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Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 09, 2021

US begins production of its latest air-dropped nuclear munition
The United States Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has begun production of the country's latest air-dropped nuclear weapon variant. The agency announced that on November 23, the B61-12 Life Extension Program First Production Unit rolled off the line as the first of a projected 400 to 500 warheads.

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Military, Technology

US Department of Energy, Nuclear weapons, US Air Force



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 09, 2021

New source of potent greenhouse gas emissions identified in permafrost
It may not be the headline star of the climate change discussion, but nitrous oxide (N2O) is still a potent greenhouse gas - and now it looks like we may have underestimated how much is being released. A new study has identified the thawing Siberian permafrost as a huge, previously unknown source of N2O.

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Environment, Science

Climate, Climate Crisis, Emissions, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Environment, Environmental, University of Eastern Finland



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 09, 2021

Roll-Royce's hybrid-electric propulsion system passes 1-MW milestone
With a view to providing clean powertrains for future aircraft, Roll-Royce is developing a 2.5-megawatt hybrid-electric propulsion system, billed as the most powerful of its kind. Engineers began putting it through its paces a few weeks ago, and are already celebrating a notable milestone, with the system delivering more than a megawatt of power for the first time.

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Aircraft, Transport

Rolls Royce, Electric Aircraft, Plane



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 09, 2021

Hippo pools brimming with poo act as communal "probiotic shakes"
When not grazing on land, hippos like to keep cool by gathering in packed pools for up to 16 hours a day, and it takes more than some shifting bowels for them to leave again. The semi-aquatic creatures freely release excrement into these waterways, and with it go bacteria and microbes from their bellies. Bold new research has plumbed the depths of these poo-packed pools and found they constitute a type of "meta-gut," in which microbes might be shared between the hippos to their benefit, with potential downstream effects on the surrounding ecosystem.

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Biology, Science

fecal transplant, Bacteria, Gut Bacteria, University of Florida



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

FDA authorizes AstraZeneca's preventative COVID-19 antibody treatment
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the first COVID-19 drug designed to prevent infection in vulnerable and immunocompromised populations. The monoclonal antibody treatment is delivered by intramuscular injection and offers robust protection from infection for up to six months.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Virus, antibodies, The Immune System



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

CRISPR gene therapy, ultrasound and drugs team up against liver cancer
Researchers in China have developed a new three-pronged method to fight liver cancer that shows promise in tests in mice. The technique combines drugs and CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing into lipid nanoparticles, then activates them with ultrasound.

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Medical, Science

Cancer, CRISPR, Ultrasound, gene therapy



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

Harvard team disables newly discovered hormone to reverse diabetes in mice
Scientists at Harvard University have made a breakthrough that implicates a newly discovered hormone in the onset of diabetes, and shown how it can be targeted to reverse the effects of the disease. The results of the experiments in mice suggest the same mechanisms are at play in humans, with the authors presenting the hormone as a promising new therapeutic target.

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Medical, Science

Harvard, Diabetes, Insulin, Hormone



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

Lab study shows vaccine booster vital for preventing Omicron infection
New data indicates two doses of Pfizer and BioNTech's mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may not be sufficient to protect from the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant. However, a third dose was seen to raise neutralizing antibody levels up to those seen with two doses against the original strain of the novel coronavirus.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Vaccines, Virus



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

AEONrv rolls out 4-season off-grid RV ahead of electrified Ford camper
Carving out a niche between the all-terrain Ford Transit camper van and the oversized Ford F-Series expedition motorhome, Nevada startup AEONrv presents a compact Class C Ford expedition rig. Its titular motorhome pairs a one-ton Ford van chassis with a custom composite living pod built to Silicon Valley-grade tech standards for full off-grid, four-season wilderness exploration and living.

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Automotive, Transport

Motorhome, Motorhomes, RV, Campervan, Ford, Off-road, Off-grid, Camping, Outdoors



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

The best tiny houses of 2021
This year has been a bumper one for downsizing and, as 2022 fast approaches, we've chosen a selection of the most interesting, innovative, and well-designed examples of small living we've seen throughout the year.

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Tiny Houses, Lifestyle

Tiny Footprint, Building and Construction, House, Home, Best of 2021



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

Britain's best new home offers artful balance of old and new
This year's winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) House of the Year competition has been announced. The prestigious prize has gone to Alison Brooks Architects for its sympathetic work renovating and extending a stone farmhouse in Gloucestershire, England, into a luxury home and private art gallery.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

RIBA, Building and Construction, House, Home



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

Pressure-sensing seat may one day detect drunk drivers
Although we've seen several systems that use vehicle-integrated cameras to detect intoxicated drivers, a team of Japanese scientists claim that such technology isn't always reliable. Their alternative? A drunk-driver-detecting car seat.

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Automotive, Transport

Driving, Alcohol, Piezoelectric, Seat



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

Pichi X2 titanium multi-tool packs in a wrench, crowbar and more
If you tried carrying a wrench, bit driver, knife, crowbar and bottle opener with you at all times, your pockets would get pretty full. That's where the Pichi X2 multi-tool comes in, as it combines all five functions in one device.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Multitools, Titanium, Kickstarter



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

Skin-worn sensor detects and measures nicotine in e-cig vapor
Nicotine is one of the more harmful compounds in the vapor produced by electronic cigarettes, so non-vapers should avoid breathing it in whenever possible. A new skin-worn sensor could help, by monitoring airborne nicotine levels in the wearer's immediate vicinity.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

University of Arizona, RMIT University, Vaping, Electronic Cigarettes, Sensors, Nicotine, wearable electronics



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

Victrola aims for all-in-one convenience with Premiere V1 music system
Sales of vinyl records have been steadily rising over the last few years, even overtaking CD sales last year for the first time since 1986. Many music lovers will be dusting off an old turntable or buying a new one, but some may not have the space for hi-fi separates and huge floor-standing speakers, and need an all-in-one system instead. That's where the Victrola Premiere V1 comes in.

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Home Entertainment, Technology

Turntables, Vinyl, All-in-one, Music Streaming



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

Oppo teases upcoming smartphone with pop-out camera module
Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is always keen to share the technologies its working on, particularly when it comes to cameras. Now the company has teased a retractable lens module in a brief video teaser on Twitter.

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Mobile Technology, Technology

smartphones, Cameras, Oppo, Prototype



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

10 unique eVTOL aircraft that do things very differently
Electric VTOL aircraft stand poised to change your world, if you believe the hype around this new category of air transport. Greener, faster, quieter and vastly cheaper than helicopters, they promise to bring vertical commuting to the masses like never before, reshaping our cities and lifestyles in the process.

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Aircraft, Transport

Best of 2021, eVTOL, Air Taxis, Electric Aircraft



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

PowerX's battery-packed ships to fetch energy from off-shore wind farms
Fossil fuel tankers that transport oil, gas and coal across the seas play an important part in the global energy mix, but one Japanese startup is eyeing a future where these types of vessels carry a much cleaner load. PowerX's Power ARK vessels are designed to carry renewable energy from wind turbines located far off-shore back to dry land, allowing them to make the most of stronger gusts and opening up new opportunities for their installation.

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Energy, Science

Renewable Energy, Wind Power, Wind turbine, Boat, Vessel



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 08, 2021

Stretchy, porous crystal can grow on demand to trap more molecules
Engineers at Dartmouth College have developed a new crystal structure that can stretch to twice its size when it encounters a specific chemical. The team says that the material could be used to selectively absorb impurities in water.

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Materials, Science

Materials, metal-organic frameworks, Filter, Filters, Dartmouth College



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 07, 2021

Rocket Lab reveals reusable Neutron launcher with "Hungry Hippo" jaws
Rocket Lab has unveiled its concept for a new reusable launch vehicle called Neutron. Looking like something a Bond villain would deploy, it carries its second stage inside a permanently attached captive "Hungry Hippo" fairing design.

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Space, Science

Rocket Lab, Rocket, Launch Vehicles



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 07, 2021

NASA's asteroid-impact monitoring system gets accuracy upgrade
NASA has been watching the skies for potentially hazardous asteroids for decades, but there are some factors that the existing Sentry program couldn't account for. The second-generation system, Sentry-II, has now gone online, allowing astronomers to calculate the orbits - and impact chances - of asteroids far more precisely.

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Space, Science

Asteroid, NASA, JPL, Earth



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 07, 2021

Grape seed compound shows anti-aging potential by taking out tired cells
The process of aging in the human body involves many moving parts, but one that recent research continues to implicate is the role of zombie-like senescent cells. These are cells that have stopped dividing and begun to accumulate, driving a range of degenerative effects in the body. New research out of China has uncovered a natural compound in grape seeds that takes aim at these dysfunctional cells, and demonstrated how it can extend the lifespan of aging mice by more than nine percent.

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Medical, Science

anti-aging, Aging, Chinese Academy of Sciences



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 07, 2021

New evidence builds on emerging link between depression and inflammation
Furthering understanding into the links between inflammation and depression a new study has highlighted a fascinating association between white blood cell counts and genetic risk scores for depression. The study found even in the absence of depression symptoms someone with increased genetic susceptibility for depression will show higher white blood cell counts.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Depression, Inflammatory, The Immune System, Vanderbilt University, Blood, Genetics



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 07, 2021

New system will use drones to clean hard-to-reach solar panels
Solar panels continuously accumulate dust, dirt and other debris, plus they're often located atop tall buildings or in remote areas - this means that they need to be cleaned, but doing so is difficult. That's why a drone-based setup is now being developed to do the job.

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Drones, Technology

Photovoltaic, Solar Cell, Cleaning



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 07, 2021

Israeli firm is the latest to print out a "real beef" lab-grown steak
Earlier this year, we heard how two separate groups had developed the world's first lab-grown rib-eye steak and Waygu beef. Israeli startup MeaTech 3D is now joining their ranks, with a "cultivated steak" of its own.

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Science

3D bioprinting, Lab grown meat, New Atlas Audio



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 07, 2021

Special boosted coral is now reproducing on degraded areas of reef
If corals are going to survive on today's ecologically stressed reefs, they've gotta be tough. Scientists have therefore been developing a special "turbo-charged" coral, which has recently been found to be reproducing on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Environment, Science

Coral, Coral Bleaching, Great Barrier Reef, Southern Cross University, Algae, New Atlas Audio



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 07, 2021

Startup turns on the retro charm for hand-built electric cafe racer
If you're a city dweller, then your daily trip to work is likely a relatively short one. UK startup Maeving is looking to get you there without contributing to local pollution levels, and in retro style, with the launch of the RM1 electric cafe racer.

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Motorcycles, Transport

Electric Motorcycles, Retro



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 07, 2021

Paper-thin piano demonstrates the power of printed electronics and NFC
Anyone who uses a smartphone will likely be familiar with NFC technology, which is used for such things as contactless payments, data sharing between devices and secure logins. To demonstrate the versatility of the technology when combined with printed circuitry, Prelonic has created the Paper Piano.

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Electronics, Science

Printable Electronics, Piano, Paper, NFC, smartphones



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 07, 2021

Stretched-bubble luxury sub seats 9 with a tiny footprint
Triton's extraordinary range of submersibles already includes a 24-seat tourist sub, a luxury bubble-sub capable of taking you down to visit the Titanic, a "deep-sea elevator" that can repeatedly plunge down to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, and a sub designed by Aston Martin.

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Marine, Transport

Triton Submarines, Submarine, Luxury, Electric, New Atlas Audio



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 07, 2021

Awe-inspiring auroras dazzle in annual Northern Lights photo compilation
With strong solar storms forecast over the next few months, the upcoming aurora season is sure to be a particularly beautiful one. To inspire more people to get out there and point their cameras skywards, travel blog Capture the Atlas has released a new batch of stunning shots for its annual Northern Lights Photographer of the Year compilation.

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Photography, Technology

aurora, Photo, Photographers, Photography, aurora, Earth



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 07, 2021

Ameca, "the future face of robotics," is as freaky as you'd expect
UK robotics firm Engineered Arts has offered a sneak peek at its new humanoid robot ahead of a full reveal next year, and the preview is as incredible as it is unsettling. Ameca is presented as "the world's most advanced human-shaped robot," and a brief look at this "future face of robotics" suggests it might just live up to this claim.

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Robotics, Technology

Humanoid, Robot, Artificial Intelligence



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 07, 2021

Electrode takes after layered pastry to give eco-friendly battery a boost
When it comes to alternative battery architectures that might offer improved performance, there are many exciting possibilities and one very common roadblock. Needle-like growths called dendrites form on the electrode to hamper the performance of many promising experimental batteries, but a team at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin is putting forward a solution for a particularly eco-friendly one, by leveraging a novel fabrication technique likened to layering pastries.

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Energy, Science

Battery, Batteries, Sodium battery, University of Texas, New Atlas Audio



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 07, 2021

Squirrel-cheeked liquid H2 airliner will take you anywhere in two hops
Long-haul aviation presents a tough challenge for decarbonization, but a group of 100 aerospace experts working on the UK government's FlyZero project says 279-seat liquid hydrogen airliners will connect any two points on the globe with just one stop.

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Aircraft, Transport

Climate Solutions: Aviation, Hydrogen, Hydrogen Aviation, Airlines, Climate Crisis



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

"Fake flybys" move scientists closer to solving Martian moon mystery
By conducting "flybys" of Phobos when it wasn't actually there, ESA's Mars Express orbiter provided researchers with a controlled experiment to learn more about the mysterious, intermittent interaction between the Martian moon and solar winds.

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Space, Science

Mars Express, Mars, ESA, New Atlas Audio



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

"Functional cure" for type 1 diabetes passes first human trials
A pair of new studies are reporting results from a landmark type 1 diabetes human clinical trial testing the safety and efficacy of an implantable device containing stem cells designed to mature into insulin-secreting cells. The experimental implant was found to be safe, well-tolerated and mildly effective, offering promising signs that with further optimization the treatment could present diabetics with a "functional cure."

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Medical, Science

Diabetes, Insulin, Sugar, Glucose, Stem Cells, New Atlas Audio



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

Soft surfaces keep water liquid well below freezing limit
We all learned in elementary school science that water freezes at 0 °C (32 °F) - but it's actually not quite that simple. New experiments from the University of Houston have shown that tiny droplets can remain liquid right down to -44 °C (-47.2 °F), if kept in contact with a soft surface.

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Science

Water, Ice, University of Houston, Cryopreservation, New Atlas Audio



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

10 minutes of moderate jogging found to boost mood and brain function
Research continues to uncover the surprising ways that physical activity can improve our well-being, and this includes how different forms of exercise can offer unique benefits to the brain. The latest study to dig into this relationship reveals how just 10 minutes of moderate jogging can boost our mood and executive function, by improving blood flow to a key region of the brain.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Exercise, Brain, Running, University of Tsukuba



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

Study links Viagra to lower Alzheimer's risk but experts have reservations
A new study published in the journal Nature Aging has identified an association between using Viagra, a popular erectile dysfunction drug, and reduced instances of Alzheimer's disease. This is not the first time a beneficial link between Viagra and Alzheimer's has been proposed but clinical trials will be necessary to explore causality.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Viagra, Drugs, Cleveland



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

NED microspeaker tech may open up new uses for earbuds
Although today's earbuds may seem fairly small, they're limited in form and function by the fact that their speakers require membranes and magnets. A new prototype microspeaker forgoes those limitations, potentially providing more uses for in-ear headphones.

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Electronics, Science

Fraunhofer, Earbuds, Headphones, Speakers, MEMS



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

World-first road/rail-traveling bus to enter use on Christmas Day
Why bother transferring between a bus and a train, if you could just stay in one vehicle that travels on both roads and tracks? That's the thinking behind a new dual-mode vehicle (DMV), which is slated to begin operations in Japan on December 25.

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Transport

Buses, Railways, Trains



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

World-first road/rail-travelling bus to enter use on Christmas Day
Why bother transferring between a bus and a train, if you could just stay in one vehicle that travels on both roads and tracks? That's the thinking behind a new dual-mode vehicle (DMV), which is slated to begin operations in Japan on Dec. 25th.

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Transport

Buses, Railways, Trains



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

Water-strider-inspired robot may one day clean up oil spills
It's possible that someday in the future, sunlight-powered robots may be able to swim across marine oil spills, soaking up the oil as they go. A tiny functioning prototype has already been created, and it was inspired by both the steam engine and an insect.

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Environment, Science

UC Riverside, Sunlight, Steam Power, Oil, Pollution, Biomimicry



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

WMC puts "big hole" technology into 3-wheel hybrid police scooter
UK company White Motorcycle Concepts likes using big holes for drag reduction. It put a particularly big hole in its electric land speed racer, and it's now announced another big hole in the middle of its new WMC300FR, a hybrid 3-wheel police scooter.

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Motorcycles, Transport

Aerodynamics, Hybrid, Police, Three-Wheeler, Yamaha



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

Capsule hostel for bookworms named World Interior of the Year
Alongside the World Architecture Festival, the three-day World Festival of Interiors has also taken place in Portugal and the winner of the World Interior of the Year has been decided. The prize went to the Capsule Hostel and Bookstore, a radical renovation of a dilapidated old building in rural China.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, World Architecture Festival, Interior Design, China



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

Revived BSA reveals 2022 Gold Star 650 as first model to enter production
As announced last week, BSA is back. Now owned by Classic Legends, a subsidiary of India's Mahindra & Mahindra group, the brand revealed the first motorcycle of its new era at the NEC Motorcycle Live show in Birmingham, UK, over the weekend.

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Motorcycles, Transport

Motorcycle, BSA



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

Combined ski slope and power plant named WAF World Building of the Year
The winner of the prestigious World Building of the Year prize has been revealed for 2021. CopenHill, by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), got the nod for its inspired combination of waste-to-energy plant and ski slope. The project was recognized on the final day of the three-day World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Lisbon, during an event that also featured the announcement of the Landscape of the Year, Future Project of the Year, and the WAFX Award.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Bjarke Ingels Group, Building and Construction, World Architecture Festival



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

Groundbreaking use of CRISPR selects sex of mice with 100% efficiency
Researchers at Francis Crick Institute and the University of Kent have used the CRISPR gene-editing system to produce litters of mice that are 100 percent either male or female. The technique could help prevent the unnecessary culling of animals of unwanted sex in agriculture or scientific experiments.

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Science

Mice, CRISPR, Genetic engineering, Genetics, Francis Crick, University of Kent



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 06, 2021

"Earth's Black Box" to chronicle humanity's descent into climate chaos
That humankind is on a collision course with a climate reality that poses serious threats to our wellbeing is clear enough, but there is some uncertainty around what happens exactly between now and then. An indestructible "black box" for the Earth is set to be built on a remote granite plain in Australia, and will be tasked with documenting our civilization's descent into climate chaos. Or better yet, inspire urgent action to turn the slow-motion train wreck around.

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Environment, Science

Climate Crisis, Global Warming, Australia



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 05, 2021

eHang's pilotless eVTOL may be certified and operational within months
China's eHang says it's "hopeful" it'll achieve full type certification for its autonomous EH216 eVTOL aircraft "in the next few months," after which commercial operations can begin - potentially years earlier than American and European competitors.

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Aircraft, Transport

Ehang, China, eVTOL, Air Taxis, Autonomous flight, Autonomous



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 05, 2021

Harvard scientists observe new state of matter, a quantum spin liquid
An exotic state of matter originally hypothesized almost 50 years ago has been observed for the first time. Created by Harvard researchers, this material called quantum spin liquid could eventually help improve quantum computers.

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Physics, Science

Quantum, Quantum Physics, Quantum Computing, Quantum Simulators, Harvard, Electrons, Magnetism, Matter



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 05, 2021

Novavax could have an Omicron-specific COVID vaccine ready by January
As drugmakers race to understand how effective current COVID-19 vaccines may be against the newly emerged Omicron variant, Novavax has announced it anticipates being able to begin mass manufacturing an Omicron-specific vaccine as soon as January next year.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Vaccines, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Virus



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 05, 2021

Chicago to Washington DC flight uses 100% sustainable fuel in one engine
The shift to sustainable fuels in the aerospace sector passed another milestone last week when a United Airlines 737 MAX 8 airliner took to the skies with one of its two LEAP-1B engines running on 100-percent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

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Aircraft, Transport

GE, Jet fuel, Flight, Climate Solutions: Aviation



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 05, 2021

Late-night eating may add to diabetes and obesity risk for shift workers
The health impacts of disruptions to our body clocks, the type regular shift workers might endure, are becoming clearer on the back of research uncovering links to heart disease and impacts on metabolism, among other effects. A new study has drilled into the relationship between the timing of our meals and the body's blood glucose levels, finding that those chowing down after dark may be at greater risk of diabetes and obesity.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Circadian Rhythms, Obesity, Diabetes, Diet



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 05, 2021

South African data offers preliminary insights into Omicron variant
Little more than a week after the World Health Organization formally labeled a recently emerged SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern as Omicron it has been detected in at least 38 countries around the globe. A pair of new reports out of South Africa are offering some very early insights into how this new variant could behave in humans as it rapidly spreads.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Virus, Infections, South Africa



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 04, 2021

Rare Antarctic total solar eclipse to shed light on space weather
A rarely seen total eclipse of the Sun in Antarctica on December 4 is drawing the attention of an international partnership of scientists who hope to learn more about the effects of such eclipses on space weather. The eclipse begins at 0700 GMT and can only be seen in Antarctica, with the path of totality running across the Ronne ice shelf and Ellsworth land.

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Science

Sun, British Antarctic Survey, Antarctic, ECLIPSE



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 04, 2021

Rotomolded plastic teardrop camper bashes through the African bush
Rotomolded construction has become a staple in outdoor recreation and exploration via hardwearing, bear-resistant coolers and cargo boxes from the likes of Yeti and Pelican. If there's one thing campers and overlanders want to protect even more than their food and gear supplies, it's their soft, supple, irreplaceable skin. So why not build a shelter like a big, rugged cooler ready to lock horns with the hungriest wildlife? South African startup Edgeout does exactly that, crafting a rotomolded plastic teardrop ready for everything from a quick safari to an intercontinental expedition.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

teardrop trailers, Caravan, Trailer, trailers, Off-road, Outdoors, RV



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 03, 2021

"Sight"-restoring bionic eye proceeds along the path to human trials
There may be new hope for people with certain types of blindness, as an experimental sight-restoring device has been deemed safe for implantation. It still has to be tested on humans, though, and it will likely provide a fairly rudimentary form of vision.

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Medical, Science

University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, Retinal Implants, Blindness, Eye



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 03, 2021

Wheeled, legged quadruped robot is now set to stand and deliver
ETH Zurich's ANYmal robot was already impressive back when it simply walked on four legs. It got more interesting when wheels were added to those legs, letting it both walk and roll. That wheeled version is now also able to stand up, and could soon be used for urban deliveries.

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Robotics, Technology

ETH Zurich, Delivery robots, Quadruped, Self-balancing



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 03, 2021

Sennheiser gets in on the mix with first open-back Pro headphones
Whether you're an engineer at a recording studio or a musician producing your own tracks on a laptop, you need to be able to hear all the uncolored details. The latest open-back reference headphones from German audio specialist Sennheiser are designed for just that.

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Wearables, Technology

Headphones, Sennheiser, Studio, recording



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 03, 2021

World's second-tallest skyscraper pierces the sky above Kuala Lumpur
Move over Shanghai Tower, a new megatall is under construction that will take your spot as world's second-tallest skyscraper. Rising to an impressive height of 678.9 m (2,227 ft), the Merdeka 118 in Kuala Lumpur has now officially topped out - that is, reached its maximum height - and is on track to be completed in late 2022.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, Skyscrapers, Malaysia



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 03, 2021

Bizarre new dinosaur species brandished a battle axe for a tail
T-rex had huge teeth. Raptors sported sharp, scythe-like claws. Triceratops fought with head-mounted horns. The ancient arsenal of dinosaur warfare was varied, and now a brand new weapon has been added to the collection. Paleontologists have discovered a new type of ankylosaur with a tail like a battle axe.

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Science

Dinosaurs, University of Chile, Fossils, Animals



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 03, 2021

Norton reveals plans for a 185-horsepower, 1,200cc V4 cafe racer
The messy rebirth of Norton Motorcycles seems back on track under the company's new ownership, India's TVS, and the V4SV superbike is now ready to get its pants off. The V4CR cafe racer stands ready to join the super-naked class as a street weapon.

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Motorcycles, Transport

Norton Motorcycle, Naked bike, Motorcycle, Concept Bikes



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 03, 2021

Lexus revs up hydrogen engine in wicked ROV off-roader concept
As Toyota's luxury arm, Lexus quietly has some of the best posh off-roaders on the market in the new Land Cruiser-based LX600 and the Land Cruiser Prado-based GX460. Still, it's not the first automotive brand name that comes to mind when the topic of off-roading comes up, and it falls right off the list should that conversation drift to off-road powersports. That changes today with the reveal of the all-new ROV concept, an aggressive side-by-side that leaves mostly agitated dust behind thanks to a virtually carbon-free hydrogen combustion engine.

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Automotive, Transport

Side-by-side, Lexus, Hydrogen, Toyota, Off-road



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

Ascendance revises the design for its long-range hybrid eVTOL
France's Ascendance has released an updated design and range figure for its long-range, fan-in-wing, eVTOL air taxi. The Atea will use batteries and kerosene for energy storage, but its modular hybrid system will eventually support hydrogen as well.

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Aircraft, Transport

Hybrid eVTOLs, eVTOL, Electric Aircraft, Hybrid, Air Taxis



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

Lifetime of Higgs boson measured to within septillionths of a second
Physicists at CERN have measured the life of the Higgs boson with greater accuracy than ever before. Since the legendary particle only lives for a tiny fraction a second, the scientists came up with a creative workaround to calculate the new figure.

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Physics, Science

Higgs boson, Large Hadron Collider, CERN, Particle physics, Physics



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

Blood or saliva THC levels found to be poor sign of driving impairment
A new meta-study, led by researchers from the University of Sydney's Lambert Initiative, has concluded blood or saliva THC concentrations are not effective ways to measure cannabis-induced driving impairment. The findings suggest the need for more nuanced impairment tests to be developed instead of working towards some kind of roadside marijuana breathalyzer akin to how alcohol is treated.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Marijuana, Cannabis, Driving, Impaired, Road Safety, Drugs, University of Sydney



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

$1-million Unimog RV gentrifies unwelcoming lands in ultramodern style
Already highly experienced at upfitting the Volkswagen Grand California camper van into various grades of aggressive off-road mayhem machine, Germany's Stone Offroad Design (SOD) super-sizes its all-terrain camper game with the new Rise 4x4. The unique adventure motorhome tasks a Mercedes-Benz Unimog with carrying a sleek, pop-up four-person mini-apartment to make home out of the most hostile terrain on or off the map. The result is one of the world's most convincing combinations of land-conquering off-road capability and comfortable modern living.

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Automotive, Transport

Motorhome, Motorhomes, RV, Off-road, Off-grid, Camping, Outdoors



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

Coco 1 remotely piloted delivery robot is headed for the streets of LA
Autonomous aerial delivery drones do potentially risk getting caught in branches, losing their way, or falling onto people's heads. That's where the Coco 1 comes in, as it's a ground-based delivery robot that is entirely remotely controlled.

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Robotics, Technology

Delivery drone, Remote Control



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

Sno-Go carving snow bike brings on the carbon to shed 12 pounds
It was back in 2015 that we first heard about the Sno-Go Bike, a three-skied seatless snow "bike" that let its rider carve into turns. Well, it's now in its fourth incarnation, which is claimed to be much lighter, nimbler and more secure than the original.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Skiing, Snowbikes



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

AMU-Bot robot kills weeds as it makes its way through crops
While manually hoeing weeds out of crops can be very time- and labor-intensive, spraying those crops with herbicides is definitely not eco-friendly. A German consortium is developing a third choice, in the form of the AMU-Bot weed-killing robot.

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Robotics, Technology

Fraunhofer, Agriculture, Plants, Crops, Autonomous



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

While adults wait for the Cyberquad, Tesla treats kids to mini electric ATV
A little over two years after Tesla demonstrated a very shapely full-sized Cyberquad electric ATV when launching its angular electric Cybertruck, a mini version for kids has gone up for sale on the company's webshop for US$1,900.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Tesla, Tesla Motors, ATV, Electric Vehicles, Children



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

Nissan looks at future of race cars with Ariya Single Seater Concept
Nissan has unveiled a high-performance conceptual electric vehicle called the Ariya Single Seater Concept at the Nissan Futures event in Japan. The project demonstrates how an all-electric road car powertrain could be used in a custom-built racing car chassis.

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Automotive, Transport

Nissan, Concept Cars, Electric Vehicles, Electric Vehicle Racing



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

Review: 2022 Kia Carnival - the minivan that isn't a minivan
The Carnival is a new model in Kia's lineup, replacing the Sedona minivan as the people-mover of choice from the Korean automaker. It's styled more like an SUV, offering plenty of interior space. We got ahold of one, and spent a week with it as a daily family-hauler.

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Automotive, Transport

Kia, Minivan, Reviews



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

Rock-like concert hall completed in the shadow of the Great Wall
Now it has finally been realized, OPEN Architecture's much-anticipated Chapel of Sound looks just as impressive as the early renders promised. The rock-like concert hall provides a one-of-a-kind performance space near the Great Wall of China.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

China, Building and Construction, Arup



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

Nissan tests all-wheel control system in JAXA lunar rover prototype
As part of a month-long series of real-world and virtual events showcasing upcoming technology, Nissan has revealed a lunar rover prototype it's currently working on with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

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Space, Science

Moon, Lunar, Rover, Traction Control, Prototype



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

Demountable stadium built using almost 1,000 shipping containers
Spain's Fenwick Iribarren Architects has completed a novel design for the upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup soccer championship in Qatar. Named the 974 Stadium, it's designed to be relatively easy to disassemble and rebuild, and was constructed using almost 1,000 shipping containers.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, Stadium, Qatar, shipping containers, Soccer



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

Falcon-inspired drone uses claws to perch and grab objects
Nature is an endless source of inspiration for robot design, so of course flying robots will borrow heavily from birds. Engineers at Stanford have now developed robotic claws inspired by the talons of a falcon that let drones perch on many different surfaces, as well as grabbing or catching objects.

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Drones, Technology

drones, Robot, Robots, Robotics, Robotic, Birds, Stanford University



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

Next-gen particle accelerator magnet ramps up at record speed
The role magnets play in physics research is a critical one, helping guide the trajectory of particle beams that allow for high-speed collisions and groundbreaking discoveries. But not all magnets are create equal, with some quicker to generate the required magnetic fields than others. Physicists at the Fermi National Particle Accelerator Laboratory have developed one that outstrips all before it in this regard, and used it to demonstrate what they describe as the world's fastest ramping rates for particle accelerator magnets.

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Technology

Particle physics, Particle accelerator, Fermilab, Magnetic field



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 02, 2021

US Air Force upgrades in-flight bladder relief systems for aircrews
The US Air Force is fielding an improved "in-flight bladder relief device" (to put it politely) called the Omni Generation 3 Skydrate that will allow male and female pilots to fly long air missions with greater safety and comfort.

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Military, Technology

US Air Force



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

Gravitational waves could reveal dark matter clouds around black holes
Dark matter is one of the most puzzling mysteries of science, with a huge range of suspects being investigated. In a new study, astronomers have searched for clouds of hypothetical, ultralight particles that could congregate around black holes, and make themselves known by sending out gravitational waves.

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Physics, Science

Dark Matter, Black hole, Particle physics, Bosons, gravitational waves, Australian National University, LIGO



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

Pfizer vs Moderna: Harvard study compares the two mRNA COVID vaccines
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is the first to pit Moderna and Pfizer's mRNA COVID-19 vaccines against each other in an efficacy face-off. The novel research compared health records from nearly half a million US veterans and found both vaccines are incredibly effective but Moderna's candidate is marginally better at preventing COVID-19 infections, both mild and severe.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Vaccines, Harvard



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

Mouse study links plastic waste to high cholesterol and heart disease
Studies continue to illuminate the extent of our plastic waste problem, and more recently, have started to uncover what it might all mean for human health. The latest discovery in this area reveals a new mechanism through which an ingredient in common plastics drives up cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease in mice, potentially filling in some important blanks as to why similar effects have been observed in humans.

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Medical, Science

Plastic, Plastic waste, Microplastic, UC Riverside, Heart Disease



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

New data affirms 3rd COVID vaccine dose significantly boosts protection
New research published in JAMA Internal Medicine is offering the best insight to date into the long-term benefit of a third COVID-19 vaccine dose. Tracking over 300,000 subjects in Israel the research shows a third dose of Pfizer's mRNA vaccine reduces a person's chance of SARS-CoV-2 infection by 86 percent compared to two doses.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Vaccines, Israel, The Immune System



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

Polaris announces full specs for all-electric Ranger XP Kinetic UTV
Last September, Polaris and Zero Motorcycles announced their "rEV'd up" collaborative program, aimed at the development of electric off-road vehicles. The first product to result from that initiative is Polaris' Ranger XP Kinetic UTV, which can now be reserved for a 2022 delivery.

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Transport

Polaris, Off-road, Electric Vehicles, Zero Motorcycles



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

Cardboard pyramids designed to aid bushfire-displaced wildlife
Although a great number of wild animals were killed by Australia's recent bushfires, it is believed that even more may perish in the aftermath, as they have nowhere to hide from predators. Inexpensive new biodegradable "habitat pods," however, could give smaller creatures such hiding places.

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Environment, Science

Macquarie University, Wildlife, Animals, Bushfires, Cardboard



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

Nuro and 7-Eleven launch autonomous delivery service in California
Around this time last year, robotics startup Nuro was granted a deployment permit in California for its autonomous delivery vehicle. Now the company has partnered with convenience store chain 7-Eleven for the first autonomous commercial delivery service.

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Automotive, Transport

Autonomous Vehicles, Nuro, Electric Vehicles, Delivery, Shopping



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

Asteroid analysis suggests some of Earth's water came from the Sun
Accounting for where all of the Earth's water came from is a longstanding puzzle, but an international team of scientists led by the University of Glasgow has proposed that the Sun may be a major source of our planet's H2O, by way of hydrogen from the solar winds.

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Space, Science

Curtin University, University of Glasgow, Asteroid, Water



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

2021 Special Prize recognizes exceptional global architecture
The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has revealed the winners of the 2021 Special Prize, which celebrates exceptional architectural merit throughout different categories. This year's selection includes the winner of the Timber Prize shortlist, as well as the Engineering Prize, the Best Use of Color, and more.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

World Architecture Festival, Awards, Building and Construction



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

Qualcomm reveals Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the next chipset for Android flagships
A year after announcing the Snapdragon 888 mobile system-on-a-chip, Qualcomm has pulled back the curtains on its successor. Wearing a new naming convention, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will enable 200-MP photos and 8K HDR video, promises desktop-level mobile gaming, and boasts faster download speeds over 5G.

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Mobile Technology, Technology

Qualcomm, Snapdragon, Processor, smartphones, Android



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

BSA Motorcycles comes back to life, first model due in 2022
One of the world's leading motorcycle manufacturers of the 1950s and 60s, BSA is set to resume operations almost half a century after it went bankrupt, funded by its new owner, India's Mahindra & Mahindra, and with a new factory under construction in England.

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Motorcycles, Transport

Motorcycle



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

WAF celebrates the artists of architecture with 2021 Drawing Prize
Gleaming high-rises and luxury homes are all well and good, but sublime architectural design usually begins with a drawing. The World Architecture Festival (WAF) aims to celebrate the importance of this skill - both digital and good old-fashioned pencil and paper - with its Architecture Drawing Prize.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

World Architecture Festival, Drawing, Art, Awards, Competition



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

Closest pair of supermassive black holes headed for monster merger
Astronomers have discovered the closest pair of supermassive black holes yet known - and that record has two meanings. Not only are they the closest pair to Earth, but they're the closest to each other as well, barreling towards each other for an eventual monster merger.

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Space, Science

Astronomy, Astrophysics, Black hole, Supermassive black hole, Galaxy, VLT, ESO



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

Pantuo Aviation unveils China's answer to the Lilium Jet
New render images and details have emerged on our favorite Chinese "I can't believe it's not Lilium" eVTOL air taxi project. The Pantuo Pantala Concept H, out of Shanghai, might look like the Lilium, but it promises to hit faster cruise speeds.

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Aircraft, Transport

eVTOL, Air Taxis, Electric Aircraft, China, Lilium



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Dec 01, 2021

Ice-cream-like electrode may unlock cheap storage for renewable energy
Devices known as flow batteries attract a lot of attention from scientists looking for affordable solutions for grid-scale energy storage, but are they affordable enough? A team at MIT believes there is room for improvement on this front, and has developed a novel electrode material likened to soft-serve ice cream that they believe can be integrated into a "semi-solid" battery to store renewable energy on the cheap.

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Energy, Science

MIT, Renewable Energy, Flow Battery



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Nov 30, 2021

Hennessey previews bizarre 2,400-hp six-wheel-drive hypercar
Extreme tuning deity John Hennessey, out of Texas, sure has some runs on the board with the combustion engine. Over the last 30 years, Hennessey and the Hennessey Performance team have plied their trade on more than 10,000 customer vehicles, churning out more thousand-horsepower all-American beasts than they can probably remember.

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Automotive, Transport

Hypercar, Electric Vehicles, Hennessey, World's Fastest, Luxury, Crazy



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Nov 30, 2021

Long-term study links amateur boxing to earlier onset of dementia
Using data from an ongoing long-term health study spanning 35 years, researchers have found men who participated in amateur boxing in their youth are almost three times more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's-like cognitive impairment in their senior years compared to those who did not box when young.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Boxing, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Brain, Sports, Cardiff University



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Nov 30, 2021

Campaign to drill for the oldest continuous Antarctic ice core begins
To learn more about the Earth's climate and environmental history, a research team has begun an €11-million (US$12.9-million) project with the hopes of collecting the oldest continuous ice core in Antarctica, providing a record of the climate spanning some 1.5 million years.

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Environment, Science

British Antarctic Survey, Antarctic, Ice, History, Atmosphere, Climate, Climate Crisis



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Nov 30, 2021

Time crystals created in Google's quantum processor
Time crystals sound like something a video game character would be trying to collect, but this bizarre phase of matter is very real - and now one of them has been created in Google's quantum processor, Sycamore.

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Physics, Science

Time, Matter, Google, Quantum Computing, Quantum Physics, Thermodynamics, Stanford University



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Nov 30, 2021

Inflatable Air-Topper pickup camper shell packs away with ease
Cover up or go naked? It's a question many a pickup truck driver has entertained at some point, weighing whether they'd prefer the security of a camper shell or canopy or the open-ended versatility of a stock, uncapped bed. Inflatables startup Flated urges pickup owners to ignore the question entirely. The California company's inflatable Air-Topper provides the cargo-containing security of a shell when the driver needs it but gets out of the way immediately when they don't, deflating and packing small enough to take up a fraction of the bed.

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Automotive, Transport

Pickup, Truck, Camping, Cargo, Outdoors, Truck, Pets



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Nov 30, 2021

Lead-absorbing film soaks up dangerous leaks from perovskite solar cells
For all the promise they are showing in converting sunlight into electricity at ever-improving efficiencies, perovskite solar cells still have some flaws that must be addressed for them to enter widespread use. Among them is the issue of toxic lead contained in the cells and the danger of it seeping out when they're damaged, but a newly-developed film likened to Scotch tape could soak up such leaks.

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Technology

Perovskite, Northern Illinois University, Solar Cell, Solar Power, Renewable Energy



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