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Virginia Tech’s New Piezoelectric Charger Can Power Your Cell Phone With a Simple Shake

Virginia Tech’s New Piezoelectric Charger Can Power Your Cell Phone With a Simple Shake

Cell phone photo from Shutterstock What happens if you're on the move and your cell phone runs out of batteries? For most people, it means waiting until you can access your charger. But scientists at

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Stanford Scientists Create Self-Healing Material That Responds To Touch

Stanford Scientists Create Self-Healing Material That Responds To Touch

Human skin is an amazing barrier that is able to sense pressure and heal itself. Now, researchers at Stanford University’s Department of Electrical Engineering have created a material that mimics skin

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The Aeroball is a Levitating Luminescent Sphere that Purifies the Air as it Hovers Through Your House

The Aeroball is a Levitating Luminescent Sphere that Purifies the Air as it Hovers Through Your House

Who says there is no such thing as magic? The Aeroball — a floating appliance that cleans and freshens the air as it hovers — certainly appears as though it is powered by an arcane force. The

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New Chemical Process Produces Biofuel Strong Enough to Power Jets

New Chemical Process Produces Biofuel Strong Enough to Power Jets

Jet photo from Shutterstock Thanks to scientists harnessing the power of chemistry, you may one day soon fly in a plane fueled by plants. An article published in the journal Nature last week describes

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Top 8 Green Gadgets Worthy of James Bond

Top 8 Green Gadgets Worthy of James Bond

SOLAR-POWERED SPY SATELLITE James Bond is a lot of things: a womanizer, a troubled soul, licensed to kill. But first and foremost, 007 is a spy, and spies are always looking for new ways to monitor their

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Natcore Builds World’s First Black Silicon Solar Cell Using Scalable Production Process

Natcore Builds World’s First Black Silicon Solar Cell Using Scalable Production Process

Solar Cell photo from Shutterstock Natcore Technology has created the world’s first commercially-viable absolute black silicon cell. The company claims that by using a scalable liquid phase

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Kurion, Inc. Turns Nuclear Waste Into Glass for Safer Long-Term Storage

Kurion, Inc. Turns Nuclear Waste Into Glass for Safer Long-Term Storage

Photo via Shutterstock One of the greatest challenges facing the nuclear power industry is the question of what to do with the dangerous radioactive waste it creates. California-based Kurion, Inc.

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Scientists Are Searching For Gigantic Alien Solar Power Stations

Scientists Are Searching For Gigantic Alien Solar Power Stations

Scientists at organizations such as S.E.T.I (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) have traditionally looked for alien life by searching for radio signals. However according to Treehugger and The

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Hand Crank Cell Phone Charger by Eton and the American Red Cross Could Be a Lifesaver

Hand Crank Cell Phone Charger by Eton and the American Red Cross Could Be a Lifesaver

Hurricane Sandy has many people thinking about what they would do without power for days on end, particularly when it comes to the need to keep essential items like cell phones charged, ready and

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University of Michigan Researchers Create Heartbeat-Powered Pacemaker

University of Michigan Researchers Create Heartbeat-Powered Pacemaker

Pacemakers are lifesavers, but they have a downside: every seven years or so a pacemaker’s battery must be replaced, requiring surgery - with all the risks and costs that surgery comes with. But all of

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Bird-Friendly Saphonian Wind Turbine Ditches Blades for a More Efficient, Less Expensive Design

Bird-Friendly Saphonian Wind Turbine Ditches Blades for a More Efficient, Less Expensive Design

Renewable energy technology just got a much needed breath of fresh air. During the TEDGlobal 2012 Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland the head of the Tunisian company Saphon Energy introduced a radical

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UK Researchers Create a Circuit Board that Completely Dissolves in Hot Water

UK Researchers Create a Circuit Board that Completely Dissolves in Hot Water

Recycling electronics is a challenge, particularly as they become smaller and more tightly sealed. But the National Physical Laboratory in the UK looks to change that with a newly invented circuit board

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Amonix Achieves Highest-Ever Recorded Solar Power Efficiency with Concentrated Photovoltaics

Amonix Achieves Highest-Ever Recorded Solar Power Efficiency with Concentrated Photovoltaics

Solar panel manufacturer Amonix has announced that its concentrated photovoltaic technology has set a new efficiency record; their module achieved a conversion rate of 33.5%, which meets a long-standing

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British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

The Westmill Solar Cooperative announced Nov. 1 the launch of the world's largest community-owned solar project in the south of England near Oxford. The 5 MW 30-acre Westmill solar park consists of 20,260

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Dutch Scientists Create Concrete that Heals Itself With Built-in Bacteria

Dutch Scientists Create Concrete that Heals Itself With Built-in Bacteria

If you've ever had to seal a crack in concrete, you know what a pain it can be and how quickly cracked concrete can begin to disintegrate. That's why we're so excited about a new technology that would

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Philips Unveils the Hue: The World’s Smartest LED Bulb

Philips Unveils the Hue: The World’s Smartest LED Bulb

The light bulb has come a long way since Edison introduced the carbon filament back in 1879. Even within the last couple of years, we have seen improvements in the modern LED light, including the

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Rice University Researchers Discover that Crushed Silicon Could Triple Lithium-Ion Battery Life

Rice University Researchers Discover that Crushed Silicon Could Triple Lithium-Ion Battery Life

The race is on to develop a longer-lasting rechargeable battery in order to greatly extend the range of electric vehicles, and a team of researchers from Rice University may have found a clue. The

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Scientists Discover New Technique To Change the Color of Gold Without Using Chemicals

Scientists Discover New Technique To Change the Color of Gold Without Using Chemicals

Photo by Shutterstock Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new way to alter the color of gold—or just about any metal— without chemically altering it. The technique

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MIT Breakthrough Could Double Smartphone Battery Life

MIT Breakthrough Could Double Smartphone Battery Life

Smartphone photo from Shutterstock As much as we love Smartphones, they are a pretty inefficient technology. We typically focus on charging as the main point of energy consumption, but new research

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Tim Durfee’s 3D-Printed Loophole Lamp Casts a Warm Eco-Friendly Glow

Tim Durfee’s 3D-Printed Loophole Lamp Casts a Warm Eco-Friendly Glow

Tim Durfee’s Loophole uses a common off-the-shelf fluorescent tube to create a simple source of diffuse light. Opaque paint on half of the U-shaped element blocks the direct glow, while allowing bright

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Building Bytes: Brian Peters’ 3D Printed Ceramic Bricks Can be Used in Large-Scale Construction

Building Bytes: Brian Peters’ 3D Printed Ceramic Bricks Can be Used in Large-Scale Construction

Brian Peters has been researching the role of 3D printing in architecture and his most recent project explored how 3D printers could be used to make building materials. This fall he spent 6 weeks at the

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Rock Your Way to a Charged iPad With the iRock Chair

Rock Your Way to a Charged iPad With the iRock Chair

Did you ever think you could charge your iPad just by sitting down? Micassa Lab’s iRock does just that -- letting you rock your way to a charged iPad or iPhone! The iRock transforms Grandma’s favorite

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Desertec Moves Ahead With Plans to Build Massive Solar Plants in Northern Morocco

Desertec Moves Ahead With Plans to Build Massive Solar Plants in Northern Morocco

The Desertec Foundation, an international collaboration between politicians, businesses and scientists to develop sustainable energy resources, will continue to aid the Moroccan government in establishing

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Scientists Developing Next-Gen Carbon Nanotube Microchips

Scientists Developing Next-Gen Carbon Nanotube Microchips

Carbon nanotube image from Shutterstock Carbon nanotubes are heralded as a next-gen wonder material capable of creating everything from space elevators to better batteries, and now a team of

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London Array: World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Generates Energy for the First Time

London Array: World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Generates Energy for the First Time

DONG Energy, E.On and Masdar just announced that their joint venture the London Array - soon to be the world's largest offshore wind farm - switched on for the first time today! The wind farm, which

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The Natural Wood and Moss Keyboard Brings A Natural Touch to Your Computer

The Natural Wood and Moss Keyboard Brings A Natural Touch to Your Computer

Tired of the “cold and lifeless” aesthetic of modern technological objects, Robbie Tilton decided to warm things up a little by constructing a keyboard made from wood and moss. Instead of

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MIT Scientist Believes That Paintballs Could Be Used To Deflect Incoming Asteroids

MIT Scientist Believes That Paintballs Could Be Used To Deflect Incoming Asteroids

When it comes to protecting the Earth from potentially devastating asteroids, scientists have discussed using everything from nuclear weapons to spacecraft armed with solar-powered lasers. However, an

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Sweden Plans to Import 800,000 Tons of Garbage Each Year

Sweden Plans to Import 800,000 Tons of Garbage Each Year

Garbage photo from Shutterstock We’ve heard of importing goods and raw materials, but importing trash? That’s exactly what Sweden intends to do in order to compensate for its trash shortfall.

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