Artist sends flowers and bonsai tree into space with amazing photos

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By George Rowell in Exhale on Thursday 24 July 2014

From hamburgers, to cans of beer, to Lego men, YouTube is awash with videos of people sending obscure objects to the edge of space. Now Japanese artist Makoto Azuma has taken this trend and made it his own with his latest artwork, Exobiotanica, which sees exotic plants make the trip to the stratosphere.

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WiFi gets even faster with the “second wave” of 802.11ac now here

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By Adam Turner in Gadgets on Thursday 24 July 2014

If you’ve bought a new router for your home or office in the last 18 months, chances are you had one with super-fast 802.11ac WiFi technology. Now something even faster is about to hit the shelves. New ‘Wave 2′ 802.11ac gear doesn’t just offer a speed boost, it also helps your WiFi network get into those hard-to-reach corners of your home.

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24 hours in the life of a New York City taxi driver, visualised

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By Inigo del Castillo in Apps on Thursday 24 July 2014

Ever wondered what a day in the life of a New York City cab driver is like? Well, wonder no more. NYC Taxis: A day in the life, is an app developed by programmer Chris Whong, wherein users can see the trips and transactions taxi drivers make in a day.

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Are solar sails the future of space travel?

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By George Rowell in Exhale on Thursday 24 July 2014

Could solar sail technology be a viable means of space travel in the future? The Planetary Society seems to think so. After the failed launch of their previous solar sail project, Cosmos 1 in 2005, the Pasadena-based NGO have announced the launch date for their next endeavour, LightSail-1.

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Device lets users send text messages when networks are unavailable

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By Leah Gonzalez in Gadgets on Thursday 24 July 2014

goTenna is a communications device that lets users send text messages or share their location even when they don’t have any network connectivity.

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AP sends poorly worded Tweet, causes considerable panic

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By Joe Frost in Social on Thursday 24 July 2014

“Breaking: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven.” So read a tweet from the Associated Press on Wednesday, leading some of their 3.45 million followers on Twitter to fear a second plane had gone down.

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Biodegradable nappies made from jellyfish break down in just 30 days

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By Tristan Rayner in Crowdfunding on Thursday 24 July 2014

Anyone with children will know just how much garbage nappies produce – a single baby can add 70kg of landfill per year, and up to one-third of all rubbish is stinky nappies. So, could jellyfish be the answer? An Israeli nanotechnology start-up thinks so.

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Ballet dancers and robots, a recipe for an exquisite short film

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By Milo Sumner in Exhale on Thursday 24 July 2014

At first glance this video may be pleasing, as it shows a skilful ballet recital by two master dancers, but not remarkable in any serious way. But what if we told you that the entire thing had been shot by a robotic camera rather than a real person behind the lens?

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Reddit Live is now official, lets anyone create their own breaking news live blog

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By Nick Summers in Social on Thursday 24 July 2014

Today, Reddit officially launched its own live-blogging platform. The company calls it Reddit Live and the feature has actually been in “semi-open beta” for a few months now – you may have stumbled across its threads covering Twitch Plays Pokemon and the conflict in Ukraine.

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Breathtaking Aussie pics of our night sky from the CSIRO’s astrophotography competition

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By Joe Frost in Crowdfunding on Thursday 24 July 2014

The swirling colours of the Great Nebula, a fiery setting moon, and a time lapse of explosions on the solar chromosphere set to Pink Floyd were among the winners of the 2014 David Malin Awards for astrophotography.

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