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Teens using vaping devices in record numbers

Opioid misuse at record lows with marijuana use remaining stable. America's teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year, with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting "any vaping" in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017.

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Huge barrier isn't trapping plastic waste in Pacific Ocean

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A floating device sent to corral a swirling island of trash between California and Hawaii has not swept up any plastic waste - but the young innovator behind the project said Monday that a fix was in the works.

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All I want for Christmas is a 90% efficient solar panel

NovaSolix hopes to use carbon nanotubes to capture a broader portion of the sun's electromagnetic spectrum, a process they hope will yield a 90% efficient solar cell at a tenth of the cost of modern solar modules.

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MIT invents method to shrink objects to nanoscale

Some say bigger is better, but researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will tell you that when it comes to tech, smaller things are far more impressive.

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r/Futurology - Can we produce enough electricity to transition off of fossil fuels? Calculations to follow-Corrections welcomed

I am not an engineer or scientist. However, I was thinking about the USA capacity to produce electricity and what shifting away from fossil fuels would require.

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"Can a robot write a symphony?" - The blossoming artistic talent of modern day AI

Over the past four years, AI has made incredible breakthroughs across many industries and areas. The greatest evidence of its advancement can be seen in AI's ability to generate fake human faces, which has come a long way in such a short space of time.

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Green New Deal Has Overwhelming Bipartisan Support, Poll Finds. At Least, For Now.

Eighty-two percent of Americans say they have heard "nothing at all" about the sweeping proposal to generate 100 percent of the nation's electricity from clean sources within the next 10 years, upgrade the United States' power grid, invest in energy-efficiency and renewable technology, and provide training for jobs in the new, green economy.

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MEPs to scrutinise ExxonMobil's alleged role in climate change misinformation

Campaigners welcome move over claims firm knew of global warming dangers for decades

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2019 Tech Predictions: An Autonomous Car Travels Across the United States

Autonomous cars could finally have their moment in 2019: a coast-to-coast drive, sans human driver, across the United States. With Google, Waymo, Tesla and Uber all vying for dominance in the space, the prospect of one company making its way across by the end of the year seems likely.

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Opinion | Would Human Extinction Be a Tragedy?

THE STONE Our species possesses inherent value, but we are devastating the earth and causing unimaginable animal suffering. By Todd May Mr. May is a professor of philosophy at Clemson University. There are stirrings of discussion these days in philosophical circles about the prospect of human extinction.

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Google Assistant will proactively tell you if it thinks your flight will be delayed

Google is planning to roll out a new feature for Google Assistant that will give users a better idea of whether their flight might be delayed, which is a nice thing to know during the holidays.

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New cervical cancer test has 100 per cent detection rate

14 December 2018 The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer , compared a new 'epigenetics-based' cervical cancer test with Pap smear and HPV tests, and investigated how well it predicted the development of cervical cancer up to five years in advance in a large study of women aged 25-65 in Canada.

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Samsung Patents Phone Display That Projects Holograms Like In Star Wars

Samsung claims that it has invented a new holographic device that will actually project high-quality 3D images in the air without you having to look at a display from a specific angle, unlike the Nintendo 3DS.

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McDonald's exec: "We're keeping our eye" on meatless burgers

The iconic hamburger chain McDonald's could start serving up high-tech meatless burgers alongside its Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets. That's according to Lucy Brady, the fast food giant's senior vice president of corporate strategy, during Fortune 's Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in California this week.

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New details about Tesla's gargantuan "Megapack" power storage unit

When Tesla debuted its Powerpack 2 energy storage system in 2016, Business Insider heralded it as "massive." The idea was to standardize a power storage unit that could be deployed en masse to store extra energy from the grid and then dole it out when it was needed.

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