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Algae Biofuel Emits at Least 50% Less Carbon than Petroleum Fuels

Algae Biofuel Emits at Least 50% Less Carbon than Petroleum Fuels

A new study from Bioresource Technology finds that algae-based biofuel can reduce CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent when compared to petroleum-based fuels. The study also found that algae biofuel is

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World’s First 3D Scanner for iPad Triples Kickstarter Goal in One Day

World’s First 3D Scanner for iPad Triples Kickstarter Goal in One Day

Yesterday morning San Francisco-based Occipital launched Structure Sensor—the world's first 3D scanner for iPad—on Kickstarter with a fundraising goal of $100,000. By this morning, they had not only

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3D Printed Bowls and Plates Made From Sugar Mean You’ll Never Have to Do the Dishes Again

3D Printed Bowls and Plates Made From Sugar Mean You’ll Never Have to Do the Dishes Again

3D printing technology has already been used to create elegant, edible 3D printed sweets made out of sugar. But now designer Philippe Malouin is using a 3D printer to create a variety of sugar-based

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Intel Unveils the World’s First Wine-Powered Computer Processor

Intel Unveils the World’s First Wine-Powered Computer Processor

Intel believes that ultra low-power computer chips are the future - especially when it comes to connecting people in developing countries, where electricity is often scarce. To this end, they just

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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

If you’re reading Inhabitat, you’re probably interested in green building, and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally

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Phonebloks: Modular Phone Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks So You Never Have to Throw It Away

Phonebloks: Modular Phone Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks So You Never Have to Throw It Away

It seems like most people get a new cellphone every year these days - and while that’s good news for phone manufacturers and telecoms, it’s not helping our wallets or the environment. Enter PhoneBloks

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Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Levels of nitrous oxide are difficult to measure in agricultural sites across Australia due to their scattered nature. So scientists from the Queensland University of Technology have created "Semaphore,"

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Scotland Approves Europe’s Largest Tidal Energy Project

Scotland Approves Europe’s Largest Tidal Energy Project

The government of Scotland just gave the green light to develop Europe's largest tidal energy project and the first commercial tidal turbine array in Scottish waters. MayGen Ltd. was awarded the 86

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The OrCam is a “Google Glass”- Like Device That Aids the Visually Impaired

The OrCam is a “Google Glass”- Like Device That Aids the Visually Impaired

Thanks to a company based in Israel, the visually impaired now have a means to become more independent. The OrCam is a device that can be mounted on a pair of glasses and point out objects, people, or

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Algaerium Bioprinter 3D-Prints Nutrient-Rich Algae Superfood at Home!

Algaerium Bioprinter 3D-Prints Nutrient-Rich Algae Superfood at Home!

In just a short time, 3D printing has revolutionized the industries of medicine, tech, and design - and the technology's next breakthrough application could revolutionize our food system. PhD researcher

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The Mebotics Microfactory is a One-Stop Shop for Fabricating Anything

The Mebotics Microfactory is a One-Stop Shop for Fabricating Anything

3D printing technology holds the amazing potential to change the way we make things - however most 3D printers are limited to creating objects out of plastic. Enter the Mebotics Microfactory, which it

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LeftoverSwap is an App that Lets You Share Unwanted Food

LeftoverSwap is an App that Lets You Share Unwanted Food

No matter how valiant the attempt, sometimes it is just impossible to finish that last helping of casserole for dinner. Instead of letting perfectly good food languish in the fridge, the developers of

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INFOGRAPHIC: Upgrading to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c? Donate, Sell, or Recycle Your Old Phone!

INFOGRAPHIC: Upgrading to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c? Donate, Sell, or Recycle Your Old Phone!

Today Apple launched two shiny new cellphones - the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c - which means that thousands of old phones are set to fall into disuse as consumers around the world cash in their upgrades.

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Chinese Scientists Successfully Produce a Living Kidney Using a 3D Printer

Chinese Scientists Successfully Produce a Living Kidney Using a 3D Printer

We've all seen the cool things that can be done with 3D printers, but now scientists at a Chinese university in eastern Zhejiang Province have made an incredible leap for medical technology by producing a

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Smart Satellite Technology to Help Combat Poaching in Kenya

Smart Satellite Technology to Help Combat Poaching in Kenya

One rhino is killed every 11 hours in Africa, and of the 20,000 rhinos that lived in Kenya in 1969, just over 500 remain. To help keep tabs on the remaining individuals, Cambridge Consultants has

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ZA Architects Propose an Underground Colony on Mars

ZA Architects Propose an Underground Colony on Mars

While ZA Architects acknowledges that current technologies are not sufficient to carry out their plans, they believe that robotics will advance enough by 2023 to fabricate the underground dwellings. In

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ZEUS: World’s First Multipurpose 3D Printer/Scanner Seizes $100k in One Day on Kickstarter

ZEUS: World’s First Multipurpose 3D Printer/Scanner Seizes $100k in One Day on Kickstarter

With 3D printing and scanning exploding across headlines, you’ve probably wondered when you’d finally be able to bring a full suite of the futuristic technologies home. According to a Kickstarter

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Solar-Wind Chime Lets You Listen to Weather on the Sun

Solar-Wind Chime Lets You Listen to Weather on the Sun

Designer Helen White has created a high-tech wind chime that uses real-time data from a NASA spacecraft to create otherworldly, ambient sounds based on the vibrations of solar wind. The Advanced

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App Alerts Users to Drone Strikes

App Alerts Users to Drone Strikes

In a time when military strikes can be controlled from remote location, without ever having to engage with the enemy directly, it is easier than ever to become distanced from the realities of war. So data

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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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