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China Announces Plans To Help Build A Billion-Dollar Solar Power Plant In Ghana

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The Chinese solar firm Hanergy has announced plans to help develop a $1 billion solar power plant in Ghana. According to Africa Review… “Solar solutions company Hanergy Solar’s subsidiary has acquired 70 per cent equity in Ghanaian company Savanna Solar to develop a 400 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in northern Ghana at an estimated cost of US $1.1 billion.”   In addition to heavy involvement in oil and other key industries, the Chinese government has helped invest and develop a number of large-scale infrastructural

Two College Students Extinguish Fire Using Only Sound Waves (Video)

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George Mason University engineering students Seth Robertson and Viet Tran have developed a way to extinguish fire using only sound waves – and they did it with less than a thousand dollars worth of equipment. If consolidated, low-frequency sound waves (about 30 to 60 hertz) can separate oxygen from fuel. “The pressure wave is going back and forth, and that agitates where the air is. That specific space is enough to keep the fire from reigniting.”   says Tran. By using a sound box that creates

Australia Passes New Laws Mandating Data Retention For Phone And Internet Use

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A new data retention law has been passed by Australia’s Federal Parliament, with both major parties voting in favor of the legislation during a recent vote of the Senate. According to ABC News… “The laws will force telecommunications providers to keep records of phone and internet use for two years and allow security agencies to access the records.”   A number of phone companies are already maintaining their own records, but they are doing so unregulated and at their own discretion. The new laws will

United Kingdom Sets Plans For World’s Largest Single Marine Reserve

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This month the United Kingdom announced in their 2015 budget the creation of the world’s largest single ocean reserve. The protected area will ban commercial fishing in 322,000 square miles surrounding the four Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific. The image below, provided by National Geographic, shows the size of the new reserve surrounding Oeno, Henderson, Ducie and Pitcairn Island (UK and California for size comparison). Patrolling such a large region by boat would be difficult and expensive, but improved satellite technology

Are These Edible Water Blobs The Solution To Plastic Bottle Waste? (DIY Video)

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A trio of Spanish designers have invented a water “blob” you can eat. Rodrigo García González, Guillaume Couche and Pierre Paslier created the Ooho to help reduce plastic waste from water bottles that don’t get recycled. According to Mashable… “Up to nearly 50% of 2.4 million tons of discarded plastic comes from plastic water bottles, according to the Clean Air Council. If eventually mass produced, Ooho could go a long way toward reducing this waste.”   The ballon like membrane is made from calcium chloride and

UK’s Bio-Bus, Powered Entirely By Human And Household Waste, Begins Running

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Great Britain’s very first “poo bus”, which runs solely on human and household waste, is set to begin regular service this month. According to The Guardian… “The Bio-Bus will use waste from more than 32,000 households along its 15-mile route.” The 40-seater bus will fuel up at a plant site in Bristol, where food waste and sewage are processed and turned into biomethane gas through a process known as anaerobic digestion. The energy produced at the plant is already being used to power

World’s Smallest Working Drill Created With 3-D Printer (Video)

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New Zealander Lance Abernethy just created the worlds smallest working drill. Measuring just 17mm tall, 13mm long and 7.5mm wide, the drill operates using only a hearing aid battery for power. According to… “The drill consists of two halves plus a 3D printed chuck which is pressed onto the motor shaft… For wiring, he stripped out a headphone cable.” The working drill has the ability to drill holes through soft objects. Although the printing of the drill’s components took only 25 minutes,

Michigan State Police: First Agency To Get Statewide Drone Approval From The FAA

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Michigan police officers can now use flying surveillance drones to help assist them with their duties. According to Discover Magazine… “After getting authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Michigan State Police represents the first law enforcement agency in the United States that can use drones in every corner of the state.”     Aside from not allowing the drones to fly within five miles of airports without special approval, the FAA has ruled that drones can be flown anywhere within the

Google Maps Is Now Giving You Access To Some Of Mount Everest (Video)

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On Thursday (3/12), Google Maps announced that users will now be able to take self-guided tours through the Everest region. Although the Khumbu region in Nepal is mainly famous for Mt. Everest, the community that surrounds the mountain is rich in culture. According to Business Insider… “Google has teamed up with Ava Sherpa, a Nepalese mountaineer who has reached the summit of the world’s most famous mountain a record 21 times as well as nonprofit Story Cycle to bring the rest of the world

54-Year-Old Texan Sets Guinness World Record For Pull-Ups (Video)

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Mark Jordan, a 54-year-old man from Corpus Christi, Texas, just broke the world record for the most pull-ups completed in a 24-hour period. Each pull-up was filmed and counted by Guinness World Records in Jordan’s hometown of Corpus before the new record was affirmed. The previous record was an impressive 4,210, but Jordan set the bar even higher by completing a whopping 4,321 pull-ups (that’s 180 pull-ups per hour, if you’re wondering). According to Huffington Post… “He reportedly trained for a year for

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