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Buzz Aldrin opens Florida institute dedicated to colonizing Mars

The race to reach Mars is heating up with Buzz Aldrin launching the new Buzz Aldrin Space Institute, whose primary goal is to encourage research that leads to the future settlement of Mars.

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Stealing Apollo’s chariot: the inner workings of solar panels

Solar panels are one of the brightest methods of obtaining clean energy — especially given their energy source — but how exactly do they work in the real world? Here's a brief rundown.

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Tired of posters falling off your wall? Try Voltaglue, the voltage-dependent adhesive

A new glue is making its debut, and it even works underwater. This is because Voltaglue only hardens when an electrical charge is applied. This allows for it to remain effective even in conditions that generally render adhesives ineffective

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Want to share your mood? Do it with the wearable-first app Vibes

Enter Magic Vibes Corporation, the company that is finally paying wearables the attention they deserve when it comes to applications, and for now, its primary offering is a mood app it calls Vibes.

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Crazy driver? Self-driving cars are learning your habits on the road

Thanks to the work of Katherine Driggs-Campbell of University of California, Berkeley, self-driving cars may one day soon be able to predict when human drivers will change lanes on the road.

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Ingenious 3D printed wheelchair lever makes pushing more efficient

Student team develop the Hand Drive, an affordable 3D printed attachment that turns any wheelchair into an efficient lever-powered chair.

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The white-knuckled tale of Spirit of Australia: the fastest boat in the world

In 1978, "Spirit of Australia" raced across the Tumut river, crushing previous world records and officially becoming the fastest boat in the world. Here's how it happened and what's next for pilot Ken Warby and his son, Dave.

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FAA’s new app lays down the rules for drone flights

Wonder no longer about whether you're allowed to fly a drone in your current location, because the FAA's new mobile app will tell you exactly where the nearby prohibited areas are.

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Getting sweaty, disoriented, and astonished at the world’s first VR film festival

Leave your expectations in Telluride. Participants at Kaleidescope are pushing the limits of VR technology, forging the rules of VR filmmaking, and sweating all over everything.

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How a track stand can confuse Google’s self-driving car

If you really want to cause problems for an autonomous vehicle trundling around your local streets, try performing a track stand on your bike — here's one encounter reported by a cyclist.

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane! It’s a drone interrupting a monk’s sunbathing session on a wind turbine!

Despite climbing to the top of a 200-foot wind turbine in Rhode Island for some solitude, a monk found his sunbathing session interrupted by a drone, which captured footage of him and his now not-so-secret happy place.

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Red Rhino stampedes where Apple, Amazon and Roku refuse to tread: Porn.

The Rhino Box is an Android-based set top box that walks the line on serving up boatloads of content. Max of 155 characters (counting spaces)

  • Pros: Good design and solid build , Plenty of ports to work with…
  • Cons: Kodi customization somewhat limited , Tricky navigation for…

Switzerland just finished the Gotthard Base Tunnel — the longest tunnel in the world

Authorities in Switzerland officially announce construction on the longest tunnel in the world has finally finished and is scheduled to open in June 2016.

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Boeing’s newest laser cannon can destroy a UAV in two seconds flat

Boeing this week unveiled one of its latest military projects -- a drone-targeting laser cannon. Called the Compact Laser Weapon System, the weapon uses a focused laser beam to incinerate a UAV in just a few seconds.

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Apple, Motorola, and others help the Pentagon develop wearables for soldiers

The Pentagon announced FlexTech Alliance, a partnership that includes groups such as Apple, Harvard University, and many more in an attempt to make flexible wearable technology for soldiers, as well as develop high-tech printing technologies.

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Mutation-tracking blood test offers early detection of breast cancer relapse

Scientists have developed a DNA blood test that can determine whether a breast cancer patient is at risk for relapse. The test can detect a recurrence several months before any other physical signs are evident.

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What would Earth look like without humans? Hint, it’s a lot like Africa.

Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark have mapped out what the world would look like sans humanity, and the contrast between reality and possibility is stark indeed. In fact, most of the world would look like Africa.

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The Ninja Coffee Bar is a drip machine that also does lattes

SharkNinja's Ninja Coffee Bar aims to be a drip coffee maker and espresso machine in one. It changes up the level of concentration to make regular and iced coffee, as well as lattes.

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Ouch! Usain Bolt taken down by out-of-control Segway after 200m gold

Usain Bolt uses his legs to make a living, so he really doesn't want an out-of-control Segway crashing into them. But that's exactly what happened at the World Championships athletics event in Beijing Thursday night. And for a few seconds it didn't look good.

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In the future, your pet may be able to join you on a VR adventure, kind of

Don't want Spot the dog left out of your future VR adventures? Or, you'd rather not step on them when wearing a headset? The solution could be to zap them into the VR world with you, as this cool demo shows.

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The HTC Vive’s launch date has shifted to 2016, putting it up against Oculus and Sony

HTC and its partner Valve have said the Vive virtual reality headset won't be available in significant quantities this year. Instead, the system is now on target for a launch during the first three months of 2016.

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Intel bets on drone development with $60m investment in Yuneec

After failing to show up at the smartphone party, Intel is determined to make the most of other emerging technologies. As it gets increasingly involved in wearables, the company has also decided to bet big on drones, investing $60m in Chinese firm Yuneec.

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This coffee-based 3D printing filament emits a pleasant smell while you print with it

It might sound like a gimmick at first, but filament derived from old coffee grounds actually boasts a number of advantages over traditional PLA. It also emits a pleasant smell when you print with it.

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Like AirBnB for solar power, Yeloha lets you use other people’s rooftops for energy

Yeloha has a novel idea for expanding solar power in cities -- sharing. We already share apartments, cars, and bikes, so why not solar panels, too.

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Vivid 3D model shows how cancer cells multiply and migrate in a tumor

A team of scientists from the University of Edinburgh, Harvard University, and John Hopkins University have created a 3D model to visualize the growth and differentiation of cancer cells inside a tumor.

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NASA’s new 3D printed rocket parts work just as well as the old-fashioned ones

After running a series of rigorous heat-tests, NASA found its 3D-printed rocket injectors hold up to extreme conditions as well as traditionally made parts.

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Don't sketch ideas, build them in front of you with this 3D-printing pen

What 3Doodler lacks in precision and practicality, it makes up for with a low learning curve and a ridiculously high fun factor.

  • Pros: Easy, intuitive, and fun to use , Smart, comfortable design…
  • Cons: Lacks the precision of traditional printers , Not…

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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