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From motherboards to FBI phones, Green Century finds new life for old gadgets 3:05

Like a Star Wars junkyard, Portland's Green Century takes in electronics from old cell phones to laptops and finds new life for them, or makes sure they're scrapped properly.
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Analog DNA computers can perform math inside a test tube

Duke University researchers have demonstrated the creation of an analog computer, which uses synthetic strands of DNA in a test tube to add, subtract, and multiply as they form and break bonds.
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ClearTaste is a powder that makes coffee — and other foods — less bitter

MycoTechnology grows a fungus, spray dries it into a powder called ClearTaste, and then ships it out to processed-food manufacturers as an alternative to sugar.
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Google uses artificial intelligence to develop smart image compression

File size plays a big role in technology like 4K, 360, and live-streaming, but a new artificial intelligence program developed by Google could find the best compression method based on each individual image.
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DJI’s Osmo+ is the first handheld gimbal with a zoom lens

Less than two months after the reveal of its Zenmuse Z3, DJI brings a zoom lens to the Osmo. The Osmo+ features a camera with a 22-77mm zoom range atop the standard Osmo gimbal for increased creative control on the same stabilized platform.
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Comatose man, 25, has his brain 'jump-started' using targeted ultrasound

Dr. Martin Monti, associate professor of psychology and neurosurgery at UCLA, recently "jump-started" the brain of a man who had been in a coma using a beam of targeted ultrasound.
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Drop and give me a bookcase: Learn basics of using power tools with Drill Sergeant

University of California, Berkeley Ph.D. student Eldon Schoop has developed an innovative new way to teach people how to use power tools called Drill Sergeant. The system incorporates a set of installable sensors and head-up…
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Tesla just moved one step closer to SolarCity acquisition

The FTC has approved the Tesla SolarCity Acquisition. There are more steps to go in the process, but the FTC has ruled out antitrust concerns. The SEC still has to review the transaction and shareholders still have to vote.
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To build a better battery, Dyson will spend $1.4 billion, enlist 3,000 engineers

Invention-centric Dyson is set on developing the world's longest-lasting, most reliable, and safest lithium-ion battery, employing thousands of engineers and investing billions of dollars.
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Smart solution for cleaning up oil spills was inspired by nature

Researchers in Germany have created a new material capable of capable of mopping up large quantities of oil, while remaining water-resistant -- and as one of its investigators tells Digital Trends, it's inspired by nature.
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America’s first offshore wind farm is set to come online in October

Deepwater Wind just finished installing and is preparing to flip the switch on America's first offshore wind farm. Starting this fall, the five-turbine wind farm will power Block Island, a small island off the Rhode Island coast.
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Houston, we have a problem: Ambitious space mission faces major danger

The researchers discovered that StarChips face two dangers from heavy atoms and gas floating around in space. For one, collisions with the atoms would wear away at the probe and lead to melting of up to 30 percent of the its mass.