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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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World’s First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

World’s First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

Recently, prolific Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and civil engineering firm Heijmans nabbed headlines by installing the world's first glow-in-the-dark road in the Netherlands. The futuristic road is

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World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

Feel guilty every time you have to get a disposable cup for your latte? Soon you could be saying goodbye to that guilt, as the world’s first recyclable paper cup is about to hit the streets in the

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This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

Large-scale energy storage is one of the major challenges facing renewable energy, but a recent breakthrough could be a real game changer. Scientists at USC, led by professor Sri Narayan, just developed a

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Mass Pacific Starfish Die Off Linked to Warming Oceans

Mass Pacific Starfish Die Off Linked to Warming Oceans

For nearly a year, scientists have been scrambling to understand why starfish in the Pacific Ocean have been dying in droves. In fact, the problem has gotten so bad that many scientists expect entire

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Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Researchers at the University of Toronto have made a breakthrough that could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells that could be used by millions of people around the world. The team

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California Students Create Smog-Eating Roof Tiles to Cut Urban Pollution

California Students Create Smog-Eating Roof Tiles to Cut Urban Pollution

A team of ambitious students at the University of California at Riverside have developed an incredible new weapon in the battle against air pollution. For their entry in the Environmental Protection

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Power-Storing Wires Could Replace Batteries in Electric Cars

Power-Storing Wires Could Replace Batteries in Electric Cars

Electric vehicle batteries are heavy and bulky, which limits EV range and cargo capacity. However that could change thanks to groundbreaking new research from the University of Central Florida.

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New Feed Supplement Reduces Burping Cows’ Methane Production by 60 Percent

New Feed Supplement Reduces Burping Cows’ Methane Production by 60 Percent

Dutch company DSM has made a breakthrough in reducing the amount of methane released by burping cows. And, no, it's not etiquette lessons. We know that gassy livestock are a major source of greenhouse gas

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Detractors Say that Solar Roadways Must Be Stopped

Detractors Say that Solar Roadways Must Be Stopped

Solar Roadways have been getting a lot of attention lately after securing nearly $2 million in funding on Indiegogo - but some detractors are decrying the innovation, saying that the idea just won’t

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CSIRO Solar Thermal Plant Sets World Record with Solar-Generated Supercritical Steam

CSIRO Solar Thermal Plant Sets World Record with Solar-Generated Supercritical Steam

In what is being described as a major breakthrough for renewable energy, researchers at Australia's national science agency just set a world record by using solar power to generate supercritical steam at

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OTE Corporation Harnesses Cold Seawater for Fossil Fuel-Free Air Conditioning

OTE Corporation Harnesses Cold Seawater for Fossil Fuel-Free Air Conditioning

Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation (OTE Corporation) is a breakthrough technology company that both contributes to the long-term health of the environment, and boosts the economy—locally and globally.

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Google Unveils its First Pod-Like Self-driving Car

Google Unveils its First Pod-Like Self-driving Car

Google has made a major breakthrough in its self-driving car project. The tech giant has now started building its own prototype vehicles from scratch, rather than retro-fitting existing commercial models

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Scientists Develop Process to Turn Light into Matter

Scientists Develop Process to Turn Light into Matter

Scientists at Imperial College London have worked out a way to turn light into matter. This is achieved by colliding two photons—the particles of light—to create an electron and a positron. While

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Harvard Scientists Discover a Protein That Has the Potential to Reverse the Aging Process

Harvard Scientists Discover a Protein That Has the Potential to Reverse the Aging Process

Researchers at Harvard have discovered a protein that appears to actually reverse multiple signs of aging, in everything from appearance to stamina. Called GDF11, scientists gave the protein to older mice

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Scientists Sucessfuly Create First Ever Cloned Embryo from Adult Cells

Scientists Sucessfuly Create First Ever Cloned Embryo from Adult Cells

Just over one decade after successfully cloning Dolly the sheep, scientists have cloned the first human embryo from adult cells. The breakthrough could pave the way to personalized organ transplants and

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UNStudio Unveils Their Half-Twist Reflective Installation in Shanghai

UNStudio Unveils Their Half-Twist Reflective Installation in Shanghai

The installation is comprised of a single half-twisted ribbon that creates an archway which reflects pedestrians walking into the Xintiandi Mall. The 30 meter long structure uses a single architectural

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INTERVIEW: Department of Energy’s David Danielson on How America Can Win the Clean Energy Race

INTERVIEW: Department of Energy’s David Danielson on How America Can Win the Clean Energy Race

2013's government shutdown didn't stop the United States Department of Energy (DOE) from moving forward on a range of initiatives to ramp up renewable energy, promote energy efficiency, and combat

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Injectable Oxygen Particles Could Be the Only Way to Breathe in a World Smothered By Air Pollution

Injectable Oxygen Particles Could Be the Only Way to Breathe in a World Smothered By Air Pollution

There's nothing more satisfying or more cleansing than sucking in a deep breath of fresh air. Unfortunately, clean air is increasingly hard to find. Cities, especially in quickly industrializing countries

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Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

Astronauts’ pee already gets recycled into water on space missions, but now NASA has found a way to transform their urine into fuel. Scientists have devised a process called forward osmosis that

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