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Inhabitat’s top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

This year there was a range of technological innovations that could not only improve our lives but help save the planet as well. We saw a group of 16-year old girls who revolutionized crop yields, an

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Every year you come across those stories that warm your heart and lift your spirits. Whether it involves a tough old lady who refused to back down to developers or a teenager with a brilliant idea that

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New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a power plant

New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a power plant

Researchers at the University of Toronto have unveiled a cheap, fast spray-on solar cell process that could enable the creation of solar arrays using the most modest of manufacturing methods. Even better,

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Historic UN climate change deal requires every nation to cut emissions—but will it be enough?

Historic UN climate change deal requires every nation to cut emissions—but will it be enough?

Early this Sunday, UN representatives from around the world reached the first-ever climate change agreement that commits all 196 nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Unprecedented in its inclusion of

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Bjorn Qorn uses giant mirrors to make solar popcorn

Bjorn Qorn uses giant mirrors to make solar popcorn

Brooklyn based Bjorn Qorn is making popcorn in the most spectacular way - using nothing but the sun. Gigantic reflectors collect the sun's rays and focuses them onto a kettle of corn kernels, creating

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Sweden expands its hydrogen vehicle refueling station network

Sweden expands its hydrogen vehicle refueling station network

Sweden is installing a permanent hydrogen fuel filling station in the city of Gothenburg. The new station will make it possible to travel by hydrogen-fueled vehicle the whole length of the roughly

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Crucial UN Climate Change Talks Begin in Lima, Peru

Crucial UN Climate Change Talks Begin in Lima, Peru

UN climate change talks begin today in Lima, Peru, with national representatives meeting to hash out a draft agreement to present at the UN's Paris Summit in December, 2015. As you may recall, the 2009

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Skateboard Legend Tony Hawk Rides the World’s First Hoverboard (VIDEO)

Skateboard Legend Tony Hawk Rides the World’s First Hoverboard (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2me8E1GZeg Last month we reported on the breakthrough technology behind Hendo Hoverboards. Since then, the company has almost doubled its Kickstarter goal aimed

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President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

President Obama just announced that the US will pledge up to $3 billion over the next four years to help poor countries adapt to climate change. The move comes days after the president signed a historic

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UW Scientists Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans

UW Scientists Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans

University of Washington researchers have successfully confirmed an earlier experiment and demonstrated that a direct brain-to-brain connection via a computer interface is possible between two people.

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World’s First Breathable Ebola Vaccine Proven 100% Effective in Trials

World’s First Breathable Ebola Vaccine Proven 100% Effective in Trials

Ebola has been ravaging parts of Africa, and the deadly virus shows no signs of stopping. Now a new needle-free vaccine has proven to be 100% effective at stopping the transmission of ebola in monkeys,

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Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

Culture Urbaine - The Cloud Collective from The Cloud Collective on Vimeo. The Cloud Collective's Culture Urbaine Genève was one of the 13 gardens produced for the Genève: Villes et Champs festival.

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Researchers Discover How Nature Makes Powerful Antibiotics That Defy Resistance

Researchers Discover How Nature Makes Powerful Antibiotics That Defy Resistance

A team of researchers from the University of Illinois have made a breakthrough in understanding how a powerful antibiotic agent is made in nature. By solving the decades-old mystery of how the naturally

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Artists Rebuild the Berlin Wall for 25th Anniversary of Its Fall

Artists Rebuild the Berlin Wall for 25th Anniversary of Its Fall

The installation will stand as a "symbol of hope for a world without walls" when thousands of glowing spheres illuminate the former inner city line of the Wall for three days. Berliners and visitors

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New Batteries Charge to 70% in Two Minutes and Last 20 Times Longer

New Batteries Charge to 70% in Two Minutes and Last 20 Times Longer

We use rechargeable batteries for practically everything these days - from our toothbrushes to our cars - but when a battery runs down, it can put a damper on our daily routine. Now imagine that instead

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Scientists Discover What May Be the World’s Oldest Art in Indonesia

Scientists Discover What May Be the World’s Oldest Art in Indonesia

Move over Europe: a new discovery in Indonesia could knock the western continent from its popular position as the cradle for early human creativity. According to the journal Nature, an

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New Fusion Reactor Concept Could Generate Unlimited Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

New Fusion Reactor Concept Could Generate Unlimited Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

Fusion energy is often associated with Hollywood fantasy - think Tony Stark's miniature Arc Reactor in "Iron Man." But could a virtually unlimited source of zero-emission power actually become a reality?

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Ohio Scientists Invent World’s First Rechargeable Solar Battery

Ohio Scientists Invent World’s First Rechargeable Solar Battery

A team of Ohio State University scientists have invented what they claim is the world's first rechargeable solar battery. The team observed the issues in current methods for collecting and storing solar

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Canadian Teen Finds a Way to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade Science

Canadian Teen Finds a Way to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade Science

Canada's Hayley Todesco has developed a method to speed up the detoxification of oil sands tailings ponds using 5th grade science. The 18-year-old Google Science Fair 2014 finalist won a $25,000

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged – all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As then-sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term 'biomimicry' and laid the groundwork

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Aerofex Develops a Working Hover Bike That’s Straight Out of Return of the Jedi!

Aerofex Develops a Working Hover Bike That’s Straight Out of Return of the Jedi!

How many of you watched Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and wished you had a speeder bike like the ones Luke and Leia race through the forests of Endor? Well, you may not have to wait much

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World’s First ‘Stealth’ Wind Farm Will Not Interfere With Radar Systems

World’s First ‘Stealth’ Wind Farm Will Not Interfere With Radar Systems

French energy company EDF is joining forces with wind turbine firm Vestas to create the world's first 'stealth' wind farm, which is designed to minimize interference to radar systems. The site,

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Digital Mapping of Stonehenge Reveals Site is More Massive Than We Thought

Digital Mapping of Stonehenge Reveals Site is More Massive Than We Thought

Previously unknown archaeological monuments have been discovered around Stonehenge as part of an enormous digital mapping project that has transformed scientists' knowledge of this iconic landscape. A

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UK Scientists Make Renewable Propane Using E. Coli Bacteria

UK Scientists Make Renewable Propane Using E. Coli Bacteria

Scientists at the U.K.'s Imperial College London just made a major breakthrough in the renewable production of the fuel propane. In a study released this week in the journal Nature Communications, they

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Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Did you know that melanin, the pigment in hair, is light sensitive and can be used as a conductor? Well, that's what an 18 year old in Nepal recently discovered, and is now using human hair to replace

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How Sick Plants Can Pinpoint the Location of Deadly Hidden Landmines

How Sick Plants Can Pinpoint the Location of Deadly Hidden Landmines

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond just discovered an amazing way to save thousands of lives taken by explosive land mines every year. According to a recent study by the

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Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory

Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory

It's happening! After much speculation, Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors have struck a formal agreement over the Japanese company's manufacture and supply of lithium-ion batteries for the electric

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Creepy Transparent Mice Help Scientists Conduct “Whole-Organism Mapping”

Creepy Transparent Mice Help Scientists Conduct “Whole-Organism Mapping”

Yes, that's a see-through mouse you are looking at. And yes, it's pretty gross, but thankfully, no, it's not alive. The transparent mouse represents a breakthrough for scientists at the California

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Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon

Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon

A new breakthrough in the way we fight sexually transmitted diseases could be a complete game changer. Within the next few months, condoms that can kill HIV, HPV and herpes could be hitting the market. An

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