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Elon Musk’s SolarCity Buys Silevo, in Talks to Build One of the World’s Largest Solar Panel Plants

Elon Musk’s SolarCity Buys Silevo, in Talks to Build One of the World’s Largest Solar Panel Plants

On the heels of his radical announcement to open Tesla's entire patent portfolio, Elon Musk just made a major investment that could revolutionize the solar energy industry. Musk's rooftop solar panel

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Amazing ERO Concrete-Recycling Robot Can Erase Entire Buildings

Amazing ERO Concrete-Recycling Robot Can Erase Entire Buildings

Demolition is a messy business—not only does the process require heavy machinery and produce clouds of dust, but it also results in giant piles of rubble that often head straight for the landfill. Omer

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World’s First Integrated Solar System Generates Electricity and Heat

World’s First Integrated Solar System Generates Electricity and Heat

In what could be a game changer for the solar energy industry, a house in suburban Sydney, Australia has installed the world's first building integrated solar system that generates electricity and heat.

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New Super Bananas With Orange Flesh Could Slash Vitamin A Deficiency in Low-Income Communities

New Super Bananas With Orange Flesh Could Slash Vitamin A Deficiency in Low-Income Communities

Genetically modified foods get a lot of negative attention, but sometimes GMOs can be a good thing. New genetically engineered bananas may soon be grown in low-income communities in order to prevent

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INFOGRAPHIC: IBM Helps Safeguard Water Quality and Fragile Ecosystems Along Ontario’s Grand River

INFOGRAPHIC: IBM Helps Safeguard Water Quality and Fragile Ecosystems Along Ontario’s Grand River

As populations increase and urbanization intensifies, our water and ecosystems are at risk. Today IBM announced a project that will introduce first-in-Canada technology that uses big data to help protect

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World’s First TransAtlantic Scent Message to be Sent From New York to Paris

World’s First TransAtlantic Scent Message to be Sent From New York to Paris

Tomorrow the world’s first scent message will be transmitted via text by Harvard Professor David Edwards at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Edwards is also the CEO of Vapor

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19-Year-Old’s Ocean Cleanup Array Could Clean Half the Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 Years, Study Shows

19-Year-Old’s Ocean Cleanup Array Could Clean Half the Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 Years, Study Shows

Last year we reported on teenage inventor Boyan Slat's plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. His proposal for an anchored

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This Clothing Staple Lets You Make Simple Gestures to Send a Text

This Clothing Staple Lets You Make Simple Gestures to Send a Text

Talk-to-text and Swype are great and all, but what if you could get your message across by simply touching your sleeve? That’s the idea behind the Smart Hoodie, the genius idea from students at NYU’s

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16 Million Color Scribble Pen Lets You Capture the Hue of Any Object

16 Million Color Scribble Pen Lets You Capture the Hue of Any Object

Do you find the hues in the average box of colored pencils or crayons too limiting? The folks at Scribble feel your pain, which is why they've developed the world's first pen that can replicate 16 million

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Paralyzed Teen to Kick Off 2014 Soccer World Cup with a Mind Controlled Exoskeleton

Paralyzed Teen to Kick Off 2014 Soccer World Cup with a Mind Controlled Exoskeleton

A paralyzed teen using an advanced mind-controlled exoskeleton could provide the first ceremonial kick of the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Brazil this month. Duke University plans to showcase their

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15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat, Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair

15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat, Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair

From a sleeping bag that charges your gadgets to entire buildings warmed by body heat, scientists are harvesting the heat emitted by humans as a source of renewable energy. But the latest development in

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INTERVIEW: GrabCAD Looks Under the Hood of the New Solar Impulse 2 Airplane

INTERVIEW: GrabCAD Looks Under the Hood of the New Solar Impulse 2 Airplane

Earlier this week Inhabitat reported that the Solar Impulse 2 launched its maiden flight in preparation for its record-breaking sun-powered trip around the world next year. The lightweight and

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Eindhoven’s Colossal UFO-Shaped Evoluon Center is Out of this World!

Eindhoven’s Colossal UFO-Shaped Evoluon Center is Out of this World!

Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat Standing within the Dutch City of Design & Technology, the Evoluon is a daring and iconic landmark. Its concrete dome is 253 feet in diameter and it was

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This Titan 1 3D Printer Can Make Towering Objects in Half the Time

This Titan 1 3D Printer Can Make Towering Objects in Half the Time

The 3D printing revolution has begun, and there's no shortage of hardware available - from a printer that costs just $150 to a portable printer you can carry with you on the go. But if you're looking to

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Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new type of solar cell that uses multiple junctions instead of single subcells to gather the full spectrum of light. The

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Solar Roadways Crowdfunding Campaign Blitzes Goal, Raises Over $1.5 Million

Solar Roadways Crowdfunding Campaign Blitzes Goal, Raises Over $1.5 Million

Inhabitat has been reporting on the Solar Roadways project since 2009, so we are excited to see that their latest Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has raised over $1.5 million! Funds are going towards

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NASA May Send New Flying Saucer-Shaped Landing Vehicles to Mars

NASA May Send New Flying Saucer-Shaped Landing Vehicles to Mars

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has built a saucer-like spacecraft that will be used as a planetary lander in Mars missions launching as early as 2018. The Low Density

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3D-Printed Canal House Pops Up in Amsterdam, May Start New Housing Trend

3D-Printed Canal House Pops Up in Amsterdam, May Start New Housing Trend

When DUS Architects announced plans last year to 3D print an entire canal house, the design world was skeptical. But all skepticism vanished recently when they unveiled the first 3D-printed walls to the

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Biophotovoltaic Moss Table Generates Electricity Through Photosynthesis

Biophotovoltaic Moss Table Generates Electricity Through Photosynthesis

What if your lamp and laptop could be powered by plants? Biophotovoltaics' Moss Table is an innovative furnishing that demonstrates the future potential of Bio-Photo-Voltaic (BPV) technology. Here

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Honda Wants You to Drink the Emissions From Its New Car

Honda Wants You to Drink the Emissions From Its New Car

Honda’s new car has such clean emissions that the car company wants you to drink them. The Honda FCX Clarity is the world’s first mass-produced car to use compressed hydrogen instead of gas - and in

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Chinese Loop Vacuum Tech Allows Super-Maglev Trains to Reach 1,800 MPH

Chinese Loop Vacuum Tech Allows Super-Maglev Trains to Reach 1,800 MPH

A researcher in China has unveiled his super-maglevloop line that could make future trains go at the speed of up to 1,800 mph. This is a big deal, mind you, because currently the fastest

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Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Thanks to a team of Harvard scientists, being called a "shrimp" will no longer amount to an insult. The University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering isolated chitin in the arthropod's

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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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