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    HIV Cure: Third Patient Receives Successful Treatment

    HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, has been a serious worldwide epidemic for human health. After decades of research and medical trials, doctors have now discovered a successful method of treatment; One that may even be deemed as the HIV cure. This discovery comes to us nearly 12 years after the first successful treatment of an HIV positive male. The patient, Timothy Ray Brown, was not only HIV positive, but was also diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. To begin tackling his treatment, Brown had to undergo numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation to wipe out his immune system. From [...]

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    Meal Prep Mate: The Tool Aiming to Eliminate Food Waste

    Out of the myriad of environmental problems at hand, one of the biggest offenders is also one of the most common: Food waste. Each day, roughly 150,000 tons of food is thrown out in America alone. This number is equivalent to about a pound per person; An alarming amount when put into perspective. But what does food waste mean for us and for the planet? It turns out that the environmental repercussions are even worse than we originally thought, which is an issue that Meal Prep Mate is aiming to tackle. Food waste isn't just throwing away that pork chop in the back of the fridge that you forgot [...]

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    Single-Use Paper Bike Helmets Made from Recycled Paper

    Over the last decade, the amount of people who bike to work has increased by 60%. More and more people are taking advantage of the eco-friendly option of bike-sharing services across major cities. Lime, Jump, and Ofo are just a few of the many services offering bike rentals in the city, but one major concern is surfacing: Safety. Although riders are encouraged to practice safe habits, the truth is that many commuters are not wearing their bike helmet, and the risk of serious injury is high. Carrying and storing helmets is proving to not be a popular choice among city riders, which is putting [...]

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    Genetically Modified Plants: Should You Get One?

      Typically, when we hear the words "genetically modified," our instinct is to run in the other direction. We're taught that everything labeled as non-GMO is the way to go, and anything genetically modified just can't be healthy. However, recent research is showing that not everything genetically modified is harmful; They may actually produce some health benefits. The perfect example? Genetically modified plants. In order to genetically modify something, the item's DNA needs to be changed. Whether it's a fruit, vegetable, or grain, the DNA structure is genetically altered [...]

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    Mootral, the Methane-Reducing Supplement for Cows

    Climate change is real, and our greenhouse gas pollution levels are to blame. While most people typically think of pollution stemming from machinery and cars, there are many other factors that add to the problem. Methane production is one of the most potent and harmful greenhouse gases that our planet is currently fighting. Surprisingly, almost everyone is guilty of buying into one of the worst sources of of this methane problem, and chances are, it might even be in your refrigerator right now; Beef. Meat production is a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, meat production [...]

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    Mosquito Birth Control Possibly Replacing Insecticides

    Mosquitoes are some of the most abundant and dangerous sources of disease across the world. Each year, approximately 700 million people get a mosquito-borne illness, and over 100 million die from it. And while the mosquito population is rising, so is the risk of contracting an illness from them. In order to reduce the risk, insecticides are proven to be effective at reducing mosquito population, but at a high cost to the environment. Instead, scientists are now looking at using mosquito birth control to lessen the population and reduce mosquito-borne illnesses. Mosquitoes are rapid at [...]

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    Transparent Solar Cell Technology for Energy

    We live in a super-populated and polluted world. As the global population continues growing, the demand for more energy is becoming a pressing issue. And while burning coal and natural gas have long-been popular energy sources, the environment is suffering from their effects. But with the amazing innovation of a group of researchers at Michigan State University, energy may be becoming a cleaner, seamless part of life. Introducing: Transparent solar cell panels.Solar cells are cells that make energy by absorbing sunlight. Most commonly, these cells are the backbone of the technology behind [...]

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    Construction Robotics 'Print' Housing in Less Than a Day

    Over the past few years, 3-D printing has gone from a figment of imagination to a full-blown reality. The first concepts consisted of printing small and trivial items, but its technology has since then been scaled up. Instead of printing basic items such as cups and bowls, science and technology are moving us towards large-scale, incredible items. Taking advantage of this tech niche are a team of engineers at MIT, who have successfully created a full-functioning, 3-D printing machine with the technology of construction robotics. Engineers can simply place the robot in any open location, and [...]

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    Aeroponic Farming: A New Way to Grow Crops

    Scientists in Antarctica have successfully planted and harvested crops without the use of sunlight or soil. The group of German scientists responsible for this discovery were exploring the idea of making it possible for astronauts to grow their own crops while on their missions in outer space with a process called aeroponic farming. They were finally successful in their attempts during an experiment at Germany’s Neumayer Station III in Antarctica. This discovery is truly groundbreaking in the realm of sustainable farming. Not only can aerponic farming be beneficial to astronauts, but it[...]

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    Removing Tattoos with Sound: RAP Tattoo Removal

    Laser tattoo removals are relatively recent inventions, but they’re already about to be a thing of the past. Taking its place is the revolutionary new RAP tattoo removal system that uses rapid acoustic pulses to break up ink within the skin. Basically, tattoo ink is disturbed through sound waves, creating a less invasive, faster method for tattoo removal.This new technology is best known as the RAP system, or Rapid Acoustic Pulse. The device itself looks like a small wand, which is much less intimidating than the large laser machine currently used for removals. Plus, this new system [...]

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    FarmBot Making Open-Source Agriculture More Accessible

    Gardening takes precision and skill. Between maintenance, planting, and harvesting, not everyone is lucky enough to have a green thumb. But, that’s all about to change, thanks to the newest advancement in open-source agriculture: FarmBot. You can probably tell by its name that the FarmBot is indeed a robot. However, it’s more than that; Its a state-of-the-art mechanical bot that is able to plant and monitor crops year round. Its patented technology allows for anyone to grow and harvest crops, all within the comfort of their homes. Plus, it’s able to be used on crops large and[...]

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    Organ Transplant Success, Thanks to Decellularization

    Every 10 minutes, a new name is added to the national transplant waiting list for a life-saving organ. While the waiting list is alarmingly large (about 115,000 people long), the more concerning factor is the failure rate of organ transplants. But, with the new medical breakthrough of decellularization, organ transplant failure rates have the potential to dramatically decrease, if not disappear. Currently, the organ transplant process is lengthy and specific to the patient in need. The factors taken into consideration for organ donation are blood type, body size, severity of medical condition,[...]

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    Sustainable Treadmills: Running To Generate Electricity

    Sportsart has created new sustainable treadmills that actually produce energy as gym-goers run on it. As the treadmill belt circulates with the runners’ steps, energy is produced by the micro-inverters within the machine. Over 60 million Americans have gym memberships. When you consider all of the power it takes to run the equipment in gyms across the country for this many people, the numbers become astounding. Just a single treadmill uses 1.8 kilowatts per hour, which adds up when you consider that each gym uses roughly ⅓ of their space on cardio machines. Not only do these [...]

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    Pet Tech: 5 Apps Every Dog Owner Needs

    Pet tech is really taking off, thanks to all of the innovative apps that make pet ownership a much less daunting task. Owning a pet isn't always the easiest, especially when you live in the heart of the city. Busy lifestyles and inexperience with pet ownership can be a recipe for disaster, but the rise of pet tech has brought about some insanely helpful apps that every dog owner should use. From walking services to animal training software, these apps are completely changing the world of pet ownership. Gone all day at work? There's a sitter for that. Hate walking your dog in the rain? [...]

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    Pay Per Mile Insurance: Should you Switch?

    Car ownership isn't always glamorous. Between unexpected car troubles, rising gas prices, and monthly car insurance, your expenses can really add up, and fast. So for those on a budget, saving a few extra bucks here and there can really make a difference; Which is why pay per mile insurance is gaining popularity amongst drivers young and old. Traditional car insurance requires payments monthly, semi-annually, or yearly. Typically, drivers can choose whichever payment plan works best for them, but there are definitely some downsides to these routine payment plans. Monthly car insurance payments[...]

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    Sweat for Metrics: Introducing Biometric Skin Patches

    Blood samples have always been regarded as efficient indicators of health, but with new applications of biometric skin patches, it turns out sweat is as well. Researchers at Northwestern University have discovered that sweat contains a significant amount of health information, from electrolyte content to biometric stats. Sweat, or perspiration, is made up of water, salt, ammonia, urea, and sugar. Each person is born with roughly 2 to 4 million sweat glands, all of which become active after puberty. Sweat is easy to produce and collect, and is something that every human can create. Because of [...]

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    This 10-Minute Cancer Test Could Save Millions of Lives

    Researchers have discovered a remarkable new 10-minute cancer test that is much more accessible than current methods. With this test, the presence of cancer cells can be found in any part of the body, according to a new study published last week. Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer in America alone. This doesn’t factor in the people who don’t even go to the clinic to be tested in the first place, due to a lack of medical insurance or other outstanding issues. With this staggering amount of people diagnosed annually, the appeal for a 10-minute cancer[...]

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    Electrified Roads: Charge Your Electric Vehicle as You Drive

    Electrified roads have just been introduced in Sweden. As more and more people are moving towards environmentally-friendly transportation, innovation in the electric vehicle sector is of growing importance. With over 2 million people driving electric vehicles worldwide, the electric technology has a need to move forward with the demand. Electric vehicles have gained massive popularity over the past few years, with companies such as Tesla and BMW rolling out some seriously impressive electric cars. While a growing number of people are ditching their gas cars, there’s still a concern over [...]

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    The Final Straw: Reusable, Portable, Collapsible Straws

    Plastic straws are soon to be a thing of the past, thanks to inventions like the Final Straw. As awareness of the damage caused by plastic straws grows, more and more people are demanding that they be banned in cities across the world. In America alone, we use over 500 million plastic straws per day. And where do the majority of plastic straws end up? Tossed carelessly in the trash, littered, not recycled, and ultimately, in the ocean. When these straws (and other plastic waste) pollute our oceans, they break down into microplastics. These tiny particles of plastic are then ingested by [...]

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    Introducing LimePod, Seattle’s Newest Car-Share Service

    You’ve seen their bikes, their scooters, and now, their cars. Lime is now rolling out their car-share service in multiple cities across America, starting in Seattle on December 10th. Introducing: LimePod. Even just a few years ago, the concept of sharing cars with strangers would have seemed insane, if not impossible. The ability to pick up and drop off free-floating, un-owned cars all across the city hinted at madness. But, thanks to the rise of transportation tech and the innovation of companies like Lime, car-share services are becoming a commuter’s norm. We’ve been using [...]

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