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MIT: For Clean Drinking Water, All You Need is a Stick

MIT: For Clean Drinking Water, All You Need is a Stick

Photo from Shutterstock A new report by MIT researchers suggests that if you run out of drinking water in the woods, all you need to do is to break off a branch from the nearest pine tree. Next pour

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New Paper-Based Urine Cancer Screenings Could be as Easy as Testing for Pregnancy

New Paper-Based Urine Cancer Screenings Could be as Easy as Testing for Pregnancy

Image via Shutterstock Early detection of cancer is often crucial to patient survival, but in many parts of the world people just can't afford the cost of an expensive diagnosis. To combat the rise of

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MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

Nearly a decade ago, Fernando Mazariengas sought a way to provide clean, affordable water to those living in areas without, so he created a ceramic water filter that could be made using locally-sourced

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MIT-Designed Copenhagen Wheel Finally Hits the Market, Turns any Bike Into a Hybrid Electric Vehicle

MIT-Designed Copenhagen Wheel Finally Hits the Market, Turns any Bike Into a Hybrid Electric Vehicle

When MIT unveiled designs for the Copenhagen Wheel in 2009, it generated a lot of buzz. The deceptively simple, self-contained system can turn any bike into a "smart electric hybrid" cycle by providing a

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Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Taken while on a Masdar-sponsored trip that included a tour to the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power Plant and interviews with several key Masdar officials, these images are a testament to Masdar's

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MIT Scientists 3D Print Tiny LEGO-Like Building Blocks for Creating Large Modular Designs

MIT Scientists 3D Print Tiny LEGO-Like Building Blocks for Creating Large Modular Designs

3D printing is all the rage, and designers around the world are competing to see how they can create the biggest, most jaw-dropping stuff. Here at Inhabitat, we've featured lots of cool 3D designs, from

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MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

Researchers at MIT have engineered a new kind of rechargeable flow battery that could lead to a greater switch to renewable energy, such as wind and solar. Despite widespread support for renewable

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MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

Parabolic Solar Mirror photo from Shutterstock Scientists at MIT just announced that they have created the perfect mirror - and it could signal a breakthrough for solar power technology. The team's

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MIT’s OpenFab Allows Designers to Make Cheaper, Flexible, Colored 3D Printed Objects

MIT’s OpenFab Allows Designers to Make Cheaper, Flexible, Colored 3D Printed Objects

MIT's OpenFab is a system designed to make 3d printing easier and cheaper - and it uses a new programming language to create flexible objects with varying materiality. Set to be launched at the end of the

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Bielefeld University Students Produce Batteries Powered by E.Coli Bacteria

Bielefeld University Students Produce Batteries Powered by E.Coli Bacteria

Image via iGEM team 2013 A team of ten students at Bielefeld University, Germany have come up with a new source of electricity – the infection-causing bacteria Escherichia coli. Their

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North China Pollution Slashes Life Expectancy by 5.5 Years

North China Pollution Slashes Life Expectancy by 5.5 Years

Researchers have established a clear, quantifiable relationship between pollution in North China and life expectancy. They found that 500 million people in the country will lose a combined 2.5 billion

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Researchers Build Nano Solar Cells 1,000 Times More Powerful than Conventional PVs

Researchers Build Nano Solar Cells 1,000 Times More Powerful than Conventional PVs

As global warming and climate change escalate, the push to develop better, more efficient solar energy technology has never been more urgent, and now researchers at MIT have developed ultra-thin and

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Greenbean Recycling Gives E-Cash Rewards Through Its Reverse Vending Machines

Greenbean Recycling Gives E-Cash Rewards Through Its Reverse Vending Machines

It is easy to see the impact recycling can make on the environment and your bank account after unloading several large bags of bottles and cans at a center. Yet it is much more difficult to observe what

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MIT Creates Cheap New Full-Color Hologram Technology

MIT Creates Cheap New Full-Color Hologram Technology

Full-color holograms were once just an imaginary mode of communication between rebel princesses and venerated Jedi masters. Daniel Smalley, a graduate student at MIT, has made the technology a reality

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MIT’s Mapdwell Project Tracks Sustainable Development Around the World

MIT’s Mapdwell Project Tracks Sustainable Development Around the World

The Mapdwell Project is a collaborative effort by researchers, academics, and professionals at MIT to develop a community resource of research-driven and tested information on sustainable practices. The

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MIT Scientists Create 3D-Printed Artificial Bone

MIT Scientists Create 3D-Printed Artificial Bone

Scientists at MIT have figured out a way to produce a 3D-printed artificial bone that is just as lightweight and durable as the real thing. By analyzing the structural patterns found in natural bone and

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16-Year-Old Student Uses Fruit Flies to Investigate Benefits of Organic Produce

16-Year-Old Student Uses Fruit Flies to Investigate Benefits of Organic Produce

Anyone who has ever taken a course in biology or left produce out on the counter for a little too long will recognize the noble fruit fly. Easy to breed, feed and observe, they are the subject of choice

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MIT and Harvard’s 3D-Printed Inchworm Robot Can Assemble Itself

MIT and Harvard’s 3D-Printed Inchworm Robot Can Assemble Itself

The first sure sign of a robot uprising will be when robots gain self-awareness and begin acting autonomously - and if this self-assembling robot is any indication, we're well on our way to the

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MIT Developing Floating Wind Turbines That Produce Power Even When There’s No Wind

MIT Developing Floating Wind Turbines That Produce Power Even When There’s No Wind

Critics of wind power keep coming back to the same old complaint: what happens when there's no wind? A new design from researchers at MIT could finally offer a solution to this renewable energy

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MIT Developing Ionic Wind Thrusters as Efficient Alternative to Jet Engines

MIT Developing Ionic Wind Thrusters as Efficient Alternative to Jet Engines

Ion thruster photo from NASA A team from MIT is working on developing ionic wind thrusters as an energy-efficient, low-emission alternative to conventional propulsion technologies like jet engines.

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MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

Photo via Shutterstock A team of researchers at MIT have developed a more efficient photovoltaic solar cell using particles known as quantum dots. The benefit of using quantum dots is that they can be

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Ubiquitous Energy Developing Transparent Stick-On Solar Cells that Can Power Your iPad

Ubiquitous Energy Developing Transparent Stick-On Solar Cells that Can Power Your iPad

Tablet photo from Shutterstock Portable gadgets, like smartphones and tablets, have changed the way we consume information and communicate, but at this stage they all have one common flaw: they need to

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MIT Scientists Engineer Yeast Cells to Produce More Efficient Biofuels

MIT Scientists Engineer Yeast Cells to Produce More Efficient Biofuels

In the hunt to replace petroleum, scientists are looking for more efficient ways to produce biofuels from organisms. A team of researchers at MIT have engineered yeast to manufacture the heavy alcohol

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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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Baxter the Humanoid Robot Promises to Revive US Manufacturing

Baxter the Humanoid Robot Promises to Revive US Manufacturing

Say hello to Baxter, the $22,000 humanoid robot that could help revolutionize manufacturing in the US. Rethink Robotics, a Boston-based robotics firm, produced Baxter in an effort to give cheap offshore

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MIT Develops Polymer Film That Harvests Energy From Water Vapor

MIT Develops Polymer Film That Harvests Energy From Water Vapor

Researchers at MIT just developed a new bio-polymer film that is able to generate electricity from a readily available source: water vapor. The material changes its shape as it absorbs evaporated water.

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The Folding EV ‘Hiriko’ is Slated to Become Part of Germany’s Car-Sharing Program

The Folding EV ‘Hiriko’ is Slated to Become Part of Germany’s Car-Sharing Program

Germany is no stranger to car-sharing programs, but a novel new vehicle is about to join Berlin's car-sharing network. The EV company Hiriko, originally called City Car, is planning to test run its

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Scientists From MIT Invent a Robot That Can Transform Into Almost Any 3D Shape

Scientists From MIT Invent a Robot That Can Transform Into Almost Any 3D Shape

Transforming robots are not be the exclusive property of cartoons and sci-fi blockbusters anymore. Engineers from MIT have created a tiny device that is capable of folding itself into almost any desirable

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MIT Scientists Develop Stronger Adhesives and Less Painful Needles Based on Porcupine Quills

MIT Scientists Develop Stronger Adhesives and Less Painful Needles Based on Porcupine Quills

Porcupine quills might seem more hurtful than helpful - but researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are examining the structure of the spines for use in the medical field. For the first

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MIT Developing ‘Solar Energy Funnels’ That Could Harvest More Electricity From Sunlight

MIT Developing ‘Solar Energy Funnels’ That Could Harvest More Electricity From Sunlight

Researchers at MIT recently announced plans to create a "solar energy funnel" that could harvest energy from a much broader spectrum of sunlight than silicon photovoltaics are currently able to achieve.

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