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NASA Plans to Make Oxygen on Mars and Water on the Moon

NASA Plans to Make Oxygen on Mars and Water on the Moon

Just as a trunk full of luggage affects your gas mileage on a road trip, the amount of supplies on a spacecraft determines how far and efficiently a spacecraft can travel. In order to reduce the payload

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Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered MacBooks

Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered MacBooks

Charging your laptop may soon be as easy as sitting in the sun, as Apple has been awarded a patent for a new solar-powered MacBook. Still just a novel idea, a small solar panel affixed to the back of the

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Audi and Global Bioenergies Turn Sugar into a Sweet Biofuel Alternative

Audi and Global Bioenergies Turn Sugar into a Sweet Biofuel Alternative

Sugar is classically one of the very worst things you can put in a car's gas tank but that has not stopped Audi from exploring ways to make biofuel made from the sweet powder. The German automaker has

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Cars Merge Onto a Maglev Rail Line for High-Speed Travel in this Transportation Concept

Cars Merge Onto a Maglev Rail Line for High-Speed Travel in this Transportation Concept

Many visions for the future of transportation involve everyone being driven around on superfast, self-driving robotic cars or trains. Getting to that future, however, means letting go of the wheel and not

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Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

There are many ways to brighten up dark spaces without mechanical assistance, but few are as efficient as the groundbreaking LightCatcher from EcoNation. The LightCatcher is a polycarbonate light dome

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New Nanoribbon Implant Powers Pacemakers With Heartbeats

New Nanoribbon Implant Powers Pacemakers With Heartbeats

Researchers from several institutions in the U.S. and Tsinghua University in China have developed a new implantable generator that can convert heartbeats into energy. The device utilizes a nanoribbon

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Cheap, Biodegradable Sugar Batteries Could Power Gadgets Within Three Years

Cheap, Biodegradable Sugar Batteries Could Power Gadgets Within Three Years

A research team from Virginia Tech led by Y.H. Percival Zhang just developed a battery that runs on natural sugar that could replace conventional batteries within three years. The sugar battery is cheap,

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Huge 3D Printer Can Print an Entire Two-Story House in Under a Day

Huge 3D Printer Can Print an Entire Two-Story House in Under a Day

Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis' revolutionary robot can 3D print an entire 2,500-square-foot home in just 24 hours. The technology was first developed at the University of Southern California, and it has

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Japan Prepares to Launch Giant Net into Orbit to Sweep up Space Debris

Japan Prepares to Launch Giant Net into Orbit to Sweep up Space Debris

In late February, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is teaming up with a fishing equipment company to test out an unusual approach to fighting space junk: a satellite equipped with a 300-meter

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NYU Researchers Create a Super Light, Flying Jellyfish Drone that Flaps into the Air

NYU Researchers Create a Super Light, Flying Jellyfish Drone that Flaps into the Air

Researchers at New York University’s Applied Math Lab unveiled a new drone inspired by nature that mimics the movement of a jellyfish. While it might sound like something destined for an aquatic life,

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New Software Allows Developers to Create Super Efficient Solar Parks

New Software Allows Developers to Create Super Efficient Solar Parks

In 2012, Siemens developed a software that allowed them to design ultra-efficient solar parks in just a few seconds, but at that time only Siemens had access to the tool. Now Siemens has announced that

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Inhabitat Reports LIVE From the 2014 Detroit Auto Show Today!

Inhabitat Reports LIVE From the 2014 Detroit Auto Show Today!

Heads up transportation fans - today Inhabitat is reporting LIVE from the floor of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where we'll be bringing you a first look at this year's most

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Intel Unveils Smart Earbuds That Sync Workout Music to Your Heartbeat

Intel Unveils Smart Earbuds That Sync Workout Music to Your Heartbeat

Fitness trackers abound these days, but can yours sync music with your workout? Intel has just unveiled a set of smart earbuds at CES 2014 that track your heartbeat and then selects music that can get you

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MPOWERD Unveils Luci Aura Color-Changing Inflatable Solar Lantern at CES 2014

MPOWERD Unveils Luci Aura Color-Changing Inflatable Solar Lantern at CES 2014

MPOWERD just launched a colorful new follow-up to its inflatable solar lantern. The energy-efficient Luci Aura can cycle through different hues to suit different atmospheres, from dinner parties to

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Onewheel by Future Motion is a Self-Balancing Electric Skateboard that Lets You Glide Over the Pavement

Onewheel by Future Motion is a Self-Balancing Electric Skateboard that Lets You Glide Over the Pavement

For years, bicycles have received various electric upgrades, so why not the skateboard? The Palo Alto-based team at Future Motion decided it was time to give the skateboard a high-tech makeover with the

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Apple’s New Mac Pro Desktop Uses 74% Less Aluminum and Steel Than its Predecessor

Apple’s New Mac Pro Desktop Uses 74% Less Aluminum and Steel Than its Predecessor

Apple's top-of-the-line professional workstation, the Mac Pro, has not only been redesigned to be much smaller and more efficient than before, but also more environmentally-friendly. It uses 74 percent

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The NSA Wants to Cool Data Snoop Centers with Americans’ Poop

The NSA Wants to Cool Data Snoop Centers with Americans’ Poop

Image via Shutterstock The US National Security Agency has received a lot of criticism for monitoring the public's actions and violating their privacy. Now, it turns out, they not only want your cell

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Top 6 Green Innovations of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Green Innovations of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Green technology advances by leaps and bounds - and in 2013 we saw no shortage of incredible innovations. From an ingenious ocean cleanup invention that could combat plastic pollution to a pedal-powered

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Organovo Announces Plans to Create World’s First 3D-Printed Human Liver in 2014

Organovo Announces Plans to Create World’s First 3D-Printed Human Liver in 2014

2014 could be a landmark year for medical technology, as researchers just announced that they are close to creating the world's first 3D printed organ. San Diego-based biotech firm Organovo plans to use

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Brilliant 3D Grass Printer Can Print a Garden in Any Shape You Can Imagine

Brilliant 3D Grass Printer Can Print a Garden in Any Shape You Can Imagine

Gardening just entered the 21st century - a team of students at the University of Maribor in Slovenia developed an innovative 3D printer that can create objects out of living grass! Maja Petek, Tina

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World’s First Self-Replicating 3D Printer Assembles in Just 30 Minutes

World’s First Self-Replicating 3D Printer Assembles in Just 30 Minutes

If you’re thinking of buying a 3D printer, why not get one that can replicate itself? Boots Industries' new BI V2.0 3D printer can produce parts of a clone that can be assembled in a mere 30 minutes.

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Dazzling Photos Reveal Japan’s Greenest Illuminated Christmas Ever

Dazzling Photos Reveal Japan’s Greenest Illuminated Christmas Ever

This year, the Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi has been transformed into a brilliant winter wonderland. They have replicated their famous wisteria floral attraction using cascades with a whopping

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ACES’ 3D Printing BioPen Could Redraw the Way We Approach Bone Surgery

ACES’ 3D Printing BioPen Could Redraw the Way We Approach Bone Surgery

Fabricating artificial bones is one of the most interesting byproducts of the 3D-printing revolution. In the latest development, Australian researchers developed a BioPen that deposits regenerative stem

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Ruphus Rocks The World of iPhone Accessories with Eco-Friendly Dockit and PodPad

Ruphus Rocks The World of iPhone Accessories with Eco-Friendly Dockit and PodPad

It's the holidays, and gifts of technology (namely smartphones) are at the top of everyone's list. If you're not planning to give the phone itself, then accessories that allow it to do more, better,

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Life-Size Hot Rod Made Entirely from LEGO Bricks Runs on Air!

Life-Size Hot Rod Made Entirely from LEGO Bricks Runs on Air!

LEGO savants Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaida have constructed a life-sized car made almost entirely out of LEGO bricks - and it runs entirely on air! The pair put out a message on Twitter asking for

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BOLTgroup’s Gigs 2 Go Recyclable Micro USB Drives Make It Easy to Share Info Anywhere

BOLTgroup’s Gigs 2 Go Recyclable Micro USB Drives Make It Easy to Share Info Anywhere

Gigs 2 Go is a credit-card-sized pack of USB flash drives made from molded paper pulp, designed with one thing in mind: sharing. When you need to share files on-the-go, you tear off a tab from the Gigs 2

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Scientists Convert Algae into Crude Oil in Less than One Hour

Scientists Convert Algae into Crude Oil in Less than One Hour

Department of Energy scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory say they’ve reduced nature's million year process of turning algae into crude oil to one than takes less than an hour. The

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Plant-Based Cellulose Super Material is as Stiff as Steel

Plant-Based Cellulose Super Material is as Stiff as Steel

Recent scientific findings that unveil the remarkable structural performance of plants could completely change what we think of as "green architecture." Researchers at Purdue University who conducted an

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The Morpholio Project Releases the Trace 2.0 App for Digital Creative Collaboration

The Morpholio Project Releases the Trace 2.0 App for Digital Creative Collaboration

Digital tools work best when they allow for ease of use, collaboration, and creativity. The Morpholio Project recently announced the release of Trace 2.0, an update to their original concept released in

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World’s First Cancer Treating Nanorobot Unveiled in South Korea

World’s First Cancer Treating Nanorobot Unveiled in South Korea

Photo © Shutterstock A group of South Korean scientists have developed a microscopic robot that can both detect and treat cancer. The nanorobot is powered by a special, genetically-modified bacteria

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