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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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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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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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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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