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Glass Building Blocks

Forget solar panels, researchers from Exeter University have invented glass building blocks embedded with small solar cells. This means they not only generate their own energy, but also provide thermal insulation, while allowing natural light to enter buildings. Called "Solar Squared," the solar cells are embedded during the manufacturing process with an array of optical elements. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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Kid NASA Job

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Jack Davis, a 9-year-old New Jersey describes himself as a "Guardian of the Galaxy", and is hoping to land a job at NASA as a "Planetary Protection Officer". In a letter the agency posted online , Jack said that he has seen all the space and alien movies possible, and is great at video games. "We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us. At NASA, we love to teach kids about space and inspire them to be the next generation of explorers," said NASA Planetary Science Director James Green. Continue reading to see both the original letter to NASA and their response.

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Planetary Protection Officer

That's right, NASA is hiring a Planetary Protection Officer (PPO) with a salary of $124,406 - $187,000 depending on experience. "The Planetary Protection Officer (PPO) is responsible for the leadership of NASA's planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies, and oversight of their implementation by NASAs space flight missions. The PPO also supports the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Technical Authority and serves as a principal advisory resource for the Chief, SMA and other senior officials on matters pertaining to planetary protection," said NASA. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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NASA RS-25 Rocket


NASA is exploring manned missions to Mars, and the RS-25, in the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket system, will be what they use to get there. Their most recent tests had engineers fire the engine for 500-seconds to inspect the flight controller as the engine burned in place. The SLS will be powered by a total of four RS-25 engines, combined with solid rocket boosters, to produce 8-million pounds of thrust to propel the Orion spacecraft skyward. The Orion will be tested on an upcoming mission to orbit the moon. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of video games, casually explained.

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Slimed Tesla

A truck full of hagfish, along with gallons of slime they produced, caused chaos on the lanes of US 101 in Oregon last Thursday. According to the Oregon State Police, these creatures were being transported to Korea for consumption. The Tesla you see above, along with other vehicles, were covered in a thick mucus, which can expand into 20 liters when combined with water. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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3D-Printed Heart

Researchers from Swiss technology institute ETH Zurich have 3D-printed an artificial heart that could one day become a transplant for patients in need. It was made from silicon using a 3D printer, and looks as well as functions just like a real human heart. The 390 gram heart has a left and right ventricle separated by an additional chamber inflated and deflated with air pressure, similar to the pump action of the human heart. "This was simply a feasibility test. Our goal was not to present a heart ready for implantation, but to think about a new direction for the development of artificial hearts," said researcher Nicholas Cohrs. Click here for the first picture in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of NASA's mind-blowing New Horizons flyover of Pluto.

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Earth Orbit Teleport

For the first time ever, a team of scientists from China have managed to successfully teleport a photon from the ground to a satellite in Earth's orbit 311-miles away. This strange phenomenon occurs when two quantum objects, such as photons, share a wave function. Since they come into existence simultanously, they share the same identity, even when separated. This means whatever happens to one, happens to the other - wherever it exists. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Google DeepMind AI


Google's DeepMind Technologies Inc. has artificial intelligence systems that can beat the world's top Go players as well as old video game, but now, it has managed to teach itself to walk. The goal of this project was to simulate movement as a test for new machine learning techniques, or to be more specific, "flexible and natural behaviors that can be reused and adapted to solve tasks." Some of these AI agents were trained as human-like bipedals, while others as four-legged animals. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's largest Super Soaker gun.

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Coco Loko Snortable Chocolate

This is not a joke, Coco Loko is a real chocolate powder from a company called Legal Lean, made specifically for people to snort. It contains cacao powder, gingko biloba, taurine, and guarana, which are commonly found in energy drinks, and supposed to boost your levels of serotonin and endorphins to increase euphoria, as well as help users to focus. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Lightyear One

The LightYear Oneis set to become the world's first solar-powered electric production car with a 500-mile driving range, complete with a four-wheel drive powertrain that can go anywhere. The built-in solar cells on its roof enable the vehicle to generate enough power to recharge the battery during the day, which means you won't have to plug it in at night. In locales with abundant sunshine, the car can be driven for months without charging. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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