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In huge city, lighting the streets is a necessary but pricey precaution. Pedestrians and motorists are no doubt safer when streetlamps, not just car headlights, illuminate roadways and sidewalks — but streetlamps are expensive and inefficient to run.

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I have swelled with joy and anticipation every time I watched those orange sparks arcing across the launch pad and setting the shuttle engines ablaze. It evokes sadness, because one of our proudest national accomplishments is now complete.

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One ounce of NCC added to one pound of plastic can make a composite material up to 3000-times stronger than the original plastic alone. Adding NCC to materials increases their strength and stiffness. Just a small amount can increase resistance t

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It seems like the Japanese always have the coolest technology--in this case quite literally. The hip new way to stay cool in an increasingly energy-conscious Japan: cooling foam or gel spray-cans that go right on the skin and provide an instant cool

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Ryan Singel via WIRED.com

It isn’t often that you hear about a stolen laptop being returned to its rightful owner — but still, that’s not really news. Toss in a police raid in Argentina and the recovery of about a $1 million in counterfeit U.S. bills — now you have a story.

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Peter Fairley via TechnologyReview.com

For the first time, a jumbo jet used a blend of biofuel and kerosene on a transatlantic flight. Also KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced a biofuel supply agreement to commence regular flights on a biofuel-petroleum blend on 200 Amsterdam-to-Paris runs

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Clay Dillow via PopSci.com

To combat cyber attacks, the U.S. may need more than new cyber defenses. It might need a whole new piece of Internet infrastructure. So says former CIA director Michael Hayden, who served under President G.W. Bush, and he’s not the only one.

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Clay Dillow via PopSci.com

Glasses have been passively correcting human vision for centuries, using tricks of light to compensate for various visual impairments. But there are some conditions--like age-related macular degeneration--that simple lenses can’t correct.

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