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Jun 27, 2019

India's Blacksmith plans production of electric motorcycle with swappable batteries


Blacksmith Electric is tooling up to give riders a very grand, very Indian take on electric motorcycling. The Blacksmith B2, currently in its third generation of prototyping, offers up to 240 km (150 mi) of range, with swappable battery packs for quick top-ups.

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Jun 27, 2019

Robotic arm taste tests its own bathwater for dangerous chemicals


We've seen robots that can respond to touch, to visual cues and of course voice commands, but what about a robot with a sense of taste? Scientists have developed an experimental device built to explore this possibility, and in its current form can already conduct a little taste test to see if its bathwater has been contaminated.

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Jun 27, 2019

Velcro-like proteins keep cancer drugs inside the cancer


There's no shortage of techniques to kill cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but the really tricky part is doing so without harming the rest of the body. Cytokines are small proteins that could play a part in immunotherapy, but they've so far not been approved for use, given their toxicity to healthy cells. Now, researchers from MIT have managed to keep cytokines contained in cancer cells, attaching them with proteins that stick like Velcro.

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Jun 27, 2019

Disproving the bystander effect: CCTV study finds people intervene in conflict more than expected


For over half a century the field of social psychology has been dominated by the idea of the bystander effect. This phenomenon suggests when scenes of aggression or violence unfold in public spaces individuals not involved are unlikely to offer help or intervene, especially when more bystanders are present. A new study, analyzing the largest number of real-life incidents caught on CCTV ever examined, is challenging this long-held proposition, finding bystanders actually do intervene in the vast majority of violent incidents that unfold in public spaces.

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Jun 26, 2019

Husqvarna's electric mini-motocrosser to take kids from nervous newbies to race-ready


There is no cleaner or easier way to get kids onto a dirtbike than throwing them onto an electric minibike, and Husqvarna has just launched its new EE5, an electric super-Peewee (with apologies to Yamaha) featuring a 5-kilowatt (6.7 hp) motor and some nice looking componentry.

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Jun 26, 2019

Prehistoric bird standing 11.5 ft tall and weighing half a ton found in Crimean cave


Generally speaking, the animals alive today are mere shadows of their former selves - everything from worms to otters to penguins to sharks were bigger and meaner in the distant past. And birds were no exception, as newly-found fossils indicate. In a Crimean cave, palaeontologists have uncovered the bones of some of the most gigantic birds to have ever walked the Earth that would have lived alongside early European humans.

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Jun 26, 2019

Animal study presents best evidence to date that Parkinson's begins in the gut


An important and rigorous new animal study led by scientists at Johns Hopkins University has demonstrated how the misfolded proteins thought to cause Parkinson's disease may originate in the gut, and travel up to the brain via the vagus nerve. This research builds on a compelling body of evidence pointing to a gut-brain connection in the disease and hints at possible new treatment pathways.

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Jun 26, 2019

Tiny, cylindrical Primus backpacking stove packs smaller than a can of Red Bull


The backpacking gear market is saturated with super-compact, ultralight canister stoves, but the new Primus Firestick looks quite different from the pack. The 3.5-oz (99-g) burner folds down into a cylinder that's smaller than an 8.4-oz (250-ml) can of Red Bull, sliding easily into a pocket or backpack pouch. When it's time to pour some boiling water into a pouch of dehydrated chili, the stove fans out to hold your pot like an upside-down tripod.

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Jun 26, 2019

Boeing throws its weight behind Larry Page's flying taxi startup


With the backing of Google co-founder Larry Page, California-based startup Kitty Hawk already has some noteworthy names attached to its flying taxi endeavors. And it has now found another in heavyweight Boeing, with the industry veteran teaming up with its fresh-faced counterpart to accelerate the age of electric aviation.

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Jun 26, 2019

Volcanologists model latest flame-resistant lava suit fashions


A team of volcanologists at the University of Missouri turned fashion models recently as they showed off prototype lava suits that are designed as comfortable, hard-wearing field outfits for scientists bound for the slopes of Vesuvius and the like. Made from lightweight fabric interwoven with Kevlar strips, the new suits are flame-resistant, anti-abrasive, durable, and have plenty of pockets.

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Jun 26, 2019

Automated Antarctic station works on through the winter darkness


It's winter in Antarctica, but a temporarily unoccupied British research station is still operating using a new autonomous system. Using new technology developed by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) engineers, the Halley Research Station is still partially powered by a micro-turbine as robotic sensors continue to collect scientific data.

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Jun 26, 2019

Stylish camper van fills downtime with slide-out foosball and indoor campfire


We've seen many camper vans with slide-out kitchens. We've seen a few camper vans with slide-out expander modules. There's been a slide-out beer keg or two and even a couple slide-out ... well, campers. But we've never before seen a camper van with slide-out foosball table (or billiards or air hockey table, for that matter). That all changes with the Boho Golden Egg, a gorgeous camper van that combines its sliding tailgate surprise with a variety of other nice touches, including a fireplace.

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Jun 26, 2019

Sensor-packin' bike wheel LEDs detect speed and light


Cyclists can already choose between plenty of cheap spoke-mounted LEDs that turn their bike wheels into highly-visible "rings of light" while they're turning. California-based startup MonkeyLectric has given the tech a new slant, though, with wheel lights that power up automatically - and only when needed.

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Jun 26, 2019

New "unprinting" process removes text from glossy paper


Although eco-minded people do send their discarded paper off to be recycled, the recycling process isn't entirely environmentally-friendly - it generally requires a lot of power, and incorporates toxic chemicals. Now, however, scientists have developed a new method of simply removing the printed text from sheets of paper, so they can be reused.

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Jun 26, 2019

New "unprinting" process removes toner from glossy paper


Although eco-minded people do send their discarded paper off to be recycled, the recycling process isn't entirely environmentally-friendly - it generally requires a lot of power, and incorporates toxic chemicals. Now, however, scientists have developed a new method of simply removing the printed text from sheets of paper, so they can be reused.

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Jun 26, 2019

Smartphone-connected Eyer examines retinas and accesses the cloud


In remote communities, a family doctor may or may not be present, but an ophthalmologist likely isn't. That's why Brazilian startup Phelcom Technologies created the Eyer, a smartphone-connected device that allows patients' retinal-scan images to be analyzed by ophthalmologists via the internet.

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Jun 26, 2019

Novel above/below Platypus watercraft navigates from dream to reality


Ten years ago, François-Alexandre Bertrand had an idea for a novel watercraft that cruised to a site and then lowered its passengers below the water to have a look around. We got to see the first renders in 2011, a working prototype followed in 2013 and as production plans were announced, we got to experience an underwater adventure off the coast of St Tropez in 2016. Now the first Platypus Blue Ocean has been sold, and the order books officially opened.

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Jun 26, 2019

New Olympics HQ is a big win for sustainability


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently received a new headquarters in Switzerland, courtesy of 3XN. Featuring an eye-catching glazed facade, the building boasts significant sustainable design, including rainwater collection, solar panels, and the use of recycled materials.





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Jun 26, 2019

Full-size C64 console to come with 64 games plus working keyboard


A new retro games console, dubbed the C64, bucks the trend of recent retro games boxes, being a full-sized recreation of the machine on which it's based: the Commodore 64 (which originally launched in 1982 - basically Victorian times).

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Jun 26, 2019

The new "superbugs": Cockroaches evolve resistance to pesticides they haven't even encountered


It's bad enough that bacteria are quickly developing resistance to our best antibiotics - now it looks like another kind of bug will soon earn the "super" moniker. Cockroaches have been known to develop resistances to individual insecticides for decades, but new research has shown that they're also able to rapidly develop cross-resistance, even to chemicals that they've never been directly exposed to.

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Jun 26, 2019

DIY gun turret takes down mini-drones


A technology-enthusiast has invented a Nerf gun turret that can automatically track and shoot down small drones. The ingenious contraption uses the Lidar capabilities of a Kinect v2 sensor, and a milled steel two-axis gimbal, all controlled by software based on the OpenCV AI library, which is geared towards realtime computer vision.

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Jun 26, 2019

By Jove, they built it: Avant-garde DS X E-Tense rolls out for Chantilly


France's DS Automobiles has built a real car out of the bizarre, asymmetric renders we saw last year, and it's about to give the public its first chance to take a look. The DS X E-Tense is a vision of a proper driver's car for the year 2035.

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Jun 26, 2019

Turning train tunnels into giant "fridges" could heat thousands of homes


Full of trains, electronics and people packed in like sardines, subway tunnels are pretty warm places. In theory, all that heat could present an untapped source of energy, if only it could be captured. Now, researchers at EPFL have crunched the numbers on heat transfer in the air of train tunnels, and outlined a geothermal heat recovery system that could potentially supply heating and cooling to thousands of nearby homes.

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Jun 26, 2019

Review: Headkayse One multi-impact, foldable bike helmet


The Headkayse One is a unique British contraption that can take a pounding better than pretty much any other helmet on the market, and come back for more, again and again. It's also flexible enough to squash into a more compact shape for transport, making it a real oddity worth a closer look.

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Jun 26, 2019

Review: Hedkayse One multi-impact, foldable bike helmet


The Hedkayse One is a unique British contraption that can take a pounding better than pretty much any other helmet on the market, and come back for more, again and again. It's also flexible enough to squash into a more compact shape for transport, making it a real oddity worth a closer look.

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Jun 26, 2019

4WD Mercedes Sprinter transformed into adventure-ready motor home


Canadian campervan and adventure enthusiasts Alex Welsh and Patrick Burns from Yama Nomad have recently converted a 2018 four-wheel-drive Mercedes Benz Sprinter into a stunning mobile home. Dubbed Christopher Wallace, the bespoke campervan boasts an interior design that is jam-packed with luxury and space-saving features. The husband and wife duo started the special project together, inspired by their love for camping and adventure.

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Jun 26, 2019

Restoring missing gut bacteria a potential cure for food allergies


A study by a team of scientists from Boston Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital suggests food allergies can be triggered in infants by a lack of certain gut bacteria. As well as identifying which bacteria in human subjects are key to protecting against the onset of food allergies, a subsequent mouse study revealed a specific probiotic cocktail can reverse pre-established allergies.

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Jun 25, 2019

UN report on global warming warns of "climate apartheid" between rich and poor


The UN has published a new report detailing the dangers of climate change, with a particular focus on how it will shape the issue of poverty in the coming decades. It paints a grim picture for not just those suffering in the current day, but the millions upon millions that will be pushed into poverty as a result of a changing climate, which also has the potential to upend democracy and human rights.

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Jun 25, 2019

BMW's Vision DC Roadster: Awesome show, not much go


BMW has built a funky new concept to tackle perhaps one of the biggest challenges in electric motorcycle design: how to make a battery box look as cool as an engine. The Vision DC Roadster, rolled out at #NextGen, is a future-cool naked with a nod to BMW's Boxer heritage.

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Jun 25, 2019

HTC Vive Cosmos claims crown for clearest consumer VR headset


After briefly teasing it at CES back in January, HTC has now fully whipped the covers off the new VR headset, the Vive Cosmos. The new headset seems to be positioned towards the upper-middle of the range, featuring inside-out tracking, improved displays, and a modular design.

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Jun 25, 2019

HTC Vive Cosmos claims crown for clearest VR headset


After briefly teasing it at CES back in January, HTC has now fully whipped the covers off the new VR headset, the Vive Cosmos. The new headset seems to be positioned towards the upper-middle of the range, featuring inside-out tracking, improved displays, and a modular design.

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Jun 25, 2019

San Francisco bans sales of e-cigarettes from 2020


A unanimous vote by San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has effectively banned the sale of e-cigarettes in the city. Pending approval by the mayor, the prohibition is the first of its kind in the United States and will commence in early 2020.

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Jun 25, 2019

Baldness breakthrough uses 3D-printed "hair farms" to grow new hair follicles


An exciting breakthrough from Columbia University researchers demonstrates a new way to grow human hair follicles using novel 3D printed molds. This is the first time human hair follicle cells have been grown completely in lab conditions, opening up a potentially unlimited source of hair follicles for future hair restoration surgical procedures.

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Jun 25, 2019

SpaceX catches a falling piece of rocket with a giant net


SpaceX is on a mission to recover and reuse as much of its launch systems as possible, and its remarkable rocket landings continue to demonstrate this vision in spectacular ways. A perhaps less sophisticated part of this strategy involves catching pieces of rocket as they plummet back toward Earth, something the company managed to pull off for the first time following yesterday's landmark Falcon Heavy launch.

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Jun 25, 2019

Boeing Starliner completes last and most difficult parachute test


Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft has completed its fifth, final, and most dangerous parachute test. At an altitude of 40,000 ft (12,200 m), the boilerplate capsule was released from a balloon and dropped safely to the desert floor at the US Army's White Sands Missile Range with three of its six parachutes deliberately rigged to malfunction.

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Jun 25, 2019

BMW concept shows heart-pounding performance will remain relevant in the self-driving future


Automakers around the world have spent much time looking at futuristic cars that will drive themselves. BMW takes a sharp right turn away from this trend with the all-new Vision M Next concept, exploring what the future of cars will look like for enthusiasts who want to continue wrapping their leather-clad fingers around the steering wheel. The car's suite of next-generation technologies isn't there to take over driving, but to connect driver and vehicle toward voraciously devouring the pavement ahead.

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Jun 25, 2019

Omega sets record for the deepest diving watch


Omega Watches reveals that when American explorer Victor Vescovo broke the record for the world's deepest manned submersible dive, his craft set another record by having three Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional wrist watches strapped to the outside. As the specially made timepieces reached the depth of 10,928 m (35,853 ft) earlier this year in the Mariana Trench, they were subjected to a pressure of 1,085.10 ATM (15,946.5 psi), making them the deepest diving watches in history.

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Jun 25, 2019

Phone-connected device detects bacterial toxins in water


Potentially fatal to both animals and humans, blue-green algae blooms occur when overly-abundant cyanobacteria in the water produce harmful substances known as cyanotoxins. The sooner those toxins are detected, the better - which is where a new smartphone-connected device comes into the picture.

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Jun 25, 2019

Drug-dispensing implant is controlled by Bluetooth


Over the past several years, we've heard about a number of implantable devices that regularly dispense medication within the body, doing away with the need for pills or injections. A new one takes things further, as its dosage level can be changed after it's been implanted.

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Jun 25, 2019

Smartphones and fitness trackers used to gauge employee performance


Ordinarily, when employers wish to assess the performance of their employees, they have them fill out questionnaires or take part in interviews. A new (and perhaps somewhat Orwellian) system is claimed to be more objective and thus more accurate, however, by utilizing smartphones and fitness trackers.

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Jun 25, 2019

Dance Tiny House built with family life in mind


Due to the inevitable constraints that come from living in such a small space, tiny houses aren't particularly child-friendly, especially models with upstairs lofts. Build Tiny aims to mitigate this with its Dance Tiny House, which has some safety features to make small living with a child a bit easier.







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Jun 25, 2019

Lightyear unveils solar-powered One EV prototype


Details were scant when Lightyear first revealed plans to build a solar-powered electric car back in 2017, apart from a claimed 800 km range per charge. Last night the company took the wraps of the pre-production prototype, with 725 km (450 mi) of WLTP range, a high price tag and plans to deliver the vehicle in 2021.

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Jun 25, 2019

Genetic study reveals easily-exploitable "chinks in the armor" of MRSA superbugs


Humans are currently locked in an arms race against pathogenic bacteria - and we're losing. After we developed antibiotics, starting with penicillin in the early 20th century, bacteria have evolved resistance to each new drug we created, threatening us with a future where antibiotics simply don't work anymore. Now scientists have identified the genes responsible for antibiotic resistance in a particularly dangerous superbug, and found a way to thwart them.

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Jun 25, 2019

Making "green" graphene from gum trees could cut production costs by 200 times


The wonderful potential of graphene has been well covered on our pages, with its supreme strength, ultra-thin profile, and excellent electrical and thermal conductivity opening up all kinds of possibilities. One thing missing from all of this is a cost-effective way to produce it, but a team of researchers now believe they may have discovered a key to this hiding in the bark of Australian eucalyptus trees.

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Jun 25, 2019

Falcon Heavy carries 24 satellites into orbit in SpaceX's "most difficult launch ever"


SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has lifted off again, this time embarking on what the company calls one of the most challenging launches in its history. With a slew of government satellites and important spacecraft onboard, the world's most powerful operational vehicle took off into the night sky for the first time, on a mission to deliver payloads into three different orbits.

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Jun 25, 2019

How the hole in the ozone layer is affecting climate change


The hole in the Earth's ozone layer may be on the mend, but that doesn't mean its environmental impacts are over. A new review study has examined in detail the effects that the extra UV radiation is having on the environment, such as shifting climate zones, changing ocean temperatures and making some species more vulnerable.

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Jun 25, 2019

Bacteria in the ocean can significantly alter your skin microbiome after a short swim


A small but striking study has found that a short swim in the ocean can dramatically alter the composition of a person's skin microbiome for at least 24 hours. It is unclear what the implications of these microbiome changes are but the researchers hypothesize the alterations could leave a person more susceptible to infection.

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Jun 25, 2019

Dainese's sleek new airbag vest offers shock absorption "equivalent to seven back protectors"


Daineae has stuffed its motorcycle airbag technology into a small, lightweight vest you can wear under or over any riding gear. The Smart Jacket is flexible and unintrusive for the 99.999% of the time you spend not crashing, but protects you seven times better than a back protector when your number is up.

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Jun 25, 2019

Bliss Mobil and Acela put fiercely meticulous engineering into extreme-duty expedition motorhome


Among the many big trucks of Overland Expo, one particular green machine stood out. A collaboration between American truck manufacturer Acela and Dutch camper module maker Bliss Mobil, this particular expedition motorhome features exacting state-of-the-art engineering from bumper to bumper, roof to contact patches. Each company goes through great pains to push its product to the pinnacle of its respective segment, and the team-up results in a go-anywhere expedition vehicle ready to brave Arctic winters, make fresh water out of murky river, live astonishingly comfortably off-grid, and look pretty damn good doing it all.

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Jun 24, 2019

Alien-ocean-in-a-lab experiments produce new crystals not found on Earth


With Earth-like canyons and oceans of liquid methane, Saturn's moon Titan is one of the most fascinating places in the solar system. To better understand this weird world, scientists recreated Titan's alien oceans in the lab, producing new types of crystals that don't occur naturally on Earth but may form a common crust on Titan.

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Jun 24, 2019

Scientists teach a seal to sing Star Wars theme, plus other hits


Taking into account even the most horrendous of shower-time singers, the vocal prowess of humans goes mostly unmatched in the animal kingdom. But scientists in Scotland have now found success training grey seals to mimic the human voice and even belt out the melodies to some well-known tunes, a skill they say may hold lessons for those studying speech disorders in people.

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Jun 24, 2019

Brain study reveals type of schizophrenia similar to neurodegenerative disease


Research from Johns Hopkins Medicine has revealed some cases of schizophrenia can be associated with abnormal protein buildup in the brain similar to that seen in cases of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disorders. It's hoped the discovery will lead to better diagnostic strategies identifying specific types of schizophrenia.

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Jun 24, 2019

Exozox lets you tow two bikes - behind a bike


If you run a bicycle-share co-op that extolls the virtues of a car-free lifestyle, then you might feel like a bit of a hypocrite on the odd occasion that you have to use a car or truck to transport multiple riderless bikes. Well, the Exozox is here to help, as it lets you tow a couple of bikes behind your own.

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Jun 24, 2019

Study indicates that coffee might be an obesity-fighter


Although coffee consumption does potentially pose some health risks, studies have also suggested that it may lower incidences of maladies such as prostate cancer, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and heart disease. Now, scientists believe that it could also help fight obesity.

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Jun 24, 2019

Seagull-inspired blades could give small-scale wind turbines a power boost


While we've already seen that large-scale wind turbine blades which are shaped like humpback whale fins can be more efficient, what works for big turbines doesn't necessarily work for little ones. In fact, a new study suggests that for small-scale units, copying seagull wings may be the way to go.

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Jun 24, 2019

Trio adds extra screens to make laptop multitasking easier


A year ago, an MIT-backed startup called Mobile Pixels launched crowdfunding efforts for a slick-on, slide-out second screen for laptops called Duo. Now the team is back with a similar setup, this time adding up to two screens per laptop.

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Jun 24, 2019

Performance enhancing probiotics? Study homes in on beneficial bacteria in elite athletes


A compelling new study has found increased volumes of a certain species of gut bacteria in marathon runners following the completion of an event. This species was found to metabolize exercise-induced lactate into propionate, a compound that may increase exercise capacity, pointing the way to a potential performance-enhancing probiotic in the future.

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Jun 24, 2019

Modular off-grid house in the trees is child's play


Studio Precht offers a fresh and fun take on the treehouse with its Bert model. The tiny dwelling will be able to run off-the-grid and offer multiple interior layouts. It also draws inspiration from rather unlikely sources: Minions characters and Sesame Street.

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Jun 24, 2019

Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour sells $21.5 million guitar collection and donates proceeds to fight global warming


Best known as Pink Floyd's guitar virtuoso, Dave Gilmour converted his guitar god cred into money last week, donating it to the greater good. Just as Eric Clapton had done before him, Gilmour auctioned his guitar collection and gave the proceeds to a cause. Gilmour's immense contribution to combating climate change, resulted in numerous smashed auction records along the way.

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Jun 24, 2019

Compact tiny house has extra room for storage and guests


French firm Baluchon is used to working with very limited space due to its country's strict towing laws, which require tiny houses to be significantly lighter than those in North America. The firm put this experience to use while designing its latest model, which measures just 6-m (19.6 ft)-long. It's home to a couple and their pets, plus has a spare room for guests or storage.





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Jun 24, 2019

Raspberry Pi 4 gives makers more memory options


Since the first Raspberry Pi mini computer went on sale in early 2012, the boards have become firm favorites in the maker community. The latest version is now over a year old, so an update is long overdue. The Raspberry Pi foundation has just announced the next generation Pi, which represents a significant upgrade and now offers makers the choice of 1, 2 and 4 GB flavors of memory.

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Jun 24, 2019

Thermal vision highlights Uranus's rarely-seen rings


Although Saturn sports the most impressive ring system in our neighborhood, it's not alone. Uranus is also packing some rings, although they're usually too faint to see without a powerful telescope. But a striking new set of images shows these rings in very clear detail thanks to thermal imaging, while also allowing astronomers to measure their temperature for the first time.

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Jun 24, 2019

Breakthrough forensic ID method can be applied to any strand of hair on the body


A team of scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Forensic Science Center (FSC) and Michigan State University are developing a method to identify a person from a single hair taken from anywhere on the human body. Based on the measurement of hair proteins, the test is designed to provide law enforcement with a new tool in sexual assault cases.

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Jun 23, 2019

New brain imaging study reveals signs of Parkinson's decades before symptoms appear


A new study from King's College London upends conventional thinking about the origins of Parkinson's disease in the brain. The research reveals distinct changes in the brain's serotonin system can be identified up to 20 years before any Parkinson's symptoms appear, suggesting a new biomarker to detect the disease at its earliest stages.

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Jun 23, 2019

Curiosity rover detects unusual spikes of methane on Mars


The latest methane measurements on Mars to generate some intrigue among planetary scientists stems from the largest ever reading of the gas taken during the NASA Curiosity rover's seven-year mission, which again raises the prospect of microbial life existing at some time, some place on the Red Planet.

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Jun 23, 2019

Insects found to be flying superbugs around hospitals


A new study has revealed the role that regular bugs play in spreading superbugs. A team from Aston University examined almost 20,000 insects collected from National Health Service (NHS) hospitals across the United Kingdom, and studied the kinds of bacteria they were carrying. The vast majority were found to host potentially harmful bacteria, more than half of which were resistant to some kinds of antibiotics.

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Jun 23, 2019

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 to put out 760 horsepower


Ford has released final power and torque specs on its most powerful street-legal car ever - and it's even beefier than expected. The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 will make a whopping 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft (847 Nm) of torque.

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Jun 23, 2019

Take two: Upgraded Ocean Cleanup barrier returns to take on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch


After a stint on the sidelines, The Ocean Cleanup Project is bouncing back into action following a few upgrades to its trash-catching system. The team was forced to haul in its huge floating barriers for repairs earlier in the year, and now after making a few upgrades is hopeful it has a system better equipped to take on the massive task of plastic pollution in the ocean.

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Jun 23, 2019

CBD shows promise as potent topical antibiotic, killing resistant superbugs


New research presented at the the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology has demonstrated a novel topical formation containing cannabidiol (CBD) is effective at killing bacterial infections in the skin. The formulation was also found to kill certain antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Jun 23, 2019

First detection of polarized radio waves from gamma ray burst sheds light on collapsing stars


The first polarized light from a gamma ray burst seven billion light years away is helping astronomers to gain a better understanding of collapsing stars and other high-energy phenomena. Originating from gamma-ray burst GRB 190114C in the constellation of Fornax, the light brighter than a billion suns came from massive jets of plasma passing through powerful magnetic fields.

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Jun 23, 2019

Artificial muscles run on glucose and oxygen, just like the real thing


Scientists at Linköping University blur the line between robot and organism has they develop an artificial muscle that runs off of glucose and oxygen like its organic counterpart. Made of a special polymer, the new plastic muscles open the promise of implantable artificial muscles and micro-robots that can be powered by like living organs.

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Jun 21, 2019

Stealthy, all-electric classic Mustang on its way to Goodwood


London's Charge Automotive is preparing to emerge from the smoke and shadows with an impressive sports car that's sure to terrify small children, even without a V8 rumbling under its hood scoop. The blacked-out, 1967-style Mustang fastback features a 536-hp (400-kW) electric powertrain spinning all four wheels for up to 200 miles (322 km). The prototype will make its debut at next month's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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Jun 21, 2019

Weird whale skull confirmed to be from only known narwhal/beluga hybrid


Narwhals and belugas are the only two toothed whales native to the Arctic, and they're often seen in one another's company. You've therefore gotta wonder - could they interbreed? Danish scientists now say the answer is yes, and they've got a hybrid "Narluga" skull to prove it.

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Jun 21, 2019

NASA's Mars 2020 rover gets wheeled up for the Red Planet


NASA's Mars 2020 rover is getting ready to roll, as engineers have installed its wheels at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. On June 13th, the unmanned nuclear explorer received its port and starboard legs and wheels, that will allow it to roam the surface of the Red Planet as it seeks out signs of present or past life.

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Jun 21, 2019

Ultra-thin "e-tattoo" uses two sensors for better monitoring of the heart


We've already heard about flexible so-called "electronic tattoos," which are a more comfortable and longer-wearing alternative to the rigid electrodes traditionally used to monitor cardiac patients' hearts. A new one is claimed to be more accurate than others, however, as it tracks heart health in two ways.

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Jun 21, 2019

Canadian government announces ban on shark fin trade


Less than two weeks after it proclaimed a ban on single-use plastic items, Canada has now taken another step toward protecting the environment, by banning the import and export of shark fins. It is the first of the G20 group of industrialized and developing nations to do so.

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Jun 21, 2019

Subfretboard rethinks guitar neck construction


The neck on many guitars today is made up of some wood topped by some more wood that has strips of metal inserted at precise points along it. The Subfretboard system takes a different approach, laying a long metal plate on top of the main neck wood, which has frets standing to attention along it that are filled in with blocks of wood to form the fingerboard.

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Jun 21, 2019

USA gains ground in supercomputer world rankings


The USA has gained ground in the world supercomputer rankings, with 116 supercomputers listed among the top 500 most powerful in the world. This is up from 109 in November 2018. China continues to dominate the list in terms of the number of installed supercomputers, with 219 top-500 supercomputers, though this is down from 227.

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Jun 21, 2019

Kano partners with Microsoft for build-it-yourself laptop for kids


Making and coding are important skills for future engineers and technicians to master. Not long after the Raspberry Pi computer board was released, Kano started offering build-a-computer kits to makers young and old. With a focus on the former, Kano has now partnered with Microsoft to the release the Kano PC - a DIY Windows 10 computer for kids that gets them making, coding and creating.

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Jun 21, 2019

BIG proposes greenery-packed fairytale tower for Copenhagen


The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has revealed its design for a greenery-covered tower for the Tivoli amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. Assuming it goes ahead as planned, the H.C. Andersen Hotel project will also include renovations of existing buildings in Tivoli and the creation of a new park nearby.





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Jun 21, 2019

DNA microscopy offers a new way to image molecules


A completely new category of microscopy has been invented by researchers in the US. Dubbed DNA microscopy, the technique tags RNA molecules with a range of DNA "barcodes" which in turn flag the identity and location of the molecules, even when they're stacked on top of each other.

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Jun 21, 2019

Swanky solar-powered table wirelessly charges multiple devices at once


More and more phones and devices are able to be charged wirelessly these days, but that usually still requires a pad for each that takes up a power plug. Now, a Spanish start-up called Proton New Energy Future has unveiled Ebörd, a smart table that has a wireless charger built into the entire surface, allowing it to charge multiple devices at once. Better yet, it harvests energy from the Sun or even artificial light.

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Jun 21, 2019

Declassified spy satellite photos reveal accelerating ice loss at Earth's "third pole"


It's not entirely news that the Earth's ice budget is under threat from a warming climate, but a new study has looked into just how fast that's happening. Using recently declassified spy satellite photos, researchers found that compared to the last quarter of the 20th century, Himalayan glaciers have been melting twice as fast this century. In a rare piece of good news, a separate study has shown that a Greenland glacier has gained ice for the third year in a row.

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Jun 21, 2019

Triumph confirms power and torque specs on its mighty, 2.5-liter Rocket III TFC


Triumph has released performance figures for its upcoming, gargantuan Rocket III TFC. Its 2.5-liter three-cylinder motor will make a mighty 180 horsepower, and 225 Nm (166 lb-ft) of torque - more than any other production motorcycle.

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Jun 21, 2019

The Spartan: A 400-horsepower space-framed track toy from Australia


Like a cross between an old-school Ferrari and an Ariel Atom, this ultra-lightweight, 400-horsepower overgrown Aussie go-kart is set up to destroy machines 5 to 10 times as expensive on track.

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Jun 21, 2019

L'Arbre Blanc apartments tower over a French river like a giant white pinecone


The Lez river in Montpellier has welcomed a striking new structure to its shores. The L'Arbre Blanc towers 17 stories over its surroundings in the southern French city, offering an abundance of apartment space on the inside and some particularly eye-catching features on the outside.

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Jun 21, 2019

Sublime snaps from the 2019 Astronomy Photographer of the Year shortlist


Entering its 11th year the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year is easily one of the world's most impressive annual astrophotography competitions. This year's shortlist highlights an exceptional variety of entries including an incredible nebulae shot reminiscent of the Eye of Mordor, and a series of gorgeous skyscapes.

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Jun 21, 2019

Novel research links chronic pain condition with gut microbiome alterations


A compelling new study from scientists at McGill University has, for the first time, described precise microbiome alterations that can be confidently correlated with fibromyalgia, a disease fundamentally characterized by widespread chronic pain.

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Jun 20, 2019

LightSail 2 CubeSat launches next week to test photon propulsion system that could take us interstellar


Like the seafarers of old, future spacecraft could be getting around under the power of sails. But of course, with no wind in space, these sails are catching another method of propulsion - photons from starlight. The tech is soon due to be demonstrated in action onboard LightSail 2, a small satellite due to launch next week.

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Jun 20, 2019

Nissan's electric ice-cream van promises clean and cold summer treats


Nissan has wheeled out another concept vehicle that demonstrates both the versatility of its NV series vans and the potential of its power packs based on recycled batteries. The all-electric ice cream van is not only driven by electric propulsion, but also leans on clean energy to keeps its onboard treats nice and cool.

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Jun 20, 2019

"Unprecedented achievement" enables clinical trials of promising anti-cancer molecule


Over 30 years ago, a molecule with incredible anti-cancer properties was discovered in sea sponges. However, it was so structurally complex scientists have been unable to synthesize it in large enough quantities to be able to test it in humans. Now a team of scientists has finally made a landmark breakthrough, achieving total synthesis of the molecule in volumes large enough to proceed to clinical trials.

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Jun 20, 2019

Cannondale's new gravel bike features unique rear suspension


"Gravel bikes" are becoming increasingly popular, as they combine some of the toughness of mountain bikes with the speed of road bikes. Given that they travel on dirt trails and unpaved roads, though, some suspension might be good - and that's what Cannondale's new Topstone Carbon offers, in a novel fashion.

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Jun 20, 2019

Mushroom-inspired material gives liquids the slip


We've already heard about water-repellant materials that copy the structure of the lotus leaf. Now, however, scientists have created a flexible optical plastic that wards off liquids even better, and it was inspired by something else - the humble Enoki mushroom.

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Jun 20, 2019

TrailSense tracks and rates mountain bikers' performance


Many mountain bikers already use smartphone apps to track basic ride metrics such as route/distance travelled, elevation gain, and speed. A group of four Danish cyclists wanted to take things significantly further, however, so they created TrailSense.

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Jun 20, 2019

Signify uses office lights for 250 Mbps wireless data transfer


Though most of make use of radio waves to wirelessly send and receive data to and from our work mobile devices and computers, there is another way. Signify - or Philips Lighting as it used to be known - has just launched a new lighting range called Trulifi that leverages light waves to send and receive wireless data throughout the workplace.

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Jun 20, 2019

The Acorn is small, even by tiny house standards


Many of the tiny houses we report on nowadays, especially those hailing from North America, are anything but tiny. Backcountry Tiny Homes bucks this trend with a compact model that measures just 16 ft (4.8 m)-long, including its deck.



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Jun 20, 2019

Roli swaps soft keys for solid with Lumi learning platform


The Seaboard Grand offered a pretty impressive take on expressive keyboard playing when it was revealed back in 2013. Instead of separate black and white keys, the Grand's whole spongy surface was available as the playing area. Now Roli has come about face with the Lumi learning platform, with solid keys that light up to teach the next Jordan Rudess how to play.

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Jun 20, 2019

Robo-fish is powered by blood-like battery fluid


A team of engineers at Cornell's Organic Robotics Lab has built a soft-bodied robotic lionfish powered by electric blood, which not only serves as an energy source, but acts hydraulically to create propulsion as well. This bio-inspired approach addresses one of the great challenges for small, untethered robots - mass vs. power.

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Jun 20, 2019

How plate tectonics may have changed the climate and paved the way for complex life to evolve


Evolution is usually a gradual process, but about half a billion years ago it took off at a gallop in an event that's now known as the Cambrian Explosion. One of the leading theories is that this was thanks to a huge spike in oxygen levels, and now a team may have found where all that oxygen come from - plate tectonics.

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Jun 20, 2019

NASA probe enters the tightest orbit ever around a planetary object


NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu has already brought about a series of landmark moments for space exploration, not least of which is the fact that the rock currently stands as the smallest object ever orbited by a spacecraft. Not content with that, mission control has moved the probe into tighter and tighter loops around the asteroid, now setting a new record for the closest ever orbit of a planetary body.

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