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Jason Allerman Builds Functioning LEGO Keyboard With 1,500 Pieces

Jason Allerman Builds Functioning LEGO Keyboard With 1,500 Pieces

LEGO maniac Jason Allerman has used his enthusiasm for the toy bricks to create a fully functioning computer keyboard. Using over 1,500 LEGO pieces, Allerman transformed a discarded broken keyboard into a

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VIDEO: 6 Smart Home Products Which Will Cut Your Energy Bill

VIDEO: 6 Smart Home Products Which Will Cut Your Energy Bill

Feeling the pinch when it comes time to pay your monthly bills? Lucky for you there are a few simple steps you can take to cut down your energy costs. With just a few simple and inexpensive products -

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Google’s Nest Halts Sales of Protect Smoke Alarm After Discovering Flaw

Google’s Nest Halts Sales of Protect Smoke Alarm After Discovering Flaw

One of the greatest things about the Nest Protect smoke alarm is its ability to be turned off with just a wave of the hand in the event of a false alarm - but that feature could also turn out to be a

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Festo’s DualWingGenerator Catches the Wind Like Flapping Bird Wings

Festo’s DualWingGenerator Catches the Wind Like Flapping Bird Wings

Windmills offer a great way to harness renewable energy, and they’ve been around for almost two centuries - but who says that’s the only way you can catch the wind? Festo, a supplier of automation

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Scientists Build ‘Designer’ Brewer’s Yeast Chromosome From Scratch

Scientists Build ‘Designer’ Brewer’s Yeast Chromosome From Scratch

Humans are already capable of splicing specific genes from one organism into another to create glowing plants to shelf-stable tomatoes. Now, a group of researchers led by Jef Boeke from New York

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Israel Debuts the World’s First Self-Cleaning Solar Farm

Israel Debuts the World’s First Self-Cleaning Solar Farm

One of the challenges with solar power is keeping the panels clean, since dust and dirt drastically reduce the efficiency of photovoltaics. That’s particularly challenging for large solar parks, and

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Chef’s New App Would Allow Customers to Smell Their Food Before Ordering

Chef’s New App Would Allow Customers to Smell Their Food Before Ordering

Michelin-starred chef Andoni Luis Aduriz is working on an innovative app that would allow customers to smell their food before ordering. Using an attachment called Scentee, food lovers will be able to

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World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska

World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska

Wind turbines have become airborne! An enormous helium-filled wind turbine will soon float over the city of Fairbanks, Alaska to produce enough electricity for more than a dozen families living off the

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INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space

INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space

Previously on Inhabitat we've written about Made in Space’s ambitious plans to bring 3D printing to the International Space Station. But how will such technology work when everything is floating? To

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Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

The Solar Sinter is made up of seven stations: a photovoltaic panel, the focal point for drawing the sun’s rays, a sun tracker, fresnel lens (for magnifying the rays), a battery, controlling

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Zero-Carbon Waterwheel Washing Machine is Completely Powered by Flowing Water

Zero-Carbon Waterwheel Washing Machine is Completely Powered by Flowing Water

A team of Chinese designers has developed a brilliant Waterwheel washing machine that combines the mechanism of modern spinning washing machines with traditional washing techniques used in ancient China.

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Bionic Plants use Nanotech for Supercharged Photosynthesis

Bionic Plants use Nanotech for Supercharged Photosynthesis

Most people already understand what makes plants such an important part of the environment -- by absorbing light and carbon, they’re able to photosynthesize, releasing fresh oxygen into the atmosphere

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INFOGRAPHIC: 13 Sci-Fi Gadgets You Won’t Believe Already Exist

INFOGRAPHIC: 13 Sci-Fi Gadgets You Won’t Believe Already Exist

  Have you ever watched an episode of The Jetsons or Star Trek and wondered when our tech is going to catch up with all of those flying cars and other space-age contraptions? Well, we're

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Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards

Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards

A new crowdfunding project aims to put the power to fight colony collapse disorder in the hands of everyday people. Now, anyone can log on and download a simple design for their own internet-connected

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13-Year-Old Becomes the World’s Youngest Person to Achieve Nuclear Fusion

13-Year-Old Becomes the World’s Youngest Person to Achieve Nuclear Fusion

A 13-year-old boy from Preston, UK just became the world’s youngest nuclear fusioneer. By successfully carrying out an atomic fusion reaction, Jamie Edwards has set a new record previously held by then

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Harvard Team to Convert Earth’s Infrared Energy into Clean Electricity

Harvard Team to Convert Earth’s Infrared Energy into Clean Electricity

Harvard Scientists are working on a new renewable energy system that can harvest the power from the earth's infrared energy. Our planet is constantly releasing hundreds of millions of gigawatts of

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Parce Smart Plugs Learn Home Energy Habits to Cut Electricity Costs

Parce Smart Plugs Learn Home Energy Habits to Cut Electricity Costs

German startup Parce developed smart wall plugs that pick up on home energy habits to increase energy efficiency. The company calls itself "the world's first intelligent energy-saving program for

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hereO Watches for Kids are Equipped with Real-Time Tracking Devices

hereO Watches for Kids are Equipped with Real-Time Tracking Devices

The world's tiniest real-time tracking device for the world's tiny tots, hereO GPS Watches will help parents keep tabs on their kids via iOS and Android. Each water-resistant watch is equipped with a

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Could a Newly Developed Magnetic Material Revolutionize Electronics?

Could a Newly Developed Magnetic Material Revolutionize Electronics?

This week at the American Physical Society meeting in Denver, engineers were introduced to a new magnetic material could revolutionize the electronics industry. Professor Ivan Schuller from the University

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Your Next Dell Could Come with Wireless Charging Capabilities

Your Next Dell Could Come with Wireless Charging Capabilities

Dell likes to be first. They were the first to market laptops directly to college freshmen through bro-friendly language, first to ship their computers in mushroom-based packaging, and, if their recent

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New Web App Uses Google Maps to Track Deforestation as it Happens

New Web App Uses Google Maps to Track Deforestation as it Happens

Google just unveiled a new online tool called Global Forest Watch that allows organizations and everyday people to monitor deforestation around the world. More than 40 organizations are collaborating on

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VIDEO: Andrea Air Purifier Uses a Plant to Clean the Air in Your Home

VIDEO: Andrea Air Purifier Uses a Plant to Clean the Air in Your Home

The Andrea Air Purifier is a brilliant partnership between man and plant that accelerates nature's natural ability to clean air in order to detoxify the atmosphere inside your home. We had a chance to sit

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MX3D-Metal 3D Printer Creates Complex Metal Objects in Thin Air

MX3D-Metal 3D Printer Creates Complex Metal Objects in Thin Air

Amsterdam-based Joris Laarman Lab teamed up with the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) to design a 3D printer that can produce complex metal objects in thin air. MX3D-Metal is a

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Stanford’s New Pomegranate Super Batteries Could Store 10 Times More Juice

Stanford’s New Pomegranate Super Batteries Could Store 10 Times More Juice

Pomegranates are a superfood for humans, and now they’re inspiring scientists to make super batteries for your smart phone and other devices. Researchers at Stanford University have taken inspiration

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SheerWind’s INVELOX Wind Turbine Can Generate 600% More Energy Than Conventional Turbines

SheerWind’s INVELOX Wind Turbine Can Generate 600% More Energy Than Conventional Turbines

US-based wind energy company SheerWind just unveiled the INVELOX - a tunnel-based wind turbine that can produce up to 600% more power than traditional wind turbines. The company states that after

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to the Creators of Morpholio and Trace – Two Mobile Apps Ready to Shake Up the Design World

INTERVIEW: We Talk to the Creators of Morpholio and Trace – Two Mobile Apps Ready to Shake Up the Design World

Inhabitat: How did the idea for Morpholio come about? Morpholio: The idea for Morpholio is actually still evolving and hopefully will always be slightly in flux. In 2011, five of us came together to

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Autonomous “Termite” Robots Work Together to Build with Bricks

Autonomous “Termite” Robots Work Together to Build with Bricks

Computer scientists at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a small army of self-controlled robots that follow the same principles as ants or termites to create impressive

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Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Produces More Energy Than It Takes In

Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Produces More Energy Than It Takes In

A newly-published study describes how for the first time, scientists have been able to generate more energy through an experiment than was used to initiate nuclear fusion. For more than 50 years,

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Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

The age of giant AC power convertors (like those fat power bricks that covert 120v to 240v power) might fade into obscurity if Panasonic has anything to say about them. The Japanese electronics firm

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Moss FM: World’s First Plant-Powered Radio Uses “Biological Solar Panels”

Moss FM: World’s First Plant-Powered Radio Uses “Biological Solar Panels”

Moss FM is the world's first plant-powered radio! The neatly arranged pots of moss form a Photo Microbial Fuel Cell that captures electrons generated during photosynthesis and converts them into

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