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GoPro Partners Up With 3D Robotics To Make The Ultimate Video-Capturing Drone (Video)

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The “3D Robotics Solo” — arguably the best drone ever created with GoPro capabilities — has just hit the markets. According to CNET… “Solo, its controller and optional Solo Gimbal — a motorized three-axis camera stabilizer — is the culmination of a couple years of work and a partnership with GoPro. A partnership that has resulted in a drone with full in-flight camera control and live, low-latency HD streaming straight to mobile devices.”   Featuring an on-board computer capable of running apps,

World’s Oldest Living Person Passes Away At Age 117

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On Wednesday, surrounded by her family and medical staff, Misao Okawahe, the former oldest person in the world, passed away due to heart failure. Okawahe died at a nursing home in Osaka, Japan, the same city in which she was born on March 5, 1898. According to the Daily Mail… “The world’s oldest person has died a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday – after saying her life seemed ‘rather short’.” When asked what her secret was to living such a long life,

What Is Amazon’s New “Dash Button”? (Video)

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Amazon just released a device that makes ordering products for consumers easier than ever. Exclusively for Amazon Prime members, the new “Dash Button” gives you the option of reordering common household products where and when you need them. According to USA Today… “Dash is a small oval electronic device about the size of a pack of gum. Each one comes emblazoned with the name of a different, frequently used-up, product. Press the button and the device uses Wi-Fi to send a message

Paris Is Halving the Number of Cars on the Road to Battle A Recent Spike In Pollution

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For the past few days, the Eiffel Tower has been shrouded in a smoky haze. That’s because the city of Paris has experiencing a sharp rise in air pollution, even topping the world air pollution charts for a brief period earlier this week. Now, Paris is taking drastic measures to combat the smog spike. On Saturday (3/21), the office of Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced that Paris would be cutting the number of cars on the road in half beginning next week. On Monday,

Scientists Catch Pregnant Stingray That May Be World’s Largest Freshwater Fish

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Earlier this month, scientists in Thailand caught and released a stingray that they believe could be the largest freshwater fish ever documented. According to National Geographic… “The ray (Himantura polylepis or H. chaophraya) was 7.9 feet (2.4 meters) across and 14 feet (4.3 meters) long and weighed an estimated 700 to 800 pounds (318 to 363 kilograms).”   The ray, which was caught in Thailand’s Mae Klong River, has actually had encounters with scientists in the past. The same ray was caught

NASA Suggests “Orderly Evacuation” of Space Station If Russia Cuts Off Access to ISS

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The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest spacecraft to have ever been put into orbit by mankind. The construction of the 140 billion dollar orbiting laboratory involved the collaboration of 15 different countries, with the United States and Russia leading the way. Since the first component of the space station was launched in 1998, the ISS has continued to rely upon international cooperation — specifically between Russia and the U.S. — to remain in operation. Since the end of NASA’s space shuttle

Likely “Extra-Terrestrial” New Zealand Meteor Lights Up Night Sky (Video)

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A few nights ago (2/11), a strange blue and white light reportedly flashed above the skies seen from Whangarei to the upper South Island. According to WeatherWatch.co.NZ head weather analyst Philip Duncan… “This was an exceptionally bright flash of light across the country, with many people saying they heard sonic booms that scared them and the animals”   Check out the video below to see the meteor lights above Tauranga, New Zealand According to The New Zealand Herald… “A “blinding” flash, intense explosion

Find Out What Happens When Lava Is Poured Directly Onto Ice (Video)

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A few years ago, some folks at Syracuse University had an idea to create the “Lava Project”, in hopes of sparking interest in the Arts and Sciences. According to their website… “The goals of the project include scientific experiments, artistic creations, education, and outreach to the Syracuse University and City communities.”   By involving professors from a number of different departments, the project offers a wide variety of scientific experiments to engage faculty and students. One of the most notable and intriguing of these

DTV Shredder- Turning the Outdoors Into Your Own Personal Terrain Park (Video)

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In 2009, Canadian entrepreneur Benjamin Gulak founded BPG Werks, with a vision of creating, “an off-road powersport vehicle marketed specifically at the Action Sports community.” This vision provided the conceptual basis for the DTV Shredder, one of the most unique action sport toys you will ever come across. BPG Werks describes the craft on their website: “The DTV Shredder is the first true crossover vehicle for action and power sports. A combination of tank, skateboard and motocross bike, the DTV (Dual Tracked Vehicle) Shredder is

Hot Wheels Enthusiast Unlocks Toy Car Drifting Formula (Video)

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Hot Wheels enthusiast and TYO Toys designer Phil Foss has figured out a way to get his toy Hot Wheels cars to “drift” naturally. Drifting is a driving technique where the car intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the wheels while still maintaining control.  But getting a car without a driver to do a technical driving maneuver like controlled drifting isn’t exactly easy. The first step to making this happen is using a low-friction surface that is more slick than the

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