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Actor Ed Begley Jr. Builds Massive Home Underground Rainwater Harvesting System in LA

Actor Ed Begley Jr. Builds Massive Home Underground Rainwater Harvesting System in LA

"Six Feet Under" and "Arrested Development" fans may be surprised to know that well-known actor Ed Begley Jr. is also a staunch environmental campaigner. Together with his wife Rachelle Carson-Begley, he

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British Airways Plans to Use London’s Garbage for Jet Fuel

British Airways Plans to Use London’s Garbage for Jet Fuel

The city of London is going to start paying British Airways to take its trash, but what on Earth does the airline company want with all that garbage, anyway? The airline giant plans to turn it into jet

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NASA’s Next Rover Could Carry a Greenhouse to Mars

NASA’s Next Rover Could Carry a Greenhouse to Mars

For some time now NASA has been developing projects that would create renewable food sources for its future crew on Mars. Some of the projects include aquaponic systems and greenhouses. One of the

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New Pollution-Fighting Billboards Can Purify 100,000 Cubic Meters of Air Every Day

New Pollution-Fighting Billboards Can Purify 100,000 Cubic Meters of Air Every Day

The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC) is on a mission to transform regular billboards into structures that tackle environmental issues. Following the success of their billboard that

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New 3D Printer Allows You to Print Your Own Makeup at Home

New 3D Printer Allows You to Print Your Own Makeup at Home

Makeup creates a massive amount of waste, from the packaging to the containers, but what if you could print your own at home with no packaging and no limitations? That’s the idea behind inventor Grace

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Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes

Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes

Solar cooking just got even better thanks to the new fuss-free GoSun stove. This uber awesome tube stove can cook delicious meals without using a lick of fuel - in just 20 minutes. Baking, boiling or

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Massive Solar Wind Energy Tower Proposed for the U.S.-Mexico Border

Massive Solar Wind Energy Tower Proposed for the U.S.-Mexico Border

A Maryland-based energy company plans to build a gigantic tower that could tap solar and wind resources to generate 500 megawatts of energy. The Solar Wind Energy Tower is planned for a location on the

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Scientists Harness the Power of 3D Printers in the Battle to Cure Cancer

Scientists Harness the Power of 3D Printers in the Battle to Cure Cancer

The fight to cure cancer exists in a three-dimensional world, but up until now scientists have had to make do with testing therapies in the flatlands of a petri dish. Now a team from Drexel University led

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United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) just announced $10 million in funding to test two deep-water wave energy conversion (WEC) devices off the coast of the U.S. Navy's Marine Corps Hawaii Base in

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ZutA Labs Unveils World’s First Pocketable Mini Printer

ZutA Labs Unveils World’s First Pocketable Mini Printer

The pocketable printer is finally here. ZUtA Labs is out with a new Mini Mobile Roboto Printer designed to work like an inkjet printer on wheels. Rather than having a giant printer with internal

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VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE – We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE – We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

By now, we hope that most of you know that swapping incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs saves money and energy, but there's still a lingering misconception that LED bulbs emit a cold, bluish light that is

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Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

Not only does the parking lot harvest energy, it also incorporates overhead utilities and repositions underground utilities for more efficient use. Power and data cables line a cable corridor alongside

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3D-Printed Osteoid Cast Could Speed Up Bone Healing by Nearly 40%

3D-Printed Osteoid Cast Could Speed Up Bone Healing by Nearly 40%

We’ve seen 3D-printed lamps, chairs, houses and even self-replicating 3D printers, but Deniz Karahasin’s mindbending Osteoid cast looks like something from a sci-fi movie. The designer has created a

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Susana Soares’ Glass Device Uses Honey Bees to Detect Cancer

Susana Soares’ Glass Device Uses Honey Bees to Detect Cancer

At last year’s Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Portuguese designer Susana Soares presented a device that can detect cancer and other diseases using honey bees. Known for their extraordinary sense of

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Scientists Develop a Way to Detect Cancer on Patients’ Breath

Scientists Develop a Way to Detect Cancer on Patients’ Breath

Cancer is a devastating killer that takes one out of every eight lives on the planet. While cancer treatments have improved over the years, one key to battling the disease is early detection, which has

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Oregon Institute of Technology Now Generating Its Own Energy On Campus

Oregon Institute of Technology Now Generating Its Own Energy On Campus

On April 18th, the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls celebrated the completion of two major renewable energy projects, making it the first university in North America to generate all of its

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Flushing Toilets May Help Power Homes in South Korea

Flushing Toilets May Help Power Homes in South Korea

Scientists in South Korea have come up with a way to use the mechanical energy of flowing water as a sustainable energy source. The research shows how the energy potential of flushing toilets can be

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MIT Unveils Seawater-Cooled Floating Nuclear Power Plant That Can Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis

MIT Unveils Seawater-Cooled Floating Nuclear Power Plant That Can Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis

MIT has unveiled designs for an earthquake and tsunami-proof nuclear power plant. Similar in design to platforms used for offshore oil drilling, the floating power plant would use the surrounding water

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Revolutionary “Superman” Memory Crystals Can Store Data Virtually Forever

Revolutionary “Superman” Memory Crystals Can Store Data Virtually Forever

Quartz Crystal photo from Shutterstock While most of us are just getting used to the idea of 3D printing, scientists are already working on technological marvels that operate two dimensions deeper.

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Billboard Produces Drinkable Water From Desert Air in Peru

Billboard Produces Drinkable Water From Desert Air in Peru

Peruvian researchers have collaborated with an ad agency to create an unusual billboard that generates drinking water from thin air. While the billboard fulfills its traditional role as an advertising

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NASA Set to Launch its First Vegetable Greenhouses Into Space!

NASA Set to Launch its First Vegetable Greenhouses Into Space!

Futuristic scenarios in which astronauts consume pills instead of food couldn't be further from the truth, thanks to new devices for growing fresh vegetables in space. NASA’s next resupply mission to

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Airborne Wind Turbines Could Meet World Energy Demand

Airborne Wind Turbines Could Meet World Energy Demand

A new study from the University of Delaware finds that high-altitude wind turbines tethered to the ground like kites could potentially generate enough clean, renewable electricity for the entire world.

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Amazon Wasn’t Joking About Those Drone Deliveries

Amazon Wasn’t Joking About Those Drone Deliveries

On Thursday CEO Jeff Bezos sent Amazon shareholders an annual letter that disclosed information about the company's employee pay-to-quit program, grocery deliveries and - oh yeah - they are still moving

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Google Announces New Details for Their Modular Ara Smartphone

Google Announces New Details for Their Modular Ara Smartphone

If you have always thought that you could design a better smartphone than any of the current phones on the market, Google’s Project Ara is giving you the opportunity to put your money where your mouth

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U.S. Navy Converts Seawater into Jet Fuel Using ‘Game Changing’ Technology

U.S. Navy Converts Seawater into Jet Fuel Using ‘Game Changing’ Technology

United States Navy scientists claim they have successfully developed a method of converting seawater into jet fuel. Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory developed a technology that

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Groundbreaking Smartphone Battery Charges Up in 30 Seconds Flat

Groundbreaking Smartphone Battery Charges Up in 30 Seconds Flat

Sick of waiting for your smartphone to recharge? Israeli nanotechnology pioneer StoreDot Ltd just unveiled a groundbreaking new battery that can charge up in 30 seconds flat! The fast-charging battery

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Bone Dusters Paleo Ale is Brewed From a 35-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil

Bone Dusters Paleo Ale is Brewed From a 35-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil

If you’ve ever wanted to know what dinosaur-flavored beer tastes like, now is your chance. Jason Osborne of paleontology and geology non-profit Paleo Quest has teamed up with Jasper Akerboom, a brew

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French Scientists Developing Earthquake ‘Shields’ to Protect Cities from Quakes

French Scientists Developing Earthquake ‘Shields’ to Protect Cities from Quakes

Someday in the future, when an earthquake hits a major city, we may be able to redirect the acoustic waves of the earthquake to a place where they won’t cause so much damage. At least, that’s the idea

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

Inhabitat: So to start, tell me about how the Foodini and Natural Machines came together. Lynette: It started a little bit over a year ago. There are four founders in the company and I came in around

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Got a “Black Thumb”and Can’t Keep Plants Alive? PlantLink Can Help

Got a “Black Thumb”and Can’t Keep Plants Alive? PlantLink Can Help

Sometimes it's hard to tell if your plants have had enough (or too much) water until they're either shrivelled and brown, or waterlogged and limp. Different plants have different watering needs as well,

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