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JIMU Robot BuilderBot Series: Overdrive Kit is robotics made LEGO-easy

JIMU Robot BuilderBot Series: Overdrive Kit is robotics made LEGO-easy

Revealed today was the new JIMU Robot BuilderBots Series: Overdrive Kit. It's a box of blocks and power pieces that exist to introduce kids to STEM learning. In the box is "over 400 parts" that can potentially create two unique robots - DozerBot and DirtBot - as well as countless other unique robot oddities.

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LEGO Star Wars Cloud City: Why this one’s unique

LEGO Star Wars Cloud City: Why this one’s unique

The time at which Star Wars and LEGO have reached peak insanity is now. Here, in 2018, we've gotten back to the point at which the most fabled and legendary of original Star Wars LEGO sets was hatched is back. This is Star Wars: Cloud City, in LEGO form. If you're a hardcore Star Wars LEGO collector, you know the original is basically unattainable. If you're new to the game, you'll understand why this set's reboot is about to keep with the tradition of mind-boggling largeness.

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This giant LEGO Hogwarts set is a Harry Potter fan’s dream

This giant LEGO Hogwarts set is a Harry Potter fan’s dream

Today a Harry Potter LEGO set dream comes to life - and it's not a MOC, it's a real set release. This Harry Potter's Wizarding World's latest is a 6,020-piece LEGO set the likes of which have never been released before. As such, it's also going to cost you the appropriate amount of cash: A cool four hundred bucks American, good buddy.

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Apple blames software not design for Chicago store’s ice problem

Apple blames software not design for Chicago store’s ice problem

Poorly tuned software, not questionable architecture, was to blame for the embarrassing icicle issue at Apple's striking Chicago store, the company has insisted. The Michigan Avenue store, which opened in late October 2017, initially wowed with its Foster + Partners design. By the time the harsh winter weather reached it, however, some of the gloss had been lost.

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Apple’s new Chicago store has a giant MacBook on top

Apple’s new Chicago store has a giant MacBook on top

Apple has a new flagship retail store currently under construction in the city of Chicago, and as you'd expect from the company's other flashy stores from the last few years, it features an impressive, striking design. But new footage from the building process has revealed that the store's roof has its own interesting design element: it strongly resembles a giant MacBook.

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Apple Campus 2 officially named Apple Park, will open its doors in April

Apple Campus 2 officially named Apple Park, will open its doors in April

After years of hearing about it, it seems that Apple Campus 2 - now named "Apple Park" - will be ready to house employees beginning in April. The project was first announced in 2013 by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. At the time, completion was originally scheduled for 2015. It's clear now that Apple missed that original goal pretty significantly, and even though employees will start moving to the new campus in April, construction won't be completed until later in the year.

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New Apple HQ headed for Battersea Power Station

New Apple HQ headed for Battersea Power Station

Apple's adding another historical landmark to their collection of properties, this time at a rather recognizable London power station. This is Battersea Power Station, and according to the Standard, it'll be "a new Apple campus." This campus will be opening its doors (to employees) in the year 2021.

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New World’s Largest LEGO Technic set is a 3.9k piece mega-excavator

New World’s Largest LEGO Technic set is a 3.9k piece mega-excavator

The Bucket Wheel Excavator will soon hold the honor of being the largest LEGO Technic set in history. This isn't just an enthusiast build - it's a real-deal for-purchase set from LEGO. Users will be putting together 3,900+ pieces to create one of two sets. This set allows you to choose between two sets of directions, building either the Bucket Wheel Excavator or the Mobile Aggregate Processing Plant. This model also has a motor and battery box to make its final build as engaging and authentic as possible.

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China bans ‘weird’ buildings, seeks green alternatives

China bans ‘weird’ buildings, seeks green alternatives

In addition to working on decreasing its pollution levels, China has announced a ban on ‘weird’ architecture, and is instead seeking buildings that are, among other things, environmentally friendly. The announcement was made by China’s State Council this past weekend, and it likewise bans architecture the government considers “oversized” and “xenocentric.” Buildings that are “suitable” and “economic” as well as green are acceptable, however.

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Architects are crowdfunding Lord of the Rings’ city Minas Tirith for $2.9B

Architects are crowdfunding Lord of the Rings’ city Minas Tirith for $2.9B

Here is a crowdfunding campaign to rule them all. A group of UK architects have begun an IndieGoGo campaign to raise roughly $2.9 billion that will be used to build a real life Minas Tirith, the beautiful, and very much fictional city from The Lord of the Rings. The group, which is led by Jonathan Wilson, is made up of architects and structural engineers who are clearly huge LotR fans. Their goal is build the fully livable city into the side of a mountain, as it was depicted in the LotR films.

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Monad Studio’s 3D-printed violin challenges your idea of music

Monad Studio’s 3D-printed violin challenges your idea of music

It's not a bird, and it's not a plane. This strange and unique object is the newest 3D-printed instrument from Monad Studio by Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberb. The sculptural instrument is a part of their Abyecto series, which explores the relationship between sound and art. The design project takes its name, Abyecto, from the word abject which means wretched or deplorable. Showcased here is their 3D-printed, piezoelectric violin. It appears almost alien in nature, but it is designed to be played in the same way as a conventional violin.

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The Eiffel Tower just installed wind turbines for renewable energy

The Eiffel Tower just installed wind turbines for renewable energy

Paris just made a bold step in reducing its carbon footprint. A New York design company, UGE, just installed a pair of wind turbines in the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous historic landmarks in the world, and now it's capable of harnessing clean energy. The quiet twin turbines are nestled above the second level of the tower. Their brushed metal matches the rest of the tower, and they don't obstruct the architecture.

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