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From dancing skyscrapers to huge Lego blocks: The best buildings of 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:22:09 +0000

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Throughout the year, we've chased down the most interesting, innovative and sustainable buildings around the globe. Whether a Lego-shaped visitor's center, a beautiful bamboo sports hall, or a pair of "dancing" skyscrapers that can withstand extreme weather, each one represents architectural excellence. Read on for our selection of the best buildings of 2017.

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Category: Architecture

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"Nanograss" glass turns clear or cloudy on command – just add water

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:29:35 +0000

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With blinds and curtains in front of our windows, we usually have to choose between light and privacy, but inching ever closer to reality is "smart glass," which can toggle its opacity as needed. Electricity is usually the trigger, but now a University of Pittsburgh team has developed a new type of glass that can switch between hazy and clear in seconds – just add water.

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Category: Materials

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Einstein's telescope, personal computer memorabilia and an exploding rat

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:23:21 +0000

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The final round of scientific auctions for 2017 occurred last week and there were the usual puzzling results in a market slightly off the boil. The good thing about auctions is that there are always two viewpoints and that last statement can equally be written as "there were some rare scientific documents and instruments to be had at very reasonable prices that will return a handsome profit in the short to medium term."

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Category: Collectibles

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Divide and conquer: Pitting pathogens against each other helps fight drug resistance

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:56:43 +0000

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Bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to our best drugs and antibiotics, and if we aren't careful we could prescribe ourselves into a future where even the most routine treatments and surgeries become deadly again. Now, researchers at the University of Michigan have come up with a novel way to fight back: by pitting pathogens inside a patient's body against each other, then using drugs to wipe out the leftovers.

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Category: Medical

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Ultrasound-powered prosthetic allows amputee to play the piano

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:49:52 +0000

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Musician Jason Barnes had part of his arm amputated in 2012, but with the help of a team at Georgia Tech led by prosthetics researcher Gil Weinberg he has found new ways to keep honing his music skills. In 2014, the team developed a novel drumming prosthetic that allowed Barnes to keep pounding away, and they've now come up with an even more advanced prosthetic that is capable of the finer control required for the keys of a piano.

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Category: Medical

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Britain's tallest mountain is in Antarctica

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:08:21 +0000

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Researchers have discovered that Britain's highest mountain isn't in Britain. A recent cartographic survey by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has found that Mount Hope, at an elevation of 3,239 m (10,654 ft) above sea level, is not only the highest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory (BAT), but in any British territory. The survey, which incorporates new satellite data shows that Mount Hope is 337 m (1,106 ft) taller than previously thought, making it 55 m (180 ft) higher than Mount Jackson, the now second highest in the territory at 3,184 m (10,444 ft).

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Category: Science

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Potential "master switch" could help immune system fight cancer

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:28:35 +0000

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Immunotherapy is the new revolution in cancer treatment. As scientists discover new ways to adapt, or amplify, the body's natural defenses it opens the door to the development of better weapons to destroy tumors and kill cancers. Now a new study has revealed insights into a possible "master switch" protein that directs immune cells to germs or cancers.

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Category: Medical

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Marine life can tear a single plastic bag into 1.75 million tiny pieces

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:53:58 +0000

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Considering we pump millions of tons of plastic into the oceans every year, there is a hell of a lot we don't know about its whereabouts and its impact on the marine environment. A study examining how the material is torn apart by ocean life has uncovered some eye-popping evidence, finding that a single plastic bag is literally broken into millions of microscopic pieces before being spread throughout the seas.

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Category: Environment

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Juno reveals the roots of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:47:56 +0000

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The Great Red Spot, a gigantic storm of crimson clouds bigger than the Earth, has been raging on Jupiter's surface for centuries. We've known its size in two dimensions for a long time, but after a close flyover in July the Juno probe has finally given us an answer about how deep into the atmosphere the storm's roots run. And in the process, the mission uncovered two weird new radiation zones.

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Human trials of Huntington’s drug offers hope for new gene-silencing treatments

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:24:14 +0000

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The first human trial examining the safety of a drug designed to reduce the levels of a corrupted protein that is responsible for the devastating effects of Huntington's disease has proven a success. These early, yet exciting results, suggest potential for a new drug that could possibly be adapted to treat other brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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President Trump orders NASA back to the Moon

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:41:05 +0000

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US astronauts are headed back to the Moon after President Donald J. Trump ordered NASA to focus on manned space missions. Today at a White House ceremony, the President signed White House Space Policy Directive 1, which directs NASA to work with commercial and international partners to send American astronauts to our satellite as the first step to going to Mars and beyond.

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Flying car racing could be headed to Australia

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:56:51 +0000

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Much of the technology found in today's consumer automobiles was originally designed to give race cars a competitive edge. With that in mind, Australian entrepreneur Matt Pearson figured that if there's one way of accelerating the development of flying cars, it's to race the things. To that end, his company Alauda is now building what is essentially a human-capable racing drone.

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Category: Aircraft

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Underwater robot is two vehicles in one

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:07:59 +0000

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In the world of professional-grade underwater robotic vehicles, there are basically two kinds: Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) which are good for tasks like performing inspections, and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) which are better-suited to things like grid searches. Aquabotix has recently combined the two in one device, with the release of the Integra AUV/ROV.

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Category: Marine

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Massive "Rubik's Cube" will keep you twisting and turning for hours

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:17:13 +0000

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So you like a challenge, but a run-of-the-mill 9 x 9 x 9 Rubik's Cube just doesn't melt your brain anymore... How about tackling a colossal 33 x 33 x 33 twisty cube, like this 3D-printed creation from Grégoire Pfennig of Greg's Puzzles?

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Modified headphones turn headbangers into music makers

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:40:32 +0000

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Rather than bopping your head in time to the music coming through the headphones, what if your headbanging could actually control the beat? Engineer Andrew Lee has developed a system that does exactly that, triggering audio and setting tempo with a nod of the head.

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Category: Music

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Pair of tiny dwellings built on solidified lava in Hawaii

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:39:35 +0000

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Tiny house designer and Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon, Erin Moore has realized the construction of two dwellings amid a 300 year old solidified lava landscape in Hawaii. Dubbed Outside House, the pair of cabins were conceived as a place to connect with the land, without impacting upon it.

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Category: Architecture

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Needle-free injection device moves closer to market

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:50:14 +0000

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Needles are usually seen as a necessary evil, but maybe they don't have to be. Plenty of painless alternatives are in the works, like microneedle patches, a laser-based device that pushes drugs through the skin as microjets of liquid, and a refined hypodermic design based on a mosquito's proboscis. Now, a pain-free jet-injection device has emerged from development limbo with a commercialization deal that should see it soon hit the market.

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Category: Medical

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McLaren's stunning Senna hypercar revealed

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:52:46 +0000

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McLaren's new Senna is the company's all-new road legal track missile. As a homage to the late McLaren F1 driver, Ayrton Senna, the new McLaren represents major milestones for the British manufacturer in terms of performance and engineering. Joining the Ultimate Series line-up amongst the hyper-hybrid P1 and P1 GTR, the McLaren Senna has been designed for zero compromise to perform on the track.

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Category: Automotive

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Budweiser-maker loads up on electric Tesla Semis for beer delivery

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:43:24 +0000

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Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Budweiser (and other, lesser known ales), is looking to reduce the environmental footprint of shipping its products all over the US. Part of this means shifting towards greener forms of trucking, and for the American brewhouse, Tesla's recently-revealed electric Semi is a good place to start.

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Category: Automotive

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Bitcoin uses more power than Serbia – the environmental cost of cryptocurrencies

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:20:46 +0000

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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have promised a revolution in capital, but at what cost? The Bitcoin network alone is now burning a horrific 240 kilowatt-hours of electricity per transaction, using as much energy as the entire nation of Serbia, and heralding an environmental disaster.

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Category: Environment

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Long-theorized new form of matter, excitonium, finally discovered

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:50:54 +0000

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Physicists from the University of Illinois have discovered a new form of matter called excitonium. This condensate, made up of excitons, was first theorized almost 50 years ago, and although evidence of this form of matter has been observed in that time it was difficult to be sure of what was happening. Now, the Illinois researchers have found a "smoking gun" that they claim is the first definitive proof that excitonium exists.

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Stretchable fabric battery could power wearables with sweat

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:38:34 +0000

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The bacteria-powered batteries of electrical engineer Seokheun Choi have taken on a number of interesting forms, including matchbooks, folding paper and ninja stars. For the first time, the Binghamton University researcher has now woven his innovative fuel cells into a flexible and stretchable piece of fabric that could one day power wearable electronics through our body's own bacteria.

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Category: Electronics

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All downhill from here: Has the human race peaked?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:51:54 +0000

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Every four years, the world turns its attention to the Olympics to see competitors go "faster, higher, stronger." Additionally, average human height and life expectancy have increased significantly over the past couple of hundred years. But the human body obviously has biological limits, with a review of 120 years of historical records now suggesting they may have already been reached – and if we aren't careful they could start going backwards.

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Category: Biology

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12 perfect holiday gifts for smartphone lovers

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:34:15 +0000

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Christmas is fast approaching and if you're still stuck for gift ideas for friends and family, then you might want to think about smartphone accessories and add-ons – chances are the people you're buying for have a phone, so we've picked out 12 ideal gifts that are sure to be appreciated.

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Category: Mobile Technology

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