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Germany makes landmark fusion power achievement as W7-X reactor fires up for real

Our dreams of nuclear fusion are drawing ever nearer thanks to a scientific leap forward in Germany. On Wednesday, a team of researchers at Max Planck Institute in Greifswald switched on the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator for the first time.
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The US Army’s new high-precision air drop system can deliver cargo without GPS

The US Army is exploring the use of new vision-based navigational software for its U.S. Army’s Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) that delivers necessary supplies to troops in the field.

Google brings free Fiber Internet to low-income households

On Wednesday, the Silicon Valley behemoth announced its plan to bring free Google Fiber to those who need it most: low-income Americans who currently have little to no access to the Internet.

NanoFlowcell’s ultra-modern, salt-powered Quantino could reach production after all

Liechtenstein-based startup NanoFlowcell will unveil a close-to-production version of the Quantino concept in Geneva. The city car is powered by a salt-electric hybrid system that uses two types of ionic fluids to generate electricity.
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Research firm Gartner predicts bright future for VR hardware

As the likes of Sony and Oculus prepare the first wave of VR hardware for release in 2016, market research firm Gartner predicts strong growth for the nascent technology over the next two years.
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The FAA says it will shoot down your drone if you fly within 36 miles of the Super Bowl 0:22

Flight restrictions are in place from 2:00 PM through 11:59 PM local time on Sunday, and violators could face fines and prosecution for disobeying the order, officials say.
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These wearable mechatronic wings react to stimuli, and you can make them with Legos

Of course, the wings won’t actually let you fly, but Wipprecht does ensure us that if you follow her instructions, the wings will look awesome and interact with your environment

Headlines, traffic, weather: This Google Engineer’s smart mirror keeps you informed

What happens when a Google software engineer wants something that's not on the market yet? He makes it himself. That's how Max Braun created a smart mirror that shows him the time, weather, and news.
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This 3D-printed gun is semiautomatic, untraceable, and totally legal

A man in West Virginia known only as Derwood has successfully printed a fully operational, semi-automatic weapon with 95 percent of its parts 3D-printed. Only the barrel, hammer, firing pins, bolts, and springs were store-bought.

Finally! A wearable that feeds caffeine directly into your blood

Joule is a caffeine wearable designed to take away the discomfort of transdermal patches, while also placing the patch in an area without much fat resistance, allowing the substance to flow faster into your body.