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Revolutionary new solar window tech can make any glass pane into a solar panel

SolarWindow Technologies announced that their new cells can be applied to almost any window and produce 50 times the energy of panels commonly in use today. What that means is solar windows could become the norm.

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Mathematicians find a 15th way to tile your floor with pentagons

It's been almost 100 years since the first pentagons that can tile a plane were discovered, and researchers at the University of Washington Bothell just found a 15th. Get ready to tile your kitchen floor in a whole new pattern.

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I chatted up Buddy, the phone-powered house robot that wants to be R2-D2

Do you like the idea of having R2-D2 scooting around your house, looking after things? If so, you'll love Buddy, a companion robot that's available to pre-order right now. Here's what it's like to meet him.

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Fill out a questionnaire, and Helix Sleep says it will send you the perfect mattress for $900

Side-sleepers need different mattresses from back-sleepers, according to Helix Sleep, even if they sleep in the same bed. They custom-make mattresses that can be divided for couples.

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Food and history meld at the Smithsonian demo kitchen

If you stopped by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History recently, you may have smelled something cooking. Its demo kitchen brings food and history into the mix.

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What do those numbered recycle symbols on plastic mean anyway?

Recycling is one of Portlanders' favorite hobbies, but it can be hard to know exactly what's OK to throw in those blue bins. So what do those recycling symbols mean you always see on plastic bottles?

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Ditch the station wagon for your next road trip with RV-sharing site Outdoorsy

Always wanted an RV but don't have tens of thousands of dollars to spend? Outdoorsy lets you rent one -- much like it's an Airbnb -- for the night or a week. Don't worry; it's insured.

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Alexa, lights on: Amazon Echo can now control your SmartThings devices

Amazon Echo just got a little more control: It's now compatible with Samsung's SmartThings, so you can use voice commands to turn on your lights or anything plugged into its smart outlet.

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Check out this Indiegogo campaign to build ‘parasitic pods’ for London’s homeless

To help solve the problem of homelessness in London, an architect wants to build "parasitic pods" for them. They're called that because they attach to a "host" building. You can help fund the prototype on Indiegogo.

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Candle Charger is a tiny thermoelectric generator that powers your gadgets with fire

The Flamestower company's newest gadget is just finishing up its Kickstarter campaign. The Candle Charger does exactly what it sounds like: It turns the heat of a candle and five ounces of water into an electric charge, in this case, conviently funneled to a…

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This is what state-of-the-art home automation looked like in 1985

Despite the fact that home automation might seem like a relatively new thing, it's actually been around for decades. Don't believe us? Check out this completely touchscreen-controlled home automation system from 1985

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Tile can now help find your phone, even if it’s on silent

You just had your phone a second ago, but now you can't find it. The second-generation Tile can help you find it, even if you have it set to silent or vibrate mode. It also tracks down your keys and other lost items.

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