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When Lego and Google Partner Online, Imagination Wins

Web app “Build” is all the fun of regular Legos, with nothing to clean up afterwards.

It’s tough building a skyscraper in the back of your parents’ minivan while stuck in a car seat. It’s even harder to build a 1/32 scale replica of Fenway Park from your desk at the office. But now, builders of all ages can enjoy Legos whenever and wherever they like. Last year, Lego teamed up with Chrome to create Build, a web application that allows Lego builders worldwide to create on their desktop, mobile, or tablet devices.



You can either start right away or take some lessons from a hippy-wizard Lego minifig. Builders can also sign in with their Google+ accounts to discover builds that people in their circles have created.

Lego lovers everywhere should be excited, but parents will be overjoyed because they’ll no longer fear stepping on the hard plastic bricks.

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One mystery in our universe is a step closer to being solved. NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched last year to help scientists understand the sun. Now, it has returned its first findings. Four papers were published in the journal Nature detailing the findings of Parker's first two flybys. It's one small step for a solar probe, one giant leap for mankind.



It is astounding that we've advanced to the point where we've managed to build a probe capable of flying within 15 million miles from the surface of the sun, but here we are. Parker can withstand temperatures of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit and travels at 430,000 miles per hour. It's the fastest human-made vehicle, and no other human-made object has been so close to the sun.

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McDonalds sells a lot of coffee. Over a billion cups a year, to be exact. All that coffee leads to a lot of productive mornings, but it also leads to a lot of waste. Each year, millions of pounds of coffee chaff (the skin of the coffee beans that comes off during roasting) ends up getting turned into mulch. Some coffee chaff just gets burned, leading to an increase in CO2.

Now, that chaff is going to get turned into car parts. Ford is incorporating coffee chaff from McDonalds coffee into the headlamps of some cars. Ford has been using plastic and talc to make its headlamps, but this new process will reduce the reliance on talc, a non-renewable mineral. The chaff is heated to high temperatures under low oxygen and mixed with plastic and other additives. The bioplastic can then be formed into shapes.

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Nike has made a name for itself creating shoes for playing basketball, tennis, and running. But, let's be honest, how many people who wear Air Jordans or Lebrons actually play basketball versus watching it on television?

Now, Nike is releasing a new pair of shoes created for everyday heroes that make a bigger difference in all of our lives than Michael Jordan or Lebron James, medical professionals — nurses, doctors, and home healthcare workers.

Nike designed the shoe after researching medical professionals at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon to create the perfect one for their needs.

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