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Stephen Hawking reveals what existed before the Big Bang

In an interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, iconic physicist Stephen Hawking recently revealed what he believes existed prior to the Big Bang. "Nothing was around," said Hawking, who fortunately elaborated on this point....Show More Summary

The Trump Administration decides to allow the import of elephant trophies after all

The Trump Administration has decided to quietly reverse its ban of imported elephant trophies, stating the issue should be decided on a "case-by-case basis." In November 2017, President Trump publicly opposed the Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to lift a ban on imported elephant trophies from certain African countries. Show More Summary

This week in the veganverse V

All the celeb, travel, and anti-vegan news rolled into one. Another week, another recap!

Scientist warns Elon Musk's Starman could be a bio-threat to Mars

Starman, the "driver" of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster as it cruises through the cosmos, may be carrying the largest collection of terrestrial bacteria ever sent into space. “Even if they radiated the outside, the engine would be dirty,” scientist Jay Melosh said in a statement. Show More Summary

Tesla-powered 1981 Honda Accord accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds

Electric car conversions are popping up more and more as tinkerers put Tesla parts into other vehicles. Electrek recently shared an impressive example: the Teslonda, a 1981 Honda Accord converted by Jim Belosic of Reno, Nevada. He equipped the car with a Performance Large Tesla Drive Unit from HSR Motors and a Chevy Volt battery pack. Show More Summary

7 simple designs that solve modern problems - and don't cost a fortune

Clean water. Affordable housing. Renewable energy. These are just a few of the pressing needs that can be met by design. All around the world, people have come up with innovative solutions to life's problems using affordable, readily available materials and technologies. Read on for a look at seven simple designs that meet these challenges and more.[...]

Winners of tiny house competition pack comfort and functionality into 269 square feet

Modular building company Ryterna modul recently announced the winners of their Architectural Challenge 2018 competition. Participants were tasked with designing a cozy, functional, modular 269-square-foot tiny house with a living area, sleeping area, kitchen, and bathroom. Show More Summary

Nova Scotia Power pioneers new energy storage system using Tesla Powerpacks

Nova Scotia Power has established a pilot project that utilizes Tesla's Powerpack 2 home batteries and their utility-grade Powerpack batteries to form an improved energy storage system for local wind power. Based in Elmsdale, the Intelligent...Show More Summary

Student ditches cramped dorm to live large in a self-built tiny house

Although tiny home living may not be for everyone, there is one group who is certainly taking advantage of the minimal living trend - college students. Instead of paying thousands of dollars to stay in a cramped, closet-like dorm room,...Show More Summary

Platio unveils next-gen solar sidewalk that can charge electric vehicles

The sidewalks of the future could be paved with solar panels - and the clean energy they generate could power electric cars. Hungarian startup Platio recently installed a 50-square-foot solar sidewalk made of recycled plastic at an EV charging station in Budapest.[...]

Fish-friendly whirlpool turbine makes hydropower green again

A company from Belgium wants to make hydropower green again. Turbulent's whirlpool turbine can be installed in most canals or rivers, harnessing flowing water to generate power for as many as 60 homes, according to Business Insider. The device can operate at night and during the day to offer a clean, fish-friendly energy source.[...]

This kinetic installation uses sound to visualize the worlds CO2 emissions

The CarbonScape installation by Chinese artist Chris Cheung (aka h0nh1m), mimics the sounds of jet engines, ship horns, steam, chimneys, and other carbon emitters, blending them together into an immersive soundscape.  The sounds are visualized by a bamboo forest-like field of tubes and black 'carbon' balls. Show More Summary

Elon Musk releases historic video of Starman cruising the stars in a Tesla Roadster

In what may be the greatest car commercial of all time, SpaceX has released a video portraying the journey of the mannequin Starman and Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster riding the Falcon Heavy rocket through space. SpaceX launched theShow More Summary

New short film reveals how the curvature of the Earth bends straight roads

Dutch photographer and filmmaker Gerco de Ruijter has released a short film called Grid Corrections, which documents how otherwise straight road grids are bent at regular intervals to fit the curvature of the Earth. In the film, de Ruijter...Show More Summary

Stockton, California is launching the first basic income experiment in the US

Stockton, a city of 300,000 located in California's Central Valley, will soon become the first city in the United States to launch a universal basic income experiment. Certain citizens will receive $500 a month, no strings attached, with the idea of helping people who are struggling economically to thrive. Show More Summary

Amazon opens new grocery store sans checkout lines

You'll never wait in checkout lines at Amazon's new grocery store, Amazon Go. Shoppers enter the store via an app, grab the food they need, and then simply walk out. The first Amazon Go just opened for business in Seattle.[...]

NASA debuts KRUSTY nuclear reactor for future Mars residents

Researchers at NASA, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy announced they have successfully tested a small nuclear reactor that may someday provide power to human habitats on Mars and beyond. Called Kilopower, or...Show More Summary

Water-based AC cools the air without using harmful chemicals

Our air conditioners still draw on principles that are around 100-years-old, sucking up power in the process. Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are working on an alternative: water-based air conditioners. Their...Show More Summary

The Revolve Wheel is a puncture-proof tire that folds into a compact pod

It's often said that there's no reason to reinvent the wheel, but one revolutionary designer has done just that. Andrea Mocellin's Revolve Wheel is an airless, puncture-proof and foldable wheel that is compatible with most bicycles and wheelchairs. Show More Summary

24-year-old Yemeni engineer invents mini biogas plants for home use

Some villages in war-torn Yemen still don't have electricity since the recent conflict started nearly two years ago, according to 24-year-old chemical engineering graduate Omer Badokhon speaking to Reuters. So he invented micro-scale biogas devices to transform trash into cleaner fuel, to combat indoor pollution and slash energy poverty. Show More Summary

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