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Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 03, 2021

Slopehelper agricultural robot tends to steep vineyards
Although we've been hearing about various agricultural robots that are still in development, there's at least one which is already commercially available. It's called the Slopehelper, and it's made mainly for use in vineyards.

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Robotics, Technology

Autonomous Vehicles, Agriculture, Vineyard, Crops, Automation



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 03, 2021

Arrival's latest electric van set to begin trials on public roads
After agreeing to build 10,000 electric delivery vans for UPS last year, UK startup Arrival has today revealed specs and images for its latest all-electric van, ahead of trials on public roads "with key customers" this (northern) summer.

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Automotive, Transport

arrival, Electric Vehicles, Delivery, Logistics, Van



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 03, 2021

Foster Partners transforms aging building into sustainable office
Work is underway on an interesting new office project by Foster Partners that involves renovating a dilapidated industrial building in Madrid, Spain, that's over 100 years old. The firm will retain the basic shell while adding a modern sustainable interior and energy efficient features like solar power and rainwater collection.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Foster and Partners, Building and Construction, Office, sustainable design



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 03, 2021

Fitbit Sense review: Fitbit's most advanced smartwatch yet
The Fitbit Sense is the flagship device in the Fitbit range, the top device from one of the top names in wearables - and we've had one strapped to our wrist for the past couple of weeks to try and figure out whether or not it's worth the US$299.95 that you'll have to pay to get hold of one.

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Smartwatches, Technology

Fitbit, wearable electronics, Reviews



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 03, 2021

Microsoft melds the real and virtual with new Mesh platform
Zoom calls and video meetings have exploded over the past year (thanks, COVID), but a flat screen doesn't do a great job of transmitting a person's presence. To make remote meetups a bit more personal, Microsoft has unveiled Mesh, a "mixed reality" platform that lets people work and play together as virtual avatars overlaid on real-world spaces.

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Virtual Reality, Technology

Microsoft, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Cloud, Holographic, Workplace



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 03, 2021

"Biological" apartment to be a testbed for living materials and health
The microbes we're exposed to in the home by picking up a kitchen sponge, sitting on the toilet seat or cleaning the dog food bowl can all help shape the microbial communities living on and in our bodies, which research is increasingly linking to various health outcomes. A new "biological" apartment under construction in the UK will provide scientists with a means of exploring this relationship, along with the overarching aim of ushering in a generation of more sustainable buildings that can be constructed with living materials.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, Newcastle University, Bacteria, Microbiome



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 03, 2021

Biohybrid robot wired to "hear" using locust's ear
Researchers at Tel Aviv University have managed to create a kind of cyborg, by integrating the ear of a locust into a robot. The robot was then able to respond to noises that the biological sensor picked up, which could pave the way for more sensitive and efficient sensors.

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Robotics, Technology

Cyborg, Insect, Robotics, Robots, Sensors, Tel Aviv University



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

New evidence shows coronavirus can infect and kill heart muscle cells
A robust new study has demonstrated how SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, can infect and directly damage heart tissue. The research suggests previously reported cases of heart damage in COVID-19 patients are not due to inflammation in response to an infection but the virus itself interfering with heart muscles.

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Medical, Science

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Cardiovascular, Heart Disease, Virus, Washington University in St Louis



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Self-driving camper vans inch closer as VW tests autonomous Bullis
Electric camper vans offer some compelling advantages that we're looking forward to enjoying at campgrounds and backcountry sites, but what we're really yearning to see is a self-driving motorhome. Something about starting the vacation by kicking back in a recliner seat and reading a good book or tourism destination literature sounds so much more relaxing than inching along in infuriatingly slow holiday traffic toward the mountains or coast. Volkswagen is taking a step toward that idyllic future by testing autonomous tech in the upcoming ID. Buzz electric van, the spiritual successor to the world's favorite camper vans.

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Automotive, Transport

Volkswagen, Van, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Campervan, ARGO, Self-Driving



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

"Kelp elevator" for biofuel production boosts growth by four times
So far as feedstocks for the production of biofuels go, kelp is a highly promising one on many fronts, and a new technology promises to boost its credentials even further. Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have demonstrated how raising and lowering it in the ocean environment with a "kelp elevator" can significantly boost biomass yield, by maximizing its exposure to both sunlight and nutrients.

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Energy, Science

Biofuel, Biomass, University of Southern California, Aquaculture



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Plasma "space hurricane" detected over Earth for first time
Scientists have found evidence of a "space hurricane" for the first time. The storm, made up of swirling clouds of plasma, raged in Earth's upper atmosphere for hours, dumping huge amounts of electrons like rain in a system that resembles a regular hurricane.

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Space, Science

Hurricane, Atmosphere, Earth, Weather, Plasma, Electrons, University of Reading



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Cell conversion method cures diabetes in mouse models
In a healthy pancreas, the hormones insulin and glucagon work in tandem to keep blood sugar levels in check, but sometimes this relationship can break down and lead to what we know as diabetes. Scientists at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern have demonstrated how restoring this delicate balance can cure the disease in mouse models, by essentially converting one type of cell into the other.

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Medical, Science

Diabetes, Insulin, University of Texas



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Toyota packages up a 'crate' fuel cell module you can use for anything
Fuel cells generate electricity from hydrogen, so they're a key part of the powertrain for hydrogen-powered electric vehicles and aircraft. But they can also be useful in a range of other applications, and in order to promote developments outside its own product lineup, Toyota has packaged up a fuel cell module you can buy more or less like a crate engine, ready to plumb into whatever device you'd like to power with hydrogen.

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Energy, Science

Toyota, Hydrogen, Fuel Cell



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

First-of-its-kind trial finds psychedelic microdosing is equal to placebo
A first of its kind "self-blinded" trial testing the effect of psychedelic microdosing has found the anecdotally popular practice may be an example of a strong placebo effect. The research, led by Imperial College London, suggests there is little difference in reported benefits between a microdose and a placebo.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Psychedelic Medicine, Imperial College, Drugs, Psychology



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Loyal Wingman combat drone makes first flight
Boeing's Loyal Wingman combat drone has completed its first flight in the skies over the Woomera Range Complex in Australia. The successful flight was followed by the announcement that the Australian government has ordered three more prototype aircraft.

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Aircraft, Transport

Boeing, RAAF, UAV



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Tiny wing-flapping drone gets tougher by going softer
Although wing-flapping micro-drones do already exist, the things tend to be quite fragile - and thus not ideally suited to real-world use. An experimental new one, however, utilizes a softer mechanism for greatly enhanced durability.

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Drones, Technology

MAV, Biomimicry, MIT, Harvard, City University of Hong Kong, Flight



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Nimbus tilting EV could be the non-motorcycle you've been looking for
Many people like the idea of commuting by motorcycle, but are put off by the thought of being so open to the elements. The three-wheeled, fully-enclosed, tilting Nimbus EV was designed with just such folks in mind.

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Urban Transport, Transport

Electric Vehicles, Tilting-Vehicle, Three-Wheeler



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

DJI gets pilots immersed in the action with FPV racing drone
DJI has kicked off its 15th anniversary celebrations with a new flyer that puts the pilot in the virtual cockpit of a racing drone, while capturing the adventures in ultra high definition courtesy of the gimbaled cinema camera.

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Drones, Technology

DJI Innovations, Immersion, 4K UHD, Camera drone



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

The best of the 2021 Underwater Photographer of the Year Awards
A stunning shot looking up at a pair of reef sharks during sunset has won the prestigious 2021 Underwater Photographer of the Year contest. The spectacular highlighted images this year span everything from surreal undersea wrecks to rare glimpses of little-seen sea creatures.

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Photography, Technology

Gallery, Photography, Underwater



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

"LoadRunners" designed to autonomously speed goods through warehouses
Due to the current pandemic, people are shopping online like never before. This means that distribution warehouses have become very busy places, where goods need to be transported quickly but safely - and that's where the LoadRunner comes in.

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Robotics, Technology

Fraunhofer, Swarm Robotics, Warehouse, Autonomous Vehicles



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

HyPoint's next-level turbo fuel cell passes prototype testing
While this has been a very quiet year for airlines, about 2.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions generally come from the aviation sector, somewhere approaching a billion tons of CO2 per year. With air miles set to triple by 2050, this sector is a key target for decarbonization. Batteries are unlikely to displace fossil fuels in the powertrain; they can't carry enough energy per kilogram to deliver a commercially useful aircraft.

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Aircraft, Transport

Hydrogen Aviation, Hydrogen, Interviews



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Webcam, microphone and lighting combined for video chat all-in-one
Video chats have become an essential substitute for in-person visits during the current pandemic, but you might find that you need more than webcam hardware to make the most of the experience. Once you add a quality microphone and adequate lighting to the mix, you could be looking at serious cable spaghetti as well as a potentially hefty bill.

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Mobile Technology, Technology

Kickstarter, Webcams, Microphone, Lighting, All-in-one



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Hidden Egyptian handbook reveals secrets of mummification
A 3,500-year-old Egyptian medical text is shedding new light on the ancient practice of mummification. Recently discovered inside a much larger work, the papyrus document being studied by University of Copenhagen Egyptologist Sofie Schiødt is the oldest known mummification manual.

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Science

University of Copenhagen, Mummies, Archaeology



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Lasers and plasma shockwaves used to measure ripeness of fruit
Judging how ripe a piece of fruit is can be a frustrating process for everyone from farmers to shoppers. Now, researchers at Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) in Japan have developed a new high-tech way to check, without touching or damaging soft fruit like mangoes. All it takes is a laser and some plasma shockwaves.

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Science

Food, Fruit, Laser, Food technology



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Broadcasting tech swaps stadium ads for regional advertising
When viewing sports coverage from other countries, it's common to see sideline advertising boards that are promoting products you've never even heard of. This new TV system is capable of digitally replacing the content of those boards, so they're advertising region-specific products.

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Good Thinking, Lifestyle

Fraunhofer, Sports, Advertising, Broadcast, Television



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Scientists calculate life expectancy of Earth's atmospheric oxygen
The Earth has an expiry date - in about five billion years, the Sun will expand and swallow up our home world. But it turns out life on Earth could have a much earlier end point. A new study has found that in about a billion years' time, the atmosphere will lose most of its oxygen rapidly, which may have important implications in the search for life on other planets.

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Environment, Science

Oxygen, Atmosphere, Earth, Geology, Exoplanet, Extraterrestrial



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 02, 2021

Rocket Lab's reusable Neutron rocket is built for human spaceflight
Rocket Lab has made a name for itself in short space of time by focusing on highly frequent launches of small satellites, but now the space startup believes it has bigger fish to fry. The company has today revealed plans for a bigger reusable rocket named Neutron, which it will build to launch astronauts and cargo into low-Earth and possibly far beyond.

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Space, Science

Rocket Lab, Rocket, Recycled rockets, Launch Vehicles



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 01, 2021

"Bottled" ultracold plasma to help study the secrets of nuclear fusion
As a soupy mix of electrons and ions that forms under certain conditions in the most extreme of environments, plasma is an inherently difficult thing to observe. Scientists have made a significant breakthrough in the way we study this phenomenon, managing to trap an ultracold form of it in a magnetic "bottle" for the first time, an achievement that could act as a springboard for research into nuclear fusion energy, and what we understand of the Sun and the stars.

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Energy, Science

Plasma, Fusion, Rice University, Sun, Stars



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 01, 2021

Oldest primate fossils indicate our ancestors walked with dinosaurs
Researchers have identified the oldest known fossils of primates, dating them to around 65.9 million years ago. That's just after one of Earth's biggest mass extinction events, and it suggests that the ancestor of all primates originally lived alongside the dinosaurs.

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Science

Fossils, Animals, Animal science, Evolution, Dinosaurs, Extinction, University of Washington



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 01, 2021

New studies explore how gut microbiome affects Alzheimer's and diabetes
Two new studies are offering yet more evidence the gut microbiome is deeply intertwined with our metabolic and brain health. One study offers some of the first experimental evidence to show a direct relationship between gut bacteria and cognitive changes in a mouse model of Alzheimer's, while a second suggests microbial biomarkers in the gut could be used to predict the progression of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes years ahead of time.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Microbiome, Gut Bacteria, metabolism, Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 01, 2021

Honda, Yamaha, KTM and Piaggio team up in swappable battery consortium
Four major manufacturers have committed to developing a standardized swappable battery system for electric motorcycles, opening up the possibility of quick-swap battery banks at service stations, servicing a range of brands and models.

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Motorcycles, Transport

Honda Motorcycles, KTM, Yamaha, Piaggio, Electric Motorcycles, Batteries



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 01, 2021

Dual-mode Crow eGravel ebike features a detachable motor and battery
Gravel bikes are becoming quite popular, partially because they're great for both commuting and rural recreational use. The Crow eGravel is designed with such versatility in mind, as it can be used with or without a motor and battery.

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Bicycles, Transport

Electric Bicycle, Indiegogo



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 01, 2021

Underwater robot rises from the depths to save drowning swimmers
Even though lifeguards are essential to maintaining safety at swimming pools, they can't always see everything that's happening, nor can all pool operators afford to pay their salaries. That's where a new swimmer-saving underwater robot is designed to come in.

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Robotics, Technology

Fraunhofer, Lifeguards, Rescue, Swimming, Underwater, Autonomous



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 01, 2021

Portable projector can autofocus in an instant
California's ViewSonic has launched a new 1080p portable projector that uses a technique called time of flight ranging to quickly measure the distance to the wall and achieve sharp focus in just one second.

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Home Entertainment, Technology

Viewsonic, Projectors, HD



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 01, 2021

Astronauts undertake 7-hour spacewalk to prepare ISS for new solar arrays
NASA astronauts recently completed a grueling seven-hour spacewalk in order to prepare the International Space Station (ISS) for the arrival of a new set of solar panels that will help support the ageing array that's been serving the station since December 2000.

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Space, Science

NASA, International Space Station, Solar Power, Spacewalk



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 01, 2021

Tree-inspired hotel to turn heads with eye-catching facade
With projects like the twisting Mira and sunlight-dodging 40 Tenth Avenue to its name, Studio Gang is no stranger to producing unusual designs - and its latest is another head turner. Named Populous, the mixed-use hotel will boast sustainability features such as solar power and a green roof, and is expected to be completed by 2023.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, Hotel, sustainable design, LEED



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 01, 2021

Lime eyes ebike expansion with new ride and massive investment
Shared mobility company Lime has added a new ebike to its fleet, a step-through with automatic transmission and a removable battery that can also be used in the firm's Gen4 e-scooter.

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Bicycles, Transport

Ride-sharing, ebikes, Last-mile transport



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 01, 2021

Polaris teases Zero-powered electric Ranger UTV
Powersports manufacturer Polaris inked a deal with Zero Motorcycles last year, sewing up the exclusive rights to use Zero's proven electric powertrains in off-road vehicles and snowmobiles for the next 10 years. And it seems the first vehicle to come out of this collaboration will be a full-sized, all-electric Ranger UTV, set to debut at the end of the year.

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Automotive, Transport

ATV, Polaris, Electric Vehicles, Off-road



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 01, 2021

Weak electrolyte bonds keep lithium metal battery running in the cold
Among the promising experimental battery architectures scientists are exploring is one that uses pure lithium metal for the anode, rather than the mix of materials used in today's lithium-ion devices. Scientists working in this area have now made a breakthrough around how these devices function at ultra-low temperatures, building a version that relies on weak bonds in its electrolyte to offer unprecedented performance in the cold.

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Energy, Science

Batteries, Battery, UC San Diego



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 01, 2021

Artificial magnetic texture induced in graphene could boost spintronics
Graphene has a lot of useful properties, but magnetism isn't one of them - at least, not usually. In a new study led by the University at Buffalo, researchers have managed to induce an "artificial magnetic texture" in the material, which could have major implications for the emerging field of spintronics.

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Materials, Science

Graphene, Magnetism, Magnetic, Materials, Electronic, Spintronics, University at Buffalo



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Mar 01, 2021

200,000-horsepower Aussie rocket car takes aim at 1,000 mph in 2022
With the Bloodhound SSC team flat broke, and the North American Eagle destroyed in a tragic fireball in Oregon, Perth's Aussie Invader 5R is planning to take a run at the very elusive 1,000 mph (1,609.3 km/h) mark. In doing so, the team will need to smash the outright land speed record, which has stood firm since October 1997, when the ThrustSSC broke the sound barrier for the first time and recorded an official 763.035 mph (1227.985 km/h).

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Automotive, Transport

Rocket, Land Speed Records, Crazy



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 28, 2021

Clever new technique turns underwater cables into earthquake detectors
As part of a project that could greatly speed up the detection of deadly tsunamis, Caltech seismologists and Google optical experts have come up with a method that turns operating submarine communication cables into earthquake detectors without using special equipment.

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Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 28, 2021

Deepfake tech used to bring dead relatives back to life
Genealogy company MyHeritage is putting deepfake technology to a creatively unsettling use with a new feature called Deep Nostalgia. The system animates photographs of long-deceased loved ones, turning old still portraits into uncanny blinking and smiling videos.

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Computers, Technology

Deepfakes, Photography, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 28, 2021

Invisible "dark matter" stars may explain puzzling gravitational waves
Last year scientists detected gravitational waves from what appeared to be the most massive black hole collision ever recorded. But now an international team of astrophysicists has proposed an exotic alternative - the data may actually favor a collision between two boson stars, hypothetical objects that would be invisible, incredibly dense and could even help untangle the mystery of dark matter.

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Physics, Science

Black hole, gravitational waves, Dark Matter, City University of Hong Kong, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Stars, Bosons



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 28, 2021

Genetic study uncovers link between depression and stomach ulcers
A new study published in the journal Nature Communications indicates a possible genetic association between stomach ulcers and depression. The Australian-led research found a genetic link between a susceptibility for peptic ulcer disease and psychiatric disorders such as major depression.

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Medical, Science

Gut Bacteria, Depression, Microbiome, Inflammatory, Genetics, University of Queensland



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 28, 2021

First light-up OLED tattoos could track health and rotting food
Scientists in Europe have leveraged cutting-edge OLED technology to produce a first-of-a-kind tattoo that could be used to monitor different metrics of physical human performance, or even the freshness of food. The device is billed as the first light-emitting tattoo, and can be applied much like temporary tattoos using water transfer, before being washed away with soap once its job is done.

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Wearables, Technology

Tattoo, University of London



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 28, 2021

First single-shot, "fridge stable" COVID-19 vaccine approved in US
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a third COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in the United States. Unlike the first two vaccines approved for use, this one is proven effective after only a single dose, and it can be safely distributed in standard refrigerator temperatures.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Viruses and Bacteria, Vaccines, FDA



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 28, 2021

London-sized iceberg breaks off Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica
After years of suspense, an iceberg approximately the size of London has broken away from the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, only a few miles from the Halley British Antarctic Survey (BAS) ice station. The 490 square mile (1,270 sq km), 490 feet (150 m) thick sheet of ice is not seen as posing a direct threat to the station.

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Science

Antarctic, British Antarctic Survey



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 26, 2021

Bürstner makes Ford van a flexible mini-camper multitool
More and more camper brands have realized that many customers don't want a big, ugly RV rotting away in their driveways for 3/4 of the year. They'd much rather have a small multipurpose vehicle to use every day of the year, including as a camper. Not long after similar product debuts like the Crosscamp Lite and VanTourer Urban, German motorhome manufacturer Bürstner launches its own take on the multipurpose mini-camper van. Its Ford Transit Custom rolls onto the road as a six-seat business van, two-person adventure gear-hauler, four-person camper van and open cargo van. It's a highly compelling rig for those who want a compact van that's much more than a camper.

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Automotive, Transport

Campervan, mini-campervan, Camping, Outdoors, Motorhome, Motorhomes, CMT-2021



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 26, 2021

A starfish-shaped body could help underwater robots stay put
Things can get very chaotic on the ocean floor, making it difficult for underwater robots to keep from being swept away. New research, however, suggests that by copying the structure of the starfish, they could actually be pressed into place.

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Robotics, Technology

University of Southern California, Underwater, Soft Robotics, Biomimicry



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 26, 2021

Iridium levels of submerged crater support dinosaur extinction theory
A new study has analyzed asteroid dust recently discovered in the Chicxulub asteroid crater. The findings further support the theory that the dramatic impact was the cause of the mass extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs.

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Space, Science

Extinction, Dinosaurs, Asteroid, Comets, University of Texas



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 26, 2021

Special silkworm diet results in stronger silk
Along with its use in clothing, silk also shows promise for use in products ranging from surgical sutures to seed coverings. Scientists have recently devised a method of making the material stronger, by altering the diet of silkworms.

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Materials, Science

Silk, Tohoku University, cellulose



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 26, 2021

Samsung raises the smartphone camera stakes with high-tech new sensor
Smartphones have revolutionized photography, making it vastly easier than ever before to capture and share great images. And on the other side of the coin, camera advances are probably responsible for a lot of smartphone sales these days; phones have been more than good enough in most areas for many years now, and a terrific new camera provides a compelling reason to upgrade where a processing boost or RAM upgrade might not move the needle.

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Photography, Technology



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 26, 2021

Barnacle analysis may help solve "missing at sea" mysteries
When it's determined that a boater is officially missing at sea, it helps very much to know when and where their vessel sank. According to new research, barnacles growing on flotsam could provide that information.

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Science

University of New South Wales, Ocean, Forensics



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 26, 2021

Electric-assist cargo trike can haul over 400 lb, leans into corners
Following the launch of the MX3 tilting e-trike in 2019, the Mastretta brothers - the creative team behind the lightweight MXT sportscar - have developed an ebike cargo system using the electric-assist three wheelers as a base, with four load capacities on offer.

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Bicycles, Transport

ebikes, Trike, Tricycle, cargo bike



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 26, 2021

Review: Hachi Infinite M1 Pro interactive ultra-short-throw projector
Back in 2018, China's Puppy Robot launched the puppy cube interactive projector on Indiegogo, and we got to review a unit. The company's next generation smart projector was showcased at CES 2020, and a higher spec version released toward the end of last year called the Hachi Infinite M1 Pro - which we've been trying out.

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Home Entertainment, Technology

Interactive, Touch-enabled, Projectors, Reviews



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 26, 2021

World's largest hydrogen "green steel" plant to open in Sweden by 2024
In 2020, the world produced about 1,864 million tons of steel, and since some 75 percent of the energy used in steelmaking comes from coal, each of those tons sent about 1.9 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The world can't get by without this ubiquitous metal at this point, but steel production is responsible for between 7-8 percent of global carbon emissions every year. This makes it a key target for decarbonization efforts, and it's one of the key areas where hydrogen is expected to be a cost-competitive alternative within a decade.

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Energy, Science

Steel, Manufacturing Technologies, Hydrogen



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 26, 2021

Newly discovered bone cell offers a fresh target for skeletal diseases
By taking their microscopes to the skeletal structures of the human body, scientists in Australia have unearthed an entirely new type of bone cell, one they believe may play an important role in the development of various bone diseases. The new cell switches on a number of unique genes, shedding new light on the way bones degenerate and reform and opening up new possibilities for the treatment of conditions like osteoporosis.

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Medical, Science

Cells, Bones, Osteoporosis, University of New South Wales, Cells



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

75 years ago, the world's first modern computer made its public debut
Seventy five years ago, the world was introduced to ENIAC, the first ever electronic, programmable, general purpose, digital computer, in a demonstration that not only ushered in the first glimmers of the computer age, but also shaped popular conceptions of the computer that continue to this day.

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Computers, Technology

Features, History, Computers, University of Pennsylvania, US Army



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Ultrasound triggers brain's waste disposal system in Alzheimer's patients
Among the many moving parts that scientists suspect may play a role in Alzheimer's disease is one known as the glymphatic system, which is thought to flush waste chemicals from the brain. A new study has demonstrated how this recently discovered system might be kicked into gear via ultrasound, with the technique proving effective in stimulating its activity in patients as part of early human trials.

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Medical, Science

Ultrasound, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, West Virginia University



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Jeep readies $75,000 V8-powered Wrangler Rubicon 392 for market
Jeep sure likes using the Wrangler Rubicon 392 as a weapon against the competition. First it debuted the concept to pull some attention off the highly anticipated Ford Bronco debut, and now it's trying to redirect some eight-cylinder 4x4 love away from the new Land Rover Defender V8. Jeep quickly reminds folks that the most powerful Defender ever has some competition in the fast, high-powered factory off-roader department. The V8-equipped Wrangler Rubicon 392 got the green light not long after debuting as a concept, and now it's close to launch Jeep has announced pricing and reiterated details for its quickest, most powerful Wrangler yet.

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Automotive, Transport

Jeep, SUV, Off-road, Wrangler



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Sony World Photography Awards finalists embrace the weirdness of 2020
The Sony World Photography Awards has revealed an incredible selection of finalists and shortlisted shots in its prestigious annual professional competition. This year's shortlist highlights how unusual the last 12 months have been, with many images depicting the pandemic using strange and creative perspectives.

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Photography, Technology

Sony World Photography Awards, Photography, Awards, Competition, Photographers, Drone photography



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Can't stand the cold? Blame this genetic mutation
New research has found one in five people have a specific genetic mutation that confers greater resilience to cold temperatures. The experimental study shows how people with a deficiency in generating a certain skeletal muscle protein shiver less and hold a higher core temperature in cold environments.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Genetics, Temperature, metabolism, Muscle, Evolution, Karolinska Institutet



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Modular magnetic fishing lure features swappable colored plates
A big part of recreational fishing involves switching from one lure to another, if the fish aren't biting. The Switchblade Fishing Lure is designed to simplify that process, with one central lure body that accepts interchangeable plates.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Kickstarter, Fishing, Modular, Magnetic



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Soft robotic grasper channels the spirit of the Venus flytrap
Although soft robotic graspers may be squishy on the outside, they usually still have hard, unyielding electronic components on the inside. A new and potentially more versatile bio-inspired grasping system, however, is 100 percent soft.

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Robotics, Technology

American Chemical Society, Southeast University, Soft Robotics, Biomimicry



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Framework Laptop designed for customization and repair
Californian startup Framework says that it was founded to provide quality products that can be customized, upgraded and repaired with ease. The company has today launched a 13.5-inch laptop aimed at ticking all of those boxes.

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Laptops, Technology

Repair, Upgrade, E-waste, Modular, DIY



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Ship hull coatings may be a major source of microplastic pollution
When we hear about microplastic particles polluting the ocean, the usual suspected sources are degraded consumer plastic goods and synthetic textile fibers from washing machines. A new study, however, suggests that much of the blame lies with protective hull coatings on ships.

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Environment, Science

Microplastic, Pollution, Ocean, Ships



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Study points to ship hull coatings as a major source of microplastic pollution
When we hear about microplastic particles polluting the ocean, the usual suspected sources are degraded consumer plastic goods and synthetic textile fibers from washing machines. A new study, however, suggests that much of the blame lies with protective hull coatings on ships.

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Environment, Science

Microplastic, Pollution, Ocean, Ships



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

1,500-W motor powers Patriot Pro ebike up steep hills
Californian e-mobility firm Splach has returned to Indiegogo - where it launched a full-suspension e-scooter last year - to fund production of an all-terrain ebike named the Patriot Pro.

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Bicycles, Transport

ebikes, Electric Bicycle, Indiegogo



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

World's first 3D-printed school planned for Madagascar
Over the past few years, 3D-printed architecture technology has matured from a hobbyist novelty to being used to create everything from offices to affordable housing - it now seems more a case of when, not if, it will become a widespread construction technique. The latest stride in this area concerns a plan to create the world's first 3D-printed school in Madagascar.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, 3D Printing, School, sustainable design



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Amazfit GTS 2e review: A budget smartwatch packed with features
Amazfit is now well established as a budget wearable brand, offering devices that come packed with features while retailing at a fraction of the cost of their big competitors - and after thoroughly testing the Amazfit GTS 2e, we can confirm that it continues that trend.

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Smartwatches, Technology

Smartwatch, wearable electronics, Fitness, Reviews



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

MIT creates a camera lens that can change focus without moving parts
Modern zoom lenses work wonderfully, but crack one open and you'll be greeted by a truly terrifying degree of micro-mechanical complexity, with 20 or more polished glass elements set to move in different directions at varying rates when you work the zoom or focus rings. The fact that these things last for years and years of heavy use while getting banged against furniture, exposed to rain, dust and varying temperatures, is a glowing testament to the geniuses that develop them.

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Photography, Technology

Lens, Lenses, MIT, Phase change material



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

US Postal Service previews next-gen mail truck with electric option
In what it hails as the most dramatic modernization of its fleet in three decades, the US Postal Service (USPS) has revealed the maker of its next-generation delivery truck, which will be built in both gasoline and electric powertrain variants. The new vehicles will carry a suite of modern features, and are expected to start servicing mail routes within a few years.

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Automotive, Transport

postal, Delivery, Electric, Electric Vehicles



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 25, 2021

Aqua Aerem to extract water from desert air and convert it to hydrogen
A new project in the Australian Outback will trial an innovative technique for converting solar energy into hydrogen by capturing moisture from the air and splitting it via hydrolysis, making it possible for hot, arid areas to become energy exporters.

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Energy, Science

Hydrogen, Concentrating Solar Power, Solar-to-Hydrogen, Australia, Renewable Energy



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

Darc debuts with wicked Dakar-inspired carbon off-road motorhome
German startup Darc is making its debut with an impressive carbon-monocoque motorhome inspired by the contrasting worlds of Dakar and F1 racing. The "ultimate expedition vehicle" journeys away from hookups for two weeks at a time, exploring remote corners and canyons that lesser vehicles have no hope of seeing. While out there, it supports both work and play with features like a 270-degree panoramic window array, long skylight, mobile workstation with 4K projector and bespoke audio system, and available motorcycle carrier.

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Automotive, Transport

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



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

New evidence stem cell therapy helps spinal injury patients
A detailed analysis of 13 case histories has found intravenous injections of stem cells lead to substantial motor function improvements in patients suffering spinal cord injury. The research also suggests the novel therapy is safe, with no major adverse events recorded, but larger clinical trials are needed to further affirm efficacy.

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Medical, Science

Stem Cells, Spinal, Regenerative Medicine, Yale



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

Can a major risk factor for Alzheimer's be revealed by pain perception?
Given the difficulty in diagnosing the Alzheimer's, scientists are exploring all kinds of avenues when it comes to techniques that may reveal the disease in its early stages, and new research out of the University of Tennessee (UT) is a particularly interesting example. The study authors have investigated the way pain perception may vary in those susceptible to developing the disease, and have teased out some useful differences they hope could one day translate into an inexpensive diagnostic tool.

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Medical, Science

Alzheimer's Disease, Pain, Dementia, University of Tennessee



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

Stunning video shows just how quiet Joby's eVTOL air taxi will be
Joby Aviation has been in semi-stealth mode for so long that this pair of videos released today comes as a real shock. Here's our first proper look at the world's most advanced eVTOL air taxi taking off, transitioning to horizontal flight, cruising and landing.

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Aircraft, Transport

Joby Aviation, eVTOL, Air Taxis, Flight



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

Pocket multi-tool cuts, tensions, pulls, measures ... and starts fires
For multi-tool makers and everyday carry aficionados, the wallet-friendly form factor of a credit card has a strong appeal. The M.020 Camping Tool Card is another interesting example of this, squeezing a number of campsite-oriented functions into a package that will be right at home in your pocket.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Camping, Multitools, Everyday Carry



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

NASA releases 360-degree panorama of Perseverance rover landing site
NASA has released the first HD 360-degree panorama taken by the Perseverance rover's mast-mounted cameras since it touched down on the Red Planet on Feb. 18, 2021 . The composite image, which was captured on the third Martian day of the mission (Sol 3), is the first of many that the rover will take as it unravels the secrets still harbored by the Red Planet.

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Space, Science

Mars, Rover, Panorama, Image



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Feb 24, 2021

NIH study confirms SARS-CoV-2 reinfections are relatively rare
A new study examining data from more than three million people suggests reinfection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is still quite rare. The research affirms a positive antibody test following an initial infection can be associated with a significantly lower risk of a second infection in the future, however, it is still unclear how long this protection may last.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Virus, The Immune System, Vaccines, U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

Land Rover drops a V8 into fastest, most powerful Defender ever
The Land Rover Defender V8 is back. We suppose if you count the myriad garages willing to stuff a GM small-block into a 25-plus-year-old Defender, it wasn't really missing in the first place. But the latest Defender V8 comes straight from the factory in both 90 and 110 body styles, wielding a 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Buyers looking to maximize on- and off-road power will enjoy over 100 extra horses over the turbocharged six-cylinder mild hybrid, making the all-new Defender V8 the fastest, most powerful Defender to come out of Coventry.

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Automotive, Transport

Land Rover, Off-road, SUV, defender



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

Barley growing conditions found to affect whisky characteristics
We're all familiar with the cliché of the wine aficionado who is able to tell where a wine's grapes were grown, based on its flavor. Well, new research indicates that a similar thing can be done with whisky, according to where its barley was grown.

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Science

Oregon State University, Whisky, Agriculture, Alcohol



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

Echo-sounding used to count farmed fish - without all the hassle
It's very important for fish farmers to keep track of the number of fish in their pens, but doing so typically involves going in and actually netting out some of the fish. According to new research, echo-sounding tech could soon serve as an easier and more accurate alternative.

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Good Thinking, Lifestyle

SINTEF, Aquaculture, Sonar, Fish



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

"Micromotors" could more effectively treat rheumatoid arthritis
Although the drinking of hydrogen gas-infused water can help treat rheumatoid arthritis, the effects are limited. Scientists have developed what could be a better alternative, though, in the form of tiny injectable gas-emitting "micromotors."

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Medical, Science

Rheumatoid arthritis, Treatment, Sphere, American Chemical Society



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

Modern, light-filled tiny house doubles down on storage space
Build Tiny was commissioned by a young couple who work on boats and are used to dealing with very small sleeping quarters, so a tiny house will actually be a relative increase in space for them. The New Zealand firm focused on maximizing storage space in the Hilltop Tiny House and it offers a modern, light-filled interior layout that sleeps four at a squeeze.

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Tiny Houses, Lifestyle

House, Home, Tiny Footprint, Trailer



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

Sony raids Alpha camera tech for FX3 Cinema Line compact
Following a number of online leaks, Sony has now officially announced the FX3 full-frame video camera, which combines technology from the company's cinema shooters with imaging features from the Alpha range of mirrlorless cameras.

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Photography, Technology

Sony, Video Cameras, 4K UHD, Cinematography



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

Triton's Titanic Explorer will reach new depths for luxury bubble-subs
Florida's Triton has been making high-end civilian submarines for more than a decade now, dividing its sales between scientific explorers, commercial and cinematography clients, and ultra-rich superyacht owners looking to spruce up their wet garages with something more interesting than a jet ski.

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Marine, Transport

Mini subs, Submarine, Triton Submarines



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

Whale sharks observed regrowing damaged dorsal fins for the first time
Some animals sustain grave injuries and may struggle to return to full health, while others, such as newts and salamanders, possess a remarkable ability to regenerate damaged tissues. Whale sharks may have more in common with this latter group than previously believed, with new research finding they are able to recover from injuries at an extraordinary pace, even when it involves partially amputated dorsal fins.

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Biology, Science

University of Southampton, Fish, Conservation, Marine



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 24, 2021

Oldest dog remains in Americas tell a tale of ancient canine migration
We know that humans have been sharing their lives with dogs for thousands of years, but there remain plenty of blanks to fill in regarding this relationship and the way it spread throughout the world. Scientists at the University of Buffalo have found a very useful clue concerning the migration of canines to the Americas, in the DNA of an ancient bone fragment said to be the oldest known dog remains in the region.

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Biology, Science

University of Buffalo, Dogs, Canines, Fossils, Bones



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 23, 2021

Fliteboard updates e-foil lineup with extra thrills for expert riders
Electric hydrofoil boards have come to offer watersports enthusiasts an exciting and low-effort way to fly across the surface, and having launched its first version back in 2018 and sold thousands of boards since, Fliteboard is one of the more notable names on the scene. The company has just launched its second generation of e-foil boards, promising improved performance and new bells and whistles across the entire lineup - and exciting new ride options for advanced users.

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Sports, Lifestyle

eFoil, Water Sports, Water



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 23, 2021

Stanford study into "Zoom Fatigue" explains why video chats are so tiring
A new study from Stanford University communications expert Jeremy Bailenson is investigating the very modern phenomenon of "Zoom Fatigue." Bailenson suggests there are four key factors that make videoconferencing so uniquely tiring, and he recommends some simple solutions to reduce exhaustion.

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Telecommunications, Technology

Video Conferencing, Communications, Audio, Psychology, Phone, Videophone, Stanford University, Features



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 23, 2021

Sony teases next-gen VR headset for the PlayStation 5
Sony has confirmed that it's working on a new virtual reality system for the PS5. In a PlayStation blog post, Senior VP of platform planning and management Hideaki Nishino gave some hints at what to expect from a new PSVR setup, promising "dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity."

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Virtual Reality, Technology

Sony, Playstation 5, Virtual Reality, Gaming



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 23, 2021

Ioniq 5 jump-starts Hyundai's EV brand with multi-charging flair
Back at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, Hyundai celebrated the 45th anniversary of its first independently launched car, the Pony, with the simply named 45 EV concept, a cute hatchback decorated with some sharp lines and angles. Fast-forward through a rather tumultuous year and a half, and Hyundai brings the concept to life in the form of the all-new Ioniq 5, the first official car of the all-electric Ioniq brand. The new crossover takes advantage of Hyundai's all-electric architecture in offering a lounge-like cabin space, estimated 295-mile (475-km) range, ultra-fast multi-charging that can fire in 62 miles (100 km) worth of power in a mere five minutes, and a charging hookup to power external tools and equipment.

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Automotive, Transport

Hyundai, ioniq, Electric Vehicles, Crossover



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 23, 2021

Powered "underwater glider" has no external moving parts
When scientists wish to gather oceanographic data over long distances - but without disturbing marine life - autonomous "underwater gliders" are often used. A new one is claimed to be highly maneuverable, yet it has no external propulsion or steering systems.

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Robotics, Technology

Purdue University, Autonomous Vehicles, Underwater



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 23, 2021

Galaxies stop neighbors from growing by stealing gas from their hearts
Massive galaxies may be siphoning off star-forming material from the very hearts of smaller satellite galaxies, according to the results of a newly published study. The interaction causes the smaller cosmic structures to stagnate and essentially cease evolving, as their larger cousins continue to grow.

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Space, Science

Galaxy, Evolution, Stars



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 23, 2021

Amazon gauging consumer interest in Smart Cuckoo Clock
For many of us, cuckoo clocks are something quaint that we remember from our grandparents' homes. Nonetheless, Amazon is now looking at giving the device a 21st Century makeover, with its appropriately named Smart Cuckoo Clock.

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Around The Home, Lifestyle

Amazon, Clock, Amazon Echo, Amazon Alexa



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 23, 2021

Flying Drone Blanket will charge and launch swarms of quadcopters
Although it's getting increasingly common to see swarms of illuminated drones being used for aerial light shows, simultaneously charging and launching all of those aircraft can still be tricky. That's where the Flying Drone Blanket is intended to come in.

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Drones, Technology

Swarm Robotics, Carlo Ratti Associati, Quadcopter



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 23, 2021

Cognixion ONE launches this year with brain-controlled AR
Coming later this year, the Cognixion ONE headset is promising something extra on top of the regular augmented reality experience: a brain computer interface (BCI) that can turn thoughts into commands for the device.

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Wearables, Technology

Augmented Reality, Brain-computer interface, Headset



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Feb 23, 2021

BIG's stepped skyscraper creates green terraces in the sky
Rising to a height of 1,005 ft (306 m) and defined by its spiraling green terraces, which twist around its glass form as it rises, The Spiral by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is now nearing completion. The ambitious building recently topped out and is slated to open in 2022.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Skyscrapers, Bjarke Ingels Group, Building and Construction, New York



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