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Feb 23, 2017

This San Francisco Design Studio Engineered McDonald’s High Tech Shamrock Shake Straw

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Milkshakes may be forever changed with a brand new engineered straw that lets you get the perfect mix of all flavors.

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Feb 23, 2017

Swedish nuclear physicist just got the world’s first approved birth control app

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For over a year Elina Berglund nuclear physicist has been fighting authorities and malicious headlines. Now her app will be the first in the world to be approved as a contraceptive.

“It feels incredibly exciting that there is now an approved alternative to conventional pregnancy prevention methods, and that it’s possible to replace medication with technology,” says a more than satisfied Elina Berglund, who founded Natural Cycles together with her husband Raoul Scherwizl.

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Feb 21, 2017

ESA Satellite Spots Brightest Known Pulsar

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ESA’s XMM-Newton satellite has detected the most ultra x-ray bright and most distant pulsar yet known.

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Feb 21, 2017

Time crystals: how scientists created a new state of matter

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Scientists theorised, disproved, revamped and finally created a bizarre new form of matter in just five years.

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Feb 21, 2017

Neuroscientists and Philosophers Debate Reality and Sensory Perception

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Philosopher Alva Noë explains why neuroscientists assume the answer to an old philosophical question that really can’t be resolved.

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Feb 21, 2017

A Device For The Deaf That Lets You “Listen” With Your Skin

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The VEST device lets a wearer “hear” conversations through his skin.

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Feb 20, 2017

Scientists Want to Genetically Engineer Humans

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Scientists just endorsed human gene manipulation.

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Feb 20, 2017

Scientists Found Organic Molecules on Ceres

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Organic matter was discovered on a distant dwarf planet.

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Feb 18, 2017

2017 (Buckminster) Fuller Challenge Prize

Posted by in categories: complex systems, energy, engineering, environmental, futurism, innovation, science, sustainability

“Launched in 2007, the Fuller Challenge has defined an emerging field of practice: the whole systems approach to understanding and intervening in complex and interrelated crises for wide-scale social and environmental impact. The entry criteria have established a new framework through which to identify and measure effective, enduring solutions to global sustainability’s most entrenched challenges. The rigorous selection process has set a unique standard, gaining renown as “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award.”

The Fuller Challenge attracts bold, visionary, tangible initiatives focused on a well-defined need of critical importance. Winning solutions are regionally specific yet globally applicable and present a truly comprehensive, anticipatory, integrated approach to solving the world’s complex problems.”

Deadline is March 31, 2017

Feb 18, 2017

A Massive ‘Blob’ of Abnormal Conditions in the Pacific Has Increased Ozone Levels

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A vast patch of abnormally warm water in the Pacific Ocean — nicknamed the blob — resulted in increased levels of ozone above the Western US, researchers have found.

The blob — which at its peak covered roughly 9 million square kilometres (3.5 million square miles) from Mexico to Alaska — was assumed to be mainly messing with conditions in the ocean, but a new study has shown that it had a lasting affect on air quality too.

“Ultimately, it all links back to the blob, which was the most unusual meteorological event we’ve had in decades,” says one of the team, Dan Jaffe from the University of Washington Bothell.

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