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NASA Unveils Plan to Launch World’s Largest Solar Sail in 2014

NASA Unveils Plan to Launch World’s Largest Solar Sail in 2014

NASA has announced plans to launch the world’s largest solar sail in 2014 - and it will be travelling an incredible two million miles from Earth. The giant solar sail will use photons from the sun for

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Google Maps Launches Detailed Views of the Grand Canyon!

Google Maps Launches Detailed Views of the Grand Canyon!

Anyone who has visited the Grand Canyon is sure to be familiar with its breathtaking beauty, its numerous trekking routes, and the terrifying stories about how hikers can potentially get lost. Never fear

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MSU’s New Water Retention Technology Can Increase Crop Yield Even in the Face of Increasing Drought Conditions

MSU’s New Water Retention Technology Can Increase Crop Yield Even in the Face of Increasing Drought Conditions

The world is heating up, and along with it comes longer and more intense droughts. Since climate change isn’t going away anytime soon, we must learn to adapt to the new environment. Researchers at

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New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

A new silicon-based solar panel which utilizes holographic foil is reported to be nearly twice as efficient as standard panels. Referred to as a “game-changing technology,” the panels were

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The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

Sick of your batteries dying at the very moment you need to make a call, flick on a flashlight, or find your position on a GPS when you are lost in the outdoors? Introducing the Voltmaker - an innovative

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US Military Slated to Quadruple Renewable Energy Installations by 2025

US Military Slated to Quadruple Renewable Energy Installations by 2025

As the largest military force on the planet, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is also the largest consumer of energy in the world. Every year, the combined forces use 3.7 billion kilowatt hours of

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Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Photo via Shutterstock The Keystone XL pipeline has some big competition, and it is coming from a number of very small challengers. Scientists at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA are working under a

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Researchers Develop Safer Solid Electrolyte Lithium-Ion Batteries That Conduct Ions 1000 Times Faster

Researchers Develop Safer Solid Electrolyte Lithium-Ion Batteries That Conduct Ions 1000 Times Faster

Most lithium-ion batteries rely on liquid electrolytes to conduct ions between a negatively charged anode and a positively charge cathode - however liquid electrolytes run into safety problems due to

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Scientists Trick Iron-Eating Bacteria into “Breathing” Electrons in Effort to Create Biofuels

Scientists Trick Iron-Eating Bacteria into “Breathing” Electrons in Effort to Create Biofuels

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists have developed a technique to “trick” common iron-eating bacteria into capturing electrons, which the bacteria use to grow. Typically the bacteria contribute

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iGreen: Giant Sphere Made From Thousands of Recycled CDs and DVDs Coming to China

iGreen: Giant Sphere Made From Thousands of Recycled CDs and DVDs Coming to China

In China, someone's old music collection is getting a second chance at life. MINIWIZ Sustainable Energy Development Ltd recently announced plans to build the iGreen, an aviation museum featuring a 5D

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The DIY BioPrinter Hack Lets You Print Biomaterials From an Old Inkjet

The DIY BioPrinter Hack Lets You Print Biomaterials From an Old Inkjet

With large companies such as Organovo and Autodesk teaming up to fabricate living tissue, you might think that bioprinting is out of the scope of the average DIYer. But when it comes to technology, human

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Apple Supply Chain Report Reveals Labor and Environmental Violations

Apple Supply Chain Report Reveals Labor and Environmental Violations

Photo via Shutterstock Apple released its annual supplier responsibility report this week, which detailed a number of labor and environmental violations in the company's supply chain. The most

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NASA’s New X-48C Flying Wing Airplane Uses 50% Less Fuel Than Standard Aircraft

NASA’s New X-48C Flying Wing Airplane Uses 50% Less Fuel Than Standard Aircraft

Researchers at NASA have developed a revolutionary flying wing aircraft that uses 50% less fuel than standard planes. The new manta ray-esque X-48C is based on the X-48B Blended Wing Body aircraft, which

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LEGO PancakeBot Pushes the Boundaries of Brunch Technology

LEGO PancakeBot Pushes the Boundaries of Brunch Technology

If you love pancakes but hate making them, then the LEGO PancakeBot is your dream come true. Designed by Miguel Valenzuela, the LEGO robot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology by using an X and Y

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MIT Turns Carbon Dioxide from Bioengineered Soil Bacteria into Clean Biofuel

MIT Turns Carbon Dioxide from Bioengineered Soil Bacteria into Clean Biofuel

Scientists at MIT have genetically engineered a soil bacteria that can create fuel for cars. The bioengineered Ralstonia eutropha converts carbon into isobutanol—an alcohol that can replace or blend

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Deep Space Industries Unveil Plans to Mine Asteroids, 3D-Print Satellites in Space

Deep Space Industries Unveil Plans to Mine Asteroids, 3D-Print Satellites in Space

Virginia-based Deep Space Industries just announced bold plans to not only mine asteroids (which has been proposed by multiple companies), but to also turn the raw materials into complex metal parts

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Submergence: Hundreds of Floating LED Lights Dazzle Visitors at Oslo’s Galleri ROM

Submergence: Hundreds of Floating LED Lights Dazzle Visitors at Oslo’s Galleri ROM

Squidsoup's Submergence installation alters the perspective of viewers with glowing lights that range from tiny specs to larger bulbs. From afar, the installation appears to be a hanging cube of lights

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The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

Photo via Shutterstock The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just launched a new initiative to improve the battery life of electric vehicles. Announced this past

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Dutch Architects to Build ‘Endless’ Möbius-Inspired House Using Giant 3D Printer

Dutch Architects to Build ‘Endless’ Möbius-Inspired House Using Giant 3D Printer

Amsterdam-based Universe Architecture, led by its principal Janjaap Ruijssenaars, is preparing to build the world's first 3D-printed house! Several 6x9-meter pieces will be printed out using a D-Shape 3D

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Samuel Bernier Designs a Collection of 3D Printed Lampshades

Samuel Bernier Designs a Collection of 3D Printed Lampshades

Bernier’s collection of lampshades, dubbed Dentelle, come in twelve different delicate designs and several colors. After sketching up designs with swirling edges, cutouts, folds and other patterns,

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Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

When it comes to harnessing the power of the sun, nothing can quite compare to leaves. Using chlorophyll to convert light into usable chemical energy, photosynthesis has long been a source of inspiration

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Baxter the Humanoid Robot Promises to Revive US Manufacturing

Baxter the Humanoid Robot Promises to Revive US Manufacturing

Say hello to Baxter, the $22,000 humanoid robot that could help revolutionize manufacturing in the US. Rethink Robotics, a Boston-based robotics firm, produced Baxter in an effort to give cheap offshore

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South Korean Scientists Develop World’s First Bendable Lithium-Ion Battery

South Korean Scientists Develop World’s First Bendable Lithium-Ion Battery

South Korean scientists just developed the world's first imprintable and bendable battery - and it could pave the way for flexible mobile devices in the near future. According to the researchers, the new

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Amtrak and California High-Speed Rail Authority Team Up to Design New High-Speed Trains

Amtrak and California High-Speed Rail Authority Team Up to Design New High-Speed Trains

Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority have teamed up to design new high-speed trains that will operate on both the East and West Coasts. A high-speed line connecting San Francisco and Los

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Organovo’s Bioprinter Technology Could Lead to 3D Printed Human Organs

Organovo’s Bioprinter Technology Could Lead to 3D Printed Human Organs

Organovo Holdings, a San Diego, CA-based manufacturer of 3-dimensional human tissues, recently announced a partnership with 3D-software company Autodesk Inc. to develop the first 3D design software for

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Solar Ship Receives Grant to Build Emissions-Free Airship to Deliver Supplies to Disaster Areas

Solar Ship Receives Grant to Build Emissions-Free Airship to Deliver Supplies to Disaster Areas

In 2011 we wrote about Solar Ship, a helium zero-emissions cargo plane that is capable of delivering much-needed goods to people in remote areas where vehicles simply cannot reach. Today, Solar Ship is

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HoseWear’s Recycled Fire Hose iPad Sleeves Keep Tablets Dry in a Downpour

HoseWear’s Recycled Fire Hose iPad Sleeves Keep Tablets Dry in a Downpour

Fire hoses are designed to withstand hundreds of pounds of water pressure, which makes them a durable and versatile material for recycling once they've been retired. HoseWear recently launched a line of

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UC Riverside Researcher Uses Snail Teeth as Inspiration for More Efficient Solar Cells

UC Riverside Researcher Uses Snail Teeth as Inspiration for More Efficient Solar Cells

A recent study conducted at the University of California has shown how teeth-growing techniques of marine snails can be applied to the solar industry, helping to create improved solar cells and

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The NanoLight Touts Itself as the World’s Most Efficient LED Light Bulb

The NanoLight Touts Itself as the World’s Most Efficient LED Light Bulb

When trying to squeeze every last penny out of your utilities, picking the right light bulb could go a long way towards reducing your bills. LED bulbs have exploded in popularity due to their efficiency

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NREL’s Silicon Wafer Screening System Could Save Solar Industry Billions of Dollars

NREL’s Silicon Wafer Screening System Could Save Solar Industry Billions of Dollars

Used in the manufacturing of solar cells, silicon wafers are an integral component that also create a sizable financial loss for the solar industry. About 5-10 percent of wafers get damaged during the

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