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This Foldable 50-Cent Microscope Can Detect Malaria in a Single Drop of Blood

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Bioengineering professor Manu Prakash is a major proponent of what he calls “frugal science”: using inexpensive materials to craft cheap versions of high-tech science equipment. Prakash’s frugal science inventions include a $5 microfluidic chemistry lab capable of testing and analyzing a wide array of substances, and a water-based computer that uses droplets suspended in a magnetic field to properly synchronize multiple operations. But perhaps the most impressive of Prakash’s inventions is the Foldscope: a foldable paper microscope that costs just 50 cents

Nepalese Temple Bans Ritual Animal Slaughter, Saving Hundreds of Thousands of Animals

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Every five years, millions of Hindus from Nepal and India converge on a temple in southern Nepal to pay tribute to Gadhimai, the Hindu goddess of power. The two-day festival includes a mass animal slaughter, with hundreds of thousands of buffalo, sheep, goats, chickens and other animals being sacrificed as offerings to Gadhimai. Many Hindus believe that these offerings will bring them prosperity and happiness. An estimated 250,000 animals were sacrificed during last year’s festival, and as many as 500,000 were slaughtered during the previous festival

Hedge Funds to Puerto Rico: Fire Teachers and Close Schools to Pay Off Your Debt

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Late last month, the governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, announced that there was simply no realistic way for his country to pay off all of its $72 billion debt. “There is no other option… This is not politics, this is math,” Padilla told The New York Times. After Padilla’s announcement, Puerto Rico’s creditors immediately began looking for ways to recoup as much of the debt as possible. One of their solutions: having the country close schools and lay off teachers to save

CEO of Turkish Tech Firm Distributes $27 Million to Employees After Selling His Company

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For most employees, even the mention of a potential buyout can generate a great deal of stress and anxiety. That’s because in general, employees tend to get the short end of the stick when their company is sold off to some other corporation. Besides the possibility of losing their jobs during restructuring, employees almost never see a dime from the sale of their company, as this money is typically split between the company’s founders and equity-holders. Nevzat Aydin, founder and

77% of Struggling Americans Would Choose This Over Making More Money

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When we think about what it means to be poor in America, we tend to focus on comparisons of annual household income. While this is certainly a useful benchmark to look at, it leaves out one of the most important measures of wealth: financial stability. There are roughly 48 million Americans living in poverty today, according to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau. Many of these people are forced to scratch together a living by working multiple part-time jobs. But the problem with part-time work is

Amazon Just Surpassed Wal-Mart to Become the World’s Most Valuable Retailer

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For years, the global retail market has been dominated by the superstore powerhouse Wal-Mart. But with more and more people turning to the web for their shopping needs, Wal-Mart now has a serious competitor in the online retailer Amazon. That fact was punctuated last Thursday, when Amazon surprised investors (who were expecting a loss) by posting a 20% rise in sales for the second quarter of 2015. Amazon stock rose sharply in reaction to the positive sales report, increasing the company’s total market value to around $247 billion.

Shell Just Got Approval to Resume Its Risky Drilling Operations in the Arctic

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Three years ago, Shell began drilling for oil in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea off the northern coast of Alaska. Unfortunately for Shell, the excursion didn’t turn out so well. It took the feds less than a year to shut down the operation after the site’s containment device (the tool used to cap oil spills in an emergency) failed multiple tests. And that was just the tip of the iceberg — VICE News reports: An engine-room fire put [the offshore drilling rig] Noble Discoverer out

Here’s What It’s Like to Stay At Japan’s New Robot-Staffed Hotel (Video)

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The Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Japan just opened up a futuristic new attraction: a hotel staffed almost entirely by robots. At the Hen-na Hotel, robot receptionists check you in and robot concierges transport your bags to your room, where yet another robot awaits to handle any other hospitality needs you might have. But the robots aren’t the only technology in the hotel. The Hen-na boasts a number of other high-tech features, like temperature-regulating radiation panels and a facial recognition system for room entry (instead

NASA Announces Discovery of Earth’s “Older, Bigger Cousin”

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Since its launch in March of 2009, NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft has been scouring the cosmos in search of planets that share similar attributes to our Earth. Over those six years, Kepler has discovered a total of 1,030 Earth-like planets, but their latest discovery might just be the best on yet. John Grunsfeld is associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate: “On the 20th anniversary year of the discovery that proved other suns host planets, the Kepler exoplanet explorer has discovered a planet

Expect the Return of $2 Gas As A Result of the Iran Nuclear Deal

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For the past 20 years, Iran has been unable to sell oil to the United States as a result of U.S. sanctions stemming from Iran’s nuclear program. A number of other major Western countries have joined the oil embargo over the past 5 years, forcing Iran to sell the majority of its oil to countries like China, India and Turkey. But now that a nuclear agreement has been reached and sanctions are set to be lifted, Iranian oil will soon be flowing back to the West

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