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Jan 23, 2022

USAF makes first eVTOL flight remotely controlled by an Air Force pilot
The US Air Force's AFWERX technology accelerator program has announced that in December 2021 it successfully completed the first flight of an electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft with an Air Force pilot at the remote controls.

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Military, Technology

US Air Force, eVTOL, Aircraft, Flight, Flight Tests



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 21, 2022

Sleek 30-second pop-up camping trailer gains more versatility
The Dutch-designed TakeOff trailer from Easy Caravanning first caught our eye in 2020, reminding us of a camper van pop-up roof on wheels, albeit with a complete floor plan including a kitchen. The stylish, little pop-up was always a versatile powerhouse, offering a low, aerodynamic ride height for driving, a spacious, indoor/outdoor living area at camp, and a mere 30-second set-up process separating the two. With its latest floor plan, the TakeOff brings even more versatility to the hitch, offering users flexible interior day use and fast, simple day-to-night transitions.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Caravan, Trailer, trailers, Camping, Outdoors



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 21, 2022

"Living" water filter outperforms its commercial equivalent
While certain types of filtration media are great at removing pathogens from water, they do clog up over time, slowing their rate of filtration. According to new research, a solution to the problem may lie in the use of "living filtration membranes."

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Science

Filters, Water, Bacteria, Fungus



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 21, 2022

Cryogenic hydrogen SCG Boot off-roader aims to recast fuel cell tech
Trying to race 1,200 miles (1,931 km) of notoriously harsh, prickly desert is difficult in itself. Developing a first-of-its-kind zero-emissions fuel cell off-roader to complete the task is more difficult still. Skipping common compressed-gas hydrogen in favor of cryogenic liquid hydrogen so bleeding edge you can't even source it for testing, let alone pump it into your 4x4 ... well, that's just lunacy. But if your resume already includes an entry titled "Frankenhooker," your screws are probably loose enough to give it a go. Or that's the case at Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG), anyway. The company's plans now call for its hydrogen-powered Boot Baja racer to run on liquefied hydrogen, which stores at -423 ºF (-253 ºC) and ignites with the tiniest of sparks.

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Automotive, Transport

Hydrogen, Hydrogen-powered, cryogenic-hydrogen, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, Off-road, Fuel Cell, baja



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 21, 2022

Zaamigo tooth-checking device puts an AI camera in your mouth
While there are camera-equipped toothbrushes that let users see how well they're cleaning their teeth, the Zaamigo goes considerably further. It uses AI to analyze the photos it shoots, in order to monitor the health of its user's teeth and gums.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

ETH Zurich, Dental, Teeth



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 21, 2022

UK McDonald's offers fries with a side of sustainability
A new McDonald's restaurant in the UK has been designed with sustainability in mind. Hailed by the fast-food giant as the UK's "first Net Zero Carbon Restaurant," it was constructed using recycled materials, and solar panels and wind turbines help meet its electricity needs.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, sustainable design, Net Zero, Solar Power, Restaurant



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 21, 2022

Ibanez reveals crazy three-necked Hydra guitar built for Steve Vai
Multi-necked guitars are nothing new of course, examples of note include the Reversed Slide Neck from Luca Stricagnoli, Rick Nielsen's five-neck Hamer beast, and the beautifully bizarre Manzer Pikasso. The Hydra follows a similar path, but does so with monstrous style.

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Music, Technology

Guitar



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 21, 2022

Newly discovered "oral plug" keeps whales from drowning as they dine
Whales are famous for feeding by gulping down huge amounts of water to capture tiny krill. But how do they do this without drowning themselves with every mouthful? Researchers have now discovered an "oral plug" in the throats of some species that blocks either their airways or esophagus as needed.

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Biology, Science

Whale, Marine Biology, Marine, University of British Columbia



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 21, 2022

Quantum dots make for stabler, more efficient perovskite solar cells
Perovskite solar cells have come a long way in a short time, but there's still room for improvement. Engineers have now added a layer of quantum dots to the recipe, resulting in a more stable solar cell with near-record efficiency.

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Energy, Science

Perovskite, Solar Cell, Quantum Dot Solar Cells, EPFL, korea, Efficiency



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 20, 2022

Humidity sensor inspired by camel noses can trace moving fingers
Scientists have developed an advanced new type of humidity sensor that takes inspiration from camel noses to overcome shortcomings with existing solutions. The novel device is capable of detecting low levels of water molecules in the air and opens up some interesting possibilities, including finding water sources in extreme environments or contactless interactions with computers.

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Electronics, Science

Humidity, American Chemical Society, Sensors, Water



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 20, 2022

New whole-virus COVID vaccine may be effective against Omicron
A new announcement from vaccine company Valneva indicates its experimental COVID-19 vaccine is effective at neutralizing the Omicron variant. The vaccine is at the tail-end of Phase 3 trials and is the first inactivated whole-virus vaccine to be trialed in Europe.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Vaccines, Virus



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 20, 2022

Giant A-68 iceberg dumped 152 billion tonnes of freshwater into the sea
The four-year saga of iceberg A-68 may be over, but its environmental impacts are still being assessed. A new study has calculated that the largest chunk, A-68A, released billions of tonnes of freshwater into the sea right near a marine nature reserve, which could have untold effects on the ecosystem.

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Environment, Science

Antarctic, Ice, ESA, Satellite, Copernicus, CryoSat, Sentinel



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 20, 2022

Experimental cancer drug mimics benefits of fasting to fight obesity
An experimental drug under investigation as a potential cancer treatment has shown exciting potential in an entirely unrelated field of medicine, with scientists finding it confers benefits for weight loss and metabolic health in mice. These benefits were profound enough to surprise the authors of the study, who hope they could translate to a fast-acting but short-term treatments for obesity.

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Medical, Science

Cancer, Obesity, metabolism, Washington University in St Louis



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 20, 2022

Thin, flexible sensor records brain activity in record-breaking detail
Scientists have developed an advanced new brain sensor that promises to take the safety and efficiency of cancer and epilepsy treatment into new terrain. The groundbreaking device is able to record electrical signals from the brain's surface in record-breaking resolution, which can help neurosurgeons better distinguish between healthy and diseased tissue, and also deepen our understanding of how the human brain functions.

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Medical, Science

Epilepsy, UC San Diego, Tumor, Brain-computer interface, Brain Machine Interface



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 20, 2022

Alcohol consumption can directly cause cancer, new genetic study finds
A large genetic study tracking 150,000 subjects for over a decade has affirmed the direct causal link between drinking alcohol and developing cancer. The findings particularly link oesophageal cancers and head and neck cancers with alcohol consumption.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Cancer, Alcohol, University of Oxford, Genetics, Health



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 20, 2022

Rivian electric truck charging goes glamping at Under Canvas resorts
Rivian and Under Canvas have teamed up to offer Waypoints charging stations at two of the latter's safari-style glamping resorts. The resorts will expand Rivian's presence in Southern Utah, an always-popular off-road adventure destination. Whether you're driving your R1S for a weeklong stay at one of the properties or stopping overnight ahead of a broader R1T overland trip into red rock country, the chargers will top your rig off.

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Automotive, Transport

Glamping, Rivian, EV Charging, Electric Vehicles



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 20, 2022

Zoa PL1 lets skiers bring their own rope tow to the backcountry
Rope tows certainly make life easier if you're skiing at a groomed, established hill, but what if you're more into backcountry skiing? Well, that's where the Zoa PL1 comes in, as it's a portable rope tow that you set up yourself.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Ski lifts, Skiing, Portable, Kickstarter



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 20, 2022

"Antifreeze skin cream" could protect people from frostbite
Currently, when we're heading outside on a sunny day, we apply sunscreen to limit UV damage to our skin. Thanks to new research, however, we may soon apply a different sort of lotion to avoid frostbite on cold days.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Winter, Skin, American Chemical Society, Protection



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 20, 2022

Casio keyboard turns your text into pop-inspired vocal harmonies
There are a number of ways that musicians can get their instruments to sing. Sampled vocals can be loaded into a synth, you can use a vocoder, or you can stick a tube in your mouth and run it to an effects pedal. Now Casio has developed a keyboard that can voice words and phrases tapped into a mobile app.

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Music, Technology

Casio, Keyboard, Synthesizer, Voice



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 20, 2022

Cannondale's SmartSense safety tech launches on new Synapse road bike
Cannondale's Synapse has always been a fairly well-regarded road bike, but the latest version sports a little something extra. It's called the SmartSense system, and it's designed to help keep riders from being struck by cars.

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Bicycles, Transport

bike lights, Road Safety, Garmin, Cannondale, Radar



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 20, 2022

Startup looks to reinvent freight by rail with autonomous electric haulers
A California startup co-founded by three former SpaceX engineers has emerged from stealth with a plan to build autonomous electric vehicles to haul freight by rail, and has raised a sizable pot of cash to move things forward.

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Transport

Railways, Haulers, Autonomous Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Freight



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 20, 2022

Electrically active fluid helps new liquid lens change focus
Researchers in China have developed a new type of adaptive liquid lens that changes its focal distance when a voltage is applied. Made using a new electrically responsive fluid, the lens is small, lightweight, and could be easily manufactured for use in smartphones and other cameras.

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Technology

Lens, Liquid Lens, Lenses, Optical, Optics, Hefei University of Technology



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 20, 2022

Oldest surviving straws hint at ancient culture of communal beer drinking
A set of lengthy silver and gold tubes dug up from a famous grave in the the Caucuses have been found to represent the oldest surviving drinking straws, with the scientists behind the discovery believing they were used for communal beer consumption. The specimens are 5,000 years old and help deepen our understanding of drinking culture in ancient hierarchical societies.

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Science

Archaeology, University of Cambridge, Beer, History



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Defiant X attack helicopter completes first mission profile test flights
With the decision on the replacement of the US Army's UH-60 Black Hawk fleet coming down to the wire, the partners behind the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing SB1 Defiant have announced that their candidate advanced rotorcraft has completed its first mission profile test flights.

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Military, Technology

Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Helicopters, Aircraft, Flight Tests



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Silicon quantum computing surpasses 99% accuracy in three studies
Three teams of scientists from around the world have achieved a major milestone in quantum computing. All three groups demonstrated better than 99 percent accuracy in silicon-based quantum devices, paving the way for practical, scalable quantum computers that are error-free.

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Quantum Computing, Science

Quantum, Quantum Computing, Silicon, University of New South Wales, RIKEN, Technical University of Delft, Electrons



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Cambridge artificial pancreas proves "life-changing" for young diabetics
Management of type 1 diabetes is a difficult balancing act that involves finger-prick sampling and insulin injections to keep blood glucose levels in check, but the notion of an "artificial pancreas" promises to lighten the load. Scientists at the University of Cambridge have been pushing the boundaries of this technology for more than a decade and have now reported promising findings from trials in very young children, where their solution produced "life-changing" results.

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Medical, Science

Diabetes, Diabetic, University of Cambridge



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Oxford study detects cognitive deficits months after mild COVID
A novel study led by researchers from the University of Oxford has investigated the lingering cognitive effects of mild COVID-19 in the months following infection. The research revealed minor deficits in attention and memory can be seen for up to six months following a mild infection.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Virus, Brain, Neurological, University of Oxford



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Airstream remote-controlled glamper trailer self-drives to the future
Self-propelled trailer technology looked quite cool and cutting-edge on the curvy Dethleffs Coco, and it looks even cooler below a classic Silver Bullet silhouette. The Vision Vehicle isn't the only fun electric toy Thor Industries has brought out at the Florida RV SuperShow. The new Airstream eStream concept packs an e-drive that can propel the trailer's weight, maneuver into tight spaces via remote control, power up appliances at camp, and even serve as a backup power supply at home.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Trailer, Caravan, Self-Driving, Concept Vehicle, smart RV, electric-camper, Airstream, Thor Industries, Camping, Off-grid,

Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

A simple retina scan could predict your risk of early death
A new study is proposing a simple retina scan could indicate whether a person is at risk of early death. The research found the greater the gap between a person's chronological age and retinal age the higher their risk of dying.

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Medical, Science

Eye, Diagnostic devices, Test, Deaths, Health



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Patient-specific spinal model may predict the effect of disc implants
As people get older, the intervertebral discs in their spine tend to deteriorate, some of which end up being surgically replaced with implants. A new patient-specific spinal model, however, could help determine how successful such surgery will be.

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Medical, Science

Florida Atlantic University, Spinal, Implant, Simulations, 3D Printing



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Vision Vehicle fuel-cell electric RV is a 300-mile wheeled smart home
This year's Florida RV SuperShow is serving as a major coming-out party for American electrified camper technology. Winnebago already showed its first electric camper, and the US' largest RV brand lays out its own plans. With the Vision Vehicle, Thor Industries pushes past the limited ranges of all-electric motorhomes with a fuel-cell hybrid drive that offers up to 300 miles. The Class B oversized camper van concept also folds smooth lines, lightweight materials and a high-tech user interface into the mix, providing an early preview of the seamless RVing of the future.

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Automotive, Transport

electric-camper, smart RV, Thor Industries, Campervan, RV, Motorhomes, Concept Vehicle, Camping, Outdoors, Off-g

Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Vision Venture fuel-cell electric RV is a 300-mile wheeled smart home
This year's Florida RV SuperShow is serving as a major coming-out party for American electrified camper technology. Winnebago already showed its first electric camper, and the US' largest RV brand lays out its own plans. With the Vision Vehicle, Thor Industries pushes past the limited ranges of all-electric motorhomes with a fuel-cell hybrid drive that offers up to 300 miles. The Class B oversized camper van concept also folds smooth lines, lightweight materials and a high-tech user interface into the mix, providing an early preview of the seamless RVing of the future.

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Automotive, Transport

electric-camper, smart RV, Thor Industries, Campervan, RV, Motorhomes, Concept Vehicle, Camping, Outdoors,

Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Seasam drone autonomously follows divers and performs underwater tasks
Back in 2016 we told you about the iBubble, an underwater drone that autonomously follows and films scuba divers. Well, it now has a more capable industrial-use big brother, known as the Seasam.

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Drones, Technology

Underwater drones, Autonomous



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Review: 2022 Nissan Leaf continues to be the EV for the rest of us
The Nissan Leaf entered the market in 2011 as the first truly mass-produced electric vehicle since the early part of the 20th century. Today, Nissan has taken the original sub-100-mile-range EV and put it into the post-200-mile genre. Still the lowest-cost production EV on the market, the second-generation Leaf's base price has actually been lowered for 2022.

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Automotive, Transport

Nissan, Electric Vehicles, Nissan LEAF, Reviews



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Canon brings Cinema EOS power to R5 full-frame mirrorless camera
Canon has today announced the EOS R5 C full-frame mirrorless camera that essentially combines the already video-focused EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera with technologies from its Cinema EOS line of movie-making models for a hybrid shooter with "equal parts video and still digital imaging power."

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Photography, Technology

Canon, Canon EOS, Mirrorless Cameras, Full-frame, Cameras, Video Cameras



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Six-berth tiny house can lose the wheels for permanent small living
Build Tiny's latest model, the Kereru Tiny House, is based on a detachable trailer, allowing future owners to put down roots and permanently install it with relative ease if they get tired of life on wheels. Its interior is quite compact, but does have a well-proportioned living area, plus sleeping space for up to six people - as long as a couple of guests don't mind roughing it on a sofa bed.

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Tiny Houses, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, Tiny Footprint, House, Micro-House, Home



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Brompton redesigns iconic folding bike for lightweight city riding
Brompton has reworked its iconic folding bike design for what the company says is its lightest model ever. Thanks to the T Line's titanium frame, a new drivetrain and carbon fiber components, the finished bike comes in some 37 percent lighter than an original all-steel Brompton.

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Bicycles, Transport

Folding, Titanium, Lightweight, City, Last-mile transport



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Energy efficient home rises up and over dramatic rocky landscape
Italian architectural firm Giuseppe Gurrieri Studio has recently finished a stunning single-family home that balances on 12 slim pillars, raising the house up and over a dramatic rocky landscape. Located in the small town of Ragusa in Sicily, Italy, Casa VCS boasts an aesthetic of lightness and transparency, as it blends into its surrounding landscape while leaving minimal impact on the natural terrain.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Net Zero, Home, sustainable design



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Curiosity detects carbon signature on Mars that, on Earth, indicates life
NASA's Curiosity rover has detected high amounts of an unexpected form of carbon on Mars. That might not sound too exciting, but the kicker is that here on Earth, this chemical signature is usually associated with life.

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Space, Science

Carbon, Mars, Curiosity Rover, NASA, Life



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 19, 2022

Study finds chemical pollution is now beyond safe boundary for the planet
Chemical pollutants, including plastics, can impact the Earth in all kinds of ways. Manufacturing of these "novel entities" has grown so rapidly that governments are now unable to assess, let alone control the risks to Earth's ecosystems, new research has found, taking us beyond a safe "planetary boundary" and endangering the planet's stability.

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Environment, Science

Pollution, Chemicals, Plastics, Plastic waste



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

Losing my religion: The pandemic is causing many to lose faith in God
New research published in the Journal of Religion and Health has found faith in God and trust in a higher power declined across the course of the pandemic. The German survey found the longer the pandemic went on, the more people seemed to lose their faith in God.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Religion



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

Liquid metal catalyst quickly converts carbon dioxide into solid carbon
Researchers at RMIT have developed a new method for quickly converting carbon dioxide into solid carbon, which can be stored indefinitely or turned into useful materials. The technology works by bubbling CO2 up through a tube of liquid metal, and it's designed to be easy to integrate into the source of emissions.

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Environment, Science

Carbon, Carbon capture, Carbon Dioxide, liquid metal, RMIT, New Atlas Audio



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

Liquid metal catalyst quickly coverts carbon dioxide into solid carbon
Researchers at RMIT have developed a new method for quickly converting carbon dioxide into solid carbon, which can be stored indefinitely or turned into useful materials. The technology works by bubbling CO2 up through a tube of liquid metal, and it's designed to be easy to integrate into the source of emissions.

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Environment, Science

Carbon, Carbon capture, Carbon Dioxide, liquid metal, RMIT



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

SpaceX satellites now appearing in 1 in 5 of telescope's twilight images
SpaceX's aspirations to blanket the Earth in high-speed internet through a constellation of orbiting satellites continues apace, and a new study demonstrates the significant mark they are already making on the world of astronomical imaging. As the number of satellites in low-Earth orbit has grown rapidly over the past two years, researchers have found they are now affecting almost a fifth of important twilight observations, though they describe the overall scientific impacts as small, for now.

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Space, Science

Starlink, SpaceX, Caltech, Satellite, Astronomy



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

Winnebago's 125-mile electric RV zaps voltage into American van life
As promised, Winnebago has kicked off the Florida RV SuperShow with a high-voltage bang, revealing the American market's first all-electric motorhome, a Ford Transit-based camper van with full floor plan. More than just a big battery and electric motor on a regular Winnebago camper, the e-RV concept is a completely reimagined all-electric camping experience that meets all driving and camping needs with its onboard 86-kWh battery pack. It won't be coming to your local RV dealership next quarter, but it's a critical first step in the motorhome industry's move into a zero-tailpipe-emissions electric future.

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Automotive, Transport

electric-camper, RV, Winnebago, smart RV, Concept Vehicle, Motorhome, Motorhomes, Camping, Outdoors



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

Most COVID vaccine side effects due to placebo effect, metastudy finds
A meta-analysis looking at data from 12 vaccine trials has concluded up to three-quarters of adverse events reported following COVID-19 vaccination can be attributed to the placebo effect. The researchers call for improved public health communication to inform people that many vaccine side effects can be attributed to what is known as the "nocebo effect."

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Vaccines, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

Sava E-Flash is a frugal take on the carbon gravel ebike
Both gravel bikes and electric bikes are becoming more popular, so it should come as no surprise that we're seeing an increasing number of gravel ebikes. One of the latest, the E-Flash, features a carbon frame at a relatively low price.

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Bicycles, Transport

ebikes, Kickstarter, Carbon Fiber



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

Large vehicle-carrying ferry makes first-ever autonomous run in Japan
In what is being described as a world-first, a 222-meter (728-ft) vehicle-carrying ferry has autonomously navigated a 240-km (149-mile) stretch of Japan's Iyonda Sea. The vessel even performed the docking procedures on its own.

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Marine, Transport

Mitsubishi, Autonomous Vehicles, Ships



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

XFoil serves as an SUP, powered surfboard and hydrofoiling board
Stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), powered surfboards and even hydrofoiling surfboards are all becoming increasingly popular, but buying one of each could get expensive. That's where the modular XFoil comes in, as it can serve as all three - if you opt for enough extras.

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Marine, Transport

electric surfboards, Hydrofoil, paddleboarding, Indiegogo, Modular



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

Garmin brings touch to fenix series rugged smartwatches
After numerous leaks and months of rumor, Garmin has finally pulled back the curtain on the next generation of premium multisport wearables. The fenix 7 series adds touchscreen interaction, ups the solar charging capabilities and even brings a flashlight to the watch party.

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Wearables, Technology

Garmin, Smartwatch, Sports, Outdoors, Rugged, Health, Fitness, Tracking



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

Solar panel-covered Sun Rock will be a renewable-energy powerhouse
Nobody can accuse high-profile Dutch firm MVRDV of taking a half-hearted approach to ensuring its upcoming project Sun Rock is sustainable. Most of the building will be covered with solar panels and, according to the firm, it's expected to generate around 1 million kWh of green energy annually, which will easily ensure its self-sufficient operation, with the excess sent to the grid.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, MVRDV, Solar Power, sustainable design, Taiwan



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

Samsung aims for console-like mobile gaming with Exynos 2200 processor
Samsung has announced its latest premium mobile processor ahead of its scheduled February 8 Unpacked event, promising to "change the way we experience mobile gaming." The Exynos 2200 comes packing in-house graphics based on AMD RDNA 2 architecture with hardware-based ray tracing.

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Mobile Technology, Technology

Samsung, smartphones, Processor, Graphics, Gaming



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

The highlights of the 2021 science, sci-fi and technology auction year
This is the second part of a two-part overview of the 2021 auction year - a year where investors channeled more of their wealth into "investments of passion" than ever before.

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Collectibles, Lifestyle

Christie's, Sotheby's, Propstore, University Archives (Auction House), Bonhams, Heritage Auctions, Fonsie Mealey, Ketterer Kunst, Aristotle, mario bros., RR Auction, Marc van de Wiele Auctions,

Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

World's fastest genome sequencer diagnoses genetic disease in hours
Genome sequencing can be used to determine whether a patient's illness is genetic, but it usually takes weeks to get results. A new ultra-rapid technique can sequence a person's genome and diagnose genetic diseases in just a few hours, earning it a Guinness World Record.

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Medical, Science

DNA, Genome, Sequencer, Stanford University, Diagnose, Diagnosis, Diagnostic devices



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

Eco-friendly plastics made from sugars boast "unprecedented" properties
The search for sustainable alternatives to common plastics has researchers investigating how their building blocks can be sourced from places other than petroleum, and for scientists behind a promising new study, this has led them straight to the sweet stuff. The team has produced a new form of plastic with "unprecedented" mechanical properties that are maintained throughout standard recycling processes, and managed to do so using sugar-derived materials as the starting point.

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Materials, Science

Plastic, Plastics, University of Birmingham, Duke University



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 18, 2022

Indicators of life in Martian meteorite may be due to ancient water
A mystery that has puzzled scientists for over 25 years may finally have been solved as a new study led by the Carnegie Institution for Science's Andrew Steele suggests that signs of ancient life in a famous Martian meteorite may be due to geochemical processes.

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Space, Science

Mars, Life, Geology



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2022

Ancient empire used psychedelic beer to win friends and influence people
New research published in the journal Antiquity suggests an ancient South American civilization spiked a beer-like drink with psychoactive drugs as a way of maintaining social cohesion and forging new bonds with surrounding communities.

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Science

Archeology, History, Drugs, Society



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2022

Modular Crossover kitchen hitches serious cooking muscle to an RV
Magma has established itself as a marine grill brand, and now it's looking to become a staple in van life, RVing and tailgating. The company's new Crossover Series debuts as one of the most versatile outdoor cooking systems on the market, pairing single- and dual-burner stoves with RV mounts and a series of interchangeable components that let nomadic chefs grill, boil, griddle and even bake a pizza.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

RV, Kitchen, Cooking, Camping, tailgating, Grilling, Motorhome, Campervan



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2022

Cellular support network boosts the regeneration of injured nerves
After an injury, nerves often struggle to regrow completely, leaving patients with reduced mobility and sensation. In tests on rats, Irish researchers have now demonstrated a way to improve nerve repair using proteins from the supporting network around cells.

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Medical, Science

Nerves, Injuries, Regenerative Medicine, Regeneration, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2022

Targeting an enzyme in fat cells drives rapid weight loss in obese mice
One hormone we are seeing implicated more and more in obesity research goes by the name of leptin, and scientists continue to demonstrate how changing the way the body responds to it might lead to improved health. A new study has shown how targeting an enzyme within fat cells can alter sensitivity to leptin and in turn drive rapid weight loss in obese mice, while also improving overall metabolic health.

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Medical, Science

University of Michigan, Obesity, Weight Loss, Fat cells



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2022

Nanoparticle innovation promises improved type 1 diabetes treatment
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new kind of nanotherapy to enhance the effectiveness of a potential cure for type 1 diabetes. The innovation packages immunosuppressive drugs into nanoparticles to reduce the likelihood of a body rejecting newly transplanted islet cells.

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Medical, Science

Diabetes, Nanoparticles, The Immune System, Transplant, Northwestern University



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2022

Urine analysis could definitively diagnose concussions
Although it's vitally important to know if someone has experienced a concussion, the injuries are notoriously difficult to diagnose. According to a new study, however, urine tests may do the trick - plus they could be used to monitor the healing process.

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Medical, Science

Boston Children's Hospital, Concussions, Traumatic Brain Injury



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2022

Injectable electroactive "microbots" may one day heal broken bones
Complex bone fractures can be difficult to treat, sometimes requiring the injured bone to be removed and replaced with bone harvested from elsewhere in the body. Thanks to an experimental new material, though, bone-building micro-robots may someday provide a less drastic alternative.

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Medical, Science

Linkoping University, Okayama University, Hydrogels, Bones, Microbots, Healing, Injuries



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2022

Drone makes itself more useful by passively folding in mid-air
Quadcopters may be versatile drones, but those four spread-out arms do keep them from performing certain tasks. An experimental new drone addresses that shortcoming, with arms that passively fold down as needed.

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Drones, Technology

UC Berkeley, Quadcopter, Transformable, Folding



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2022

Garmin puts comms on your wrist with Venu 2 Plus smartwatch
One of our picks for 2021's best smartwatches - the Venu 2 sports watch - has been treated to a new family member. The Venu 2 Plus GPS offers the same great features set, but comes with a microphone so you can answer calls and chat to a voice assistant without taking out your phone.

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Wearables, Technology

Smartwatch, Garmin, Health, Fitness, Tracking, Sports



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2022

Ambitious Jenga-like residential tower moves from render to reality
It's always satisfying to see a project that seems destined to stay on the drawing board actually get realized - and this is indeed what's happening with Büro Ole Scheeren's remarkable Fifteen Fifteen. Unveiled back in 2017, the blocky high-rise tower is now under construction in Vancouver, Canada.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, Residential towers, Vancouver



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2022

Artist makes stunning one-off guitar from recycled marine plastic
Three years ago, creator Burls Art released a video documenting the building of his first guitar, which featured a body made from 1,200 colored pencils. The video went viral and more impressive builds followed. Now the artist has partnered with 4ocean to make a double-cut from recycled marine plastic.

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Music, Technology

Art, Guitar, Plastic waste



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2022

Zeva presents the first flight video of its full-size eVTOL UFO
Zeva's tail-sitting one-person eVTOL flying saucer proposes to fling its pilot head-first through the sky at high speed, encased in a stamped-composite disc body that doubles as a lift-generating wing. It's far and away one of the strangest air taxi concepts we've seen, demanding some pretty extreme cojones of its occupants, but as we learned when we spoke to the company a couple of months ago, its unique form factor confers some interesting advantages that could overcome its obvious discomforts and make it a genuine contender in certain niches.

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Aircraft, Transport

Personal eVTOLs, eVTOL, Electric Aircraft, Air Taxis



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2022

Earth's interior may be cooling down faster than we thought
The extremely hot interior of the Earth is slowly cooling down, but exactly how fast remains unknown. By studying how well a common deep-Earth mineral conducts heat, researchers from Carnegie and ETH Zurich have found that the planet's interior may be cooling much faster than we thought.

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Science

Geology, Earth, Earth core, Heating, Thermal, ETH Zurich, Carnegie Institution for Science



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2022

Astronauts found to destroy 54 percent more red blood cells in space
A study claimed to be the first of its kind has shed new light on the dangers posed by spaceflight, and the impacts on red blood counts for astronauts on long-duration missions. The research deepens our knowledge around a condition known as "space anemia," and has important implications for the future of space exploration.

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Space, Science

Astronauts, University of Ottawa, Cells, Blood



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 16, 2022

Proof of concept verifies physics that could enable quantum batteries
Quantum batteries could one day revolutionize energy storage through what seems like a paradox - the bigger the battery, the faster it charges. For the first time, a team of scientists has now demonstrated the quantum mechanical principle of superabsorption that underpins quantum batteries in a proof-of-concept device.

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Energy, Science

Battery, Battery Technology, Batteries, University of Adelaide, Quantum



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 16, 2022

Bellwether releases profoundly uninspiring eVTOL test-flight footage
Bellwether has begun flight-testing its stunning Volar eVTOL flying supercar design at half scale, but the video appears to confirm our fears: all style with little substance, it appears to be a wobbly quadcopter drone with a flashy bodykit.

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Aircraft, Transport

eVTOL, Personal Flight, Personal eVTOLs, Electric Aircraft



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 16, 2022

Kevlar fibers fortify lithium-sulfur battery with 5x capacity of Li-ion
With the capacity to store up to five times the energy of today's lithium-ion solutions, researchers have a keen interest in lithium-sulfur batteries, and a team at the University of Michigan has taken a step toward realizing their real-world potential. The breakthrough hinges on a naturally inspired membrane that overcomes stability issues and offers the battery a "nearly perfect" design, enabling it to last for a thousand-plus cycles.

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Energy, Science

Battery, Batteries, Lithium-sulfur, University of Michigan



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 16, 2022

New melanoma test predicts risk of skin cancer spreading
A new test has been developed to assess the likelihood of an early-stage melanoma either spreading or recurring. The test measures levels of several proteins in a tumor biopsy, helping doctors assess which patients require more frequent follow-ups after an early-stage skin cancer is removed.

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Medical, Science

Skin Cancer, Melanoma, Diagnosis, Cancer, Newcastle University



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 16, 2022

Four-page autograph Nikola Tesla letter fetches $340,000 at auction
Tesla these days is known as a brand of EV that is storming the world, but 120 years ago, Nikola Tesla was one of the most important innovators on the planet. Evidence of the gravitas of the Tesla name was on full display at an auction at Remarkable Rarities (RRAuctions) this week when a four-page autograph letter by Tesla fetched US$341,295.

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Collectibles, Lifestyle

Auction, RR Auction



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 16, 2022

Long COVID patients show abnormal immune activity 8 months post infection
A comprehensive new study published in the journal Nature Immunology has reported immune dysregulation persists in long COVID patients up to eight months after initial infection. The Australian research found long COVID is characterized by elevated levels of specific immune biomarkers, offering the strongest objective evidence to date of this emerging chronic disease. However, researchers indicate it is still unclear what impact vaccination or the Omicron variant will have on long COVID.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Virus, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Chronic



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 15, 2022

Full production of Russia's Tu-160 bomber restarted after 30 years
In an echo of the Cold War, Russia's first newly manufactured Tupolev Tu-160M (NATO designation Backfire) supersonic nuclear heavy bomber completed its maiden flight on January 12, reaching a height of 600 m (2,000 ft) during its 30-minute test.

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Military, Technology

Aircraft, Russia, Nuclear weapons, Flight Tests



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 15, 2022

Winnebago prepares to show America's first all-electric motorhome
We're only two weeks into 2022, and it's already been a milestone year for electric campers. Winnebago has followed Mercedes-Benz and Thor Industries in announcing plans to show an all-electric camper. Set to debut in just a few days, the Winnebago e-motorhome concept could become the US' first all-electric motorhome from a major manufacturer, assuming it matures from concept to production.

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Automotive, Transport

electric-camper, Concept Vehicle, Winnebago, Electric Vehicles, Motorhome, Motorhomes, Camping, Outdoors



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 14, 2022

Musguard rollable bike fenders now protect on the filthiest rides
Cyclists can ride around for weeks in the summer without ever needing fenders or mudguards, but that one ride they need them, they really need them. In 2013, Slovenian startup Musguard bridged the divide with a set of ultra-packable mudguards that roll right around the bike's tubes for easy transport - out of the way on a clear day, eating up road spray within seconds when the going gets sloppy. Now, Musguard has introduced the Omni, a more versatile rollable mudguard ready for dirtier terrain like gravel and singletrack.

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Bicycles, Transport

Cycling, Bike, Outdoors



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 14, 2022

Vetal tail-sitter VTOL drone is set to take to the sky
Although fixed-wing drones can fly farther and faster than multicopters, they typically require runways to take off and land. The Vetal flying-wing drone addresses that compromise, with a rather striking "tail-sitter" design.

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Drones, Technology

VTOL, Autonomous flight



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 14, 2022

"Largest-ever" fish breeding colony may contain up to 60 million nests
German scientists have announced the discovery of what is claimed to be the world's largest fish breeding area known to date. Described as a globally unique ecosystem, it consists of tens of millions of icefish nests on the Antarctic sea floor.

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Biology, Science

Alfred Wegener Institute, Fish, Ecology, World's Largest, Antarctic



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 14, 2022

iFi mixes audio-enhancing cocktail for Zen One Signature release
Music lovers hoping to enjoy high-resolution audio from a smartphone may well find that the conversion circuitry inside is simply not up to the task. The Zen One Signature DAC from Brit audio specialist iFi has been designed to rectify that.

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Home Entertainment, Technology

Hi-fi, Digital music, Audiophile, Audio



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 14, 2022

Futuristic ferry terminal would be right at home on a sci-fi movie set
Commissioned to transform the site of an existing cargo terminal in China into a new ferry terminal, MAD Architects has taken a typically unique approach. The firm draws inspiration from existing gantry cranes on the site to design a remarkably futuristic and alien-like complex that will be raised above the ground.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

MAD Architects, Building and Construction, China



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 14, 2022

Volvo Trucks gives class 8 electric truck more range, faster charging
Just over two years ago, Volvo Trucks introduced the VNR Electric regional transport truck to the US market, and now the company has announced an enhanced version - with more per-charge range and faster charging.

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Automotive, Transport

Volvo, Electric Vehicles, Electric truck



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 14, 2022

Top 100 Highlights of the 2021 Auction Year
The 2021 auction year was quite extraordinary, with almost all auction categories reporting unprecedented levels of participation and sales.

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Collectibles, Lifestyle

Art, Most-Expensive, World's Most Expensive, Video Games, Valuable-Scientific-Manuscripts, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Patek Philippe, NFT (Non-fungible token), Christie's,

Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 14, 2022

Refined "kick and kill" strategy eliminates HIV in infected mice
HIV is tricky to eliminate thanks to its tendency to hide out in cellular reservoirs, but a growing body of work shows that a cure might be possible. In a new study, improvements to a previous "kick and kill" technique were able to completely clear out HIV in 40 percent of treated mice.

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Medical, Science

HIV, Virus, UCLA, Drugs, HIV and AIDS



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 13, 2022

Thor pushes forward with self-propelled electric camping trailer
The groundbreaking Dethleffs E.Home Coco camping trailer has taken another big step toward reality. Parent company Thor Industries and German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen are teaming up to clear the hurdles that stand in the way of a viable production trailer that uses electric motive power to move its own weight. The self-propelled trailer promises to be a critical tool for eliminating the efficiency and range reductions a trailer makes on its tow vehicle, something that will be especially helpful in the electric vehicle age.

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Automotive, Transport

Self-Driving, Caravan, Trailer, trailers, Thor Industries, Dethleffs, Hymer, Camping, Travel



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 13, 2022

Reusable scramjet launch system to pave way for hypersonic airliners
Australian company Hypersonix Launch Systems is not only looking to make the delivery of satellites into orbit cheaper and more accessible, but also greener. It is developing a reusable launch system powered by green hydrogen that would deliver small satellites into orbit without producing any carbon emissions or other noxious gases - and is eyeing off hypersonic airliners further down the line.

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Space, Science

Satellite, Aircraft, Scramjet, Hydrogen, Hydrogen Aviation, Launch Vehicles



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 13, 2022

Largest-ever 3D map of the universe reveals gigantic cosmic web
Data from the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument's (DESI's) first survey run has produced the largest and most detailed 3D map of the universe so far. The stunning image reveals the gigantic cosmic web of galaxies across billions of light-years - and this is only the beginning for the project.

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Space, Science

Astronomy, Cosmology, Galaxy, Universe, Dark Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 13, 2022

More evidence a common virus is primary cause of multiple sclerosis
A unique study led by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has reported some of the first robust evidence to affirm multiple sclerosis (MS) is primarily caused by infection from the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Tracking more than 10 million US military personnel over a 20-year period, the landmark findings indicate EBV infection leads to a 32-fold increased risk of developing MS.

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Science

Multiple Sclerosis, Virus, Harvard, Vaccines, Infections, Neuroscience



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 13, 2022

Hammock Holdall moves the bulky gear out of tired campers' pockets
If you're an avid camper, there's a good chance that you carry a lot of gear in your pockets, and that you use a hammock. The Hammock Holdall was created for such people, as it provides off-hammock storage for all your awkward stuff.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Hammocks, Camping, Kickstarter



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 13, 2022

Piezoelectric material shown to help regrow knee-joint cartilage
By stimulating cells to reproduce, electricity has already been shown to help heal soft tissue injuries. Now, an electricity-producing implantable material likewise appears to boost the regrowth of cartilage in compromised joints.

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Medical, Science

University of Connecticut, Cartilage, Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Healing, Piezoelectric, Implant



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 13, 2022

"Fitbit for the face" monitors workers' vital signs via their masks
People such as healthcare workers often have to wear face masks for up to 12 continuous hours, during which time they may become seriously exhausted. A new mask-mounted device is designed to help, by monitoring their vital signs and detecting leaks in the mask's seal.

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Wearables, Technology

Northwestern University, Masks, Monitoring, Coronavirus (COVID-19)



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 13, 2022

M11 rangefinder aims for flexibility with Triple Resolution Technology
Leica has announced a new addition to the M-series of retro-stylish rangefinder cameras. The M11 retains the overall look but comes with versatile new sensor technology, a high-resolution touch panel, a big battery and some internal storage.

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Photography, Technology

Leica, Rangefinder, Cameras



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 13, 2022

Seriously small tiny house essentially a simple cabin on wheels
At a glance, the Imago Iter by Japan's Bess, may look like a typical tiny house, but its interior is perhaps better thought of as a simple, stripped-down cabin. It does without a lot of the features we often see in such models to offer a very compact and easily towable living space.

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Tiny Houses, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, Tiny Footprint, Micro-House, Cabins, Japan



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 13, 2022

Pine64 offers a more premium mobile Linux experience with PinePhone Pro
With a few notable exceptions, if you're looking for a new smartphone today you're pretty much limited to operating systems powered by Google or Apple. The PinePhone Pro flagship from Pine64 is a very different proposition, running Linux instead of Android or iOS.

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Mobile Technology, Technology

smartphones, Linux, Hack, Open-source



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 13, 2022

Evolution study suggests DNA mutations are less random than we thought
The DNA mutations that drive evolution are generally thought to be fairly random, but a new study suggests there's some order to the chaos. Comparing the genomes of hundreds of plants grown in a lab, a team of scientists has found that mutations are far less likely to occur in genes essential for survival.

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Biology, Science

DNA, Evolution, Genetics, Plants, UC Davis, Max Planck Institute



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 12, 2022

How mRNA vaccines could transform skin cancer treatment
As mRNA innovations race forward researchers are now looking at ways to create skin cancer vaccines using the novel technology. A new study from Oregon State University proposes mRNA-induced production of a specific protein may prevent melanoma, while mRNA pioneer BioNTech is already up to Phase 2 human trials for its unique skin cancer vaccine.

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Medical, Science

Skin Cancer, Vaccines, Oregon State University, Cancer, Antioxidant



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 12, 2022

Beachy 540 camper van rolls out as a nomadic budget beach house
A camper van inspired by a surfy trailer, itself a spiritual successor to the classic wave-chasing camper vans of decades' past - that's the basic formula behind the new Beachy Van 540. Beachy, a fun-loving spin-off of German staple Hobby, launched one of the most stylish, memorable caravans of 2021 and plans to quickly grow the family with a small camper van that brings the same cool, surf-and-sand vibes everywhere it travels, whether that's to the actual coast or to the extreme opposite end of terra firma.

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Automotive, Transport

Campervan, Camping, Motorhome, Motorhomes, RV, Outdoors, Travel



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jan 12, 2022

Rubbery electrolyte makes for longer-lasting, safer EV batteries
Famously an insulator, rubber might not seem like a great candidate for an electrolyte material in a battery, but researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a new rubbery material with a high conductivity. This elastomer electrolyte could make for safer electric vehicle batteries with longer range.

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Energy, Science

Battery, Battery Technology, Battery Electric Vehicle, Batteries, Solid-state, Electrolyte, Rubber, Georgia Tech



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