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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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Virginia Tech Team Creates a Self-Charging Robo-Jellyfish

Virginia Tech Team Creates a Self-Charging Robo-Jellyfish

A team from Virginia Tech has created the Robo-Jellyfish, a swimming robot that is powered by a hydrogen-based catalytic reaction. This robot has not only the ability to power itself indefinitely, but it

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NIF Team Fires World’s First 2 Megajoule Ultraviolet Laser in Attempt to Unlock Nuclear Fusion

NIF Team Fires World’s First 2 Megajoule Ultraviolet Laser in Attempt to Unlock Nuclear Fusion

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory just fired up the world's largest laser to shoot a record-breaking 2.03 megajoule beam of light at a tiny

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Rare Himalayan Goat Cloned To Produce More Cashmere and Pashmina Wool

Rare Himalayan Goat Cloned To Produce More Cashmere and Pashmina Wool

Scientists from the animal biotechnology centre of Sher-i-Kashmir University recently announced that they successfully cloned a female goat called Noori. Dwindling goat populations in the area have led

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Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World’s Smallest F1 Car and Other Famous Buildings

Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World’s Smallest F1 Car and Other Famous Buildings

You generally expect an F1 car to be more impressive than the one you're seeing above. However, this F1 is not what it appears to be. This little replica was created in just four minutes at the Vienna

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Aerospace Engineers Design Pacemaker That’s Powered by the Human Heart

Aerospace Engineers Design Pacemaker That’s Powered by the Human Heart

When Amin Karami and Daniel Inman, aerospace engineering researchers at the University of Michigan, began to work with materials which generate power from physical stress, they weren't looking for a

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LikeMeat Hopes to Be a Juicy Breakthrough in Fake Meat

LikeMeat Hopes to Be a Juicy Breakthrough in Fake Meat

The meat industry alone is said to be responsible for around 18% of the World's greenhouse gas emissions, and it employs a horrifying spectrum of cruel practices and dangerous contaminants. While

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Envia Systems Announces New World Record For Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Density

Envia Systems Announces New World Record For Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Density

Lithium-ion batteries are widely considered to be the 'next big thing' in electric vehicle power systems, but their storage capacity is still a cause for concern. That could be about to change though as

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SWITCH75 Liquid LED Light Bulb Named Edison Award Finalist

SWITCH75 Liquid LED Light Bulb Named Edison Award Finalist

SWITCH Lighting has been named an Edison Award Finalist after developing an LED light bulb that uses a liquid cooling technology. The unique liquid bulb's innovative technology and beautiful design played

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MIT Researchers Find a Way To Make Solar Panels from Grass Clippings

MIT Researchers Find a Way To Make Solar Panels from Grass Clippings

  What if generating solar energy at home required little more than mixing some grass clippings with inexpensive chemicals? That's exactly what MIT researcher Andreas Mershin has found to be

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Study Shows Spike in Japan’s CO2 Levels After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Study Shows Spike in Japan’s CO2 Levels After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

A newly released study from the Breakthrough Institute shows a clear indication on how dependent Japan has been on nuclear power. First the good news: after the devastating earthquake and resulting

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10-Year-Old Discovers New Molecule That Could Improve Energy Storage

10-Year-Old Discovers New Molecule That Could Improve Energy Storage

When this author was 10 years old, he was playing with Micro Machines and generally being a nuisance. He definitely wasn't discovering a new molecule called tetranitratoxycarbon that can be used for

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