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Link the World to the Internet with Balloons

Google is planning to launch hundreds - perhaps thousands - of high-altitude balloons to link the world to the internet. Wired http://bit.ly/164VvWy

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Let Data Fade

Researchers argue that designing data systems so the "fade" with time will allow better privacy. BBC http://bit.ly/d3Z4RQ

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Shoot Satellites Into Space From Giant Gun

Former researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories have established a company to shoot small satellites into space with compressed air from a gun 47 meters long. NewScientist http://bit.ly/9YEh00

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Promote Frivolous Academic Research

Seemingly "frivolous" academic research serves an important function: it popularizes science and can attract increased funding to related studies. BBC http://bit.ly/ctfygU

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Folding Electric Bike

The New Zealand YikeBike is tiny, weighs 20 pounds, and runs on electricity. A Time Magazine "best invention" of 2009. http://bit.ly/5Tvrro

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Avoid Roof Rack Collisions

A new collision detection system warns if you are about to drive into your garage with your bike on the roof. http://bit.ly/16LTAXE

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Self-healing Concrete

Researchers in Korea have developed concrete that self-heals cracks and small holes, rendering buildings much more weather-proof. Economist http://econ.st/1aFJDLq

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InstaSong Viral Marketing

Through pricing mechanisms InstaSong encourages people to buy a lot of songs, thus serving as their viral marketing arm. Info at http://www.instasong.com/InstaSong/prices.shtml

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Inflatable Buildings

Designers in New York City are proposing inflatable buildings to be used temporarily at stalled construction sites. Fast Company http://bit.ly/9DIB4m

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Move to Dalian

China seeks to turn Dalian, a high-tech hub, into the "next Silicon Valley". They will invest a lot in the attempt. NPR http://n.pr/duy2gH

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Bill Gates Note to Kids: Hack Biology

Bill Gates says that if he were a kid today, he'd be learning everything he could about biology, a field with the possibilities offered by computers 30 years ago. Wired article http://bit.ly/9WjjRN

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Run an "Apps" Developer Challenge

Many very successful "apps" challenges have been run, including "Apps for America". Here is a free guide on how to run them yourself:Guide to Creating Your Own Apps for Democracy | http://ow.ly/1lo1d

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