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Let there be light! Researchers design LED lamp powered by plants

Renewable energy most commonly refers to solar or wind power, but researchers at UTEC are adding to that definition with their new plant-powered LED light. Power is drawn from nutrients and bacteria that are contained within the soil.
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What to do with excess renewable energy? Just store it underground for later

A Stanford researcher is making the bold claim that the US could go 100 percent renewable energy by adopting his plans to generate electricity from solar, wind, and water, and store it underground for later use.
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Before silicon gets under your skin, get it etched on top with a Tech Tat 1:40

Tech Tats are temporary, adhesive wearable gadgets packed with biosensors. They can read vital signs and provide health data, not to mention possible applications for mobile payment solutions and the financial world.

Volkswagen staff appear to be using Google Glass at work

It seems as if Volkswagen logistics staff are using Google Glass for work. It certainly looks that way, with the car company issuing what it describes as "3D smart glasses" to a number of employees following a successful three-month trial.
Product Review

Samsung Gear VR Review

Samsung's outstanding new Gear VR is a virtual revelation for virtual reality.
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Ulo is an adorable owl that monitors your home

The Ulo is a fully-funded Kickstarter campaign for a small home monitoring owl that communicates through its eye expressions and is compatible with IFTTT recipes. It's also incredibly cute.
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NASA is going to launch two rockets into the Northern Lights this weekend, for science

NASA just announced it intends to launch two sounding rockets through the Northern Lights in Norway to study the cusp aurora phenomenon's magnetic fields. The window for launch officially opens on November 27.
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‘You need things like straps’ when it comes to sex in space, says Neil deGrasse Tyson

What requires straps, a lot of determination, and two consenting individuals? Sex in space, of course. "Everything is different when you are having sex in a weightless environment," Tyson explained.
Buying Guides

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Tech for everyone on your holiday and Christmas lists. Laptops, phones, TVs, home theater, gadgets, and more.

Tame your rumpled shirt pile with ThreadStax, a magnetic storage solution

If you've given up on keeping your closet tidy, ThreadStax wants to come to the rescue. It's a storage system for folded clothes that snaps together with magnets and keeps things in neat piles.
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Australia’s most populous state just made it illegal to possess plans for 3D printed guns

The Australian state of New South Wales has made it illegal to possess plans for 3D printed guns, and violators could face up to 14 years in prison for running afoul of the law.
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Jeff Bezos aerospace startup Blue Origin makes first successful rocket landing on Earth 3:13

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos made his first tweet since launching a Twitter account in 2008 to celebrate Blue Origin's successful rocket landing. The rocket managed to land back on Earth successfully, a first in the aerospace…