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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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NASA’s Next Rover Could Carry a Greenhouse to Mars

NASA’s Next Rover Could Carry a Greenhouse to Mars

For some time now NASA has been developing projects that would create renewable food sources for its future crew on Mars. Some of the projects include aquaponic systems and greenhouses. One of the

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Super-Smart Lightweight Valour Bike Warns Cyclists When Cars Enter Their Blind Spots

Super-Smart Lightweight Valour Bike Warns Cyclists When Cars Enter Their Blind Spots

The ultra-light carbon fiber Vanhawks Valour bike uses sensors to warn you when cars enter your blind spots. The bike's handlebars vibrate when it picks up nearby cars, and it has a Bluetooth connection

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New Pollution-Fighting Billboards Can Purify 100,000 Cubic Meters of Air Every Day

New Pollution-Fighting Billboards Can Purify 100,000 Cubic Meters of Air Every Day

The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC) is on a mission to transform regular billboards into structures that tackle environmental issues. Following the success of their billboard that

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Massive Solar Wind Energy Tower Proposed for the U.S.-Mexico Border

Massive Solar Wind Energy Tower Proposed for the U.S.-Mexico Border

A Maryland-based energy company plans to build a gigantic tower that could tap solar and wind resources to generate 500 megawatts of energy. The Solar Wind Energy Tower is planned for a location on the

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Flushing Toilets May Help Power Homes in South Korea

Flushing Toilets May Help Power Homes in South Korea

Scientists in South Korea have come up with a way to use the mechanical energy of flowing water as a sustainable energy source. The research shows how the energy potential of flushing toilets can be

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Billboard Produces Drinkable Water From Desert Air in Peru

Billboard Produces Drinkable Water From Desert Air in Peru

Peruvian researchers have collaborated with an ad agency to create an unusual billboard that generates drinking water from thin air. While the billboard fulfills its traditional role as an advertising

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NASA Set to Launch its First Vegetable Greenhouses Into Space!

NASA Set to Launch its First Vegetable Greenhouses Into Space!

Futuristic scenarios in which astronauts consume pills instead of food couldn't be further from the truth, thanks to new devices for growing fresh vegetables in space. NASA’s next resupply mission to

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Philips’s New LED Bulb Looks and Feels Like an Incandescent

Philips’s New LED Bulb Looks and Feels Like an Incandescent

Practically everyone knows that LED and fluorescent light bulbs are better than inefficient incandescents, but many consumers just can’t resist the familiar shape and soft, warm glow. Philips plans on

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Festo’s DualWingGenerator Catches the Wind Like Flapping Bird Wings

Festo’s DualWingGenerator Catches the Wind Like Flapping Bird Wings

Windmills offer a great way to harness renewable energy, and they’ve been around for almost two centuries - but who says that’s the only way you can catch the wind? Festo, a supplier of automation

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World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska

World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska

Wind turbines have become airborne! An enormous helium-filled wind turbine will soon float over the city of Fairbanks, Alaska to produce enough electricity for more than a dozen families living off the

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INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space

INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space

Previously on Inhabitat we've written about Made in Space’s ambitious plans to bring 3D printing to the International Space Station. But how will such technology work when everything is floating? To

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INFOGRAPHIC: 13 Sci-Fi Gadgets You Won’t Believe Already Exist

INFOGRAPHIC: 13 Sci-Fi Gadgets You Won’t Believe Already Exist

  Have you ever watched an episode of The Jetsons or Star Trek and wondered when our tech is going to catch up with all of those flying cars and other space-age contraptions? Well, we're

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Now You Can Buy Solar Panels at 60 Best Buy Stores Across the United States

Now You Can Buy Solar Panels at 60 Best Buy Stores Across the United States

Consumers heading down to their local Best Buy for a new laptop or microwave will now be able to pick up solar panels as well. Best Buy and SolarCity have announced a new partnership to sell off-the-shelf

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13-Year-Old Becomes the World’s Youngest Person to Achieve Nuclear Fusion

13-Year-Old Becomes the World’s Youngest Person to Achieve Nuclear Fusion

A 13-year-old boy from Preston, UK just became the world’s youngest nuclear fusioneer. By successfully carrying out an atomic fusion reaction, Jamie Edwards has set a new record previously held by then

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