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Rocks mined from the seafloor have been confirmed as a viable source for rare earth metals, and thus a tiny piece of the ocean might soon find its way into a cell phone or computer chipboard near you. The finding, published in the April 2014 issue of Applied Geochemistry, all but guarantees a new round of focus on overcoming the challenges—both industrial and environmental—of extracting mineral riches from the ocean depths. Read more...

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On a recent trip home to Knoxville, Tennessee, I had a flashback. Not an acid flashback (I don't think). We were weaving through the hilly streets of downtown in the shadow of the Sunsphere, a discoball of a monument built for the 1982 World's Fair, and suddenly I was there in the crowd, staring at the future.Read more...

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The human lower leg is a marvel of biological engineering—it lets you have a long, strong stride while minimizing exertion and joint strain. But conventional spring and hydraulically-driven prosthesis worn by amputees offer no such benefit and can cause osteoarthritis-inducing skeletal strains. The BiOM T2 system aims to rectify that. Read more...

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Last month, Samsung introduced a Milk Music , a beautiful streaming radio service that it said would come free and ad-free with your new Samsung Galaxy phone. So it wasn't just slick—it offered you a cheaper better option to competitors like Spotify and Pandora. Awesome! Except it's not going to be free and ad-free at all.Read more...

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Remember those slightly horrifying sites that mash up two faces to tell you what your hypothetical babies might look like? With genome sequencing and "virtual embryos," we might actually be able to do that—using science. Read more...

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It's no surprise that the diamond industry is willing to spend whatever it takes to make the process of mining precious gems even more profitable. And while it already relies on X-ray technology for spotting diamonds on the surface of mined ore, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute's Development Center for X-ray Technology EZRT have developed a way to now spot them buried inside rocks.Read more...

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Most of us have had Facebook accounts for the past few years, if not a decade. But time and bloat have turned once-beloved font of nostalgia into an onslaught of faux-sentimental sludge from strangers. So as Facebook stands poised to break itself into a bunch of different apps, we say to you: Screw it. It's time to start fresh.Read more...

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Google's new standalone Camera app is a sleek and powerful alternative to the stock Android camera. Turns out, it's also a soldier in the war against vertical videos . Try to shoot a portrait-framed vid, and you'll stare down the cold judgment of an icon telling you you're doing it wrong. You've been warned.Read more...

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The colonization of Earth's orbit, the Moon, Mars, and other planets still promises a kind of space utopia for Homo sapiens. Since the second half of the 20th century, more and more concepts have imagined how it could be possible for humans to live in permanent habitats beyond our planet. The following 28 images show some of the boldest, most utopian dreams we could have. Read more...

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The folks at Signal Snowboards like to experiment over the winter months with conceptual deck designs—sometimes they're practical , and sometimes they're downright crazy. And the company's latest creation, a snowboard with a built-in turntable, probably falls into that latter category.Read more...

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If you've ever read the newspaper in a library or a coffee shop, you've probably used those long wooden holders that help make them slightly easier to wrangle without tearing the pages and impossible to pilfer. But an ad agency in Switzerland found a way to make them even more useful with invisible LED news tickers that enhance the day-old papers with the latest headlines.Read more...

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At Treehotel in the north of Sweden, the rooms rise up like trees in an enchanted forest: a UFO, a mirrorcube, a giant bird's nest. It's some of your wildest childhood fantasies—brought to life by Swedish architects. So how did it all begin?Read more...

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The latest version of Ubuntu—14.04 LTS or Trusty Tahr to its friends—is now available, with support for touchscreens and super hi-res displays. Go download it now for freeRead more...

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This map shows the 9,000 chemical plants across the U.S. where, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, a "catastrophic chemical release" could occur. It helps us answer an unsavory question—whether you live near a potentially dangerous chemical plant. Read more...

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From the outside it looks like a normal Ford Transit van , but on the inside there's a private movie theater decked out with its own tablet-controlled media server, drop-down screen, high-def projector, and ridiculously nice seating. Oh, and did we mention the built-in bar? You're gonna want the bar.Read more...

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Hear mention of tin and your thoughts instantly turn to cans stuffed with limp vegetables. But while the metal has become ubiquitous thanks to its use in convenience food packaging, it actually serves all manner of exotic purposes—and it could just change the future of electronics.Read more...

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By now, you've read all about Heartbleed —but what, exactly, does it look like in action? Thankfully some nerdy brave computer scientists have run it, so you don't have to.Read more...

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Gardening and technology couldn't, perhaps, seem more different, but don't you believe it: a new initiative out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus will soon see your veg patch become an open source project.Read more...

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The Earth takes a little under 24 hours to rotates on its axis. But what if that leisurely paced pick up—and up and up and up?Read more...

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Pathé News was perhaps the most well-regarded news agency of the 1900s—and now, its entire 85,000-video newsreel archive is available to watch for free on YouTube.Read more...

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It's easy enough to find ultra-fast SD cards—if you've got the cash —but super speedy microSD cards are harder to come by. No longer: Toshiba has just launched the world's fastest, and it should breathe life into your compact mirrorless camera.Read more...

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Your right to free speech means that the government can't arrest you for what you say, but it doesn't means that anyone—anyone—has to listen the crap you come out with.Read more...

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Well, hmph. That's not how drones work guys. Supposedly, this video shows Portugal attempting to launch a naval drone by giving it a running start. As the drone is thrown in the air to fly, it immediately nosedives and crashes into the ocean. What a wonderful failure.Read more...

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Turns out, the American motion picture and music recording industry loves weed just as much the rest of us do. For more than 60 years, weed's been getting name-dropped in pop culture—from early propaganda videos like Reefer Madness to more recent celebrations of stoner culture like Half Baked. Eclectic method integrates both viewpoint extremes (and everything in between) in his latest mashup—just in time for Sunday's Holy High Holiday, 4/20. Read more...

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Staying healthy is a lot like medieval warfare. Cells vs viruses. There are cells defending their castles and viruses trying to break through. If a sneaky virus manages to attack a cell, the cell fights it and notifies all the other castles about what to build to defend it. Man, learning about biology is so much easier when you have cute animations like this making it look like Game of Thrones.Read more...

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