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Scientists unleash graphene’s innate superconductivity

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:25:28 +0000

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Already renowned for its potential to revolutionize everything from light bulbs and dental fillings through to semiconductors and motorcycle helmets, graphene can now add innate superconductivity to its repertoire, as scientists at the University of Cambridge claim to have discovered a method to trigger the superconducting properties of graphene without actually altering its chemical structure.

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Category: Materials

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Mercedes-Benz travels toward a fashionable, flexible horizon with new camper van

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:36:29 +0000

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The compact camper van business has been treating Mercedes-Benz well. It introduced the Marco Polo and Marco Polo Activity vans at the 2014 Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, and now it's adding a third member to the Marco Polo family at another prominent German camper show, CMT Stuttgart. The all-new Marco Polo Horizon slots between its older siblings, adding a simple, flexible V-Class-based camper van alternative. It's game for everything from family camping excursions to everyday commutes and errands.

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Category: Automotive

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Brewing beer on the moon - the next giant leap?

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:27:23 +0000

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One of the major disappointments of the Apollo 11 landing in 1969 was the discovery of the complete absence of beer on the Moon. The situation may only temporary, though. A team of University of California San Diego engineering students are working on an experiment to brew the first beer on the lunar surface, and it may fly by the end of this year.

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Category: Space

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This device could make you King of Kindling

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:05:03 +0000

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Would you rather risk hitting your hand with something sharp or something blunt? If you answered "blunt" – and you have some big pieces of wood to split into kindling – then you might be interested in the Kindling Cracker King.

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Category: Good Thinking

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Laser system knows which tree is which

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:56:24 +0000

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If you work in the forestry industry, then you'd better know that you're cutting down the right type of trees. With this is mind, researchers from Finland's Tampere University of Technology have teamed up with colleagues at the Natural Resources Institute Finland, to create a new laser-based tree classification system.

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Category: Science

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Why blinking our eyes doesn't cause strobe vision

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:27:34 +0000

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You might not realize it (you will now that we brought it up), but you blink about 15 to 20 times every single minute. When you do so, you eye actually rolls back in its socket, and then returns to normal when you open your eye. So why don't we feel plunged into darkness and get disoriented 21,000 times (or more) a day? Researchers have puzzled it out.

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Category: Biology

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From Zera-to-compost in 24 hours flat

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:35:10 +0000

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Composting your household organic waste is a highly-commendable thing to do, but compost heaps do have some limitations – they take a long time to convert waste to soil, they can attract pests, and you're not supposed to put meat scraps in them. Well, apparently none of those things apply to a new appliance known as the Zera Food Recycler.

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Category: Around The Home

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Smart biopsy needle helps doctors dodge the danger zone

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:58:38 +0000

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One of the challenges in performing surgery on a brain tumor is the need to avoid damage to blood vessels, something that can cause bleeding and even prove fatal. These procedures have become safer with advances in brain imaging that allow surgeons to better map out their approach. They're now set to become safer again, with the development of a new high-tech biopsy needle that packs a tiny imaging probe inside to help guide the way.

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Category: Medical

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US sets up 10 official test sites for autonomous vehicles

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:05:00 +0000

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Not that the industry has exactly been waiting for it, with plenty of trials already taking place around the country, but the US Department of Transport has announced 10 testing sites that will be dedicated to the development of autonomous vehicles. The move brings further legitimacy to the fast-arriving world of self-driving cars and offers developers, regulators and communities new chances for collaboration.

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Category: Automotive

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Pioneer adds analog synth to DJ groove toolkit

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:04:18 +0000

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There was a time when the party or club DJ would just have to scratch, mix and spin to get the joint jumping and the bodies grooving. More recently, electronic instruments like synthesizers and drum machines have been nudging their way into the DJ's sonic arsenal. Pioneer DJ has teamed up with Dave Smith Instruments to create another tool for music producers, a monophonic synthesizer named the Toraiz AS-1.

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Category: Music

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Intracranial pressure could be key to tackling astronaut vision loss

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:54:43 +0000

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New research could lead to the creation of equipment designed to reduce the deterioration of astronaut vision over the course of prolonged trips beyond Earth's protective atmosphere. According to the newly published study, the root cause of the degradation of vision is a lack of pressure variation in an astronaut's cranium.

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Category: Space

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OBQ: Do electric cars really harm the environment less than gasoline-powered cars?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:45:48 +0000

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Electric vehicles are often touted as a more environmentally friendly than cars powered by gasoline. But all that electricity has to be produced somewhere, so it got us to wondering if EVs really are better for our planet than traditional vehicles. To find out, as part of our regular One Big Question series (OBQ), we put the question to John B. Heywood, Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

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Category: Environment

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Fujifilm’s medium format GFX 50S detailed and priced

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:32:18 +0000

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Since its announcement at Photokina last September we've known that Fujifilm was working on the GFX 50S, a new mirrorless medium format camera. Now the firm has revealed exactly when the camera will be released and how much it will cost, along with the full specifications.

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Category: Digital Cameras

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Line 6 turns guitar amplification on its head

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:21:53 +0000

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For the most part, when searching for an amplification setup to help your electric guitar rock some noise, you're faced with a couple of choices. You can go for an all-in-one combo model that puts amp and speaker(s) into a single cabinet or you can aim for a separate amp head and speaker cab. Line 6 has just announced a third option. Thanks to built-in speakers, the Spider V 240HC head unit can work as a stand-alone combo amp or be cabled to a speaker cabinet to create a stereo half stack.

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Category: Music

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New molecule knocks out superbugs' immunity to antibiotics

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:27:07 +0000

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One of the most terrifyingly-plausible doomsday scenarios is the rise of superbugs, strains of bacteria that are evolving a resistance to our most powerful antibiotics. To try to prevent that situation occurring, scientists are building a creative array of weapons by developing new materials, gels, lights and molecules to fight antibiotic-resistant bugs, and even pitting bacteria against each other. Now researchers have created a new molecule that can make previously antibiotic-resistant bacteria vulnerable to existing drugs again.

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Category: Biology

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Hennessey ends production of the 1,451-hp, 270-mph Venom GT

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:16:50 +0000

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Since launching in 2010, the Hennessey Venom GT has lived among a very select handful of elite supercars with four-figure horsepower numbers and world speed record ambitions. The unofficial fastest production car in the world has now sped all the way to the end of production, as the last of just 13 examples has left the factory. The Final Edition of the little Lotus with big twin-turbo V8 is a striking blue roadster that's already sold for over US$1 million.

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Category: Automotive

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Can technology deliver sustainability?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:35:10 +0000

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In virtually all areas of technology, improvements to efficiency are one of the key focuses for the ongoing march of progress. Over time, products are developed iteratively to use less energy, cram more power into smaller devices, and need less materials to make them. But a new study from MIT has put a centuries-old economic theory of efficiency and resource consumption to the test on modern technology – and in almost all cases, the benefits of reducing required resources is cancelled out by the increase in consumer demand for them.

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Category: Environment

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Global alliance formed to protect world against the next epidemic threat

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:43:03 +0000

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The Ebola epidemic that broke out in 2014 might be a blip in most people's memories now but for those directly involved in managing the crisis, it remains a harrowing reminder of how unprepared the world is to protect itself from sudden outbreaks. Hence the formation of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), which formally launched at the 2017 World Economic Conference in Davos.

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Category: Medical

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Royal Navy gets new eyes in the skies

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:12:37 +0000

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When the Royal Navy's Queen Elizabeth class carriers go into service in 2020, they'll be watched over by a new generation of eyes in the sky. In an announcement by the Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriett Baldwin MP, Lockheed Martin UK was awarded a £269 million (US $331 million) contract to develop and manufacture the Crowsnest Airborne Surveillance System to alert the carrier groups against incoming missile and other airborne threats.

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Category: Military

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John Cooper Works adds muscle and agility to the new Countryman

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:03:51 +0000

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Introduced at the 2016 LA Auto Show, the new Mini Countryman is the biggest, beastliest vehicle in Mini's history. An all-new John Cooper Works package makes it a little beastlier, adding more power, a tuned chassis and other upgrades developed to make it a better performer on road, dirt and track. This "mini" SUV fires 228 horses at all four wheels and promises spirited acceleration, agile cornering and confident braking.

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Termites vs. plants: Mystery of desert "fairy circles" solved

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:48:45 +0000

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The grasslands of the Namib Desert in Africa are pock-marked with patches where vegetation just won't grow. Dubbed "fairy circles," these strange structures have sparked debate for years about how they form, with theories ranging from plants competing for limited water, to termite colonies clearing their territories. Now, scientists at Princeton have put forward a new explanation: it's actually both of those ideas, working in unison.

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Category: Biology

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HTC U Ultra vs. iPhone 7 Plus

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:56:06 +0000

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Being offered online only (and incompatible with Verizon's or Sprint's networks) HTC's new U Ultra isn't likely to see even a small fraction of Apple's iPhone sales numbers. But is the Ultra worth considering, despite its expected niche status? Let's see how it stacks up next to Apple's 7 Plus.

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Category: Mobile Technology

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How to organize Gmail & keep your inbox empty

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:47 +0000

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Ample storage space and extreme searchability are two of the driving factors behind Gmail's popularity. However, it's easy to abuse those luxuries and find yourself buried in an inbox thousands of messages deep. Here are New Atlas' tips for achieving an immaculate inbox so you can find what you need, when you need it.

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Category: Mobile Technology

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