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NASA Launches Giant Magnifying Glass into Space to Collect Solar Energy

NASA Launches Giant Magnifying Glass into Space to Collect Solar Energy

Early this morning NASA kicked off Operation LENS, an ambitious plan to concentrate and collect solar power using a giant magnifying glass in outer space. Long speculated to be a rumor, the 7,000,000 ft.

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Andy Yoder Spends Two Years Covering Incredible Sculptural Globe with Thousands of Hand-Painted Matchsticks

Andy Yoder Spends Two Years Covering Incredible Sculptural Globe with Thousands of Hand-Painted Matchsticks

New York-based artist Andy Yoder spent two years painstakingly assembling a massive globe that is illustrated with thousands of matchsticks. In an act of extraordinary patience and devotion, the sculptor

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Student Discovers That the Government Could Save $400 Million Simply By Switching Typefaces

Student Discovers That the Government Could Save $400 Million Simply By Switching Typefaces

How important are the little details? Just ask the middle school student in Pittsburgh who discovered that the government could save $400 million dollars just by changing the typeface it uses. Suvir

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Residents Allowed to Return Home to Fukushima Disaster Area For the First Time

Residents Allowed to Return Home to Fukushima Disaster Area For the First Time

Three years ago when the Fukushima nuclear disaster forced people to evacuate their homes, many were left wondering when and if they would ever be able to return. The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a city 12

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UK’s First Pay-As-You-Feel Cafe Serves Delicious ‘Expired’ Food

UK’s First Pay-As-You-Feel Cafe Serves Delicious ‘Expired’ Food

Although food that has exceeded its sell-by date is still good for a short time, most of it is unfortunately thrown away. So Leeds-based chef Adam Smith opened a cafe that dishes out deliciously healthy

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NYC Will Replace Taxis With New Driverless Google Cabs

NYC Will Replace Taxis With New Driverless Google Cabs

News has just broke that NYC Mayor de Blasio has signed a contract with Google to replace all the city's yellow cabs with Google’s patented driverless cars. The mayor’s office reported that 5000

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International Court of Justice Orders Temporary Halt on Japanese Antarctic Whaling

International Court of Justice Orders Temporary Halt on Japanese Antarctic Whaling

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) this week declared that Japan's Southern Ocean whale hunt was illegal under international law. After a three week hearing, the court said that Japan's so-called

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Fomm’s Concept One Electric Car Floats Like a Boat in Emergencies

Fomm’s Concept One Electric Car Floats Like a Boat in Emergencies

Following the devastating 2011 tsunami, Japan's Fomm designed an electric vehicle that can protect people in areas susceptible to flash floods or tsunamis. The Concept One electric car is not only the

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MIT Engineers Create New Hybrid Materials That Could ‘Grow’ Electronic Devices

MIT Engineers Create New Hybrid Materials That Could ‘Grow’ Electronic Devices

A team of MIT engineers have created 'living cells' made from bacteria that could be used to 'grow' electronic devices. The cells are then used to produce biofilms that incorporate nonliving materials,

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Tesla Model S Gets a New Underbody Shield to Protect its Batteries and Prevent Fires

Tesla Model S Gets a New Underbody Shield to Protect its Batteries and Prevent Fires

Tesla has announced that it is adding a new underbody shield and aluminum deflector plate to the Model S following two collisions that led to car fires last year. The two fires prompted the National

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10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to New York City

10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to New York City

New Yorkers may soon have another reason to choose reusable bags over plastic ones. The NYC City Council recently introduced a proposal to enact a 10-cent fee on plastic bags at supermarkets, bodegas,

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IPCC Report Warns Climate Change is Happening Now and Nobody Will be Spared

IPCC Report Warns Climate Change is Happening Now and Nobody Will be Spared

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report Monday on the impact of climate change at their gathering in Yokohama, Japan. Climate Change 2014:

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Is New York Turning on Tesla Too?

Is New York Turning on Tesla Too?

The battle between Tesla Motors and Auto Dealers Associations across the United States keeps raging on. It turns out that New Jersey isn't the only state that could pass legislation against Tesla's

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OFF Architecture Proposes a Solar-Powered Vertical Village to Replace “Mafia-Built Highway”

OFF Architecture Proposes a Solar-Powered Vertical Village to Replace “Mafia-Built Highway”

The Mafia-built Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway in Italy is a symbol of corruption and failure, which is why OFF Architecture proposed an idea for a solar-powered community that would stand for a

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Dine Amongst the Dead at India’s New Lucky Restaurant

Dine Amongst the Dead at India’s New Lucky Restaurant

The New Lucky restaurant in India is like no other - it fuses a historic cemetery with a casual café that serves food. The restaurant’s owner Krishan Kutti simply set up tables amidst the above-ground

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Students Design Edible “Ooho” Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

Students Design Edible “Ooho” Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

London-based design students just invented an innovative edible water bottle called Ooho that you can cook up in your own kitchen! Made from a gelatinous membrane, the biodegradable bottle can be eaten or

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More Than 10 Tigers Slaughtered in a Show for Officials and Businessmen in China

More Than 10 Tigers Slaughtered in a Show for Officials and Businessmen in China

Police recently revealed that over 10 tigers have been tortured and killed in China in order to entertain wealthy businessmen and government officials. The tigers were killed in so-called “visual

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Danish Zoo that Killed Giraffe Puts Down Four Lions

Danish Zoo that Killed Giraffe Puts Down Four Lions

Many people are still reeling after the Copenhagen Zoo euthanized Marius the giraffe. Now the same zoo is in the public eye again for killing four more animals - this time a group of lions. On Monday, the

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Construction to Finally Begin on the World’s Tallest Tower Next Month

Construction to Finally Begin on the World’s Tallest Tower Next Month

After a few false starts and a lengthy delay, the world's tallest tower has finally been given a start date to begin construction. When it is completed, the Kingdom Tower will eventually stretch 3,280

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Israel Debuts the World’s First Self-Cleaning Solar Farm

Israel Debuts the World’s First Self-Cleaning Solar Farm

One of the challenges with solar power is keeping the panels clean, since dust and dirt drastically reduce the efficiency of photovoltaics. That’s particularly challenging for large solar parks, and

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Wind Power Costs are Almost Exactly the Same as Natural Gas, New Study Shows

Wind Power Costs are Almost Exactly the Same as Natural Gas, New Study Shows

The electricity costs of wind energy and natural gas are virtually identical when the price of carbon emissions is included, according to a new study on the federal tax credit for wind power. Researchers

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Toyota Unveils TS040 Hybrid Race Car for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship

Toyota Unveils TS040 Hybrid Race Car for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship

Toyota just unveiled its new TS040 hybrid race car, which is going to go head to head with Audi and Porsche during this year's 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. The all-wheel-drive TS040 has a 989

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Neurosurgeons Save a Woman’s Life with the World’s First 3D-Printed Skull

Neurosurgeons Save a Woman’s Life with the World’s First 3D-Printed Skull

Last year we heard about a man that had 75 percent of his skull replaced with a 3D-printed replica. Now Wired UK reports a woman from the Netherlands has had the entire top section of her skull replaced

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White House Announces Plans to Fight Global Warming by Targeting Methane Emissions

White House Announces Plans to Fight Global Warming by Targeting Methane Emissions

While the Obama Administration has thus far focused on reducing carbon emissions to tackle climate change, pressure has been mounting to do something about methane pollution. Although methane accounts for

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$4.9 Billion Plan Aims to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Future Storms

$4.9 Billion Plan Aims to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Future Storms

This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $4.9 billion plan designed to protect NYC transportation infrastructure from future superstorms and extreme weather. Some of the precautions outlined

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Melting Permafrost is Transforming the Landscape and Way of Life in Alaska

Melting Permafrost is Transforming the Landscape and Way of Life in Alaska

At one point, permanently-frozen ground, or permafrost, covered nearly 1/4 of the land on Earth -- but that’s changing as global warming is melting the ice and changing the landscape in places like

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Foster + Partners Selected to Design First and Mission Towers in San Francisco

Foster + Partners Selected to Design First and Mission Towers in San Francisco

Foster + Partners were just selected to design the two million square foot mixed-use First and Mission Towers in San Francisco. The development will be a joint venture of the architecture firm and TMG

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Arizona and Ohio Legalize Tesla’s Direct-to-Consumer Sales Model

Arizona and Ohio Legalize Tesla’s Direct-to-Consumer Sales Model

The battle between Tesla and state car dealership associations continues to rage on, however the tide may be slowly turning in favor of the electric automaker. After New Jersey passed legislation that

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Durable Solidwool Chair is Made from Upland Herdwick Sheep’s Wool

Durable Solidwool Chair is Made from Upland Herdwick Sheep’s Wool

Designer Justin Floyd has cooked up a durable new furniture material made from wool - right in his own oven. Called “Solidwool,” the hard yet warm material can be used to build chairs, countertops and

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Stylish Leaos Carbon e-Bike Can Travel for 2.5 Hours on a Single Charge

Stylish Leaos Carbon e-Bike Can Travel for 2.5 Hours on a Single Charge

After making appearances throughout Europe, the Leaos pedal-assist electric bike is finally coming to the U.S. The futuristic bike features state-of-the art technology such as sensors and Supernova LED

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