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Project Loon: Google Launches Solar Powered Balloons to Bring the Internet to Off-Grid Areas

Project Loon: Google Launches Solar Powered Balloons to Bring the Internet to Off-Grid Areas

The furthest corners of the globe may soon have a viable internet connection, thanks to Google's newly launched Project Loon. The project plans to deploy fleets of solar-powered balloons to bring the

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Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

In a warming world, every gas-powered vehicle contributes to CO2 emissions. California-based Cool Planet Energy not only believes they have a low-cost alternative to gasoline, but one that is actually

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Google’s New Finnish Data Center to be Powered Entirely by Wind Energy

Google’s New Finnish Data Center to be Powered Entirely by Wind Energy

Photo via Shutterstock Google just announced that its new Finnish data center will be powered entirely by wind energy. The company is no stranger to renewable energy, and it struck up a ten year deal

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Google and Motorola Team Up to Build the First Smartphone Made in the USA

Google and Motorola Team Up to Build the First Smartphone Made in the USA

Due to investigations into working conditions at manufacturing companies such as Foxconn, smartphone producers have been under pressure to provide products without sacrificing human health or basic

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Google X Buys Airborne Wind Turbine Company Makani Power

Google X Buys Airborne Wind Turbine Company Makani Power

Google X, the tech giant's top secret experimental branch, recently announced that it will take over Makani Power, a startup that develops wind turbines that fly through the air like a kite, rather than

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Romanian Teen Designs Autonomous Car System that Would Cost Just $4,000

Romanian Teen Designs Autonomous Car System that Would Cost Just $4,000

Many great minds at companies like Google and Tesla have been laboring towards creating a self-driving car system. Millions of dollars have gone into the research, resulting in expensive prototypes and

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Talks With Google to Develop Self-Driving Cars

Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Talks With Google to Develop Self-Driving Cars

Tesla Motors has long worked towards producing the car of the future, and the Model S may well be the perfect electric vehicle for the middle class. If getting 265 miles per charge wasn't enough to

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Google Announces Renewable Energy Data Center Plan

Google Announces Renewable Energy Data Center Plan

Photo via Shutterstock Google has long been at the forefront of technological advancement, and now the Silicon Valley giant has come up with a plan that could potentially take the renewable energy

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Google Launches Haunting Street View of Fukushima Exclusion Zone Two Years After the Disaster

Google Launches Haunting Street View of Fukushima Exclusion Zone Two Years After the Disaster

A little over two years since a devastating earthquake struck Japan and triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Google has collaborated with the town of Namie-machi, which sits inside the

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Google and Adidas Team up to Produce a Sneaker that Nags You to Exercise

Google and Adidas Team up to Produce a Sneaker that Nags You to Exercise

Google is getting into the footwear business now. At the SXSW conference in Austin last week, tech giant, along with Adidas, unveiled its “Talking Shoe” concept, a smart sneaker designed to get

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Google Unveils Plans for Enormous Green-Roofed Expansion of California Headquarters

Google Unveils Plans for Enormous Green-Roofed Expansion of California Headquarters

Google has been cleaning up existing buildings in cities across the globe, from San Francisco to Berlin, turning them into colorful work and play environments that are the envy of every cubicle worker.

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Google Unveils New Project Glass Features, Announces Contest to Find Prototype Testers

Google Unveils New Project Glass Features, Announces Contest to Find Prototype Testers

Google just released a new video for Project Glass that shows the augmented reality glasses being used in real-world situations. Until now the device was tested only by Google employees, but the company

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Boxman Studios Doubles Staff to Create More Pop-Up Shipping Container Buildings

Boxman Studios Doubles Staff to Create More Pop-Up Shipping Container Buildings

Boxman Studios was inspired to work with shipping containers during the economic downturn of 2008. They salvaged and bought decommissioned containers from old shipping and storage yards and customized

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WWF’s Google-Funded Drones to Track Dangerous Wildlife Poachers

WWF’s Google-Funded Drones to Track Dangerous Wildlife Poachers

Image of US army drone, Shutterstock The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has announced plans to deploy aerial drones to get control of the escalating illegal wildlife trade, which is quickly spinning out of

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Google Maps Launches Detailed Views of the Grand Canyon!

Google Maps Launches Detailed Views of the Grand Canyon!

Anyone who has visited the Grand Canyon is sure to be familiar with its breathtaking beauty, its numerous trekking routes, and the terrifying stories about how hikers can potentially get lost. Never fear

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Nevada Gives Audi the First Automaker Permit to Operate Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads

Nevada Gives Audi the First Automaker Permit to Operate Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads

Audi has announced that the State of Nevada has issued it a permit allowing the testing of autonomous vehicles on the state’s public roads. This is only the second permit that Nevada has given out, with

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Lexus Releases Sneak Preview of its New Driverless Vehicle

Lexus Releases Sneak Preview of its New Driverless Vehicle

Google no longer has a monopoly on driverless vehicles. Lexus has unveiled a sneak preview of its luxury LS model equipped with proprietary Intelligent Transport Systems technology, including an on-board

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Silicon Valley at Significant Risk of Sea Level Rise Due to Climate Change

Silicon Valley at Significant Risk of Sea Level Rise Due to Climate Change

Silicon Valley office building photo from Shutterstock Even the Internet is not immune to the effects of climate change. Many of the world's most famous tech giants, such as Facebook, Oracle, Google,

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Volvo Developing Accident-Avoiding Self-Driving Cars for the Year 2020

Volvo Developing Accident-Avoiding Self-Driving Cars for the Year 2020

Volvos have always been marketed as some of the safest vehicles on the road – and now the automaker is working on “crashproof” cars with next-gen collision avoidance systems that could

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Google Adds Underwater Panoramic Sea Views To Study the World’s Reefs & Promote Awareness

Google Adds Underwater Panoramic Sea Views To Study the World’s Reefs & Promote Awareness

Earlier in the year, Google Maps and the Catlin Seaview Survey began their project to document some of the world's most beautiful reefs. The goal of the project was two-fold; first to give everyone the

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California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Legalizing Self-Driving Cars

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Legalizing Self-Driving Cars

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a new bill that allows autonomous cars on the state's roads. Bill SB1298 was originally drafted by Democrat Senator Alex Padilla to help establish safety

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Google’s Augmented-Reality Glasses Make an Appearance on the Runway at New York Fashion Week

Google’s Augmented-Reality Glasses Make an Appearance on the Runway at New York Fashion Week

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg shared spotlight at New York Fashion Week  with an unlikely collaborator this week: Google. Von Furstenberg sent Google’s new augmented-reality specs down

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California Passes A Bill That Would Approve Self-Driving Cars On The Roads

California Passes A Bill That Would Approve Self-Driving Cars On The Roads

In June 2011, Google successfully lobbied Nevada legislators to make driverless cars legal on state roads. Now California has followed suit by passing a bill that could make the sunshine state the second

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Google’s New Pittsburgh Office is Located in a 100-Year-Old Nabisco Factory

Google’s New Pittsburgh Office is Located in a 100-Year-Old Nabisco Factory

Google Pittsburgh’s adaptive reuse space, designed by the local architecture firm Strada, maintains not only the industrial bones of the original factory building.

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Google’s Crisis Response Map Tracks Over 50 Western Wildfires, Provides Evacuation Alerts, Pinpoints Shelters

Google’s Crisis Response Map Tracks Over 50 Western Wildfires, Provides Evacuation Alerts, Pinpoints Shelters

The West is going up in flames – there are so many fires right now it’s hard to keep track of them all. By now you’ve probably heard about the Waldo Canyon “super fire”

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Consumer Watchdog Group Raises Opposition to Google’s Driverless Cars

Consumer Watchdog Group Raises Opposition to Google’s Driverless Cars

Google's driverless car is leading the way to a future of vehicles that use radar sensors and video cameras to keep vehicles moving along the road with little input from the driver. As some worry that

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Google’s London Campus Features Ultra Flexible Shipping Container Working Spaces

Google’s London Campus Features Ultra Flexible Shipping Container Working Spaces

Google Campus is a seven story co-working and event space in the center of London's tech hub, otherwise known as Silicon Roundabout. The co-working facility provides office space for Google employees and

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Google Unviels “Project Glass” Augmented Reality Cyber Glasses

Google Unviels “Project Glass” Augmented Reality Cyber Glasses

Ever wish you could access Google Maps without looking down at your phone? Or that you could snap a photo and send by just looking at something? The future might be closer than you think. This week,

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Google Cools Its New Data Centers In Taiwan with Ice

Google Cools Its New Data Centers In Taiwan with Ice

Google’s new data centers in Taiwan will keep cool during the day thanks to ice made overnight. A thermal storage system, the first of its kind for Google, will balance the company’s energy needs

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Google Goggles Will Give You Terminator-Style Augmented Vision

Google Goggles Will Give You Terminator-Style Augmented Vision

Google Goggles may sound like a mouthful - but you might be wearing a pair before you know it. Word on the street is that the search engine giant is developing a set of high-tech specs that will stream

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