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Green Car Reports: Tesla home batteries, the mysterious electric Fiat and the battle between hydrogen fuel-cell and battery-electric cars

Green Car Reports: Tesla home batteries, the mysterious electric Fiat and the battle between hydrogen fuel-cell and battery-electric cars

What defines a "green car" can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with coverage of

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Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Photo via Shutterstock Spanish scientists have developed the world's first self-healing polymer - a plastic that can be cut in half and then left to repair itself without any outside intervention.

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LeftoverSwap is an App that Lets You Share Unwanted Food

LeftoverSwap is an App that Lets You Share Unwanted Food

No matter how valiant the attempt, sometimes it is just impossible to finish that last helping of casserole for dinner. Instead of letting perfectly good food languish in the fridge, the developers of

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TripLit is the first portable, endlessly versatile OLED light

TripLit is the first portable, endlessly versatile OLED light

Alkilu's TripLit is the first portable OLED device. Hang it from a tree, prop it up on a desk or even use it to light the area to change a tire. TripLit has three positions in addition to a built-in hook

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6 ways people are using aerial drones for good

6 ways people are using aerial drones for good

Ambulance Drone Delft University graduate Alex Monton created an Ambulance Drone that can arrive to the accident scene as quickly as one minute after being dispatched. While an ambulance can take about

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Scanadu creates world’s first Star Trek-style medical tricorder

Scanadu creates world’s first Star Trek-style medical tricorder

Scanadu, a startup based at the NASA Ames Research Center, has made the science-fiction of Star Trek a reality by creating a non-invasive tricorder that, within 10 seconds, can gather medical information

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VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed,

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New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid

New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid

Ever wish you could ditch your electric bill? Tesla is working on a house battery that could help you break up with your expensive utility company, essentially turning any home into an off-grid abode.

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LEGO PancakeBot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology

LEGO PancakeBot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology

If you love pancakes but hate making them, then the LEGO PancakeBot is your dream come true. Designed by Miguel Valenzuela, the LEGO robot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology by using an X and Y

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Creepy humanoid robot staff welcomes visitors to hotel in Japan

Creepy humanoid robot staff welcomes visitors to hotel in Japan

You won’t have to deal with disgruntled employees at the soon to be opened Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki, Japan…since they are mostly humanoid robots. The high tech hotel has employed a fleet of ten

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OwnFone is an effortlessly simple printed phone that you can completely customize

OwnFone is an effortlessly simple printed phone that you can completely customize

OwnFone is using Kickstarter to take the world's simplest mobile phone across the globe. Based in London, OwnFone is the world's first custom printed mobile phone that connects you instantly to the most

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Ravenous robot vacuum attacks owner, tries to eat her head

Ravenous robot vacuum attacks owner, tries to eat her head

People have been worried about the possibility of robots turning on their owners for years, and it would appear that such fears are justified. A South Korean woman was forced to call the fire department

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The elegant NOX SV electric speedboat helps to preserve waterways

The elegant NOX SV electric speedboat helps to preserve waterways

In an utterly understandable move, the ban on combustion engine motor boats is spreading from region to region like wildfire. Boaters have always been aware that the key to preserving their water-based

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BIODIVER[CITY] floating artificial reef lets visitors view ocean wildlife

BIODIVER[CITY] floating artificial reef lets visitors view ocean wildlife

The futuristic BIODIVER[CITY] floats on the ocean, creating an island-community above water, and marine-life fostering artificial reef below. The massive faux-reef would invite visitors observe the

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VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

If you're worried about keeping warm and cozy these next few months, look no further than our video on how to button up your home for the cold season and cut your utility bills while you're at it! We've

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Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget

Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget

President Obama's fiscal budget for 2016, which was release on Monday (2/2) afternoon proposes an impressive $7.4 billion in funding for clean energy technologies as well as the creation of a $4 billion

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Architecture students create 3D printing robots that can build just about anywhere

Architecture students create 3D printing robots that can build just about anywhere

A team of students at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco has developed autonomous, mobile 3D printing robots that could some day be put to work building in outlying areas. The

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kraftwerk is a fuel cell-powered portable charger that fits in your pocket

kraftwerk is a fuel cell-powered portable charger that fits in your pocket

kraftwerk gives you electronic freedom with the ability to charge your electronic devices no matter where you go. The handheld device is like a tiny, portable power plant that keeps your tablets, phones

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FabCafe in Japan lets customers create 3D gummies of themselves

FabCafe in Japan lets customers create 3D gummies of themselves

Gummies aren’t just for bears and worms anymore. Tokyo's FabCafe in Shibuya recently offered nine lucky customers the chance to create a 3D-printed gummy version of themselves! Using the café’s 3D

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6 designs that could save your life

6 designs that could save your life

Inhabitat readers know that good design can save the world - but did you know design could also save your life? Engineers, designers, and hackers around the world are harnessing cutting-edge developments

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Germany more than doubled its wind power capacity in 2014

Germany more than doubled its wind power capacity in 2014

In 2014, Germany’s capacity for wind power generation jumped to more than double the previous year’s figures. The work of 543 offshore wind turbines establish Germany’s offshore wind power capacity

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Plant Power: Dutch company harvests electricity from living plants to power streetlights, Wi-Fi, and cell phones

Plant Power: Dutch company harvests electricity from living plants to power streetlights, Wi-Fi, and cell phones

A Dutch company harnesses electricity from living plants, and then uses it to power cell phone chargers, Wi-Fi hotspots, and now over 300 LED streetlights in two sites in the Netherlands. Plant-e debuted

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Reverse sunglasses outfitted with LED lights chase the winter blues away

Reverse sunglasses outfitted with LED lights chase the winter blues away

Now that the winter is in full swing in the northern hemisphere, grey skies dominate the horizon—and we should all watch out for signs of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Three guys from Denmark

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New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

If Nature publishes it, will people finally listen? That may be what researchers from the University of London are hoping, because the international science journal has published a new study telling us

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Korean researchers develop most efficient solar cell to date

Korean researchers develop most efficient solar cell to date

A Korean research team has achieved record level efficiency in solar cells, using a new formula for mixing perovskite structures. Perovskite is an inexpensive, abundant mineral, and the researchers have

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Is this the ultra-efficient refrigerator of the future?

Is this the ultra-efficient refrigerator of the future?

The classic refrigerator is one of the most power-hungry appliances in the home. Phononic is hoping to change that with a new solid-state refrigerator that is more reliable, greener and quieter than most

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Chair Farm: Werner Aisslinger creates chairs from living trees!

Chair Farm: Werner Aisslinger creates chairs from living trees!

Aisslinger's Chair Farm considers the way we consume furniture: instead of importing items for use, we can nurture and shape them ourselves and then harvest them locally instead of having them

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New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

A Mexico-based tech company says it can recycle more than 90 percent of any type of plastic without using water. The new method also reduces costs by half without suffering any loss in quality,

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Watch Bill Gates drink water made from sewer sludge!

Watch Bill Gates drink water made from sewer sludge!

  In his quest to help save the planet, Bill Gates has literally tasted the next evolution in waste water technology: drinking water recycled from human waste. Gates visited the

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Evolving robots help scientists understand how we got a backbone

Evolving robots help scientists understand how we got a backbone

Sometimes it is the simplest questions that are the hardest to answer. A team of scientists led by Vassar College's John Long wanted to figure out why vertebrates have a backbone, but had no way to

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