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Duke University Students Discover a Way to Charge Cell Phones With Wi-Fi

Duke University Students Discover a Way to Charge Cell Phones With Wi-Fi

Keeping your power-hungry smartphones charged with cables and portable batteries may be a thing of the past as two engineering students have figured out a way to charge them with Wi-Fi. Allen Hawkes and

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Witnesses the Prosthesis Anti-Robot’s Angry, Stomping Foot

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Witnesses the Prosthesis Anti-Robot’s Angry, Stomping Foot

A giant, stomping robot foot is pretty difficult to ignore, so Inhabitat really had no choice but to check out eatART's Prosthesis "Anti-Robot" at last week's Engadget Expand. The zero-emissions

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Blossoming Surya Sculpture Could Shield Dallas Building from Scorching Glare

Blossoming Surya Sculpture Could Shield Dallas Building from Scorching Glare

Since the 42-story Museum Tower has opened in 2011, the glare from its highly reflexive façade has been forcing people working in the adjacent Renzo Piano-designed Nasher Sculpture Center to endure

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CNC Flatpack Open-Source Beehives Monitor the Health and Behavior of Bees

CNC Flatpack Open-Source Beehives Monitor the Health and Behavior of Bees

A team of eco-technologists just unveiled an open-source project for designing intelligent beehives that monitor and track the health and behavior of bee colonies. A collaborative project between FabLab

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VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

If you're worried about keeping warm and cozy these next few months, look no further than our video on how to button up your home for the cold season and cut your utility bills while you're at it! We've

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Dying Giant Sequoia Planted by John Muir Cloned by the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

Dying Giant Sequoia Planted by John Muir Cloned by the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

Giant Sequoia tree image via Shutterstock Even the longest-lived, heartiest organisms on earth must eventually succumb to disease and death. Or do they? A team of horticulturalists at the

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The SeaOrbiter: Futuristic Marine Research Vessel Launches CrowdFunding Campaign

The SeaOrbiter: Futuristic Marine Research Vessel Launches CrowdFunding Campaign

A few years ago, there were rumors that a futuristic oceanographic marine vessel would be constructed with the sole aim of exploring the world's oceans. Known as The SeaOrbiter, it would serve as a

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Powerslayer Puts a Stop to Vampire Power Draw

Powerslayer Puts a Stop to Vampire Power Draw

A clever new device called Powerslayer aims to stop the vampire draw on electronics - that insidious power suck that happens when you leave something plugged in even after your device is charged.

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Revolutionary Desktop CNC Wire Bending Machine Makes 3D Printers Look Played Out

Revolutionary Desktop CNC Wire Bending Machine Makes 3D Printers Look Played Out

3D printers are great, but what if you need to fabricate something larger than a basketball or stronger than a piece of plastic? That's the question that Brooklyn-based design consultancy Pensa asked

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ITKE Constructs New ArboSkin Pavilion with 388 Recyclable Bioplastic Pyramids

ITKE Constructs New ArboSkin Pavilion with 388 Recyclable Bioplastic Pyramids

The blueprint of the shell structure is based on a network of triangular shapes of different sizes. The double curved skin is made of 3.5 mm thick bioplastic pyramids that are mechanically assembled to

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3D-Printed Human Cells Will Replace Animal Testing in Five Years, Says Bioengineer Expert

3D-Printed Human Cells Will Replace Animal Testing in Five Years, Says Bioengineer Expert

Photo via Yurchyks/Shutterstock 3D-printing could soon bring about an end to animal abuse in drug testing, according to bioengineering expert Alan Faulkner-Jones. Speaking at the 3D Printshow Hospital

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Hirobo Unveils HX-1 Unmanned Electric Rescue Helicopter at the International Robotics Exhibition in Tokyo

Hirobo Unveils HX-1 Unmanned Electric Rescue Helicopter at the International Robotics Exhibition in Tokyo

Image via Gizmag Hirobo is known primarily for toy RC helicopters - however the Japanese company is now using its advanced engineering expertise for nobler applications. At the International Robotics

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Apple Brings Manufacturing Back to America with New Solar-Powered Plant in Arizona

Apple Brings Manufacturing Back to America with New Solar-Powered Plant in Arizona

Photo of solar panels in Arizona via Shutterstock Apple has faced a lot criticism for failing to monitor its manufacturing partners' questionable work safety standards, but it looks like the company is

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Bionic Titan Arm Wins 2013 James Dyson Award

Bionic Titan Arm Wins 2013 James Dyson Award

The Titan Arm is a bionic exoskeleton that helps people recovering from an injury or stroke regain their upper-body strength. It augments the user’s arm strength by 18 kg to reduce fatigue and rebuild

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‘Desert Cascades’ Solar-Powered Waterfall Flows in the Desert

‘Desert Cascades’ Solar-Powered Waterfall Flows in the Desert

Does the image of cool, cascading waterfalls flowing in a dry desert sound like an unimaginable mirage? Artist and UNESCO-IHE Cultural Ambassador Ap Verheggen says that thanks to recent technological

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Old-Fashioned Steam Engines Could Solve Solar Energy Storage Problem

Old-Fashioned Steam Engines Could Solve Solar Energy Storage Problem

Australian engineers might have solved one of the biggest obstacles to scaling up solar energy -- the lack of affordable storage technology that allows solar to be used at peak demand after the sun goes

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India Successfully Launches First Mission to Mars

India Successfully Launches First Mission to Mars

Today India successfully launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars. The 3,000-pound Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25) named Mangalyaan (Mars Craft in Hindi) took off from the island of

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Modular Eco-Mobius Phone Cuts Electronic Waste With Upgradeable Guts

Modular Eco-Mobius Phone Cuts Electronic Waste With Upgradeable Guts

The new Eco-Mobius Phone is an upgradable modular phone that helps address the growing problem of electronic waste. Designed by ZTE Corporation, the Mobius phone is made up of a series of individual

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Hovering Rescue Robot Can Crash Into Obstacles and Keep On Flying

Hovering Rescue Robot Can Crash Into Obstacles and Keep On Flying

A new flying robot built to withstand mid-air crashes could play a key role helping disaster victims. The great minds at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne created a flying spheroid robot that can

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SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

So how does this work? The 200 m2 elm-leaf shaped structure has a PV cell coated underbelly, which powers cooling condensers that in turn convert humidity from the desert air into ice. Verheggen told the

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New Hyperloop Startup Announces it Will Build a Prototype by Next June

New Hyperloop Startup Announces it Will Build a Prototype by Next June

The Hyperloop concept is already beginning to pick up speed. A new start up group of engineering experts, who call themselves Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc., has stepped forward with the

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Illinois Research Team Turns Wood into Greener Next Generation Battery Super Capacitors

Illinois Research Team Turns Wood into Greener Next Generation Battery Super Capacitors

Over the last few years researchers have been developing supercapacitors to become the next-generation battery. Instead of using chemical reactions, super capacitors are more powerful batteries equipped

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Motorola’s New Modular Smartphone Could Keep People from Buying New Phones Every Year

Motorola’s New Modular Smartphone Could Keep People from Buying New Phones Every Year

Motorola is revolutionizing the smartphone industry with a new modular device that would make it unnecessary to buy a new phone every two years. Putting hardware in the hands of third party developers

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LG Unveils G Flex Curved Smartphone that Self-Heals like X-Men’s Wolverine

LG Unveils G Flex Curved Smartphone that Self-Heals like X-Men’s Wolverine

Korean smartphone maker LG has finally announced a phone that promises to free us from the horrors of scratched smartphones. One of the world’s first curved smartphones, the G Flex innovates one step

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E-Velocipede: Electric Version of World’s First Bicycle Rides Like it’s 1865

E-Velocipede: Electric Version of World’s First Bicycle Rides Like it’s 1865

E-Velocipede "Concept 1865" bicycle is propelled by a 250W electric drive integrated within the rear wheel. A rechargeable battery is integrated into the saddle, and at the end of the day riders can

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Is Google Secretly Building a Floating Data Center in the San Francisco Bay?

Is Google Secretly Building a Floating Data Center in the San Francisco Bay?

There’s something strange happening in the San Francisco Bay, and it seems to involve Google and a giant barge made out of shipping containers. Google has never been shy about chasing audacious new

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Infographic: How Mars One Plans to Establish the First Colony on the Red Planet

Infographic: How Mars One Plans to Establish the First Colony on the Red Planet

Did you know that if you are at least 18 years old, in good mental and physical condition, and have no plans to return to Earth, you can apply to be one of the first colonizers of Mars? Mars One is a

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Giant Mirrors Reflect Artificial Sunlight onto Norwegian Village Previously Bathed in Darkness

Giant Mirrors Reflect Artificial Sunlight onto Norwegian Village Previously Bathed in Darkness

For six months of every year, a remote valley village in southern Norway lives in perpetual darkness. But now, thanks to three 183 square foot reflecting mirrors installed atop a 437 yard high

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Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

Photo via Shutterstock Japan has nearly completed construction on the first of 140 floating windmills that will eventually provide a safer alternative to its nuclear energy infrastructure. When

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Next-Gen SolarVolt Generator Uses Lighthouse Glass to Capture the Power of 20 Suns

Next-Gen SolarVolt Generator Uses Lighthouse Glass to Capture the Power of 20 Suns

Fresnel lens photo from Shutterstock You might not expect it, but lighthouses are leading the way to more powerful solar panels in outer space and here on earth. The key is Fresnel lenses, which

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