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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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The New Gehry Residence in Los Angeles Sure is Shiny

The New Gehry Residence in Los Angeles Sure is Shiny

It is not often that an architecture master reinvents himself, but that is precisely what Pritzker Prize winning architect Frank Gehry has done. Gehry, who first won international recognition with his own

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New Study Predicts Impending Collapse of Industrial Civilization

New Study Predicts Impending Collapse of Industrial Civilization

For years, scientists and social activists have warned that income inequality, resource depletion, and unchecked population growth could lead to the collapse of civilization. However policy makers have so

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White House Launches Climate Science Data Website to Help Communities Prepare for Climate Change

White House Launches Climate Science Data Website to Help Communities Prepare for Climate Change

President Obama said he wouldn't wait for an intransigent Congress to take action on climate change - and the White House is following up on this promise by launching the Climate Data Initiative. The

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New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

A newly released NASA satellite image taken from space shows the extent of California's worst drought since record-keeping started in 1885 and potentially the region's driest period in 500 years.

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Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

You probably never thought you could go to the gym and then rehydrate at the end of a grueling session with your own sweat, but that possibility now exists. Inspired by NASA astronauts, who are required

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Designer John Patrick Looks to the Moon for Inspiration for Fall 2014 NY Fashion Week

Designer John Patrick Looks to the Moon for Inspiration for Fall 2014 NY Fashion Week

Modern fashion designer, John Patrick looks to the heavens for inspiration in his latest line for New York Fashion Week. His ethereal and elegant ensembles draw upon NASA photographs of the Apollo and

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NASA Plans to Make Oxygen on Mars and Water on the Moon

NASA Plans to Make Oxygen on Mars and Water on the Moon

Just as a trunk full of luggage affects your gas mileage on a road trip, the amount of supplies on a spacecraft determines how far and efficiently a spacecraft can travel. In order to reduce the payload

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NASA Shows 60 Years of Climate Change in 15 Seconds

NASA Shows 60 Years of Climate Change in 15 Seconds

This winter has been kind of insane in the U.S., with a polar vortex one week and snow storms in the South the next, which has some climate change-deniers howling about global warming. NASA is shutting

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Yes, the Polar Vortex May Be a Result of Global Warming

Yes, the Polar Vortex May Be a Result of Global Warming

If you're reading this from any of lower 48 states of America, chances are that you've noticed it's cold, incredibly cold. So dangerously cold that Indianapolis outlawed driving, New York has declared a

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Scientists Create a Detailed Map of the Antarctic Landscape Below the Ice and Snow

Scientists Create a Detailed Map of the Antarctic Landscape Below the Ice and Snow

Scientists at NASA have been working hard to reveal the most alien landmass on the planet: Antarctica. Humans have never seen the continent without snow and ice, but now, using decades of research, we can

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NASA Plans to Grow Plants on the Moon in 2015

NASA Plans to Grow Plants on the Moon in 2015

NASA just announced plans to grow plants on the moon in 2015 as the first step towards sustaining life on other planets. A group of scientists, contractors, students, and volunteers called the Lunar Plant

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NASA Unveils First Ever Rear View Photo of Saturn, Venus, Mars, and Earth Together

NASA Unveils First Ever Rear View Photo of Saturn, Venus, Mars, and Earth Together

This is the first image that shows Saturn, Venus, Mars, and Earth all grouped together. NASA was able to capture this planetary family portrait soon after the Cassini spacecraft slipped behind Saturn’s

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New York City-Sized Iceberg Breaks Free of Antarctica, Could Threaten International Shipping Lanes

New York City-Sized Iceberg Breaks Free of Antarctica, Could Threaten International Shipping Lanes

Earlier this week a 70,000-hectare iceberg broke free of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier and floated adrift in the Southern Ocean. Depending on which direction the New York City-sized iceberg travels,

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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’s Curiosity Rover Finds Water on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Water on Mars

Is there life on Mars? NASA’s Curiosity rover just discovered water on the red planet for the first time! The rover’s first soil analysis found that a scoop of the planet’s surface is composed of

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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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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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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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Solar-Powered, Spinach-Growing Mars Greenhouse Wins NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge

Solar-Powered, Spinach-Growing Mars Greenhouse Wins NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge

With the landing of the Mars Rover, many feel we're closer than ever to establishing the first Mars colony - but there's still the question of how to sustain humans on a dead planet. Fortunately, a group

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NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

When we first heard about the Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array (SPS-ALPHA) - a proposed flower shaped solar power energy collector that beams down concentrated microwave energy

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NASA to Use Giant 3D Printing Spider Robots to Construct Huge Spacecraft

NASA to Use Giant 3D Printing Spider Robots to Construct Huge Spacecraft

It has always been theorized that the construction of large spacecraft would have to be done in orbit. However, a US company called Tethers Unlimited (TUI), which specialises in additive manufacturing and

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NASA Seeks Congressional Support for Near-Earth Asteroid Mining Initiative

NASA Seeks Congressional Support for Near-Earth Asteroid Mining Initiative

Asteroid mining has long been proposed as a way to source and extract precious metals and rare minerals that are rapidly running out here on Earth. Although the concept seems like science fiction, past

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Climate Change and Agricultural Runoff to Cause Massive Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

Climate Change and Agricultural Runoff to Cause Massive Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

For some areas of the world, climate change means hurricanes, tornadoes, or drought. In Ohio, alterations in temperature, wind patterns, and water circulation translate into tons of toxic algae floating

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CIA Sponsors $630,000 Geoengineering Study to Protect Us from Mad Scientists

CIA Sponsors $630,000 Geoengineering Study to Protect Us from Mad Scientists

Image via Shutterstock Think about it: a mad scientist reads the same alarming news about rising seas and dying bees and decides he/she is going to save us all with some crazy geoengineering scheme.

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NASA Creates a Robot that Mimics the Movements of Monkeys

NASA Creates a Robot that Mimics the Movements of Monkeys

From giant mechanical jellyfish and manta rays to birds, the field of robotics is quickly moving up the evolutionary chain. In response to DARPA's Robotics Challenge, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has

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Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

Some truly chilling news came from Antarctica this week as an iceberg eight times the size of Manhattan broke off from the continent. In October 2011, NASA  scientists noticed that a crack was forming in

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NASA’s Solar-Powered Polar Explorer Passes Sub-Zero Field Tests in Greenland

NASA’s Solar-Powered Polar Explorer Passes Sub-Zero Field Tests in Greenland

NASA's autonomous polar rover, the GROVER, has completed its initial tests in Greenland, coping with some of the harshest environments on the planet. GROVER, which stands for both Greenland Rover and

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House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

Interplanetary exploration is certainly a noble endeavor, but when it comes to caring for a planet, politicians should begin by rooting for the home team. A recently introduced bill in the House of

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NASA and LEGO Launch Design Competition to Create Futuristic Spacecraft

NASA and LEGO Launch Design Competition to Create Futuristic Spacecraft

There are no two greater names in the worlds of adventure and imagination than NASA and LEGO. Now the famous toy-maker and space agency have teamed up to launch a design competition to help inspire the

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