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+ - Google's new California HQ is a greenhouse-filled utopia->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "Earlier this week Google announced that Heatherwick Studio and BIG are collaborating on the design of the company’s new Mountain View campus — and today they published a video giving the world a first look at the upcoming Googleplex. The video offers a glimpse at renderings and models of what looks to be a stunning biosphere-filled utopia for the Silicon Valley giant."
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+ - Tesla's next product is a battery for your home->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "According to Tesla's latest investor call, the company is working on a house battery that could help you break up with your expensive utility company, essentially turning any home into an off-grid abode. Before you know it, a home in the suburbs could even generate enough energy to turn a profit by selling the excess back to a traditional electric company."
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+ - FDA finds herbal supplements at GNC, Walmart don't contain what they claim

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "The New York State Attorney General's Office is demanding that GNC, Walmart, Walgreens, and Target remove store brand herbal supplements from their shelves after the pills were found to be packed with a strange array of fraudulent—and in some cases hazardous—ingredients. Popular supplements such as ginseng, valerian root, and St. John's wort sold under store brand names at the four major retailers were found to contain powdered rice, asparagus, and even houseplants, while being completely void of any of the ingredients on the label."

+ - FDA wants to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "In an attempt to curb outbreaks of two devastating tropical diseases in the Florida Keys, the FDA is proposing the release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the area. Scientists have bred male mosquitoes with virus gene fragments, so when they mate with the females that bite and spread illness, their offspring will die. This can reduce the mosquito population dramatically, halting the spread of diseases like dengue fever."
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+ - Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV at Detroit Auto Show->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "Tesla, take cover – General Motors is taking aim at the affordable electric vehicle market with the brand new Chevy Bolt, which was just unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The all-electric vehicle is able to travel 200 miles on a single charge, and it will cost about $30,000 – which puts it squarely in the ring with the Tesla Model 3."
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+ - Gogoro unveils Smartscooter and revolutionary battery swap infrastructure->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "Horace Luke played a key role in developing Windows Mobile, and he most recently served as HTC's chief innovation officer — however his latest project isn't a phone at all. Luke teamed up with Matt Taylor (previously HTC's chief technologist) to launch Gogoro — a revolutionary zero emission transportation network that consists of an electric Smartscooter and a series of densely distributed battery swapping stations. Each station holds 6 batteries, is about the size of an ATM, and requires zero infrastructure upgrades — so a city can be quickly and easily blanketed with stations. The best part? The scooter can be topped off with a six second battery swap instead of the hours it takes to charge most EVs via the grid."
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+ - London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "London just unveiled its next-generation subway trains — and they're sleek, 100% automated, and WiFi-equipped. UK-based design studio Priestmangoode teamed up with Transport for London to develop the trains over a period of 3 years, and they feature open and airy interiors inspired by aviation design."
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+ - Toyota Unveils the Swiss Army Knife of Cars->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "Toyota is targeting the maker community with a new vehicle that can be customized to the nth degree. The U squared is the size of a compact city car, yet it offers tons of space with a modular rail system that allows you to swap out seats in favor of racks, storage trays, bike racks, and other components."
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+ - Scientists Bioengineer Real Cheese Without Animal Products ->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "A group of scientists has developed a process to create Real Vegan Cheese from a yeast-based, non-animal-derived milk protein. To do this they bio-engineered regular baker’s yeast to make milk proteins known as caseins. These caseins then get blended together with sugar, oil, and water, to brew up a non-animal-derived milk that can be transformed into cheese by standard, time-tested methods. The team recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to bring the cheese to market."
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+ - Scientists Confirm Life Under Antarctic Ice for the First Time->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "A new paper by a group of researchers from Montana State University confirms that life can survive under antarctic ice. Researchers led by John Priscu drilled down into the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and pulled up organisms called Archaea. These organisms survive by converting methane into energy, enabling them to survive where there is no wind or sunlight, buried deep under the ice."
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+ - Jamaica Unveils World's Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "The world’s largest wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project was recently completed in Kingston, Jamaica. The WindStream Technologies array is expected to generate approximately 106,000kWh annually with a return on investment in less than four years, and it should save approximately $2 million in energy costs over the course of its 25-year lifetime."
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+ - New Study Shows Feasibility of 19-Year-Old's Ocean Cleanup Array->

Submitted by almda
almda (2687089) writes "One year ago 19-year-old Boyan Slat unveiled an Ocean Cleanup Array that he claimed could clean 7 million tons of plastic from the world's oceans. The design went viral and received it's share of criticism — however a newly released one-year feasibility study shows that the array would indeed work as planned. Slat claims that a single array could remove half the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 10 years."
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+ - Why You Shouldn't Buy An UHD 4K TV This Year->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "While it's tempting to upgrade your flatscreen to the latest technology, industry analysts say UHD TVs are still no bargain with top brand names selling 65-in models for $5,000 or more. And, even though 4K TVs offer four times the resolution of today's 1080p HDTVs, there are no standards today for how many frames per second should be used in broadcasting media. Additionally, while there's plenty of content being produced for UHDs, little has been made available. "You can get more for your dollar going with a good LED HDTV from a top brand," said Veronica Thayer, an analyst with IHS Research. "They're coming out with great prices for this holiday season.""
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