As anyone who's been caught in a sudden rainstorm can attest that predicting the weather can be dodgy business. Fortunately, this past month the European Space Agency launched the Soil Moisture and Salinity (SMOS) probe, a $460 million satellite that promises to help predict floods and droughts across the globe.

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How would you like to watch the Olympics on a plastic bubble in the sky? A group of engineers, artists and architects, led by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have unveiled plans for a Digital Cloud that would seemingly hover over London.

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