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SketchUp’s Open-Source 3D-Printable WikiHouse Snaps Together Like Lego Bricks

SketchUp’s Open-Source 3D-Printable WikiHouse Snaps Together Like Lego Bricks

What if you could assemble your house like Legos using free modeling software and a 3D printer? That's the idea behind Eric Schimelpfening's WikiHouse - a home designed entirely in SketchUp that can be

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Colorful noise-pollution barriers that also generate solar energy being tested in the Netherlands

Colorful noise-pollution barriers that also generate solar energy being tested in the Netherlands

Technology research is often about finding ways to combine two different functions into one tool or, as you might have heard it said before, kill two birds with one stone. In the Netherlands, a consortium

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Sun-powered Solar Impulse lands safely in Hawaii after longest solo flight in aviation history

Sun-powered Solar Impulse lands safely in Hawaii after longest solo flight in aviation history

Solar Impulse 2, piloted by André Borschberg has successfully completed its record-breaking solar-powered flight from Japan to Hawaii. The plane landed at 5:55am local time today, and was met with a

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Solar Impulse launches five day trip across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii

Solar Impulse launches five day trip across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii

Last week, we reported that Solar Impulse 2 could be grounded for up to a year if the experimental solar-powered airplane missed its window to take off across the Pacific Ocean. When the June 23 attempt

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DIY: Beat the Heatwave by Making Your Own Air Conditioner

DIY: Beat the Heatwave by Making Your Own Air Conditioner

Martha and the Vandellas were on the right track -- heatwaves can definitely tear you apart. The current temperature in NYC has our "heads in a haze", and being as energy conscious as we are, we're torn

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World’s first 3D-printed supercar is one of the greenest cars around

World’s first 3D-printed supercar is one of the greenest cars around

Green cars are more popular now than ever but the manufacturing process for even the greenest car is still pretty dirty. Automotive designer Kevin Czinger recognized the unfortunate irony, and founded

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Richard Branson and Coca-Cola invest $500 million to compete against SpaceX satellite internet

Richard Branson and Coca-Cola invest $500 million to compete against SpaceX satellite internet

Richard Branson is pushing his space exploration further toward the goal of launching civilian space journeys. Branson says he’ll be the first person aboard the spaceship, after test pilots deem the

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Solar Impulse could be grounded in Japan for a whole year

Solar Impulse could be grounded in Japan for a whole year

Solar Impulse 2, the experimental solar-powered aircraft, has kept us on the edge of our seats as we’ve waited, day after day, for news of a second ocean crossing attempt. The first attempt resulted in

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Lexus just unveiled a working hoverboard!

Lexus just unveiled a working hoverboard!

The hoverboard is one of those keen technologies promised to us by Hollywood that simply hasn’t become part of our every day world. We’re still craving that futuristic update with bated breath,

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Meet Pepper, the world’s first robot who can understand your feelings

Meet Pepper, the world’s first robot who can understand your feelings

A new iPhone edition. Rolling Stones tickets. An adorable and emotionally intelligent robot. These are things that sell out in no time flat. “Pepper” is the diminutive robot from Aldebaran, a

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Microchips lined with human cells win Design of the Year Award

Microchips lined with human cells win Design of the Year Award

London's Design Museum has chosen a strange, but very promising technology as Design of the Year 2015. Having even outdone Google’s self-driving car, the Human Organs-on-Chips design was given top marks

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6 ways the Tesla Powerwall is changing the energy landscape

6 ways the Tesla Powerwall is changing the energy landscape

6 Ways the Tesla Powerwall is Changing the Energy Landscape Elon Musk has been trying to drive the adoption of solar power through his Tesla Motors and SolarCity companies. With growing car sales at

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archimania’s Conservation Hall is a sunken extension that preserves a historic governor’s mansion

archimania’s Conservation Hall is a sunken extension that preserves a historic governor’s mansion

Memphis-based architecture firm archmania designed an extension to a historic governor’s mansion in Nashville, Tennessee, and created an "unbuilding"-the architects created a sunken courtyard building

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New devices generate renewable energy from evaporation

New devices generate renewable energy from evaporation

Evaporation is a key component of the Earth's water cycle, and one of the world's most dominant forms of energy transfer—and it's believed that as the climate warms, evaporation rates will increase and

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Revolutionary Fairphone 2 is an ethically sourced smartphone you can fix yourself

Revolutionary Fairphone 2 is an ethically sourced smartphone you can fix yourself

In the last few years smartphones have have become ubiquitous, connecting people worldwide and becoming an everyday, multipurpose tool. Yet, non-ethical sourcing of materials and worker exploitation in

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A student-designed drone is hunting illegal loggers in the Amazon Rainforest

A student-designed drone is hunting illegal loggers in the Amazon Rainforest

Images from the Landsat satellite have provided a devastating look at the scale of deforestation in the Amazon—with Google creating a timelapse video of 40 years of destruction in the region—but those

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Stanford researchers create a computer that can manipulate water droplets

Stanford researchers create a computer that can manipulate water droplets

Come on in. The water is not only fine, it’s pretty amazing. Engineers at Stanford University have created the first step in a whole new class of computers that rely on the unique physics of moving

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Dyson has developed an LED lamp that lasts for 37 years

Dyson has developed an LED lamp that lasts for 37 years

The folks who make vacuum cleaners that don’t lose suction have launched a lightbulb that doesn’t lose brightness—for 37 years. Dyson has developed a proprietary LED that they believe will last for

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GE’s new dome-shaped wind turbine generates more electricity

GE’s new dome-shaped wind turbine generates more electricity

Perhaps the most interesting thing about technology of any kind is its ability to be adapted and improved. For wind turbines, GE’s New ecoROTR is that kind of advancement. The addition looks like

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ASMO Charger ends vampire power draw and helps prevent home fires

ASMO Charger ends vampire power draw and helps prevent home fires

There have been lot's of talk about vampire power. About how electronic devices continue sucking energy even when they are on standby mode. A recent study by the National Resources Defense Council found

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Tesla co-founder Ian Wright is transforming garbage trucks into electric green machines

Tesla co-founder Ian Wright is transforming garbage trucks into electric green machines

Ian Wright is one of the co-founders of Tesla who doesn’t often make headlines, especially since he left the electric car company in 2005 when it was still a startup. His latest venture, Wrightspeed, is

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SpaceX close to launching internet-beaming satellites

SpaceX close to launching internet-beaming satellites

Things are about to get really interesting in space. On the heels of the news that SpaceX was awarded certification to bid for Pentagon satellite contracts, Elon Musk’s rocket company has asked the

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INFOGRAPHIC: The future of construction techniques

INFOGRAPHIC: The future of construction techniques

Construction is changing in a big way. From 3D printing to self-healing concrete, the future of building is full of all kinds of exciting advancements. This infographic from Gutter Masters reveals all the

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SpaceX gets USAF certification, busts monopoly on military satellite launches

SpaceX gets USAF certification, busts monopoly on military satellite launches

On Tuesday of this week, SpaceX entered a new and very important phase of their operations. The U.S. Air Force certified Elon Musk’s space exploration company to launch satellites for the Pentagon,

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New bionic lens could give you perfect vision for the rest of your life

New bionic lens could give you perfect vision for the rest of your life

Wearing corrective eye glasses could soon be a thing of the past. The Ocumetics Bionic Lens, invented by Dr. Garth Webb of Ocumetics Technology Corp, claims to be a painless implant that could change

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Samsung’s new Iron Man phone will make you feel like an Avenger

Samsung’s new Iron Man phone will make you feel like an Avenger

While it didn’t come out of Tony Stark’s workshop, the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, looks like it may have. Samsung released its Iron Man phone on Tuesday to coincide with the release of Marvel’s new

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Watch this man set the world record for farthest hoverboard flight

Watch this man set the world record for farthest hoverboard flight

Catalin Alexandru Duru, an inventor from Canada, set the world’s record recently for the longest flight by hoverboard. Ever since Marty McFly surfed the streets of Hill Valley on a hoverboard, everyone

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Take a first look at the gigantic Gigafactory Tesla is building in Nevada

Take a first look at the gigantic Gigafactory Tesla is building in Nevada

https://youtu.be/YSyE2RorjRI If you were still on the fence about whether to get a drone camera for personal use, this video might just change your mind. A newbie user captured HD footage of the new

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LG unveils a 55-inch ‘wallpaper’ OLED TV that hangs on the wall with magnets

LG unveils a 55-inch ‘wallpaper’ OLED TV that hangs on the wall with magnets

It's been four years since LG Display first showed the world their first curved OLED (organic light-emitting diode) televisions, but by the time this year's CES rolled around, they were able to unveil

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VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE – We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE – We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

By now, we hope that most of you know that swapping incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs saves money and energy, but there's still a lingering misconception that LED bulbs emit a cold, bluish light that is

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