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Tinker Crate will have your kids bolting to the mailbox for monthly tech projects

Today, our host Luria Petrucci talks about Tinker Crates, an awesome new way to get your child into do-it-yourself projects that involve science, technology, education, and math.
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A disappearing sink and more badass kitchens from Milan Design Week

Milan Design Week featured some truly futuristic kitchen tech, like a gesture-controlled sink and a table that's only 6 millimeters thick but keeps your food warm and beverages cold.
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Researchers create technology that’s powered by thin air

researchers have created the WISP -- Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform. It's a combination sensor and computing chip that requires neither a battery nor a wired power source to operate.
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Weekend Workshop: Piece together the Triforce with this Zelda coffee table

Honor Shigeru Miyamoto's iconic Legend of Zelda franchise the right way by building this DIY mosaic-tiled and Zelda-inspired coffee table, aka the perfect addition to any Nintendo fan's gaming den.
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China is building floating nuclear power stations

With 70 percent of our global real estate consisting of oceans and other bodies of water, one country with plenty of experience dealing with overcrowding is taking to the seas to build new power plants.
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Use only clean energy with the flip of a switch thanks to WattTime’s new system

Wish you could choose where your energy comes from? Soon you might be able to! WattTime is launching a new pilot program that allows users to have their air conditioner and heating switch on when the power is being drawn from clean sources.
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China’s National Space Administration just announced plans to land on Mars by 2020

In a rare news conference, Xu Dazhe, the head of the China National Space Administration, has reiterated the country's plan to land on Mars by 2020, following in the footsteps of the U.S. Viking 1 mission.
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Ingenious Brazilian billboards use fake sweat to attract and kill Zika-carrying mosquitos

Two Brazilian ad agencies have designed Mosquito Killer Billboards that attract and kill the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that carries the Zika virus. The signs mimick human breath and sweat. Once the bugs enter the sign, they never…
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UCI scientists stumble upon the key to never-ending batteries

While messing around in a UCI lab, a university doctoral candidate discovered that coating a nanowire's assembly in electrolyte gel allows it to sustain hundreds of thousands of cycles without losing power or capacity.
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Two weeks on the road with digital ear plugs made me want to ditch foam forever

I spent two weeks playing drums on the road with the Here Active Listening System, and I'll never use foam earplugs again. Here's how Here Active lets you EQ the world around you, letting you hear every sound around you exactly how you want…
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Trends with Benefits: Celebrating TechfestNW and nano bots, mourning Prince

TechfestNW founder Mark Zusman joins the Trends with Benefits crew to talk about Portland’s premier tech event, plus Prince, augmented reality, synthetic skin and nano bots.
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Legless duck walks again with 3D printed prosthetic feet built by middle schoolers

Philip the Duck lost both his feet to frostbite in a harsh Wisconsin winter, but he's now learning to walk again with a pair of 3D printed prosthetic feet created by a local middle school class, a technology and engineering…