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DARPA’s Balloons Could Hover at the Edge of Space Indefinitely

What Goes Up… Stratospheric balloons are exactly what they sound like: balloons that sit in the stratosphere, the layer of Earth’s atmosphere that begins roughly 60,000 feet above its surface. NASA first began experimenting with the devices in the 1950s, and they’re very useful — we now use them to do everything...

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Some Americans Will Get to Vote via Blockchain This November

VOTING GOES MOBILE. The 2016 U.S. election was not exactly the most secure affair. Even though tech companies and lawmakers are still sorting out what happened, that’s not stopping West Virginia from thinking big and bold in 2018. According to a CNN report published Monday, the state plans to let soldiers who are...

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Alphabet Will Bring Its Balloon-Powered Internet to Kenya

BADASS BALLOONS. In 2013, Google unveiled Project Loon, a plan to send a fleet of balloons into the stratosphere that could then beam internet service back down to people on Earth. And it worked! Just last year, the project provided more than 250,000 Puerto Ricans with internet service in the wake of the devastation of...

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Recent Cryptocurrency Hacks Are Shaking Investors’ Faith

If you had a lot of money in cryptocurrency, you didn’t have a great weekend. In two brief days, bitcoin’s value dropped 10 percent; ethereum, ripple, and bitcoin cash fell more than 11 percent; and EOS dropped 20 percent. What the hell happened, you may be asking? Well, a major hack hit Coinrail, a South […]
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A Dutch City Is Creating the First Habitable, 3D Printed Houses

As a kid, you probably heard the story of the three little pigs. To recap the tale: Three pigs build homes out of straw, sticks, and bricks respectively. In the end, only the brick house is able to withstand the huffing and puffing of the hungry neighborhood wolf. The moral here? Hard work pays off. […]
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