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The Entire Country of Sri Lanka is About to Get Balloon-Based Internet, Thanks to Google

“Project Loon” will make Sri Lanka the first nation on earth to enjoy complete, coast-to-coast 3G coverage.

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The island nation of Sri Lanka has just signed a major contract to become the first country on earth to enjoy complete, nationwide 3G internet coverage, and they’re doing it all with balloons. Yes, balloons. Specifically, 13 of them, floating high above the Indian Ocean, bobbing in the stratosphere, to ensure the entire country of over 21 million people can get online.

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Sri Lanka’s Electric Powered Supercar

Meet the stunning Vega and the creators behind the sleek supercar.

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After the devastating tsunami in 2004 and the end of a 26-year long civil war, Sri Lanka’s road to recovery has been long, but hopeful. The BBC reports that “per capita income of the country has doubled since 2005, and the nation’s cellular subscriber base has grown 550 percent between 2005 and 2010.” Additionally, Sri Lanka was the first South Asian country to establish mobile broadband technology.

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