green technology

Company Aims to Defeat Drought with Powdered “Rain”

Company Aims to Defeat Drought with Powdered “Rain”

Amid concerns about global climate change and changing weather patterns, one company is trying to find a new way to irrigate crops in an age of increasing water instability. "Solid Rain" is an incredibly

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Solar-Powered, Spinach-Growing Mars Greenhouse Wins NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge

Solar-Powered, Spinach-Growing Mars Greenhouse Wins NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge

With the landing of the Mars Rover, many feel we're closer than ever to establishing the first Mars colony - but there's still the question of how to sustain humans on a dead planet. Fortunately, a group

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Designing and Building with Bacteria Could be the Future of Architecture

Designing and Building with Bacteria Could be the Future of Architecture

The rate at which science has been evolving for the last few decades suggests it won’t be long before we’re able to build houses with bacteria. Manufacturing processes are close to replacing

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Austrian Scientists Grow Mini Human Brains in a Lab

Austrian Scientists Grow Mini Human Brains in a Lab

Image via Shutterstock After years of using mice to study the inner workings of the brain, Juergen Knoblich of the Institute of Molecular Biology in Vienna, Austria decided he'd had enough. Mouse

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Stanford University Robots Sniff Out Toxic Algae in Washington’s Puget Sound

Stanford University Robots Sniff Out Toxic Algae in Washington’s Puget Sound

Every summer it seems like news about a surge of poisonous red tides gets worse and worse. But in a ray of hope, Stanford researchers say they are wrapping up a successful test of toxic algae-detecting

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Sierra Energy’s Revolutionary Trash-to-Energy FastOx Gasifier Will Make Renewable Fuel for the US Army

Sierra Energy’s Revolutionary Trash-to-Energy FastOx Gasifier Will Make Renewable Fuel for the US Army

If there are any two problems that need tackling in our world it's the lack of clean energy and the overabundance of garbage. Now a company called Sierra Energy might have a solution called the FastOx

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Elon Musk Claims the Iron Man Hologram UI Can Be Built—and He Might Just Be the One to Build It

Elon Musk Claims the Iron Man Hologram UI Can Be Built—and He Might Just Be the One to Build It

In case you needed further evidence that Elon Musk may in fact be Iron Man himself, the billionaire inventor and entreprenur's recent tweets are here to help. While Tony Stark's hologram computer user

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Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

Image via Shutterstock A new pilot plant recently launched in Australia aims to combat global warming by converting carbon dioxide into bricks. The culmination of over six years' effort by The

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The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage

The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage

Thousands of firefighters have descended upon the "Rim Fire" blazing in Yosemite National Park. A new online tool launched by Southern California radio station KPCC allows visitors to monitor the progress

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Echoviren: World’s First 3D Printed Architectural Structure Built in California

Echoviren: World’s First 3D Printed Architectural Structure Built in California

Echoviren 3D-printed pavilion by Smith|Allen from Dezeen on Vimeo. Architects across the world have been racing to build the world’s first 3D printed architectural structure. Many of the designs,

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New Supermaterial Carbyne is the World’s Strongest Material, Beats Out Graphene and Diamond

New Supermaterial Carbyne is the World’s Strongest Material, Beats Out Graphene and Diamond

Carbyne could be stronger that Graphene (pictured above). (cc) AlexanderAlUS/CORE Materials A new research paper published on Arxiv describes in detail the properties of Carbyne, a supermaterial that

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EV ARC: World’s First Self-Contained Mobile Solar Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

EV ARC: World’s First Self-Contained Mobile Solar Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

Envision Solar isn't new to innovative solar design. They created the Solar Tree, an umbrella-like solar array that can be used in a parking lot to charge multiple vehicles. Now they have broken new

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Kijani Grows Will Bring Small, Internet Connected Aquaponics Gardens to Schools

Kijani Grows Will Bring Small, Internet Connected Aquaponics Gardens to Schools

Aquaponics systems have grown in popularity over the years and they're currently one of the most common urban farming techniques. But while closed loop gardens—including the one you see above —are

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3D Printed Wearable Planter Rings Adorn Your Hands With Tiny Plants

3D Printed Wearable Planter Rings Adorn Your Hands With Tiny Plants

Colleen Jordan has been pleasing fashionista green thumbs with her Wearable Planters for years, and her adorable new Planter Rings will have you saying "I do". Each colorful bauble is 3D printed and holds

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Access:energy Aims to Bring Life-Changing Clean Energy to Kenya’s Slum Island

Access:energy Aims to Bring Life-Changing Clean Energy to Kenya’s Slum Island

Welcome to Kenya's "Slum Island," a place where overcrowded shantytowns fend for themselves on a forgotten island where infrastructure is all but non-existent. A barren pinprick of land on the

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‘Genesis’ 3D Printed Concept Car Can Assemble Itself!

‘Genesis’ 3D Printed Concept Car Can Assemble Itself!

Royal College of Art graduate student Nir Seigel recently unveiled plans for a 3D printed concept car that actually assembles itself! Seigel's Genesis vehicle explores next generation manufacturing

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Researchers Develop Battery-Free Wireless System to Power Mobile Devices

Researchers Develop Battery-Free Wireless System to Power Mobile Devices

Anyone with a mobile device has likely experienced the frustration of having to be reliant on a battery. The charge never lasts long enough, and finding a source of electricity on the run is a hassle.

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Redox Set to Launch Dishwasher-Sized ‘Cube’ Fuel Cells for 90% Less than Current Technologies

Redox Set to Launch Dishwasher-Sized ‘Cube’ Fuel Cells for 90% Less than Current Technologies

Fuel cells could provide a vital source of power for off-grid communities and cities experiencing hurricanes and thunderstorms - but existing units are expensive, massive, and they tend to run extremely

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Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Photo via Shutterstock Plant leaves are the ideal model for a lot of solar technology, so it only makes sense that developers of manmade solar panels would look to Mother Nature to improve the

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6 Handy Apps for Preventing Skin Cancer All Year Long

6 Handy Apps for Preventing Skin Cancer All Year Long

Coppertone My UV Alert Not sure whether sunscreen's enough or whether you should go for full coverage--hat, long sleeves, and sunglasses? Just plug in your zip code, and this free app from Coppertone

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MakerBot’s New Digitizer 3d Scanner Set to Hit the Market Next Week

MakerBot’s New Digitizer 3d Scanner Set to Hit the Market Next Week

MakerBot is already a household name in the 3D printing community, and their next invention will make it easier than ever to create 3d printed objects. According to Engadget, the company is planning to

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Scientists Develop Plasma-Treated Nano Filter to Clean Water in the Developing World

Scientists Develop Plasma-Treated Nano Filter to Clean Water in the Developing World

A team of international researchers have found a new way to purify water in the developing world. It’s a filter made of plasma-charged carbon nano-tubes that can easily filter out harmful contaminants

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A 3D Printed Part Will be at the front of Bloodhound’s 1000 MPH Supersonic Car

A 3D Printed Part Will be at the front of Bloodhound’s 1000 MPH Supersonic Car

The team behind the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) is gearing up to set a 1,000 mile per hour speed record in summer 2015 - and to accomplish the feat they're turning to 3d printing technology to create

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New Aerogel Fuel Cell Boasts 5x the Efficiency of Conventional Fuel Cells

New Aerogel Fuel Cell Boasts 5x the Efficiency of Conventional Fuel Cells

Fuel cells could be one of the our cleanest energy sources; they convert hydrogen into electricity, and their only waste byproduct is water. One of the biggest things holding back the technology, however,

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Ancient Bacteria From Norwegian Fjords Could Be Used to Make the Ultimate Sunscreen

Ancient Bacteria From Norwegian Fjords Could Be Used to Make the Ultimate Sunscreen

Photo via Shutterstock Norwegian researchers recently discovered a microorganism living in Trondheim Fjord that could be a key ingredient in the ultimate sunscreen. The bacteria, named Micrococcus

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6 Of The Coolest, Most Innovative 3D-Printed Designs

6 Of The Coolest, Most Innovative 3D-Printed Designs

3D-Printed Haptic Feedback Shifter A Ford engineer by the name of Zac Nelson recently took the guts from an Xbox 360 controller, stuffed them into a 3D-printed shift knob casing, and used open-source

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IKEA’s Augmented Reality 2014 Catalog Lets You Preview Products in Your Apartment!

IKEA’s Augmented Reality 2014 Catalog Lets You Preview Products in Your Apartment!

Instead of trekking down to the IKEA showroom with your measuring tape, camera, and color swatches, you can now shop comfortably in your own home without the fear of buying something that does not fit

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Solar-Powered Sol Laptop Can Run for 10 Hours on a Single Charge

Solar-Powered Sol Laptop Can Run for 10 Hours on a Single Charge

WeWi Telecommunications Inc. just unveiled a new solar-powered laptop that can run for 10 hours straight on a single charge! The Sol laptop features built-in foldable solar panels, so it can be used in

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Bare Conductive Paint Allows You to Draw an Electrical Circuit Almost Anywhere

Bare Conductive Paint Allows You to Draw an Electrical Circuit Almost Anywhere

In an age where food can be assembled by a printer and bacteria can be engineered to produce gold, surely talking billboards cannot be that far away. A team of students from London's Royal College of Art

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Terrafugia’s Flying Car Completes First Public Flight at Wisconsin Air Show

Terrafugia’s Flying Car Completes First Public Flight at Wisconsin Air Show

It’s official, we’ve finally made it into the future. Childhood dreams of flying cars are a reality at last, thanks to Terrafugia, who have designed and just demonstrated a new car that can actually

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