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Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid?

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VIDEO: Double amputee is fitted with two limbs that he controls with his mind

VIDEO: Double amputee is fitted with two limbs that he controls with his mind

The future of prosthetics is here after researchers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory completed a groundbreaking experiment that gave a double amputee the ability to control his prosthetics

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Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000!

Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000!

NASA and the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) have data. Big data! Together the two organizations have amassed a wealth of open-access climate-related data and now they are calling on citizen-scientists to

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One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

An astonishing one out of every five households in Australia is now relying on solar energy, a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) reveals. Just 3 years ago only 5 percent of homes

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Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

The Navajo people are the oldest ethnic group in the US and the Navajo Nation reservation is the largest in the country, spreading across Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. But about 38 percent of all homes in

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

Inhabitat: So to start, tell me about how the Foodini and Natural Machines came together. Lynette: It started a little bit over a year ago. There are four founders in the company and I came in around

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Canadian clean energy jobs eclipse oil sands employment this year

Canadian clean energy jobs eclipse oil sands employment this year

Canada is infamous in environmental circles for the Alberta tar sands, a destructive and polluting oil development that’s widely seen within the country as the nation's main economic generator.

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Gecko-inspired adhesives could enable humans to climb walls Mission: Impossible style!

Gecko-inspired adhesives could enable humans to climb walls Mission: Impossible style!

If you've ever watched with envy as Spider-Man or Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt scale structures with ease, then this could be your lucky day. According to the MIT Technology Review, a team from Stanford

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Sweden expands its hydrogen vehicle refueling station network

Sweden expands its hydrogen vehicle refueling station network

Sweden is installing a permanent hydrogen fuel filling station in the city of Gothenburg. The new station will make it possible to travel by hydrogen-fueled vehicle the whole length of the roughly

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Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Professor Stephen Hawking has revealed in an interview with the BBC that he believes, "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." Since Professor Hawking is in

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Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia

Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia

Development in rural African communities is often limited by lack of access to reliable power - hospitals, schools and businesses all require a steady source of electricity in order to function. The

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6 Uses For Pee That You Probably Didn’t Know About

6 Uses For Pee That You Probably Didn’t Know About

For Heating The Barn House in Japan's Memu Meadows is an award-winning experimental dwelling heated by urine. Designed by Keio University's Co+Labo department, it shelters two humans and two horses,

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NASA planning to launch Orion test flight this week as first step towards Mars missions

NASA planning to launch Orion test flight this week as first step towards Mars missions

NASA plans to launch the first Orion spacecraft this Thursday, in an uncrewed test flight that is the next step on its journey towards a fully fledged mission to Mars. The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew

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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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New Silent Wind Tree Turbines Make Energy Production Beautiful

New Silent Wind Tree Turbines Make Energy Production Beautiful

Three years of research have led a team of French engineers to produce their interpretation of wind energy for urban locations. The Wind Tree stands at 26 feet tall, and its branches adorn the

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Albatern’s WaveNET Harvests Wave Energy With Giant Floating Squids

Albatern’s WaveNET Harvests Wave Energy With Giant Floating Squids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AaSq3Ux_-Q Since 2007 Albatern, one of Scotland’s most radical wave energy companies, has been working on a new approach to wave energy harvesting. Their new WaveNET

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Christmas Trees Could Be Used To Help Sterilize Medical Devices

Christmas Trees Could Be Used To Help Sterilize Medical Devices

Photo via Shutterstock After the holidays wind down, millions of Christmas trees across the country will be headed to the landfill or the wood chipper. But not so fast! That stately conifer could be

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Skateboard Legend Tony Hawk Rides the World’s First Hoverboard (VIDEO)

Skateboard Legend Tony Hawk Rides the World’s First Hoverboard (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2me8E1GZeg Last month we reported on the breakthrough technology behind Hendo Hoverboards. Since then, the company has almost doubled its Kickstarter goal aimed

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Brilliant Device Turns Waste Paper Into Pencils

Brilliant Device Turns Waste Paper Into Pencils

If you often find yourself searching for a pencil, then this clever little device called the P&P Office Waste Processor will keep well stocked by quickly producing them from simple office waste

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NASA Charts Real-Time Carbon Emissions in Ultra High-Resolution Climate Model (VIDEO)

NASA Charts Real-Time Carbon Emissions in Ultra High-Resolution Climate Model (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1SgmFa0r04 NASA just launched a new high-resolution computer model that gives a stunning look at the yearly movement of carbon emissions through the planet’s

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These Clever Robots Could Tend Gardens and Grow Food in Space

These Clever Robots Could Tend Gardens and Grow Food in Space

A team of University of Colorado graduate students are developing a food gardening system for deep space and potential Martian colonies. The project is an entry in NASA's eXploration HABitat (X-Hab)

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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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Leonardo DiCaprio Narrates Green World Rising Films About Climate Solutions (VIDEO)

Leonardo DiCaprio Narrates Green World Rising Films About Climate Solutions (VIDEO)

Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio recently pledged $7 million towards ocean conservation projects, was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change,

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European Space Agency’s Philae Probe Sends Astounding First Images from Comet Landing

European Space Agency’s Philae Probe Sends Astounding First Images from Comet Landing

Of the successful landing, ESA’s Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain said in a statement: “ESA and its Rosetta mission partners achieved something extraordinary today. Our ambitious Rosetta mission

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Meet MEG, an Automated Greenhouse That is Crowd-Sourcing Gardening

Meet MEG, an Automated Greenhouse That is Crowd-Sourcing Gardening

Thanks to the many plant-loving MEG users out in cyberspace, struggling plant owners and expert gardeners can socially connect with each other in order to experiment with and develop plant cultivation

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17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

Meet a next-generation scientist making the next generation of biofuel. 17-year-old Sara Volz invented a process that increases the amount of biofuel produced by algae to win this year's Intel Science

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Our Lives

INFOGRAPHIC: How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Our Lives

There's no doubt about it - driverless cars are on the way. Everyone from Google to Tesla, Lexus, and Porsche are developing autonomous vehicles - but have you ever considered how self-driving cars will

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Revolutionary White Solar Panels Cool Down Buildings While Generating Electricity

Revolutionary White Solar Panels Cool Down Buildings While Generating Electricity

Swiss non-profit tech company CSEM has developed a new type of solar panel that can be seamlessly integrated into the walls of buildings. The photovoltaic panels are available in different colors and have

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Machine Turns Syrupy Coca-Cola Back Into Fresh Drinking Water

Machine Turns Syrupy Coca-Cola Back Into Fresh Drinking Water

These days it seems like cola is absolutely everywhere, but drinkable water may not be. Helmut Smits points out that contradiction with a machine he calls "The Real Thing" that transforms unhealthy

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World’s First 3D-Printed Laptop Smashes Crowdfunding Goal With $116,000

World’s First 3D-Printed Laptop Smashes Crowdfunding Goal With $116,000

The world’s first 3D-printed laptop teaches people how to create their own circuit boards, build 3D-printed objects, and understand electronics. The team behind the PiTop Raspberry Pi laptop launched an

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