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New 3-D printed home could help solve homeless problem

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3-D printing may help solve the homeless problem, and a San Antonio solar company is taking over a Texas solar farm.

3-D Printing New Homes

A new 3-D printed home could help solve the global homeless problem.

An Austin-based company called ICON is showing its home at South by Southwest in Texas.

The company uses a Vulcan 3D printer to generate a entire home for $10,000, according to Archinect.com, but ICON has plans to bring costs down to $4,000 per house. The model, which uses concrete rather than plastic, features a living room, bedroom, bathroom, and a curved porch.

Once they complete testing, ICON plans to move the Vulcan printer to El Salvador to begin construction on homes there. The company also plans to build homes in the U.S.

ICON has been working with New Story, a housing charity based in San Francisco, for the past 10 months to figure out a way to build homes in regions of the world, like El Salvador, that lack the economic resources to house their poorest citizens. Wired.com reports that it currently takes New Story eight months to build 100 homes using traditional methods, at a cost of about $6,000 each. With a 3-D printer, New Story says it can build one home a day for just $4,000 each.

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San Antonio Company Buys West Texas Solar Project

San Antonio-based OCI Solar Power has purchased a solar project in West Texas that has been in development for years.

Project Ivory will be a 50-megawatt solar farm when completed.

During construction, which is expected to start this month, as many as 150 workers are expected to be hired at the farm which is south of Lubbock.

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Yahoo Can Be Sued For Data Breach

Victims from yahoo’s data breach can sue in the united states.

A judge ruled against Yahoo, which was seeking to dismiss all claims of negligence.

Yahoo was accused of being too slow to disclose three data breaches that occurred from 2013 and 2016, increasing users' risk of identity theft and requiring them to spend money on credit freeze.

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Organic Meat Animal Welfare Standards Changed

The USDA has made a big decision on organic meat.

It withdrew rules that would have required organic meat and egg producers abide by stricter animal welfare standards.

Traditional animal farmers cheered saying the rules unfairly made them look bad.

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March Madness Betting

Betting during March Madness could top $10 billion this year, and much of that illegal.

The American Gaming Association says 97% will be bet via illegal sportsbooks and other illicit methods, compared to just $300 million through legal sportsbooks in Nevada.

Some 24 million people participated in NCAA pools alone last year.

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