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Smart alcohol connoisseur Synek launches Somm smart wine dispenser on Kickstarter

After enjoying past crowdfunding success with its craft beer dispenser, Synek turns to Kickstarter yet again to help fund the Somm smart wine dispenser.
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MIT researchers 3D-print robots that can literally walk off the printer when done

By creating a new printing method it's calling "printable hydraulics," researchers at MIT found a way to 3D-print a working robot in just one session.
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Dubai’s Waste Management Department will soon use drones to catch litterbugs

To help keep visitors from littering on its beaches and deserts, Dubai plans on using a fleet of drones to catch people in the act of ditching their trash.
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Japanese scientists have created artificial skin that can grow hair and sweat

Developed at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan, a batch of lab-grown skin implanted in mice showed the ability to sweat and grow hair.
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Day or night, this glowing cabin lets visitors see a gorgeous glowing map of the stars

Designed by the London-based firm George King Architects, the Stargazer's Cabin is an illuminated hut which features a glowing display of constellations.
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Weekend Workshop: How to build an uber hip DIY turntable wall clock

Have an old turntable gathering dust in the attic? Why not put it to good use by fashioning it into a beautifully functioning wall clock.
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Two scientists propose using lasers to cloak Earth … from aliens

Scientists at Columbia University's Cool Worlds Lab say it's possible to effectively cloak Earth from aliens in other solar systems by utilizing lasers.
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British mad scientist Colin Furze just built a fully operational thermite cannon

Real-life mad scientist Colin Furze is back yet again, this time with an innovative DIY cannon built specially for launching combustible thermite canisters.
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See what your drone sees in VR with the FreeBird One weatherproof drone

FreeBird Flight's innovative FreeBird One drone gives pilots a chance to see what their drone sees by utilizing stunning, birds-eye-view VR functionality.
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NASA has developed a greener and less toxic rocket fuel, and plans to show it off this week

After working on a high-performance green rocket propellant for the last four years, NASA announced it will finally unveil its new fuel at the end of March.
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Lift a glass: tabletop craft beer system launches on kickstarter

Like the Keurig for craft beer, the iGulu automated brewing system makes it easy to brew your own high-quality craft beer right on your kitchen counter.
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Archaeologists confirm the use of non-stick cookware during the Roman Empire

An archaeological find in Italy provided evidence that non-stick frying pans were used in kitchens all over the Roman Empire some 2,000 years ago.
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These kids 3D printed their own unique prosthetics, including a sparkle cannon

During an event in San Francisco this last January, Autodesk and KIDmob teamed up to let kids with upper-limb differences 3D-print unique prosthetics.
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House in the hill: Belgium’s House Pibo is a minimalist’s dream home

Constructed in the district of Maldegem, Belgium, OYO Architecture's House Pibo exudes privacy and minimalism without sacrificing comfort or living space.
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Weekend Workshop: Detect radio waves (and nuclear detonations) with this DIY coherer

By using tech made popular in the early 1900s, anyone with a 3V battery, metal shavings, and electrical wiring can easily build a coherer energy detector.
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Autodesk’s new 3D printer uses 5 print heads simultaneously to make gigantic objects

Developed by a team of researchers at the 3D design firm Autodesk, Project Escher aims to revolutionize the software used in modern day 3D printers.
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Tesla discontinues its original Powerwall amid rumors it’s gearing up for version 2.0

Despite massive initial hype, Tesla quietly discontinued its original, 10kWh Powerwall system this week to focus on its 7kWh model and an upcoming upgrade.
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Boom! Virgin Galactic partners with supersonic jet startup on multi-plane deal

The Colorado-based startup Boom hopes to build affordable supersonic passenger jets and Richard Branson's Virgin Group wants to help it get off the ground.
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Boeing’s new submarine drone can traverse 7,500 miles in a single charge

Dubbed the Echo Voyager, Boeing's latest robotic submarine boasts the ability to navigate Earth's oceans autonomously for up to six months at a time.
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The Blossom 8 watering system adds features at half its predecessor's price

After releasing its first smart sprinkler system last year, Blossom announced it now offers an upgraded and cheaper watering system called the Blossom 8.
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Never mind, we got it! FBI claims it found a way into iPhone, cancels Apple hearing

After claiming to have found an "outside party" capable of cracking the San Bernadino shooter's iPhone, the FBI cancelled its March 22 hearing with Apple.
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The Tetrahedron Superyacht defies gravity and looks like a Star Destroyer

London-based designer Jonathan Schwinge recently unveiled renderings of a superyacht he designed that looks like a pyramid that's levitating on water.
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Weekend Workshop: Wrap modern tech in retro style with a DIY Bluetooth Boombox

Bose makes a great Bluetooth speaker, no doubt, but why not try building one yourself? Here's how to build a Bluetooth boombox in a matter of hours.
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Sneaky new drone can hide under water for months, then float to the surface to take off

Even after being submerged underwater for two months, Johns Hopkins' CRACUNS drone has the ability to rise to the surface and conduct aerial missions.
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Google to sell innovative robotics company Boston Dynamics

Despite publishing several viral videos of its robotics progress to YouTube, innovative tech company Boston Dynamics is currently being shopped by Google.
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In the not so distant future, your antibiotics and beer might both contain hops

Two University of Idaho scientists have nearly developed a method to successfully synthesize hops' healthful compounds to create new antibiotics.
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New research suggests the FAA exaggerates the threat that drones pose to planes

According to a study by two George Mason University researchers, the frequency of drone-related near-misses with airplanes is wildly misreported.
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Now an F-16 can launch a swarm of 3D-printed carbon fiber drones

According to a secretive wing of the Pentagon, U.S. Air Force F-16s may soon have the ability to launch swarms of 3D-printed drones while in flight.
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Weekend Workshop: How to build a Retro gaming console from a Raspberry Pi 2

Even owners of a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One enjoy playing a retro game every once in a while, and here's how to fashion one out of a Raspberry Pi 2.
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Hemp waste fibers form basis of supercapacitor more conductive than graphene

Dr. David Mitlin of New York's Clarkson University has turned ordinary hemp waste into a composite that proves to be a cheaper supercapacitor than graphene.
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Proposed Slovakian Hyperloop could go from Bratislava to Budapest in 10 minutes

One of the companies looking to make Elon Musk's Hyperloop system a reality just inked an agreement with Slovakia to bring the tech to Europe.
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Blue Origin plans to launch manned space missions by 2017, offer tourist trips by 2018

At a media-only event this week, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos says he plans on operating manned missions to outer space by as soon as 2017.
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A South Korean scientist wants to clone an extinct 12,000-year-old cave lion

South Korean cloning expert Dr. Hwang Woo-Suk announced he will attempt to clone a 12,000-year-old extinct cave lion after retrieving samples of the animal.
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A Russian billionaire wants to build a cobra-like skyscraper in Japan

Architect Vasiliy Klyukin took to his blog this week to reveal the ambitious details of constructing a cobra-like skyscraper in China or Japan.