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Researchers Harness Bacteria to Make Clean ‘Bio-Batteries’

Researchers Harness Bacteria to Make Clean ‘Bio-Batteries’

When you think of bacteria, the last word that might come to mind is "clean." However, researchers at the University of East Anglia have made a breakthrough in battery technology that will allow microbes

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Filmmaker James Cameron Donates his Deepsea Challenger Submarine to the Oceanographic Institution

Filmmaker James Cameron Donates his Deepsea Challenger Submarine to the Oceanographic Institution

Explorer and filmmaker James Cameron just announced plans to donate the submarine he used last year to reach the oceans’ deepest point to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The

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19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From the World’s Oceans

19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From the World’s Oceans

19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world's oceans. The device consists of an anchored network of floating

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Phinergy’s Recyclable Aluminum-Air Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles for Thousands of Miles

Phinergy’s Recyclable Aluminum-Air Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles for Thousands of Miles

Range anxiety is a much-discussed concern among drivers—and potential drivers—of electric vehicles, and in attempt to thwart it, automakers are trying to install more EV charging stations, offering

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MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

Photo via Shutterstock A team of researchers at MIT have developed a more efficient photovoltaic solar cell using particles known as quantum dots. The benefit of using quantum dots is that they can be

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Scientists Develop Wonder Nanomaterial that Can Produce Energy, Clean Water and Hydrogen

Scientists Develop Wonder Nanomaterial that Can Produce Energy, Clean Water and Hydrogen

Researchers in Singapore have developed a new nanomaterial that functions like the best Swiss army knife in the world. The material, known as Multi-use Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), can produce energy, it

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Elementary School Students Crowd-Source Solar Panels to Take Their Classroom Off the Grid

Elementary School Students Crowd-Source Solar Panels to Take Their Classroom Off the Grid

In elementary school, we are taught to work together, share, and dream big. Students from a fourth grade class in Durham, North Carolina took these lessons to heart when they decided to make their

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MIT Researchers to 3D Print a Silkworm-Inspired Pavilion Using a Robotic Arm

MIT Researchers to 3D Print a Silkworm-Inspired Pavilion Using a Robotic Arm

Photo via Shutterstock MIT has unveiled plans to 3D print a pavilion inspired by the technique that silkworms use to build their cocoons. Data that tracks the movement of a silkworm as it makes its

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Study Finds Wind Farm “Sickness” is Largely a Propaganda-Induced Ailment in Australia

Study Finds Wind Farm “Sickness” is Largely a Propaganda-Induced Ailment in Australia

Claims of illnesses related to the presence of wind farms have spread throughout Australia lately like a bad high school rumor. While many believe they are experiencing a real sickness, a report by Simon

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17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

Meet a next-generation scientist making the next generation of biofuel. 17-year-old Sara Volz invented a process that increases the amount of biofuel produced by algae to win this year's Intel

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Scientists Bring Extinct Mouth-Brooding Frog Back to Life After 30 Years

Scientists Bring Extinct Mouth-Brooding Frog Back to Life After 30 Years

Most of us probably thought the first species that would be brought back from extinction would be large, scaly, and wreak havoc on a theme park. While not nearly as intimidating, scientists have revived

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World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Switches On in Abu Dhabi

World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Switches On in Abu Dhabi

It might seem ironic that the oil-rich Middle East also holds nearly half of the world’s renewable energy potential - but yesterday the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al

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Polar Umbrella: Ice Sheet Regenerating Skyscraper Wins the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition!

Polar Umbrella: Ice Sheet Regenerating Skyscraper Wins the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition!

Research shows that the polar ice caps have melted faster in last 20 years than in the last 10,000. Polar regions have experienced dramatic melting trends which are responsible for a fifth of the global

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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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