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Damn, It’s Really Complicated To Make a Robot Pick Up a Box

Meet the Kinema Pick. It’s a self-taught robot capable of breaking down large pallets of cardboard boxes, and it’s probably going to steal a lot of jobs someday.

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Sophie Kleeman

April 7th

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The Future of Technology Is Hiding on the Ocean Floor

In March 1968, a Soviet Golf II submarine carrying nuclear ballistic missiles exploded and sank 1,500 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii. Five months later, the US government discovered the wreckage—and decided to steal it. So began Project AZORIAN, one of the most absurdly ambitious operations the CIA has ever conceived.

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Maddie Stone

April 5th

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Yet Another Study Finds The US Could Quit All Fossil Fuels By 2050

Earlier this year, the Clean Power Plan pledged to cut US power plant carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2050. A new study says the US can do way better than that: reducing all greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent and running the country entirely on renewable energy by 2050.

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Alissa Walker

November 23rd

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A Rare Peek Inside a Factory Where Toliets Are Born

In the age of smart phones, we probably spend more time sitting on toilets than ever before. And technology has changed the toilet-making process, too. Recently we visited a massive factory in Hungary where humans and robots make toilets hand in hand.

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Attila Nagy

October 13th

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The Awful Air Pollution in China Is Killing 4,000 People Every Day

The layer of thick smog that blankets many of China’s cities is not just making residents sick, it’s also causing premature death. Up to 4,000 people a day are dying due to China’s air pollution.

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Alissa Walker

August 14th

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An Acid-Spilling Mine Turned This Colorado River Bright Orange

This time of year kayaks and inner tubes usually crowd the crystal-clear waters of the Animas River, which flows through the western Colorado city of Durango. Last night, the river was quickly abandoned as one million gallons of wastewater seeping from a local mine slowly trickled downstream, eventually coloring the entire river an eerie electric orange.

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Alissa Walker

August 7th

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This Insane Transmission Tower Sculpture Remind Us of Our Mortality

If Zeus ever decides to come down off Mount Olympus and check out the modern world, he’ll be pleased to discover all sorts of fun new toys to smite mortals with. Who needs lightning bolts when you can throw transmission towers around?

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Maddie Stone

May 17th

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The Left Coast Lifter sits docked in Hudson Harbor after its trip through the Panama Canal, coming t

The Left Coast Lifter sits docked in Hudson Harbor after its trip through the Panama Canal, coming to New York from San Francisco. Nearly 30 stories tall and able to lift up to 1,900 tons, the Left Coast Lifter now waits for construction work on The New NY Bridge to begin. [Photo by Nicholas Stango]

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Nick Stango

April 2nd

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These Salt Mines Look Like Landscapes From Another Planet

These Salt Mines Look Like Landscapes From Another Planet

There's something about looking at these photographs of Australian salt mines that… I don't know, they're like a visual chill pill or something. Photographer Emma Phillips snapped these beautiful shots in the Nullarbor Plain of Western Australia, but they look like a landscape from outer space.

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jordan kushins

March 20th

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Making Plastic, Fertilizer, and Superglue Out of Thin Air

Making Plastic, Fertilizer, and Superglue Out of Thin Air

What to do with an environment-wrecking molecule like carbon dioxide? The gas behind global warming and ocean acidification enjoys a pretty rough reputation these days, but scientists have been working on ingenious ways to put carbon dioxide to good use. A little electricity, it turns out, can transform the waste gas into raw material for making plastic bottles, antifreeze, fuel, and more.

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Sarah Zhang

March 6th

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