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Heartwarming story of remembering roots and paying it forward!

Xiong Shuihua rebuilt his hometown and gave 100 families spacious condos, villas, and living stipends to repay the kindnesses they gave him growing up.
Xiong Shuihua, a Chinese multimillionaire, bulldozed his old decrepit hometown to build luxury condos for everyone, for free, as a humble “thank you.” Some stories just put a smile on your face. So often our image of rich business moguls is associated with egocentric, narcissistic men who greedily spend their fortunes on penthouses, speedboats, and private jets. […]
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Called the Tree of 40 Fruit, this tree produces an array of stone fruit varieties including plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds, every year. Sixteen of these trees are now growing in the US.
Award-winning artist Sam Van Aken has grown a hybridised fruit tree that produces 40 different varieties of stone fruits each year.
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"[R]esearchers have for the first time been able to grow a pure, self-renewing population of stem cells specific to the human foregut, the upper section of the human digestive system." Liver and pancreas transplants, with no risk of rejection, are on the horizon!
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I could spend so much time exploring this site! 
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These maps clearly show varying levels of segregation (Detroit and New Orleans), integration (Sacramento and Southern LA), and racial dominace (Portland and San Francisco) in US cities. 
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Graphene will likely replace plastic as the disruptive and versatile supermaterial of the next century. We should all be thankful that this atomic-scale honeycomb lattice made of carbon atoms is a free and public innovation, rather than one guarded by patents!

Recently, it was discovered that graphene may be able to convert one photon into several electrons. In other words, graphene may convert light into electricity! http://actu.epfl.ch/news/graphene-multiplies-the-power-of-light/

Reference this board I assembled to learn more about how graphene may improve many technologies, including filtration, energy, optics, construction: http://learni.st/users/deconditioned/boards/21782-amazing-applications-of-graphene
PhD candidate Shou-En Zhu developed a method that could produce high-quality graphene for a fraction of the current price. What’s more, he demonstrated the quality in working devices. Zhu has demonstrated millimeter-sized gra...
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If some rich Greek had gotten interested with the technology, perhaps we would've had an Industrial Revolution two millennia earlier, and we'd now be a transgalactic post-Singularity civilization.
Almost two millennia before the rest of humanity entered the industrial age, the Greek inventor Hero invented the steam engine, wind-powered machinery, and theories of light that couldn't be improved for centuries. And then he invented some really crazy stuff.
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"Limitless water, from the world's second-largest river, the Congo, a benign climate and rich soil make it fertile, beneath the soil abundant deposits of copper, gold, diamonds, cobalt, uranium, coltan and oil are just some of the minerals that should make it one of the world's richest countries. Instead it is the world's most hopeless."
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Monumental news for space colonization and terraforming: "About 2 percent of the soil on the surface of Mars is made up of water." http://learni.st/learnings/311934-mars-rover-curiosity-finds-water-in-first-sample-of-planet-surface?board_id=13728
The first scoop of soil analyzed by the analytical suite in the belly of NASA's Curiosity rover reve...
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Which of these do you want the most?
Apparently, the human race still has a long way to go.
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This photo set is a stunning portrayal of privilege and poverty. 
Chiwa - Mchinji, Malawi Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti's project Toy Stories compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possesions—their toys. Galimberti explores the universality of being a kid amidst the diversity of the
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