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KIBBUTZ TZE’ELIM, Israel —Eight tons of trash are piled high at the entrance of a small factory in this tree-lined kibbutz — rotting food mixed with plastic bags, dirty paper, castoff bottles and containers, even broken toys. But nothing is headed for a landfill. Instead, what’s next is a process that could revolutionize recycling.

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr (Nov 9, 1914 - Jan  19, 2000)   Hollywood is a place where folks are often recognized more for their looks than their talent - and actress Hedy Lamarr was no exception. But it's what she invented in her spare time - to help end that war - that has history turning a kinder eye, linking her to a bombshell of a whole different sort. 

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The Dutch city of Eindhoven is to be the first in the world to have habitable homes made by a 3D printer, in an innovation its backers believe will revolutionise the construction industry.Of the first five new houses to be put on the rental market next year, the smallest, with two bedrooms, has already attracted applications from 20 interested families just a week after images were made available. Known as Project Milestone, the development is said by the Dutch construction company Van Wijnen to offer a solution to a shortage of skilled bricklayers in the Netherlands. Developers say project will cut costs and environmental damage and offer solution to shortage of bricklayers.

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Look up into the skies today at a passing aeroplane and the view is not that much different to the one you would have seen 60 years ago. Then and now, most airliners have two wings, a cigar-shaped fuselage and a trio of vertical and horizontal stabilizers at the tail. If it isn't broke, the mantra has been, why fix it, particularly when your design needs to travel through the air at several hundred miles an hour packed with people.

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The public urinal that turns pee into compostIt may be better known as the city of light and of love, but Paris is also – and all too often – the city of pee, and consequently of pong. But the French capital has a new weapon in its longstanding battle against les pipis sauvages, or wild peeing, the time-honoured if technically prohibited practice of urinating in the street, and its unsavoury accompanying odours.