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Scientists Use Super-Strong Bacteria to Produce 24K Gold

Scientists Use Super-Strong Bacteria to Produce 24K Gold

Gold Nugget photo from Shutterstock A team of Michigan State University researchers have discovered a bacterium that has the ability to withstand incredible amounts of toxicity to create 24-karat gold.

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The World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine Has Blades That Are Over 24 Stories Tall

The World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine Has Blades That Are Over 24 Stories Tall

The green energy race just got kicked up a notch with the latest offering from Vestas. The Vestas V-164 is the world's largest and most powerful wind turbine, and each of its three blades measures 262

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NASA Harnessing the Power of Microbes to Create Building Bricks on Mars

NASA Harnessing the Power of Microbes to Create Building Bricks on Mars

Mars image from Shutterstock Engineers at NASA's Synthetic Biology Initiative are creating the building blocks of life - or rather, using life to create building blocks. Instead of shipping

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O2 to Sell New HTC Smartphone Without Chargers, Cut Four Olympic Swimming Pools Worth of E-Waste

O2 to Sell New HTC Smartphone Without Chargers, Cut Four Olympic Swimming Pools Worth of E-Waste

UK mobile network provider O2 just announced that they will not be releasing a charger with the new HTC smartphone. Why you ask? Well, their research has revealed that the UK “has more than 100m

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Space Scientists Develop Harpoon System to Capture Rogue Satellites and Clean up Space Junk

Space Scientists Develop Harpoon System to Capture Rogue Satellites and Clean up Space Junk

Space junk has rapidly become a major problem for the world's space agencies. Decades of satellite launches and missions have left the Earth’s orbit filled with pieces of junk such as fuel tanks, lost

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Swiss Researchers Develop a Roof that “Sweats” to Passively Cool Buildings

Swiss Researchers Develop a Roof that “Sweats” to Passively Cool Buildings

Mammals have the unique ability to moderate their body temperature through perspiration— evaporation on the surface of our skin that helps to keep us from overheating. But if sweating works so well for

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Networking Nature: Studiomobile’s Living Ecosystem Produces Fresh Water for a Future World of Rising Oceans

Networking Nature: Studiomobile’s Living Ecosystem Produces Fresh Water for a Future World of Rising Oceans

Despite conservative attempts to stem sea level rise, the fact remains that unchecked climate change will result in a marked increase in ocean levels. This sea level rise puts millions of lives and homes

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Scientists Develop Transparent Soil to Shed Light on the Mysterious World of Plant Roots

Scientists Develop Transparent Soil to Shed Light on the Mysterious World of Plant Roots

The “rhizoshpere” is the world of plant roots – a region of soil located just below the surface of the earth. It sounds like a fantastical realm, full of secrets and mystery – and

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IKEA Announces That it Will Sell Only LED Lighting By 2016

IKEA Announces That it Will Sell Only LED Lighting By 2016

IKEA, the massive Swedish furniture retailer that brought scandinavian design to the masses, is now going to bring LED lighting to the world in a big way. The company just announced that it will sell only

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Student Invents Doorless Refrigerator That Saves Energy and Reduces Food Spoilage

Student Invents Doorless Refrigerator That Saves Energy and Reduces Food Spoilage

Ben de la Roche, an industrial design student at Massey University in New Zealand, has designed a doorless refrigeration wall, called Impress, that prevents food waste and saves energy. De la Roche's

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‘Smart’ Curtains Trigger an Alarm When they Detect Intruders

‘Smart’ Curtains Trigger an Alarm When they Detect Intruders

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin have developed an amazing new type of intruder-detecting 'smart' curtains that can sense when someone is trying

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Hitachi Invents Waterproof Glass ‘Disk’ That Can Store Data Forever

Hitachi Invents Waterproof Glass ‘Disk’ That Can Store Data Forever

A simple square of glass may hold the key to the vexing problem of storing data indefinitely. Developed by Hitachi, the technology prints a binary series of dots upon a sliver of quartz glass which can

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Formlabs Creates Low-Cost, High-Quality 3D Printer that Fits on a Desktop

Formlabs Creates Low-Cost, High-Quality 3D Printer that Fits on a Desktop

Up until now, high-quality 3D printers have been incredibly expensive, making them an unrealistic option for the average creator. But Formlabs is about to change all that with Form 1 - an affordable 3D

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Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

We've all heard that sugar is bad for our bodies, but in the near future, it may just be good for your smart phone. Scientists in Japan have developed a way to create batteries using sugar. A group at

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Kymera’s Solar-Powered Jetboard Looks Like a Surfboard But Cruises Like a Boat!

Kymera’s Solar-Powered Jetboard Looks Like a Surfboard But Cruises Like a Boat!

Do you dream of flying through the ocean waves, sun in your hair and the spray of the surf in your face? Too bad boats are big, expensive, and require dirty fossil fuels. Surfing is an off-grid way to

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Sharp Unveils See-Through Transparent Solar Panels Perfect For Balconies And Windows!

Sharp Unveils See-Through Transparent Solar Panels Perfect For Balconies And Windows!

Rooftop solar installations are great for homeowners, or those with eco-conscious landlords - but what about the rest of us? Sharp recently announced a break-through in home solar technology that could

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The Agrisaurus App Makes Gardening Fun and Simple for Everyone

The Agrisaurus App Makes Gardening Fun and Simple for Everyone

Agrisaurus makes gardening simple, successful, and fun with tools that can help you design, plan, and manage your plot. Agrisaurus believes that small-scale farming is the future and they want to

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Design, Sketch and Communicate With Morpholio’s New Trace App – Now Available for Free!

Design, Sketch and Communicate With Morpholio’s New Trace App – Now Available for Free!

Created by architects, Trace addresses a number of questions about how a digital culture affects the way creative work and connect with one another. It has been predicted that in 2020, there will be 50

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The Futuristic LIFX LED Bulb Changes Color Via Wi-Fi and Lasts for 25 Years

The Futuristic LIFX LED Bulb Changes Color Via Wi-Fi and Lasts for 25 Years

Who says that energy-saving LED light bulbs need to be boring? The LIFX light bulb is energy-efficient, has a 25 year life span, and changes colors via smart phone application. The bulb is currently

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Siemens Develops More Efficient Wind Turbine Blades Based on Dinosaurs!

Siemens Develops More Efficient Wind Turbine Blades Based on Dinosaurs!

In the past we've seen biomimetic wind turbines inspired by whale fins and species of trees, however now designers are looking to extinct animal species to create next-generation turbines. Engineering

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Low-Cost Robot Worker ‘Baxter’ Could Change the Face of US Manufacturing

Low-Cost Robot Worker ‘Baxter’ Could Change the Face of US Manufacturing

Rethink Robotics have created a new android that they believe could stop industrial manufacturing jobs from going overseas. The Boston-based company has created a revolutionary humanoid robot named

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MakerBot’s New Replicator 2 Brings Desktop 3D Printing to the Masses

MakerBot’s New Replicator 2 Brings Desktop 3D Printing to the Masses

Small businesses are about to have the opportunity to enter the world of 3D printing with the launch of the MakerBot Replicator 2. The desktop 3D printer costs a little over $2,000 with an additional $50

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Cambridge Team Develops Way to Print Lasers Onto Any Surface Using Everyday Inkjet Technology

Cambridge Team Develops Way to Print Lasers Onto Any Surface Using Everyday Inkjet Technology

A team of scientists from Cambridge University has found a way to print lasers onto virtually any surface using everyday inkjet technology. The UK-based team hopes that their breakthrough will lead to a

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3D Printing Gets a Boost in Structural Strength Thanks to a New Sofware Application

3D Printing Gets a Boost in Structural Strength Thanks to a New Sofware Application

3D printers are everywhere these days, creating items from racecars to prosthetic beaks for bald eagles. Sadly, one major drawback of this new technology is that the objects made from metals and plastic

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City University London’s giCentre Visualizes 10 Million Bike Trips in a Blaze of Blue Light

City University London’s giCentre Visualizes 10 Million Bike Trips in a Blaze of Blue Light

City University London's giCentre, which is part of the City Collaborative Transport Hub, has created several visualizations that show the behavior and route preference patterns of the capital's bike

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Washit: A Washer That Washes Your Clothes While You Shower!

Washit: A Washer That Washes Your Clothes While You Shower!

Four Turkish university students have developed Washit, a shower unit that collects and filters used water for washing clothes or showering. Ahmet Burak Aktas, Adem Onalan, Salih Berk Ilhan and Burak

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South Korean Scientists Create Laser-Based Injection System to Replace Hypodermic Needles

South Korean Scientists Create Laser-Based Injection System to Replace Hypodermic Needles

It's fair to say that no-one likes receiving injections, yet for foreign travelers, children requiring immunizations, and flu shots, needles are an unfortunate necessity. However a team of scientists from

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6 Out of This World Space-Based Solar Power Designs

6 Out of This World Space-Based Solar Power Designs

SPS-ALPHA This margarita glass-shaped space setup is nicknamed, SPS-ALPHA - which is short for Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large PHased Array. It consists of a large array of thin-film

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Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

The solar energy designers at Rawlemon have created a spherical, sun-tracking glass globe that is able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) up to 10,000 times. The company claims that its ß.torics

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