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Sep 26, 2020

Gallery: A look at the tiny house movement's most impressive interiors
Promising a simpler life away from the chaos of busy urban centers, the tiny house movement has exploded in popularity over the past decade. But designers still have plenty of room for creativity when putting together these downsized dwellings, as the past couple of years have shown. Here we take a look at some of the most eye-catching of these innovative living spaces, which include everything from surprisingly spacious entertaining areas, to built-in bakeries, to ceilings that open up to sky.

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Tiny Houses, Lifestyle

Tiny Footprint, House, Interior Design



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 25, 2020

Canoo goes desert warrior with stripped electric "skatekart"
When Canoo presented its vision of subscription-based electric vehicles a year ago, its symmetrical, window-wrapped EV pod won our hearts as one of the cooler electric people-pushers on the horizon. What it didn't do was scream, "Turns on a dime!!" or "Dust-heaving desert dune buggy!" But underneath that glossy rounded trapezoid of mobility is a skateboard chassis capable of all that and more. Canoo recently gave the "skatekart" keys to pro driver Sara Price, and the results are mesmerizing.

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Automotive, Transport

canoo, Electric Vehicles, Buggies



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 25, 2020

18-function multitool wrenches gear, starts fire and plenty more
Built to travel with tinkerers and DIYers from garage, to work, to distant outdoor spaces, the new Caliber X from Tools Mule takes a different tack on multitooling. The compact, skeletal chassis disguises an 18-function, wrench-out build meant for everything from Saturday afternoon BBQs to all-out wilderness survival.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Multi-Tools, Survival, Kickstarter



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 25, 2020

Ground testing completed for Rolls-Royce ACCEL electric aircraft tech
Last year, we heard how Rolls-Royce was developing what it claims will be the world's fastest electric airplane, the ACCEL. Now, the company has announced that it has completed ground testing of the technology that will be used in the aircraft.

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Aircraft, Transport

Electric Aircraft, Rolls Royce, World's Fastest



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 25, 2020

Handlebar Bag features pop-up lid and multiple mounts
While many bicycle commuters and long-distance riders use a bar-mounted bag, there's something to be said for the easy accessibility of a good ol' basket. Route Werk's Handlebar Bag combines the best features of both, along with various extras.

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Bicycles, Transport

Bags, Cycling, Kickstarter



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 25, 2020

MIDI controller uses mini joysticks for expressive music creation
Dublin-based startup Joyst Instruments is launching a new MIDI controller called the JV-1 next month on Kickstarter that sports a bunch of gamer-style thumb joysticks up top for creating expressive music. Prepare your DAW for battle!

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Music, Technology

MIDI, Digital music, Controller, Joystick, Prototype



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 25, 2020

Orchid tree-inspired skyscraper starts to blossom in Hong Kong
Envisioned as an orchid tree about to blossom, the Zaha Hadid Architects-designed 2 Murray Road is under construction in Hong Kong's Central Business District. The skyscraper will feature a distinctive overall form and sustainable design that prioritizes fresh air ventilation, as well as an AI-powered management system that enables workers to move from street to desk without touching any doors or elevator controls.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Zaha Hadid, Building and Construction, Skyscrapers, Hong Kong, sustainable design



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 25, 2020

Orchid-inspired skyscraper starts to blossom in Hong Kong
Envisioned as an orchid tree about to blossom, the Zaha Hadid Architects-designed 2 Murray Road is under construction in Hong Kong's Central Business District. The skyscraper will feature a distinctive overall form and sustainable design that prioritizes fresh air ventilation, as well as an AI-powered management system that enables workers to move from street to desk without touching any doors or elevator controls.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Zaha Hadid, Building and Construction, Skyscrapers, Hong Kong, sustainable design



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 25, 2020

Mirrored mixing bowl offers behind the scenes look at the art world
Looking like a massive mirrored mixing bowl with salad sticking out of the top, MVRDV's Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen has finally been completed in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The eye-catching project is hailed as the world's first publicly-accessible art depot by the firm and will host 151,000 art pieces.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, Museum, MVRDV, Art, Rotterdam



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 25, 2020

Sennheiser aims for budget audiophiles with HD 560S headphones
Donning a pair of quality headphones is a great way to really immerse yourself in the music, but you can feel a little closed in after a while. Open-backed cans allow in more air for a more spacious sound, and Sennheiser has just announced a new pair for audiophiles on a budget - the HD 560S.

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Wearables, Technology

Sennheiser, Headphones, Audiophile



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 25, 2020

Interview: Roland Sands builds "Challenger RR" race cruiser for Indian
Harleys and Indians are used to competing with one another in showrooms, but a new race series is putting these giant American cruisers head to head at the famous Laguna Seca racetrack in the "King of the Baggers" invitational - the motorcycling equivalent of a tractor race.

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Motorcycles, Transport

Indian Motorcycles, Roland Sands Designs, Racing, Cruisers



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 25, 2020

Ring video drone checks homes for intruders or left-on lights
Amazon's Ring has announced a new home security camera that can let you virtually walk through your house when you're not home. The Ring Always Home Cam is mounted on a drone of sorts that can fly a preset path to check for intruders, open windows or left-on ovens. But of course, it might be more trouble than it's worth.

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Around The Home, Lifestyle

Home, Smart Home, Home Security, Amazon, Camera, Camera drone, Security



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 25, 2020

Self-erasing "invisible ink" chip alerts users to unauthorized access
Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a kind of electronic "invisible ink" that can help alert users to any unauthorized tampering with a device. When the chip is exposed to light it will erase information printed on it, making it clear that someone's opened the box.

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Electronics, Science

Counterfeiting, Authentication, University of Michigan, Electronic, Erasable, Optics



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 25, 2020

Eisenberg's berserk 500-horsepower lightweight V8 motorcycle
There is a primordial drive in certain motorcyclists that can only be satisfied by shoehorning the largest and most excessive engines possible into the frames of two-wheelers. The mighty V8, a staple of the muscle car world, has frequently found itself driving half the wheels it was designed for, but typically there's been one glaring problem with the resulting motorbikes: they're colossal.

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Motorcycles, Transport

Crazy, Motorcycle, Eisenberg Racing



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

Aerial photography hits new heights in the 2020 Drone Awards
The winning entries in this year's Drone Photo Awards deliver an outstanding assortment of aerial images, from the overall winning shot, catching a school of salmon forming the shape of a heart, to a special category focusing on the profound ways COVID-19 has transformed our cities.

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Photography, Technology

Drone photography, Photography, Awards, Competition, Photographers



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

Colloidal diamonds self-assembled in breakthrough for photonics
Engineers have developed a simple way to make colloidal diamonds that self-assemble. These structures have traditionally been tricky to manufacture in bulk, but with this new method they could be used to help make better photonic devices.

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Materials, Science

Photonics, Diamonds, Electronic, New York University, CNRS, DNA



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

1991 data reveals Northern Hemisphere's coldest recorded temperature
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has uncovered the coldest temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere. Based on historical readings from an automatic weather station in Greenland, on December 22, 1991, Klinck, located on the summit of the Greenland ice sheet, plunged to -69.6 °C (-93.3 °F).

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Science

British Antarctic Survey, Arctic, Climate



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

Hyundai Ioniq concept car cabin does chores and rides like a theater
Hyundai's Ioniq sub-brand has already defined itself as a high-tech enterprise thanks to its electrified vehicle lineup. Now Hyundai is looking to give it even more of a reputation for cutting-edge tech, experimenting with a concept car cabin of the future. The newest Ioniq-badged design includes a massive flexible OLED screen for entertainment and a series of robotic and automated equipment to keep the cabin and passengers clean and tidy.

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Automotive, Transport

Hyundai, Electric Vehicles, Concept Cars



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

World's smallest fine particle air pollution sensor fits inside a phone
Air pollution involving very fine dust, such as PM2.5 particles, poses a serious threat to human health. Scientists in Austria have developed what they call the smallest particle sensor in the world, designed specifically to detect these harmful pollutants and offer a highly localized picture of air quality by being integrated into wearables and mobile devices.

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Electronics, Science

Air quality, Pollution, TU Graz, Sensor, World's Smallest



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

Original penicillin mold genome sequenced for the first time
In a move that could lead to new innovations in antibiotic production, the genome of a freeze-dried sample of Sir Alexander Fleming's original mold that led to his discovery of penicillin has been sequenced for the first time.

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Science

Imperial College, Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Antibiotic



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

AI system detects loneliness in natural speech patterns
A new proof of concept study, led by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, has demonstrated how speech-analyzing artificial intelligence tools can effectively predict the level of loneliness in older adults.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Language, Speech, Diagnostic devices, Depression, UC San Diego



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

Touring Superleggera fires the shark-like Aero 3 onto road and track
"Weight is the enemy, air resistance the obstacle." Not novel ideas to anyone who's spent time around fast vehicles, but the all-new Aero 3 from Touring Superleggera was developed with a brief featuring that simple phrase quadruple-sized and bolded at the top. And it very much shows. With a massive rear fin and bodywork so smooth it could have been poured on, the 731-hp gussied-up Ferrari F12 slithers its way between air molecules on its way to a 211-mph (340 km/h) top speed.

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Automotive, Transport

Touring, superleggera, Coachbuilt, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Salon Prive, Supercar



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

Low-cost hearing aid has less than a dollar's worth of parts
Hearing aids may indeed be commonly used and relied upon in the First World, but they're still too expensive for many people in developing nations. The experimental LoCHAid device, however, is aimed at changing that.

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Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

140-mph quadcopter has designs on first responders
If there's one thing that all types of first responders have in common, it's the fact that they put a premium on speed. The Recruit quadcopter was created specifically for such users, as it can reportedly fly at over 140 mph (225 km/h) and has a claimed 3-hour flight time.

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Drones, Technology

Police, Ambulance, Firefighting, Quadcopter, Emergency drone



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

140-mph quadcopter is aimed at first responders
If there's one thing that all types of first responders have in common, it's the fact that they put a premium on speed. The Recruit quadcopter was created specifically for such users, as it can reportedly fly at over 140 mph (225 km/h) and has a claimed 3-hour flight time.

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Drones, Technology

Police, Ambulance, Firefighting, Quadcopter, Emergency drone



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

Electric Winnebago to bring early education as "Magic Bus" in Colorado
Based on a Ford F-53 EPIC chassis from Motiv Power Systems, the Magic Bus is a project of Winnebago and YouthPower365. The electric bus has been outfitted as a traveling learning center for pre-kindergarten children.

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Automotive, Transport

Winnebago, Education, Electric Vehicles, Electric bus, Motorhomes, Children



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

Audio-buffering Bluetooth mic gives drop-outs the slip
Although TV professionals commonly use wireless microphones when shooting on location, decent-quality units are generally too expensive for use by regular folks using smartphones. The creators of the Hooke Lav mic, however, have set out to change that.

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Electronics, Science

Kickstarter, Microphone, Bluetooth, Filmmaking



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

Yamaha blows out authentic-sounding digital saxophone
Yamaha has announced the YDS-150, a first-of-its-kind digital saxophone that's said to offer an authentic acoustic instrument experience - from the sound it makes to the key layout and the sensory feedback to the musician.

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Music, Technology

Yamaha, Instrument, Digital music



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

Heatherwick Studio plans horseshoe-shaped park on the waves
Regular readers may recall Heatherwick Studio's ongoing Little Island park on stilts on New York City's Hudson River. The firm has now revealed plans to create something similar but even larger and more ambitious on San Francisco's waterfront. Named The Cove, it would replace the remnants of a ruined pier and car park with an attractive public park on the waves.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, Thomas Heatherwick



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

Alice Camera marries MFT sensor, AI smarts and smartphone control
About seven years ago, Sony officially revealed its QX series of lens-style cameras, which mounted a combined optics/camera unit on a user's smartphone. Now a London startup is developing an interchangeable lens camera unit rocking a Micro Four Thirds sensor that's controlled using a clamped-on smartphone.

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Photography, Technology

Micro Four Thirds, Camera, Artificial Intelligence, Prototype, smartphones



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition cherrypicks flagship features for less
As if the 2020 lineup of Samsung Galaxy phones wasn't crowded enough, the company has now revealed a latecomer to the party - the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE). Packing a big screen and a beefy battery, the idea seems to be to bring a few flagship features into a less expensive phone.

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Mobile Technology, Technology

Samsung, Samsung Galaxy, Phone, Mobile Phones



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

TuSimple teams with VW's Traton to bring autonomous truck tech to Europe
TuSimple is an autonomous trucking startup with some big ideas, and lately we're starting to see how big those ideas really are. After revealing plans to establish a nationwide network for self-driving trucks in the US just a few months ago, TuSimple has now announced it will be taking its technology to Europe, through a new partnership with Volkswagen subsidiary Traton Group.

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Automotive, Transport

Autonomous Vehicles, Truck, Self-Driving, Volkswagen



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

Tiny wearable wind farm harvests energy from flapping plastic strips
Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a new type of wearable electric generator, which harvests energy from the wind as you walk. The team says it's low cost and efficient enough to power small sensors and LEDs.

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Electronics, Science

Energy, Wearable, wearable electronics, Wind, Wind Power, Renewable Energy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Generator



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 24, 2020

Titanium MultiRuler tool measures up and performs over 14 functions
Accessory maker Disc has a way of sneaking impressive functionality into multitools that take the form of everyday items, such as credit cards and house keys. Its newly announced MultiRuler continues in this vein, appearing much like a regular ruler you might keep on your desk, but with well-placed notches that afford it a much wider range of functions.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Kickstarter, Multi-Tools



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

Simple blood test predicts patients most likely to die from COVID-19
One of the big challenges healthcare workers are facing in this global pandemic is identifying those COVID-19 patients most at risk of severe illness and death. COVID-19 certainly is more dangerous, on average, in the elderly or those with pre-existing health problems, but that doesn't preclude a 96-year-old from presenting with no symptoms, or a healthy 21-year-old losing her life. A team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital have been trawling through hospital admission data to find some way to help doctors better assess those patients most at risk of suffering the worst effects of the disease.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Blood, Diagnose, Massachusetts General Hospital, Test



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

Ancient Persians were making "20th-century" chromium steel 900 years ago
Chromium is a common addition to alloys to make materials like tool steel or stainless steel, and it's long been thought to have been invented around the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But now, archaeologists have discovered that the ancient Persians were mixing chromium into their steel as far back as the 11th century - almost a thousand years earlier.

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Materials, Science

Steel, Stainless Steel, Metals, University College London, Archeology



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

BMW releases its first M-series motorcycle, the extraordinary M1000RR
BMW has announced its most powerful motorcycle ever - a lightweight, juiced-up version of its outstanding S1000RR superbike that becomes the first bike to wear the storied M badge. The M1000RR is a razor-edged track bike that's also street-legal.

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Motorcycles, Transport

BMW, Superbike



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

Trojan horse nanoparticle takes a drug-free approach to killing cancer
With cancer so often presenting as a cunning enemy, scientists are working hard to develop therapies that can slip through its array of crafty defenses. These types of "Trojan horse" approaches use all kinds of trickery to sneak drugs into cancer cells to kill them off, but a team from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is putting forward another solution, demonstrating how a new drug-free nanoparticle can do all the heavy lifting on its own.

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Medical, Science

Nanyang Technological University, Cancer, Nanoparticles



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

Common diabetes drug linked to lower dementia rates
New Australian research has found older diabetic patients using a drug called metformin experience slower rates of cognitive decline and dementia compared to those not using the medication. The findings build on the growing body of evidence suggesting this common drug generates compelling anti-aging effects.

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Medical, Science

Aging, Dementia, Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Brain, Drugs



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

The ISS changes course to dodge space debris on short notice
The International Space Station (ISS) made an emergency course correction to move it out of the path of a then-unidentified piece of space debris earlier this week. The Russian Progress 75 cargo ship fired its thrusters for 150 seconds in order to make the maneuver, altering the station's orbit by 5 km to allow the debris to pass at a distance of 1.39 km.

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Space, Science

NASA, International Space Station, Space Junk



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

MoonRanger robotic rover will seek out water on the Moon
NASA has awarded a contract to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Astrobotic to complete development and build an autonomous Moon rover as a technology demonstrator and water prospector. Slated to launch as early as next year, the robotic explorer called MoonRanger will be sent to one of the lunar polar regions to seek out ice and caves.

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Space, Science

NASA, Carnegie Mellon, Moon, Rover



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

VW's sub-$40K 250-mile ID.4 crossover dares Americans to go electric
Bringing electric vehicle technology closer to the tipping point at which the masses embrace it, Volkswagen today revealed the ID.4 crossover. With the small SUV packaging modern car buyers can't seem to get enough of, a bright, modern look, available all- and rear-wheel drive options, and pricing set to dip into the low $30s after tax breaks, the ID.4 promises to be a statement vehicle, both for VW and EVs at large.

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Automotive, Transport

Volkswagen, SUV, Electric Vehicles



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

Glove-based system lets users write letters in the air - with a drone
If you've ever tried controlling a drone with a traditional joystick unit, you'll know that it's difficult to get the hang of. An experimental new system, however, lets people actually write letters in the air with a drone, using a special glove.

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Drones, Technology

Machine Learning, Communications, Gesture Recognition



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

New 3D printing tech produces smaller-than-ever soft gel objects
Although we may think of 3D-printed items as being hard, they're actually often made from soft gels, as is the case with bioprinted body parts. A new system now allows such objects to be printed at a much smaller scale than ever before.

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3D Printing, Technology

NIST, 3D bioprinting



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

Clever cycling multitool features nesting magnetic bits
Regardless of whether they ever use them or not, cyclists certainly do like their multitools. The things can be heavy and bulky, though, which is where the Swiss-designed Daysaver comes in - it combines nine tools in a single hex wrench.

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Bicycles, Transport

Multi-Tools, Cycling, Kickstarter



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

Bose improves noise masking performance for second generation Sleepbuds
Back in late 2017, Bose launched an Indiegogo for a new pair of earbuds designed to help folks get a good night's sleep. The Sleepbuds subsequently went on general sale in the middle of the following year and now the second generation is being readied for direct release.

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Wearables, Technology

Bose, Sleep, Audio, Sleeping, Earphones, Noise-Canceling



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

NASA "Sonification" project lets us hear the cosmos
We're used to seeing the output of telescopes as images, but what if we could translate that data into sound? A new "Sonification" project from NASA's Chandra X-ray Center has done just that, letting us hear the center of the Milky Way, the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, and the Pillars of Creation nebula.

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Space, Science

Astronomy, Sound, Supernova, Nebula, Galaxy, NASA, X-ray, Spitzer, Hubble



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

Nature-inspired family retreat crowned 2020 Shed of the Year
Following the Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition a few months ago, an overall winner has now been announced. This year's top sheddie is officially Daniel Holloway, who won with his nature-inspired Bedouin Tree Shed in London, England.

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Tiny Houses, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, Shed, Garden, Recycled, sustainable design



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

Carbon fiber folding ebike designed to be an easy between-ride carry
Morfuns Bicycle started work on a lightweight folding ebike called the Éole back in December last year, which boasts a carbon fiber frame, a one-size-fits-all design, and a battery in the seatpost, a design that the company claims it was one of the first to implement back in 2016.

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Bicycles, Transport

ebikes, Foldable bike, Indiegogo, Carbon Fiber, Lightweight



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

FlexPai 2 is Royole's new and improved foldable phone
It might not have attracted the same number of headlines as the Samsung Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate X, but the Royole FlexPai was the first foldable phone to hit the market towards the end of 2018. Now the Chinese company is back with a sequel.

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Mobile Technology, Technology

smartphones, Foldable



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

CFMoto announces the 1250TR-G, China's most powerful motorcycle ever
China's CFMoto has long held ambitions to break out of the small-capacity bikes that sell in volume in its home country and start making bikes to play with the big boys internationally. At this year's Chingqing Moto Expo, the brand announced the most powerful Chinese bike ever, due to hit showrooms in 2021.

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Motorcycles, Transport

China, CFMoto



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

World's smallest "refrigerator" has a volume of one cubic micrometer
By putting a new spin on decades-old thermoelectric technology, scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a tiny microscopic cooling device they describe as the "world's smallest refrigerator." It's hardly the place to keep leftovers from spoiling or your beers cold on a summer's day, but the team hopes this nanoscale device can act as a springboard for advanced systems that cool things almost instantaneously.

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Electronics, Science

UCLA, Refrigerator, Cooling, Thermoelectricity



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

120,000-year-old footprints mark oldest evidence of humans in Arabia
Archeologists have discovered fossilized human footprints in Saudi Arabia that help fill in the story of the early migration of our species. Dating back 120,000 years, the tracks are the oldest evidence of the presence of modern humans on the Arabian Peninsula.

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Science

Human, History, Fossils, Griffith University, Saudi Arabia



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 23, 2020

Universal Hydrogen and Magnix building world's largest hydrogen plane
Hydrogen is well and truly on the rise as the zero-emissions aviation fuel of the future, with Airbus announcing its ZeroE initiative to get hydrogen airliners into production by 2035. But that's a long way off, and innovators are pushing to get H2 aircraft operating commercially much earlier.

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Aircraft, Transport

Hydrogen Aviation, Hydrogen-powered, Aircraft, Fuel Cell



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

Experts warn COVID-19 may increase risk of Parkinson's disease
A new article from a team of neuroscientists at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health is warning a future ‘silent wave' of neurodegenerative disease may be spawned by the current COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers suggest the SARS-CoV-2 virus can increase a person's risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

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Science

Parkinson's Disease, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Virus, Neurological, Disease, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

1,100-hp Model S Plaid and other highlights from Tesla's Battery Day
Like many events to take place in 2020, Tesla's Battery Day and annual shareholder meeting looked a little different to what you might expect, with attendees listening in from parked cars much like a drive-in movie theater. What was similar to Tesla events of the past, however, was the foreshadowing of big leaps in battery technology, the promise of affordable electric cars and the unveiling of a mind-bending new performance option, known as Plaid mode.

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Automotive, Transport

Tesla, Battery, Batteries, Electric Vehicles



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

Lunar orbiter to listen for radio signals from cosmic "Dark Ages"
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has announced a new addition to NASA's upcoming moon-shot Artemis program. From the silent skies on the far side of the Moon, the DAPPER spacecraft will listen out for radio signals from the "Dark Ages" of the universe, before the first stars fired up.

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Space, Science

Astronomy, Radio, Radio Waves, Moon, NASA, Hydrogen, Universe



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

Tokyo Torch to become Japan's second-tallest building
Mitsubishi Estate has unveiled plans for the Tokyo Torch, a 390-metre (1,280-foot), 67-storey skyscraper that will become the tallest office building in the country, and the second-tallest structure behind the 630-metre (2,080 ft) Tokyo Skytree.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Mitsubishi, Tokyo, Skyscrapers



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

Kia introduces new design, tech and hybrid options for 2021 Sorento
Kia has unveiled the 2021 Sorento crossover-SUV with four distinct powertrain options and five trim levels. The new lineup includes a turbocharged hybrid and an upcoming plug-in hybrid, with all 2021 Sorento models to include advanced safety and driver assistance features.

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Automotive, Transport

Kia, SUV, Crossover



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

Once-a-week insulin shot for type 2 diabetes passes Phase 2 trials
The promising results of a Phase 2 trial testing a new, once-weekly insulin treatment for type 2 diabetes have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The weekly injection was found to be as safe and effective as daily insulin shots and a larger Phase 3 trial is currently being planned.

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Medical, Science

Diabetes, Diabetic, Insulin, Health



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

Bone-healing bandage gets loaded with cells
For some time now, we've heard about scaffolding-like materials that are implanted into bone fractures, prompting the body's own bone cells to grow into them and heal the break. Now, however, scientists have developed a special bandage that may also do the job.

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Medical, Science

King's College London, Bones, Injuries, Stem Cells



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

HRZ maximizes space in sporty Mambo adventure camper van
Germany's HRZ Reisemobile shows yet another way of completely transforming the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter into a boundless, gear-hauling two-person camper van. The company abandons the standard layouts in favor of a flex floor plan that slides and folds out into separate drive, eat and sleep modes. Despite its compact sub-6-m (19.7-ft) size, the Mambo comfortably carries two people and their bicycles, provides kitchen, bathroom and dining room space, and offers a longitudinal bed to stretch out on at day's end.

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Automotive, Transport

Campervan, Camping, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes, Outdoors, Motorhomes



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

Punching robot designed for mixed martial arts training
While many fighters train with a punching bag, it's not really a fair fight - after all, the bag can't punch back. Stryk's new RXT-1 training robot, however, does exactly that.

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Sports, Lifestyle

Robots, Kickstarter, Training, Boxing



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

PlayStation 5 and PS5 Digital Edition vs. Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, it's high noon and the pistols are out - however you want to frame it, Microsoft and Sony are both launching their next-generation consoles soon. But which one is best for you? New Atlas compares the specs, features, hardware and games of the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

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Games, Technology

Games, Gaming, Game, Video Games, Sony, Playstation, Playstation 5, Xbox, Xbox Series X, Console, Microsoft, comparison, Product Comparison



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

Greg LeMond's brand is back, with lightweight carbon commuter ebikes
Many readers will recall the LeMond brand of high-end road bicycles, named after American champion cyclist Greg LeMond. Well, he's back with a new line of bikes bearing his name, although this time around they're carbon fiber electric-assist commuters.

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Bicycles, Transport

Electric Bicycle



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

World-first bionic vision system poised for human trials
Scientists in Australia who have spent more than 10 years developing a first-of-a-kind bionic vision system are now eyeing human trials. The technology works by bypassing damage to the optic nerves, and following successfully trials in animals, the scientists are hopeful it could one day help restore vision in those suffering from untreatable blindness.

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Medical, Science

Bionic, Vision, Blindness, Monash University



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

Concrete retreat puts a pool in the roof and daylight down below
This is not a home that will appeal to everyone with its use of rough, unfinished concrete, though those willing to embrace its distinctive looks will find an interesting and unusual dwelling. Situated in a forested area in Portugal, its roof has an integrated swimming pool and it features three outdoor patio areas that ensure sunlight permeates within its interior.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, House, Home, Concrete



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

DJ-tuned true wireless earphones offer personal audio profile
Not everyone's hearing is the same, and the new Xellence true wireless earphones account for this by offering real-time sound profile tweaking courtesy of a mobile app. The sweat-resistant buds also feature active noise cancellation, Bluetooth 5.0 signal stability and are fine tuned by renowned DJ, songwriter and producer Kygo.

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Wearables, Technology

Wireless, Noise-Canceling, Earphones



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

Peugeot will return to Le Mans with a new hypercar in 2022
Peugeot pulled out of Le Mans endurance racing after the 2011 season, despite having a pretty tasty hybrid race car ready to roll in the 908 Hybrid 4. Financial difficulties on the back of a bad year of street car sales put a bullet in the race program, and the French company was forced to pull out of the best-known motorsport event in France.

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Automotive, Transport

Le Mans, Hypercar, Peugeot



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 22, 2020

Huge cache of teeth seal Spinosaurus as a swimming dinosaur
Earlier this year, paleontologists proved Jurassic Park wrong yet again by discovering that the superpredator Spinosaurus was the first water-dwelling dinosaur. Now some of the same team has found further evidence, with a huge deposit of teeth recovered from an ancient riverbed, far outnumbering land dinosaurs.

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Science

Dinosaurs, Paleontology, Fossils, Teeth, University of Portsmouth



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Sep 22, 2020

Skeleton and KIT promise graphene SuperBattery with 15-second charging
Estonia's Skeleton Technologies and Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have partnered up to complete development on what they're calling the SuperBattery for EVs - "a groundbreaking graphene battery with a 15-second charging time."

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Energy, Science

Ultracapacitors, Electric Vehicles, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Skeleton Technologies, Batteries



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 21, 2020

NASA updates Artemis Plan for returning astronauts to the Moon in 2024
NASA has released an updated outline of its Artemis program to return US astronauts to the Moon and set up a permanent human presence there, beginning with the landing of the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024.

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Space, Science

NASA, Moon, artemis, SLS



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 21, 2020

"Ultrahot Neptune" exoplanet discovered orbiting star in under a day
Astronomers have discovered a new exoplanet that belongs in a brand new class - an "ultrahot Neptune." Known as LTT 9779b, the planet orbits extremely close to its star, and raises questions about how such a system came to be.

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Space, Science

Astronomy, Exoplanet, Planet, Neptune, Cambridge University, TESS, Stars



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 21, 2020

Promising Alzheimer's biomarker detected in eyes for the first time
A protein, previously found to be an effective blood-based biomarker of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, has for the first time been detected in the eye. The discovery lays the foundation for promising new diagnostic eye tests hoping to catch neurodegenerative diseases years before symptoms appear.

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Medical, Science

Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Eye, Protein, Diagnosis, Neuroscience



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Sep 21, 2020

Sea sponge skeletons inspire stronger, lighter load-bearing structures
From next-generation body armor to new treatments for tuberculosis, marine sponges have plenty to offer the world of science, and now we're seeing how they might inspire stronger and lighter skyscrapers and bridges. Engineers at Harvard University have demonstrated a new type of load-bearing structure based on the glassy skeletons of these sea creatures, which they say is more than 20 percent stronger than current solutions.

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Materials, Science

Building and Construction, Biomimicry, Harvard



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 21, 2020

Older people today are smarter, stronger and faster than 30 years ago
A compelling new study from researchers in Finland has compared the physical and cognitive performance of a group of older people in 2017 with a similarly aged group three decades earlier. Improvements were seen in almost every test, suggesting progress has been made extending healthspan, the number of healthy years a person lives.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Health, Lifespan, Aging, Finland, Seniors, Life extension



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 21, 2020

Silent Yachts pushes ahead with solar-powered floating villa concept
Known for expanding the boundaries of electric-powered ocean navigation, Silent Yachts is turning its outside-the-box thinking to vacation resort development. By using its solarized electric catamarans as floating vacation condos, it would create seaside (or sea-top) resorts that are light, flexible and ready to deploy quickly. Its new venture Silent Resorts aims to create fully autonomous, private-island resorts that have a fraction the footprint of typical vacation properties.

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Holiday Destinations, Lifestyle

Travel and Tourism, Yachts - 49, Silent Yachts, Solar Powered, Electric Boats



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 21, 2020

Portable device may help Mars rovers search for life
If a Mars rover ever were to find signs of life on the Red Planet, chances are that it would be in the form of compounds detected in the soil. A newly designed device could better help it do so, as compared to existing technologies.

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Space, Science

Caltech, California Institute of Technology, Rover, Mars, Extraterrestrial



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 21, 2020

Smartphone-powered athletic "smart suit" needs no batteries
When it comes to tracking an athlete's performance, a single wearable sensor doesn't always provide much information, yet multiple hard-wired sensors restrict movement. That's a where a new sensor suit comes in - and it's powered by a smartphone.

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Wearables, Technology

National University of Singapore, Smart Fabric, NFC



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 21, 2020

Unrestricted drone flight corridor allows other air traffic
If urban delivery drones ever do enter common usage, they won't just be able to fly where and whenever they want. They'll have to stick to flight corridors, such as one which is set to open west of London. It is believed to be the first one located in unrestricted airspace.

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Drones, Technology

Delivery drones, Aviation



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 21, 2020

Porsche rolls out 2.1-MWh charging trailers for Taycan track days
Porsche has now made it easier for drivers to take its Taycan electric supercar for a spin at special track days, by developing its own monster battery pack on wheels that can charge up to 10 cars at once.

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Automotive, Transport

Porsche, Electric Vehicles, Batteries, Recharging



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 21, 2020

SOM's new waterfront to be anchored by lighthouse-inspired skyscraper
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has designed many major buildings in its time, including the world's tallest, but its latest work involves the creation of an entire waterfront neighborhood. The Jiuzhou Bay project will feature a new supertall skyscraper and will offer pedestrians pleasant shaded spaces to stroll along, while also integrating solar power and rainwater collection.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Building and Construction, China, Skyscrapers, sustainable design



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 21, 2020

Airbus eyes hydrogen-powered future with commercial aircraft concepts
According to a recent international study, aviation is responsible for 3.5 percent of all human activities that drive climate change. Airbus is looking to a cleaner future for the commercial aircraft industries, where hydrogen powers the zero-emissions aircraft of tomorrow.

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Aircraft, Transport

Airbus, Hydrogen Aviation, Concept Aircraft



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 21, 2020

Study tallies up the plastic fibers shed globally through laundry
Discarded soda bottles, cigarette butts and fishing nets are some common examples of pollution in the ocean, but our problems with plastic don't end with the pieces that you see. Laundry cycles see our clothes shed huge amounts of microplastic fibers into the wastewater and scientists have now made an effort to quantify this, estimating that millions of metric tonnes of these synthetic fibers have entered waterbodies since 1950.

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Environment, Science

Plastic, University of California, Laundry, Plastic waste



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Sep 21, 2020

Bacteria helps animals sense the Earth's magnetic field, study speculates
One of the most persistent scientific mysteries over the past century has been exactly how some organisms seemingly have the ability to sense the Earth's magnetic field. Despite several hypotheses, and a large volume of research, there is still no conclusive answer to this mystery of a magnetic sense.

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Biology, Science

Magnetic field, Magnetic, Birds, Animals, Bacteria, Hypotheses



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 20, 2020

2020 Ig Nobel Awards celebrate the not-so-serious side of science
For three decades, the Ig Nobel Awards have celebrated the lighter side of science by highlighting research achievements that "first make people laugh then make them think." And there's no shortage of amusing projects amid the 2020 crop, with alligators made to bellow in helium chambers and drunken earthworms that vibrate on speakers just a couple of peculiar experiments to catch the judges' eyes.

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Science

Awards



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 20, 2020

Tarantula venom peptide may provide relief for IBS pain
Spider venom isn't normally something you want in your body, but in some cases there might be exceptions. Australian researchers have now identified two peptides from tarantula venom that show promise in blocking organ pain, working particularly well in mouse models of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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Medical, Science

Pain, Pain Relief, Spiders, Venom Evil, University of Queensland, peptide, Protein



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 20, 2020

The Walther PPK, the classic spy gun that changed the game
In 1930, a new pistol went on sale that would revolutionize the firearms world. Best known to the public these days as the "James Bond gun", the Walther PPK was arguably the first successful handgun made for concealed carry, and its now-classic design helped to introduce a number of technical features that quickly migrated throughout the industry as it became the most copied gun in the world.

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Technology

History, Firearms, Features



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 20, 2020

Surprising sleep study sheds new light on the purpose of slumber
New research analyzing data from dozens of sleep studies has identified a dramatic change to the nature and purpose of sleep in babies, occurring around the age of two. The discovery suggests sleep initially aides brain building and neurodevelopment before rapidly switching to a reparative role.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Sleeping, Sleep, Dreams, Neuroscience, Brain, UCLA



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 20, 2020

Enceladus' Tiger Stripes glow red in new global mosaic
Data captured by the Cassini spacecraft has been used to create a global infrared map of the Saturnian moon Enceladus. The icy world plays host to the dramatic "Tiger Stripe" vent formation which leads down to a massive subsurface ocean that, it's long been speculated, could play host to extraterrestrial life.

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Space, Science

Enceladus, Saturn, Cassini, ESA, NASA



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 20, 2020

JAXA teams with GITAI for world-first private sector space robotics demo
Space robotics startup GITAI and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are teaming up to produce the world's first robotics demonstration in space by a private company. The new agreement under the JAXA Space Innovation through Partnership and Co-creation (J-SPARC) initiative aims to demonstrate the potential for robots to automate of the processing of specific tasks aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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Space, Science

International Space Station, JAXA, Robotics



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 18, 2020

Alphavan turns Sprinter into gorgeous two-bedroom smart camper van
In the past year, we've seen a few new launches capable of vying for the title of world's most impressive camper van. The Affinity camper van and the Frankia Yucon 7.0 Lounge are two that immediately pop to mind, and we'd be remiss not to throw in the Hymer Vision Venture, even though it's merely a concept. Joining that select group is the new Alphavan, a massive Mercedes Sprinter that includes a duplex bedroom layout, built-in entertainment suite, and smart home-grade control system that can be accessed all around the van's interior and exterior.

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Automotive, Transport

Campervan, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes, Motorhomes, Motorhome, Travel, Camping, Travel, Outdoors



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 18, 2020

Portable hammock incorporates its own carrying case
We've seen quite a few portable, free-standing hammocks lately, but Pondell's QNUX distinguishes itself in a rather interesting way. The whole thing packs down into a tube-like carrying case, which also serves as part of the hammock.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Hammocks, Folding, Kickstarter



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 18, 2020

Review: 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid ups the ante by lowering output
For the 2020 model year, Toyota totally revamped the Highlander three-row crossover. As one of the make's best sellers, the vehicle enters its fourth generation with a mixture of old and new in its design. Significantly, for the hybrid option, the Highlander sheds some cylinders and gains some MPGs as a result.

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Automotive, Transport

Toyota, Crossover, SUV, Hybrid, Reviews



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 18, 2020

High-tech material used to create a thin, flat fisheye lens
Ultra wide-angle fisheye lenses are typically thick, bulbous contraptions, that can't easily be incorporated into devices such as smartphones. That could be about to change, though, as engineers have now created one that's completely flat.

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Science

MIT, University of Massachusetts, Metamaterials, Lens



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 18, 2020

Smooth-riding e-scooter features full suspension system
While folding electric scooters are now a common sight, most of the things still have fully rigid frames that just bang over obstacles on the road. The Splach e-scooter is different, though, in that it incorporates front and rear coil-sprung suspension.

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Urban Transport, Transport

Electric Vehicles, Scooter, Foldable, Suspension, Indiegogo



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 18, 2020

Electric U-Shift takes a modular approach to urban mobility
The German Aerospace Center has revealed a working prototype of a multi-use urban mobility and logistics vehicle called U-Shift, which is made up of an electric U-shaped base platform that's used to ferry around various pod modules.

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Urban Transport, Transport

Electric Vehicles, DLR, Autonomous Vehicles, Cargo, Logistics, Bus, Modular



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 18, 2020

Point-of-care prototype blood test reveals brain injuries in minutes
Generally, the way doctors detect traumatic brain injuries is through a CT scan, but recently we've seen how a protein called GFAP could play an important role in more prompt diagnoses. A blood test that uses this biomarker to reveal the severity of brain tissue damage in a matter of hours was recently approved for clinical use, but the authors of a new study are now setting their sights on a point-of-care solution that can deliver results within 15 minutes.

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Medical, Science

Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussions, University of Pittsburgh, Blood



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 18, 2020

Supertall skyscraper combines classic looks and modern sustainability
While designing the One Vanderbilt skyscraper, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) drew inspiration from NYC's golden era of construction and iconic towers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building. However, it also follows a modern approach to sustainability, including rainwater capture and the use of recycled materials.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

kpf, Skyscrapers, New York



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Sep 18, 2020

Portable guitar interface puts tone-tweaking tools in your pocket
Guitar effects titan Boss has unveiled a personal amp/effects modeling interface for guitar that works with a mobile app to offer powerful tone shaping while learning or jamming with YouTube videos.

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Music, Technology

BOSS, Guitar, Guitar Effects, Interface, Learning, YouTube, Portable



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