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A Solar Dish That Makes Electricity And Fresh Water

It’s not exactly a solar panel. It’s more like a solar dish. And not only does it generate electricity, it makes water, too. Researchers at companies and universities in Switzerland are developing a parabolic solar ...
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FYI: Why Aren’t Hovercraft More Useful?

The inventor of the modern hovercraft, Christopher Cockerell, once imagined that his vehicle would cross the Atlantic at 100 miles per hour, an ocean liner coasting on air. While small hovercraft still serve a role in recreatio...
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Brain Cells Will Control The Power Plants Of The Future

Talk about a mind meld. Researchers have hooked up living brain cells, grown in a petri dish, to a computer. The computer runs a simulation of a power plant and sends the neurons problems about electricity distribution. Scienti...
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Can Oxytocin Get Me A Boyfriend?

We met up at a dim sum place in Chinatown. He smiled when he saw me, and I gave him a long hug. Already, there was none of the stiff awkwardness that had plagued our first two dates. What my companion didn’t know was that min...
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Conscientious Galaxy Uses All Its Fuel To Make New Stars, Leaving No Waste Behind

A newly found faraway galaxy called SDSSJ1506+54 is the most efficient star maker ever seen, using up almost all of the gas available to it. Other galaxies are more profligate with their gas, only using some of it and leaving t...
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Shedding New Light On Basement Marijuana Technology

As of 2013, 24 states and Washington, DC, have either legalized marijuana or decriminalized possession of it. One of my friends lives in a state where medical marijuana is now legal, and he has taken full advantage of this to s...
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Reddit Is More Dangerous Than The Syrian Electronic Army’s Hackers

About an hour ago, the Associated Press’s official Twitter account, @AP, issued this tweet (it’s since been removed): I was in the bathroom reading Twitter (I know.) when this first broke, and the first thing I saw ...
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The Math: What Life On Kepler-62e Would Be Like

Scientists recently located two exoplanets orbiting in the Kepler-62 star system 1,200 light years from Earth. Though much further away than other exoplanets possibly conducive to life—Gliese 581g is only 20 light years from ...
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This Antarctic Research Base Actually Looks Pretty Cozy

Brazil’s Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station, a permanent research base operated by the country’s Navy, was destroyed by a fire in February 2012. Architectural firm Triptyque Arquitetura entered this design as a pot...
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