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- NASA’s inflatable greenhouse could feed astronauts on Mars, One of the biggest problems we still have to solve when it comes to sending humans to live on the moon or Mars is food. To conjure up a possible solution to the issue, NASA scientists at the Kennedy Space Center are developing an inflatable cylindrical greenhouse for outer space.
- Tesla has delayed the rollout of its solar roof — here’s everything we know about the project so far, The company originally said it would begin selling its solar roof in April, but CEO Elon Musk said that two of the four shingle options wouldn’t be made available until early 2018.
- What’s Inside the Badass Backpack That’s Saving Lives in South Sudan, Humanitarian organizations providing food, water, and shelter have ceased operations in Sudan. But Doctors Without Borders—it goes by the initialism MSF, for the French Médecins Sans Frontières—retains teams at the Sudanese border and has 29 members traveling with the people on foot, each of them carrying a single, bookbag-sized backpack full of medical supplies. Here’s what in those bags.
- Dormant Diseases Frozen In the Ice Are Waking Up, “The theory is that, over 75 years ago, a reindeer infected with anthrax died and its frozen carcass became trapped under a layer of frozen soil, known as permafrost,” reports BBC. “There it stayed until a heatwave in the summer of 2016, when the permafrost thawed.”
- What Happens When You Get Shot and How to Survive It, If you’re afraid of being shot, you’re not alone, and your fears are, unfortunately, justified. Guns kill almost 100 people in America every single day.
- Atlanta Commits To 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2035, Atlanta lawmakers approved a measure on Monday aimed at powering the city entirely on renewable energy sources, including solar and wind.
- This Drone Once Fought Wars. Now It’s Fighting Climate Change, Department of Energy scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory commissioned its design in order to fly over the Alaska North Slope to take data in the Arctic atmosphere.
- Carbon intensity is falling in industrial, electric power sectors, Numbers from the EIA show progress in some areas of the economy, not much in others.
- These Kentucky Coal Mines Could Become A Massive Solar Farm, A new project is exploring turning the sites that supplied dirty power sources into something much more forward-looking–and bringing back jobs in the process.
- Tesla’s Q1 revenue more than doubles, but net loss grows 17%, Electric-car maker Tesla Inc. reported quarterly revenue that more than doubled, but the automaker’s net loss during the first quarter widened to $330 million.
- Tesla ends SolarCity’s door-to-door sales pitches, It reflects a maturing solar power market.
- U.S. will lose jobs if it quits Paris climate deal, The United States will shoot itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord because China, India and Europe will snap up the best power sector jobs in future.
- As Print Surges, Ebook Sales Plunge Nearly 20%, Sales of consumer ebooks plunged 17% in the U.K. in 2016, according to the Publishers Association. Sales of physical books and journals went up by 7% over the same period, while children’s books surged 16%. The same trend is on display in the U.S., where ebook sales declined 18.7% over the first nine months of 2016, according to the Association of American Publishers.
- Mark Cuban’s “Dave” Spots You No-Interest Loans To Avoid Overdraft Fees, Insane bank charges could become a thing of the past with fintech app Dave, which analyzes spending patterns, predicts checking shortfalls—and covers them.
- 23andMe study focuses on why we experience pain differently, Its study could lead to tailored treatments for each person.
- ‘Exercise-In-A-Pill’ Boosts Athletic Endurance By 70 Percent, Study Finds, Salk Institute scientists, building on earlier work that identified a gene pathway triggered by running, have discovered how to fully activate that pathway in sedentary mice with a chemical compound, mimicking the beneficial effects of exercise, including increased fat burning and stamina.
- These Non-Pneumatic Tires Are Coming To A Bicycle Shop Near You, Bicycling is fun, it’s good exercise and it can be a convenient way to get around town without a car, but there’s one aspect of biking that has always sucked- bicycle tires need air.
- We Finally Have Long-Term Data on an Intermittent Fasting Diet, Fasting every other day turns out to deliver the same results as regular dieting.
- Soylent Closes $50 Million Series B Round Led by GV, Soylent announced the completion of a $50 million Series B financing round led by GV (formerly Google Ventures) with participation from Tao Capital Partners, as well as existing investors, Lerer Hippeau Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz.
- After a long stint of iOS exclusivity, Socratic app is now available on Android, Socratic is an education-focused startup, and what it offers is quite similar to Quora — a space where students can ask questions and receive answers from their peers or just about anyone.
- Survival RPG ‘The Long Dark’ adds story in time for August launch, Test your mettle against the wilderness starting August 1st on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
- DayZ is finally going into beta, but the survival battleground has shifted since 2014, DayZ is one of the most successful Early Access Steam games ever, and it’s still in an open “alpha” testing stage.
- FoldIt dev has a new game that’s helping map the human brain, The game is called Mozak, and it asks players to map and trace structures in 3D images of individual neurons in either the human (80-90 billion neurons) or mouse brain (~100 million.)
- McAfee launches a game for World Password Day, McAfee has created the True Key Game to celebrate World Password Day. It may seem silly, but security firm McAfee knows that games are engaging and that they appeal to younger demographics who could stand to learn more about security.
- Game of Floods Is Like Settlers of Catan, Only It’s About Surviving Climate Change, Climate change may have its winners and losers, but this game—which earned Marin County a national award for public outreach by the American Planning Association on Wednesday—focuses on the value of collaboration and small steps in the face of a huge challenge.