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Hawaii’s new OTEC power plant harvests energy stored in warm ocean water

Hawaii became the first state in the US to generate electricity from the thermal energy stored in ocean water using a new $5-million, 105-kilowatt ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) plant located on Big Island.

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The Kick Varibike is a weird new ‘bicycle’ that you pedal with your hands

Varibike unveils Kick, a new hybrid scooter bicycle that uses arm power to supplement the bike's traditional kick mechanism of propulsion.

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Want pancakes? Robots can help with RoboHow’s new Wikipedia for robots

European research company RoboHow is now teaching robots how to perform practical, everyday tasks, from the home to the office. If they succeed, humanoids will be able to flip pancakes, reload paper in a printer, and more.

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With a built-in speaker, cooler, and dry bag; Tubular is the most high-tech float tube ever

Rather than forcing you to cobble all your float gear together like a hobo, the Tubular Tube incorporates all the gear you need into one tricked-out flotation device

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Street View’s attempt to capture tomato-throwing festival squashed by revelers

It may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but Google ended up having to pulp its plan to capture Street View imagery at Spain's famous tomato-throwing festival after its car and camera were damaged by exuberant revelers.

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Zano mini-drone ships this week despite apparent design issues

Europe's most heavily funded Kickstarter project to date will start shipping its creation in the coming days. The Zano mini-drone is a little behind schedule, and the current design doesn't quite match the original, but its creators promise big improvements.

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North Dakota just made it perfectly legal for cops to arm drones with weapons

Legislators in North Dakota just allowed a bill amendment making it completely legal for police officers to arm drones with "less than lethal" weapons.

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Researchers develop artificial microfish to detect and neutralize toxins

Besides detection and detoxification, the microbots could be used by doctors to deliver medicine to a targeted area of the body that requires treatment.

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This airport is now offering happy meals to put customers in a better mood

London’s Gatwick Airport is embarking upon the ingenious (if it works) idea of offering their passengers literal “happy meals” chock full of mood improving hormones that should make for an all-around better travel experience.

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Stephen Hawking believes he’s solved a huge mystery about black holes

"I propose that the information is stored not in the interior of the black hole as one might expect, but on its boundary, the event horizon," Hawking said.

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The Sensel Morph isn’t just a giant touchpad, it’s whatever you want it to be

The mouse, keyboard and touchpad are the big three input methods for PC users, but perhaps there's a better way. Sensel has developed a pressure sensitive touchpad and overlays, transforming its function on the fly.

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Researchers develop world’s first drone for real-time wildlife tracking

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) and The University of Sydney hope to improve current wildlife tracking technology and extend it to smaller species and more remote locations using drones equipped with miniature radio receivers.

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Get buzzed in space with this whiskey, newly sent over to the International Space Station

For whisky that is truly out of this world, look no further than Japan’s Suntory label, which has decided to send its liquor off the planet and onto the International Space Station.

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World’s first lead battery recycling plant to open in Nevada in 2016

This newest addition to the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center will use a cleaner trademarked recycling method. Aqua Metals joins Tesla Motors' new gigafactory and Switch's Supernap.

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Yes, pushing a button to order toilet paper is as frivolous as it sounds

Amazon is making a play to change grocery shopping with the inexpensive Dash Button, but does it really make sense to have branded, web-connected devices throughout your house?

  • Pros: Novel concept , Shows great potential for a future revision
  • Cons: Set-up process could be more user-friendly , Physical design…

High-tech gladiator fights approach reality as Unified Weapons Master hits Indiegogo

Remember that crazy Australian startup that wants to resurrect gladiator fights by equipping martial artists with high-tech body armor? Well, today the company has taken a big step toward making its dream a reality, and has launched an Indiegogo campaign to…

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NASA is gearing up to launch an asteroid mining mission in 2016

In just one year, NASA plans to send its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to a nearby asteroid to mine it for samples and clues of the early Solar System.

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Australian researchers are attaching sensor-stuffed ‘backpacks’ onto honey bees, for science

This latest study will use small RFID micro-sensors that are attached to individual bees using tweezers and super glue. Each sensor is like a license plate, containing a unique code to identify individual bees in a larger population

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MIT’s new MultiFab 3D printer can print with 10 different materials at once

Despite the massive number of material options we've got with 3D printers these days, the vast majority of machines can still only print with one material at a time. MIT's MultiFab changes this, and pushes 3D printing forward by combining an affordable…

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Boeing’s latest crazy patent? This drone that can transform into a submarine

Boeing added another outrageous idea to its patent quiver recently, filing plans for a drone which possesses the incredible ability to turn into a submarine.

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MegaBots team preps for battle with Japanese ‘bot, seeks $1.5M on Kickstarter

Head on over to Kickstarter, where you can help American MegaBots and its Mk.II robot in its quest to defeat Japanese Kuratas robot in their upcoming duel, which will feature all the guts, glory, and glamour of hand-to-hand combat.

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Cancer, Intel is coming for you with the Collaborative Cancer Cloud

Intel recently unveiled more details about its plan to fight cancer by way of the Collaborative Cancer Cloud, which would connect Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to institutions in Boston, as well as in Austin, Texas.

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Microsoft’s prototype keyboard cover has a built in e-ink touchscreen

E-ink displays might be most well known for their use in eBooks, but they can also add touch functionality to devices without draining the battery too much. That's what Microsoft's done with its latest keyboard cover prototype.

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You can now grow a human brain in a petri dish, or at least scientists can

Last week, a press release from OSU announced that a team of researchers successfully grew a 99 percent complete human brain the size of a pencil eraser, about as mature of an organ as you would find in a 5-week-old fetus.

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Cops foil drone plot to carry drugs and porn into Maryland prison, two arrested

Maryland is considering building a drone-detection system for around 20 of its jails at a cost of up to $400,000 per prison. The announcement came after cops arrested two people apparently preparing to fly contraband to inmates at a prison in the state.

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Watch Sony’s new plane-shaped drone tear through the sky

Sony showed off its plane-shaped drone this week, sending it tearing through the sky after performing a steady vertical take-off. The machine is aimed at industry, though if we shout loud enough they might put one out for consumers, too.

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You could play against Maria Sharapova at the U.S. Open, thanks to this amazing VR experience

Ever wondered how it would be to return the tennis serve of a champion? If you’re headed to the U.S. Open later this month, you may have the chance to find out — without having to set foot on the court itself, or risk embarrassing yourself in front of the…

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Automaker inks naming rights to Atlanta’s $1.2 billion venue

Mercedes-Benz has obtained the naming rights to the new Atlanta Falcons stadium. The venue, which will also hold Atlanta United soccer games and the NCAA Men's Final Four, is set to be completed in 2017.

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