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British Architect Designs First 3D Printed Element for Use in the Construction Industry

British Architect Designs First 3D Printed Element for Use in the Construction Industry

The ETFE plastic roof canopy of the 6 Bevis Marks building in London features a decorative sheath that is the world’s first 3D-printed component approved for use in the construction industry, according

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New Inexpensive Technology Generates Electricity from Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic

New Inexpensive Technology Generates Electricity from Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic

Wallowing in traffic seems like an enormous waste of time and resources. But what if you could generate a little power during your daily commute? A Mexican entrepreneur has developed technology that

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100% Chemical-Free Sprayer Kills the Most Common Pathogens Using Only Water

100% Chemical-Free Sprayer Kills the Most Common Pathogens Using Only Water

This amazing Eco3Spray handheld sprayer from Franke turns ordinary tap water into ozone, enabling it to kill common nasties like E. coli, salmonella, staph aureus, and pneumonia without using any

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World’s First Tidal-Powered Lagoon Could be Coming to Swansea Bay

World’s First Tidal-Powered Lagoon Could be Coming to Swansea Bay

A massive sea wall built around Swansea Bay, near the South Wales coast, could harness the power of sea tides to provide power to over 100,000 homes. A few weeks ago an environmental assessment of the

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Carole Collet’s BioLace Project Reprograms Plants to Produce Food and Textiles

Carole Collet’s BioLace Project Reprograms Plants to Produce Food and Textiles

The BioLace project explores how cellular programming can affect the morphogenesis of plant systems and combines synthetic biology and design to revolutionize future fabrication of textiles. The new

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Crazy ‘Luna Ring’ Moon Solar Plant Could Beam Constant Green Energy to Earth

Crazy ‘Luna Ring’ Moon Solar Plant Could Beam Constant Green Energy to Earth

The moon affects the tides on Earth, helps brightens the night sky, and soon it might also provide us with even more solar power. Tokyo-based Shimizu Corporation wants to install a belt of solar panels

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Woof to Wash: Bark-Activated Washing Machine Lets Service Dogs Take Over on Laundry Day

Woof to Wash: Bark-Activated Washing Machine Lets Service Dogs Take Over on Laundry Day

Service dogs can help people in numerous immeasurable ways, from mountain rescue to saving bee colonies, but until now, they haven’t really been able to help with one of life’s most mundane tasks:

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Turtle-Inspired Robot Helps Archaeologists Explore Shipwrecks

Turtle-Inspired Robot Helps Archaeologists Explore Shipwrecks

The U-CAT, an adorable turtle-shaped robot designed to explore underwater wrecks, debuts today in the Robot Safari exhibit at the London Science Museum. The robot has been specially designed to maneuver

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Saietta R: World’s First Electric Sports Bike to be Unveiled in Colorado

Saietta R: World’s First Electric Sports Bike to be Unveiled in Colorado

The world's first all-electric sports bike is set to be unveiled this December at the Clean and Cool Missions in Colorado, U.S. The London-based cleantech company Agility Global will showcase its flagship

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CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals

CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals

CellEra’s new platinum-free fuel cell could be the cleanest engine ever created. Instead of using an extremely expensive rare earth metal as the fuel cell’s catalyst, CellEra employs a catalyzed,

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The World’s First Bionic Eye Implant Hits US Market Next Month

The World’s First Bionic Eye Implant Hits US Market Next Month

The world's first bionic eye is set to hit the US market next month! The Argus II is a retinal implant that helps restore vision to patients blinded by a degenerative eye disease. The FDA officially

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NASA Plans to Grow Plants on the Moon in 2015

NASA Plans to Grow Plants on the Moon in 2015

NASA just announced plans to grow plants on the moon in 2015 as the first step towards sustaining life on other planets. A group of scientists, contractors, students, and volunteers called the Lunar Plant

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World’s Largest Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility Opens in Charleston, SC

World’s Largest Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility Opens in Charleston, SC

The world’s largest wind turbine drivetrain testing facility and smart grid simulator just officially launched at The Energy Systems Innovation Center in Charleston, South Carolina on November 21st.

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Blueshift Helium is the World’s First Wireless Supercapacitor-Powered Speaker

Blueshift Helium is the World’s First Wireless Supercapacitor-Powered Speaker

Electronics that rely on batteries have the disadvantage of succumbing to obsolescence once their charging and discharging cycles have reached their limit, but one firm is moving away from that model.

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Prysm Uses Laser Phosphorus Tiles to Create the World’s Greenest Video Wall

Prysm Uses Laser Phosphorus Tiles to Create the World’s Greenest Video Wall

IAC's Frank Gehry-designed headquarters in New York is now home to not one, but two of the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly video walls in the world. The main attraction is a

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SketchUp’s Open-Source 3D-Printable WikiHouse Snaps Together Like Lego Bricks

SketchUp’s Open-Source 3D-Printable WikiHouse Snaps Together Like Lego Bricks

What if you could assemble your house like Legos using free modeling software and a 3D printer? That's the idea behind Eric Schimelpfening's WikiHouse - a home designed entirely in SketchUp that can be

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Solar-Powered ConnecTable Charges Devices in Outdoor Public Places

Solar-Powered ConnecTable Charges Devices in Outdoor Public Places

Have you been reading an e-book at the park when suddenly your device's battery starts gasping its last? The sun may be shining bright, but there you are, stranded without an outlet. CarrierClass, a

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V-Tex Makes Drinks Ice Cold in Under 45 Seconds

V-Tex Makes Drinks Ice Cold in Under 45 Seconds

Retailers and restaurants waste a ton of energy on refrigeration to keep beverages frosty cold for customers. This energy expense is so great that the European Union funded a project called "Rapidcool" to

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USC Professor Receives NASA Grant to Develop 3D-Printed Space Homes

USC Professor Receives NASA Grant to Develop 3D-Printed Space Homes

We wrote about Dr. Berokh Khoshnevis’ revolutionary robot-builder that could 3D print entire houses, and now the ‘contour crafting’ technology has caught the eye of NASA and multinational building

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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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