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Researchers Develop Plant Inspired Structures That Can Move and Adapt Their Shape

Researchers Develop Plant Inspired Structures That Can Move and Adapt Their Shape

Researchers at the University of Michigan are studying plants that move in an attempt to use their natural hydraulic motion to build new structures that can change and adapt their shape on their own. This

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Carnivorous Furniture Eats Insects and Vermin to Generate Energy

Carnivorous Furniture Eats Insects and Vermin to Generate Energy

British designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau have devised a series of unsettling furnishings that are sure to split the field when it comes to defining “green design”. These mechanized

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Seaweed Could Be the Key to Cleaning Up Polluted Waters

Seaweed Could Be the Key to Cleaning Up Polluted Waters

During the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, there were numerous methods discussed on how to clean up the polluted water, ranging from microbes to underwater robots.  However, Charles Yarish, a Stamford

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Giant Robots Made of Recycled Yellow Beer Crates

Giant Robots Made of Recycled Yellow Beer Crates

Move over, Optimus Prime. There are two new mega-sized robots in the house and they’re both made almost entirely of ordinary, yellow beer crates. Spain-based External Reference Architects came up

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Inhabitat Green Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly Gifts for Boys

Inhabitat Green Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly Gifts for Boys

Holiday shopping for that green-minded boy in your life, and you're not sure what to get? Coming up with cool green gift ideas that will please both kids and their parents isn't always child's play. Take

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Autonomous Ocean Robot to Unlock Secrets of Antarctica

Autonomous Ocean Robot to Unlock Secrets of Antarctica

Autonomous robots may be able to tell us just how bad the melting ice situation is in Antarctica and other hard-to-reach locations. Gavia, a bullet-shaped robot developed by the University of British

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Implanted LED Tattoos May Become The Next Big Trend

Implanted LED Tattoos May Become The Next Big Trend

While it may seem like tattoos are the norm now, no one has ink like this. A team from the University of Illinois led by John Rogers has devised a method to actually install LED lights under the skin. The

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Flying Disaster Relief Robots Create Communication Networks

Flying Disaster Relief Robots Create Communication Networks

While they may resemble a fleet of space invaders, these flying robots are actually designed to aid in disaster relief. Developed by the EPFL School of Engineering, the Swarming Micro Air Vehicle Network

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MIT Develops Self-Assembling Solar Cells

MIT Develops Self-Assembling Solar Cells

Get ready for super-charged solar cells! MIT researchers announced this week that they have developed self-assembling solar cells that can be broken down and rebuilt repeatedly, much like plant cells. The

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High-Flying Solar Robots Designed to Soar Above Dubai

High-Flying Solar Robots Designed to Soar Above Dubai

Soaring like robotic birds, these energy generating flying devices were conceived by Carlos Campos Yamila Zynda Aiub Architects for the skies of Dubai. Called Wings, the curious “creatures”

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Green Gardening Machines Blast Weeds With Bursts of Steam

Green Gardening Machines Blast Weeds With Bursts of Steam

These hefty-looking machines are Green Steam Weed Killers, and they will soon be patrolling the streets of San Francisco, annihilating unwanted weeds without the use of pesticides. The City's Park and Rec

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MIT’s Seaswarm Robots Could Clean Up Gulf-Sized Spill in a Month

MIT’s Seaswarm Robots Could Clean Up Gulf-Sized Spill in a Month

We can thank MIT for adding another piece of weaponry to our future oil spill cleanup arsenal. Dubbed the Seaswarm, this autonomous 16-foot long, 7- foot wide robot features an oil-absorbing conveyor

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Lab Developing Pee-Powered Robots, Energy Producing Bathrooms

Lab Developing Pee-Powered Robots, Energy Producing Bathrooms

We've heard a lot about poo-power here at Inhabitat, and we're all about it as a totally renewable source of energy. That's why we were stoked to learn about the Bristol Robotics Lab's (BRL) current

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Massive Robot Elephant Cobbled Together with Reclaimed Materials

Massive Robot Elephant Cobbled Together with Reclaimed Materials

We've explored the joys of recycled robots before, but never any quite as elephantine as, well... this giant elephant. Built in France as part of the Machines of the Isle of Nantes, an art and culture

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First Self-Sustaining Biomass Bot Eats, Excretes, Runs for a Week

First Self-Sustaining Biomass Bot Eats, Excretes, Runs for a Week

The premise of any science fiction movie worth its salt is robots operating without human supervision for long stretches of time. (Those pesky robots do get into trouble, don't they?) Researchers at the

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Medical Dressing Uses Nanotechnology to Treat Infection

Medical Dressing Uses Nanotechnology to Treat Infection

The wound dressings of the future won't just stop us from from bleeding -- they will also detect infection and release antibiotic treatments as necessary. Researchers at the University of Bath and the

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Monster Robot Chess Set Made from 100,000 LEGOS

Monster Robot Chess Set Made from 100,000 LEGOS

Oh, the wonderful world of LEGOS - we've seen that they can build you just about anything including a city! Well, a team of LEGO enthusiasts just put the finishing touches on their Monster Chess set. It

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Robotic Fish Could Lead Real Fish Away From Danger

Robotic Fish Could Lead Real Fish Away From Danger

What if robots could lead fish away from major danger zones like, say, a massive oil spill off the Gulf Coast? It might be possible with the launch of Maurizio Porfiri's remote-controlled fish-like

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Plan To Transform The Moon Into a Solar Plant is Sheer LUNAcy

Plan To Transform The Moon Into a Solar Plant is Sheer LUNAcy

We've heard about schemes to gather solar power directly from space before, but designers at Japan's Shimizu Corporation have taken the idea to a new level with the Luna Ring, a concept solar power plant

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Zero-Energy Bio Refrigerator Cools Your Food With Future Gel

Zero-Energy Bio Refrigerator Cools Your Food With Future Gel

In a valiant effort to rethink the ubiquitous refrigerator -- which has seen few design changes since the invention of freon refrigerators in the 1930's -- Russian designer Yuriy Dmitriev has unveiled a

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BP Launches “Top Kill” Tactic to Plug the Gulf Oil Spill

BP Launches “Top Kill” Tactic to Plug the Gulf Oil Spill

Today BP will launch their “Top Kill” tactic – an attempt to plug the 5 story tall tower of pipes at the source of the Gulf oil leak with a massive amount of heavy liquids. The injection

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Japan Pavilion is a Solar Energy Generating ‘Purple Silkworm Island’

Japan Pavilion is a Solar Energy Generating ‘Purple Silkworm Island’

Photo credit: Designboom Continuing our coverage of the Shanghai World Expo, we come to the Japan Pavilion, officially nicknamed the 'Purple Silkworm Island'. Designboom is on the scene in Shanghai and

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Siasun Unveils Energy-Efficient Robot That Cares for the Elderly

Siasun Unveils Energy-Efficient Robot That Cares for the Elderly

Watch out Labrador Retriever, this little guy might just take your place as man’s best friend. This is the “Family Nanny” robot from the Chinese Robotics company Siasun. On top of being

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African Student Builds Humanoid Robot From Old TV Parts

African Student Builds Humanoid Robot From Old TV Parts

No matter how cool you think your childhood science projects were, Sam Todo, a student from the Togolese Republic in Africa, has probably one-upped you with his humanoid robot made almost completely out

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Awesome Recycled Robot Sculptures by Gordon Bennett

Awesome Recycled Robot Sculptures by Gordon Bennett

Gordon Bennett takes seemingly useless junk and frankensteins it into what we consider the coolest robots this side of the Mississippi. His trashy treasures were recently displayed in the window of the

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Scientists Develop First Underwater Robot Powered Entirely by Ocean’s Thermal Energy

Scientists Develop First Underwater Robot Powered Entirely by Ocean’s Thermal Energy

Everyone loves a cool robot, and this new one blows others out of the water. A team of researchers recently developed Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangrian Observer Thermal RECharging (SOLO-TREC), the

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Underwater “Snookie” Robot is Inspired By Blind Fish

Underwater “Snookie” Robot is Inspired By Blind Fish

Biomimicry strikes again–this time with Snookie, an underwater robot that has an artificial sensory organ inspired by the “lateral-line system” seen in blind fish like the Astyanax.

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World’s Greenest Skyscraper: Pearl River Tower Almost Complete

World’s Greenest Skyscraper: Pearl River Tower Almost Complete

What might be the world’s greenest skyscraper just finished construction of its top floor floor in Guangzhou, China. We wrote about the “zero energy” Pearl River Tower, home of CNTC

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Nanotech Robots Travel Through Blood to Turn Off Tumor Cells

Nanotech Robots Travel Through Blood to Turn Off Tumor Cells

The nanobots are coming! Scientists have found that nanotech robots, once the stuff of science fiction, can travel through the blood and turn off cancer genes in tumors -- effectively providing all the

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NREL Develops Super Efficient Robots That Build Better Solar Cells

NREL Develops Super Efficient Robots That Build Better Solar Cells

It might be time to welcome our robot overlords to the green tech revolution. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has developed a jukebox-like robot that can grow and analyze solar cells in nearly

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