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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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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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