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Researchers Discover Solar Wind Energy Source that Could Revolutionize Nuclear Power

Researchers Discover Solar Wind Energy Source that Could Revolutionize Nuclear Power

Solar Wind image from Shutterstock Using data collected by NASA’s Wind solar probe, scientists have identified an energy source that causes solar winds to heat up and accelerate as they travel

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NREL Unveils World’s Most Efficient Data Center, Could Cut Operation Costs by $1 Million

NREL Unveils World’s Most Efficient Data Center, Could Cut Operation Costs by $1 Million

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory spend their lives developing smart renewable energy solutions, so when the time came to build their own data center they knew it had to be as green

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Scientists Develop Flying Robobees to Pollinate Flowers as Bee Populations Decline

Scientists Develop Flying Robobees to Pollinate Flowers as Bee Populations Decline

Honey bee populations around the world are in decline due to causes ranging from 'super mites' to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and even cell phones - and if the insects disappear completely the planet's

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Caltech Develops ‘Indestructible’ Self-Healing Microchips for Computers and Smartphones

Caltech Develops ‘Indestructible’ Self-Healing Microchips for Computers and Smartphones

A team of engineers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has developed a way to create computer chips that can repair themselves. The new chips can reportedly fix problems “ranging

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Man Has 75 Percent of His Skull Replaced with a 3D-Printed Implant

Man Has 75 Percent of His Skull Replaced with a 3D-Printed Implant

Feel like you have lost your head? No problem, simply print yourself another. An unnamed man from the US was able to do just that, courtesy of Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) in Connecticut. He had his

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Project Zero: The World’s First All-Electric Tilt-Rotor Aircraft

Project Zero: The World’s First All-Electric Tilt-Rotor Aircraft

The world’s first electric tilt-rotor aircraft has been unveiled by Anglo-Italian helicopter company AgustaWestland. The prototype—called Project Zero—features advanced tilt rotor technology that

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Greece Installed 300MW of Solar PV in January Alone!

Greece Installed 300MW of Solar PV in January Alone!

Even during an economic and political crisis, Greece has reason to boast. The country installed an amazing 300 MW of solar PV in the month of January alone, a third more than was installed last year and

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Dreambox 3D Printer Vending Machine Creates and Dispenses Designs Before Your Eyes

Dreambox 3D Printer Vending Machine Creates and Dispenses Designs Before Your Eyes

UC Berkeley's new Dreambox is a vending machine like no other - it incorporates a 3D printer that makes and dispenses goodies right before your eyes! By connecting to a cloud-based computing system hosted

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Cree Introduces a New LED Light Bulb that is Both Affordable and Good-Looking

Cree Introduces a New LED Light Bulb that is Both Affordable and Good-Looking

Incandescent bulbs are inefficient, fluorescent bulbs have raised some health concerns and LED bulbs are expensive and cast an unflattering glow. So what’s the environmentally-conscious design lover to

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New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

Demolishing tall buildings is typically a loud and messy process that produces a lot of dust and not a lot of building materials that can be salvaged. But Japan's Taisei Corporation is pioneering a new

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New Report Predicts the “Internet of Things” Could Offset 9 Billion Tons of Carbon Emissions

New Report Predicts the “Internet of Things” Could Offset 9 Billion Tons of Carbon Emissions

A new report shows that global greenhouse emissions could be reduced by 9 billion tons - almost a fifth - over the coming decade thanks to the widespread adoption of a massive machine-to-machine network

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SPACE POO: Martian Astronaunts to Use Human Waste as Radiation Shield

SPACE POO: Martian Astronaunts to Use Human Waste as Radiation Shield

In 2018, a man and a woman will travel to Mars in 501 days as part of the “Inspiration Mars” mission. The greatest threat the duo will face is not aliens – it’s radiation from

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83-Year-Old Inventor Designs Inexpensive Open-Source Filament Extruder to Cut the Cost of 3D Printing

83-Year-Old Inventor Designs Inexpensive Open-Source Filament Extruder to Cut the Cost of 3D Printing

Hugh Lyman, an 83-year-old retiree from Enumclaw, Washington, won The Desktop Factory Competition with his design for a low-cost, open-source machine capable of turning resin pellets

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Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Passes First Solar Capacity Test

Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Passes First Solar Capacity Test

The world’s largest solar thermal plant, Ivanpah, reached a major milestone this month as it achieved its first “flux”. Over 1000 heliostats (plane mirrors that reflect sunlight towards a

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LaserOrigami Uses a Laser Cutter to Create 3D Objects Faster than 3D Printers

LaserOrigami Uses a Laser Cutter to Create 3D Objects Faster than 3D Printers

It's widely assumed that 3D printing represents the next frontier in fabricating objects of all types, but researchers at Germany's Hasso Plattner Institute have come up with a novel way of creating 3D

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The 3D-Printed Urbee 2 Hybrid Car is Light, Strong, and Nearing Production

The 3D-Printed Urbee 2 Hybrid Car is Light, Strong, and Nearing Production

Nothing says “Welcome to the Future” like a 3D-printed runabout vehicle with a hybrid engine, three wheels, speeds of up to 68 mph, and capacity to carry up to 1,200 lbs. The Urbee 2 is the

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Soccket: Amazing Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Launches on Kickstarter!

Soccket: Amazing Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Launches on Kickstarter!

Designed and assembled in the U.S., Soccket uses Uncharted Play’s patent-pending mechanism that captures and stores the kinetic power generated through kicking the ball. The small pendulum inside the

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1000 Horsepower VOLAR-e Racer is One of the Most Powerful Electric Cars Ever Built

1000 Horsepower VOLAR-e Racer is One of the Most Powerful Electric Cars Ever Built

If you have ever found yourself a little underwhelmed by the performance of electric vehicles, the European Commission is out to change your mind with the new VOLAR-e high-performance electric sports car.

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Boston Dynamics Equips BigDog Robot With an Arm Strong Enough to Throw Cinder Blocks

Boston Dynamics Equips BigDog Robot With an Arm Strong Enough to Throw Cinder Blocks

Over the years, robotics company Boston Dynamics has developed a number of robots that take inspiration from nature such as the Cheetah, PETMAN and Rise. Among the most famous of their designs is BigDog,

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18-Year-Old Nuclear Scientist Unveils Plans for More Efficient, Transportable Nuclear Reactors

18-Year-Old Nuclear Scientist Unveils Plans for More Efficient, Transportable Nuclear Reactors

Taylor Wilson is an 18-year-old scientist who built a nuclear fusion reactor in his parent’s garage at the age of 14 - and he just unveiled his work on a new modular nuclear fission reactor that could

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Ubiquitous Energy Developing Transparent Stick-On Solar Cells that Can Power Your iPad

Ubiquitous Energy Developing Transparent Stick-On Solar Cells that Can Power Your iPad

Tablet photo from Shutterstock Portable gadgets, like smartphones and tablets, have changed the way we consume information and communicate, but at this stage they all have one common flaw: they need to

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MIT Unveils 4D-Printed Objects that ‘Make Themselves’

MIT Unveils 4D-Printed Objects that ‘Make Themselves’

As if the rise of 3D printing in the past few years wasn't cool enough, MIT’s Skylar Tibbits just unveiled the future of 4D printing in a TED talk this week. It may sound unbelievable, but the new

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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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