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How 7 Smart Technologies are Tackling New World Problems

How 7 Smart Technologies are Tackling New World Problems

3D Printing 3D printing lets anyone make just about anything from nick nacks to full-size rooms. While the novelty is certainly there, 3D printing is also a technology that's starting to make a

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Japan Plans to Harvest Solar Power from Space by 2030

Japan Plans to Harvest Solar Power from Space by 2030

One of the big downsides of solar power is how dependent it is on local weather conditions. If it's rainy or overcast, you can't harvest much energy during the day. During winter, the shortened hours of

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What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

Image © Shutterstock After a prolonged debate over the Congressional budget and the effective date of the new healthcare law, Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach an agreement on

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BP Attempts to Shrink Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Estimate, Reduce Fines

BP Attempts to Shrink Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Estimate, Reduce Fines

The BP Deepwater Horizon trial has been pottering on in the New Orleans Federal Court since February, and as it enters its second phase today, BP will attempt to argue down government estimates as to how

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

Let's say you decided to live in the ocean. Can you imagine the challenges you would face? Lot's of land animals have done exactly that, though the transition from land to sea happens gradually through

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Switzerland to Launch ‘Janitor’ Satellite to Collect 370,000 Pieces of Space Junk From Earth’s Orbit

Switzerland to Launch ‘Janitor’ Satellite to Collect 370,000 Pieces of Space Junk From Earth’s Orbit

Space junk is an ongoing problem for the world's space administrations as decades worth of satellite launches and space missions have filled the Earth’s orbit with trash such as fuel tanks, lost tools

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Earth Can Only Sustain Life for Another 1.75 Billion Years

Earth Can Only Sustain Life for Another 1.75 Billion Years

Until now, a string of apocalyptic disaster movies like 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow seemed pretty silly and implausible. As it turns out, Hollywood directors might be onto something. According to

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Air New Zealand Plans Test Flights to Antarctica

Air New Zealand Plans Test Flights to Antarctica

Air New Zealand will soon be heading south - to Antarctica. This will be the first commercial airline to bring passengers to the frozen continent and land on an ice runway. Would be Antarctic tourists

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Largest Typhoon in 30 Years Hits Hong Kong and Mainland China

Largest Typhoon in 30 Years Hits Hong Kong and Mainland China

In the South China Sea, Typhoon Usagi is flooding the Chinese coast and Hong Kong with 45-foot-tall waves and wind gusts of 150 miles per hour -- fast enough to sweep cars off the road. The 109 million

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Fukushima Dumps Over 1,000 Tons of Contaminated Water After Typhoon

Fukushima Dumps Over 1,000 Tons of Contaminated Water After Typhoon

On Tuesday, the operator of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant announced that it dumped 1,130 tons of radiation-contaminated water following a typhoon. Typhoon Man-yi hit Japan on Monday with heavy

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Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Levels of nitrous oxide are difficult to measure in agricultural sites across Australia due to their scattered nature. So scientists from the Queensland University of Technology have created "Semaphore,"

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Black Carbon from Oil Drilling and Household Stoves is Melting Arctic Ice

Black Carbon from Oil Drilling and Household Stoves is Melting Arctic Ice

Black carbon concentrations on surface ice in the Arctic are partially responsible for the acceleration of Arctic melt. A new study published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics finds that

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New Device Saves Disaster Victims by Detecting Heartbeats Through Rubble

New Device Saves Disaster Victims by Detecting Heartbeats Through Rubble

The Department of Homeland Security and NASA have teamed up to create a new technology capable of detecting the heartbeats of disaster victims through up to 30 feet of rubble, 20 feet of solid concrete,

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NOAA: Climate Change Makes Sandy-Style Flooding Twice as Likely

NOAA: Climate Change Makes Sandy-Style Flooding Twice as Likely

The Climatic Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has released a new analysis of 12 extreme weather events in 2012, and the findings aren't reassuring. Researchers discovered

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Frigate Bird Teach Us about Flight?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Frigate Bird Teach Us about Flight?

The frigate bird is a powerful and aggressive seabird, with a deserved reputation as the pirate of the high seas. One of world's fastest birds, he swoops and soars up to 100 miles an hour, spending up to

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7 Green Gadgets for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

7 Green Gadgets for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Summer is almost over, which means it's high time to hit the road on an outdoor adventure while you still can! Fortunately, thanks to the latest green gadgets, you can delve into the wilderness without

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ZA Architects Propose an Underground Colony on Mars

ZA Architects Propose an Underground Colony on Mars

While ZA Architects acknowledges that current technologies are not sufficient to carry out their plans, they believe that robotics will advance enough by 2023 to fabricate the underground dwellings. In

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Solar-Wind Chime Lets You Listen to Weather on the Sun

Solar-Wind Chime Lets You Listen to Weather on the Sun

Designer Helen White has created a high-tech wind chime that uses real-time data from a NASA spacecraft to create otherworldly, ambient sounds based on the vibrations of solar wind. The Advanced

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can a Thorny Devil Teach Us About Water Harvesting?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can a Thorny Devil Teach Us About Water Harvesting?

Image © Mark Roy One of Australia's more bizarre creatures is the thorny devil or dragon, also known as the moloch. The devil is named for the ancient god Moloch, a hideous demon smeared with the

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Scientists Discover a 400 Mile Canyon Below Greenland Ice Sheet

Scientists Discover a 400 Mile Canyon Below Greenland Ice Sheet

Most of Greenland is covered in a thick sheet of ice, but scientists have just discovered another vast canyon beneath the 460 mile glacier. Headed by Jonathan Bamber at the University of Bristol, the

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How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires Explained in 90 Seconds

How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires Explained in 90 Seconds

It may seem reasonable that higher temperatures and drought conditions caused by climate change fuel wildfires, and that's definitely a big factor in this year's summer blazes. But according to leading

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Solomon’s Castle: a 12,000-Square-Foot Fort Made From Recycled Materials in the Swamps of Florida

Solomon’s Castle: a 12,000-Square-Foot Fort Made From Recycled Materials in the Swamps of Florida

Artist Howard Solomon has fulfilled every kid’s dream by building himself a castle out of recycled materials! Located in Ona, Florida, this 12,000-square-foot home has it all-a moat, dungeon, gardens,

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Witness a Decade of Weather in Just a Few Minutes (VIDEO)

Witness a Decade of Weather in Just a Few Minutes (VIDEO)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has boiled down ten years of weather into just 3 minutes; a decade of summer rain, winter snow, the touchdown of hurricanes Katrina and Sandy,

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Massive California Wildfire Reaches the Border of Yosemite Park

Massive California Wildfire Reaches the Border of Yosemite Park

Although there are 50 massive wildfires raging in the US right now, the so-called Rim Fire in California is perhaps of greatest concern. Yesterday the fire nearly quadrupled in size and has only been

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Report Shows Greenland’s Ice Sheet is Melting from Above AND Below Due to Heat from the Earth’s Mantle

Report Shows Greenland’s Ice Sheet is Melting from Above AND Below Due to Heat from the Earth’s Mantle

Greenland's arctic ice sheet is in trouble - and it turns out that global warming isn't the only force at work. A new study in Nature Geoscience by the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences shows

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6 Of The Coolest, Most Innovative 3D-Printed Designs

6 Of The Coolest, Most Innovative 3D-Printed Designs

3D-Printed Haptic Feedback Shifter A Ford engineer by the name of Zac Nelson recently took the guts from an Xbox 360 controller, stuffed them into a 3D-printed shift knob casing, and used open-source

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Research Shows Fox News is Behind Climate Change Denial

Research Shows Fox News is Behind Climate Change Denial

We all secretly suspected that Fox News was behind climate change denial, but new research actually proves that tuning into Fox News, Rush Limbaugh or other conservative media makes people suspicious of

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2012 Was 10th Hottest Year Ever, as Global Warming Continues to Charge Forward

2012 Was 10th Hottest Year Ever, as Global Warming Continues to Charge Forward

Photo via Shutterstock There is both good and bad news when it comes to global warming, according to a new climate study published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The

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UPS Store Becomes First National Retailer to Offer 3D Printing Services

UPS Store Becomes First National Retailer to Offer 3D Printing Services

Next time you head to the UPS Store to make some copies for your small business, why not get a few 3D-printed models while you are at it? That's the idea behind UPS' new 3D printing initiative, which

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6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Via Shutterstock 1. A Ticking Carbon Bomb! We recently surpassed atmospheric carbon dioxide levels of 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. Burning the tar sands oil would send

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