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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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Happy Thanksgiving 2012 from Inhabitat!

Happy Thanksgiving 2012 from Inhabitat!

Photo from Shutterstock Happy Thanksgiving Inhabitants! 2012 was filled with many hardships, but it was also marked with milestones in innovation and breakthroughs in thinking that make us truly want

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Amonix Achieves Highest-Ever Recorded Solar Power Efficiency with Concentrated Photovoltaics

Amonix Achieves Highest-Ever Recorded Solar Power Efficiency with Concentrated Photovoltaics

Solar panel manufacturer Amonix has announced that its concentrated photovoltaic technology has set a new efficiency record; their module achieved a conversion rate of 33.5%, which meets a long-standing

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LivingHomes Announces Launch of Three New Prefab Eco-Luxe LEED Platinum Models

LivingHomes Announces Launch of Three New Prefab Eco-Luxe LEED Platinum Models

LivingHomes has just announced the launch of yet three more prefabricated LEED Platinum-worthy homes. The CK4, CK5, and CK7 homes are all based on the the C6 -- the first affordable LivingHome introduced

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UTOPIA’s Bamboo Fibonacci Cabinet Brings the Golden Ratio Into Your Home

UTOPIA’s Bamboo Fibonacci Cabinet Brings the Golden Ratio Into Your Home

The Fibonacci sequence occurs frequently in nature - from the structure of a nautilus shell to the scales of a pine cone or center of a sunflower. Now Italian design studio UTOPIA has created a bamboo

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Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

The GREENville house was carefully oriented on a site in North Carolina to maximize the amount of energy an array of photovoltaic panels can collect. This system combined with geothermal HVAC system

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Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Scientists have been trying to develop cheap, alternative building materials for years. But there's one material that is surprisingly strong, secure, waterproof and perhaps just too creepy to handle:

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Earth City: JM Schivo & Associati’s Futuristic 21st Century City is 100% Powered by Clean Energy

Earth City: JM Schivo & Associati’s Futuristic 21st Century City is 100% Powered by Clean Energy

With offices in both Paris and Rome, the architects are keen to create sustainable urban environments that do not act contrary to nature. But this doesn't mean all the homes and buildings are tucked into

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Solar-Powered Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management has a Recyclable Anodized Aluminum Skin

Solar-Powered Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management has a Recyclable Anodized Aluminum Skin

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas originally won the rights to design France's newest public building through the 2007 Région Languedoc-Roussillon architecture design competition. Their awe-inspiring

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Cambridge Team Develops Way to Print Lasers Onto Any Surface Using Everyday Inkjet Technology

Cambridge Team Develops Way to Print Lasers Onto Any Surface Using Everyday Inkjet Technology

A team of scientists from Cambridge University has found a way to print lasers onto virtually any surface using everyday inkjet technology. The UK-based team hopes that their breakthrough will lead to a

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A Revolving Curtain Shades Germany’s Counter Entropy House at the Solar Decathlon Europe

A Revolving Curtain Shades Germany’s Counter Entropy House at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Counter Entropy also experimented with a range of unique energy generating and saving systems, including the transfer of heat flow through carrier-fluids. As a result of this innovation, no thermodynamic

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Canadian Scientists Use Scotch Tape To Turn Semiconductors into Superconductors

Canadian Scientists Use Scotch Tape To Turn Semiconductors into Superconductors

A team from the University of Toronto has developed a new technique that transforms semiconductors into superconductors using the most simple of products -- Scotch tape. The international team of

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Scientists Genetically Engineer Goats To Produce Human Breast Milk

Scientists Genetically Engineer Goats To Produce Human Breast Milk

Pretty soon, all the animals on a dairy farm will be able to produce human breast milk. Last year, Argentine scientists cloned a cow to produce nutrient-rich 'human breast milk.' Now, scientists in

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BlackLight’s “Hydrino Theory” (Which Produces Electric Energy From The Conversion of Water To Hydrogen) Validated!

BlackLight’s “Hydrino Theory” (Which Produces Electric Energy From The Conversion of Water To Hydrogen) Validated!

BlackLight's new "Hydrino theory" process, which directly produces electric energy from the conversion of water vapor to a new, more stable form of hydrogen, has received validation from a leading group

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Odooproject Prefab by Solar Decathlon Team Hungary Boasts a Ceiling-Integrated Water Cooling System

Odooproject Prefab by Solar Decathlon Team Hungary Boasts a Ceiling-Integrated Water Cooling System

Photovoltaic panels are integrated into the building's facade and rooftop and passive design was executed so well that during the winter, it will be unnecessary to use the air-to-water heat pump that

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LiftPort Group Launches Kickstarter to Build a Space Elevator on the Moon

LiftPort Group Launches Kickstarter to Build a Space Elevator on the Moon

At Inhabitat we've seen several stories about planned space elevators, but this is the first time we've heard about one that could actually come to fruition using the technology we have available today.

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NASA To Power New Fleet of Satellites With Android Smartphones

NASA To Power New Fleet of Satellites With Android Smartphones

Just how smart are smartphones becoming? A team of scientists at NASA’s Ames Research center in California are currently working on a fleet of miniature satellites that are powered by Android devices.

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New Camouflage Makeup Protects Soldiers Against the Intense Heat of Bomb Blasts

New Camouflage Makeup Protects Soldiers Against the Intense Heat of Bomb Blasts

Camouflaged Soldier Photo from Shutterstock Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi have developed next-generation camouflage makeup which could protect soldiers against the intense heat

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IBM Sets New World Record For Photovoltaic Cell Efficiency

IBM Sets New World Record For Photovoltaic Cell Efficiency

Working together with Solar Frontier, Tokyo Ohka Kogyo (TOK) and DelSolar, IBM's Materials Science team has developed an efficient and affordable PV cell made of abundant natural materials—and they have

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Purdue Uni Developing Early Warning System For Solar Storms By Measuring Radiation Decay

Purdue Uni Developing Early Warning System For Solar Storms By Measuring Radiation Decay

A team of scientists from Purdue University say they may have discovered a new method to predict solar flares more than a day before they occur. This would not only provide advance warning to help protect

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OSU’s New Microbial Fuel Cell Can Generate 10-50 Times More Power From Wastewater

OSU’s New Microbial Fuel Cell Can Generate 10-50 Times More Power From Wastewater

A team of engineers from Oregon State University has developed a breakthrough microbial fuel cell that is capable of generating 10 to 50 times more electricity from waste than other MFCs. The team hopes

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