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Pilot-less flying taxis could take to the skies in Dubai this summer

Dubai's a busy place, with the rush hour often a major challenge for drivers crawling along the packed multi-lane freeways. So could this autonomous flying taxi, which is set to go into service there this summer, be the answer?
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Golden power: this super efficient battery is powered by a urine byproduct

The secret ingredient for developing ultra-low cost, super efficient batteries could turn out to be urine, according to a new paper published by researchers from Stanford University.
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This mesmerizing video isn’t just cool — it offers clues on how atmosphere works

Besides being the first extended video evidence of blue lightning, a 160-second clip has prompted more studies. Researchers say that delving into blue lighting could offer insight into how the atmosphere protects us from…
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Oncologists will be able to walk through 3D tumors with new VR system

A new multi-million-dollar project is building virtual reality and 3D visualization tools to help oncologists and other cancer researchers create and analyze 3D maps of cancerous tumors.
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U.S. Army wants to analyze drivers' brain waves to keep them awake at the wheel

Forget about cranking loud music, drinking coffee and keeping your windows rolled down to avoid in-car drowsiness. The U.S. Army has an alternative solution: Analyzing your brain waves.
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Twerk it with science! Researchers discover the best way to bust a move

Think the academic world is all fun and no play? Psychologists at Northumbria University in the U.K. have been studying which male and female dance moves are the most and least alluring.
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Help find alien worlds: Astronomers release huge dataset of nearby stars

A team of astronomers led by the Carnegie Institution for Science has publicly released an immense catalog of observations on nearby stars. The dataset is intended to be easily accessible for citizen scientists to engage in the search for…
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Compact 3D-printed incubator helps plants get a strong start in life

Gardeners without green thumbs know this all too well: Growing plants in the city can be a losing game. But there is a new Kickstarter campaign here to help. LumiLamp is a desk-sized incubator designed to grow seedlings indoors.
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Look and feel good with water bottle-based leggings from Girlfriend Collective

These leggings have diverted 6 million post-consumer plastic water bottles from the landfill and they are just getting started. Girlfriend Collective is a company taking advantage of our love of spandex for the benefit of the planet.
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Become an urban farmer with the new Herbert hydroponic vertical garden

Herbert is a hydroponic vertical garden that promises to help you grow fresh organic food right in your home. It's the latest product to be released by Ponix Systems, a company started by self-described "tech freaks and urban farmers."
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NASA scientists take another step toward getting Mars rocks back to Earth

NASA is another step closer to choosing the landing site for its Mars 2020 mission that could ultimately lead to the first red rocks being transported back to Earth.
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Augmented reality could be the next big thing (like the smartphone), says Tim Cook

In an interview with The Independent during his visit to the U.K. this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook likened the emerging technology to the very established and ubiquitous technology of the smartphone.