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HOW TO: Swap, Sell or Steal Your Way to the Holiday Gift You Really Wanted

HOW TO: Swap, Sell or Steal Your Way to the Holiday Gift You Really Wanted

You dropped hints, posted on your Facebook wall and even flat out told your relatives exactly what you wanted for your holiday gift, but sadly, you still ended up getting a Snuggie. But wait! Before you

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Scientists at Spain’s University of Jaen Create Eco-Friendly Bricks from Paper Waste

Scientists at Spain’s University of Jaen Create Eco-Friendly Bricks from Paper Waste

Scientists at Spain’s University of Jaen have found an affordable and eco-friendly way to make bricks from paper waste. The process diverts the byproducts of paper mills from going to a landfill, and

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Stanford Scientists Create the World’s First Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

Stanford Scientists Create the World’s First Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

Solar cells image via Shutterstock Instead of rigid, cumbersome flat solar panels, you could soon be powering your home and electronics with a sticker. Engineers at Stanford have successfully

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intelliPaper Turns a Scrap Of Paper Into a Customized Recyclable USB Drive

intelliPaper Turns a Scrap Of Paper Into a Customized Recyclable USB Drive

Email and social networking sites have led to a sharp decline in the amount of paper used to communicate and store information. But that doesn't mean paper is completely obsolete in the digital world. A

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Irony Abounds: Big Pit Coal Mining Museum in the UK Installs Solar Panels to Save Cash

Irony Abounds: Big Pit Coal Mining Museum in the UK Installs Solar Panels to Save Cash

It seems that irony is a dish best served coal. The Wales National Coal Mining Museum located in Big Pit, Blaenavon, Nr Abergavenny in south Wales has just installed a huge solar panel array to save

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Forget the Cutouts! This Year’s Coolest Holiday Cookies Are 3D Printed

Forget the Cutouts! This Year’s Coolest Holiday Cookies Are 3D Printed

Mom’s festive cut outs may take a back seat this year to Holleis’ high design 3D printed cookies. He began by designing the spiral and ring shaped cookies in a 3D imaging program. Loading up the 3D

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Plug and Save DIY Solar Power System Makes Residential Green Energy More Accessible Than Ever

Plug and Save DIY Solar Power System Makes Residential Green Energy More Accessible Than Ever

Solar power is a great option for those who want to generate green energy for their own home, but unfortunately, renters and apartment dwellers don’t always have the option to install solar panels. All

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CitiSense is a Portable Air Pollution Monitoring Device that Sends Data to Your Smart Phone

CitiSense is a Portable Air Pollution Monitoring Device that Sends Data to Your Smart Phone

CitiSense is a portable pollution monitoring system that allows you to check nearby air quality on your smart phone. Developed by computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, the system

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Dominion and FuelCell Energy to Build North America’s Largest Fuel Cell Power Plant in Connecticut

Dominion and FuelCell Energy to Build North America’s Largest Fuel Cell Power Plant in Connecticut

Dominion, a large energy company based in Virginia, and FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCE), a Connecticut manufacturer of fuel cell power plants, have announced that they will be developing the largest fuel cell

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Emily Hesslegrave’s Just Radio is a New Take on the Classic Radio Made from Recycled Wood

Emily Hesslegrave’s Just Radio is a New Take on the Classic Radio Made from Recycled Wood

Seeking to produce a classic radio for the modern user, Emily Hesslegrave has designed Just Radio, a small radio with a touchscreen that is made from reclaimed natural timber wood. According to

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Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

When most of us were teenagers, we were more worried about an embarrassing outbreak of acne or who to ask to homecoming than the challenges of developing nations. After witnessing children in India

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Engineers in Hong Kong Generate Electricity from Water Mains

Engineers in Hong Kong Generate Electricity from Water Mains

For decades in China, hydroelectricity has been used on a large scale to generate power. Now, engineers from the PolyU's Department of Building Services Engineering and the Water Supplies Department (WSD)

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Patents A Crash-Proof Airbag For Your Smartphone

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Patents A Crash-Proof Airbag For Your Smartphone

Photo via Shutterstock In an effort to forever vanquish the cracked, scratched smartphone screen, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has filed for—and received—what may be the world's first patent for a

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DARPA Plans to Send Robots into Space to Recycle Dead Satellites

DARPA Plans to Send Robots into Space to Recycle Dead Satellites

The Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has helped establish the world’s computer networking and technology in the air, land, sea and space—and now they’re turning their intelligent

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The Scrubba is a Lightweight, Virtually-Waterless Washing Machine in a Sack!

The Scrubba is a Lightweight, Virtually-Waterless Washing Machine in a Sack!

As Eric Clapton says, “travelin’ light, it’s the only way to fly.” Whether it’s a weekend business trip or a month-long trek into the jungle, the less stuff you have to carry

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The Retrofit Chicago Challenge Gets Skyscrapers to Go Green

The Retrofit Chicago Challenge Gets Skyscrapers to Go Green

Photo via Shutterstock The Windy City is rapidly becoming one of the greenest in the U.S., thanks to its Retrofit Chicago Building Initiative. 14 major commercial buildings have stepped up to the plate

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Scientists Use Lightning Blasts To Recycle Concrete Debris into New Building Materials

Scientists Use Lightning Blasts To Recycle Concrete Debris into New Building Materials

Photo via Shutterstock Waste doesn't always look like discarded soda bottles or piles of unwanted newspaper. Humans are constantly altering their environments to serve a new purpose or accommodate a

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Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

This holiday season, it is almost a sure thing that one of the gifts you will receive will require a battery. Instead of a plain old Duracell, you may soon be able to reach for a battery powered by a

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3D-Printing Technology Creates Complex Legal Issues, Expert Warns

3D-Printing Technology Creates Complex Legal Issues, Expert Warns

Speaking at It’s Nice That: In Progress conference last Friday, technology journalist Adrian Mars addressed questions of liability, safety and intellectual property rights. “What if you 3D print a car

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Dutch Engineer Uses CAD-Based Laser Program to Build Gingerbread House

Dutch Engineer Uses CAD-Based Laser Program to Build Gingerbread House

Dutch engineer Johan Von Konow has created a stunning gingerbread house – but instead of using traditional techniques he used a 50W laser engraver with a simple CAD program! Johan first created an

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Scientists From MIT Invent a Robot That Can Transform Into Almost Any 3D Shape

Scientists From MIT Invent a Robot That Can Transform Into Almost Any 3D Shape

Transforming robots are not be the exclusive property of cartoons and sci-fi blockbusters anymore. Engineers from MIT have created a tiny device that is capable of folding itself into almost any desirable

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MIT Scientists Develop Stronger Adhesives and Less Painful Needles Based on Porcupine Quills

MIT Scientists Develop Stronger Adhesives and Less Painful Needles Based on Porcupine Quills

Porcupine quills might seem more hurtful than helpful - but researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are examining the structure of the spines for use in the medical field. For the first

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Scientists Create Brain Cells from Human Urine

Scientists Create Brain Cells from Human Urine

Urine is pretty amazing stuff: It can power everything from personal generators to plasma thrusters in space. But the power of pee isn't limited to generating energy; new research proves that we can

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Quakescape 3D Fabricator Transforms Seismic Waves from Earthquakes into Art

Quakescape 3D Fabricator Transforms Seismic Waves from Earthquakes into Art

If Mother Nature is the ultimate artist, then the Quakescape 3D Fabricator is her ultimate medium. The incredible art-making machine converts seismic waves into colored splotches, which are squirted onto

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UK Engineers Create World’s First Working 3D Printed Electronic Devices

UK Engineers Create World’s First Working 3D Printed Electronic Devices

Researchers at the University of Warwick's School of Engineering have discovered a way to manufacture working electronic devices using 3D printers. To date, the electronic inner workings of products have

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NASA Releases Amazing New Images of Earth at Night

NASA Releases Amazing New Images of Earth at Night

Scientists from NASA and NOAA just unveiled a series of breathtaking new images of our planet glowing at night. Thanks to high-res composite data acquired by a new sensor, the Visible Infrared Imaging

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Tim Cook Says Some Apple Macs to be Made in USA Next Year

Tim Cook Says Some Apple Macs to be Made in USA Next Year

Apple photo from Shutterstock Apple lovers will soon be able to buy Mac computers produced in the United States. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, one of the existing lines of Macs will be produced In

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New Flexible Fiber-Based Solar Cells Could Revolutionize Renewable Energy Production

New Flexible Fiber-Based Solar Cells Could Revolutionize Renewable Energy Production

Thanks to an international team of chemists, physicists and engineers, we may soon see the creation of flexible silicon solar cell fabrics. Led by John Badding, a professor of chemistry at Penn State

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German Entrepreneur Brings Solar Ovens To the Mexican Countryside To Produce Emissions-Free Tortillas

German Entrepreneur Brings Solar Ovens To the Mexican Countryside To Produce Emissions-Free Tortillas

Image © Olivier Daniélo German entrepreneur Gregor Schaper has installed a series of large circular solar panels in the small town of El Sauz, near Mexico City, and uses solar energy for all his

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