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This Ninth Grader Invented A Cheap Device That Harvests Power From Wind, Sun, And Rain

A prototype of the device, with three “leaves” made of recycled materials, cost $5 to produce.<p>Thirteen-year-old Maanasa Mendu was watching tree branches sway in the wind when she noticed that the movement looked like piezoelectric materials–tiny devices that generate power through vibration. The …

Apple just got hit with a class action lawsuit over its so-called 'touch disease'

A California legal firm filed the necessary paperwork to start a class action lawsuit over Apple’s so-called ‘touch disease’ problem.<p>As we reported last week, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners are complaining of a gray flickering bar at the top of the screen that renders the phone unresponsive — or less …

Millennial Farmers Fight An Uphill Battle. It's Time To Support Them.

The deck is stacked against the next generation of American agriculturalists.<p>American agriculture has a big problem to deal with. And there’s no easy fix on the table.<p>According to the most recent data from the Department of Agriculture, the average age of an American farmer is 58 years old, and …

Brain damaged violinist makes music for first time in 27 years with mind-reading technology

Violinist Rosemary Johnson has spent the last 27 years coming to terms with the reality she would never make music again, following a devastating car crash. A member of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra she was destined to become a world class musician before the road accident in 1988, which left …

This island nation just traded a huge chunk of its debt in return for protecting their oceans

The Seychelles, a small island nation in the Indian Ocean, did something pretty big.<p>Last month, the country of 115 islands agreed to protect 30 …

This Boy Has Outsmarted Us All With His Perfect Math Problem Answer

We'd give him an A+.<p>Sometimes the most literal answer is the best.<p>A Reddit user named Fiona, who posts as irishchick14, shared a photo of her 6-year-old son's math test on the social-sharing platform this week, writing: "This is why my son is going places." While the boy might not have answered the …

Google Wants You To Celebrate Spain's 'Clitoris Festival'

Town hall staff blame Google Translate for the veg-ina mix up.<p>A Google Translate error turned an annual celebration in Spain into something a bit too tantalizing when it changed the Galician word <i>grelo</i> into <i>clitoris</i>, inviting Spanish speakers to celebrate the "Feria Clitoris" (Clitoris Festival).<p>As …

River of Sheep Flows Through Madrid

In a defiant demonstration of their ancient grazing and migration rights, shepherds halted traffic in Madrid Sunday as they guided a flock of around 2,000 sheep through the streets of the Spanish capital.<p>For the past 22 autumns, shepherds have led herds through the city, exercising the right to …

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New laser treatment aims to ease pain of Vietnam's 'Napalm girl'

More than 40 years after being terribly burnt in a chemical attack aged nine, Kim Phuc is undergoing treatment in Miami that might cure her chronic pain<p>Kim Phuc became a living symbol of the Vietnam War in 1972 when she was photographed aged nine, running naked and wailing down a road after a …

Water on the red planet: Nasa reveals major discovery – in pictures

View images of Martian briny flows of water from analysed spectral data from the CRISM instrument onboard Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Mars

Artist Cultivates 1.2-Acre Field Into Massive Crop Art Paying Homage to Van Gogh

Displaying a talent cultivated throughout his lifetime, Stan Herd‘s aptly named “earthworks” are a uniquely rural form of art. His latest piece (a massive reformation of Van Gogh's 1889 <i>Olive Trees</i>) <i></i>sits in a field in Eagan, Minneapolis, gaining worldwide attention. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, …

Paralyzed man walks unassisted using only brain control — no exoskeleton required

A 26-year-old man who has been paralyzed for five years was able to walk on his own again. How? By using his brain waves to directly control the …

Project Thor: Denmark's first astronaut arrives at International Space Station with Lego

Denmark's first astronaut has arrived to join eight crew members on the International Space Station and has brought Lego<p>Life at the International Space Station is to get a little more fun after Denmark's first astronaut arrived clutching 26 Lego figurines, specially designed for the trip.<p>Andreas …

The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

World’s Most Exclusive Site Can Only Be Accessed by One Person per Minute

With his online experiment, Reddit user Justin Foley is demonstrating the power exclusivity. He’s proving how people will fall for pretty much …

Internet

Hero Landmine-Sniffing Rats Are Saving Human Lives in Africa

Rats are normally classified as vermin, but they can be heroes too. Proving the fact is APOPO, a Belgian NGO that trains African giant pouched rats …

Why Having Your Portrait Made Is Important

My friend Matthew Simmons and I did recently did a photo shoot with an amazing little girl named Desi Robinson. After sending Renee, Desi’s mother, …

Nonprofits

This student has carried his disabled friend to class - for the past three years

The pair's incredible friendship makes the load seem that little bit lighter<p>This compassionate Chinese high school student has spent the past three years carrying his disabled friend to and from school for the past three years.<p>Each day, 18-year-old Xie Xu, standing at just 1.73 metres tall and …

Losing my religion for equality

The impact of these religious beliefs touches every aspect of our lives. They help explain why in many countries boys are educated before girls; why …

Religion

Nepalese “God of Sight” Has Restored Sight to 100,000 People Around the World with Simple Five-Minute Procedure

Nepalese eye doctor Sanduk Ruit is being hailed as a miracle worker – he has single-handedly managed to restore the eyesight of over 100,000 people …

Public Health

South Korean Spy Chief Jailed Over 2012 Election Smear Campaign | VICE News

In a blow to South Korean President Park Geun-hye, a former head of the country's national spy agency has been sentenced today to three years in jail on charges of interfering with the 2012 vote that swept her into office.<p>The Seoul High Court found Won Sei-hoon, who served as the director of the …

Science Is Beautiful: The Human Body Under The Microscope

A new book showcases the magnificent micro-world<p><i>Science Is Beautiful</i>, a new book by Colin Salter, is a compilation of images that show what the human body looks like under a microscope. With an artistic eye, the book showcases cells, microbes, and more. Here are some of our favorite images from</i> …

James Rhein Bulldozes Home Without Telling Wife, Or Removing Her Stuff

When Diane Andryshak left her home in Middletown, New York on Monday morning, she figured her husband would spend the day renovating their home.<p>Instead, her hubby, James Rhein, chose to bulldoze it, without bothering to tell her -- or anyone else.<p>Andryshak came home to see the the house -- which …

15 impossible videos of babies and toddlers escaping from cribs

This is a thing on YouTube. Parents using crib monitors, or videotaping kids with other devices, to understand how their babies manage to get out. I …

Parenting

30 Under 30: Young Scientists Who Are Changing The World

<i>This post was authored by Sarah Hedgecock and Matthew Herper, and reported by Hedgecock, Herper, Alex Knapp, and Alicia Adamczyk.</i><p>Our list of the top scientists and healthcare entrepreneurs under thirty has become so successful that it’s undergone mitosis.<p>Here, we focus on the researchers who are …

Pope Francis Reaffirms Support of Public Breast-Feeding

Pope Francis encouraged mothers to breast-feed their children as they wished on Sunday while he baptized 33 infants in the Sistine Chapel.<p>“You …

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