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Jul 12, 2020

Researchers uncover how your brain puts the brakes on sugar cravings
A few years ago, scientists discovered the liver releases a hormone to suppress consumption of sweet-tasting food once a person has consumed high volumes of sugar. New research, led by the University of Iowa, has now homed in on exactly how this mechanism works, and where in the brain it takes place.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Sugar, Food, Hormone, metabolism, Brain, Diet, Glucose, University of Iowa



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 11, 2020

The best of the birds in the 2020 Audubon Photography Awards
From over 6,000 submissions the National Audubon Society awarded its annual prize for best bird photography to an incredible shot from skilled underwater photographer Joanna Lentini. The image shows a cormorant diving into a school of sardines in the hopes of snatching a snack.

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Photography, Technology

Birds, Photography, Awards, Competition, Gallery



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 10, 2020

Torsus kicks up a terra storm with new off-road explorer van
Torsus jumped onto the scene two years ago with one of the world's ruggedest 4x4 buses for work and play. Now the Prague-based company broadens its work with VW Group chassis types, turning the VW Crafter 4Motion/MAN TGE 4x4 into what it calls the world's most capable minibus. We'd love to see it as the basis of an off-road adventure van like the Vanworx MaxTraxx, but so far Torsus is selling it as a ready-for-anything workhorse and shuttle for up to 21 passengers.

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Automotive, Transport

Torsus, Off-road, Van, Volkswagen, MAN, Off-grid, Rescue, Mining



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Jul 10, 2020

Torsus kicks up a virulent terra storm with new off-road explorer van
Torsus jumped onto the scene two years ago with one of the world's ruggedest 4x4 buses for work and play. Now the Prague-based company broadens its work with VW Group chassis types, turning the VW Crafter 4Motion/MAN TGE 4x4 into what it calls the world's most capable minibus. We'd love to see it as the basis of an off-road adventure van like the Vanworx MaxTraxx, but so far Torsus is selling it as a ready-for-anything workhorse and shuttle for up to 21 passengers.

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Automotive, Transport

Torsus, Off-road, Van, Volkswagen, MAN, Off-grid, Rescue, Mining



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 10, 2020

Gorgeous F160 mountain bike is milled from a single aluminum block
With their big ugly welds, aluminum-framed mountain bikes generally aren't quite as pretty as their carbon fiber or titanium counterparts. That said, the German-made Frace F160 is a huge exception, as its frame is milled from a solid block of aluminum.

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Bicycles, Transport

Mountain Bikes, Aluminum, CNC



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Jul 10, 2020

Pico gives plant pots the electro-pod treatment
Not everyone has a green thumb, which is why we've seen a number of smart pots designed to make plant-care easier. One of the latest systems, known as Pico, consists of multiple mini-pots that can be electrically linked together.

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Around The Home, Lifestyle

Indiegogo, Plants



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Jul 10, 2020

Sizable Magnolia V5 tiny house is like an apartment on wheels
Canada's Minimaliste recently completed a new tiny house based on its popular all-weather Magnolia model. Featuring the same basic design, but significantly larger, the Magnolia V5's interior is more like a small apartment on wheels than your typical tiny house.

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Tiny Houses, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, Micro-House, House, Home, Trailer



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Jul 10, 2020

GoPro gives Hero8 Black actioncam new lease of life as a webcam
Chances are good that you've not been getting much use out of your Hero8 Black for the last few months. And you may have also found dedicated webcams in short supply. Now macOS users can put their actioncams to work as a webcam thanks to some beta software launched by GoPro.

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Photography, Technology

GoPro, Actioncam, Webcams



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Jul 10, 2020

New CRISPR enzyme mutation proves almost 100 times more precise
The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system is an extremely powerful tool, but there are still a few kinks to iron out. One of the main problems is off-target edits, which can have serious consequences. Now, researchers have found a particular mutation of the CRISPR enzyme that's almost 100 times more precise than the most commonly used one.

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Medical, Science

CRISPR, gene therapy, Genetic engineering, Genetics, Enzyme



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Jul 10, 2020

Langen unveils a gorgeous, featherweight 2-stroke cafe racer
Langen Motorcycles is a vintage British brand from Manchester with a storied history reaching back to ... Oh, 2019. Well it certainly looks vintage, in the finest hipster tradition. It's a new concern started by Christofer "Langen" Ratcliffe, the ex-Chief Design Engineer at CCM Motorcycles, which explains some of the visual similarities between the new Langen 2-Stroke and the CCM Spitfire we first saw in 2017.

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Motorcycles, Transport

Two-stroke, Langen Motorcycles



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Jul 10, 2020

Scattering rock dust on crops could soak up billions of tons of CO2
With traditional carbon sinks like the Amazon rainforest facing an uncertain future, scientists are looking to get creative with their efforts to slow the buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere. A new study out of the University of Sheffield makes a case for a technique known as enhanced rock weathering, which essentially involves supercharging soil's ability to remove CO2 from the atmosphere by sprinkling it with rock dust.

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Environment, Science

University of Sheffield, Carbon capture, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Crisis, Global Warming



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Jul 10, 2020

Cupra presses forward with el-Born electric hot hatch
It's not quite the 680-hp kitted-out track hatch red-blooded drivers want, but we suppose the new Cupra el-Born is more the electric hatchback they need. Following up on its el-Born concept from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Seat tosses the design over to its Cupra brand, which further refines it into a stunning near-production e-hatchback that has a presence much larger than its compact size. And while it certainly won't have the all-out fury of the e-Racer concept, it will bring some extra style and zero-emissions efficiency to the automotive world.

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Automotive, Transport

Cupra, Seat, Electric Vehicles, Concept Cars



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Jul 10, 2020

Lifetime of lithium-ion batteries boosted by new cathode coating
Despite seemingly-endless advances in experimental battery designs, good old lithium-ion batteries continue to be the frontrunner. There's still plenty of room for improvement though, and now researchers have identified a new cathode coating that could make them safer and longer lasting.

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Energy, Science

Battery, Battery Technology, Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries, Lithium-ion, Argonne National Laboratory, Hong Kong



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 09, 2020

The 100-km/h eSkootr Championship race series looks absolutely bonkers
Leather-clad riders eyeing each other off at the starting line. Fifteen-inch weeny tires chirping as the flag drops, silent electric kick scoots accelerating to a frenetic 100 km/h (62 mph) on the straights, then doing whatever the hell it takes to get one of those things slowed down and around the bends at race pace. This is going to be nuts.

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Urban Transport, Transport

Scooter, Racing, Electric Vehicles



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Jul 09, 2020

Volta Zero electric truck to feature panels made of woven flax
The continuing rise of global carbon emissions has brought with it a rise in sustainable transport solutions, but the Volta Zero truck is one that takes this ethos further than most. In addition to an all-electric drivetrain, the truck will feature panels made from sustainable natural composites and is pitched as a holistically green way for logistics companies to deliver goods around cities.

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Automotive, Transport

Electric Vehicles, Truck



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Jul 09, 2020

Radiation appears to help some metal alloys self-heal
Radiation is famously damaging, both to living tissue and materials. But now, engineers at MIT have been surprised to discover that radiation may actually help certain alloys to self-heal, extending their useful lifetime. This could obviously help inform future power plant designs.

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Materials, Science

Radiation, MIT, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Nuclear, Reactors, Metals, Alloy



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Jul 09, 2020

Super white paint leans on Teflon to reflect up to 98% of the Sun's heat
Just like a tennis player might don a white shirt instead of a black one on warm summer's day, researchers see great potential in dressing buildings in reflective white paints to keep them cool. A team of material scientists is reporting a major advance in this area, producing a new kind of super white paint that reflects almost all incoming radiation from Sun.

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Materials, Science

Paint, Heating, UCLA, Sun, Cooling



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Jul 09, 2020

Brain-boosting protein raises prospect of exercise benefits in a pill
An intriguing new study from UC San Francisco scientists has identified a protein produced by the liver after exercise that could protect the brain from age-related cognitive decline. As well as helping explain the neuroprotective benefits of exercise, the research points to the possibility of generating this same effect by taking a drug.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Brain, Exercise, Dementia, Aging, Neurological



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Jul 09, 2020

Skai revises targets for its liquid-hydrogen, long-range eVTOL
East Coast aviation company Alakai made big headlines last year when it became the first eVTOL air taxi company to put hydrogen on the table as a way to get around the battery bottleneck that's holding so many competitors down to short flight times with long charging waits in between.

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Aircraft, Transport

Alakai Skai, Skai, Hydrogen Aviation, Hydrogen-powered



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Jul 09, 2020

Storyteller goes Stealth with its multitool-like 4x4 camper van
A Mercedes Sprinter 4x4 adventure van isn't usually the first choice - or a choice - when going stealth camping, especially when it includes a ladder hanging off one side, an awning on the other, and an air conditioner sticking out of its full-length roof rack. But Alabama's Storyteller Overland is doing its best to make its Mode 4x4 a little stealthier ... or at least darker and toned down. The new Stealth Mode joins an updated 2021 Storyteller lineup that gains a series of improvements, including more space, more charging and improved climate control.

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Automotive, Transport

Campervan, Off-road, Off-grid, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes, Camping, Outdoors, storyteller-overland



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Jul 09, 2020

Seafloat mooring system designed to protect the seafloor
When numerous boats crowd into one cove for the night, each one drops an anchor that could potentially damage coral or other seabed marine life. That's why the Seafloat system was created, as it lets several boats share one "anchor."

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Marine, Transport

Dock, Watercraft, Yachts - 49, Conservation, Ocean



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Jul 09, 2020

"Towable backpack" gets an aluminum frame and a big, fat tire
Nine years ago, we heard about a towable backpack setup known as the Monowalker Hikingtrailer. Well, a new version is now being crowdfunded, and it's claimed to be sturdier, more adjustable, and capable of carrying even more gear.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Indiegogo, Hiking, Backpacks



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Jul 09, 2020

Toyota launches new Corolla Cross crossover in Thailand, heading global
Toyota Motor Thailand has unveiled a new crossover-SUV, the Corolla Cross. The new vehicle fits in the Corolla lineup as a hatchback-style crossover option that capitalizes on Corolla branding in many markets.

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Automotive, Transport

Toyota, Crossover, Hybrid



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Jul 09, 2020

Second gen TrueConnect earphones double down for long-haul listening
Glasgow's RHA has today launched the second generation of its AirPods wireless earphones rival. The TrueConnect in-ear headphones offer almost twice the battery life of their predecessors, with a total of 44 hours of rocking possible with the help of the included charging case.

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Wearables, Technology

Bluetooth, Earphones, Wireless



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 09, 2020

Luxury residence blends beautifully into the desert landscape
Located in the Californian desert, the Invisible House blends into the rugged landscape with its mirror-finish facade. Hidden away inside are some nice features too, including a large pool area that's also home to a projector for movie screenings, and four bedrooms that open to the outside.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

House, Home, Building and Construction, Luxury



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Jul 09, 2020

Canon launches EOS R5 and R6 full-frame mirrorless cameras
Canon first revealed its plan to take the lead in the prosumer mirrorless camera market back in February. Fragments of information were set free in the months following, and now the company has completely pulled back the curtain to reveal its new full-frame mirrorless flagship, the EOS R5, along with a consumer-focused R6 model.

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Photography, Technology

Canon EOS, Canon, Mirrorless Cameras, 8K



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Jul 09, 2020

NASA and Boeing complete investigations into Starliner launch failure
An independent review team has concluded its investigation of NASA and Boeing's failed Starliner launch last December. A total of 80 recommendations for future missions were put forward across several categories, and both organizations conducted their own internal investigations as well.

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Space, Science

NASA, Boeing, Launch, International Space Station, Spaceflight



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Jul 09, 2020

The Boring Company's tunneling contest pits entrants against a snail
Competitions that pit engineers, designers and creators against one another can be a great way to foster technological advances, and now The Boring Company is getting in on the act. Much like the SpaceX Hyperloop competitions or the many XPrize challenges, the Not-a-Boring Competition tasks entrants with developing innovative technologies that advance the art of tunneling, with a humble snail among their rivals.

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Transport

The Boring Company, Tunnel



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Jul 09, 2020

Autonomous robot scientist can choose its own experiments
Robots are learning to do the jobs of human factory workers, bus drivers, burger flippers, butlers, and healthcare workers, among many others - and now, they may be coming for scientists as well. Engineers at the University of Liverpool have developed a robot scientist that can autonomously perform experiments, analyze results and decide what to do next. And it's already making new discoveries.

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Robotics, Technology

Robot, Robots, Robotic, Robotics, Scientists, University of Liverpool, Hydrogen, Electrolysis, Water



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Jul 09, 2020

Lamborghini lifts the lid on a supercapacitor-enhanced Sian Roadster
Lamborghini is a funny sort of supercar manufacturer. It's not heavily into racing - certainly not compared to Ferrari. It hasn't been all that interested in the top speed battles we've seen Koenigsegg, Bugatti, Hennessey and McLaren get involved with. It doesn't go for dizzying thousand-pony horsepower figures. It hasn't really bothered all that much with high technology or electrification, and it doesn't aim to stand apart from the pack on precise handling like, say, a Porsche.

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Automotive, Transport

Lamborghini, Supercars, Supercapacitor, Hybrid, Roadster



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Jul 09, 2020

Electric VN5 adds an air of elegance to the light commercial van
The London Electrical Vehicle Company's (LEVC's) taxi cabs have been doing their part to reduce emissions in the English capital since hitting the road back in 2018, and now the firm is tackling another source of tailpipe pollution by entering the market for light commercial vans. Its VN5 borrows much of the design DNA of the company's electric taxi, but scales things up to offer plenty of space for load-hauling and plenty of opportunities for customization.

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Automotive, Transport

Van, Hybrid, Electric Vehicles



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Jul 08, 2020

Solar power, wood and bacteria join forces to purify water for drinking
Evaporation is one of the most enduring methods of purifying water to make it drinkable. Now researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China have developed a novel device made of wood that can do just that, by employing bacteria to help build key nanostructures.

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Good Thinking, Lifestyle

Environment, Water, Purification, Pure, Drinking, American Chemical Society, University of Science and Technology of China, Solar Powered, Wood, Bacteria



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Jul 08, 2020

Harvard's programmable kirigami balloons inflate into "crazy" shapes
By turning to the paper-based art form of kirigami for inspiration, a team of Harvard researchers has developed a system for programmable balloons that can take on all kinds of "crazy" shapes when inflated. More than just a vehicle to produce impressive showpieces, the researchers hope the platform can be used to produce new kinds of medical devices or actuators for soft robots.

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Materials, Science

Harvard, Soft Robotics, Balloon, kirigami



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Jul 08, 2020

DNA suggests Polynesian and Native American contact pre-European arrival
An archaeological conundrum may have been solved by DNA analyses carried out by a team of Stanford Medicine scientists led by Alexander Ioannidis that indicates Native Americans and Polynesians came into contact centuries before the arrival of the first Europeans.

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Science

Archaeology, DNA, Stanford University, Genetics



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Jul 08, 2020

Remote therapy for depression as effective as meeting in person, metastudy finds
A systemic review of 17 randomized control trials has concluded cognitive behavioral therapy does not need to be conducted in person to be effective. The study found, for depression, the therapy was as effective when administered remotely using video conferencing, phone and email tools, as face-to-face sessions.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Psychology, Depression, Video Conferencing, Remote Presence, Treatment, McMaster University



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Jul 08, 2020

Oregon to officially vote on legalizing psychedelic psilocybin therapy
The state of Oregon will officially vote on legalizing psilocybin psychotherapy in the upcoming November election, after well over 150,000 signatures were collected to secure the landmark ballot measure. The initiative focuses on licensed and regulated psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in clinical environments.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Psychedelic Medicine, Law, Governments



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Jul 08, 2020

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron previews a future electric SUV coupe
Buyers looking to slide into an Audi Q4 e-tron will have one extra question to answer at dealerships: crossover or crossover-coupe? This week, Audi follows up on the Q4 e-tron concept it showed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, introducing a slipperier, sportier profile with the Q4 Sportback e-tron concept. Both models will be going into production within roughly a years' time, giving future buyers two distinct flavors of 302-hp pure-electric AWD small SUV.

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Audi, Electric Vehicles, SUV, Crossover, Concept Cars



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Jul 08, 2020

New process harvests protein from shrimp-processing wastewater
When shrimp are processed at seafood plants, the resulting wastewater contains a lot of protein. Scientists have now devised a method of harvesting that protein, so it can be used to supplement animal feed or food for humans.

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Good Thinking, Lifestyle

Chalmers University of Technology, Food technology, Protein



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Jul 08, 2020

Active photonic power transfer tech uses light to charge implants
One of the problems with powered implants such as pacemakers is the fact that when their batteries run out of juice, they have to be surgically replaced. According to a new study, though, it may someday be possible to recharge those batteries by shining light through the patient's skin.

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Medical, Science

Implant, Pacemaker, Photovoltaic



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Jul 08, 2020

AI system could locate pilots of intrusive drones
When an unauthorized drone is being flown in a restricted airspace, the authorities understandably want to locate its operator. A new AI-based system may allow them to do so, succeeding where other technologies fail.

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Drones, Technology

Ben-Gurion University, Artificial Intelligence, Neural Network, Tracking



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Jul 08, 2020

Yamaha hits the road with 28-mph pedal-assist Civante
Yamaha Bicycles has impressive form in the world of ebikes, having launched the world's first electric power-assisted bike back in 1993. Now the company is launching its first Class 3 category ebike in the shape of the Civante.

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Bicycles, Transport

Yamaha, ebikes, Electric Bicycle, Pedal-assisted, Last-mile transport



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Jul 08, 2020

Pixii display-less digital rangefinder finally up for sale
Back in 2018 we reported on an interesting pocket camera that offloaded much of its functionality to the ubiquitous smartphone. Now the Pixii M-mount digital rangefinder has gone up for sale.

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Digital Cameras, Technology

Photography, Rangefinder, Apps, smartphones



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Jul 08, 2020

2021 Lexus LS model refresh includes hands-free highway cruise
Lexus has tweaked the fifth generation of its flagship luxury sedan, with new LS500 and LS500H hybrid models going on sale later this year. Originally launched in 1989, the LS is coming up on 800,000 cumulative sales, and the 2021 model will be a lightly made-over evolution of the one launched in 2017.

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Automotive, Transport

Lexus, Luxury, Sedan



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Jul 08, 2020

2 Seconds Tent opens with a ripcord, breaks down at push of a button
French sporting good giant Decathlon has offered one of the world's fastest-pitching tents for going on two decades. The 2 Seconds pop-up tent lives up to its name by all but pitching itself. Going even faster and simpler, Decathlon now streamlines the 2 Seconds into the new 2 Seconds Easy. That's right, a tent that's even easier than the self-pitching 2 Seconds. The Easy's pull-cord/push-button setup and breakdown take it from car to camp and back with less work than ever.

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Outdoors, Lifestyle

Tent, Camping, Decathlon, Outdoors



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Jul 08, 2020

Boron nitiride catalyst destroys toxic PFAS "forever chemicals"
Chemical pollutants mean bad news for the environment, but some types are far more harmful than others. At the extreme end of the spectrum are toxic substances such as PFAS and GenX ,which fall into a class known as "forever chemicals" for their ability to endure in the environment for a very long time. Rice University researchers have happened upon a powerful new tool they say could help neutralize this threat, offering a new catalyst that can destroy them in a matter of hours.

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Environment, Science

Rice University, Pollution, Chemicals



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Jul 08, 2020

Zaps of electricity clean up wastewater from biofuel production
Scientists are getting creative with new ways to produce fuels and electricity, but they can introduce their own problems too. Making biofuel from algae, for example, is showing promise, but it does create large amounts of toxic wastewater. Now, researchers in Australia have found a way to clean up that wastewater, with a simple and scalable electrical process.

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Environment, Science

Wastewater, Water, University of Sydney, Electricity



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Jul 08, 2020

Hyundai's first 10 Xcient Fuel Cell trucks are headed for Switzerland
The first 10 units of Hyundai's hydrogen-powered Xcient Fuel Cell - the world's first heavy duty fuel-cell-powered truck - have rolled off the production line and are on their way to Switzerland, with 40 more to follow later this year.

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Automotive, Transport

Hyundai, Fuel Cell, Hydrogen-powered, Truck



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Jul 08, 2020

Injection of nanoparticle-based retina restores vision to blind rats
Impressive new work from an international team of scientists has demonstrated a potential way to restore vision in those suffering from degenerative diseases of the retina. A single injection of nanoparticles was found to create a working artificial retina, restoring vision to blind rodents.

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Medical, Science

Nanotechnology, Nanoparticles, Eye, Vision, Retina, Blindness, University of Granada



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Jul 08, 2020

Alphabet's internet balloons take on first commercial task in Kenya
After a long line of test runs and stints serving disaster-struck populations in Puerto Rico and Peru, Alphabet's internet-beaming Project Loon balloons have taken on their first commercial task. The company has now deployed the high-flying communications aircraft over Kenya, where they are providing thousands of folks with an entirely novel form of internet access.

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Telecommunications, Technology

Project Loon, Internet, Africa, Alphabet



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Jul 07, 2020

Giant dinosaurs may have evolved from tiny insect eaters
Research led by scientists associated with the American Museum of Natural History suggests that the giant reptiles of the age of the dinosaurs were descendants of a very tiny ancestor, shedding light on how the characteristics of dinosaurs and flying pterosaurs evolved.

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Biology, Science

Dinosaurs, Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History



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Jul 07, 2020

Fractal void cubes could make for better shock-dissipating armor
The microscopic structure of a material plays a huge role in how well it absorbs impacts, and now researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have hit upon a structure that works particularly well. The team 3D-printed cubes with fractal voids inside them, which could be a useful structure for new materials in helmets, armor and other protective items.

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Materials, Science

Materials, Structure, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Cube, Armor, Helmet, 3D Printing



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Jul 07, 2020

Light-activated nanoparticles rob cancer cells of essential proteins
Loading up tiny particles with cancer-killing agents and sending them into the human body has emerged as a highly-targeted form of potential treatment for the disease. A new study out of Pennsylvania State University has offered up another exciting possibility in this area, demonstrating how a newly developed nanoparticle can target specific cancer tissue after being activated by light.

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Medical, Science

Cancer, Nanoparticle, Pennsylvania State University



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Jul 07, 2020

Sony debuts the widest f/2.8 full frame zoom lens we've ever seen
The 12-24mm zoom is a jaw-dropping effects lens with a wider field of view than the human eye. It's certainly not for all situations, but its ability to see damn near behind itself gives it an incredible ability to create space in tight rooms and car interiors, grab compelling action shots just inches from the action, pull in huge quadrants of the night sky in astrophotography, and do some pretty amazing things with the right landscape situation.

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Digital Cameras, Technology

Sony Alpha, Lens, Sony



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Jul 07, 2020

Less REM sleep linked to shorter lifespan
A new study, led by researchers from Stanford University, has uncovered an association between total REM sleep quantity and lifespan. The study is the first to investigate the specific relationship between REM sleep and mortality.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Sleep, Deaths, Life, Health, Stanford University



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Jul 07, 2020

New air filter is claimed to kill COVID-19-causing virus
While wearing masks and maintaining social distancing are definitely an imperative right now, an experimental new air filter could help limit the spread of COVID-19. The device is claimed to kill the virus that causes the disease, by heating it.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

University of Houston, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Filters



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Jul 07, 2020

Autonomous Guard Vessel may someday protect offshore facilities
Although offshore structures such as wind turbines do need to be protected, crews of guard boats can get bored just waiting around to chase off intruders - plus, of course, they have to be paid a salary. It was with this in mind that the Autonomous Guard Vessel (AGV) was recently conceived.

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Marine, Transport

Autonomous Vehicles, Security



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Jul 07, 2020

Bosch unveils concept ebike designed for the company's tech
Bosch is already well-known for its electric bike motors and related technologies. Now, the German company has unveiled a concept ebike, created to show how smoothly those products could be incorporated into one vehicle.

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Bicycles, Transport

Electric Bicycle, Bosch, Concept Bikes



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Jul 07, 2020

Curiosity begins months-long journey to higher ground
For over a year, NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover has been investigating the clay-bearing unit in the Gale Crater. Now the space agency has announced that the intrepid explorer is on the move again, starting a summer-long journey to a higher part of Mount Sharp dubbed the "sulfate-bearing unit."

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Space, Science

Curiosity Rover, Mars, NASA



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Jul 07, 2020

Beverly Hills to turn green with $2 billion tree-filled development
A sizable area of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, is set to turn green - literally - thanks to a new plant and tree-filled development designed by Foster Partners. Assuming all goes to plan, the project will create two new residential towers and a hotel, and will feature sustainable design, including extensive greywater recycling to meet its considerable irrigation needs.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

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



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Jul 07, 2020

MSI's latest laptops focus on performance, battery life and visuals
Taiwan's MSI has launched new mobile workstations designed for power users like architects, engineers, graphic artists and design professionals. One boasts a huge battery and the other features a 4K mini-LED display.

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Laptops, Technology

MSI, Intel Core, 4k, Workstation, Laptop



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Jul 07, 2020

Smart postage box packs e-ink label, sensors, camera, speaker and mic
There are few things more exciting in our modern world than watching and waiting for a parcel to arrive - and by the same token, few things more frustrating than when it arrives broken or doesn't arrive at all. To prevent that, or at least make it easier to figure out what went wrong, European start-up LivingPackets has now unveiled the second generation of its reusable smart packaging called The Box.

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Good Thinking, Lifestyle

Logistics, Packaging, Package, Shipping, E-Ink



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Jul 07, 2020

Voxan reveals its 367-hp Wattman electric land speed attempt motorcycle
April 2019, what heady days those were, back before the post-modern plague crammed us into our hovels and forced us to take many long, hard looks at ourselves. I remember it being a month of plentiful avocado and bacon toasties, of carefree hand-shaking and friend-hugging. I remember brushing by people in supermarket aisles with a smile and a "'scuse me" instead of narrow-eyed suspicion and bated breath. I remember what normal used to feel like; it felt... Pretty normal, really.

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Motorcycles, Transport

Electric Motorcycles, Land Speed Records, Voxan Motorcycles, Venturi



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Jul 07, 2020

Conductive plastic uses sandwiched materials for extra transparency
Traditional plastics are so poor at conducting electricity that they are often used to insulate against it instead, making it the shielding material of choice for things like wiring and circuit boards. But scientists have long hoped to flip the script by adding other materials to give plastic conductive properties, and one team of researchers has now put forward a promising possibility it's hoped could find uses in large touchscreens or window-mounted solar cells.

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Materials, Science

Plastics, Electricity, Solar Cell, University of Michigan



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Jul 07, 2020

Novel nanocrystal treatments could protect cells from radiation damage
Ideally, the body is protected from damaging radiation before it reaches us, by shielding materials or clothing. But now, researchers in South Korea have developed a new type of drug that could prevent some of the tissue damage radiation causes, which has shown promise in tests on cultured human organoids and mice.

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Medical, Science

Radiation, Nanocrystals, Drugs, Drug, Institute for Basic Science



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

New light shed on link between Alzheimer's and liver disease
New research from the University of South Carolina is uncovering exactly how non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) influences the neurological conditions associated with Alzheimer's disease. The study describes how a certain protein produced in the liver can travel to the brain and trigger neuroinflammation.

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Science

Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Neuroscience, Brain, Liver disease, Inflammatory, University of South Carolina



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Immune cell transplant reverses effects of aging in mice
One of the many deteriorative effects of aging in humans is a decline in immune system function, which invites a whole host of other risks including vulnerability to infectious diseases. Scientists may have uncovered a way to reverse this trend, using experiments in mice to demonstrate how targeting inflammation in the belly could offer a way of not just restoring a balanced immune system, but addressing an age-related decline in physical fitness.

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Medical, Science

Aging, University of Bern, The Immune System, Inflammatory



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Experimental all liquid-metal battery stays liquid at room temperature
Liquid and solid-state batteries each have their own advantages and disadvantages, but now researchers at the University of Texas at Austin claim to have developed a new battery that mixes the best of both worlds. The new design is the first all-liquid-metal battery that can operate at room temperature, and it apparently outperforms lithium-ion batteries.

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Energy, Science

Battery, Battery Technology, Flow Battery, liquid metal, Metals, Potassium battery, Sodium battery



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

BMW will start charging by the month for smart cruise and seat heaters
BMW is looking to start standardizing its manufacturing processes, selling cars with options like adaptive cruise, smart headlights and active suspension built in, and then charging car owners on a monthly or yearly subscription model to use them.

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Automotive, Transport

BMW



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Scientists present case for airborne spread of COVID-19
A new commentary published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, and co-signed by 239 scientists from around the world, is calling for international health authorities to recognize COVID-19 can be spread by airborne transmission. Based on growing cluster case study data, the scientists call for greater mitigation measures to control indoor airborne spread of the virus.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Virus, Health, Infections



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Ford previews its triple-model "Built Wild" Bronco lineup
The all-new Ford Bronco debut got pushed back, first by COVID-19, and then by unfortunate rescheduling on O.J. Simpson's birthday. But we're now down to one week until the highly anticipated new Bronco finally arrives. Today, Ford revealed the shape of things to come. Make that "shapes," as Ford teases a three-model family to include a playful two-door with removable top, a long, sturdy four-door and something of a Bronco crossover.

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Automotive, Transport

Ford, SUV, Off-road, bronco



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Water-filled windows could both heat and cool buildings
When it comes to keeping buildings energy efficient, windows certainly pose a challenge. It was with this quandary in mind that a British scientist has created a new type of window - one that's filled with water.

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Good Thinking, Lifestyle

Energy-saving, Windows, Loughborough University, Water



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Weird caecilian may be first amphibian known to have a venomous bite
It has long been assumed that while some reptiles are capable of secreting venom from their mouth, such is not the case with amphibians. According to a new study, however, there is at least one member of the latter group that may have a lethal nip.

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Biology, Science

Utah State University, Evolution



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

BrakeAce lets mountain bikers know if they're too big on the brakes
If you're a mountain biker who wants to go fast yet maintain control, then you shouldn't overuse your brakes. That's where the BrakeAce comes in, as it's a power meter that's designed to monitor your brake usage throughout each ride.

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Bicycles, Transport

Mountain Bikes, Cycling, Braking



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Underground bunker would let you ride out the apocalypse in luxury
Survival bunkers are big business nowadays, with some people prepared to splash serious cash to try and ensure their safety, come what may. The Plan B underground bunker is purely conceptual at the moment, but looks like it could cater to well-heeled types and offer a pretty comfortable place to hunker down.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Concept Architecture, Safety, Luxury



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Handy audio recorder puts field, music and podcast workflows on tap
Zoom has revealed a new app-driven portable audio recorder. Whether you're out in the field, capturing the latest groove at band practice or producing your latest podcast, the H8 is like an all you can eat buffet for audio recording.

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Mobile Technology, Technology

Recorder, Portable Audio, Zoom



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

World's tallest climbing wall takes shape in Copenhagen
As home to a waste-to-energy power plant topped by an artificial ski slope, while featuring running trails and a rooftop bar, the CopenHill facility in Denmark was already a particularly versatile space. Some finishing touches have now been added to the building facade that will add yet another activity to its repertoire, with the routes now complete on what is claimed to be the tallest climbing wall in the world.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, Exercise, Climbing



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

DIY robot arm construction kit makes pick-and-place competitive
Craft and construction kits have been a blessing in our recent lockdown phases, and now there's a new one that might appeal to those interested in tinkering with robots. ArmPal is a robot arm kit that you build yourself, then pit against other robot arms in battles based on picking stuff up.

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Robotics, Technology

Robot, Robotic, Robotics, Robots, ARM, STEM, Toys, Kickstarter



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Maserati releases engine details for its upcoming MC20 supercar
Maserati has long seemed an odd fit in the "motor valley" of Modena. Where its neighbours Ferrari, Pagani and Lamborghini have focused on outrageous supercars, Maserati has been much more conservative, courting a luxury-focused customer base that feels like it's grown out of the flashy stuff.

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Automotive, Transport

Maserati, Engine Technologies, Supercars



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

New formula beats "multiply by 7" method for calculating dog age
For a rough idea of a dog's physiological age, a popular approach is to simply multiply its actual age by seven, but new research upends this piece of conventional wisdom. Scientists have developed a new molecular tool described as an "epigenetic clock," which they say offers a more precise picture of a dog's age in human years by drilling into the rate of molecular changes in their DNA.

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Biology, Science

Dogs, Aging, UC San Diego



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 06, 2020

Horror film fans are dealing with COVID-19 better than most, study finds
A new study, conducted over the past few months in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, has found fans of apocalyptic and horror media are reporting less distress and greater resilience during this real pandemic compared to those who don't consume those kinds of genre fiction.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Psychology, Behavior, Films, Entertainment



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 05, 2020

"Graphene armor" protects perovskite solar cells from damage
Perovskite is emerging as a promising material for solar cells, but it has some durability problems. Now, engineers have developed a new electrode that could make them more stable, using a protective layer of "graphene armor."

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Electronics, Science

Graphene, Perovskite, Solar Cell, UNIST, Electronic, Solar Power



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 05, 2020

Rocket Lab suffers setback as Electron booster fails in flight
Rocket Lab has made some impressive gains lately as a relatively young space startup focused on launching small satellites to orbit, but the latest outing of its Electron booster hasn't quite gone to plan. The rocket was lost during a mission to lift seven payloads into orbit, with the team now investigating the cause of the anomaly in hopes of returning to the launchpad soon.

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Space, Science

Rocket Lab, Launch



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 05, 2020

THC microdosing reduces chronic pain in world-first clinical trial
New research published in the European Journal of Pain is offering some of the first clinical trial insights into the efficacy of microdosing THC to treat chronic pain. The results of the small trial suggest minute doses of THC may confer clinically apparent reductions in pain sensation without inducing psychoactive side effects.

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Medical, Science

Cannabis, Marijuana, Pain, Psychedelic Medicine



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 05, 2020

Software updates bring extra torque to Bosch ebike motors
One of the occasional joys of electric vehicle ownership is that a factory software update can suddenly make your motor go harder - and certain Bosch-powered ebike owners are about to get an extra helping of torque, free of charge.

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Bicycles, Transport

Bosch, ebikes



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 04, 2020

Triumph and tragedy in the World Sports Photography Awards
In its first year, the World Sports Photography Awards has given its top prize to professional photographer Richard Heathcote for an incredible shot of heavyweight fighters Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. Praised by the judges for its powerful vision and technical difficulty, it is just one of several spectacular photographs celebrated in this impressive inaugural contest.

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Sports, Lifestyle

Sport, Photography, Awards, Competition, Sports, American Football, Swimming



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 03, 2020

Graphene-boosted (and very long-lasting?) bike lube costs almost $150
Among its many other remarkable qualities, graphene is the world's strongest human-made material. It's perhaps not all that surprising, therefore, that it's now been incorporated into a chain-protecting bicycle lubricant - and quite a pricey one, at that.

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Bicycles, Transport

Graphene, Cycling



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 03, 2020

Sampling robot lets clinicians keep their distance from patients
Even if they're wearing face shields and masks, healthcare workers can still understandably be quite leery of getting up close and personal with patients who may have COVID-19. That's where a new robotic system comes in, as it lets clinicians take samples at a distance.

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Robotics, Technology

Remote-Control, Coronavirus (COVID-19)



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 03, 2020

Eating black raspberries may reduce incidences of itchy, red skin
There may be new hope for people prone to allergic reactions of the skin. According to a new study, one serving of black raspberries per day could minimize the effects.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Ohio State University, Allergies, Skin, Diet, Fruit



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 03, 2020

Graceful robotic swifts take flight in latest Festo demo
German electrical automation company Festo has good form for pushing the envelope in robot development, previously showing off bio-inspired bot versions of ants, a kangaroo, flying penguins and more. Now the firm's engineers have revealed the latest developments, including aerobatic BionicSwifts.

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Robotics, Technology

Festo, Robots, Prototype



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 03, 2020

BIG's sustainable factory will be a Plus for hikers
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has a habit of producing outstanding architecture that serves a dual purpose. Its Twist museum is also a bridge, its CopenHill power plant is topped by a ski slope, and now its upcoming furniture factory will double as a hiking and camping destination too. The building will also feature solar power, recycled building materials, and efficient heating and cooling systems.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, Furniture, BIG, sustainable design



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 03, 2020

Cinera Edge personal cinema straps a 5K OLED display to your face
A device with a screen that measures less than an inch sounds ridiculous in the modern world, but the Cinera Edge compensates by cramming it up to within an inch of your eyeballs. This portable personal cinema headset packs a 5K(ish)-resolution display and Dolby Surround Sound. Okay, so it is still a bit ridiculous, but we can't help being intrigued by it.

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Home Entertainment, Technology

Entertainment, Movies, Headset, Kickstarter, OLED, Display, VR, Hmd, Head Mounted Displays



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 03, 2020

Fireworks leave toxic metals lingering in the air, study finds
Fireworks are a surefire way to create a spectacle of color and light, but research has revealed these dazzling displays could pose a health risk. A study that is said to be the first to look at the impacts of firework exposure on human cells and animals, has found a range of harmful toxins can linger in the air once the lights go out.

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Medical, Science

NYU Langone Health, Metals, Pollution



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 03, 2020

Hubble and ALMA mosaic captures stellar fireworks of star formation
Astronomers are celebrating the 4th of July weekend in their own trademark fashion - by releasing a new image of some cosmic fireworks. The spectacular shot is made up of a mosaic of radio and infrared images, showing a cluster of young stars exploding into life.

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Space, Science

Astronomy, Radio, Infrared, Stars, NASA, Hubble, ALMA



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 03, 2020

Glowing bacteria could slow the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs
The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria presents an ominous threat for humankind, with these so-called superbugs projected to kill millions of people annually by midway through the century. Scientists at the University of Exeter have developed a promising technique that could help us keep these crafty foes in check, by quickly illuminating bacteria when antibiotics have had the desired effect.

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Medical, Science

Superbugs, Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, University of Exeter



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 02, 2020

Fluorinated membrane breaks a limit for capturing carbon dioxide
Carbon dioxide is an all too common waste product of industry, belched into the air in huge amounts from smokestacks. Now, researchers have developed a new type of fluorinated membrane that can selectively filter CO2 out of flue gas at the point of release.

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Environment, Science

Carbon, Carbon capture, Carbon Dioxide, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Emissions, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, University of Tennessee, Membrane



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 02, 2020

Nitrous oxide being trialed to treat depression, PTSD and alcoholism
A newly published pilot study has demonstrated nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, may help military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A larger trial is now underway after several small studies in recent years have demonstrated potential new uses for the inhaled anesthetic, including rapid relief from major depression.

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Medical, Science

Psychedelic Medicine, Ketamine, PTSD, Depression, Addiction, University of Chicago



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 02, 2020

Aerogel fashioned into world's lightest electromagnetic shielding
Containing the electromagnetic radiation generated by electronic components is a key consideration for designers of electronic devices, but today's metal-based shielding materials have their downsides. Scientists at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) have developed an new aerogel-based material that blocks a wide range of frequencies, forming what they describe as by far the lightest electromagnetic shielding material in the world.

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Materials, Science

Aerogels, Electromagnetic, Empa, Radiation, Shield



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 02, 2020

Kia shatters the Optima mold with the edgier K5
The Kia Optima is out, and the Kia K5 is in. With the name change comes a whole new approach and attitude. Kia's most powerful midsize sedan ever borrows from the Stinger for a sporty makeover that greets the world with an absolutely angry glare. Kia calls it one of the biggest generational leaps forward in recent automotive history, and it certainly looks like a big one from where we're sitting.

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Automotive, Transport

Kia, Sedan



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 02, 2020

Production line-cleaning robot learns on the job
If you're preparing food on an automated production line, then that line had better be clean. A new autonomous robot was designed with this in mind, as it actually learns how to clean better over time.

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Robotics, Technology

Fraunhofer, Cleaning, Autonomous, Artificial Intelligence, Self-Learning, Food technology



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 02, 2020

Solo Cinebot system designed for tele-operated video production
Although the showbiz industry still is centralized in places like Hollywood, it's becoming less and less so as technology advances. That's where Solo Cinebot comes in, as it's a robotic camera system that can be operated over the internet.

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Digital Cameras, Technology

Video Cameras, Remote Control, Telepresence, Filmmaking



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