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Hydraulic heart offers chance at normal life

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A 15-year-old boy has recently received the world's first permanent artificial heart. It works like a hydraulic pump and can be charged overnight as you would a mobile phone.

Australian company Skylifter may have taken the balloon-powered house of Disney Pixar's Up to the next level, having designed a disc-shaped balloon which could be used to transport large buildings to remote locations (while potentially sparking calls of UFO sightings along the way).

Have you ever wanted to be more conscious of water conservation but struggled to motivate yourself? Switching on these LED Liquid Light sculptures which are designed to look like dripping water might prompt you to get that leaking tap fixed - or go to the bathroom more often.

For late sleepers in Perpignan, early morning ambience just got a little sweeter. The French town has introduced horse-drawn carts instead of rubbish trucks to benefit the environment and cut costs.

No mention of how much they're paying the horses, though.

Ever wanted your home to be a living, breathing extension of you and your environment? The LumenHAUS comes wonderfully close to achieving such an effect. Designed by Virginia Tech, this house is an example of responsive architecture and modifies itself to maximise energy efficiency and the comfort of its occupants.

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