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GoldieBlox: Rebelling against dolls, the pink princess, and the toy complex

Just in time for the holidays, a hot toy start-up is gaining traction for its building games, which expose girls to engineering. Forget ironing boards, pink tea sets and variations on becoming a princess. If company founder Debbie Sterling gets her way,

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GoldieBlox: Rebelling against dolls, the pink princess, and the toy complex

Just in time for the holidays, a hot toy start-up is gaining traction for its building games, which expose girls to engineering. Forget ironing boards, pink tea sets and variations on becoming a princess. If company founder Debbie Sterling gets her way,

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AfterShokz Bone-Conduction Earphones

“Most headphones block out all exterior noise, allowing you to become fully immersed in your music. But AfterShokz aren’t like most headphones. They use bone-conduction technology to transmit audio waves to the inner ear through the skull, bypassing the eardrum

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AfterShokz Bone-Conduction Earphones

“Most headphones block out all exterior noise, allowing you to become fully immersed in your music. But AfterShokz aren’t like most headphones. They use bone-conduction technology to transmit audio waves to the inner ear through the skull, bypassing the eardrum

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NASA Bioregenerative Food Habitat Competition

Future astronauts en route to Mars or deep-space destinations will need specially designed living quarters and renewable sources of food — so this year’s X-Hab Challenge includes a remotely operated, robotically controlled space garden. Students at the University of Colorado and

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NASA Bioregenerative Food Habitat Competition

Future astronauts en route to Mars or deep-space destinations will need specially designed living quarters and renewable sources of food — so this year’s X-Hab Challenge includes a remotely operated, robotically controlled space garden. Students at the University of Colorado and

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Biomimicry

The inventor of Velcro ripped cockleburs from his dog’s fur. Da Vinci and the Wright brothers studied birds in flight. And now a rising number of designers are looking to nature to nurture their creativity. “It’s about taking the genius

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Biomimicry

The inventor of Velcro ripped cockleburs from his dog’s fur. Da Vinci and the Wright brothers studied birds in flight. And now a rising number of designers are looking to nature to nurture their creativity. “It’s about taking the genius

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About Bucky

R. Buckminster Fuller was a renowned 20th century inventor and visionary born in Milton, Massachusetts on July 12, 1895. Dedicating his life to making the world work for all of humanity, Fuller operated as a practical philosopher who demonstrated his

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About Bucky

R. Buckminster Fuller was a renowned 20th century inventor and visionary born in Milton, Massachusetts on July 12, 1895. Dedicating his life to making the world work for all of humanity, Fuller operated as a practical philosopher who demonstrated his

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Lighter Times: The History of the Lighter

“The lighter was invented in 1816. The first lighter was called “Dobereiner’s Lamp” (named after its creator, a German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner). But his lighter did not use butane or oil as fuel, it used (the highly explosive)

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Lighter Times: The History of the Lighter

“The lighter was invented in 1816. The first lighter was called “Dobereiner’s Lamp” (named after its creator, a German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner). But his lighter did not use butane or oil as fuel, it used (the highly explosive)

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Salt So Sweet

“This photo was taken by photographer Jack Bradley and depicts the exact moment this boy, Harold Whittles, hears for the very first time ever. The doctor treating him has just placed an earpiece in his left ear. Date unknown.” What

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Salt So Sweet

“This photo was taken by photographer Jack Bradley and depicts the exact moment this boy, Harold Whittles, hears for the very first time ever. The doctor treating him has just placed an earpiece in his left ear. Date unknown.” What