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Bionic Plants use Nanotech for Supercharged Photosynthesis

Bionic Plants use Nanotech for Supercharged Photosynthesis

Most people already understand what makes plants such an important part of the environment -- by absorbing light and carbon, they’re able to photosynthesize, releasing fresh oxygen into the atmosphere

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INFOGRAPHIC: 13 Sci-Fi Gadgets You Won’t Believe Already Exist

INFOGRAPHIC: 13 Sci-Fi Gadgets You Won’t Believe Already Exist

  Have you ever watched an episode of The Jetsons or Star Trek and wondered when our tech is going to catch up with all of those flying cars and other space-age contraptions? Well, we're

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Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards

Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards

A new crowdfunding project aims to put the power to fight colony collapse disorder in the hands of everyday people. Now, anyone can log on and download a simple design for their own internet-connected

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13-Year-Old Becomes the World’s Youngest Person to Achieve Nuclear Fusion

13-Year-Old Becomes the World’s Youngest Person to Achieve Nuclear Fusion

A 13-year-old boy from Preston, UK just became the world’s youngest nuclear fusioneer. By successfully carrying out an atomic fusion reaction, Jamie Edwards has set a new record previously held by then

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Harvard Team to Convert Earth’s Infrared Energy into Clean Electricity

Harvard Team to Convert Earth’s Infrared Energy into Clean Electricity

Harvard Scientists are working on a new renewable energy system that can harvest the power from the earth's infrared energy. Our planet is constantly releasing hundreds of millions of gigawatts of

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Parce Smart Plugs Learn Home Energy Habits to Cut Electricity Costs

Parce Smart Plugs Learn Home Energy Habits to Cut Electricity Costs

German startup Parce developed smart wall plugs that pick up on home energy habits to increase energy efficiency. The company calls itself "the world's first intelligent energy-saving program for

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hereO Watches for Kids are Equipped with Real-Time Tracking Devices

hereO Watches for Kids are Equipped with Real-Time Tracking Devices

The world's tiniest real-time tracking device for the world's tiny tots, hereO GPS Watches will help parents keep tabs on their kids via iOS and Android. Each water-resistant watch is equipped with a

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Could a Newly Developed Magnetic Material Revolutionize Electronics?

Could a Newly Developed Magnetic Material Revolutionize Electronics?

This week at the American Physical Society meeting in Denver, engineers were introduced to a new magnetic material could revolutionize the electronics industry. Professor Ivan Schuller from the University

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Your Next Dell Could Come with Wireless Charging Capabilities

Your Next Dell Could Come with Wireless Charging Capabilities

Dell likes to be first. They were the first to market laptops directly to college freshmen through bro-friendly language, first to ship their computers in mushroom-based packaging, and, if their recent

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New Web App Uses Google Maps to Track Deforestation as it Happens

New Web App Uses Google Maps to Track Deforestation as it Happens

Google just unveiled a new online tool called Global Forest Watch that allows organizations and everyday people to monitor deforestation around the world. More than 40 organizations are collaborating on

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MX3D-Metal 3D Printer Creates Complex Metal Objects in Thin Air

MX3D-Metal 3D Printer Creates Complex Metal Objects in Thin Air

Amsterdam-based Joris Laarman Lab teamed up with the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) to design a 3D printer that can produce complex metal objects in thin air. MX3D-Metal is a

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Stanford’s New Pomegranate Super Batteries Could Store 10 Times More Juice

Stanford’s New Pomegranate Super Batteries Could Store 10 Times More Juice

Pomegranates are a superfood for humans, and now they’re inspiring scientists to make super batteries for your smart phone and other devices. Researchers at Stanford University have taken inspiration

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SheerWind’s INVELOX Wind Turbine Can Generate 600% More Energy Than Conventional Turbines

SheerWind’s INVELOX Wind Turbine Can Generate 600% More Energy Than Conventional Turbines

US-based wind energy company SheerWind just unveiled the INVELOX - a tunnel-based wind turbine that can produce up to 600% more power than traditional wind turbines. The company states that after

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to the Creators of Morpholio and Trace – Two Mobile Apps Ready to Shake Up the Design World

INTERVIEW: We Talk to the Creators of Morpholio and Trace – Two Mobile Apps Ready to Shake Up the Design World

Inhabitat: How did the idea for Morpholio come about? Morpholio: The idea for Morpholio is actually still evolving and hopefully will always be slightly in flux. In 2011, five of us came together to

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Autonomous “Termite” Robots Work Together to Build with Bricks

Autonomous “Termite” Robots Work Together to Build with Bricks

Computer scientists at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a small army of self-controlled robots that follow the same principles as ants or termites to create impressive

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Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Produces More Energy Than It Takes In

Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Produces More Energy Than It Takes In

A newly-published study describes how for the first time, scientists have been able to generate more energy through an experiment than was used to initiate nuclear fusion. For more than 50 years,

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Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

The age of giant AC power convertors (like those fat power bricks that covert 120v to 240v power) might fade into obscurity if Panasonic has anything to say about them. The Japanese electronics firm

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Moss FM: World’s First Plant-Powered Radio Uses “Biological Solar Panels”

Moss FM: World’s First Plant-Powered Radio Uses “Biological Solar Panels”

Moss FM is the world's first plant-powered radio! The neatly arranged pots of moss form a Photo Microbial Fuel Cell that captures electrons generated during photosynthesis and converts them into

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Seed-Planting Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

Seed-Planting Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

Israeli industrial designer Shlomi Mir has created a tumbleweed-inspired robot that uses wind power to study desertification and help scientists better understand the phenomenon. The round robot uses an

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Why PV Solar is Better than Thermal Energy for Precious Water Supplies

Why PV Solar is Better than Thermal Energy for Precious Water Supplies

Lack of water is a huge problem in vast portions of the United States, where there is hardly enough to go around after the farms, ranches and cities have gotten their fill. So it really makes no sense

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San Francisco’s Fancy New Clothing Donation Bins to Help Divert Waste from Landfills

San Francisco’s Fancy New Clothing Donation Bins to Help Divert Waste from Landfills

Clothing donation bins are nothing new but San Francisco wants to encourage more drop offs to eliminate unneeded waste in its landfills. In a mission to entice more residents to donate clothes the

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Google Mystery Barge May be Fined Due to Complaints and Lack of Permits

Google Mystery Barge May be Fined Due to Complaints and Lack of Permits

Google has been constructing a mystery barge at an old naval base in the San Francisco Bay for months now. However due to a series of complaints the internet search giant may be forced to move their

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Chairish Launches a New App That Makes Finding and Selling Pre-Loved Furniture Easier

Chairish Launches a New App That Makes Finding and Selling Pre-Loved Furniture Easier

Last year we reported on the launch of Chairish, an awesome new website that connects designer furniture enthusiasts with one another to create a hub for shopping and selling exceptional pre-owned home

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Submit Your Architecture Projects to the 2014 Holcim Awards – $2 Million in Prize Money Awarded!

Submit Your Architecture Projects to the 2014 Holcim Awards – $2 Million in Prize Money Awarded!

THE HOLCIM AWARDS IS NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES! Since accepting its first application back in 2005, the Holcim Awards has recognized more that 150 innovative architecture projects from across the globe that

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World’s First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer Prints Parts 20 Times Stiffer than Plastic

World’s First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer Prints Parts 20 Times Stiffer than Plastic

Gregory Mark needed strong and light carbon fiber parts to build his computer-controlled race car wings, so he designed a carbon fiber 3D printer that could make them. The MarkForged Mark One is the

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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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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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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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