in South Carolina

In the United States, we have paved over 160 billion square feet of land simply to provide places to park cars. Recognizing these asphalt areas as opportune places for energy generation, California-based

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13-Year-Old Maker Uses Weather Balloon to Send Hello Kitty Into Space

13-Year-Old Maker Uses Weather Balloon to Send Hello Kitty Into Space

Pencil boxes, t-shirts, jewelry, stationary—Hello Kitty seems to be everywhere on earth. Thanks to seventh grader Lauren Rojas' science project for Cornerstone Christian School in Antioch, California,

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RobotCar: UK Engineers Create an Affordable Autonomous Driving System

RobotCar: UK Engineers Create an Affordable Autonomous Driving System

The future of driving may not involve driving at all. As more auto manufacturers throw their hats in the autonomous vehicle ring, the self-driving cars of science fiction are beginning to look like a very

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Scientists Create the World’s Tiniest Valentine Out of Carbon Nanotubes!

Scientists Create the World’s Tiniest Valentine Out of Carbon Nanotubes!

Scientists at Brigham Young University (BYU) have used nanotechnology to make the world’s smallest Cupid for Valentine’s Day! The teeny cupid is made from carbon nanotubes coated with metals and other

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New Lithium-Ion Battery Holds Three Times More Energy and Recharges in Just 10 Minutes

New Lithium-Ion Battery Holds Three Times More Energy and Recharges in Just 10 Minutes

Photo via Shutterstock Researchers at the University of Southern California have developed a new lithium-ion battery that recharges in just 10 minutes and holds three times as much energy as its

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Marcus Thymark’s Open-Source FilaMaker Shreds and Recycles Plastic for 3D Printing

Marcus Thymark’s Open-Source FilaMaker Shreds and Recycles Plastic for 3D Printing

German engineer and inventor Marcus Thymark is developing a filament-producing machine that allows 3D printing enthusiasts to grind up and reprocess discarded printed objects and other scrap plastic for

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Painless Sugar-Covered Vaccine Bandaid Could Replace Needles, Doesn’t Need Refrigeration

Painless Sugar-Covered Vaccine Bandaid Could Replace Needles, Doesn’t Need Refrigeration

King's College London has wonderful news for anyone who is frightened of needles. Scientists at the university have developed a disc covered with a painless microneedle array made of sugar that dissolves

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17-Year-Old Creates a 3D-Printed Robotic Prosthetic Arm for $250

17-Year-Old Creates a 3D-Printed Robotic Prosthetic Arm for $250

Easton LaChappelle shows off an earlier version of his robotic arm [via Popular Science] Combining a Nintendo Power Glove with 3D-printed parts, 17-year-old Easton LaChappelle has designed an

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Electromagnetic Harvester Charges Batteries by Using the Currents that Surround Us Every Day

Electromagnetic Harvester Charges Batteries by Using the Currents that Surround Us Every Day

Electromagnetic fields are almost impossible to get away from in our modern environment—they come from phones, televisions, radios, power sockets and even from thunderstorms. And while we go about our

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The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

Now there is something better you can do with that viscous mess of cooking oil instead of sequestering it in a can or pouring it down the drain. The UK-based company Biobot offers the Biobot 20, a

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Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for 3D-Printed Moon Base!

Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for 3D-Printed Moon Base!

Foster + Partners' moon base is a landmark project for the field of 3D printing that could pave the way to lunar colonization in the future. Part of the lunar base could be transported by rocket in a

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