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Mushroom Material Company Ecovative Wins First Place in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Mushroom Material Company Ecovative Wins First Place in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

The BFI has just named New York-based Ecovative Design as their top prize winner for the prestigious 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The company will receive $100,000 to further develop their

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Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators

Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators

Imagine windows powering homes, office buildings, and even airplanes. That fantasy might not be far from reality thanks to the latest breakthroughs in solar cell technology. Researchers from the Institute

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Open-Source ‘Precious Plastic’ Machines Recycle Small Scale Waste

Open-Source ‘Precious Plastic’ Machines Recycle Small Scale Waste

When Design Academy Eindhoven graduate student Dave Hakkens learned that only ten percent of discarded plastic is actually recycled, he decided to create "Precious Plastic," an open-source collection of

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Dazzling STARPATH Pavement Lights Up the Night With Stored Solar Energy

Dazzling STARPATH Pavement Lights Up the Night With Stored Solar Energy

UK-based company Pro-Teq has developed a glow-in-the-dark product called "STARPATH" that can be applied to virtually any pavement surface to provide energy-free lighting once night falls. The material

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Agriculture Could Go Coastal with Sealeaf Floating Farms

Agriculture Could Go Coastal with Sealeaf Floating Farms

As the global population rises, it's becoming increasingly difficult to feed everyone - particularly in dense urban environments. Innovation Design Engineering recently unveiled an elegant solution: the

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Study Finds National Park Ecosystems Threatened by Nutrient Pollution

Study Finds National Park Ecosystems Threatened by Nutrient Pollution

National parks are protected by the federal government and carefully managed, so it's easy to assume that they're safe from the harm of human activity. Unfortunately, new research shows that many parks

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Do Beavers Create Business Opportunity?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Do Beavers Create Business Opportunity?

I’m fascinated by creatures that create new ways of life for others. Ecologists talk about ‘keystone species,’ ones which support entire ecosystems, like the central stone in a renaissance archway.

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Poachers Kill Over 300 Elephants by Dumping Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes

Poachers Kill Over 300 Elephants by Dumping Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes

A few weeks ago Inhabitat reported that three men were arrested in Zimbabwe for pouring cyanide into a watering hole and killing 81 elephants. Now, the death toll has risen to include over 300 elephants,

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Levi’s ‘Make Our Mark’ Campaign Transforms Vintage Tech into Web-Enabled Devices

Levi’s ‘Make Our Mark’ Campaign Transforms Vintage Tech into Web-Enabled Devices

Each of the antique items were redesigned to communicate with a web interface. Raspberry Pi was chosen to be the brains inside the pieces, and everything was programmed in Python. Wi-fi modules were

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Monsanto Hires Former Senator Blanche Lincoln as Washington Lobbyist

Monsanto Hires Former Senator Blanche Lincoln as Washington Lobbyist

If a senator fails to win a reelection bid, all hope of a political career is not lost. Like former Arkansas Democrat Sen. Blanche Lincoln, they can open their own lobbying group and attract big players

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Some States Petition to Re-Open National Parks During Government Shutdown

Some States Petition to Re-Open National Parks During Government Shutdown

Photo via Shutterstock When the government shut its doors, the national parks closed down with it, which means that no one can see the Statue of Liberty, check out the presidents at Mount Rushmore or

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Buckminster Fuller Challenge Unveils 2013 Finalists!

Buckminster Fuller Challenge Unveils 2013 Finalists!

Ecovative The EPA has found that plastics make up 25% of the volume in our landfills, with expanded plastic foams being the worst contributor. These products are also highly flammable and have been

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14-Year-Old Tech Geek Creates Fun ‘Jazzy Recycling’ Mobile App

14-Year-Old Tech Geek Creates Fun ‘Jazzy Recycling’ Mobile App

Photo via Shutterstock To Zea Tongeman, being a tech-geek doesn't mean hiding in a room typing code into a computer for hours on end. Instead, this ambitious teenager is the designer of a social media

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Citizen Group Warns of Elevated Radiation Levels at 2020 Olympic Venues in Japan

Citizen Group Warns of Elevated Radiation Levels at 2020 Olympic Venues in Japan

As Japan readies for the 2020 Olympic Games, a group of concerned activists is calling into question the safety of Tokyo's proposed venues. The Citizens' Group for Measuring Radioactive Environment at

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$99 23andMe DNA Test Could Predict Your Entire Health Future

$99 23andMe DNA Test Could Predict Your Entire Health Future

Our current health care system is built around reaction: doctors wait for patients to fall ill and only then find a way to heal them. But what if, some time in the future, doctors can predict what disease

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Virginia Students Reject All-Beef Burgers and Demand Return of Processed Fake Meat Patties

Virginia Students Reject All-Beef Burgers and Demand Return of Processed Fake Meat Patties

Photo via Shutterstock For most restaurants across the country, claiming an all-beef burger patty is a brag-worthy selling point. Even so, students in Virginia have have made it clear that they prefer

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Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

In anticipation of the next wave of students and young professionals looking to purchase a home in the next ten years, Team Ontario designed ECHO, a starter home that introduces the concept of sustainable

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Study Confirms Mass Stranding of Whales Caused by Sonar Mapping

Study Confirms Mass Stranding of Whales Caused by Sonar Mapping

Humpback Whales in Madagascar, photo by Marco Zanferrari on Flickr Fleets of seafaring vessels have used sonar mapping to gain a clear picture of the ocean for years - however recently there has been

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Toyota Cuts Fuel Cell Cost by $1 Million for Next-Gen Hydrogen-Powered Car

Toyota Cuts Fuel Cell Cost by $1 Million for Next-Gen Hydrogen-Powered Car

Toyota has just released details of its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, and the company hopes it could become a game-changer in green transportation. The automaker has managed to reduce the

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Meet the Ten Finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

Meet the Ten Finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

The first Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge, coordinated by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in partnership with Make It Right, was launched in November of 2012. By June of

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DIY: Make Your Own Artisan Soap Bar from Repurposed Scraps

DIY: Make Your Own Artisan Soap Bar from Repurposed Scraps

STEP 1: Gather all your materials. You'll need just soap bits, a plastic bottle, a grater, a cutting tool, and a pan for melting. STEP 2: Cut the bottom off of the plastic bottle to create a mold

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Click & Grow Introduces Internet-Controlled Smart Farm for Urban Agriculture

Click & Grow Introduces Internet-Controlled Smart Farm for Urban Agriculture

California-based company Click & Grow makes urban farming easy for even the least savvy green thumbs. Their electronic smart pots monitor plants and use a proprietary growth medium that eliminates

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Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

In the desert, sun can be both a blessing and a curse - especially in urban environments beset with a host of other problems such as the heat island effect and pollution. A smart home, like the SHADE

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Japan Promises to Make 2020 Olympics a High-Tech Fest of Self-Driving Cars, 5G Networks and More

Japan Promises to Make 2020 Olympics a High-Tech Fest of Self-Driving Cars, 5G Networks and More

When Japan was announced as the host of the 2020 Olympics last month, it brought about a new wave of concern over the ongoing environmental crisis at Fukushima. As the government pushes for an end to the

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Scientists Turn Problematic Plastic Bags Into a High-Tech Nanomaterial

Scientists Turn Problematic Plastic Bags Into a High-Tech Nanomaterial

Non-biodegradable plastic bags are the scourge of landfills and picturesque landscapes everywhere. Scientists at the University of Adelaide in Australia have invented a process to transform the pesky

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Photonics Breakthrough Could Lead to Blazingly Fast Electronics

Photonics Breakthrough Could Lead to Blazingly Fast Electronics

A recent development in the world of silicon photonics (that's technology using optical rays for the layperson) means that computer speeds could really begin to skyrocket. The recently developed

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Students Install the World’s First Solar Pavement Panels in Virginia

Students Install the World’s First Solar Pavement Panels in Virginia

Studio39 Landscape Architecture just teamed up with students at the Solar Institute at George Washington University to install the world's first solar panel walking path! The students and designers

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6 Ways to Enjoy End-of-Season Tomatoes Throughout the Whole Year

6 Ways to Enjoy End-of-Season Tomatoes Throughout the Whole Year

A ripe, juicy tomato represents all of the joys of summer. Beautiful, tasty, and a great source of vitamins, these members of the nightshade family are stars in a myriad of dishes. As their season in many

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Team Austria’s LISI Solar Decathlon Home Keeps Cool with a Movable Exterior Curtain

Team Austria’s LISI Solar Decathlon Home Keeps Cool with a Movable Exterior Curtain

The Solar Decathlon 2013 competition officially kicked off 3 October, 2013; to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony, groups of officials and decathletes gathered to take a much deserved break from all

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Biotech Giant Monsanto Announces $1 Billion Acquisition of Climate Corporation

Biotech Giant Monsanto Announces $1 Billion Acquisition of Climate Corporation

Controversial agri-giant Monsanto is dipping its massive hands in a different type of technology. The company, known for its focus on herbicides and genetically modified seeds, recently spent nearly $1

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