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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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Yes, pushing a button to order toilet paper is as frivolous as it sounds

Amazon is making a play to change grocery shopping with the inexpensive Dash Button, but does it really make sense to have branded, web-connected devices throughout your house?

  • Pros: Novel concept , Shows great potential for a future revision
  • Cons: Set-up process could be more user-friendly , Physical design…

High-tech gladiator fights approach reality as Unified Weapons Master hits Indiegogo

Remember that crazy Australian startup that wants to resurrect gladiator fights by equipping martial artists with high-tech body armor? Well, today the company has taken a big step toward making its dream a reality, and has launched an Indiegogo campaign to…

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NASA is gearing up to launch an asteroid mining mission in 2016

In just one year, NASA plans to send its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to a nearby asteroid to mine it for samples and clues of the early Solar System.

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Australian researchers are attaching sensor-stuffed ‘backpacks’ onto honey bees, for science

This latest study will use small RFID micro-sensors that are attached to individual bees using tweezers and super glue. Each sensor is like a license plate, containing a unique code to identify individual bees in a larger population

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MIT’s new MultiFab 3D printer can print with 10 different materials at once

Despite the massive number of material options we've got with 3D printers these days, the vast majority of machines can still only print with one material at a time. MIT's MultiFab changes this, and pushes 3D printing forward by combining an affordable…

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Boeing’s latest crazy patent? This drone that can transform into a submarine

Boeing added another outrageous idea to its patent quiver recently, filing plans for a drone which possesses the incredible ability to turn into a submarine.

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MegaBots team preps for battle with Japanese ‘bot, seeks $1.5M on Kickstarter

Head on over to Kickstarter, where you can help American MegaBots and its Mk.II robot in its quest to defeat Japanese Kuratas robot in their upcoming duel, which will feature all the guts, glory, and glamour of hand-to-hand combat.

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Cancer, Intel is coming for you with the Collaborative Cancer Cloud

Intel recently unveiled more details about its plan to fight cancer by way of the Collaborative Cancer Cloud, which would connect Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to institutions in Boston, as well as in Austin, Texas.

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Microsoft’s prototype keyboard cover has a built in e-ink touchscreen

E-ink displays might be most well known for their use in eBooks, but they can also add touch functionality to devices without draining the battery too much. That's what Microsoft's done with its latest keyboard cover prototype.

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You can now grow a human brain in a petri dish, or at least scientists can

Last week, a press release from OSU announced that a team of researchers successfully grew a 99 percent complete human brain the size of a pencil eraser, about as mature of an organ as you would find in a 5-week-old fetus.

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Cops foil drone plot to carry drugs and porn into Maryland prison, two arrested

Maryland is considering building a drone-detection system for around 20 of its jails at a cost of up to $400,000 per prison. The announcement came after cops arrested two people apparently preparing to fly contraband to inmates at a prison in the state.

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Watch Sony’s new plane-shaped drone tear through the sky

Sony showed off its plane-shaped drone this week, sending it tearing through the sky after performing a steady vertical take-off. The machine is aimed at industry, though if we shout loud enough they might put one out for consumers, too.

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You could play against Maria Sharapova at the U.S. Open, thanks to this amazing VR experience

Ever wondered how it would be to return the tennis serve of a champion? If you’re headed to the U.S. Open later this month, you may have the chance to find out — without having to set foot on the court itself, or risk embarrassing yourself in front of the…

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