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PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Invests Big Money in 3D-Printed Steaks

PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Invests Big Money in 3D-Printed Steaks

Grilled Beef Steak photo from Shutterstock Billionaire PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is putting his money where his mouth is - by investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in an American company that

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University of Arizona’s Breakthrough Telescope Solar Panel Doubles Efficiency

University of Arizona’s Breakthrough Telescope Solar Panel Doubles Efficiency

Inspired by old telescope technology and high-efficiency solar panels used in space, a small research team at the University of Arizona (UA) has developed a new “telescope solar panel” that doubles

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Scientists Crack Code That Would Allow Bionic Eyes to Send Signals to the Brain

Scientists Crack Code That Would Allow Bionic Eyes to Send Signals to the Brain

Two researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have 'cracked' a mouse's retina's neural code and they believe that this information could be used to create a prosthetic device to restore sight to blind

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Fungus-Infused Superplants Could Survive Forthcoming US Droughts

Fungus-Infused Superplants Could Survive Forthcoming US Droughts

A group of scientists from the University of Washington in Seattle and New Mexico State University believe they have found the key in making plants robust enough to endure extreme drought conditions, like

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GM’s New Battery Could Extend EV Driving Range To 200 Miles

GM’s New Battery Could Extend EV Driving Range To 200 Miles

With a total driving range of less than 100 miles, today's electric cars do not represent a complete alternative to a traditional gas or diesel-powered car. General Motors is reportedly developing new

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Australian Scientists Create Salt-Based Batteries For Affordable Renewable Energy Storage

Australian Scientists Create Salt-Based Batteries For Affordable Renewable Energy Storage

Solar Array Photo from Shutterstock Researchers at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia have developed a sodium-ion battery that could make renewable energy technologies more affordable. The salt

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Europa City is a Massive Green-Roofed City of the Future for France

Europa City is a Massive Green-Roofed City of the Future for France

The massive culture, recreation, and retail center for Triangle de Gonesse, France is situated along the approach between the Charles de Gaule Airport in Roissy and Paris. Designed for an international

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Gold-Infused Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Increase EV Battery Range

Gold-Infused Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Increase EV Battery Range

Scientists from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland recently made a breakthrough in the production of EV lithium-ion batteries by adding gold to the mix. The team previously discovered that an

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16-Year-Old Egyptian Scientist Finds Way to Turn Plastic Waste Into $78 Million of Biofuel!

16-Year-Old Egyptian Scientist Finds Way to Turn Plastic Waste Into $78 Million of Biofuel!

Plastic waste photo from Shutterstock Egyptian teenagers are on a roll lately - if they're not proposing the next-generation of space propulsion systems, then they're figuring out how to use the

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Sundolier’s Powerful Daylight Tube Fills Colorado’s Cherry Creek STEM School With Light – PHOTOS

Sundolier’s Powerful Daylight Tube Fills Colorado’s Cherry Creek STEM School With Light – PHOTOS

The Sundolier piqued a lot on interest when we first reported on the unique solar robot, which can light entire rooms. The other side of the design is the company's diffusion ‘chandlers’, which bounce

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MIT Team Develops All-Carbon Solar Cell That Generates Energy from Infra-Red Light!

MIT Team Develops All-Carbon Solar Cell That Generates Energy from Infra-Red Light!

Currently 40% of the solar energy that reaches Earth lies in the near-infra-red region of the spectrum, and while most photovoltaic devices are unable to harness this energy, a team at MIT has created an

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MIT’s New Glucose Fuel Cell is Powered by the Human Body

MIT’s New Glucose Fuel Cell is Powered by the Human Body

A team of engineers from MIT has developed a new glucose fuel cell that runs on the same sugar that powers the human body. The team believes that the device will be able to “drive highly efficient

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MIT Develops ‘Inverted Nanopyramid’ Solar Surface That Cuts Silicon Use by 90% in Photovoltaic Cells

MIT Develops ‘Inverted Nanopyramid’ Solar Surface That Cuts Silicon Use by 90% in Photovoltaic Cells

A team of researchers at MIT has developed a new type of textured solar surface that could bring down the cost of photovoltaic technology by reducing the thickness of silicon used by more than 90% while

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BMW Unveils Updated i3 and New i Pedelec Electric Bicycle in London

BMW Unveils Updated i3 and New i Pedelec Electric Bicycle in London

To coincide with the opening of the world’s first BMW i Store on London’s Park Lane, BMW has unveiled an updated i3 concept and the i Pedelec concept electric bicycle. The updated i3 is based on the

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron About the Light & Energy Issue

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron About the Light & Energy Issue

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about Dwell's Light & Energy issue and what kind of content readers can expect when they pick it up on newsstands this month? AMANDA: I enjoy issue themes that

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Arizona State University Creates World’s Largest Flexible OLED Color Display

Arizona State University Creates World’s Largest Flexible OLED Color Display

A team from Arizona State University just broke new ground in OLED technology by creating the world's largest flexible color display screen. Flexible display screens have evolved by leaps and bounds in

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Sharp Breaks Solar Record With 43.5% Efficient Photovoltaic Cell!

Sharp Breaks Solar Record With 43.5% Efficient Photovoltaic Cell!

Sharp just signaled a bright future for renewable energy as it achieved a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5%, eclipsing its previous record of 36.9% set in November. Sharp shattered the efficiency

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Olympicene: New Molecule Shaped Like the Olympic Rings Could Revolutionize Solar Technology

Olympicene: New Molecule Shaped Like the Olympic Rings Could Revolutionize Solar Technology

Scientists from IBM Research Zurich just created a tiny 5-ringed molecule called olympicene that is only 1.2 nanometers wide— about 100,000 times thinner than a human hair. The new graphite molecule is

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Nissan Announce Plans to Begin Production of Their All-Electric e-NV200 Van in 2013

Nissan Announce Plans to Begin Production of Their All-Electric e-NV200 Van in 2013

Nissan has announced plans to release a new electric compact van called the the e-NV200, which will be produced in Barcelona starting in 2013. The new electric van will be Nissan's second all-electric

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Study Suggests That Men Are Unwilling To Go Vegetarian Because It’s Not “Macho”

Study Suggests That Men Are Unwilling To Go Vegetarian Because It’s Not “Macho”

A new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests that decades of marketing have left many men unwilling to make the switch to a vegetarian diet because it is not perceived as

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GM Wheat: A Health Risk or a Way to Feed the World?

GM Wheat: A Health Risk or a Way to Feed the World?

UK scientists working to develop genetically modified wheat at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, Herts are facing a problem -- but it is not a problem with their research, rather it's protestors

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GE Launches First 100 Watt Equivalent LED Bulb Cooled by an Air Pump

GE Launches First 100 Watt Equivalent LED Bulb Cooled by an Air Pump

GE just announced a new LED light bulb replacement for the 100 watt incandescent that uses pulses of air to keep cool. The design is the first of its kind in the LED industry, and it comes just in the

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USC Researchers Develop Liquid Nanocrystal Solar Cells that Can Be Printed Onto Plastic

USC Researchers Develop Liquid Nanocrystal Solar Cells that Can Be Printed Onto Plastic

Imagine a solar cell that comes in a jar instead of a big, clunky panel, and that could be painted on a piece of plastic. It might be closer than you think - scientists at the University of Southern

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Floating Jellyfish Robot Propels Itself Through the Air Using Self-Inversion

Floating Jellyfish Robot Propels Itself Through the Air Using Self-Inversion

German automation company Festo has created an extraordinary helium-filled flying robot that propels itself through the air by repeatedly turning itself inside-out. The creation, known as the

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GM Lamb Cloned to Produce ‘Healthy’ Omega Fats Found In Fish and Nuts

GM Lamb Cloned to Produce ‘Healthy’ Omega Fats Found In Fish and Nuts

The meat industry has long been hailed as one of the most significant factors driving global warming -- and this is in addition to being damaging to your health. However, Chinese scientists are looking

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Study Calls for 50 Percent Reduction in Meat Consumption to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change

Study Calls for 50 Percent Reduction in Meat Consumption to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change

It's hardly news that eating meat is a bad idea: it's long been recognized that the dietary choice is not only damaging to your health, but also a significant driving factor in global warming. However, a

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Former General Motors R and D Head Predicts Driverless Cars by 2020

Former General Motors R and D Head Predicts Driverless Cars by 2020

General Motors former head of Research and Development, Larry Burns, has been looking to the future, and he sees driverless cars hitting the road as soon as 2020. The notion of removing human interaction

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Scientist Develops Self-Sustaining Solar Reactor That Produces Clean Hydrogen Fuel

Scientist Develops Self-Sustaining Solar Reactor That Produces Clean Hydrogen Fuel

Hydrogen is a fuel that has seemingly limitless potential, but scientists have only been able to produce it from fossil fuels, like natural gas. That is, until now. A doctoral student in mechanical

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MIT Unveils 3D Solar Arrays That Produce Up to 20 Times More Energy

MIT Unveils 3D Solar Arrays That Produce Up to 20 Times More Energy

MIT researchers just unveiled a new three-dimensional solar array that can produce up to 20 times more energy per square foot than traditional flat arrays - and it's potentially more efficient than

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MIT Researchers Create LED Light That Exceeds 100-Percent Efficiency

MIT Researchers Create LED Light That Exceeds 100-Percent Efficiency

Light bulbs have always been pretty inefficient, even those that have a rep for using less juice, like LEDs. Because of the energy conversion process, they consume more energy than they actually need to

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