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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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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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