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Researchers Design Synthetic Trees to Produce Algal Biofuels and Water

Researchers Design Synthetic Trees to Produce Algal Biofuels and Water

In the global effort to wean ourselves from fossil fuels, scientists have been looking towards algal biofuels as renewable sources of energy. Microalgae is capable of using sunlight and carbon dioxide to

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Scientists Engineer Algae to Make Nanocellulose for Biofuel and Supermaterials

Scientists Engineer Algae to Make Nanocellulose for Biofuel and Supermaterials

If you like vinegar, kombucha, durable textiles, and also enjoy driving your car, then welcome to the future of biofuels and supermaterials! Dr. R. Malcom Brown Jr. has pioneered research that uses

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Researchers Find Way to Extract Hydrogen from Any Plant in Potential Breakthrough for Fuel Cells

Researchers Find Way to Extract Hydrogen from Any Plant in Potential Breakthrough for Fuel Cells

In a breakthrough that could be a game-changer for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, researchers at Virginia Tech have discovered a way to extract large amounts of hydrogen from any plant. Current methods of

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Scientists Set 18.7% Efficiency Record for Black Silicon Solar Cells

Scientists Set 18.7% Efficiency Record for Black Silicon Solar Cells

Researchers are racing to develop black silicon solar cells with higher and higher efficiencies - and Aalto University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) just took the lead

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Video: DIY Dynamic Bike Headlight Projects Your Speed in Front of You

Video: DIY Dynamic Bike Headlight Projects Your Speed in Front of You

Ever wonder how hard you are cranking it on your bike? Matt Richardson knows exactly how fast he is going with his Raspberry Pi Dynamic Headlight that projects his speed in front of him. His prototype

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Scientists Successfully 3D Print the Skeleton of a Live Animal

Scientists Successfully 3D Print the Skeleton of a Live Animal

3D printing is already capable of fabricating a beak for an injured bald eagle and three-quarters of a prosthetic human skull. Now, scientists at the University of Notre Dame have successfully recreated

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Man Given Second Chance at Life Thanks to 3D-Printed Prosthetic Face

Man Given Second Chance at Life Thanks to 3D-Printed Prosthetic Face

Image courtesy of Geoff Pugh The extraordinary development of 3D printing technology has given one British man his life back.  Thanks to the incredible advancements of 3D printing in the medical

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Matterform’s Desktop 3D Scanner is Cheaper than a Tablet

Matterform’s Desktop 3D Scanner is Cheaper than a Tablet

Tech lovers have already been 3D printing everything from ornaments to their own faces with small desktop 3D printers. But now the technology is even more accessible, as low-cost 3D scanners make their

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Scientists Create Robot Ants That Imitate Colony Behavior and Navigate Mazes

Scientists Create Robot Ants That Imitate Colony Behavior and Navigate Mazes

Scientists from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Research Center on Animal Cognition have used robot technology to shed light on how ants forage and navigate. By creating sugar cube-sized

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TU Delft and Mecanoo Unveil New Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine Design

TU Delft and Mecanoo Unveil New Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine Design

Researchers at TU Delft recently teamed up with Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo to design a bird-friendly wind turbine that can transform wind energy into electricity without any mechanical moving parts.

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Signal Creates the World’s First 3D Printed Snowboard

Signal Creates the World’s First 3D Printed Snowboard

We've seen 3D printers fabricate vehicles ready to for the open road - and now California-based Signal Snowboards has shown that printers can produce quality boards for the slopes! Working with GROWit 3D,

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China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars

China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars

As an extension of China's $16 billion plan to combat air pollution in its cities, today the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced an ambitious plan to export the nation's emissions to

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iDrive: Apple Releases New Device That Will Turn Any Car into a Driverless Vehicle

iDrive: Apple Releases New Device That Will Turn Any Car into a Driverless Vehicle

Many of us thought Google had the market cornered when it came to driverless cars, but Apple made a shocking announcement today with news that they would be releasing a new device and app that can

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Berkeley Scientists Create Ultra-Light Energy-Efficient Graphene Earphones

Berkeley Scientists Create Ultra-Light Energy-Efficient Graphene Earphones

A team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have given themselves the challenge of creating an earphone made from graphene. This new futuristic audio speaker is able to demonstrate

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The iBot is Apple’s Latest Move into Home Entertainment

The iBot is Apple’s Latest Move into Home Entertainment

The Apple rumor-mill is buzzing again, this time over plans for a new device that will really have legs. Actually, mostly arms: Apple's iBot is still in early prototype stages, and focus has centered on

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Pollux’NZ City Project Deploys an Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Network

Pollux’NZ City Project Deploys an Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Network

An open-source environmental monitoring network is now being tested in France by CKAB, a French consulting firm and innovation lab focusing on the Internet of Things. According to Hack a Day, the project,

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Germany Testing Wireless Induction Charging for Electric Buses

Germany Testing Wireless Induction Charging for Electric Buses

Primove, a subsidiary of transportation giant Bombardier, just announced plans to test wireless induction charging on public buses in Manheim, Germany! In a few months the company will outfit two buses

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Cryo: Virginia Tech Creates Giant 170-Pound Jellyfish Robot!

Cryo: Virginia Tech Creates Giant 170-Pound Jellyfish Robot!

When you imagine a high-stakes Navy spy mission, you might think of something like a shark with laser beam on its head, a swift and graceful manta ray, or even some sort of mechanical fish. Instead,

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Google Glass Augmented Reality Glasses Will be Made on US Soil

Google Glass Augmented Reality Glasses Will be Made on US Soil

Google is set to begin shipping its first set of Google Glass headsets to a select group of approved users - and although the glasses components were made by Taiwanese Hon Hai Precision Industry, they

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La Trobe University’s Eye-Popping New Research Facility Aims for Australia’s 5-Star Green Rating

La Trobe University’s Eye-Popping New Research Facility Aims for Australia’s 5-Star Green Rating

The six-story rectangular building is enveloped with an undulating honeycomb-like façade that is dominated by colorful oversized window frames. Three of these are outfitted with wood and protrude from

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All-Electric Grizzly Robotic Vehicle Can Tackle Practically Any Terrain

All-Electric Grizzly Robotic Vehicle Can Tackle Practically Any Terrain

Clearpath Robotics has designed an all-electric utility vehicle called the Grizzly that can trek over practically any terrain. The large ATV-like robotic vehicle has 8 inches of ground clearance and huge

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Loop.pH’s Algae Curtain-a Is a Living Photosynthesizing Textile Installation That Provides Bio-Fuel

Loop.pH’s Algae Curtain-a Is a Living Photosynthesizing Textile Installation That Provides Bio-Fuel

The Algae Curtain-a is living photosynthesising textile installation that was developed as part of the Energy Futures Project by studio Loop.pH in Lille, France. Commissioned by EDF and Lille3000 for the

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Janne Kyttanen Imagines a Future of Downloadable, 3D-Printed Food

Janne Kyttanen Imagines a Future of Downloadable, 3D-Printed Food

Kyttanen is not only the co-founder of Freedom of Creation, but also the creative director of printer manufacturer 3D systems, making him at the forefront of the technological movement. Although

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Matternet’s Battery-Powered Drones Could Bring Supplies and Disaster Relief to Remote Areas

Matternet’s Battery-Powered Drones Could Bring Supplies and Disaster Relief to Remote Areas

While drones are typically—and quite reasonably—associated with the horrors of modern warfare, California-based startup Matternet, Inc. hopes that a network of peaceful unmanned aerial vehicles could

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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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