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Inside Sustainability Base: NASA’s Space Station On Earth

The new Silicon Valley installation is designed to test the terrestrial applications for the space agency’s technologies and create the most efficient building imaginable.<p>“How do you design a building like a tree?” It’s a question that William McDonough, an architect, designer, and one of the minds …

Denmark Now 25 Percent Powered by Offshore Wind, Aims to Double Capacity by 2020

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>Denmark has an impressive track record when it comes to the adoption of renewable energy, and the nation has been working …

7 Apps to Help You Get Stuff Done Around the House

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Here’s how Apple’s smart home program will work

Apple’s(s aapl) move into the smart home isn’t actually the grand experience I had hoped for. Instead, it is a much simpler program that will …

Sculpteo Shows Us What 3D Printing Is Really Good For: Creating Adapters For Old iPod Docks

Sculpteo, a French 3D printing company, is now offering custom iPhone adapters for older iPod docks, allowing you to add connect to your old Bose, Sony, JBL, and other docks with the new Lightning connector. Obviously you need a Lightning adapter but the $17 pieces will make it much easier for you …

Vavuud Wind Meter For Smartphones Contains No Electronics, Delivers Accurate Ground Wind Speed Readings

This embed is invalid<p>Smartphones have a lot of on-board sensors, but do they really have enough? No way, say a slew of recent hardware startups, of which Danish Vavuud is only the most recent. Vavuud is turning to Kickstarter to help build a smartphone-compatible wind meter, one that miraculously …

Pebble Firmware Update 1.9 Delivers A Non-Watchface App – The Classic Game Of Snake

Pebble has just updated its smart watch, complete with a much-improved interface and new watchfaces. But the exciting thing here is the addition of a game you likely remember from the days when your cell phone’s screen wasn’t much different from the Pebble’s itself – Snake.<p>The interface changes …

The Pint-Sized ‘Fuel’ Phone Charger Is As Useful As It Is Adorable

Most of us have faced that sense of dread that comes when our phones lay drained and dysfunctional right when we need them the most. Sure, we could beat ourselves up for not charging them as long as we should have (or perhaps making a bad choice of phones), but that’s where this particularly cute …

Add Bluetooth To Any Speaker With The Vamp, A Mobile Receiver With High-Quality Sound

This embed is invalid<p>The Jambox (or its many equivalents) is fine, but I much prefer the experience of visiting second-hand shops around the city in hopes of finding a tower speaker relic that smells musty but still has a richness of sound and vintage appeal. Now a new Kickstarter project wants to …

Boxee TV Update Adds Vudu 3D Content And DLNA Streaming From Computers And Mobile Devices

Boxee TV has a new firmware update making its way out to its connected set-top boxes this week, which includes a number of big improvements including the addition of DLNA streaming. Spotted by GigaOM, the update also adds 3D streaming of content from Vudu, the video streaming service from Walmart, …

Google Glass Will Be Made In The U.S.A., Report Claims, At An Assembly Facility In Santa Clara

Google Glass, the advanced head-mounted computing project the company is gearing up for a possible launch later this year, will be assembled in the U.S., according to a new report from the Financial Times today. The assembly will take place in a facility located in Santa Clara and managed by …

Questionable Entries Prompt Google To Retract Some Glass Explorer Invitations

Google made plenty of nerds happy earlier this week when it began reaching out to the 8,000 people that would have the privilege of spending $1,500 on the company’s head-mounted Glass display, but that thrill wound up being short-lived for some.<p>About seven hours after announcing that the outreach …

Samsung Galaxy S4 Pre-Sales Start At AT&T On April 16, Priced At $249.99 On 2-Year Agreement

AT&T has just posted an update to its Consumer Blog revealing pre-order details of the Samsung Galaxy S4. The phone will be available for order beginning April 16, for $249.99 with a two-year commitment. Samsung had previously announced that the Galaxy S4 would be coming to the U.S. sometime in Q2 …

Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope Brings The Universe To Your Fingertips

The Microsoft Research team is building an epic map of the universe using data and photographs collected from the many telescopes around the world, including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. They call it The WorldWide Telescope.<p>There are roughly 300 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, and about …

The Dash Car Dongle Wants To Make You A Better Driver By Syncing With Your iPhone

This embed is invalid<p>I love my tiny little Mazda, but I’ll be honest — I still don’t completely understand how it <i>works</i>. That’s never really bothered me before (I’d much rather geek out over a phone or something) but a Kickstarter project from a small team in Boston has me itching to pay more …

Google Glass Early Adopters Want To Build Learning, Healthcare, Accessibility & Safety Apps

Wondering who has won a Google Glass? Stanford PhD student Andrej Karpathy has used Twitter’s API to compile a partial list of the so far close to 4,000 winners of Google’s Glass Explorers first adopter competition who applied to buy the high tech specs via Twitter. Google still hasn’t confirmed …

Android And Windows Phone Gain, BlackBerry Loses In Smartphone OS Share According To Kantar

The big winners in the three-month period ending in February in terms of smartphone share globally and in the U.S. were Android and Windows Phone, according to Kantar Worldpanel, with BlackBerry experiencing significant declines in consumer interest and iOS remaining fairly level in most markets. …

Tesla Kills The Entry-Level, 40 kWh Model S Citing Poor Demand

The Model S just got a little more expensive. Tesla just announced that the company will no longer offer the least expensive Model S electric sedan. Per a Tesla press release, since its launch, only 4% of buyers opted for the 40 kWh model with its paltry 160 mile range. Instead, buyers have spent …

The GPS-Enabled DJI Phantom Quadcopter Makes The AR.Drone Look Like A Toy

Back in 2010, our own John Biggs rightly described Parrot’s AR.Drone as ” the coolest thing [he had] seen in a long, long time.” Since then, Parrot has launched the AR.Drone 2.0 and while it’s still a very cool gadget, quadcopters have come a very long way since 2010. Last month, the folks at DJI, …

Nomadic Resorts' Tiny Prefab Pod Homes Can Pop Up Anywhere

Nomadic Resorts just unveiled The Looper - a new prefab pod dwelling that can pop up virtually anywhere! The low-impact shelter incorporates a …

3 Biggest Excuses of Wanna-Be Leaders

It's time to stop making a excuses. If you want to be a leader, there's nothing holding you back.<p>This is a familiar dynamic: After facilitating a coaching or training session, or after speaking at a conference, two groups of people form around the speaker in concentric circles. The first, inner …

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The World's Deadliest Place for Shark Attacks Tries to Figure Out How to Stop Them | Money

People are entering the waters off the west coast of Australia rather gingerly these days. Following a fatal attack on a surfer at Gracetown, 270 km south of Perth, on Nov. 23 — the second shark attack reported that day and the sixth fatality in the past two years — the state of Western Australia …

In Attempt To Break Gridlock, Los Angeles Becomes First City To Synchronize Every Streetlight

The traffic-plagued city has 4,500 lights across 469 square miles.<p>It's amazing how frustrating it can be to drive in L.A. Superhighways are jam-packed, cars crawl along in the worst rush hour of your life even though it's only 2 p.m., and yet no one rides the scary subway. Last summer, it took me …

SpaceX, Blue Origin, And The Race To Control The Commercial Space Industry

Facing unexpected pressure and the yawning void of the post-Shuttle era, the commercial space race has huge challenges ahead. In the wake of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin test failure, we look at the future of the industry.<p>A Soyuz rocket recently failed–surprising news, as it’s generally considered a …

Space Travel

Why In The World Would NASA Throw An Asteroid Into Orbit Around The Moon?

A seemingly crazy idea from the Keck Institute for Space Studies in California may in fact be just crazy enough to work (cue dramatic music!).<p>The Keck institute imagines a long-distance craft rocketed into space using existing technology. The probe would propel itself slowly to a small target …

Space Exploration

Hulu Plus on PS3: The Best Hulu Experience for Your TV, Period

It was possible to get Hulu onto your TV before now, but the options were slim, sometimes tricky, and usually awkward. Hulu Plus on PS3 looks like a new world for the streaming video service.<p>Hulu was always available to be streamed to a TV, but that often required either a hacked set-top box or a …

Smart TV

Solar Power Beamed From Space Inches Toward Reality

High above the atmosphere, virtually limitless power is raining down on the Earth. Dreams of launching a satellite to collect this sunlight and beam it back to Earth as clean power remain science fiction–for now.<p>A recent experiment called <i>Suaineadh</i> (or “twisting” in Scots Gaelic) has brought “space …

Milk And Koblin Reunite For Animation Platform “This Exquisite Forest”

The makers of Wilderness Downtown create a new collaborative animation platform, This Exquisite Forest.<p>Director Chris Milk and Google’s resident data artist Aaron Koblin, the team responsible for the groundbreaking <i>Wilderness Downtown</i> and <i>The Johnny Cash Project</i> have partnered again, with Google, on</i> …

Mars One Has Officially Raised “Millions” To Build The Red Planet’s First Human Settlement

Mars One, the private not-for-profit that’s planning to build the red planet’s first human settlement in 2023, has secured several million dollars in funding for its mission.<p>Though a few million dollars might pale in comparison to the estimated $6 billion Mars One anticipates this mission will …

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