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high-altitude wind

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The sky's the limit with global high-altitude balloon challenge

Teams from around the world will send balloons up to 100,000 feet or more, testing the limits of the creativity, and their engineering ingenuity.

By January 31, 2014

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Google reportedly plans to spend $1B on Internet satellites

The Web giant plans to deploy 180 small satellites that would provide Internet access to underserved regions of the globe, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.

By June 1, 2014

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Freefallin': Full POV video of Baumgartner's Stratos dive

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner's freefall to Earth is now watchable through a dramatic first-person video.

By October 15, 2013

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Meet Google's 'Project Loon': Balloon-powered Net access

The search giant wants to give everyone on earth Internet access, and it has a high-flying idea for how to accomplish it.

By June 14, 2013

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Lightweight wing harvests offshore wind

Startup Makani Power clears its first hurdles in building a radically different wind turbine that flies like a kite and captures high-altitude winds.

By March 28, 2012

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Altaeros balloon boosts wind turbine power

Wind startup tests a prototype airborne wind turbine that uses a helium-filled shell to lift a small wind turbine into stronger and steady winds at higher altitudes.

By March 28, 2012

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Baumgartner makes record-setting skydive

The extreme skydiver sets a record for the highest manned balloon ascent and highest freefall in his bid to go supersonic.

By October 14, 2012

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Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards honor innovation

With its seventh-annual awards, the magazine celebrates 10 products and 11 leading innovators. As in the past, its editors looked for things and people tackling old problems in new ways, especially if those new methods come at a lower cost.

By October 3, 2011

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NASA launching mission to study hurricanes

Starting Sunday, GRIP project to get close-up view of tropical cyclones to learn how they become hurricanes and help people better forecast and prepare for such disasters.

By August 15, 2010

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Report: Bill Gates funds climate, energy research

Science Magazine reports that Bill Gates has spent at least $4.5 million to fund academic energy and climate research, some of which touches on the controversial topic of geoengineering.

By January 27, 2010