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The sun's rays can be harnessed to power everything from homes to gadgets, but one graduate student is using the sun to create a super-printer capable of printing elaborate glassware. Markus Kayser took his graduate project all the way to the sands of the Sahara in Egypt to create his innovative idea dubbed the 'Solar Sinter'. The incredible design uses a 3D digital printer and the sun’s rays to turn the sand into incredible glass bowls and sculptures that are out of this world.
The Afghan city of Jalalabad has a high-speed Internet network whose main components are built out of trash found locally. Aid workers, mostly from the United States, are using the provincial city in Afghanistan's far east as a pilot site for a project called FabFi .
Did you know that people in Kenya, Afghanistan and Pakistan are building their own wireless networks out of found materials?
The Emax Excalibur solar hybrid luxury yacht isn’t shy about its carbon neutral status: it is literally covered in solar panels from prow to stern.
The Potenza , a vehicle by Argentinian designer Nico Jara, is simple in concept: a human-powered four-wheel bike that stores energy from pedaling and later converts it into kinetic energy . It is designed for use in large cities as a zero-emissions way to get around without using a traditional bicycle. <a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/Inhabitat/transportation;article=articlename;kw=content1;sz=300x250;ord=123456789?"
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The proposed Green Power Island off the coast of Copenhagen seeks to be an alternative energy super center for the country.
Attention, chatterboxes of the world: one day you may be rewarded for your talkativeness with power to juice up your cell phones.
Solar photovoltaics are, depending on the day, between 8-15% efficient meaning much of the sun’s energy’s is lost as heat.
You know the old story, right? You come into possession of plans for the Empire's moon-sized space station, and now they've come to capture you.
I don’t think it’s at all suspicious that the supergeeks of DARPA, the US military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which brought us flesh-eating robots and Project Orion – “the spaceship powered by atomic-bomb turds”, is now calling for papers for its 100 Year Starship Study . I think it’s awesome! Especially because there’s a lazy half million in prize money for the best idea.
As a shopper, have you ever pondered what sort of mark-up the retailer has slapped on to the pair of Levi jeans or adidas runners that you're about to try on? Turns out consumers reckon a 35 per cent mark-up by the shop would be fair in order to make a profit, according to a survey by the Australia Institute out today. See list of mark-ups here
Australian shoppers ripped off says Choice
iTunes' current top seller, Lady Gaga's Born This Way (bonus track version) sells for $22.99 on Australian iTunes and for $15.99 ($AUD 14.95) on US iTunes. Do you know why we pay more for games, for books, for clothes, for pretty much everything in this country?
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