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Jul 23, 2021

Review: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 - power meets off-road prowess
We've driven our share of muscular off-road machines. From the Ford Raptor to the uber-lush G Wagen and the Ram TRX, it's all been fun. But wait, there's more. Now there's a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with a 6.4-liter monster under its hood.

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Automotive, Transport

Jeep, Wrangler, SUV, SRT, Off-road, Dodge



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 23, 2021

SwitchGrade lets mountain bikers change their saddle angle on the fly
Although different saddle angles are better for different cycling scenarios, most riders aren't likely to stop and adjust that angle every time the terrain changes - at least, not with a regular seat setup. Aenomaly Constructs' SwitchGrade, however, allows them to do so quickly and easily.

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Bicycles, Transport

Cycling, Mountain Bikes, Seat, Ergonomic



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 23, 2021

Engineered plants' roots turn red when helpful fungi show up
While you might think that it's best to keep crops fungus-free, there are some fungi that actually help plants grow. In order to better observe that relationship, scientists have created plants with roots that turn red when infiltrated by beneficial fungi.

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Science

University of Cambridge, Plants, Fungus, Agriculture, Genetic engineering



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 23, 2021

Wearable ultrasound patch could warn of cardiovascular problems
It goes without saying that the earlier someone can be warned of an impending heart attack or stroke, the better. A new skin patch could provide such warnings, by sending ultrasound pulses into the wearer's body.

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Medical, Science

UC San Diego, Ultrasound, Heart attack, Strokes, Blood Pressure



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 23, 2021

Alphabet launches Intrinsic to make industrial robots easier to use
For more than five years, a team has been developing and testing control software under Alphabet's X moonshot factory, aimed at making industrial robots smarter and easier to use. Now the project has branched out into a new company called Intrinsic.

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Robotics, Technology

Alphabet, Software, Industrial design, Robots, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 23, 2021

Five forms of eco-friendly plastic that break down fast
The battle against plastic pollution is one being fought on many fronts, but a particularly critical one centers on the material's capacity to persist in the environment for a long time, even centuries in some cases. By tweaking the process by which plastic is made, scientists hope to offer functional forms of it that safely and naturally degrade in just a fraction of the time. And recent breakthroughs suggest such a future mightn't be all that far away.

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Materials, Science

Plastic, Plastic waste, Plastics



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 23, 2021

Subterranean garage designed to keep classic cars in top condition
Commissioned to create a private showroom for a collection of enviable cars, Arup and Unism have designed a cave-like lair that would be meticulously engineered to help ensure the vehicles are kept in perfect condition.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Arup, Building and Construction, Aston Martin, Cars, Luxury



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 23, 2021

Travel Sax 2 lets players practice without disturbing others
When Spain's Ramon Mañas moved to Berlin to study music, he started learning the saxophone. But as the sax is a loud instrument, he couldn't do so when and where he liked. This led to the development of the small and light Travel Sax, which could be played in silence. Now the Travel Sax 2 has been launched.

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Music, Technology

Indiegogo, Instrument, Learning, Practice, MIDI, Bluetooth, Digital music



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 23, 2021

Mars InSight reveals first crust-to-core snapshot of Red Planet
NASA's Mars InSight has provided … well, insight, into the inner workings of the Red Planet. By monitoring "marsquakes" over the past two years the instrument has allowed scientists to measure the thickness and composition of Mars' crust, mantle and core, revealing some surprises.

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Space, Science

Mars, InSight, NASA, Earthquake, Seismic, Earth core, Planet, Geology, ETH Zurich



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 23, 2021

Ford's vehicles to offer autonomous ride-hailing through Lyft
Back in 2017, Ford made a significant investment in an artificial intelligence startup called Argo that harbored big ambitions in the self-driving vehicle space. The pair are now bringing Lyft into the fold in an effort to deploy autonomous ride-hailing on a commercial scale, with the first rides to take place later this year.

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Automotive, Transport

Ford, Lyft, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Driving, ARGO



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 23, 2021

This self-balancing electric motorcycle will follow you around
Beijing's Da Vinci Dynamics has launched its DC100, a high-performance electric streetbike with an impressive 250-mile (400 km) NEDC range, and some wacky "robotic" tricks, including the alleged ability to self-balance and follow you around.

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Motorcycles, Transport

Electric Motorcycles, Self-balancing, Sportsbikes



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 22, 2021

Simple RNA tweak boosts potato and rice yields by 50 percent
Food security is a major potential problem, especially in the face of climate change. Now, researchers have shown that manipulating RNA in plants can drastically boost the amount of food they produce, and make them more resistant to drought conditions.

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Science

Plants, Crops, RNA, Genetic engineering, University of Chicago, Food, Food security, Agriculture



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 22, 2021

AlphaFold predicts structures for nearly every protein in the human body
Last year DeepMind put forward a compelling a solution to a 50-year-old science problem, demonstrating how its AlphaFold AI could predict the 3D structures of unique proteins, laying the groundwork for a new era of biological discovery. The company has continued building out these foundations by now sharing the predicted structures for nearly every protein in the human body, which will accelerate research efforts into everything from antibiotic resistance to cancer treatments, and so much more.

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Biology, Science

Artificial Intelligence, Protein



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Jul 22, 2021

Garmin Smart Glide acts as co-pilot in engine shutdown air emergencies
Garmin International is trying to take the pressure off of pilots caught in an engine shutdown emergency with its Smart Glide safety tool. Part of the company's Autonomí family of autonomous flight technologies, its function is to reduce the pilot's emergency workload by automatically engaging the autopilot and steering the aircraft toward the nearest available airport.

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Aircraft, Transport

Garmin, Safety



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 22, 2021

LG's air purifying face mask now comes with built-in mic and speakers
LG has updated its PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier mask by incorporating a microphone and speaker to make it easier to talk. The new device will appear first in Thailand in August with other parts of the world to follow.

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Wearables, Technology

Masks, LG, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Air purifying



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 22, 2021

"Walking" robotic arm on its way to ISS
The International Space Station is about to receive its third robotic arm, which will be capable of "walking" around the Russian segment of the orbital outpost all by itself. The new European-made arm is on its way to the ISS after being launched atop a Russian Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Space, Science

ESA, International Space Station, Launch, Robots



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Jul 22, 2021

Preclinical study finds success in reversing age-related memory loss
An intriguing new study from researchers in the United Kingdom is proposing an innovative method to treat age-related memory loss. The preclinical research shows memory decline in aging mice can be reversed by manipulating the composition of structures in the brain known as perineuronal nets.

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Science

Neuroscience, Dementia, Memory, Aging, Brain, Cambridge University, University of Leeds



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 22, 2021

Balloon-borne telescope promises Hubble-like images on a budget
While the Hubble Space Telescope has provided us with a wealth of data, getting it into orbit and servicing it have proven to be very expensive. The SuperBIT telescope is an intriguing alternative, as it hangs beneath a balloon instead of being launched by a fuel-hungry rocket.

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Space, Science

Telescope, Balloon, University of Toronto, Canadian Space Agency



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Jul 22, 2021

Mercedes kicks off furious electric blitz with 620-mile sports concept
Mercedes-Benz has made known its dedication to electrification in the past, and today it tightens the focus and shows just how dedicated it is. On the way to going 100 percent electric as early as 2030 (*where market conditions allow), the three-pointed star will preview a bright electric future with an energy-dense Vision EQXX concept car capable of traveling 1,000 kilometers per charge.

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Automotive, Transport

Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes, Electric Vehicles, Concept Cars



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 22, 2021

Study suggests smartphone screens could detect toxins in water
When we hear about smartphones being used to perform analytical tasks, there's usually also a device that's connected to the phone. According to a new study, however, a phone's own touchscreen could soon be used to test drinking water and other liquids.

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Science

University of Cambridge, Touchscreen, Water, Capacative Sensing Technology, smartphones



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Jul 22, 2021

Self-curing resin finds use in a tougher bicycle helmet
Bike helmets work by absorbing impact energy that would otherwise be passed through to the wearer's head. An experimental new helmet is claimed to do so better than conventional models, thanks to a special resin.

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Bicycles, Transport

Nanyang Technological University, Helmets, Thermoplastic



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Jul 22, 2021

Wild Customs hot-rods BFG guitar with carousel of Texas tones
France's Wild Customs has created a $10k special-edition guitar based on a 1934 Ford Coupe hot rod owned by legendary ZZ Top frontman Billy F Gibbons, and featuring the company's carousel pickup system rocking the bearded one's signature pickup set.

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Music, Technology

Guitar, pop music, Custom, Historic Cars



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 22, 2021

3D-printed concrete Fibonacci House built by the numbers
It has inspired yachts, cars, and countless buildings, and now the Fibonacci number sequence has served as muse to 3D-printing firm Twente Additive Manufacturing (TAM), which has created what it calls Canada's first 3D-printed home. Named the Fibonacci House, it's a non-towable concrete tiny house that sleeps up to two adults and two children, and is available for rent on Airbnb.

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Tiny Houses, Lifestyle

3D Printing, Micro-House, Tiny Footprint, Building and Construction, House, Home, Airbnb



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 22, 2021

Astronomers snap image of moon-forming disk surrounding an alien world
Astronomers have captured the first clear images of a colossal moon-forming debris disk orbiting a distant alien planet. According to the authors of the new study, the disk has enough material to create three astronomical bodies the size of Earth's Moon.

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Space, Science

Exoplanet, ESO, ALMA, Gas Giant



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Jul 22, 2021

E Ink partners with Ricoh for thin and light digital whiteboard
Though E Ink technology is perhaps best known for its use in ereaders, it can also be found in phones, magazine covers, bus stops, signage, and more. And now Ricoh is adding what's billed as the world's thinnest and lightest digital whiteboard to the list.

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Computers, Technology

E Ink, Ricoh, Business, Electronic Whiteboards



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 22, 2021

Out of this world: Bizarre space-oddities that might just be for real
Space is an exceptionally strange place, full of signals and observations that defy our understanding of the universe. In trying to explain these mysteries, sometimes astronomers hypothesize extremely exotic objects that we haven't yet found. Here are some of the most fascinating oddities that may be lurking in the depths of the cosmos.

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Space, Science

Astronomy, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Antimatter, Stars, Planet, Planet 9



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 22, 2021

Autonomous racing drone claims landmark victory against human pilots
One of the many ways researchers are working to improve the performance of autonomous drones is by having them compete against humans in the business of racing them. It takes some skill to pilot a tiny quadcopter through confined spaces at blistering speeds, and by developing algorithms that outperform these feats, we may usher in a generation of drones with incredible capabilities. Through a novel algorithm that can plot a flight path with great efficiency, scientists at the University of Zurich are now claiming to have done just that.

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Drones, Technology

Drone racing, Autonomous flight, University of Zurich



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Jul 22, 2021

Mr. Koenigsegg thrashes the Jesko "megacar" and its remarkable gearbox
Man stands next to car and talks about it: it's a video format you've seen a thousand times. It does hit a bit different, though, when the guy's own name is on the back of the car. Christian Von Koenigsegg is one of a very short list of people who have proven themselves repeatedly at the very pointiest end of the high-performance auto world, and the extraordinary Jesko is a high-octane love letter to his father, who helped him get started in the supercar business.

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Automotive, Transport

Koenigsegg, Hypercar, Supercars, High-speed



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 21, 2021

Putting a gravitational wave detector on the Moon could find new physics
It's tricky business detecting gravitational waves - these ripples in the very fabric of spacetime are often drowned out by background vibrations from earthquakes, traffic and other human activity. Now a pair of astrophysicists has proposed a new location that would be far quieter - the Moon.

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Physics, Science

Physics, Astrophysics, Astronomy, gravitational waves, Harvard, Vanderbilt University, Moon, LIGO



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 21, 2021

More protein at breakfast makes for better muscle growth, study indicates
A fascinating new study from researchers in Japan indicates a person's metabolism of dietary proteins is influenced by when they consume their meals. The study found protein consumed early in the day promotes better skeletal muscle health and growth.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Diet, Muscle, metabolism, Protein, Waseda University



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Jul 21, 2021

New molten salt battery for grid-scale storage runs at low temp and cost
As renewable forms of power like wind and solar continue to gain prominence, there will be a need for creative solutions when it comes to storing energy from sources that are intermittent by nature. One potential solution is known as a molten salt battery, which offers advantages that lithium batteries do not, but have their share of kinks to iron out, too. Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have come up with a new design that addresses a number of these shortcomings, and demonstrated a working molten salt battery that can be constructed far more cheaply, while storing more energy, than currently available versions.

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Energy, Science

Sandia Labs, Grid-Level Energy Storage, Battery, Renewable Energy



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Jul 21, 2021

Alphavan 4x4 camper emerges as an off-grid backcountry smart home
German conversion company Alphavan presented one of the most impressive (and large) camper vans of 2020 with its eponymous 290-in (736-cm) two-bedroom Sprinter camper, a van built to carry mountain bikes to camp before sleeping a family of four in full comfort and privacy. Not surprisingly, Alphavan has heard a rather loud call for an all-wheel-drive version, and it answers with the all-new 4x4 Edition. The new van will soon roll out as a wheeled backcountry smart hut for "self-sufficient micro adventures."

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Automotive, Transport

Campervan, Motorhome, Motorhomes, Off-road, Off-grid, Camping, Outdoors



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 21, 2021

US FAA expands air traffic control to include commercial space tourism
Now that Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin have sent their first full passenger flights into space, the US Federal Aviation Administration is demonstrating that it's taking space tourism seriously. The agency has announced it is opening a new center in Houston and deploying new technology to monitor commercial space missions launching from Texas and New Mexico.

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Space, Science

FAA, Air Traffic Control



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Jul 21, 2021

Difficulty hearing speech in noisy rooms may be early sign of dementia
An impressively large study following more than 80,000 people for 11 years has found that difficulty hearing speech in noisy environments can be an early-warning sign of later-life dementia. The next steps for the research will be to investigate whether immediately treating mid-life hearing impairments can reduce the risk of dementia developing in a person's senior years.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Hearing, Hearing Impaired, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Aging, University of Oxford



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 21, 2021

Compact, portable bad breath detector is in the works
No matter how hard we may try, we can't really tell if we've got bad breath - and asking someone else to sniff our breath for us can be awkward. It's now possible that before too long, however, a portable "thumb-size" device could let us know.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

American Chemical Society, KAIST, Breathalyzers, Nanotechnology



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 21, 2021

Anti-scarring medication causes collagen-forming cells to "dance"
Not only are surgical scars unsightly in many cases, but their limited elasticity can also reduce the patient's range of motion. There may be new hope, however, as a recent study has shed light on how a therapeutic peptide could drastically reduce such scarring.

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Medical, Science

Virginia Tech, Skin, Healing, peptide



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Jul 21, 2021

Sculpture 3D printed from natural materials invites sleepovers in Frankfurt
Italian 3D-printing company WASP, in collaboration with artist Alison Knowles, has completed the printing stage of the world's first 3D-printed livable sculpture. Utilizing WASP's advanced 3D-printing crane technology, which was behind the TECLA 3D-printed eco-home, the artwork entitled "The House of Dust" will be one of 10 temporary sculptures featured at the Museum of Wiesbaden's tinyBE : Living in a sculpture exhibition, which will run until late September.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

3-D Printing, Sculpture, Art



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Jul 21, 2021

World's largest astronomy museum inspired by classic three-body problem
Ennead Architects has completed work on a stunning new astronomy museum in Shanghai, China, that also happens to be the world's largest. The building's curving design - it contains no straight lines or right angles according to the firm - is inspired by the cosmos and parts of it function a little like an oversized sundial, marking the passage of time.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

Building and Construction, Museum, China, Astronomy



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Jul 21, 2021

Asus goes thin, light and tough for CX9 business Chromebook
With a few notable exceptions, what early Chromebooks lacked in top-tier specs they made up for in low price tags. But mobile professionals need more performance grunt, and don't mind paying a little extra to get it. Asus has launched the CX9 to give "the cloud-first workforce the ability to maximize productivity from anywhere."

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Laptops, Technology

Chromebook, Asus, Business, 4K UHD, Intel Core



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 21, 2021

China unveils new 600 km/h ultra-fast maglev train
China has produced the first of a new breed of maglev trains capable of speeds up to 600 km/h (373 mph), or nearly half the speed of sound. It says these will be the fastest ground transport services available on the planet.

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Transport

Trains, China, Maglev, High speed train



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 21, 2021

Picky protein behind inflammation offers new target for MS treatments
With no cure and treatments that focus primarily on managing symptoms and slowing progression of the disease, there is a dire need for new therapies to tackle multiple sclerosis (MS). Scientists have just made a promising discovery through experiments on mice which could help things along, by demonstrating how neutralizing a specific protein can selectively temper the inflammation that drives the disease, which makes it an ideal target in the ongoing pursuit of a cure.

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Medical, Science

Multiple Sclerosis, Protein, Cells, The Immune System



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Jul 21, 2021

Tagged snakes reveal radiation levels in the soil around Fukushima
As work continues to clean up the mess left by the meltdown of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, scientists are enlisting some local help in their efforts to survey the damage. A study has shown how snakes living in the Exclusion Zone can be serve as living, breathing monitors of radiation levels in the area, with the help of GPS and VHF tags.

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Environment, Science

Fukushima, Snakes, University of Georgia, Nuclear, Radioactivity



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 21, 2021

Synthetic spider silk stronger and tougher than the real thing
Spider silk is one of nature's most impressive materials, exhibiting impressive strength and toughness. Now, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis claim to have created an artificial version that can outperform some natural spider silks.

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Materials, Science

Silk, Materials, Spiders, Bacteria, Washington University in St. Louis



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 21, 2021

World's 2nd-largest steel producer to begin making green steel by 2025
The world produces more than 1.8 billion tons of steel a year, releasing nearly twice that weight in carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Indeed, steel production accounts for somewhere between 7-8 percent of global anthropogenic carbon emissions, so this industry is a key target in the race to zero by 2050.

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Energy, Science

Energy, Steel, Manufacturing Technologies, Hydrogen, Climate Solutions: Iron and Steel



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Jul 21, 2021

Restoring a baby's gut bacteria could reduce future diabetes risk
New research has found a maternal fecal transplant may mitigate the damage antibiotics cause to the development of a newborn baby's microbiome. The animal study focused specifically on a mouse model of type 1 diabetes, finding a fecal transplant greatly reduced the future risk of developing the disease.

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Science

Microbiome, Gut Bacteria, Baby, Diabetes, Rutgers University



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 20, 2021

Dozens of new viruses discovered in 15,000-year-old glacier ice
Scientists have collected viruses from almost-15,000-year-old ice samples, taken from glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau. Dozens of species were found to be unknown to science, which could provide an intriguing look back at the history of viral evolution.

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Science

glacier, Virus, Ice, Ohio State University, Microbes



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 20, 2021

World's thinnest magnet is just a single atom thick
In a breakthrough that could open up exciting new possibilities in computing and electronics, scientists in the US have developed a two-dimensional magnetic material that is the thinnest in the world. The magnet is just a single atom thick and, unlike similar materials developed previously, is able to function at room temperature, which, among other applications, could allow data to be stored at much higher densities.

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Materials, Science

Magnetic, UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Quantum Physics



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 20, 2021

Performance-enhancing psychedelics: Can LSD make you better at sport?
With the Tokyo Olympics almost upon us, the world's best athletes are converging on Japan and it seems inevitable the topic of performance-enhancing drugs will at some point rear its head. The usual suspects - steroids, stimulants, etc. - will obviously be closely monitored, but what about other drugs, such as psychedelics, not commonly thought to be performance-enhancing?

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Sports, Lifestyle

Psychedelic Medicine, Performance, Future, Olympics, Drugs



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 20, 2021

ET-one system turns a pedal into a bike lock
Given the fact that bicycle commuters have to carry a lock with them at all times, we've seen a number of bike parts that double as locks. One of the latest, the ET-one, lets a pedal do the job - partially, at least.

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Bicycles, Transport

Kickstarter, Lock, Security, Pedal



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Jul 20, 2021

Tomato study suggests fruits can warn mother plants of pest attacks
Because fruits just dangle from the main plant before ultimately falling off, one might think that they are unable to communicate with that plant. According to new research, however, tomato fruits are able to transmit alerts to their mother plant when attacked by caterpillars.

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Biology, Science

Fruit, Agriculture, Pests



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 20, 2021

Pedestrian Defense tech puts the brakes on unsafe e-scooter usage
It would not be an understatement to say that some users of e-scooter sharing services ride rather irresponsibly. A new system, however, detects improper scooter usage and responds by warning the rider or even stopping the scooter if necessary.

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Urban Transport, Transport

Scooter, Road Safety



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 20, 2021

UNStudio aims to make Chungnam Art Museum a Zero Net Energy building
UNStudio has unveiled its vision for a new museum in South Korea that, assuming all goes to plan, will combine its exhibits and artworks with ambitious energy efficient design. The firm aims for it to achieve Zero Net Energy (or Net Zero) performance by including multiple solar panel arrays, and putting a focus on natural lighting and cooling.

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Architecture, Lifestyle

UNStudio, Building and Construction, Museum, sustainable design



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Jul 20, 2021

Blue Origin's New Shepard flies passengers to space and back
Blue Origin has nailed the first human flight of New Shepard, taking company founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, 82-year-old Mary Wallace "Wally" Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen on a brief jaunt to space.

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Space, Science

Blue Origin, Space Tourism, New Shepard



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Jul 20, 2021

Pi hack breathes digital life into 50-year-old analog camera
An electronics hacker known as befinitiv recently posted a YouTube video demonstrating how he converted an old Cosina Hi-Lite 35-mm film camera into a digital snapper, using 3D printing, a Raspberry Pi Zero W and a Pi camera module.

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Photography, Technology

Hack, Raspberry Pi, Film Cameras, Digital imaging, Retro



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Jul 20, 2021

New RadRover 6 Plus ebikes lower the height requirement
America's biggest-selling ebike manufacturer has updated its flagship fat-tire ebike. The new RadRover 6 Plus is a practical, flexible and sturdy hard-tail hub drive, and it's the first ground-up overhaul of the Rover since it launched in 2015.

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Bicycles, Transport

ebikes, Bicycle



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 20, 2021

Scientists build tiny "virus traps" out of DNA origami
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a new method to treat viral infections by making traps. The team folded DNA into nano-capsules with specialized binding points inside them, which could grab hold of viruses and render them inert.

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Medical, Science

Virus, Technical University Munich, DNA, Origami, Drug delivery



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Jul 20, 2021

China adding finishing touches to world-first thorium nuclear reactor
China is moving ahead with development of an experimental reactor that would be the first of its kind in the world, but could prove key to the pursuit of clean and safe nuclear power. According to local news reports, the Chinese government intends to finish building a prototype molten salt nuclear reactor in the desert city of Wuwei in the coming months, with plans to establish a number of larger-scale plants in similar settings thereafter.

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Energy, Science

Nuclear, Energy, China



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Jul 20, 2021

Largest known comet sprouts tail on its inward journey
A huge comet making its journey towards the solar system has begun to show a tail. A newly released image shows the fuzzy coma, confirming that it is indeed a comet and may be one of the largest ever discovered.

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Space, Science

Comets, South Africa, Astronomy, Solar System



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Jul 20, 2021

Universal Hydrogen to convert 15-plus airliners to run on H2 pods
Universal Hydrogen has signed letters of intent with three airlines to convert more than 15 regional airliners to run on green hydrogen. The company is developing conversion kits that accept interchangeable hydrogen modules that work like recyclable coffee pods.

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Aircraft, Transport

Hydrogen Aviation, Climate Solutions: Aviation, Hydrogen-powered



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Jul 19, 2021

Aston Martin unveils production version of the Valhalla hybrid supercar
After spending a couple of years teasing supercar enthusiasts with silhouettes, codenames and clips of it tearing up Silverstone, Aston Martin has finally unveiled a production version of its Valhalla mid-engine coupe. The 950-hp two-door hybrid features the most advanced V8 engine ever slotted into an Aston Martin, which forms part of a fearsome powertrain the automaker hopes will be capable of a sub six-and-a-half-minute lap times at Nürburgring.

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Automotive, Transport

Aston Martin, Supercar, Hypercar, Plug-in Hybrid



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Jul 19, 2021

Event Horizon Telescope snaps close-up of supermassive black hole jets
Astronomers have taken a close-up image of a radio jet emitted by a supermassive black hole for the first time. The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has zoomed in on this jet with 16 times the resolution and at 10 times higher frequencies than previous observations to learn more about this strange phenomenon.

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Space, Science

Black hole, Supermassive black hole, Astronomy, Radio



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Jul 19, 2021

Researchers hunt for a long COVID diagnostic blood test
A big flush of funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the United Kingdom is pushing new research on ways to diagnose and treat long COVID. A University of Cambridge team receiving NIHR funding is now working on a blood test to objectively diagnose long COVID using immune biomarkers.

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Science

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Vaccines, The Immune System, Chronic, Disease, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford



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Jul 19, 2021

New heat-tolerant COVID-19 vaccine readies for human trials
A new heat-tolerant COVID-19 vaccine has delivered strong preclinical results. The vaccine can remain stable for up to 30 days at around 37 °C (98 °F) and researchers are looking to begin human trials later this year.

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Science

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Vaccines, Virus, The Immune System, CSIRO



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Jul 19, 2021

Inexpensive collagen-based dressing could help heal chronic wounds
Chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers can be very difficult to treat, potentially leading to amputations or even death due to associated infections. A new dressing, however, may be able to heal such wounds while remaining much less expensive than other materials.

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Medical, Science

Michigan State University, Wound, Dressings, Healing



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Jul 19, 2021

Ultima ebike packs in unique looks, a camera and speakers
Given that we're now in the midst of an ebike gold rush, companies are trying even harder to make their particular product stand out. The just-announced Ultima ebike is a good example, as it features a 4K camera, Bluetooth speakers, and a snazzy-looking frame.

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Bicycles, Transport

ebikes, Indiegogo, New Atlas Audio



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Jul 19, 2021

Ultima ebike packs in unique looks, a camera, speakers and more
Given that we're now in the midst of an ebike gold rush, companies are trying even harder to make their particular product stand out. The just-announced Ultima ebike is a good example, as it features a 4K camera, Bluetooth speakers, and a snazzy-looking frame.

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Bicycles, Transport

ebikes, Indiegogo



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Jul 19, 2021

Review: 2021 Genesis GV80 is as high-tech - and cushy - as it looks
When Hyundai announced it was spinning off its Genesis sedan into a full luxury brand, there were doubts about how realistic that goal could be. Now, with the release of the Genesis brand's second vehicle - the midsized GV80 crossover - it's clear that Hyundai can, in fact, do luxury and do it well.

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Automotive, Transport

Genesis, hyundai genesis, SUV, Crossover, Reviews



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 19, 2021

Mercury Redstone 4: A close shave for America's second man in space
Sixty years ago this week, America sent its second man into space. The mission had gone flawlessly, but nearly ended in tragedy when the Liberty Bell 7 Mercury space capsule sank into the sea, almost taking astronaut Virgil Grissom with it.

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Space, Science

NASA, History, Features, Mercury Project



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 19, 2021

Samsung gets down to business with 1,000-inch The Wall display
Samsung started scaling The Wall back in 2018, with a modular 146-inch display outing at CES. A few larger models followed, and then home owners with a big enough space were given the opportunity to install a 292-inch, 8K Micro LED flavor in mid-2019. Now the company is getting down to business for the 2021 model, which shapes up as a monstrous 1,000-inch version aimed at commercial applications.

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Home Entertainment, Technology

Samsung, Retail, Display, Modular, Micro LED, Business



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 19, 2021

Crystal catalyst converts methane into methanol at room temperature
Scientists have found a way to convert methane into methanol at room temperature. Using a common crystal as a catalyst, the technique could eventually reduce methane escaping into the atmosphere by turning it into a useful liquid fuel instead.

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Science

Chemistry, Methane, Methanol, Stanford University



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 19, 2021

Jetpack Aviation's flying motorcycle prototype aces first tests
After spending 18 months building an entirely new form of flight control software, California's Jetpack Aviation has completed flight testing on its first prototype of the Speeder, a jet turbine-powered flying motorcycle. Top speeds on the final version will be rather epic.

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Aircraft, Transport

Personal Flight, Turbine, Jetpack Aviation (company), Flying Machine, VTOL



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 19, 2021

Coated cotton could make its way into high-buoyancy swimsuits
Cotton has many appealing characteristics as a clothing fabric, offering great breathability, insulation and of course comfort. A group of scientists in China has come up with a novel coating for everyday cotton that gives it an even broader set of useful traits, enabling it to repel oil and water with ease, and most impressively, float even when bearing loads many times its own weight.

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Materials, Science

Materials, Cotton, Swimmers



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 19, 2021

Next UAS wants you to own your own eVTOL, without a pilot's license
Electric VTOLs are shaping up as something you'll use as a service, rather than something you'd buy and keep in your garage for personal use. But Next UAS wants to re-open the conversation on personal ownership, with this single-seat iFly concept.

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Aircraft, Transport

eVTOL, Air Car, Aircraft, Personal Flight



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 19, 2021

England lifting all COVID-19 restrictions labeled an "unethical experiment"
As England moves to remove virtually all pandemic-related protective measures experts are warning the decision is "a dangerous and unethical experiment" that could not only put the health of millions of unvaccinated citizens at risk, but provides fertile ground for the emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 variants.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

English, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Infections, Governments



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 19, 2021

England lifting all COVID-19 restrictions labelled an "unethical experiment"
As England moves to remove virtually all pandemic-related protective measures experts are warning the decision is "a dangerous and unethical experiment" that could not only put the health of millions of unvaccinated citizens at risk, but provides fertile ground for the emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 variants.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

English, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Infections, Governments



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 19, 2021

Novel nanoparticles react to radiotherapy to kill cancer from within
Radiation therapy is currently one of the best treatments we have against cancer, but it could benefit from being more targeted to spare healthy cells. Now, researchers in Japan have developed nanoparticles that can penetrate tumors and kill them from within, after being activated by external X-rays.

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Medical, Science

Cancer, Radiation, Kyoto University, Nanoparticle, Nanoparticles, Tumor, Tumors



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 18, 2021

Heart's ES-19 electric plane is built for clean inter-city travel
With a view to servicing regional routes, Swedish startup Heart Aerospace is developing an all-electric aircraft designed for short trips that simply aren't economically feasible for conventional planes. The company has just attracted a new round of investors to help get its turboprop plane off the ground, among which is United Airlines who plans to incorporate 100 of the aircraft into its fleet a few years down the track.

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Aircraft, Transport

Electric Aircraft, Plane, Electric Vehicles



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 18, 2021

Hubble resumes science operations after month of technical issues
NASA has managed to restart the Hubble Space Telescope, after aging technology suspended science operations for a month. It seems the iconic instrument's career may not be coming to an end, as had been feared.

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Space, Science

Hubble, Astronomy, Telescope, Space telescope, NASA



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 18, 2021

New long COVID studies warn we're still in "uncharted territory"
With successful vaccines helping prevent hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 scientists are racing to understand the long-term effects of this novel disease. Dubbed "long COVID", a handful of new studies are beginning to shed light on this unusual chronic condition, highlight who is more susceptible and what kind of symptoms are most common.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Virus, The Immune System, University College London, Imperial College



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 18, 2021

Chicago 2021: Highlights from the first major US auto show in over a year
It's been more than a year since a major US automotive show opened to the public. The Chicago Auto Show, running this once as a summertime show, held a press day and then opened to the public for the weekend. The show features several first-time-seen vehicles and an outdoor component.

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Automotive, Transport

Ford, Jeep, Toyota, Nissan, Lexus, Kia, Volkswagen, RAM



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 16, 2021

Everrati zaps legendary Ford GT40 with 800 hp of electrification
Two automotive companies that keep tradition alive and well are pooling their talents to make a cutting-edge version of a Le Mans legend. American continuation car specialist Superperformance and British electrification startup Everrati are collaborating on a "future-proofed" Ford GT40 continuation car with a high-performance zero-emissions powertrain.

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Automotive, Transport

Electric Vehicles, Ford



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 16, 2021

Air-powered soft robotic hand used to play Super Mario Bros
Robotic hands do show a lot of promise for various applications, but their mechanical complexity still limits their possible uses. A new air-powered hand is much simpler, but still dextrous enough to be utilized to play a video game.

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Robotics, Technology

University of Maryland, Soft Robotics, Compressed Air, Hand, Nintendo, 3D Printing



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 16, 2021

Shape-memory alloy component could make for quieter aircraft landings
Although an airliner's engines may be quite loud on takeoff, its wings also create a lot of wind noise when it's landing. According to a new study, the latter problem could be addressed with the addition of a shape-memory alloy filler within the wing.

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Aircraft, Transport

Texas A&M Universty, Noise Canceling, Wings, Shape Memory Alloys



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 16, 2021

Pro-Ject marks 30th birthday with Debut Pro turntable
Austrian hi-fi brand Pro-Ject turns 30 this year, and to celebrate the company has added a new member to its affordable Debut family of turntables, which retains the company's minimalist DNA but comes with some key enhancements for improved performance.

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Home Entertainment, Technology

Turntables, Audiophile, Vinyl, Hi-fi



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 16, 2021

World's first 3D-printed stainless steel bridge spans a Dutch canal
MX3D has finally realized its ambitious plan to install what's described as the world's first 3D-printed steel bridge over a canal in Amsterdam. The Queen of the Netherlands has officially opened the bridge to the public and, as well as an eye-catching design, it features hidden sensors that are collecting data on its structural integrity, crowd behavior, and more.

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3D Printing, Technology

Building and Construction, Bridge, Steel



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 16, 2021

World's first 3D-printed stainless steel bridge spans Dutch canal
MX3D has finally realized its ambitious plan to install what's described as the world's first 3D-printed steel bridge over a canal in Amsterdam. The Queen of the Netherlands has officially opened the bridge to the public and, as well as an eye-catching design, it features hidden sensors that are collecting data on its structural integrity, crowd behavior, and more.

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3D Printing, Technology

Building and Construction, Bridge, Steel



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 16, 2021

Smart audio recorder leverages AI to auto transcribe recordings
Beijing-based Mobvoi - the wearable tech company behind the TicWatch line of smartwatches - has launched a digital dictation machine called the AI Recorder that taps into artificial intelligence to automatically transcribe audio, making it a useful addition to the travel bag of journalists, students and business folk.

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Mobile Technology, Technology

Audio, Artificial Intelligence, Portable Audio, recording



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 16, 2021

Valve's portable Steam Deck console takes your Steam library on the go
The Nintendo Switch is a nifty concept, but arguably underpowered and lacking in game variety. Valve is now having a crack at the idea with the Steam Deck, a handheld gaming console that lets you play your existing Steam library on the go or on a big screen.

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Games, Technology

Game, Gaming, Portable Gaming, Video Games, Steam, Valve, Console, Handheld



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 16, 2021

Snake venom-based surgical "super glue" plugs bleeding in seconds
During surgery or traumatic injury, quickly stopping bleeding can save lives. Now, scientists have recruited an unlikely ally to that cause - snake venom, which forms the basis of a new "super glue" that can halt bleeding within seconds after activation with light.

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Medical, Science

Blood, Wound, Smart bandage, Surgery, Emergency



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 16, 2021

Scientists make first ever observations of coral cells engulfing algae
Coral rely on a symbiotic relationship with algae to maintain good health. These algae live in their tissues and provide them with a source of sustenance and their colorful appearance. Severe bleaching events like those seen at Australia's Great Barrier Reef are grim evidence of what happens when that relationship breaks down. Scientists have now gained unprecedented insight into this phenomenon, making observations of coral cells engulfing algae for the first time ever.

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Environment, Science

Coral Bleaching, Coral, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 16, 2021

COVID-19 pandemic sparks new laws banning after-hours work emails
Before the pandemic struck in 2020, a movement to help maintain a healthy work-life was building around the world. Technology was increasingly blurring the boundary between home and work. Many people now had work emails delivered directly to their phone resulting in a pressure to be contactable and responsive 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This led to calls for "right to disconnect" laws protecting employees from work encroaching into their recreational time.

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Computers, Technology

Law, Workplace, Surveillance, Email, Worksite



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 15, 2021

Nanoparticle urine test diagnoses cancer and pinpoints its location
The earlier cancer is detected, the better the outcome for the patient. Now, researchers at MIT have developed a new diagnostic system that can be performed as a simple urine test to detect the presence of cancer, and if a positive is returned, a follow-up test can locate where it is in the body.

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Medical, Science

Cancer, Diagnose, Diagnosis, Diagnostic devices, Nanoparticles, Tumor, Tumors, MIT



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 15, 2021

Storyteller drops all-terrain Ford camper van onto US roads and dirt
Long, long ago, in the innocent, pre-Covid times of 2019, Alabama's Storyteller Overland arrived on the market with plans of launching its Mode 4x4 camper van in both Mercedes Sprinter and Ford Transit flavors. But since then, it's steadily grown its Mercedes adventure van line by going Beast and Stealth, with nary another word about the Ford Transit - that is, until this month. Storyteller has repurposed the Ford Transit AWD van into a new base off-road camper that brings a gas powertrain and a little extra space for a little less money.

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Automotive, Transport

Campervan, Ford, Van, Off-road, Off-grid, Motorhomes, Motorhome, RV, Outdoors, Camping



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 15, 2021

Protein in deadly spider venom blocks "death signal" after heart attack
As unlikely as it may seem, the venom of the deadly funnel web spider could prove a valuable source of a number of life-saving medicines, including drugs that kill skin cancer and reduce brain damage in stroke victims. Adding to these possibilities is new research demonstrating how a drug candidate built off a molecule in this spider venom can stop the "death signal" that results from a heart attack, potentially providing first responders with a powerful new way to intervene.

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Medical, Science

Heart attack, Heart, University of Queensland, Spiders



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 15, 2021

Fermented vs. high-fiber diet microbiome study delivers surprising results
Investigating the relationship between diet, gut bacteria and systemic inflammation, a team of Stanford University researchers has found just a few weeks of following a diet rich in fermented foods can lead to improvements in microbiome diversity and reductions in inflammatory biomarkers.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Gut Bacteria, Microbiome, Inflammatory, The Immune System, Health



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 15, 2021

Blue Origin New Shepard to carry youngest person ever to fly into space
Blue Origin announced today that the fourth and final passenger on the first human flight of New Shepard is 18-year-old Oliver Daemen. Replacing the anonymous auction bidder who won the seat, Daemen will be the youngest person ever to fly into space.

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Space, Science

Blue Origin, New Shepard



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 15, 2021

Volkswagen introduces new Golf GTI and Golf R at Chicago Auto Show
Volkswagen has introduced the eighth generation of the Golf hot hatch models, the GTI and the R. These "Mark 8" models feature an updated engine, new vehicle dynamics settings, and a new electronics architecture - alongside a higher price tag. Staying is the manual transmission option for both.

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Automotive, Transport

Volkswagen, vw-golf, Hot hatch



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 15, 2021

Fjorden takes a slimmer approach to turning your iPhone into a camera
Since smartphones have pretty much replaced point-and-shoot cameras, we're now seeing an increasing number of devices that make phones more camera-like to operate. A new one, the Fjorden, stands out by being slim enough to fit in a pocket.

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Photography, Technology

Kickstarter, iPhone, Cameras



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 15, 2021

Harley-Davidson restarts Sportster series, with the 2022 Sportster S
It's time to meet the reborn Sportster. The longest-running model in Harley-Davidson's lineup has taken a sharp turn towards sports performance, fuelled by a 121-hp version of the liquid-cooled Revolution Max V-Twin and a host of modern electronics.

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Motorcycles, Transport

Harley Davidson



Gizmag Emerging Tech
Jul 15, 2021

3D-printed plate could make for better, quicker arthritic knee surgery
For many people with arthritic knees, a surgical procedure known as a high-tibial osteotomy (HTO) often brings relief. Thanks to 3D printing technology, however, it could soon be even more effective - and also safer to perform.

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Medical, Science

University of Bath, Arthritis, Knee injury, Bones, 3D Printing, Treatment, Implant



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