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Would you get paid to act as a third passenger in a vehicle so the car could drive into a congestrion-restricted area? How about signing up to pack people into crowded subway cars? Dress up as a zebra and walk the streets, preventing cars from running red lights? Read more...

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New details about architect Norman Foster's design for Apple's Cupertino HQ have been slow to leak, but a new video from Unofficially Apple gives us the most detailed look so far. This building is going to have everything: Native trees! Solar panels! Crazy circular desk spaces! Read more...

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When Elaine on Seinfeld failed a drug test after eating a poppy seed muffin back in the 1996 episode "The Shower Head," the idea that you could fail a drug test after eating poppy seeds took off. Turns out, this wasn'tyet another Hollywood writer invention—you really can potentially fail a drug test if you eat poppy seeds.Read more...

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In the past, you might have needed two monitors to have enough computing real estate, but the coming wave of 4K displays promises to change that. Gamers might want to take note as well. Samsung's forthcoming 28" 4K display is listed at $700, which is already a steal, but you can lock in an order at Amazon right now for $100 less. Read more...

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As one of the world's largest producer of pistachios, Turkey has plenty of pistachio shells to go around. So, in the tradition of turning food waste into energy , officials are proposing to burn pistachio shells for heat in Turkey's first ever eco city—and it's not a totally nutty idea. Read more...

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Wouldn't it be wonderful if you never had to plug in your phone? Well, a team of Korean scientists say that they're one step closer to making that fantasy a reality with new wireless power transfer technology that works from over 15 feet away. And it works pretty damn well, too.Read more...

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No product has even been made better when functionality follows form, and Apple's decision to only include USB ports on the back of its iMacs has been frustrating desktop computer users for years. An ugly USB extension cable makes life with an iMac considerably more enjoyable, and now, thanks to Bluelounge's new Jimi, it doesn't even have to be ugly.Read more...

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Cats love climbing through cozy spaces. That's why the CATable, a beautifully functional work surface with built in tunnels for burrowing, is so appealing to them. In the words of designer Ruan Hao, "It is a table for us, and a paradise for cats."Read more...

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T-fal kicked off the whole "frying foods with minimal oil" trend with its Actifry machine , but who really has room for yet another appliance on their kitchen counter—even if it promises healthier fries and wings? That's why Samsung has introduced what it calls the Slim Fry feature on its microwaves, adding even more functionality to an appliance most of us can't live without.Read more...

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After a year of ballooning costs, delays, and controversy over its labor practices , Qatar is cutting back. According to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek, organizers have decided to drastically scale back plans to construct a dozen new stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. Read more...

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Beijing is one thirsty city. Its population of 22 million consumes barely 100 cubic meters of water per capita—one fifth the international water-shortage level—thanks to a chronic drought in the nation's north. But this massive desalination plant could help supply a third of the city's water singlehandedly.Read more...

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You've almost certainly played a game on your phone today. Some beautiful, high-res game with a rainbow of colors and fluid animation. You've got a lot of power in your pocket these days, but portable gaming owes a lot to the chunky old Game Boy, which is 25 years old today. Read more...

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Across the globe, even in impoverished communities where families can't afford electric light, there is something you will almost always see: children kicking balls. What if you could harness that youthful energy to generate electricity?Read more...

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Everybody's excited about the possibilities of 3D printing, but, for some people, the technology stands to improve their lives on a daily if not hourly basis. Jose Delgado, Jr., a 53-year-old man born without most of his left hand, is one of them. Thanks to 3D-printing, Jose got a new hand.Read more...

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Fireworks look awesome from the ground, but have you ever wished you could be inside them? Probably not because that's verifiably insane, but this quadcopter footage shows off how great the view is from up there. Read more...

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Thomas Kadlec has recreated the USS Voyager's bridge for Oculus Rift—the ultra-realistic and totally immersive virtual reality headset recently bought by Facebook. Watch it in action in this video.Read more...

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Metrics and data analysis are a big part of any sport. Every athlete is always pushing themselves to be faster, stronger, and better, and now even surfers have a way to keep track of their performance when they hit the surf (other than knowing they survived) with the Search GPS watch from Rip Curl.Read more...

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A dumping ground for nuclear waste located near the British coast is "virtually certain" to be washed away by rising sea levels, a new report warns. The UK Environment Agency has admitted that constructing the Drigg Low-Level Waste Repository so near the coast was a mistake, and that one million cubic meters of nuclear waste will begin leaking into the ocean "a few hundred to a few thousand years from now."Read more...

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Graphene may be the supermaterial to rule them all—but it turns out you can make it at home. In your kitchen blender. Here's how.Read more...

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Prefab is a buzzy topic in architecture and design circles right now, but it's hardly a new concept. The idea of building houses in factories and shipping them to their destinations is at least a century old. Now, Taschen has published the history of these homes in a lovely coffee table book.Read more...

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It's been said that sculpting a masterpiece from a chunk of marble is easy; all you have to do is remove the unnecessary bits. So even if they lack any talent, aspiring Rodins and Michelangelos can turn this Introverso2 vase into a curvy room accent. All you need to know is how to swing a hammer.Read more...

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It seems like just about everyone knows someone with a thyroid condition. Their symptoms can sometimes be wide ranging. Much like the IRS and their tax code, it can leave you a little confused about what exactly it does and why it can cause so many problems. In an effort to put this ignorance to bed, let's take a little closer look at this inexplicable little endocrine gland.Read more...

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If you're desperate to understand the world from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, here's you chance. The lands of Westeros and Essos have been given a full Google Maps-style treatment, so you can explore them in detail.Read more...

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We've all been stranded in an unusual location, desperate for an internet connection but unable to find one that's easy to use. So we wondering: what's the craziest solution you've ever come up with to get online?Read more...

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Read a magazine, book or website and you'll see the product of Matthew Carter's labors all over it—because he's the guy who designed hundreds of fonts, including Verdana and Georgia. In this video, he describes the interaction between technology and design in the creation of typefaces.Read more...

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