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Free Internet FTW

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There are about 5 billion people in the world who don’t have internet access. Charity group A Human Right believes that access to information is a fundamental human right - and wants to offer free internet to everyone by buying a satellite.

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Man’s Camera Implant Rejected

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A New York University arts professor who got a digital camera implanted into the back of his head late last year is experiencing difficulties. Wafaa Bilal’s body has rejected part of the camera.

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The Biofuel Race – First Algae, Now Tequila

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The world’s population continues to grow at a quarter of a million people per day, resulting in the need for more and more energy. With our dwindling oil supply and increasing demand for energy, experts are turning to biofuels as an alternative to fossil fuels. First generation biofuels Wheat, corn, soy and sugar cane can all be used to produced biofuel. ...

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YPrintIt app lets you ditch paper business cards

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YPrintIt is a free app that lets you design and send digital business cards using QR codes. The app offers hundreds of templates.

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16,000 mobile phones thrown out every hour – Sprint wants you to recycle

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The average mobile phone will work for about seven years, but worldwide the average consumer gets a new phone every 11 months. According to Sprint, Americans discard 16,000 mobile phones every hour. Over 90 per cent of materials in mobile phones can be recovered such as nickel, cadmium, cobalt, gold, silver, copper, plastics and other metals. These materials can be used in jewelry, electronics and car parts.

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Cool bridge made of 27 wind turbines

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Whoever thinks wind turbines are ugly hasn’t seen this bridge. The Solar Wind design placed second in an international online competition held by the website New Italian Blood. The point of the contest was to design an environmentally-friendly bridge that crosses the Italian municipalities of Scilla and Bagnara.

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BMW: Could your clothes replace your car?

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BMW asked students at the European Institute of Design in Barcelona to come up with some wearable alternatives to cars that can be used to zoom around European city centres.

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Brain forgets information at an extraordinary rate

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How many times have you been to an hour-long business meeting or lecture, and did your best to listen and offer an occasional nod, and then at the end of the hour been unable to recall anything that was said?

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Hydroponics firm targets supermarkets for rooftop greenhouses

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I’ve eaten tomatoes in the Mediterranean grown without pesticides that were bigger than my fist, and that were so sweet, so juicy and ripe, you could eat them like apples. My current tomato reality includes scrounging supermarkets back in North America, looking for ones that might resemble the glorious tomatoes of Europe. Without luck, I bite into tomato after tomato, tasting nothing but plastic and wax.

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Glasses-free 3D safe, unless you’re using Jonathan Post’s prototype

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One of the big drawbacks surrounding 3DTVs are the active shutter glasses that must be worn for 3D viewing, running up to $200 per pair. A glasses-free 3DTV technology has begun circulating the internet in a video hosted at JonathanPost.com, who we don’t know much about. The experiment was Conducted by Luis Carone and managed by Daniel Dias, in it is French director François Vogel.

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Eye camera beats out human eye with 3.5x optical zoom

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Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a camera based on the human eye. The researchers boast of the eye camera’s superiority over human eyes - it can zoom. While it only has a 3.5x optical zoom, the researchers said a higher zoom will come as the technology advances.

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Researchers create Ghostbot fish that can swim in all directions

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Researchers at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science have made a robotic fish that can swim in all directions. The robot, nicknamed Ghostbot, was inspired by the Black Ghost Knifefish that lives in the Amazon basin; a nocturnal fish that has poor eyesight and relies on a weak electric field to hunt for food. It can move both vertically and horizontally using either one or two waves alongside its single long fin.

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3D printing on titanium – exciting development or cash grab?

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i.materialize claims to be the first company in the world to offer 3D printing on titanium. And why is that so special, you ask? Titanium has high heat resistance, high accuracy, strength and its the stuff Terminators are made of.

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Computers replace teachers in Florida

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Over 7,000 students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools are enrolled in virtual classrooms, or e-learning labs. Core subjects are taken on computers, and instead of a teacher, there is a “facilitator” in the room who makes sure the students are actually doing their work. The facilitator also gives tech help.

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Nike+ GPS app lets you play tag

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The Nike+ GPS app tracks your speed and distance, maps your runs, and allows your friends on facebook and twitter to view your progress. It costs $1.99 on itunes and just got a fun new update; you can now play tag with other runners. You challenge someone with time or distance nearby. Whoever runs the shortest distance or runs the ...

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