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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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Get buzzed in space with this whiskey, newly sent over to the International Space Station

For whisky that is truly out of this world, look no further than Japan’s Suntory label, which has decided to send its liquor off the planet and onto the International Space Station.

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World’s first lead battery recycling plant to open in Nevada in 2016

This newest addition to the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center will use a cleaner trademarked recycling method. Aqua Metals joins Tesla Motors' new gigafactory and Switch's Supernap.

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