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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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Wave-Powered Robot Completes Record-Setting 9,000-Mile Journey Across the Ocean

Wave-Powered Robot Completes Record-Setting 9,000-Mile Journey Across the Ocean

Liquid Robotics, a Silicon Valley startup behind the surfboard-sized robots known as Wave Gliders, announced today that the Papa Mau robot completed a record-breaking 9,000 mile trip across the Pacific

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Wind Farms Near Airports Made Possible: New Holographic Radar Can Tell Planes and Wind Turbines Apart

Wind Farms Near Airports Made Possible: New Holographic Radar Can Tell Planes and Wind Turbines Apart

Photo via Shutterstock The new Holographic Radar system, developed by UK tech firm Aveillant, can differentiate between the spinning blades of aircraft and those of wind turbines. The new radar can

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Rare Earth Elements Infographic Shows the Impact of Resource Depletion on Green Technology

Rare Earth Elements Infographic Shows the Impact of Resource Depletion on Green Technology

Today people around the world depend on devices like smartphones, tvs, and laptops to learn, work, and communicate with those we love. However the production of these devices has resulted in a major

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EcoBot III is a Human Waste-Powered Robot that Cleans Wastewater!

EcoBot III is a Human Waste-Powered Robot that Cleans Wastewater!

EcoBot III is a lightweight self-sustaining robot designed to clean wastewater! Powered by Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs), the robot runs off human waste, using it to produce electricity necessary for

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Brainwave-Sensing Muse Headband Moves One Step Closer to Mind Control

Brainwave-Sensing Muse Headband Moves One Step Closer to Mind Control

Ever dream of being able to complete a task by simply thinking about it? We aren't quite there yet, but with the release of the Muse Headband, which monitors your brainwaves, we're getting closer.

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Super-Efficient iLumi LED Bulb Lasts for 20 Years and Can Be Controlled With a Smartphone

Super-Efficient iLumi LED Bulb Lasts for 20 Years and Can Be Controlled With a Smartphone

The new iLumi, unveiled this week on Indiegogo, is an energy-efficient LED bulb that lasts for 20 years and can be controlled by any smartphone. The bulb features iLumi's HyperLux technology, which allows

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Researchers 3D Print Moon Rocks for Use as Lunar Building Material

Researchers 3D Print Moon Rocks for Use as Lunar Building Material

3d printing has become one of the most exciting fields of technology today as it opens up new possibilities for consumers and scientists. But the next frontier for 3d printing tech may be outer space - as

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Scientists Create New Solar Energy Technology That Creates Steam From Icy Cold Water

Scientists Create New Solar Energy Technology That Creates Steam From Icy Cold Water

Solar technology is beginning to heat up, thanks to researchers at Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP). Scientists have developed a method of solar thermal heating that generates steam at the

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HydroICE Solar-Powered Combustion Engine Could Cut Solar Costs By 75%

HydroICE Solar-Powered Combustion Engine Could Cut Solar Costs By 75%

While the idea of a solar powered car is attractive, the physical manifestation usually fails in both aesthetics and performance. Most of the solar-powered vehicles we've featured in the past are either

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Defense Distributed Plans to Share 3D Printable Guns for Free Over the Internet

Defense Distributed Plans to Share 3D Printable Guns for Free Over the Internet

Thanks to companies like MakerBot, 3d-printed replicas have become easily accessible to consumers everywhere, but would anyone have ever thought that would make firearms more accessible? Defense

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Bonsai-Inspired Electree+ Solar Charger Launches on Kickstarter!

Bonsai-Inspired Electree+ Solar Charger Launches on Kickstarter!

From nanoflower solar cells to plant-based computer interfaces, modern technology often looks to nature for design inspiration. The Electree+ designed by Vivien Muller is a bonsai tree-shaped solar

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