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10 Things Action Man Would Do If He Ran a Startup | Inc.com

Action Man is our fictional superhero who has sufficiently gotten a handle on the crime situation in his hometown. Now that he has all the criminals behind bars, he has nothing else to do with his time, so he has decided to start a business to continue to help the citizens of the town he lives in …

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Making plant taxonomy freely accessible

This lovely video describes important work of Kew Botanical Gardens to publicly share taxonomic information about the monocots online and in one place for the first time.<p>Ever since the first human ancestors realised that some plants were safe to eat whilst others were not, and some plants promoted …

Gene Machine

A pipe that copies DNA using the heat of a lightbulb.<p>Biology's equivalent of an office copier is a PCR machine. PCR, short for polymerase chain reaction, is now a staple in crime-scene forensics, heredity tests, and organism hijacking. It's a mind-boggling feat. Among billions of base pairs that …

Searching For A Material To Make Solar Pants

A new crowd-sourced effort found 35,000 promising molecules that could make light, flexible solar power materials.<p>Say you wanted to make a pair of pants that are also able to act as solar panels. (Why not?) How do you know where to start to look for a material that would work for your …

Uncovering the past using the future: how lasers are revolutionizing archaeology

High-tech tools are now giving archaeologists an unprecedented glimpse into lost civilizations<p>A map of the lost city of Mahendraparvata, created using lidar technology (Credit: Archaeology and Development Foundation — Phnom Kulen Program)<p>Indiana Jones was onto something. In <i>Raiders of the Lost Ark</i>, …

Make Your Own Lovely Modern Copper Hanging Light Fixture

Copper lighting fixtures have been popping up all over the place lately, and these modern pieces are striking in almost any home. But if the prices …

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DIY Chemistry: Teach Yourself Electroplating

This simple experiment, in which you can coat graphite with copper, will show you the secrets of laying down a thin layer of metal.<p><b>When you see a thin layer of metal</b>—on anything from chrome car parts to drill bits to jewelry—electroplating probably has been at work. The process is simple: Send …

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