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Self-healing concrete uses fungus to fill cracks

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:01:25 +0000

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If cracks in concrete can be fixed when they're still tiny, then they can't become large cracks that ultimately cause structures such as bridges to collapse. It is with this in mind that various experimental types of self-healing concrete have been developed in recent years. One of the latest utilizes a type of fungus to do the healing.

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Category: Science

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New Cassini map of Titan reveals an Earth-like sea level

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:14:07 +0000

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An international team of scientists has discovered that the Saturnian moon Titan has its own sea level dictating the height of its alien hydrocarbon oceans. The new discovery adds to a growing list of geological characteristics and processes that the enigmatic moon has in common with Earth.

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Category: Space

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Matrix Voice lets you talk to your Pi

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:02:18 +0000

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Holding basic conversations with smartphones and wireless speakers is now fairly commonplace, but tinkerers and makers who want to create their own communicative objects can feel a little restricted by what Amazon, Apple and Google allow them to do. Matrix Labs has come to the rescue with a Raspberry Pi-compatible Internet-of-Things development board with built-in microphones that can bring custom voice recognition smarts to any maker project. And following a successful crowdfunding effort on Indiegogo last year, the Matrix Voice is now on general release.

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Category: Computers

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Tub-topped tiny house is built around a whisky still

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:35:32 +0000

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Bloomington, Indiana-based firm Carpenter Owl recently completed a compact tiny house that's partly inspired by a family heirloom whisky still. Named Honey on the Rock after a whisky recipe, the towable dwelling is used as a vacation home and has an upper deck that features a vintage soaking tub.

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Category: Tiny Houses

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Bentley puts V8 power in the Bentayga SUV

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:51:05 +0000

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Since being introduced back in 2015, the Bentley Bentayga has been rumbling along over pavement and rock (mostly pavement, we'd think) under the power of a 6.0-liter W12 engine with twin turbos. For those who aren't totally turned off by the idea of a VW Group diesel, there's also a 429-hp triple-charged V8 diesel. Now Bentley's expanding the engine line-up to include a more powerful V8 option, a 542-hp twin-turbo petrol unit.

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Rotational 3D printing spins out stronger structures

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:11:55 +0000

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Harvard engineers have demonstrated a new 3D printing technique that allows users to finely tune the arrangement of short fibers in the printed material. The spinning printer head gives the technique the name "rotational 3D printing," and according to the team the fibers in the ink can be arranged in different orientations at different parts of the printed object, in order to boost its strength, stiffness and resistance to damage.

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Category: 3D Printing

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Land Rover celebrates 70th anniversary of the Defender in V8 style

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:14:13 +0000

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Land Rover's Classic division is rolling out a limited edition V8-powered beast to mark the 70th anniversary of the iconic Defender. Billed as the most powerful and fastest Defender ever created by Land Rover, the Defender Works V8 packs a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter gasoline V8 that makes 400-hp (299 kW) and 380 lb-ft (515 Nm) of torque.

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Ancient African arrow poison inspires prospective male contraceptive

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:46:45 +0000

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Finding a consumable male contraceptive compound that is safe, effective and reversible has been relatively elusive for scientists but a new study has revealed that the secret to a male birth control pill may lie in a plant extract that has ancient African origins.

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Harvard's tiny robot arm picks, packs and performs surgery on the micro scale

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:38:29 +0000

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Thanks to their speed and dexterity, Delta robots are commonly used on assembly lines, but they do need a lot of space to work in. Now, Harvard engineers have developed the world's smallest version of the ubiquitous bot, dubbed the MilliDelta. As its name suggests, the new robot measures just a few millimeters, and could lend a hand in precise picking, packing, manufacturing and even surgery on the micro scale.

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Category: Robotics

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The neuroscience of creativity: How the brains of innovators are wired differently

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:49:46 +0000

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We've all heard the simplistic adage that left-brain thinking is logical and analytical while right-brain thinking is creative and innovative. It's an easy to understand binary that is also a complete myth. The brain is, unsurprisingly, much more complicated than a simple left/right binary, and new research is illustrating that creative thought can be determined by how effectively the brain can communicate between different regions that usually work separately.

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Motor City madness: Cars of the 2018 Detroit auto show

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:57:22 +0000

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The new year is fully underway, and with the start of the North American International Auto Show this week, another year of auto shows and advancing auto tech is also officially out of the blocks. New Atlas roamed the floor of the Detroit show to bring you a look at everything from brand-new concept cars, to custom-tuned classics, to revived Hollywood hero cars. We present you the cars of Detroit.

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EU outlines strategy to wipe out plastic waste

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:42:21 +0000

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Putting the brakes on our plastic waste is going to be anything but straightforward. Europe alone generates 25 million tonnes of plastic waste each year and recycles less than 30 percent of it. Eliminating single-use plastics would be a huge step forward, and that's the direction taken by the European Union, which is launching a new strategy whereby only recyclable versions will be in use by 2030.

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Category: Environment

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Wearable robot suit and piano among DIY kits for Nintendo Switch

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:15:18 +0000

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The fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are set to become some of the biggest employers in the future, so it makes sense to start piquing the interest of kids at a young age. STEM toys are already teaching kids the basics of coding, robotics and electronic circuits, and now gaming giant Nintendo is jumping in with Labo, a set of DIY cardboard construction kits that turn the versatile Switch console into things like a playable piano or wearable robot suit.

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Category: Games

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How a few extra pounds can cause systemic changes in the human body

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:36:14 +0000

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Crunching massive amounts of data, involving billions of measurements, has offered up a detailed picture of the changes a human body undergoes during periods of weight gain. The research, led by a team of scientists from Stanford University, combined a variety of different biological profiling technologies to find weight changes in a human body affect everything from a person's microbiome and immune system, to their cardiovascular system.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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Pressure-sensing implant dissolves when its job is done

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:40:11 +0000

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When doctors want to monitor conditions such as swelling of the brain, they'll sometimes implant a sensor that emits a readable electrical signal whenever it's subjected to pressure. The problem is, those sensors have to be retrieved from the patient's body afterwards, requiring additional surgery. That may not be the case much longer, though, as scientists have created an implantable pressure sensor that harmlessly biodegrades.

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Anti-biofouling tech inspired by bug-eating plant

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:15:42 +0000

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If ships' hulls are covered in barnacles and other marine organisms, then those ships have to work harder, burn more fuel, and create more CO2 emissions in order to move through the water. While there are anti-biofouling paints that kill such organisms, they can also harm other marine life. That's why scientists from Australia's University of Sydney Nano Institute have created a plant-inspired coating that keeps the critters from getting a foothold.

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Thin-walled Flamenco Ice Tower rises high in China

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:44:32 +0000

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With winter in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere, 'tis the season for frozen architecture projects, such as the Icehotel and SnowVillage. Similarly, a team of Dutch and Chinese students and professors have built a 31 m (101 ft)-tall ice tower in China that features walls with an average thickness of just 25 cm (9.84-in).

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Category: Architecture

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Pipe makes your voice a synthesizer

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:16:24 +0000

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The human voice is a powerful instrument in itself, but Ukraine-born engineer and musician Vlad Kreimer is looking to transform vocal sounds into intriguing synthesized soundscapes with the help of the Pipe. This mouth-controlled effects processor and synthesizer can turn a player's voice into a digital beat machine or rocking lead synth.

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Smart windows channel magnetic fluids to shade and heat rooms

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:15:19 +0000

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Our future selves might look back and wonder how we ever handled having just plain old glass in our windows. Curtains or blinds might get the flick in favor of a variety of smart windows that can tint themselves or turn opaque on command, and now a team of German engineers has demonstrated a new design. Dubbed Large-Area Fluidic Windows (LaWin), the system uses iron particles suspended in liquid to block sunlight at different levels and harvest heat energy from the Sun.

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Category: Energy

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Brotherly mummies had different daddies

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:02:44 +0000

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New technologies like advanced DNA analysis and x-ray techniques are continuing to unravel the mysteries of the mummies, recently revealing the other-worldly origins of King Tut's dagger and ancient prosthetic toes. Now, next-generation DNA sequencing has helped solve a mystery that has perplexed scientists for decades – whether a pair of mummies known as the "Two Brothers" were in fact full brothers at all.

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Revolve folding 26-inch wheel could be a game-changer

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:30:41 +0000

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The Revolve folding wheel was announced this week by German designer Andrea Mocellin, immediately threatening to become a disruptive force in the area of folding mobility. The Revolve wheel folds to a third of its diameter and 60 percent less space, then back in an instant, yet provides a safe, stable full-size 26-inch wheel for a folding bicycle or wheelchair.

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Engineered T-cell treatment helps keep cancer at bay

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:01:28 +0000

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Cancer has been winning the arms race agains the immune system for too long, but scientists are developing plenty of new weapons to try to turn the tide. One key technique is to supercharge T-cells – the foot-soldiers of the immune system – to better detect and kill tumors, and a new trial at the Children's Research Institute has delivered promising results, keeping cases of Hodgkin's lymphoma at bay for years at a time.

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RNA-based decoy molecule suggests path to opioid-free pain control

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:02:35 +0000

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Many modern opioid-based painkillers don't target the specific site of pain but instead interfere with the brain's sensation of that pain. It's not an especially efficient way to tackle pain and has resulted in widespread social problems stemming from the addictive quality of the drugs. A team of researchers has revealed a novel method for reducing our responsiveness to pain and it involves tricking our body's pain-signaling processes.

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