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Lighting a room with a bag of sand — and gravity
Two industrial designers in London discovered a clean, inexpensive way for people in developing countries to light their homes any time of the day or night. Using the simple force of gravity, the GravityLight is a safe alternative to kerosene for 1.3 billion people around the world without access to electricity.
 
Hyperloop One test bodes well for future of transit
The possible future of transit zipped along a short track in the desert outside Las Vegas on Wednesday before sliding to a stop in a bed of sand, sending up a tan wave.
 
The National Communications Commission (NCC, 國家通訊傳播委員會) has released a list of smartphones that are compatible with its Public Warning System (PWS, 災防告警細胞廣播訊息系統), after the public took to the internet to complain about failing to receive alert messages for Thursday morning's magnitude-5.8 quake, the Central News Agency reported.
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Elon Musk's vision of a Hyperloop transport system that carries passengers in pressurized tubes at near-supersonic speeds is on track to hit a milestone on Tuesday.
 
Google began Monday shining a spotlight on local reporting mixed in with the deluge of stories at its free online news aggregation website.
 
Skygazers ready for rare Mercury sighting as it passes in front of sun
Earthlings will witness Mercury make a rare passage between our planet and the sun Monday, appearing as a black dot tracking the surface of the star we share with the solar system's smallest planet.
 
2,000 LED pigeons stage show in NYC sky
New York is staging a show with 2,000 pigeons tagged with LED lights illuminating the city's night sky.
 
Social pressures are forcing people to cut back on their sleep, contributing to a "global sleep crisis," according to a new study based on research collected through a smartphone app.
 
Boiling water may be cause of Mars streaks: study
The results of Earth-bound lab experiments appear to back up the theory that dark lines on Martian slopes are created by water -- though in an otherworldly manner, scientists said Monday.
 
3 planets orbiting dwarf star prime spots to search for life
Astronomers searching for life beyond our solar system may need to look no farther than a little, feeble nearby star.
 
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