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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

If you've ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you're sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He's also the designer behind pioneering

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INFOGRAPHIC: Greenpeace Ranks Internet Companies on Energy Use

INFOGRAPHIC: Greenpeace Ranks Internet Companies on Energy Use

By 2017, it’s expected that 3.6 billion people will be updating Facebook profiles, streaming YouTube videos, looking up quick facts on Wikipedia, and putting things in virtual shopping carts. And

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Apple Patents Next-Gen Flexible ‘Smart Paper’ Display

Apple Patents Next-Gen Flexible ‘Smart Paper’ Display

The US Patent and Trademark Office just granted the latest batch of Apple's patents, and as usual, none of us has any idea which of them will go anywhere. But one of them—#8,855,727, to be precise—is

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Award-Winning vosLED Light Bulb Combines Retro Styling With LED Efficiency

Award-Winning vosLED Light Bulb Combines Retro Styling With LED Efficiency

Do you love the retro look of incandescent light bulbs and harbor guilty thoughts of stockpiling them in preparation for their phase out? Well, here's your happy compromise! The energy-efficient vosLED

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Why The Breast Pump Sucks So Much, And How to Improve It

Why The Breast Pump Sucks So Much, And How to Improve It

Did you know that breastfeeding has numerous health benefits - including reducing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, female cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis? Unfortunately, most breast pumps

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Watch This Shape-Shifting Building Shrink and Expand as Temperatures Change (Video)

Watch This Shape-Shifting Building Shrink and Expand as Temperatures Change (Video)

Τranslated Geometries from efilena baseta on Vimeo. Architects dream about buildings that can change shape to suit varying environmental conditions, and constantly tinker with the technology

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PHOTOS: Apple Unveils The Apple Watch – Its First Wearable Device

PHOTOS: Apple Unveils The Apple Watch – Its First Wearable Device

Things to know about the newly launched Apple Watch: 1. It is Apple's first wearable device. 2. The smartwatch features a square face made from sapphire crystal and the watch case is available in

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Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Did you know that melanin, the pigment in hair, is light sensitive and can be used as a conductor? Well, that's what an 18 year old in Nepal recently discovered, and is now using human hair to replace

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A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

OAXIS is designed to incorporate a prefabricated modular structures with recycled steel. Several passive strategies would control the building’s environment while roof-mounted photovoltaic panels would

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Kite Building Bricks Look and Snap Together Exactly Like LEGO’s

Kite Building Bricks Look and Snap Together Exactly Like LEGO’s

Of all the LEGO-like building components we’ve seen over the years, Kite Bricks come closest to the famous toy bricks' building technology. The blocks, also referred to as Smart Bricks, allow for a

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Rotterdam is Transforming a Canal into a Water-Purifying Wave Park!

Rotterdam is Transforming a Canal into a Water-Purifying Wave Park!

The new urban attraction will have a constantly flowing 14-second wave that is planned to reach five feet, allowing the city inhabitants to surf right in the middle of the city. Besides its recreational

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Awesome Clay Refrigerator Requires Zero Energy to Keep Food Cool

Awesome Clay Refrigerator Requires Zero Energy to Keep Food Cool

An Indian entrepreneur has created a refrigerator made entirely from clay that keeps food cool without using any electricity. Mansukhbhai Raghavbhai Prajapati, a Gujarat-based potter, makes his natural

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Amazon Launches Online Store for 3D-Printed Items

Amazon Launches Online Store for 3D-Printed Items

3D-printing just officially went mainstream as Amazon announced the launch of an online store for 3D-printed items. With more than 250 products (including pendants, toys, nylon wallets, cookie cutters and

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Rejuvenate Your Wardrobe with the Swash System by P&G and Whirlpool

Rejuvenate Your Wardrobe with the Swash System by P&G and Whirlpool

We might not have flying cars yet but we are getting a step closer to living like the Jetsons. Soon you'll be able to skip the dry cleaners and use this compact home clothing-care system for all your

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Meet Bunkie: A Tiny Prefab House from 608 Design and BLDG Workshop

Meet Bunkie: A Tiny Prefab House from 608 Design and BLDG Workshop

Have you ever dreamed of having your own little house in the countryside, just big enough for you and friend or two to hang out and take in the outdoors? 608 Design and BLDG Workshop have just the thing:

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Next Generation Membrane Pacemakers Wrap the Heart Like an Electronic Glove

Next Generation Membrane Pacemakers Wrap the Heart Like an Electronic Glove

This heart is wrapped in a special electronic membrane that keeps it beating at the perfect rate. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis

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Rocket Scientist Designs ‘Flare’ Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster, Saves Energy

Rocket Scientist Designs ‘Flare’ Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster, Saves Energy

Whether you're making coffee, ramen or a gourmet Italian dinner, the odds are that you boil at least a pot of water every day. That adds up to a lot of energy use - but UK kitchenware manufacturer,

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Brilliant Solar-powered ‘Ladybird’ Robot Increases Farm Productivity!

Brilliant Solar-powered ‘Ladybird’ Robot Increases Farm Productivity!

University of Sydney’s robotics department invented a solar-powered farm robot that can detect vegetables, trace out crops and remove weeds with its robotic arms. Called Ladybird, the robot aims to

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Sol Design Lab Installs Awesome Solar Charging Stations At UT Austin

Sol Design Lab Installs Awesome Solar Charging Stations At UT Austin

The students, now-alumni Eric Swanson and Austin Jorn, and current student Megan Archer, received grants from two student organizations to build one solar charging station, build two more, and run

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SkyTran to Build Futuristic Maglev ‘Hover Monorail’ in Israel

SkyTran to Build Futuristic Maglev ‘Hover Monorail’ in Israel

SkyTran Inc. and Israel Aerospace Industries just signed an agreement to build a high-speed, levitating, energy-efficient transportation system at the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) campus in Lod,

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Amazing Pop-Up Solar Power Station Delivers Energy Anywhere it’s Needed

Amazing Pop-Up Solar Power Station Delivers Energy Anywhere it’s Needed

Ecosphere Technologies' latest product combines several of our very favorite things in one easy-to-transport package: shipping containers, off-the-grid solar power, and clean drinking water generation.

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Earth Home Builder Machine “3D Prints” Entire Homes from Bags of Earth

Earth Home Builder Machine “3D Prints” Entire Homes from Bags of Earth

The low-tech practice of building homes using earth bags seems to be keeping pace with the most up-to-date 3D printing technologies. The Earth Home Builder is a skid-operated machine that can “3D

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3D System’s Ekocycle Cube 3D Prints Objects From Recycled Plastic

3D System’s Ekocycle Cube 3D Prints Objects From Recycled Plastic

What if you could turn old plastic bottles into fresh new designs with the press of a button? 3D Systems’ new Ekocycle Cube uses post-consumer plastic to 3D print a variety of designs. The eco-friendly

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FACIT Popularizes Low-Carbon Homes Digitally Manufactured Using CNC Machines

FACIT Popularizes Low-Carbon Homes Digitally Manufactured Using CNC Machines

At the forefront of the practice of digital fabrication in the building industry, FACIT uses CNC routers to manufacture “cassettes” out of sustainably harvested plywood. These are filled with spray

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NASA May Send New Flying Saucer-Shaped Landing Vehicles to Mars

NASA May Send New Flying Saucer-Shaped Landing Vehicles to Mars

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has built a saucer-like spacecraft that will be used as a planetary lander in Mars missions launching as early as 2018. The Low Density

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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Chinese Loop Vacuum Tech Allows Super-Maglev Trains to Reach 1,800 MPH

Chinese Loop Vacuum Tech Allows Super-Maglev Trains to Reach 1,800 MPH

A researcher in China has unveiled his super-maglevloop line that could make future trains go at the speed of up to 1,800 mph. This is a big deal, mind you, because currently the fastest

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Actor Ed Begley Jr. Builds Massive Home Underground Rainwater Harvesting System in LA

Actor Ed Begley Jr. Builds Massive Home Underground Rainwater Harvesting System in LA

"Six Feet Under" and "Arrested Development" fans may be surprised to know that well-known actor Ed Begley Jr. is also a staunch environmental campaigner. Together with his wife Rachelle Carson-Begley, he

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World’s First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

World’s First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

Scientists at the Imperial College London have developed the world’s first flying 3D printer. Using small, preprogrammed drones, Dr. Mirko Kovac and his team from the Aerial Robotics Laboratory have

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