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Buttercup the Duck Receives New 3D-Printed Foot

Buttercup the Duck Receives New 3D-Printed Foot

Humans aren’t the only ones benefitting from 3D printed prosthetics. Buttercup is a fluffy duck who was born with a backwards foot, causing her to hobble around the other ducks. Thanks to 3D printing,

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One-Third of Scotland Could Soon Be Powered by the World’s Biggest Underwater “Windmill” Tidal Plant

One-Third of Scotland Could Soon Be Powered by the World’s Biggest Underwater “Windmill” Tidal Plant

In between the Scottish mainland and the Orkney Islands lies the Pentland Firth, a turbulent sound with tides that can reach up to a startling 18 miles per hour. That’s a lot of untapped power. MeyGen

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Old Cigarette Factory to Become Solar and Wind Battery Plant

Old Cigarette Factory to Become Solar and Wind Battery Plant

Normally when a massive factory closes its doors an outlet mall or giant water park pops up in its place. But one former cigarette plant in Concord, North Carolina is turning into something completely

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Project EGG is the World’s Largest 3D-Printed Collaborative Community Art Project

Project EGG is the World’s Largest 3D-Printed Collaborative Community Art Project

The fantastic Project EGG was made possible thanks to a few 3D printing machines, an enthusiastic community and the great collaborative idea behind it. Inspired by the fact that "most large things are

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The World’s First Working Hoverboard is Finally Here

The World’s First Working Hoverboard is Finally Here

When it comes to hoverboards, we’re beginning to feel a bit jaded: we’ve been promised so much and yet we still don’t have a single working board to show for it. Nevertheless, the technology seems

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

If you've ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you're sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He's also the designer behind pioneering

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The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

Algae has many different qualities that we can draw upon, from edible varieties that make their way onto our dinner plates, to those whose bioluminescence can be harnessed for glow-in-the-dark

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INFOGRAPHIC: Greenpeace Ranks Internet Companies on Energy Use

INFOGRAPHIC: Greenpeace Ranks Internet Companies on Energy Use

By 2017, it’s expected that 3.6 billion people will be updating Facebook profiles, streaming YouTube videos, looking up quick facts on Wikipedia, and putting things in virtual shopping carts. And

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New Batteries Charge to 70% in Two Minutes and Last 20 Times Longer

New Batteries Charge to 70% in Two Minutes and Last 20 Times Longer

We use rechargeable batteries for practically everything these days - from our toothbrushes to our cars - but when a battery runs down, it can put a damper on our daily routine. Now imagine that instead

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Apple Patents Next-Gen Flexible ‘Smart Paper’ Display

Apple Patents Next-Gen Flexible ‘Smart Paper’ Display

The US Patent and Trademark Office just granted the latest batch of Apple's patents, and as usual, none of us has any idea which of them will go anywhere. But one of them—#8,855,727, to be precise—is

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MIT Study Shows Mars One Colony is Dangerously Unsustainable

MIT Study Shows Mars One Colony is Dangerously Unsustainable

Mars One has captured a lot of attention with plans to build the first colony on the red planet - but a new paper from MIT warns that the project has little chance of success. According to the MIT paper,

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Robotic Fabric Could Be Used to Create Moving Clothing

Robotic Fabric Could Be Used to Create Moving Clothing

We’ve all heard of electronic fabrics, but robotic fabrics? That’s a new one. Researchers are Purdue University are developing an electronic skin-like fabric that can move on its own, twisting and

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New Fusion Reactor Concept Could Generate Unlimited Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

New Fusion Reactor Concept Could Generate Unlimited Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

Fusion energy is often associated with Hollywood fantasy - think Tony Stark's miniature Arc Reactor in "Iron Man." But could a virtually unlimited source of zero-emission power actually become a reality?

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INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

Last year, 19-year-old inventor Boyan Slat made waves by designing an "Ocean Cleanup Array" which he claimed could remove 72.5 million tons of plastic from the world's oceans. Although his idea received

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AeroMobil’s Flying Car Set to Hit the Market This Month

AeroMobil’s Flying Car Set to Hit the Market This Month

Flying cars have been a dream for decades, but they've yet to make the leap from the the drawing board to reality. Now Slovakian company AeroMobil is about to bring the flying car one step closer to

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Contour Crafting Wins NASA Prize For Revolutionary 3D Printed Building Tech

Contour Crafting Wins NASA Prize For Revolutionary 3D Printed Building Tech

Contour Crafting just won a major design prize for its ability to 3D print large-scale structures from computer-aided design (CAD) files. Berokh Kohshnevis' “robotic building construction" system can

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London Converts Iconic Red Phone Booths into Free Solar Charging Stations

London Converts Iconic Red Phone Booths into Free Solar Charging Stations

While the UK's iconic phone booths are still considered national icons, cellphones have largely rendered the big red boxes obsolete over the years. Solarbox London plans to change that by transforming

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Elon Musk Says Colonizing Space Will Protect Us From Extinction

Elon Musk Says Colonizing Space Will Protect Us From Extinction

What drives Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to push so hard for crewed missions to Mars? Why, of all the projects and possibilities open to Musk, is that one so important to him? In a recent

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The Aeon Project Brings Augmented Reality to your Daily Commute

The Aeon Project Brings Augmented Reality to your Daily Commute

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjnbiaY1JCE Once autonomous cars take over, what will we do with all of our newfound time while sitting in the car? The Aeon Project is an augmented reality interface

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This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes

This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes

What do you get when you combine public art with renewable energy? That's exactly what the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI)'s annual design competition seeks to explore. Every year LAGI asks designers

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Futuristic Mab Sphere Spits out Flying Robots to Clean Your House!

Futuristic Mab Sphere Spits out Flying Robots to Clean Your House!

The ball-shaped shuttle acts as a base for hundreds of mini-robots that fly out to reach the farthest corners of the house, scan the entire space and start cleaning in a choreographed swarm-like play that

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Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

It's obvious that PARKROYAL on Pickering is a feast for the eyes with its vegetation-wrapped glass reinforced concrete layers, but it's not just a pretty facade. The building was awarded Green Mark

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Japanese Construction Giant Obayashi Plans to Build a Space Elevator by 2050

Japanese Construction Giant Obayashi Plans to Build a Space Elevator by 2050

Get yourself ready for the ride of a lifetime, because Japanese construction company Obayashi has announced plans to build a fully-functioning space elevator by 2050. The elevator will extend 60,000 miles

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Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered MacBooks

Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered MacBooks

Charging your laptop may soon be as easy as sitting in the sun, as Apple has been awarded a patent for a new solar-powered MacBook. Still just a novel idea, a small solar panel affixed to the back of the

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3D-Printed Mycelium Chair Sprouts Living Mushrooms!

3D-Printed Mycelium Chair Sprouts Living Mushrooms!

Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek’s new Mycelium Chair is an amazing mushroom-sprouting seat that fuses organic materials with modern 3D printing technology. Working with the University of Aachen,

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ACES’ 3D Printing BioPen Could Redraw the Way We Approach Bone Surgery

ACES’ 3D Printing BioPen Could Redraw the Way We Approach Bone Surgery

Fabricating artificial bones is one of the most interesting byproducts of the 3D-printing revolution. In the latest development, Australian researchers developed a BioPen that deposits regenerative stem

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Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

There are many ways to brighten up dark spaces without mechanical assistance, but few are as efficient as the groundbreaking LightCatcher from EcoNation. The LightCatcher is a polycarbonate light dome

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Ohio Scientists Invent World’s First Rechargeable Solar Battery

Ohio Scientists Invent World’s First Rechargeable Solar Battery

A team of Ohio State University scientists have invented what they claim is the world's first rechargeable solar battery. The team observed the issues in current methods for collecting and storing solar

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Award-Winning vosLED Light Bulb Combines Retro Styling With LED Efficiency

Award-Winning vosLED Light Bulb Combines Retro Styling With LED Efficiency

Do you love the retro look of incandescent light bulbs and harbor guilty thoughts of stockpiling them in preparation for their phase out? Well, here's your happy compromise! The energy-efficient vosLED

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World’s First Solar-Powered Snowboard Charges Gadgets on the Slopes!

World’s First Solar-Powered Snowboard Charges Gadgets on the Slopes!

Next time you hit the slopes on a sunny day there is no need to worry about your gadgets running out of juice. Snowboard manufacturer Signal -- the company that recently created the world's first 3D

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