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The world’s largest X-ray laser is one step closer to completion

The world’s largest x-ray laser is one step closer to completion after researchers at Germany’s Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) announced they have passed a major milestone.
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Help astronomers find aliens, get an awesome model exoplanet as a reward

Astronomers at the Planet Foundation want your help observing nearby exoplanets for life, seeking support via a Kickstarter campaign launched this week. They’re building a series of telescopes on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
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Amazon’s Echo now does Google better than Google itself does

Amazon seems to be stepping farther into Google's territory, and has released an update that finally allows the Echo to be able to schedule events to your G Suite Calendar, something Google Home can't even do.
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Grow your crops indoors with the Grobo automated garden — now shipping

Meet Grobo, a home growing system that promises to "take the guesswork out of successfully growing small crops of high-quality food." And yes, if you want to, you can grow weed in it.
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Shrimp from the Sahara sounds crazy, but it may be the future of aquaculture

The world's oceans are polluted and overfished, and wild seafood populations are dwindling -- but luckily, there's a revolutionary new seafood farming technique on the rise that might ensure we never run out of shrimp.
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Need to escape? Then retreat into your Pause Pod

When life gets too stressful or you just need a break, the Pause Pod can help you slow down, kick back, and relax. It's your private pop-up space, and one you can set up just about anywhere.
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Fearless drone camera peers into an erupting volcano in Guatemala

British researchers working in Guatemala have been getting closer than ever to erupting volcanos thanks to advances in drone technology, and the attached cameras have been producing some stunning footage along the way.
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MakeVR is here to steamroll the learning curve for 3D modeling software 3:32

3D modeling software has a notoriously steep learning curve, so Sixense and Vive Studios put their heads together and launched a ridiculously simple CAD program anyone can use.
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Amazon may start producing clothing on-demand with patented factory

Amazon's recent patent approval for an on-demand apparel factory could be an indication of the company's next step. The patented system could also apply to other fabricated products.
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MiRo is the robot dog that promises to be a geek's best friend

Dogs may be a man’s best friend, but MiRo -- a programmable robotic canine -- could well prove to be a geek’s best buddy. Here's how it works, and why it could end up keeping you company in your old age.
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This custom 3D printed prosthetic arm is designed specifically for playing cello

A pioneering research team at Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science is working to create life-changing prosthetics for people in need -- and all thanks to the wonders of 3D printing.
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Shipbuilders stretch beyond classic designs as millennials buy superyachts

A superyacht commission from a millennial encouraged shipbuilder Rossinavi to go beyond usual conservative designs. Environmental impact, technology, safety, and updated aesthetics matter more to younger buyers than older clients.