Evolutionary engineer wins tech prize

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US engineer Frances Arnold has won the Millennium Technology Prize for pioneering "directed evolution". By driving a sped-up version of natural selection in the lab, the method has created new enzymes for industrial catalysts, household detergents, and even to make rocket fuel from sugar. The 1m ( 0.8m) prize is awarded biennially and Prof Arnold is the first female winner in its 12-year history. The Technology Academy Finland, which presents the prize, said the deliberations began in November 2015 but that "there was only one outstanding candidate". Prof Arnold, from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), spoke to the BBC before travelling to Helsinki for Tuesday's ceremony.



Dad uses Millennium Falcon drone to pull out daughter's tooth

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Sometimes DIY dental procedures require The Force. After spending months planning his daughter's loose tooth removal, Han Solo Kelly Starrett of MobilityWod successfully yanked out the tooth using a toy Millennium Falcon drone. "I love you Chewie," his daughter says as the drone takes off. Considering the delayed reaction, it seems as if the tooth pull went off without any pain. Have something to add to this story?


Chicago Using New Technology to Count Millennium Park Visits

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office on Thursday said that the city now measures Millennium Park attendance using a third-party vendor that has passive electronic sensors. The city ran a pilot project with the technology, measuring visitors to the area of the park around the Cloud Gate sculpture, also known as "The Bean," and three main entrances from June 15 through Dec. 31. That count estimated 12.9 million people over the six months. The area counted covers about half of the 24.5-acre park.


The Ultimate Lego Millennium Falcon is back in stock for Amazon Prime members only

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The Ultimate Lego Millennium Falcon -- aka the largest Lego set ever -- is in stock just for you. A Crunchyroll account will get you access to more than 800 shows, plus manga titles and more. It consists more than 7,541 bricks, which means you'll probably have plenty to work with when it comes to building. It's got plenty of compartments and sections to make it a complex and exciting build for any Lego enthusiast. With plenty of mini Lego figures from classic and modern Star Wars films, you'll be able to recreate any of your favorite scenes or set up your own adventures.