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London’s Victoria Line suspended following cement flooding in signal room

London’s Victoria Line suspended following cement flooding in signal room

In what is both an unfortunate and odd incident, London's Victoria Line has been shut down following a flooding of what is being called a fast-setting concrete in the signal room. As a result of the concrete wash, signals in the line's southern section have stopped working, and the line will remain suspended between Warren Street and Brixton for, at the least, the remainder of today.

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3D printer invention makes 2500sqft houses in 24 hours

3D printer invention makes 2500sqft houses in 24 hours

3D printing has grown from a fascinating novelty to the means by which dreamers will usher in the future. One such dreamer is professor Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California who has developed a massive 3D printer that, he says, can "print" an entire house over the course of a mere 24 hours. With the invention comes the collective melancholy of all those who work in construction.

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Researchers develop simulation mapping possible pandemics using breakthrough model

Researchers develop simulation mapping possible pandemics using breakthrough model

Pandemics -- the spread of disease through large populations rapidly -- is something that has affected our world at various points for as long as humans have been around, and something that remains an ever-present threat despite increases in medical sciences and research. One of the biggest issue with pandemics is how rapidly they can be transmitted over large populations, and to help envision this issue to, ultimately, serve as an aid in neutralizing transmission, researchers have made a model breakthrough demonstrated through a simulation.

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Powerslayer smart charger aims to eliminate wasted energy, hits Kickstarter goal

Powerslayer smart charger aims to eliminate wasted energy, hits Kickstarter goal

Devices that need charged on a regular basis, such as smartphones and tablets, are apt to be left plugged in for long periods of time, even if the battery itself has reached it full charge. Though charged, there is still an energy draw that is taking place, which results in wasted power, and, though not much on an individual scale, it adds up when multipled by millions of gadgets. That is where the Powerslayer comes in.

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Luna Ring concept puts solar panels on the moon to power Earth

Luna Ring concept puts solar panels on the moon to power Earth

Solar energy is one method for powering homes and such with renewable resources, something that has seen great strides in past years but that still suffers from various limitations. One Japanese company has a big vision for the technology that would overcome some of these limitations, and it involves putting solar panels on the moon and beaming electricity at the Earth with lasers.

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Flying robot designed using jellyfish as inspiration

Flying robot designed using jellyfish as inspiration

When it comes to flying creations, inspiration is often gathered from a common pool of creatures: birds, insects, maybe a dragon or two. Researchers at New York University went a more unconventional route, and designed a flying robot based on, of all things, a jellyfish. The robot doesn't need water to pull off its gravity-defying maneuvers, however, prompting the creators to call it an "aerial jellyfish".

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