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May 17, 2021

Treeline System offers a new take on the slack-line-suspended tent
Ordinarily when you're pitching a tent, you have to look for a flat, smooth, dry area in which to do so. That isn't the case with the Treeline System, however, which lets you suspend a tent above the ground via a set of slack lines.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Tent, Camping, Kickstarter, Tree tent



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May 17, 2021

Samsung Display shows off the foldable, rollable screens of the future
Samsung Display has been teasing some of the screen technology that it's working on for future smartphones, as part of the Display Week 2021 virtual conference. We've got foldables, slideables, and an under-display camera.

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Mobile Technology, Technology

Samsung, Display, smartphones, Tablet



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May 17, 2021

Smart bandage would use light to indicate infections
While it's important to check wounds for infections, removing the dressing in order to do so can be disruptive to the healing process. A new smart bandage could help, by "glowing" in a certain way if an infection is beginning.

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Medical, Science

University of Rhode Island, Smart bandage, Bacteria, Nanotubes, Wound



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May 17, 2021

Former Apple product designer aims to envelop listeners in spatial audio
A premium audio startup from an ex-Apple design veteran has launched a striking streaming speaker called the Cell Alpha, which uses three drivers and two woofers to immerse listeners in room-filling spatial sound.

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Home Entertainment, Technology

Music Streaming, Speakers, Hi-fi, Immersion, Audio, Digital music, Audiophile



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May 17, 2021

Sonr tech lets coaches talk to swimmers by radio
Swim coaches have a difficult job, as they have to shout in order for swimmers to hear them - and even then, they still may not be heard. The Sonr system is designed to address that problem, using one-way radio communications.

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Sports, Lifestyle

Swimming, Coach, Radio, Bone Conduction, Communications



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May 17, 2021

UNStudio adds drama to conference center with cantilevered auditorium
UNStudio has revealed plans for an energy efficient extension to an existing conference center in the Netherlands. Named the Elysion Congress Centre, the ambitious redesign will add solar power, greenery, and additional floorspace, and will be defined by an eye-catching auditorium that cantilevers dramatically over the building.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

UNStudio, Building and Construction, sustainable design, BREEAM



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May 17, 2021

Sharp crams a 1-inch image sensor in Aquos R6 smartphone
As we've regularly seen, smartphone photography has yielded some impressive results given the limitations associated with relatively small sensor size. Now Sharp is set to bump image quality up a notch by squeezing a 1-inch CMOS sensor into its latest handset.

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Mobile Technology, Technology

Sharp, Leica, smartphones, Photography



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May 17, 2021

Augmented reality true crime tour opens a virtual window to the past
If catching critters in your local park no longer does it for you, location-based augmented reality (AR) games are expanding into all kinds of other avenues. Eastern Market Murder tasks players with solving a true crime mystery from over a century ago, in the actual locations where it all went down. New Atlas hit the streets to test it out.

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Games, Technology

Game, Gaming, Video Games, Phone, Augmented Reality, Crime, Australia, Reviews



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May 17, 2021

Fiber optics map temperature of Greenland Ice Sheet in unprecedented detail
Tracking changes in huge masses of ice is key to understanding the effects of climate change on the planet, and researchers in Greenland have developed a new tool that takes the accuracy of such measurements to unprecedented levels. The technology uses a mix of fiber-optic cables and laser pulses to gain precise temperature readings from the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet all the way down to the bottom, offering a clearer picture of the changes taking place in the world's second largest ice sheet.

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Environment, Science

Greenland, Ice, University of Cambridge, Climate Crisis, Global Warming, Sea-level rise



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May 17, 2021

Porsche serves up a couple of really nice-looking ebikes
Porsche, like many automotive companies, is diversifying into the "mobility" game. There's a very good chance the coming decades will see a rapid transition to a self-driving world in which owning cars ceases to make sense - particularly to younger generations who simply don't make the same connections between vehicles and self-image as us older fogeys. The badge on the back of a robo-taxi won't carry a lot of weight in such a world, so premium brands like Porsche need to find other ways to connect with customers.

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Bicycles, Transport

ebikes, Porsche



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May 17, 2021

Rocket Lab salvages first stage after Electron booster fails in flight
Startup Rocket Lab has suffered a setback during the 20th outing of its Electron booster, with the rocket experiencing an issue in flight and losing its payload along the way. The mission wasn't a complete failure, however, with the company managing to recover the booster's first stage as part of its efforts to develop a reusable spacecraft.

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Space, Science

Rocket Lab, Mobile Boosters, Rocket, Launch



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May 17, 2021

Emergency oxygen enemas could help us "breathe" through our intestines
Scientists have made the surprising discovery that some mammals can absorb oxygen through their intestines. The team experimented by administering oxygen enemas in a gas or liquid form to mice, rats and pigs, and found that they could survive much longer in a low-oxygen environment. The find could eventually open up an alternative treatment for patients suffering respiratory failure.

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Medical, Science

Oxygen, Breathe, Breathing



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May 16, 2021

New clues to link between depression and inflammation
Research from King's College London has found new evidence of a link between low-grade systemic inflammation and depression. The large-scale case-control study identified higher levels of an inflammatory biomarker in depressed subjects compared to non-depressed subjects, however, not all experts are convinced inflammation plays a causal role in depression.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Inflammatory, The Immune System, Depression, King's College London



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May 16, 2021

China becomes the third country to land on the surface of Mars
China has taken another big step forward in its ambitious space program, successfully landing its Tianwen-1 probe on Mars to become just the third nation to touch down on the Red Planet. Onboard is the country's Zhurong lander, which is currently surveying the surrounding environment and will soon be rolled out to study the Martian environment from the surface.

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Space, Science

China National Space Administration, China, Mars



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May 16, 2021

New evidence ultrasound pulses can treat high blood pressure
New results from a clinical trial testing a novel ultrasound therapy for hypertension show the experimental treatment can deliver clinically meaningful reductions in blood pressure. The treatment is based on an old hypothesis that disrupting signals from overactive renal nerves can reduce systemic blood pressure.

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Medical, Science

Blood Pressure, kidney, Ultrasound, renal failure, Columbia University



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May 16, 2021

Skyborg combat drone's "brain" flies for the first time
The US Air Force has flight tested the Skyborg combat drone's Autonomy Core System (ACS) for the first time. The "brain" of the autonomous Skyborg was installed in a Kratos UTAP-22 tactical uncrewed vehicle at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and carried out a two-hour-and-10-minute flight.

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Military, Technology

US Air Force, BAE Systems, drones, Unmanned, Flight Tests, Autonomous flight



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May 14, 2021

Off-grid electric camper box modernizes Jeep Wrangler camping
The days of all-electric Jeep Wranglers leaving behind only agitated dust while roaming the vast Western wilderness may still be a long ways off, but Phoenix startup DirtBox Gear has a new way of electrifying the other half of the overlanding experience. Unique from the typical camper-in-a-box kit, DirtBox's Juice Box wires lithium battery power inside the Wrangler tailgate. Use it to run an induction cooktop and 12-V fridge/freezer, and you can power your base camp without a single LPG tank or canister.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

camper-in-a-box, electric-camper, Camping, Off-grid, Jeep, Wrangler, Off-road, Outdoors



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May 14, 2021

"World's first wireless underwater drone" uses light instead of tether
Despite ongoing advances in the field of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), the devices have remained tethered to the surface via communications cables. Such is not the case with the ExRay, however, which uses light instead.

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Good Thinking, Lifestyle

Communications, Underwater, Underwater drones, Light, World's First, Wireless



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May 14, 2021

Study confirms that nose bubbles allow anoles to breathe underwater
The anole lizard may be a popular pet, but here's something that not many people may know: some of the things can breathe while underwater. A new study has confirmed their ability to do so, and explains what makes it possible.

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Biology, Science

University of Toronto, Breathing, Underwater



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May 14, 2021

Three-camera system lets users better "zoom in" on 360-degree video
While 360-degree security cameras are great for imaging a wide area, they're not so great when you want to zoom in on something that looks suspicious. A new setup addresses that problem, by combining three cameras in one system.

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Science

Ricoh, 360-degree, Cameras



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May 14, 2021

Lenovo looks to cater for hybrid workers with Go accessory line
The global pandemic and necessary lockdowns have seen many folks staying at home to work, and a good number may continue to do so as restrictions are eased. To meet the needs of this remote workforce, Lenovo has launched a new brand to market a range of purpose-built accessories.

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Mobile Technology, Technology

Lenovo, Accessories



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May 14, 2021

Lenovo looks to support hybrid workers with Go accessory line
The global pandemic and necessary lockdowns have seen many folks staying at home to work, and a good number may continue to do so as restrictions are eased. To meet the needs of this remote workforce, Lenovo has launched a new brand to market a range of purpose-built accessories.

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Mobile Technology, Technology

Lenovo, Accessories



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May 14, 2021

Intelligent guitar brings digital and analog worlds together
There have been a number of attempts to add digital sound processing tech to analog guitars, to create all-in-one rockers, make mobile MIDI machines, or to give players numerous guitar tones in one instrument. The latest hybrid shredder comes from Shenzhen's Mooer Audio in the shape of the GTRS 800 Series.

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Music, Technology

Guitar, Guitar Effects, Digital, Smart



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May 14, 2021

Eviation prepares to fly Alice, its stunning luxury electric plane
Israeli/American company Eviation is preparing for the first test flights of its gorgeous Alice, an all-electric 11-seat luxury plane with an impressive 506-mile (814-km) range from a single charge of its huge 820-kWh battery pack.

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Aircraft, Transport

Electric Aircraft, Plane, Luxury



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May 13, 2021

New immunotherapy double-crosses cancer to kill it from within
One of cancer's crafty tricks involves manipulating the host's immune cells to protect the tumors instead of fighting them. But now, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have turned the tables around again, transforming these cells back into cancer killers.

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Medical, Science

Cancer, Brain cancer, Immunotherapy, Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, The Immune System



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May 13, 2021

Bugatti starts shipping bespoke Baby II roadsters
A bunch of bespoke, 3/4-scale replicas of the Bugatti Type 35 roadster are now making their way into the hands of collectors across the globe, each with its own fine points of difference. A celebration of its 110th anniversary, the Bugatti Baby II is a tip of the hat to the automaker's racing heritage and maintains an air of exclusivity with only 500 of them made.

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Automotive, Transport

Bugatti



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May 13, 2021

Popular weed killer impairs insect immune systems, raising malaria risk
Unexpected new findings from researchers at Johns Hopkins University are indicating the world's most commonly used herbicide appears to weaken the immune systems of insects. One experiment with mosquitos known to spread malaria suggests the chemical can increase the insect's susceptibility to parasitic infection, possibly increasing risk of human disease transmission.

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Biology, Science

The Immune System, Malaria, Insect, Mosquito, Johns Hopkins University



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May 13, 2021

VW T7 Multivan MPV/camper extends versatility with multitool table
Volkswagen continues teasing the new T7 Multivan ahead of its debut in June. Along with previously detailed updates, the newest generation of the versatile MPV will feature a multipurpose table that can slide the length of the van and secure in front of or between the seats in any of the three rows. It becomes a center console for the driver and front passenger, a toy chest for kids in the rear seats, or a full dining table for van campers.

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Automotive, Transport

Volkswagen, Van, Minivan, Campervan



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May 13, 2021

Built continents apart, sections of T-7A Red Hawk joined in record time
Boeing has spliced together the fore and aft sections of the first Boeing-Saab T-7A Red Hawk prototype advanced jet trainer in record time. Despite the two sections being built 4,500 miles (7,200 km) apart, they were perfectly matched and joined in under 30 minutes.

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Military, Technology

Boeing, Saab, US Air Force, Aircraft



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May 13, 2021

DNA testing kit checks foods for forbidden meats
It would certainly be upsetting to discover that the beef you had just eaten also contained rat meat. Such things are possible, though, which is why scientists have developed a DNA-based meat-testing kit.

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Science

DNA, Food technology



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May 13, 2021

Skinny fiber optic tether could let ROVs be launched from small boats
Even though underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are getting smaller, their communications cables have remained relatively fat and hefty. That may about to change, though, thanks to a new fishing-line-based fiber optic tether.

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Good Thinking, Lifestyle

University of Rhode Island, Remote Control, Fiber Optic



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May 13, 2021

Specialized tackles monster trails with Kenevo SL e-MTB
Early last year, Specialized rolled out the lightest full-suspension e-MTB on the market in the shape of a super-light version of its Levo model. Now that ebike's stablemate is being joined by a super-light flavor, the Kenevo SL.

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Bicycles, Transport

Mountain Bikes, ebikes, Off-road



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May 13, 2021

Oven-packin' camp kitchen squeezes into a steel box for transport
It can be challenging, trying to cook your campsite meals while crouched over a tiny propane stove. The Space Box offers a bigger but still compact alternative, packing an oven, two-burner stovetop, prep surfaces and sink into one package.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Kickstarter, Camping, Kitchen, Cooking, Portable, Oven



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May 13, 2021

Customizable and repairable Framework Laptop goes up for pre-order
Earlier this year we featured a refreshing idea to make a 13.5-inch laptop that's designed to be easily customized, upgraded and repaired by users. Ahead of its launch, Framework has now revealed more details.

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Laptops, Technology

DIY, Repair, Upgrade, Modular, Custom



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May 13, 2021

Compact tiny house casts a net for some extra space upstairs
The latest tiny house by French firm Baluchon measures a mere 6 m (19.6 ft) in length but serves as full time home to a mother and her daughter. Its compact interior squeezes in space for a living area with a sofa bed for guests, and the firm also added a net floor upstairs that provides an extra place to relax.

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Tiny Houses, Lifestyle

Tiny Footprint, Building and Construction, Trailer, House, Home



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May 13, 2021

First TECLA 3D-printed eco-home reaches completion
Italian 3D-printing company WASP and partner Mario Cucinella Architects have successfully completed the TECLA 3D-printed house. Located outside of Bologna, Italy, in a small town called Massa Lombarda, TECLA is the first eco-sustainable housing model to be constructed entirely from local raw earth materials using 3D-printing technology.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

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



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May 13, 2021

Smart anti-rollover coupling can jettison the trailer to save truckies
Big trucks tip over rather more often than you might expect. Whether because of high winds, driver error or the frequently baffling behavior of other road users, roughly 9,000 injuries and 400 American deaths per year are the direct result of rollover accidents involving class-8 semi trucks. That's more deaths than roofers, airline pilots, loggers, garbage men and oil derrick workers combined.

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Automotive, Transport

Truck, Road Safety, Cargo, Road trauma



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May 13, 2021

Enough forest has naturally regrown since 2000 to cover mainland France
In what's described as the first thorough study to track natural forest expansion, researchers have found that an area larger than mainland France has regenerated since the year 2000. While deforestation continues to pose a grave threat to the world's biodiversity, the study does emphasize the potential of natural regeneration to help tackle the problem, which offers a number of benefits over active replantation strategies.

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Environment, Science

Forest, Deforestation, WWF, Biodiversity



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May 13, 2021

Ebo gives video callers a roaming robot body
Robots are invading our homes more and more, but (so far at least) their intentions seem nice, as they vacuum our floors, watch for intruders or keep our pets company. Enabot's latest home robot looks to give video calls a bit more mobility, letting remote users drop in, roam around and chat.

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Robotics, Technology

Camera, Cameras, Web Camera, Robot, Robotic, Robots, Home, Home Security, Kickstarter, Pets, Kids



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May 13, 2021

Mahle's cheap, highly efficient new EV motor uses no magnets
Magnets, typically using rare earth metals like neodymium, are found at the heart of most electric vehicle motors. It's nice to have a permanent source of powerful rare earth magnetism in your rotor, because using powered coils instead means you have to somehow transfer electricity from the battery through to the coils in a spinning rotor. That means you'll need a sliding point of contact, and sliding points of contact develop wear and tear over time.

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Automotive, Transport

Electric Motors, Electric Vehicles, Magnetism



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May 13, 2021

US approves 800-MW Vineyard Wind as its first major offshore wind farm
The US federal government has given the green light to the country's largest offshore wind farm to date, and one that will greatly expand its capacity to generate this form of renewable energy. The Vineyard Wind 1 project will feature dozens of the world's most powerful offshore wind turbines, which will work together to generate enough electricity for up to 400,000 homes.

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Energy, Science

Offshore Wind, Wind, Renewable Energy, Sustainability



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May 12, 2021

Experimental gene therapy points to cure for rare immune disease
An experimental gene therapy developed to treat children born with a rare immunodeficiency disease has demonstrated extraordinary efficacy according to a new long-term follow-up study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Medical, Science

gene therapy, The Immune System, UCLA



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May 12, 2021

ESA seeks ways to make shared spacesuit underwear more hygienic
ESA is working on ways to make sharing unwashed underwear used in spacesuits a bit less horrible. The Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) will work with the Vienna Textile Lab on the BACTeRMA project to test textiles with improved anti-bacterial properties for spacesuits used on long-duration space missions.

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Space, Science

ESA, Space Suit, International Space Station



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May 12, 2021

Dengue virus vaccine candidate shows promise in mouse tests
Researchers at the University of Queensland (UQ) have developed a new vaccine candidate for dengue virus, a notoriously tricky pathogen to deal with. The new candidate has a number of advantages over existing treatments, with tests on mice using microneedle patches proving promising.

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Medical, Science

Vaccines, Virus, University of Queensland, Mosquito, Dengue, Microneedles



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May 12, 2021

Sandwich-style battery could charge EVs in as little as 10 minutes
Scientists at Harvard University have come up with a promising new design for an experimental battery, one which they say could lead to electric cars that charge in as little as 10 minutes. The alternative architecture is also claimed to offer a far longer lifespan than comparable batteries, by making use of high-performance lithium metal and a solid electrolyte to remain stable over many thousands of cycles.

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Energy, Science

Harvard, Solid-state, Battery, Batteries



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May 12, 2021

Ancient microbiome study discovers unknown types of gut bacteria
A new study published in the journal Nature is reporting on the broadest genomic analysis of ancient poo ever conducted. The research reveals clues to ancient gut bacteria compositions, detecting microbial species never before seen in modern microbiomes.

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Science

Microbiome, Gut Bacteria, Archeology, Bacteria, Harvard



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May 12, 2021

Kerfton off-road trailer slides and swings into picnic area or camper
A diversion from the hard-box folders and tent-tops we're used to seeing on the Australian camper trailer market, the new Kerfton trailer turns heads with a winged composite design that quickly grows from low, compact towable to family base camp. The smart kitchen puts full cooking power at your fingertips, whether the tent is fully deployed or packed up for travel. It can be used for distant all-terrain adventures and local tailgates or picnics.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Caravan, Trailer, trailers, Camping, Off-road, Off-grid, Outdoors



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 12, 2021

Land-DAR uses lasers to improve safety of small plane landings
Airtext has released a simple laser altimeter for small aircraft to make approaches and landings safer. The app-controlled Land-DAR (Land Distance and Ranging) is configured through an iOS or Android app and calls out altitudes as the aircraft descends.

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Aircraft, Transport

Aircraft, Navigation, Safety, Flight, LIDAR



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May 12, 2021

Asus reveals flagship compact Zenfone 8 and cam-twisting Zenfone 8 Flip
Asus might be better known for its laptops, but it has two new smartphones to show off - and they both offer something a little different from the norm. The Zenfone 8 packs flagship specs in a compact package, while the Zenfone 8 Flip sports the same nifty double-duty camera of the Zenfone 7.

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Mobile Technology, Technology

Asus, smartphones, Mobile



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 12, 2021

Amazon upgrades its Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 smart displays
Having recently upgraded its Echo Show 10 smart display to add a rotating screen, now Amazon has refreshed its smaller Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5 devices, giving you plenty of choice for your next smart display. A special Kids Edition of the smallest model has also been introduced.

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Home Entertainment, Technology

Amazon, Amazon Echo, Smart Home, Speaker



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May 12, 2021

BCI lets paralyzed users quickly type text, by imagining writing it
When someone is paralyzed from the neck down, it goes without saying that they can no longer write words out by hand. They can still think about doing so, though, and those thoughts could allow them to type out messages via a new brain-computer interface (BCI).

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Good Thinking, Lifestyle

Brain-computer interface, Stanford University, Brown University, Communications



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May 12, 2021

Bose launches SoundControl prescription-free hearing aids
Audio gear titan Bose has embarked on its first foray into the hearing aid space, and made quite an entrance with the first direct-to-customer model for adults to be cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Wearables, Technology

Bose, Hearing Aid, Apps



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May 12, 2021

Supertall skyscraper puts a star in the Melbourne sky
Though it's debatable whether or not Melbourne's Australia 108 is the southern hemisphere's tallest residential skyscraper as claimed by designer Fender Katsalidis, it's certainly one of a kind. The impressive building stands out from other supertall skyscrapers with a gold-colored "Starburst" on its exterior that's inspired by the Commonwealth Star on the Australian flag.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Luxury, Skyscrapers, Australia, Residential towers



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May 12, 2021

Mid-80s video game inspires sleek city ebike
A Brit game developer and publisher from the 1980s has pedaled into the ebike space with a stylish ride named after one of its most popular games. The Paperboy by Elite Systems/Elite EV has launched for under a grand on Indiegogo.

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Bicycles, Transport

Gaming, Retro, Indiegogo, ebikes



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May 12, 2021

World first: Oblique wave detonation engine may unlock Mach 17 aircraft
UCF researchers say they've trapped a sustained explosive detonation, fixed in place, for the first time, channeling its enormous power into thrust in a new oblique wave detonation engine that could propel an aircraft up to 17 times the speed of sound, potentially beating the scramjet as a hypersonic propulsion method.

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Aircraft, Transport

University of Central Florida, Engine Technologies, Hypersonic, Explosion, Detonation Engines



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May 12, 2021

Leatherman goes back to basics with heritage-inspired Bond multitool
Leatherman's mutltiools have taken all shapes and sizes in its 38-year existence, but in designing its latest creation the company is returning to its roots. The newly launched Leatherman Bond is based on its first ever model launched in 1983, offering the same 14-tool functionality in a rather lightweight and budget-friendly package.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Multitools, Leatherman, Tools



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May 12, 2021

Diamond liquid impurities provide new insights into ancient Earth
Geologists have studied tiny pockets of fluids trapped inside diamonds to get a better understanding of how old humanity's favorite rocks might be. In doing so, they identified three distinct periods of diamond formation in Africa over the past few billion years, with intriguing implications for our planet's history.

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Science

Diamonds, Columbia University, Geology, Earth



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May 12, 2021

How a CIA trap for Bin Laden led to vaccine hesitancy in Pakistan
A new study from a pair of European researchers has found a covert CIA plot to capture Osama Bin Laden in early 2011 led to significant drops in vaccination rates in Pakistan. The plot, using a fake vaccination campaign to capture children's DNA samples in order to locate Bin Laden, was used in anti-vaccine propaganda in the following years.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Vaccines, Politics, Governments



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May 11, 2021

Rocket Lab to test advanced heat shield for Electron booster recovery
Startup Rocket Lab is pressing ahead with its ambitions to turn its Electron booster into a reusable orbital launch vehicle, with plans to recover the rocket's first stage for a second time this weekend. The upcoming mission will see the rocket splash down in the ocean for collection by a recovery vessel, hopefully bearing less damage than the first attempt thanks to an upgraded heat shield.

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Space, Science

Rocket Lab, Rocket, Recycled rockets, Launch Vehicles



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May 11, 2021

New drug target makes superbugs choke on their own toxic molecules
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or "superbugs," pose one of the most dangerous looming threats to public health. Now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found a new potential weakness in some of the worst strains, which could make them choke on their own toxic molecules.

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Medical, Science

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Antibiotic, Bacteria, Superbugs, Molecules, University of Georgia



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May 11, 2021

World's smallest single-chip system can be injected into the body
The continuing miniaturization of electronics is opening up some exciting possibilities when it comes to what we might place in our bodies to monitor and improve our health. Engineers at Columbia University have demonstrated an extreme version of this technology, developing the smallest single-chip system ever created, which can be implanted with a hypodermic needle to measure temperature inside the body, and possibly much more.

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Electronics, Science

Electronic, Columbia University, Implant, Chip, Ultrasound, Sensors



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May 11, 2021

Gut microbiome makeup used to predict long-term risk of death
A robust proof-of-concept study has found it may be possible to predict a person's risk of dying more than a decade in advance by analyzing their gut bacteria composition. The research points to a novel microbial signature that was associated with an increased risk of mortality across a 15-year follow-up period.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Gut Bacteria, Microbiome, Deaths, Health, Cardiovascular, University of Turku



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May 11, 2021

Rheinmetall rolls out new-gen HX3 tactical truck line
Rheinmetall has rolled out its latest generation of HX heavy military truck, the HX3. Boasting a thorough redesign of previous HX vehicles, it offers greater crew protection, better visibility and "future proofing" that will allow it to use crew-optional autonomous systems.

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Military, Technology

Rheinmetall Defence, Truck



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May 11, 2021

"Reality Index" cuts through the eVTOL air taxi hype
The emerging eVTOL air taxi market is drawing a lot of attention and an avalanche of funding money. Literally hundreds of companies are jostling for position as this nascent air mobility tech prepares for its prime time debut. But with renders, press releases and SPAC fundraising efforts flying as fast and frequently as these radically different new vehicles claim to, how do we know which ones are really taking off?

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Aircraft, Transport



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May 11, 2021

HTC launches two new high-end virtual reality Vive headsets
It's been a while since we saw a hardware update to the Vive line, but HTC has made up for it by launching two 5K-resolution virtual reality headsets at the same time: the PC-connected Vive Pro 2, and the standalone Vive Focus 3.

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Virtual Reality, Technology

VR, Mobile VR, HTC, wearable electronics



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May 11, 2021

HTC targets professionals with two new high-end Vive VR headsets
It's been a while since we saw a hardware update to the Vive line, but HTC has made up for it by launching two 5K-resolution virtual reality headsets at the same time: the PC-connected Vive Pro 2, and the standalone Vive Focus 3.

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Virtual Reality, Technology

VR, Mobile VR, HTC, wearable electronics



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May 11, 2021

Mercedes Concept EQT minivan launches all-electric micro-adventures
Mercedes-Benz plans to bring a new level of elegance to the small van segment, and this week it previewed those plans with the Concept EQT. The all-electric concept seven-seater supports a clean, comfortable commute with dual sliding doors, a panoramic roof and a fully electric EQ powertrain. It keeps that electric ride going even after parking thanks to an integrated electric longboard.

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Automotive, Transport

Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes, Van, Electric Vehicles, Minivan, Concept Cars, Concept Vehicle



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 11, 2021

Wireless system lets one device sequentially trigger multiple implants
We've already seen wirelessly powered implants that stimulate muscles or neurons when activated by an external transmitter. Taking things a step further, scientists are now able to activate multiple implants sequentially, still using just one transmitting device.

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Science

Rice University, Implant, Wireless Power Transmission



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 11, 2021

Cooksy tech "watches over you" as you cook, and tells you what to do
Following a recipe may seem foolproof enough, but the problem is … most recipes can't tell if you're doing something wrong. That's where the Cooksy system comes in, as it actually watches the user's stovetop as they cook.

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Around The Home, Lifestyle

Indiegogo, Cooking, Kitchen, Recipe



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 11, 2021

Subaru announces Solterra Electric SUV for 2022 production
Subaru has announced that its new electric sport utility will be called the Solterra. Deriving its name from the Latin words for "sun" and "earth," the EV is part of a collaboration with Toyota on electrified vehicles.

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Automotive, Transport

Subaru, SUV, Electric Vehicles, Toyota



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 11, 2021

Hydrogel wound dressing uses immune system proteins to kill bacteria
It's no secret that the more we use antibiotics, the greater the chances that bacteria will develop a resistance to them. A new antibacterial wound dressing is designed to get around that problem, by using proteins instead of conventional antibiotics.

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Medical, Science

Chalmers University of Technology, Antibacterial, Hydrogels, peptide, Wound



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 11, 2021

Naim aims for solo listeners with audio streamer headphone amp
High-end Brit hi-fi brand Naim Audio has launched a special edition of its Uniti Atom "just add speakers" music streamer especially for listeners who like to shut themselves off from the world and focus on the music.

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Home Entertainment, Technology

Naim Audio, Music Streaming, Headphones



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 11, 2021

GoSun's portable solar fridge/freezer packs serious off-grid cooling
GoSun has long relied on the Sun as the power source for its off-grid cooking systems, and two years ago it directed the Sun's radiant energy toward cooling, adding the Chill portable fridge to its solar-powered lineup. Now it expands with the all-new Chillest, a larger dual-zone fridge/freezer that can serve ice cream in the middle of the desert and operate indefinitely on an off-grid power combo of integrated lithium battery and mountable solar table.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Coolers, Camping, Off-grid, Fridge, Outdoors, Indiegogo, Refrigerator



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 11, 2021

Civic center's stunning sweeping curves encircle multi-use public park
Following its unveiling of a huge train station in the ancient Chinese city of Jiaxing, MAD Architects is now set to return to the area with a new civic center. As was the case with the train station, the building will incorporate significant greenery, including a central park, and will also nod to traditional local design with its eye catching undulating exterior.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

MAD Architects, China, Museum, Building and Construction



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 11, 2021

Sennheiser's flagship IE 900 earphones come with a four-figure price tag
Though many mobile music lovers are going true wireless, audiophiles on the move are more likely to opt for the higher fidelity afforded by cabled ear candy. And it's these listeners that German audio brand Sennheiser is aiming for with the $1,300 IE 900 flagship earphones.

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Wearables, Technology

Audiophile, Earphones, Sennheiser



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 11, 2021

Anti-obesity discovery directly targets energy metabolism in fat cells
Australian researchers have discovered a novel method to treat obesity by directly blocking a receptor within fat cells and speeding up energy expenditure. A promising experimental drug has been developed targeting this receptor and it has been effective at preventing obesity in mice.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Fat cells, metabolism, Obesity, Brown fat



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 11, 2021

Regent to build high-speed electric ground-effect "seagliders"
Boston-based company Regent has taken US$465 million in pre-orders for its super-fast electric "Seaglider." Using the wing-in-ground effect, this 180-mph (290-km/h) beast promises twice the range of an electric aircraft, and a revolution in coastal transport.

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Aircraft, Transport

Ground Effect Vehicle



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May 11, 2021

100,000 year-old Neanderthal oral microbiomes reveal evolutionary clues
Scientists have analyzed the fossilized dental plaque of Neanderthals to sequence the oral microbiome, including the oldest ever, at 100,000 years old. By comparing them to humans and other primates, the study reveals new insights into how this symbiotic human-microbe relationship evolved - and might even have contributed to the growth of our brains.

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Science

Microbiome, Fossils, Human, Evolution, Teeth, Dental, Bacteria



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 11, 2021

100,000-year-old Neanderthal oral microbiomes reveal evolutionary clues
Scientists have analyzed the fossilized dental plaque of Neanderthals to sequence the oral microbiome, including the oldest ever, at 100,000 years old. By comparing them to humans and other primates, the study reveals new insights into how this symbiotic human-microbe relationship evolved - and might even have contributed to the growth of our brains.

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Science

Microbiome, Fossils, Human, Evolution, Teeth, Dental, Bacteria



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 11, 2021

Addicted pancreatic cancer cells die when denied key protein
By better understanding the way cancer cells are able to thrive in the human body, scientists continue to learn where their vulnerabilities lie, and with that comes potential new forms of treatment. Researchers in Canada taking this approach have made a significant discovery around pancreatic cancer, pinpointing a protein the cells rely on for growth and targeting it to inhibit tumor growth in the lab.

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Medical, Science

Cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 11, 2021

Addicted pancreatic cancer cells killed when robbed of key protein
By better understanding the way cancer cells are able to thrive in the human body, scientists continue to learn where their vulnerabilities lie, and with that comes potential new forms of treatment. Researchers in Canada taking this approach have made a significant discovery around pancreatic cancer, pinpointing a protein the cells rely on for growth and targeting it to inhibit tumor growth in the lab.

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Medical, Science

Cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 11, 2021

Porsche unleashes its all-electric Macan on the open road
After first revealing plans for an all-electric Macan back in 2019, Porsche is moving ahead with the project following extensive in-house testing of prototypes at its development center in Germany. The company's next-generation compact SUV is now being rolled out for real-world testing on public roads, as the automaker continues to refine the design ahead of a commercial launch within a couple of years.

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Automotive, Transport

Porsche, Macan, Electric Vehicles



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

New immunotherapy fights aging symptoms by clearing out defunct cells
Aging comes for us all - but perhaps the unpleasant symptoms don't have to. In a new study, scientists may have found a kind of anti-aging immunotherapy, reinvigorating immune cells to better clear out defunct cells known to contribute to the aging process.

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Medical, Science

anti-aging, Aging, Cells, Immunotherapy, UCSF, Obesity



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

Brain implant enables remote control of social interactions between mice
By using light to target genetically modified neurons, scientists are demonstrating new and exciting ways to control very specific regions of the brain. Known as optogenetics, this technique has the potential to treat many debilitating health conditions ranging from paralysis to blindness. Scientists at Northwestern University have broken new ground in this area, using a novel implant to program social interactions between mice for the first time, which they say lays the groundwork for understanding the way hierarchies and relationships are formed in complex groups of individuals.

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Science

Optogenetics, Northwestern University, Brain, Implant



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

New report estimates true COVID-19 death toll is double current figures
Striking research out of the University of Washington (UW) is estimating the global death toll from COVID-19 could be more than twice as high as official numbers show. Tracking overall 2020 mortality figures from around the world, the data indicates nearly 7 million people may have succumbed to the disease up to May, 2021.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), CDC, Virus, Deaths



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

OSIRIS-REx headed back to Earth with "abundance" of asteroid samples
NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) robotic deep-space probe is returning from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. On May 10, 2021 at 4:23 pm EDT, the spacecraft began its 2.5-year journey to Earth laden with rock and dust samples as its four high-thrust main engines fired for seven minutes to reach a relative velocity of 600 mph (1,000 km/h).

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Space, Science

NASA, Asteroid, OSIRIS REx



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May 10, 2021

Kairos and TVA partner to build demonstration pebble-bed nuclear reactor
The US Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Kairos Power have announced a new agreement to build Kairos' Hermes low-power demonstration molten-salt cooled, pebble-bed reactor at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

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Energy, Science

Nuclear, Reactors



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

Lightning to strike when all-electric Ford F-150 debuts next week
We've known about the all-electric Ford F-150 for more than four years, but lately it was starting to look like the Chevy e-Silverado might just overshadow it. Not so fast, says Ford, confirming that the F-150 Lighting is coming, and coming soon. It will reveal its all-electric full-size pickup truck to the world with a grand unveiling next week, promising a truck that accelerates quickly off the line, serves as a backup power source in emergencies and packs the latest digital tech.

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Automotive, Transport

Ford, Electric Vehicles, Pickup, Electric truck, Truck



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

Rebel X truck canopy shifts seamlessly between work and RV adventure
Australian manufacturer XL has been building work truck bodies and canopies for 30 years. Some might consider that a good, solid career and time to think retirement, but XL considers it more a time to mix a little more play into its work. Its new Rebel X canopy is its first product designed from the ground up to play as hard as it works, quickly shedding the tool boxes and work materials to load up on a vacation's worth of camping gear and toys. It erases the memory of the workweek faster than a 2-for-1 happy hour boilermaker special, jumpstarting an epic weekend.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Truck, Camping, RV, Pickup, Off-road, Off-grid, Outdoors



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

Microneedle patch designed to sock it to skin infections
Microneedle patches already show a great deal of promise as a painless alternative to hypodermic needles. A new one, however, could find use as a more effective means of treating serious bacterial infections of the skin.

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Medical, Science

Karolinska Institutet, Microneedles, Treatment, Antibacterial, Skin, Antibiotic



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

Touch-sensitive, self-healing AiFoam may find use in robotics and more
There are now a number of materials designed to give robots or prostheses a sense of touch. And while most of them are thin and skin-like, a new alternative takes the form of a spongey foam - and it combines several desirable qualities.

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Materials, Science

National University of Singapore, Touch, Robotics, Prosthetics, Self-healing, Polymer



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

Study suggests bamboo cricket bats could outperform wood
Ever since the 1890s, cricket bat blades have been made of willow wood. According to a new study, however, bamboo bats should offer better performance and a lower environmental footprint, plus they could make the sport more accessible to people living in poor countries.

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Materials, Science

University of Cambridge, Bamboo, Cricket, Sports



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

Study suggests bamboo cricket bats may outperform wood
Ever since the 1890s, cricket bat blades have been made of willow wood. According to a new study, however, bamboo bats should offer better performance and a lower environmental footprint, plus they could make the sport more accessible to people living in poor countries.

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Materials, Science

University of Cambridge, Bamboo, Cricket, Sports



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

Voyager 1 detects plasma "hum" in interstellar space
More than 40 years after launch, Voyager 1 is still making new discoveries. The latest achievement by the craft is the detection of a faint, plasma "hum," indicating that there may be more activity in interstellar gas than previously thought.

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Space, Science

Voyager, interstellar space, Cornell, Cornell University, Plasma, Sun



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

Novel Reversed Slide Neck guitar attachment readied for release
Late last year, after stumbling across an extraordinary performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps on YouTube, we caught up with accomplished Italian guitar player Luca Stricagnoli to take a closer look at the novel slide guitar attachment he used in the video. Now the Reversed Slide Neck has undergone some modification ahead of production.

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Music, Technology

Acoustics, Guitar, Recon Instruments



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

Skyscraper competition celebrates the wildest ideas in architecture
The annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition is one of the most thought-provoking architecture contests around. Small on detail, but big on wild ideas, this year's crop of blue-sky conceptual designs includes a skyscraper made from genetically modified trees imagined for New York City and a water collecting tower that would hydrate Mexico City.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Concept Architecture, Skyscrapers, eVolo Skyscraper Competition



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

Molecular tweezers pick apart the defenses of drug-resistant bacteria
The rise of drug-resistant bacteria, which are superbugs that are evolving the ability to evade the defenses offered by our best medicines, is a growing threat to human health. Combating these dangers is going to take some inventive solutions, and researchers in Israel have demonstrated an example of this type of thinking with a set of "molecular tweezers" that can pick apart the protective film of bacteria, freeing the way for the human immune system to go to work.

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Medical, Science

Superbugs, Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Ben-Gurion University



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

Microbiome transplants help vulnerable corals fight heat stress
With the oceans becoming warmer and more acidic, the world's coral reefs are confronted with increasing danger of heat stress and severe bleaching, as we've seen with Australia's Great Barrier Reef in recent years. Scientists are taking inspiration from recent advances in human microbiome research to investigate how transplantations of helpful bacteria can help increase heat tolerance in vulnerable species, with some promising early results.

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Environment, Science

Coral, Coral Bleaching, Conservation, Climate Crisis



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 10, 2021

New study finds no link between teen tech use and mental health problems
Over the past century there have been frequent societal concerns over the impact of novel technologies on the well-being of young people. Yet, as time passed, those concerns were consistently forgotten and apprehensions quickly shifted to the next new technology. A new study from the University of Oxford has analyzed 30 years of data tracking the relationship between young peoples' technology engagement and mental health, from television watching to smartphone social media use, and found little to no association.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Screens, Digital Media, Social Networking, Children, Television, smartphones, Video Games, Happiness, University of Oxford



Gizmag Emerging Tech
May 09, 2021

Yale study reveals battle formation of immune cell soldiers in skin
The skin is the body's first line of defense against potential infection, and new research has brought us closer to understanding how it works. Researchers at Yale have now identified how immune cells spread themselves out to maintain the most effective patrol.

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Medical, Science

The Immune System, Skin, Yale, Michigan State University, Cells



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