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President Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Funding to Replace Fossil Fuels

President Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Funding to Replace Fossil Fuels

Now that the sequester is in full swing, President Obama is proposing new sources of funding to finance his clean energy ambitions. The White House is urging Congress to divert $2 billion from oil and gas

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MakerBot Unveils Prototype ‘Digitizer’ Desktop 3D Scanner at SXSW

MakerBot Unveils Prototype ‘Digitizer’ Desktop 3D Scanner at SXSW

MakerBot is already one of the biggest names in desktop 3D printing, and now the company plans to expand into scanning. CEO Bre Pettis announced the arrival of the Digitizer this week at the Austin's SXSW

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Project Nomad: Mobile Skyscrapers Could Terraform Mars for Human Colonization

Project Nomad: Mobile Skyscrapers Could Terraform Mars for Human Colonization

Project Nomad, which has been entered into the Evolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition, was the brainchild of Antonio Ares Sainz, Joaquin Rodriguez Nuñez and Konstantino Tousidonis Rial of Spain. It is their

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New Bio-Solar Panels Are Made from Cotton and Castor Beans

New Bio-Solar Panels Are Made from Cotton and Castor Beans

A new type of solar panel component, developed by California-based solar company BioSolar, is made from a material derived from cotton and castor beans. Called BioSolar Backsheets, these products are

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IBM and DARPA’s Ultra-High-Speed Digital Data Link Sets Energy Efficiency Record

IBM and DARPA’s Ultra-High-Speed Digital Data Link Sets Energy Efficiency Record

The supercomputers of the future will be capable of amazing feats such as modeling global climate scenarios, running molecular-level simulations of cells, and designing nanostructures. In order to for

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Sinterhab’s 3D-Printed Space Station on the Moon Would Be Made from Lunar Soil

Sinterhab’s 3D-Printed Space Station on the Moon Would Be Made from Lunar Soil

The key ingredient to Sinterhab’s space station is lunar soil, which would be transformed into a ceramic-like material called regolith with a microwave-sinter process. NASA robots would print the

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DUS Architects Unveils Plans to 3D Print an Entire House in Amsterdam

DUS Architects Unveils Plans to 3D Print an Entire House in Amsterdam

The KamerMaker, or room maker, is an eleven-and-a-half-foot custom 3D printer created by DUS that is housed inside of a disused shipping container. DUS plans to use the large-scale printer to print the

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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 from

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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 cosmic rays. However the

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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 result of Jim

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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. The

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