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The drone that lets you ditch the selfie stick and take photos hands free

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A drone that lives in your phone case is hoping to replace the selfie stick with options and angles way beyond arm’s length. Stuart McDill reports.

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Robot drone mimics real life bat

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Scientists at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign design a drone based on the complex wing structure of bats. 

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Where Does New York City Garbage Go? [An Animated Journey of 3 Million Tons of Waste]

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A brief history of New York’s waste management

Waste management problems are nothing new for New York. As described in a 1657 ordinance, when New York was still called New Amsterdam,

“…many burghers and inhabitants throw their rubbish, filth, ashes, dead animals and suchlike things into the public streets to the great inconvenience of the community.”

A snapshot from two centuries later depicts a city overrun with horse manure, posing a health hazard for residents.

Through most of its history, up until the mid-1900’s, New York’s primary method for disposing of its waste was simply to dump it into the ocean. At one point, as much as 80% of New York’s garbage ended up out at sea. However, in what was surely its most enduring waste management initiative, New York City used some of its garbage (mostly ash, rubble, and other debris) to create artificial land, thereby increasing its own size.

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forjamesmanhatansshoreline1The original shoreline of Manhattan (yellow) versus the current shoreline (dark blue)

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NOAA’s New Satellite Reveals Earth in Stunning Detail

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NOAA’s new weather satellite sent back its first images and the Earth has never looked sharper.

22,300 miles above the Earth sounds like a long way, but from that distance the GOES-16 satellite is able to capture high-resolution images that are allowing us to see our planet in clearer detail than we ever have before.

Launched in November 2016, the new satellite is the first of four new satellites that will transmit images at a higher-resolution than previously possible. The resulting pictures are pretty to look at but that’s not the point. These images could save lives.

“High resolution imagery from GOES-16 will provide sharper and more detailed views of hazardous weather systems and reveal features that previous instruments might have missed,” said Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D., director, NOAA’s National Weather Service. “As a result, forecasters can issue more accurate, timely, and reliable watches and warnings, and provide better information to emergency managers and other decision makers.”

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This composite color full-disk visible image is from 1:07 p.m. EDT on Jan. 15, 2017 and was created using several of the 16 spectral channels available on the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument. NOAA

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A Brand New Organ Has Been Found In The Human Body, Say Scientists

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We are only three days into the New Year, and it’s already giving us more than the whole of 2016 ever did. 

In fact, every human in the world has just gained a new organ.

Scientists have confirmed that humans actually have an extra organ that has been hiding in plain sight this whole time.

 This perfectly explains why we’ve all put on weight in the last two weeks, it was nothing to do with all that cheese after all…

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Turning Brewery Wastewater Into Battery Power

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CU Boulder engineers have developed an innovative bio-manufacturing process that uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells.

This unique pairing of breweries and batteries could set up a win-win opportunity by reducing expensive wastewater treatment costs for beer makers while providing manufacturers with a more cost-effective means of creating renewable, naturally-derived fuel cell technologies.

“Breweries use about seven barrels of water for every barrel of beer produced,” said Tyler Huggins, a graduate student in CU Boulder’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and lead author of the new study. “And they can’t just dump it into the sewer because it requires extra filtration.”

The process of converting biological materials, or biomass, such as timber into carbon-based battery electrodes is currently used in some energy industry sectors. But, naturally-occurring biomass is inherently limited by its short supply, impact during extraction and intrinsic chemical makeup, rendering it expensive and difficult to optimize.

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Truck Plows Into Christmas Market in Berlin, Killing 12, Injuring 48

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A driver who plowed a truck through a Christmas market in Germany’s capital, killing 12, acted deliberately in an incident that authorities said early Tuesday was probably terrorism.

At least 48 other people were injured in the incident Monday night at Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz, a public square in the center of the city. German police said Tuesday morning that investigators now believe the truck was “intentionally directed” into the crowd.

Police said a man who was found dead in the truck, which bore Polish license plates, was a Polish citizen but was not the driver.

A second person was arrested near the public square, police said. No further details of the arrest were provided.

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IMAGE: A suspect arrested in BerlinPolice take a suspect into custody Monday near the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin. Moe Zoyari/Redux / Redux Pictures

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