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When ATMs (Chemically) Attack

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4 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Researchers at ETH Zurich University have developed a defense system for ATMs that, unlike similar systems, doesn't require electricity in order to work. Two plastic films containing hydrogen peroxide and manganese dioxide are coated with a layer of clear lacquer ...

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Soon, You Too Can Have A Touch-Free Toilet

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4 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Good news for germaphobes: In the next few months, Kohler plans to make available its Touchless Flush, a kit that gives to the common household toilet the same hands-free flushing capability found in many commercial and public institutions. When installed, it emits ...

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¿Cómo Se Dice "Netflix"?

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5 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Netflix has announced a 2015 release for its first-ever original Spanish-language series, an as-yet-untitled 13-episode comedy from the team that produced last year's Mexican box-office hit Nosotros los Nobles. That movie's director, Gary Alazraki, wanted to keep ...

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Welcome To MIT. Here, Have Some Bitcoins.

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What's the Latest Development? MIT second-year undergraduate Jeremy Rubin and MBA student Daniel Elitzer have announced a new project: When undergraduates return to campus this fall, they will each receive US$100 in bitcoins to do with as they wish. The heads-up is designed to help get students ...