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Designed for the developing world, this low-cost fridge stays cool the same way your body does

How do you provide affordable refrigeration options to people in the developing world, where electrification is still a luxury in many cases? This startup thinks it has the answer.
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We rode one of the only hoverboards certified not to blow up

Razor, the same company that makes those aluminum push scooters, also happens to make one of the few hoverboards with high-quality batteries that won’t spontaneously combust. So we rode one.
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3D printing lets blind mothers ‘see’ ultrasounds of their unborn babies

A Polish company called In Utero 3D is 3D-printing bas-relief images of the unborn children of blind parents-to-be so they can have the experience of 'seeing' their ultrasound images during pregnancy.
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Fascinating new study explores the complex psychology of why humans feel empathy toward robots

Would you lie to a robot to avoid hurting its feelings? If you’re like one participant in a recent study, the answer is a resounding “yes.” The experiment sheds some light on our complex relationship with humanoid bots.
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Full-size, 3D-printed Stargate portal replica took 1,000 hours to create

A 3D-printed, 20-foot-tall Stargate portal replica is the centerpiece of a new exhibition at Belgium’s Musée royal de Mariemont entitled "From Stargate to Comics: The Egyptian Gods in the geek culture."
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Piper Computer Kit Review

Piper's kit computer uses Minecraft as a portal into the world of programming.
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Take charge of your hotel room with your voice assistant, Siri

Voice-activated hotel rooms is the latest technology tweak for the Aloft hotel group. A pilot program in a Boston hotel enables control via Siri on an iPad. Occupants can adjust lighting, change the temperature, and even run the…
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An end to "Darwin's nightmare"? Robot would terminate invasive lionfish

Two designs are being considered for a robot that will target and eliminate invasive lionfish. One entails a speargun, such as those carried by many spear fisherman. The other design utilizes a pair of electrodes that kill or stun…
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A landslide may have caused this brilliant comet outburst captured by Rosetta

In what seems like a great stroke of luck, astronomers behind the Rosetta mission have captured images of a brilliant comet outburst that they think may be the aftermath of a landslide.
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Just in time for Burning Man – Jellyfish 12000 up for grabs

Jellyfish 12000 is for sale. There's still time to buy your own mobile dance studio with lights and audio in a mutant vehicle for Burning Man 2016. The two-level party on wheels has seating for 18 and space for 23 people.
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Celebrate ‘America’s best idea’ with President Obama on a VR tour of Yosemite

On the 11-minute tour, Obama takes viewers along during his trip to the park over Father’s Day weekend. He visits landmarks including El Capitan, the Cathedral Rocks, and Yosemite Falls.
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Man makes a mini-fridge using the thermodynamics of rubber bands

Rubber bands don't seem like the sort of thing to base a mini-fridge on, but crazily enough, that is exactly what Ben Krasnow did, and what's even more impressive ... it actually kinda worked.