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Chinese scientists grow false teeth from human urine

Chinese scientists grow false teeth from human urine

Over the years scientists have made false teeth from a variety of materials - from cuspids crafted out of animal bone to chompers made from wood and gold. However a group of Chinese scientists just

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New startup plans to produce a working Hyperloop within the decade

New startup plans to produce a working Hyperloop within the decade

Ever since Elon Musk unveiled open-source plans for the Hyperloop transport system, people have been trying to make it work. The project just got one step closer to reality as the crowdsourcing platform

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Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and Boyan Slat filled us

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Safer sonar protects dolphins while providing better images

Safer sonar protects dolphins while providing better images

There's a new type of seismic imaging called Acoustic Zoom, and it's better than older forms of sonar for both dolphins and scientists alike. It works by emitting smaller amounts of energy over a longer

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Inhabitat’s top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

This year there was a range of technological innovations that could not only improve our lives but help save the planet as well. We saw a group of 16-year old girls who revolutionized crop yields, an

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China builds new 1100-mile high-speed train route

China builds new 1100-mile high-speed train route

China is creating a new high-speed train route that is so blazing fast it can take people 1,100 miles from Shanghai to Guangzhou in just 7 hours. That’s like traveling from Los Angeles to Seattle in as

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Madrid takes on largest street lighting upgrade in the world

Madrid takes on largest street lighting upgrade in the world

The city government of Madrid plans to upgrade every single one of their streetlights to Philips’ energy-efficient bulbs. Philips, the world’s leader in lighting, will finance the project at no

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Revolutionary U.K. project is experimenting with algae to turn toxic mine waste into biofuel

Revolutionary U.K. project is experimenting with algae to turn toxic mine waste into biofuel

Combining pollution cleanup, green energy, and recycling, a new project in the U.K. investigates the potential of using algae to clean up an old mine site, while producing both  biofuels and metals

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Rayton’s new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels

Rayton’s new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels

Striking another blow to the oil and gas industries, an American solar company has developed technology that can produce super-efficient solar power that’s cheaper than fossil fuels. Rayton Solar’s

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Super strong graphene could revolutionize batteries by extracting hydrogen from thin air

Super strong graphene could revolutionize batteries by extracting hydrogen from thin air

Graphene, the first two-dimensional crystal known to man, could be the key to stronger, longer lasting batteries. Similar in atomic structure to the graphite found in pencils, graphene has properties you

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Kyocera is building the world’s largest floating solar plant

Kyocera is building the world’s largest floating solar plant

Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation recently announced plans to build the world’s largest floating solar installation. The massive 13.4 megawatt plant will be located in the Chiba

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Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid?

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VIDEO: Double amputee is fitted with two limbs that he controls with his mind

VIDEO: Double amputee is fitted with two limbs that he controls with his mind

The future of prosthetics is here after researchers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory completed a groundbreaking experiment that gave a double amputee the ability to control his prosthetics

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Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000!

Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000!

NASA and the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) have data. Big data! Together the two organizations have amassed a wealth of open-access climate-related data and now they are calling on citizen-scientists to

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One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

An astonishing one out of every five households in Australia is now relying on solar energy, a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) reveals. Just 3 years ago only 5 percent of homes

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Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

The Navajo people are the oldest ethnic group in the US and the Navajo Nation reservation is the largest in the country, spreading across Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. But about 38 percent of all homes in

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

Inhabitat: So to start, tell me about how the Foodini and Natural Machines came together. Lynette: It started a little bit over a year ago. There are four founders in the company and I came in around

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Canadian clean energy jobs eclipse oil sands employment this year

Canadian clean energy jobs eclipse oil sands employment this year

Canada is infamous in environmental circles for the Alberta tar sands, a destructive and polluting oil development that’s widely seen within the country as the nation's main economic generator.

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Gecko-inspired adhesives could enable humans to climb walls Mission: Impossible style!

Gecko-inspired adhesives could enable humans to climb walls Mission: Impossible style!

If you've ever watched with envy as Spider-Man or Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt scale structures with ease, then this could be your lucky day. According to the MIT Technology Review, a team from Stanford

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New ‘Artificial Leaf’ technology can produce clean hydrogen fuel

New ‘Artificial Leaf’ technology can produce clean hydrogen fuel

Researchers Peidong Yang, Bin Liu and colleagues may have found a way to mimic plants' ability to produce hydrogen from sunlight. Yang's team used a process borrowed from the paper industry to create a

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Sweden expands its hydrogen vehicle refueling station network

Sweden expands its hydrogen vehicle refueling station network

Sweden is installing a permanent hydrogen fuel filling station in the city of Gothenburg. The new station will make it possible to travel by hydrogen-fueled vehicle the whole length of the roughly

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Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Professor Stephen Hawking has revealed in an interview with the BBC that he believes, "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." Since Professor Hawking is in

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Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia

Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia

Development in rural African communities is often limited by lack of access to reliable power - hospitals, schools and businesses all require a steady source of electricity in order to function. The

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6 Uses For Pee That You Probably Didn’t Know About

6 Uses For Pee That You Probably Didn’t Know About

For Heating The Barn House in Japan's Memu Meadows is an award-winning experimental dwelling heated by urine. Designed by Keio University's Co+Labo department, it shelters two humans and two horses,

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NASA planning to launch Orion test flight this week as first step towards Mars missions

NASA planning to launch Orion test flight this week as first step towards Mars missions

NASA plans to launch the first Orion spacecraft this Thursday, in an uncrewed test flight that is the next step on its journey towards a fully fledged mission to Mars. The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew

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New Silent Wind Tree Turbines Make Energy Production Beautiful

New Silent Wind Tree Turbines Make Energy Production Beautiful

Three years of research have led a team of French engineers to produce their interpretation of wind energy for urban locations. The Wind Tree stands at 26 feet tall, and its branches adorn the

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Albatern’s WaveNET Harvests Wave Energy With Giant Floating Squids

Albatern’s WaveNET Harvests Wave Energy With Giant Floating Squids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AaSq3Ux_-Q Since 2007 Albatern, one of Scotland’s most radical wave energy companies, has been working on a new approach to wave energy harvesting. Their new WaveNET

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Christmas Trees Could Be Used To Help Sterilize Medical Devices

Christmas Trees Could Be Used To Help Sterilize Medical Devices

Photo via Shutterstock After the holidays wind down, millions of Christmas trees across the country will be headed to the landfill or the wood chipper. But not so fast! That stately conifer could be

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Skateboard Legend Tony Hawk Rides the World’s First Hoverboard (VIDEO)

Skateboard Legend Tony Hawk Rides the World’s First Hoverboard (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2me8E1GZeg Last month we reported on the breakthrough technology behind Hendo Hoverboards. Since then, the company has almost doubled its Kickstarter goal aimed

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Brilliant Device Turns Waste Paper Into Pencils

Brilliant Device Turns Waste Paper Into Pencils

If you often find yourself searching for a pencil, then this clever little device called the P&P Office Waste Processor will keep well stocked by quickly producing them from simple office waste

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