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SpaceX Announces Hyperloop Pod Competition

By June Liu on August 28, 2015
SpaceX Announces Hyperloop Pod Competition

In August 2013, Elon Musk, the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, the world's first privately funded spacecraft company unveiled a 57-page white paper that outlined a radical new supersonic transportation system. Called Hyperloop, it envisioned giving residents of high-traffic cities that lie within short distances the option to commute in enclosed capsules through low-pressure steel tubes at up to 800 mph. Musk hypothesized that such a system would help cut commute time between cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco from the current 6 hours to just 30 minutes.

Brave 10-Year Old Shark Bite Victim Wades Back Into The Ocean To Save Her Friend

By Meera Dolasia on August 26, 2015
Brave 10-Year Old Shark Bite Victim Wades Back Into The Ocean To Save Her Friend

On Wednesday, August  19th, ten-year-old Florida resident Kaley Szarmack was wading in knee-deep ocean waters at a Jacksonville beach, when she experienced a sharp pain in her right leg. Thinking that a crab was holding on to her, the young girl looked down only to see multiple lacerations on both sides of her leg. Soon after, Kaley noticed the dorsal fin of what appeared to be a three-foot long shark darting away from the crime scene.

Why Los Angeles Reservoirs Are Covered With Black Plastic Balls

By Meera Dolasia on August 20, 2015
Why Los Angeles Reservoirs Are Covered With Black Plastic Balls

On August 13, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti along with officials from the water department watched as the last 20,000 "shade balls" rolled their way into the city's largest in-basin water reservoir. The release marked the final phase of the project that involved covering the 175-acre lake with 96-million four-inch black plastic balls. Their purpose? To provide shade and improve water quality.

Breakthrough Ebola Vaccine Provides Hope for West Africa

By Kendall Costello on August 17, 2015
Breakthrough Ebola Vaccine Provides Hope for West Africa

Ebola has been on the public health radar for quite some time. However, the most recent epidemic, the deadliest since the disease was identified in 1976, has brought the aggressively contagious viral illness to the forefront. Researchers from all over the world have been frantically trying to find a cure. Now there appears to be a breakthrough in the form of a safe vaccine that in initial trials has proven to be extremely effective in eliminating the risk of contracting the dreaded disease.

Does Unconditional Basic Income Create A More Productive Society? Some Dutch Cities Are About To Find Out!

By Meera Dolasia on August 16, 2015
Does Unconditional Basic Income Create A More Productive Society? Some Dutch Cities Are About To Find Out!

In June, the City Council of Utrecht in The Netherlands announced that starting January 2016, a few lucky residents will receive a monthly stipend to cover their basic needs with no strings attached. That means that the recipients will have to do nothing in return and can spend the rest of their days lounging by a pool if they so wish.

Mcity: A Town Built Just for Cars

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on August 14, 2015
Mcity: A Town Built Just for Cars

At first sight, Mcity near Ann Arbor, Michigan, looks just like any other U.S. town or city. However, look closer and you will notice that the buildings are merely facades and the sidewalks, eerily empty. In fact, the only things you will encounter are cars zipping around, many with no humans at the helm. Welcome to the world's first car city - a 32-acre vehicle haven created by the University of Michigan to test new automotive technology.

World Leaders Reach Landmark Nuclear Deal With Iran

By Meera Dolasia on August 8, 2015
World Leaders Reach Landmark Nuclear Deal With Iran

Earlier this year, the world rejoiced at the news that Iran had tentatively agreed to a deal that would curtail its capability to develop a nuclear program. In exchange, the United States and five other world powers promised to lift the harsh trade sanctions that have crippled the country's economy since they were imposed in 2005.

Get Ready For The Spectacular Perseid Meteor Showers

By Meera Dolasia on August 7, 2015
Get Ready For The Spectacular Perseid Meteor Showers

Every year about this time, stargazers start to get excited about the Perseids, the biggest and most spectacular of all meteor showers. The "shooting stars" are already streaming through our skies at the rate of about a dozen an hour. However, from August 11 to 14, the pace will accelerate to almost a hundred an hour, making them fairly easy to spot even without a telescope. The best part is that unlike last year, there will be no "super" supermoon to steal their thunder.

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