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Polymer Filter Quickly Makes Water Safe To Drink

It’s a thirsty world out there. But with much of the globe’s drinking supply unimproved by treatment systems that can remove animal waste, bacteria, …

The Makers of This Solar-Powered Technology Want to Eliminate a Global Sanitation Issue

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A new piece of technology is aiming to offer an innovative solution to an age-old problem. And it's nothing to pooh-pooh.<p>For the 2.5 billion people in the world with no access to modern sanitation and at risk for all sorts of related …

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How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

Personalized Latitude Longitude Copper Keychain, Stamped Custom Message, Name Date Initials Coordinates Men Boyfriend Groomsmen Wedding gift

CREATION of items timeframe: approx. 5-7 days, due to high demand<br>SHIPPING: Europe 8-16days, US & Rest of world: 10-20 days.<br>We are trying our best to give you our best quality! Thank you! ***<p>Custom key chain.<p>This custom handmade (hand cut, hand sanded) key chain is made from copper, has a brushed …

"Time Capsule" Apartment in Paris Found Untouched for 70 Years

Some people might take a vacation and leave their residence unmanned for a few weeks or even months, but one apartment in Paris was left isolated for about 70 years. The beautifully preserved space, which belonged to the granddaughter of the late Parisian socialite and actress Marthe de Florian, …

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Canada's Ex-Defense Minister Says Aliens Would Give Earth Tech If We Were Less Warlike

Aliens, man. If we would only listen to them, the world would be a better place.<p>It's not necessarily shocking to hear somebody claim that at least four different species of aliens have visited the Earth, for thousands of years. But it is somewhat more shocking when that person was once in charge of …

The Cubli: A Gravity-Defying Cube that Can Jump, Balance, and Walk | Colossal

<p>Designed by a team at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, the Cubeli is a small cube capable of balancing, …

Researchers create a kidney using stem cells

The team designed a protocol that prompts stem cells to form all the required cell types to “self-organize” into a mini-kidney in a dish.<p>University …

How to Purify Water With Fruit Peels | WIRED

The peel: future compost that gets between you and your fruit. But one scientist is set on transforming this annoyance into a valuable resource. …

You Built What?!: A Tesla Coil Gun That Produces Foot-Long Sparks

Modeled after a Nerf gun--but with 200,000 volts under the hood<p>While browsing a bookstore near his home in Seattle last year, Rob Flickenger came across a graphic novel titled <i>The Five Fists of Science</i>. The story portrays inventor Nikola Tesla as a crime fighter who battles his enemies with a pair …

Student dies and wakes up in the morgue—what happens next, it was mistake

A computer programming student was undergoing surgery in Costa Rica, when she died, experienced the afterlife, then returned to her body—in the …

Make An LED Holiday Light Out Of Pennies

And a lemon, and some other stuff. But mostly pennies.<p>Skip the tangled strings of holiday lights this year and go wireless using a few copper-coated cents. U.S. pennies minted since 1982 conceal a zinc core. If exposed to acid, the zinc dissolves and frees electrons for use in a circuit. The …

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What Lies Beneath

Deep below the streets of New York City lie its vital organs—a water system, subways, railroads, tunnels, sewers, drains, and power and cable lines—in a vast, three-dimensional tangle. Penetrating this centuries-old underworld of caverns, squatters, and unmarked doors, William Langewiesche follows …

Deep-Space Engines

Propulsion systems that could carry astronauts to Mars and beyond.<p>STAR-48<p>The fastest chemical rocket ever, the Star-48 engine was built to launch satellites and was recently incorporated into the New Horizons probe, which took off in 2006. Powered by burning a mixture of ammonium perchlorate and …

Are Oreos really as addictive as cocaine?

A recent study claims that the biscuits are as addicting as cocaine. But tasty though they are, can Oreos really be that dangerous?<p>No. No, they're not.<p>It seems like everything can make us addicted these days. Our iPhones. The internet. Oreos. But just because something is pleasurable and causes a …

Nobel Peace Prize Goes To The Organization That Destroyed Syria's Chemical Weapons

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a group few have heard of, was just awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. It's well-deserved. Here's who they are.<p>The Nobel Committee announced today that this year's Nobel Peace Prize will go to a group few outside the world of international …

Middle East

After the skinny jean, the make-you-skinny jean

The new generation of women's jeans uses super-stretch technology to make you look up to two sizes smaller<p>Skinny jeans are old news. This autumn the retail buzz is about a new breed of denim: make-you-skinny jeans.<p>Innovations in fabric technology seldom make waves beyond the geekier fringes of the …

How to Mix and Match Furniture Pieces

The days of needing to buy perfectly matching furniture sets are over. No longer do you need a love seat that’s just a smaller version of your sofa …

Enter, Sandman: how lucid dreaming ‘can help you change yourself’

Thomas Peisel will teach you to reign over the witching hour<p>Maybe the vast majority of your recollected dreams involve public speaking in the nude, or repeatedly failing your college chemistry final. Or maybe you don’t recall having any dreams at all. According to Thomas Peisel, both scenarios are …

Island-hopping down Central America’s Caribbean coast

You don't always need suitcases full of cash to enjoy the Caribbean Sea – cradled in its western corner lie a number of idyllic island groups that are surprisingly easy on the pocket. Here's our guide to navigating this captivating region sure to bring out the adventurer in you.<p><b>San Blas Islands,</b> …

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Coloradans told to stay out of floodwater following chemical and sewage fears

As attention turns to the aftermath of Colorado’s record floods, people have been warned to stay out of the lingering water because it may contain harmful chemicals and sewage, officials said.<p>Emergency airlifts waned Wednesday as the number of people still unaccounted for continued to decrease, …

Food Waste is the World's Third Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A recent study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that the 1.3 billion tons of food discarded around the world account for …

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Understanding the Universe’s invisible elements

Our solar system extends a lot further than we first thought. Astrophysicist Charles Alcock says exploring its outer reaches may shed light on the Earth’s beginnings.<p>Most of the Universe is invisible. Understanding these unseeable elements can be an important step in working out how the entire …

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How to live longer – the experts' guide to ageing

Experts on the ageing process explain why having good friends, lifting weights and learning languages can lead to a longer life<p><b>JERRALD RECTOR, 26: Lift weights for better immunity</b><p><b>By the time we reach 80, most of us will be infected with a type of herpes virus which erodes the immune system and</b> …

How Seahorses Survive With Squishable Armor

And how researchers want to make a robotic arm out of the technique<p>Crabs, birds, and manta rays regularly try to crush sea horses for dinner, but a sea horse has some unusual protective armor. Its tail can be compressed to half its normal size without lasting damage, researchers at the University …

I Met The World's Smartest Dog

Chaser isn't just learning objects by name: she's beginning to understand the basic structure of human language.<p>"Chaser, this is Dan. Chaser! This is <i>Dan</i>," said Deb Pilley, a classical musician who goes by the name Pilley Bianchi professionally and signs her emails as "Pill." Pill is the daughter of …

The Art of the Dollar: Meticulous Currency Collages by Mark Wagner | Colossal

<p>Brooklyn-based artist Mark Wagner (previously) has been referred to as “the greatest living collage artist” and even “the Michael Jordan of glue”. …

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