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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

Let's say you decided to live in the ocean. Can you imagine the challenges you would face? Lot's of land animals have done exactly that, though the transition from land to sea happens gradually through

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New Filter Uses Bugs and Slime to Clean Poisoned Water

New Filter Uses Bugs and Slime to Clean Poisoned Water

Australian scientists have developed a new water filter that can cheaply and easily filter arsenic out of drinking water. The technology it uses, however, isn't something you'd normally think of putting

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223,000 Gallons of Molasses Spill Into Honolulu Harbor Killing Thousands of Fish

223,000 Gallons of Molasses Spill Into Honolulu Harbor Killing Thousands of Fish

This week Matson Inc, spilled 223,000 gallons of molasses into waters near Honolulu's Sand Island as the syrupy liquid was being transferred onto a container ship. According to the state Health Department

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NASA Reveals Plans to Start Growing Vegetables in Space this Year

NASA Reveals Plans to Start Growing Vegetables in Space this Year

NASA is planning to grow fresh vegetables in space, 230 miles above the Earth. Later this year the space agency’s Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) program will send astronauts to the International

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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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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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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Bombardier Beetle Teach Us About Fuel Injection?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Bombardier Beetle Teach Us About Fuel Injection?

Charles Darwin was a man inordinately fond of beetles. He once caught a rare specimen in one hand, when another, even more remarkable, beetle showed up. He snatched that one up with his other hand.

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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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Kijani Grows Will Bring Small, Internet Connected Aquaponics Gardens to Schools

Kijani Grows Will Bring Small, Internet Connected Aquaponics Gardens to Schools

Aquaponics systems have grown in popularity over the years and they're currently one of the most common urban farming techniques. But while closed loop gardens—including the one you see above —are

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New Aerogel Fuel Cell Boasts 5x the Efficiency of Conventional Fuel Cells

New Aerogel Fuel Cell Boasts 5x the Efficiency of Conventional Fuel Cells

Fuel cells could be one of the our cleanest energy sources; they convert hydrogen into electricity, and their only waste byproduct is water. One of the biggest things holding back the technology, however,

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Gasbot Methane-Sniffing Robot Can Detect and Collect Rogue Methane from Landfills

Gasbot Methane-Sniffing Robot Can Detect and Collect Rogue Methane from Landfills

The new Gasbot methane-sniffing robot from Sweden’s Orebro Unviersity could be used to detect leaking gas pipes and rogue methane emissions. The futuristic robot designed to monitor decomposing garbage

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Avis Magica Tower for Miami Boasts a 120 Meter-Tall Aquarium and Energy-Generating “Feathers”

Avis Magica Tower for Miami Boasts a 120 Meter-Tall Aquarium and Energy-Generating “Feathers”

Bucharest-based studio Armarada just unveiled Avis Magica - a conceptual vertical tower for Miami that boasts a 120 meter-tall aquarium and energy-generating "feathers," among many other zany features. An

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GSky Unveils Lush Living Wall at Twitter’s San Francisco Headquarters

GSky Unveils Lush Living Wall at Twitter’s San Francisco Headquarters

We've featured several of GSky's beautiful living walls in the past - and the latest place to sport a green vertical garden is Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco! The 225 square foot GSky Versa green

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Portable Shipping Container Sewage System Turns Poop into Power

Portable Shipping Container Sewage System Turns Poop into Power

Photo via Shutterstock Students at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering are hard at work conquering a poop problem. The students recently received a grant of $1.18 million from the Bill and Melinda

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Danish Researchers Develop More Climate Friendly Fuel Cells for Hydrogen Vehicles

Danish Researchers Develop More Climate Friendly Fuel Cells for Hydrogen Vehicles

When it comes to hydrogen fuel cells, they are worth their weight in platinum. A team of researchers at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Copehagen has developed technology that allows the

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Zaha Hadid Unveils Mountaintop Museum for Reinhold Messner in the Italian Alps

Zaha Hadid Unveils Mountaintop Museum for Reinhold Messner in the Italian Alps

Zaha Hadid Architects recently unveiled finalized designs for the new Messner Mountain Museum, which will be located atop a mountain in South Tyrol, Italy. Reinhold Messner is a champion of

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Climate Change and Agricultural Runoff to Cause Massive Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

Climate Change and Agricultural Runoff to Cause Massive Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

For some areas of the world, climate change means hurricanes, tornadoes, or drought. In Ohio, alterations in temperature, wind patterns, and water circulation translate into tons of toxic algae floating

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Air-Breathing SABRE Rocket Could Allow Aircrafts to Cruise at Five Times the Speed of Sound

Air-Breathing SABRE Rocket Could Allow Aircrafts to Cruise at Five Times the Speed of Sound

Reaction Engines, a UK-based company, has been given $90.6 million by the government to produce an air-breathing engine that, if successful, would allow aircraft to go directly into space and cruise at

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Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone to Triple in Size this Year, NOAA Warns

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone to Triple in Size this Year, NOAA Warns

Every year runoff carried by the Mississippi River creates a "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico - and this year it is expected to triple in size, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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Divers Discover a 52,000-Year-Old Underwater Forest Off the Coast of Alabama

Divers Discover a 52,000-Year-Old Underwater Forest Off the Coast of Alabama

Scuba divers recently uncovered an incredible ancient Cypress forest buried deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Spanning an area of 0.5 square miles, the underwater landscape has been protected by

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Lightning Electric Motorcycle Beats All Gas-Powered Motorcycles at Pikes Peak Race

Lightning Electric Motorcycle Beats All Gas-Powered Motorcycles at Pikes Peak Race

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado is one of the most challenging race courses in the U.S. with its 156 turns and extreme elevation changes from 4,720 feet up to 14,110 feet. This year marked the

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Live Animals Trapped In Plastic Bags Sold as Key Chains in Horrifying Chinese Souvenir Scheme

Live Animals Trapped In Plastic Bags Sold as Key Chains in Horrifying Chinese Souvenir Scheme

If your heart has ever ached looking at pictures of animals pent up in tiny pet store cages or pens at the zoo, prepare to be outraged. CNN and other internet sources have uncovered a souvenir scheme in

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Construction to Begin on Zaha Hadid’s 2022 World Cup Stadium in Qatar

Construction to Begin on Zaha Hadid’s 2022 World Cup Stadium in Qatar

In preparation for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar has hired starchitect Zaha Hadid to design a sprawling new soccer stadium. Hadid’s studio will partner with AECOM to construct the stadium in

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Gyula Bodonyi’s Algae Powered LED is Truly a “Green” Light Bulb

Gyula Bodonyi’s Algae Powered LED is Truly a “Green” Light Bulb

The tear-shaped bulb is made up of an air pump, LED, hidrophob container, PC Shell, and air outlet. The system sucks in carbon dioxide and water through the pump near the E27 screw-top, and as the air

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Scientists Developing Self-Healing Concrete With Micro-Capsules and Bacteria

Scientists Developing Self-Healing Concrete With Micro-Capsules and Bacteria

Concrete photo from Shutterstock Sooner or later, even the best sidewalk in the country will develop a crack or two. When this happens, workers are deployed to either fill in the damage or lay down

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163 MPH Rocket-Powered Bike Sets New World Land Speed Record

163 MPH Rocket-Powered Bike Sets New World Land Speed Record

French cyclist François Gissy just strapped a hydrogen peroxide rocket to the frame of his bike and hit a record-breaking top speed of 163 mph! The epic thrill ride took place at abandoned runway in the

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Byproducts from Greek Yogurt Prove Toxic to the Environment

Byproducts from Greek Yogurt Prove Toxic to the Environment

Greek yogurt is delicious, high in protein, and a good alternative to sugary snacks. However the $2 billion dollar a year industry has a dark side that comes in the form of toxic acid whey. It takes three

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Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier Appears to Be Bleeding with a Five-Story Crimson Waterfall

Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier Appears to Be Bleeding with a Five-Story Crimson Waterfall

There are some phenomena in nature that inspire tears of joy, some that spark a sense of awe, and then there are those that send chills up your spine. The Taylor Glacier in Antarctica, which was

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Scientists Discover Methods of Harvesting Electricity from Plants

Scientists Discover Methods of Harvesting Electricity from Plants

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to capturing solar energy, plants are first in their class. Able to function at nearly 100 percent quantum efficiency, they can produce an equal number of electrons

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Organovo 3D-Prints the World’s First Tiny Human Livers

Organovo 3D-Prints the World’s First Tiny Human Livers

San Diego-based bioprinting company Organovo has successfully created functional 3D-printed livers—albeit very, very tiny ones. At half a millimeter deep by four millimeters wide, the livers will likely

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