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NASA Could Use a Solar-Powered Satellite to Capture an Asteroid

NASA Could Use a Solar-Powered Satellite to Capture an Asteroid

Last week, NASA unveiled a $17.7 billion spending plan for 2014 that included proposals to capture a small asteroid and position it near the moon so that astronauts could explore it by 2025. In order to

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Edison2′s New Very Light Car 4.0 Weighs Less than 1,100 Pounds

Edison2′s New Very Light Car 4.0 Weighs Less than 1,100 Pounds

Edison2 just unveiled the latest version of its Very Light Car (VLC) at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. An earlier version of the vehicle won the $5 million Automotive X Prize back in 2010,

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Oxford University 3D-Prints Synthetic Tissue From Oil and Water

Oxford University 3D-Prints Synthetic Tissue From Oil and Water

A team of scientists at Oxford University has used a custom 3D printer to successfully create synthetic tissue that mimics properties of living tissue. Unlike projects underway by Organovo, the Oxford

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Researchers Harness Bacteria to Make Clean ‘Bio-Batteries’

Researchers Harness Bacteria to Make Clean ‘Bio-Batteries’

When you think of bacteria, the last word that might come to mind is "clean." However, researchers at the University of East Anglia have made a breakthrough in battery technology that will allow microbes

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New Ultra Thin Invisibility Cloak Hides 3D Objects from Microwaves

New Ultra Thin Invisibility Cloak Hides 3D Objects from Microwaves

Photo via Shutterstock Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have devised a new kind of invisibility cloak that can hide 3D objects from micro waves. Comprised of an ultralight layer

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MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

Photo via Shutterstock A team of researchers at MIT have developed a more efficient photovoltaic solar cell using particles known as quantum dots. The benefit of using quantum dots is that they can be

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rPETable: UK Company Makes First Ever 100% Recycled Food-Safe Plastic Products

rPETable: UK Company Makes First Ever 100% Recycled Food-Safe Plastic Products

UK company Invicta Group has become the first company in the world to make food-safe products from 100% recycled plastic bottles, containers, tubs and lids. Their new rPETable patented process focuses on

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World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Switches On in Abu Dhabi

World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Switches On in Abu Dhabi

It might seem ironic that the oil-rich Middle East also holds nearly half of the world’s renewable energy potential - but yesterday the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al

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President Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Funding to Replace Fossil Fuels

President Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Funding to Replace Fossil Fuels

Now that the sequester is in full swing, President Obama is proposing new sources of funding to finance his clean energy ambitions. The White House is urging Congress to divert $2 billion from oil and gas

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Study Finds that Nanoparticles Loaded with Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

Study Finds that Nanoparticles Loaded with Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

Photo via Shutterstock A cure for HIV has eluded scientists since the virus was first discovered in the early 1980s, but researchers at Washington University believe that bee venom could provide a

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Plant-Based Beyond Eggs Taste Like the Real Thing Without Environmental or Ethical Impact

Plant-Based Beyond Eggs Taste Like the Real Thing Without Environmental or Ethical Impact

Photo via Shutterstock We’ve heard about lab grown meat and even 3D-printed steaks, but now one company is seeking to launch the leading plant-based egg substitute.  Beyond Eggs, made by Hampton

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Graphene-Based Solar Cells Could Yield 60% Efficiency

Graphene-Based Solar Cells Could Yield 60% Efficiency

Graphene model by James Hedberg While silicon has long been the standard for commercial solar cells, new research from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Spain has shown that graphene could

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Dr. Baile Zhang Unveils Light-Bending ‘Invisibility Cloak’ at TED 2013

Dr. Baile Zhang Unveils Light-Bending ‘Invisibility Cloak’ at TED 2013

Dr. Baile Zhang, an assistant physics professor at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has created a small, box-like "invisibility cloak" that uses optic crystals to bend light. The

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First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency

First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency

Just last year, Republican lawmakers were trying to tarnish First Solar, Inc, because the Department of Energy provided loan guarantees to the company. But politics couldn't sink the word's largest

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Stretchable Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Power Devices Inside the Human Body

Stretchable Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Power Devices Inside the Human Body

Embedded electronic implants have long been confined to the realm of science fiction, but the development of a new stretchable battery could soon make them a reality. A pair of scientists have developed

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Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Photo via Shutterstock As we begin to see the devastating effects of plastic pollution on our environment, scientists are working towards generating more eco-friendly alternatives to petroleum-based

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World’s First Bionic Hand With a Sense of Touch is Set to Be Transplanted

World’s First Bionic Hand With a Sense of Touch is Set to Be Transplanted

An anonymous man in his 20s who lives in Rome will soon receive a new hand, and for the first time in the world his bionic hand will be able to feel the things that it touches. The hand will be wired to

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Scientists Create the World’s Tiniest Valentine Out of Carbon Nanotubes!

Scientists Create the World’s Tiniest Valentine Out of Carbon Nanotubes!

Scientists at Brigham Young University (BYU) have used nanotechnology to make the world’s smallest Cupid for Valentine’s Day! The teeny cupid is made from carbon nanotubes coated with metals and other

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MIT Team Creates Genetic Circuits From Bacteria That Remember Logical Functions

MIT Team Creates Genetic Circuits From Bacteria That Remember Logical Functions

A team of engineers from MIT has created genetic circuits in bacterial cells that can not only perform logic functions, but also remember the results. These functions can then be encoded within the

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B.I.O. TECture’s Hybrid Shades Double as Solar Hot Water Collectors

B.I.O. TECture’s Hybrid Shades Double as Solar Hot Water Collectors

LA-based B.I.O. TECture is an integrator and manufacturer of unique building-integrated solar hot water collectors. The company’s flagship Solar Hybrid Shades™ basically serve as a shading system for

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New Research Shows that Graphene Oxide Can Easily Clean Toxins from Radioactive Water

New Research Shows that Graphene Oxide Can Easily Clean Toxins from Radioactive Water

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to cleaning up radioactive materials after a spill, scientists need to get pretty creative. From robots to bacteria, anything that will remove dangerous radiation

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Vodafone’s Nearly New Program Introduces Pay-As-You-Go Pre-Loved Smartphones

Vodafone’s Nearly New Program Introduces Pay-As-You-Go Pre-Loved Smartphones

For pay-as-you-go cell phone users, using high-end smartphones can be a pricey investment. Vodafone, a UK cell phone service, has a nifty solution to the cost problem that also happens to be great for the

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LAST CHANCE: Get a Competitive Design Edge with This FREE Intro to Biomimicry Online Course ($99 Value)

LAST CHANCE: Get a Competitive Design Edge with This FREE Intro to Biomimicry Online Course ($99 Value)

LAST DAY to win this FREE Intro to Biomimicry course to shake up your design career! It's no secret that design and architecture are highly competitive fields, and those in the industry often pay

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Top 6 Green Science and Technology Stories of 2012

Top 6 Green Science and Technology Stories of 2012

2012 was an incredible year for green technology as scientists and researchers around the world wowed us with cutting edge breakthroughs and innovative new solutions to everyday problems. From

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Stanford Scientists Create the World’s First Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

Stanford Scientists Create the World’s First Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

Solar cells image via Shutterstock Instead of rigid, cumbersome flat solar panels, you could soon be powering your home and electronics with a sticker. Engineers at Stanford have successfully

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How Biomimicry Can Help Designers and Architects Find Inspiration To Solve Problems

How Biomimicry Can Help Designers and Architects Find Inspiration To Solve Problems

This robotic spy plane that mimics the shape and function of a bat in flight is one example of biomimicry. One way to unlock the elucidation biomimicry can offer is by simply getting into nature and

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US National Intelligence Council Warns That Climate Change Could ‘Stoke International Tensions’

US National Intelligence Council Warns That Climate Change Could ‘Stoke International Tensions’

Photo from Shutterstock At the beginning of the year, climate change was declared a threat to national security by fifteen leaders of the US Armed Forces. Now, their warnings have been heeded by the US

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Scientists Usher in a New Age for Augmented Reality With LCD Displays for Contact Lenses

Scientists Usher in a New Age for Augmented Reality With LCD Displays for Contact Lenses

Soon, you may literally be staring into the future of augmented reality. Researchers from imec and The Centre of Microsystems Technology (CMST) at Ghent University in Belgium have developed a spherical,

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Green-Roofed Sycamore House is an Exemplary LEED Platinum home

Green-Roofed Sycamore House is an Exemplary LEED Platinum home

The Sycamore House replaced an existing home, although roughly 75% of the materials from the original house were reused and Kovac brought in a herd of goats to eat up the vegetation! Only then did he

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Toyota Looks to Magnesium-Ion Batteries for Longer Electric Vehicle Range

Toyota Looks to Magnesium-Ion Batteries for Longer Electric Vehicle Range

Battery technology is one of the biggest factors that is holding back the electric vehicle revolution. Many electric vehicles max out at a range of 80-100 miles, which discourages potential buyers. Toyota

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