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DARPA-backed living bricks could reproduce, self-heal, and slurp CO2

DARPA-backed living bricks could reproduce, self-heal, and slurp CO2

Researchers have discovered a method with which they're able to create living bricks that turn carbon dioxide into CaCO3, the main ingredient for cement. Studies with Synechococcus cyanobacteria (we'll just refer to it as bacteria from here on out) showed great potential for future building projects when used in combination with sand, carbon dioxide, and a specific range of humidity conditions. Cutting the resulting bricks results in self-healing and reproduction.

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M-Blocks 2.0 revealed: Now these cube robots can collaborate

M-Blocks 2.0 revealed: Now these cube robots can collaborate

Almost exactly six years ago, we reported on the first iteration of the self-assembling cube robots called M-Blocks. Since then, they've become exponentially more radical. Here in October of 2019, the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) revealed their newest edition of the robotic cubes they call M-Blocks 2.0. The newest edition has many upgrades, the most amazing of which is a communication system with which the blocks can communicate, and thereby collaborate.

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LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils will be the go-to $60 gift this Christmas

LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils will be the go-to $60 gift this Christmas

There's a new LEGO Ideas set heading to stores that'll cost around $60 that's all about dinosaur bones. This set is called Dinosaur Fossils, and it's been a long time coming. LEGO Fans have been creating masterpieces like these for decades, but this is the first time LEGO's really dropped in and made a full set dedicated to the art of making bricks look like bones.

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LEGO Treehouse’s plant bricks are all plant-based

LEGO Treehouse’s plant bricks are all plant-based

In the year 2018, LEGO started making SOME brings out of sustainable materials, like plant-based polyethylene. They've not exactly pointed out every single bring that's been made with this new material, as it's far more sensible to start in gradually - wouldn't want a mad rush on old LEGO bricks because they'll never exist again, would we? Now, here in 2019, a new LEGO Treehouse set (from LEGO Ideas) will appear with "all 185 plants and leaves" made of "sustainable materials sourced from sugarcane."

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Notre Dame Cathedral fire: This 3D scan dot may save all

Notre Dame Cathedral fire: This 3D scan dot may save all

Today we're having a peek at a full 3D-scan of the Notre Dame Cathedral interior as captured by Professor Andrew Tallon. If what we were doing back when we were looking at 3D ball cameras in 2016 seemed like nonsense - but who's laughing now, Janice? There's also a certain video game by the name of Assassin's Creed Unity that stands to take part in the cathedral's restoration - it's big!

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Welcome to Apocalypseburg LEGO Review: Epic Ape!

Welcome to Apocalypseburg LEGO Review: Epic Ape!

Today we're looking at The LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part LEGO set 70840 "Welcome to Apocalypseburg!" This is easily one of the most massive LEGO sets we've put together and certainly the most extravagant in the minifigure universe. This set is a whopping 3,178 pieces large, and it's not for the feeble of heart. It's a doozy and a half, of that you can be sure.

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Amazon just canceled HQ2 in New York, and everywhere else too

Amazon just canceled HQ2 in New York, and everywhere else too

This morning Amazon made public their cancelled plans to create a headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, New York. They appear to blame this cancelled move on "a number of state and local politicians" and their opposition to Amazon's NY-based presence. They suggested in a document released today that these politicians "will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City."

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LEGO Corner Garage details for Modular Building expansion

LEGO Corner Garage details for Modular Building expansion

LEGO just revealed a new addition to the ever-expanding LEGO Creator Expert Modular Building collection. This is the LEGO 1950s Corner Garage, AKA the "LEGO Creator Expert Corner Garage." This is LEGO AFOL targeting at its most concentrated, as it's both a part of a bigger set-of-sets and includes a fair number of rare or unique to this set elements (unique for now).

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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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