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Open-Source ‘Precious Plastic’ Machines Recycle Small Scale Waste

Open-Source ‘Precious Plastic’ Machines Recycle Small Scale Waste

When Design Academy Eindhoven graduate student Dave Hakkens learned that only ten percent of discarded plastic is actually recycled, he decided to create "Precious Plastic," an open-source collection of

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Smog-Sucking Electric Vacuum Cleaner Could Combat Beijing Air Pollution

Smog-Sucking Electric Vacuum Cleaner Could Combat Beijing Air Pollution

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed an "electronic vacuum cleaner" that could potentially suck up urban smog. The new cleaner uses copper coils to create an electrostatic field that pulls smog

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Adorable BMO LEGO Computer Brings Adventure Time to Your Desktop

Adorable BMO LEGO Computer Brings Adventure Time to Your Desktop

Adventure Time's Finn and Jake are lucky to have a trusty friend in their computational companion BMO, and now builder Michael Thomas has brought the little charismatic console to life with LEGOs and

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Aeromobil: Sleek Slovakian Flying Car Takes its First Flight (Video)

Aeromobil: Sleek Slovakian Flying Car Takes its First Flight (Video)

It might not be the world’s first flying car, but it's certainly the world’s prettiest airborne automobile. The Aeromobil Version 2.5 “road-able aircraft” is the second car we’ve seen take to

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Levi’s ‘Make Our Mark’ Campaign Transforms Vintage Tech into Web-Enabled Devices

Levi’s ‘Make Our Mark’ Campaign Transforms Vintage Tech into Web-Enabled Devices

Each of the antique items were redesigned to communicate with a web interface. Raspberry Pi was chosen to be the brains inside the pieces, and everything was programmed in Python. Wi-fi modules were

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Futuristic Mab Sphere Spits out Flying Robots to Clean Your House!

Futuristic Mab Sphere Spits out Flying Robots to Clean Your House!

The ball-shaped shuttle acts as a base for hundreds of mini-robots that fly out to reach the farthest corners of the house, scan the entire space and start cleaning in a choreographed swarm-like play that

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How 3D Printing Will Change Our World Forever

How 3D Printing Will Change Our World Forever

Hailed as the third industrial revolution, 3D printing technology can produce life-saving prosthetics, durable furnishings, and fully functional automobiles. As 3D printer costs plummet from the tens of

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14-Year-Old Tech Geek Creates Fun ‘Jazzy Recycling’ Mobile App

14-Year-Old Tech Geek Creates Fun ‘Jazzy Recycling’ Mobile App

Photo via Shutterstock To Zea Tongeman, being a tech-geek doesn't mean hiding in a room typing code into a computer for hours on end. Instead, this ambitious teenager is the designer of a social media

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Electrolux Design Lab Unveils 8 Futuristic Appliances for Cooking and Entertaining in Small Spaces

Electrolux Design Lab Unveils 8 Futuristic Appliances for Cooking and Entertaining in Small Spaces

3F 3F is a vacuum cleaner designed by Germain Verbrackel, an industrial design student at the Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique in France. It can change and mutate to suit the task required and it

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$99 23andMe DNA Test Could Predict Your Entire Health Future

$99 23andMe DNA Test Could Predict Your Entire Health Future

Our current health care system is built around reaction: doctors wait for patients to fall ill and only then find a way to heal them. But what if, some time in the future, doctors can predict what disease

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Disney Unveils Electricity Generator Made From Paper

Disney Unveils Electricity Generator Made From Paper

  Scientists are coming with all sorts of new energy generating technology everyday between new solar thermal plants and nuclear fusion, but paper? The minds at Disney Research have invented a new

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Ford Breaks Daytona Speed Record Using EcoBoost Engine

Ford Breaks Daytona Speed Record Using EcoBoost Engine

Ford set a new speed record at the Daytona International Speedway using a racing car equipped with a pickup truck engine. Racer Colin Braun reached 222.971 mph (358.837 km/h) in a single lap that smashed

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How 7 Smart Technologies are Tackling New World Problems

How 7 Smart Technologies are Tackling New World Problems

3D Printing 3D printing lets anyone make just about anything from nick nacks to full-size rooms. While the novelty is certainly there, 3D printing is also a technology that's starting to make a

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American Graphite Technologies Begins Development of a 3D Printer that Prints Graphene

American Graphite Technologies Begins Development of a 3D Printer that Prints Graphene

Graphene model by James Hedberg From stone, to plastic bottles, and even metal, there is a growing list of materials that can be extruded by a 3D printer. Now, American Graphite Technologies is trying

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Ultra Adaptable Chameleon House Features Moveable Paneled Walls and Shape-Shifting Furniture at the Solar Decathlon

Ultra Adaptable Chameleon House Features Moveable Paneled Walls and Shape-Shifting Furniture at the Solar Decathlon

This is the Missouri Team’s fifth Solar Decathlon competition. In fact, they are the only team worldwide to have been accepted into five of the six U.S. Department of Energy intercollegiate architecture

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Students Use Merry-Go-Round Power to Study Through the Night in Ghana

Students Use Merry-Go-Round Power to Study Through the Night in Ghana

Not only do most children in Ghana have to spend their lives in poverty, they also have to spend 12 hours a day in darkness because so much of their country lacks access to the energy grid. This means

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Japan Promises to Make 2020 Olympics a High-Tech Fest of Self-Driving Cars, 5G Networks and More

Japan Promises to Make 2020 Olympics a High-Tech Fest of Self-Driving Cars, 5G Networks and More

When Japan was announced as the host of the 2020 Olympics last month, it brought about a new wave of concern over the ongoing environmental crisis at Fukushima. As the government pushes for an end to the

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Scientists Turn Problematic Plastic Bags Into a High-Tech Nanomaterial

Scientists Turn Problematic Plastic Bags Into a High-Tech Nanomaterial

Non-biodegradable plastic bags are the scourge of landfills and picturesque landscapes everywhere. Scientists at the University of Adelaide in Australia have invented a process to transform the pesky

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Photonics Breakthrough Could Lead to Blazingly Fast Electronics

Photonics Breakthrough Could Lead to Blazingly Fast Electronics

A recent development in the world of silicon photonics (that's technology using optical rays for the layperson) means that computer speeds could really begin to skyrocket. The recently developed

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Volkswagen’s 261 MPG XL1 Plug-In Hybrid Officially Debuts in the US!

Volkswagen’s 261 MPG XL1 Plug-In Hybrid Officially Debuts in the US!

The XL1's unique design is based on three simple design principles: light weight, aerodynamics, and a low center of gravity. It weighs in at just 1,752 pounds and measures 153.3 inches long, 65.5 inches

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Global Solar Power Leaps Ahead of Wind Energy for the First Time

Global Solar Power Leaps Ahead of Wind Energy for the First Time

Solar panel photo via ShutterstockThe latest green energy numbers are in from the Bloomberg New Energy Finance report and solar capacity has over taken wind power for the first time ever. This year solar

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The ‘Everywhere Library’ Provides Free Digital Books to All Ugandan Mobile Phone Users

The ‘Everywhere Library’ Provides Free Digital Books to All Ugandan Mobile Phone Users

Living in America, it’s easy to forget that developing countries have a harder time providing the many things we take granted such as water, electricity, and education. Now a South African-based

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Japan Plans to Harvest Solar Power from Space by 2030

Japan Plans to Harvest Solar Power from Space by 2030

One of the big downsides of solar power is how dependent it is on local weather conditions. If it's rainy or overcast, you can't harvest much energy during the day. During winter, the shortened hours of

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USC’s Net Zero fluxHome Leaps Out of the Starting Gate at the Solar Decathlon 2013

USC’s Net Zero fluxHome Leaps Out of the Starting Gate at the Solar Decathlon 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon judges the twenty solar homes on design, construction, cost-effeciency, energy-efficiency and appearance. And from the looks of the fluxHome design and

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Rose-Like Nano Coating Could Keep Airborne Viruses Out of Planes

Rose-Like Nano Coating Could Keep Airborne Viruses Out of Planes

Photo via Shutterstock In another awesome project inspired by nature, scientists developed a new type of nano coating that makes a surface stay wet or keep it completely dry, and it never needs to be

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University of Michigan’s Generation Solar Car to Compete in 1800-Mile World Solar Challenge

University of Michigan’s Generation Solar Car to Compete in 1800-Mile World Solar Challenge

The University of Michigan’s (U-M) solar car, called the Generation, is a strange beast. A curved, asymmetrically lopsided vehicle that looks more like a motorcycle with a sidecar, the car's solar panel

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Mipwr Dynamo Case Charges Your iPhone With a Simple Squeeze

Mipwr Dynamo Case Charges Your iPhone With a Simple Squeeze

Having 10 extra minutes of cell phone battery life in emergency situations such as hurricanes and earthquakes can literally save lives. Designers Bob Panos and Karl Lee have designed a case that can

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Infographic: The Technology Behind Elon Musk’s 700 MPH Hyperloop Train

Infographic: The Technology Behind Elon Musk’s 700 MPH Hyperloop Train

Elon Musk's Hyperloop is one of the most talked about transportation developments of 2013 - and now that two top engineers have signed up to work on the project, it looks like it could actually see the

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Alex Duffner Makes Medical Technology Widely Available with Hacked Household Appliances

Alex Duffner Makes Medical Technology Widely Available with Hacked Household Appliances

With the aim of making life-saving medical technology accessible to all, London-based designer Alex Duffner has created a series of medical devices from hacked home appliances. Called Domestic Science

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

In my last column for The Biomimicry Manual, I mentioned the way the sea snake keeps herself clean of barnacles and algae by shedding her skin. Keeping surfaces clean is a huge challenge and a big

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