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Science Fiction Novelist Plans World’s Tallest Skyscraper to Launch Rockets into Space

Science Fiction Novelist Plans World’s Tallest Skyscraper to Launch Rockets into Space

Could space travel be just an elevator ride away? Science fiction author Neal Stephenson is teaming up with Arizona State University scientists and engineers to develop a concept for the tallest tower on

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Insane Screwdriver-Powered EX Vehicle Rockets You Headfirst Through the Streets

Insane Screwdriver-Powered EX Vehicle Rockets You Headfirst Through the Streets

We're all for electric vehicles and innovative new uses for everyday objects - but this EX vehicle propelled by screwdrivers is just nuts. The pared-down racing trike harnesses two 18-volt screwdrivers as

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Veggies in Space!: NASA To Test Mini Greenhouses Aboard Rockets

Veggies in Space!: NASA To Test Mini Greenhouses Aboard Rockets

One of the biggest misconceptions about space travel is that if we send people to Mars, they will have to survive on liquid meals the entire time. But then again packing 18 months worth of food for a

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Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by a Chainsaw

Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by a Chainsaw

Other than the fact that it was constructed in Russia, we aren't entirely sure who's responsible for this mean-looking chainsaw bike. While it may look like it's designed for the sole purpose of cutting

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Elon Musk Says Colonizing Space Will Protect Us From Extinction

Elon Musk Says Colonizing Space Will Protect Us From Extinction

What drives Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to push so hard for crewed missions to Mars? Why, of all the projects and possibilities open to Musk, is that one so important to him? In a recent

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Poachers in Mozambique are Killing Thousands of Elephants on an Industrial Scale

Poachers in Mozambique are Killing Thousands of Elephants on an Industrial Scale

The elephant poaching crisis in Africa, fueled in part by demand for ivory in the far east, is getting worse. Environmentalists warn that elephants are being killed on an industrialized scale in

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Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

After completing his gorgeous 30 foot high treehouse, Ethan Schussler scoffed at the idea of having to climb up and down a giant ladder all day. Rather than abandoned his tree top escape, the designer put

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NASA’s New Space Solar Arrays Fold Like Extreme Origami Flowers

NASA’s New Space Solar Arrays Fold Like Extreme Origami Flowers

Bigger is better when it comes to space-based solar panels - but rockets have a very limited amount of room, so getting them into orbit can be a challenge. So where do NASA researchers turn when looking

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Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video)

Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video)

Last night, Stephen Colbert interviewed Elon Musk for The Colbert Report. As you can imagine, Colbert wheedled out some exclusives from the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, and described his ideal version

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NASA May Send New Flying Saucer-Shaped Landing Vehicles to Mars

NASA May Send New Flying Saucer-Shaped Landing Vehicles to Mars

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has built a saucer-like spacecraft that will be used as a planetary lander in Mars missions launching as early as 2018. The Low Density

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NASA Set to Launch its First Vegetable Greenhouses Into Space!

NASA Set to Launch its First Vegetable Greenhouses Into Space!

Futuristic scenarios in which astronauts consume pills instead of food couldn't be further from the truth, thanks to new devices for growing fresh vegetables in space. NASA’s next resupply mission to

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Japan Prepares to Launch Giant Net into Orbit to Sweep up Space Debris

Japan Prepares to Launch Giant Net into Orbit to Sweep up Space Debris

In late February, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is teaming up with a fishing equipment company to test out an unusual approach to fighting space junk: a satellite equipped with a 300-meter

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China will Create Artificial Rain to Fight Smog

China will Create Artificial Rain to Fight Smog

A smog-sucking vacuum is one idea that makes a lot of sense in the attempt to reduce pollution across China; the destruction of outdoor barbecues is one that does not. Artificial rain, otherwise know as

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NASA Speeds Towards the First 3D-Printed Creations Made in Space

NASA Speeds Towards the First 3D-Printed Creations Made in Space

The dream of 3D printing in space is speeding ever closer to reality. Last year, word that NASA intended to send a 3D printer to space smacked of a lofty dream machine. But just a few weeks ago, Made in

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NASA Reveals Plans to Start Growing Vegetables in Space this Year

NASA Reveals Plans to Start Growing Vegetables in Space this Year

NASA is planning to grow fresh vegetables in space, 230 miles above the Earth. Later this year the space agency’s Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) program will send astronauts to the International

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Air-Breathing SABRE Rocket Could Allow Aircrafts to Cruise at Five Times the Speed of Sound

Air-Breathing SABRE Rocket Could Allow Aircrafts to Cruise at Five Times the Speed of Sound

Reaction Engines, a UK-based company, has been given $90.6 million by the government to produce an air-breathing engine that, if successful, would allow aircraft to go directly into space and cruise at

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Artists Create Chandeliers Out of Bike Parts Under a Freeway Overpass

Artists Create Chandeliers Out of Bike Parts Under a Freeway Overpass

A freeway overpass is not the first place you would think to look for innovative art. But if you happen to be Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock, the freeway overpass is a natural canvas for industrial

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The Carma Project Makes a New Bike From Old Car Parts

The Carma Project Makes a New Bike From Old Car Parts

Two Lisbon-based entrepreneurs have devised a way to build a new bike from discarded car parts - and they're planning to ride it the same number of miles that the original vehicle drove to compensate for

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NASA Could Use a Solar-Powered Satellite to Capture an Asteroid

NASA Could Use a Solar-Powered Satellite to Capture an Asteroid

Last week, NASA unveiled a $17.7 billion spending plan for 2014 that included proposals to capture a small asteroid and position it near the moon so that astronauts could explore it by 2025. In order to

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New, Cheaper Tesla EV to Hit the Market by 2017, Says Elon Musk

New, Cheaper Tesla EV to Hit the Market by 2017, Says Elon Musk

As the Tesla Model S sedan rockets in popularity and sales, and as the electric automaker begins to turn a profit, Elon Musk just announced that the next Tesla production model will go on sale "hopefully"

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XMS MissileToe: Recycled Christmas Tree Rocket Shoots for the Stars

XMS MissileToe: Recycled Christmas Tree Rocket Shoots for the Stars

We've shared lots of great ways to compost, recycle or reuse your old Christmas tree - but blasting it off into space never crossed our mind. Two DIY’ers have decided to “reuse” their Christmas tree

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Jon Shireman’s Broken Flowers Explode with Intensity

Jon Shireman’s Broken Flowers Explode with Intensity

Beauty is truly fleeting, especially when it is frozen in liquid nitrogen and shattered by a spring-loaded contraption.  New York photographer Jon Shireman immerses flowers for up to 30 minutes in LN2,

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Reflecting Sunlight Into Space Is The Cheapest Way To Prevent Climate Change

Reflecting Sunlight Into Space Is The Cheapest Way To Prevent Climate Change

A few months ago we posted "5 Crazy Ways To Stop Climate Change" - a list of geoengineering concepts put forward to stop the planet from warming. One of the ideas was to essentially "wrap Greenland in a

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US Space & Rocket Centre Employees Build World’s Largest K’NEX Sculpture!

US Space & Rocket Centre Employees Build World’s Largest K’NEX Sculpture!

Traditionally, people visit the US Space and Rocket Center to view the massive Saturn V booster rockets and the Space Shuttle. But there's now a new attraction, and one that has set a Guinness World

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Aaron Cheng’s Parking + Housing Building Is a Parking Garage That Converts to Housing at Night

Aaron Cheng’s Parking + Housing Building Is a Parking Garage That Converts to Housing at Night

Designer Aaron Cheng has come up with an innovative design that solves the twin problems of parking and housing in congested urban areas. Designed for single young professionals, Parking + Housing

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Virgin Galactic Space Tourism Flights To Start Next Year — But What’s The Environmental Cost?

Virgin Galactic Space Tourism Flights To Start Next Year — But What’s The Environmental Cost?

There has been a lot of debate about the merits of space tourism over the last few years. Some see it as a luxury for the super-rich, others an opportunity to go where only a lucky few have gone before --

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New Pee-Powered Plasma Thruster Could Allow Astronauts to Travel Farther Into Deep Space

New Pee-Powered Plasma Thruster Could Allow Astronauts to Travel Farther Into Deep Space

A new type of plasma thruster, currently in development at the Australian National University, could be a game-changer for deep space missions. Researchers at ANU believe that the new plasma thruster

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Egyptian Teenager Creates Next-Generation Quantum Space Propulsion System

Egyptian Teenager Creates Next-Generation Quantum Space Propulsion System

An Egyptain teenager has patented a next-generation propulsion system that could send spacecraft to other solar systems—without using a single drop of fuel. While it is not quite warp-drive technology,

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Rennholz: This Wooden Racer is Unbelievably Powered by an Electric Drill

Rennholz: This Wooden Racer is Unbelievably Powered by an Electric Drill

Believe it or not, this wooden racer is powered by nothing more than an everyday electric drill. Dubbed Rennholz, which translates to "Race Wood," the ride represents the ultimate in e-mobility. Not

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NASA Launches Call for Space Taxis to Fly to International Space Station

NASA Launches Call for Space Taxis to Fly to International Space Station

It takes a lot of energy to launch a spacecraft into orbit - the Space Shuttle, for example, used over one million pounds of solid propellant to power its rocket boosters. As you can imagine, over the

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