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Thoth Technology patents 12-mile-high inflatable space elevator

Thoth Technology patents 12-mile-high inflatable space elevator

The hardest part about space travel is actually getting to space. Tearing through Earth's atmosphere and escaping its gravitational pull requires a huge amount of fuel – and money – to be

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The world’s fastest charging electric bus powers up in 10 seconds flat

The world’s fastest charging electric bus powers up in 10 seconds flat

The world's fastest-charging electric bus, which takes as little as 10 seconds to completely recharge, is now in service in the coastal city of Ningbo, China. The bus, manufactured in Ningbo by China

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New self-healing material could repair airplanes in mid-flight

New self-healing material could repair airplanes in mid-flight

First there were video phones and the along came self-driving cars. Now, it looks like another sci-fi cliche, self-healing technology, is set to become a part of everyday life. Scientists at the

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Hyundai to release semiautonomous car later this year

Hyundai to release semiautonomous car later this year

Self-driving cars are poised to forever change how we "drive" a car, but up until now the technology has only been promised by the year 2020. Well later this year, owners of the Hyundai Equus will get a

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Sweden’s EcoDataCenter plans be the world’s first carbon negative data center

Sweden’s EcoDataCenter plans be the world’s first carbon negative data center

A big down side to the virtual world we’ve created is the amount of energy needed to power the devices and data centers needed to sustain it. But a new data center planned for construction in the

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NASA video sheds light on the dark side of the moon

NASA video sheds light on the dark side of the moon

Ever wonder what lurks on the dark side of the moon? Now you can see it like never before. The hemisphere of the moon that always faces away from Earth was largely uncharted until 1959, when a Soviet

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Google Glass is dead, long live Google Glass

Google Glass is dead, long live Google Glass

  The opportunity to buy Google Glass is now past. The test drive is over. The beta install has expired. The free trial membership has ended. The testing phase of the product development life

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Elon Musk announces plans to build a supersonic Hyperloop test track

Elon Musk announces plans to build a supersonic Hyperloop test track

As promised, billionaire inventor Elon Musk has revealed plans for his Hyperloop test track. Musk announced the news on Twitter, as is his habit, saying that the test track will “most likely” be

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Voxel8 unveils world’s first 3D electronics printer

Voxel8 unveils world’s first 3D electronics printer

The Harvard-based Voxel8 team has created a 3D printer that makes fully functioning electromechnical assemblies. The printer uses special software that allows users to design objects with working

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The aviation industry is responsible for 2.5% of the world’s carbon emissions

The aviation industry is responsible for 2.5% of the world’s carbon emissions

A new study indicates that the aviation industry is responsible for up to 2.5 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, which is higher than most individual countries. Researchers calculate that the

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Tesla promises automated robotic snake charger

Tesla promises automated robotic snake charger

Tesla Motors is developing an automated metal ‘snake’ that would emerge from the wall and connect itself to the battery port on Tesla cars. Such an advancement would essentially create a hands-free

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Rayton’s new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels

Rayton’s new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels

Striking another blow to the oil and gas industries, an American solar company has developed technology that can produce super-efficient solar power that’s cheaper than fossil fuels. Rayton Solar’s

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Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Professor Stephen Hawking has revealed in an interview with the BBC that he believes, "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." Since Professor Hawking is in

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Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There’s No Internet Service

Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There’s No Internet Service

An estimated 4.3 billion people around the world don't have internet access. In times of natural disasters, internet and phone connections also frequently fail. Lantern is a pocket-sized device designed

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Researchers Develop $60 Sonar ‘Watch’ to Help Blind People Navigate

Researchers Develop $60 Sonar ‘Watch’ to Help Blind People Navigate

We love a good collaborative project as much as we love a good bit of biomimicry. That makes us happy to report that biology and computer science students and professors at Wake Forest University have

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6 Futuristic Bicycle Designs

6 Futuristic Bicycle Designs

The Denny The “Denny” bicycle, by Sizemore Bicycles, was especially designed for Seattle’s rainy weather and urban environment. Denny sports clever design features like auto-shifting and electric

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Contour Crafting Wins NASA Prize For Revolutionary 3D Printed Building Tech

Contour Crafting Wins NASA Prize For Revolutionary 3D Printed Building Tech

Contour Crafting just won a major design prize for its ability to 3D print large-scale structures from computer-aided design (CAD) files. Berokh Kohshnevis' “robotic building construction" system can

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World’s First ‘Bionic Leg’ Helps People Learn to Walk Again

World’s First ‘Bionic Leg’ Helps People Learn to Walk Again

Losing the ability to walk is a big deal that can affect a person’s life in so many ways, but a new device is helping people who have an injured limb to regain their mobility. According to the

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Google Successfully Tests Project Wing Delivery Drone

Google Successfully Tests Project Wing Delivery Drone

Google has announced the successful testing of Project Wing, an experimental "unmanned aerial vehicle," a.k.a. a drone. The project has been developed over the last two years under the auspices of the

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Segway-esque UPnRIDE Standing Wheelchair Allows Quadriplegics to “Walk” Again

Segway-esque UPnRIDE Standing Wheelchair Allows Quadriplegics to “Walk” Again

Israeli innovation has once again introduced potentially life-changing technology to the world. Dr. Amit Goffer gave millions of paraplegics (paralyzed from waist down) the opportunity to stand upright

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Fixing Germany’s Least Bike-Friendly City? There’s an App for That!

Fixing Germany’s Least Bike-Friendly City? There’s an App for That!

When Wiesbaden, Germany, was proclaimed the country's least bike-friendly city by a leading cycling club, local creative agency Scholz & Volkmer teamed up with artists Manfred Kraft and Tom Kresin to

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Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

The renewable energy race is heating up with three new floating wind farm technologies squaring off for top spot. The challenge for floating wind farm engineering is to create a system that can be

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New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

A revolutionary new clean energy technology is getting set to change the way we think about wind power. The Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, created by Maryland-based Solar Wind Energy Inc. turns the

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Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

  The Chesapeake Bay was formed eighteen thousand years ago when glacial melting generated sea level rise that flooded the Susquehanna River Valley. Today, it is the largest estuary in the

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Wickedleak Launches the First Waterproof Smartphone: The Wammy Passion X

Wickedleak Launches the First Waterproof Smartphone: The Wammy Passion X

Accident-prone smartphone owners can finally breathe a sigh of relief and stop with the bowls of dry rice - the tech start-up Wickedleak just unveiled the world's first waterproof smartphone. The

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Is Beijing’s Pollution So Bad that Residents Need a Fake Sun?

Is Beijing’s Pollution So Bad that Residents Need a Fake Sun?

There’s no question that China is facing a dire pollution problem. We’ve already seen dozens of photos of the nation's smog-ridden capital, and if that isn’t evidence enough, check out this latest

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Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

Kite photo from Shutterstock How can we generate more power from renewable sources without using massive plots of land for solar and wind farms? Go fly a kite. According to David Olinger, an associate

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Legal Marijuana More Popular and Profitable than Smartphones in the U.S.

Legal Marijuana More Popular and Profitable than Smartphones in the U.S.

Image of prescription marijuana via Shutterstock Move over technology, there's a hot new industry in town and it's all green. New research shows that legal marijuana is among the fastest-growing

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Should Apple Buy Tesla? One Analyst Thinks So

Should Apple Buy Tesla? One Analyst Thinks So

Rumors have long floated around that Apple might stake a claim in Tesla Motors, which is now valued at $20 billion. But the move may be one step closer after analyst Andaan Ahmad at German investment bank

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