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LG unveils the rugged, budget-friendly X venture phone

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:23:46 +0000

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If you're looking for a capable smartphone that doesn't have a fussy, breakable build, you may be in luck with the new LG X venture. The shock- and water-resistant phone contains a few built-in navigation shortcuts for easier operation in the elements along with perks like a premium camera and capacious battery.

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Category: Mobile Technology

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Melted permafrost seeps into fail-safe Global Seed Vault

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:23:56 +0000

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Located around halfway between Norway and the North Pole, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is home to the world's largest seed collection, intended to safeguard important crops for future generations. The site was chosen, in part, because the permafrost acts as a natural freezer to preserve the seeds, but record global temperatures have seen meltwater make its way inside, prompting new measures to fortify the facility in the face of climate change.

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Category: Environment

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HP's revamped lineup gives you three new reasons to forget the Microsoft Surface

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:42:56 +0000

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HP has taken the opportunity of the Cannes Film Festival to refresh three of its laptop and 2-in-1 lines, unveiling a new Spectre x2, a new Envy x360 convertible, and two new Envy laptops. In other words: Watch your back, Microsoft.

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Sizable tiny house sleeps up to 6 people

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:30:30 +0000

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The Retreat, by Alabama-based Timbercraft Tiny Homes, is an attractive-looking tiny house that has room for the whole family. The recently-completed dwelling is up there in size with the biggest tiny houses we've reported on to date and boasts three bedrooms, full-size amenities, and a high-end finish.

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Climate change is increasingly turning Antarctica green

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:48:57 +0000

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The mental picture that most of us have of Antarctica is a frozen wasteland, white as far as the eye can see. But according to a new study that might not be the case in the future, as the continent is increasingly turning green in response to rising temperatures. Researchers from the University of Exeter have taken core samples from moss banks along the Antarctic Peninsula, and found that biological activity has ramped up massively over the last 50 years or so.

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Drones and AI combine to combat poaching in southern Africa

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:26:11 +0000

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Drones have the potential to play a big role in protecting endangered species, with a number of trials being conducted to investigate how small aerial surveillance aircraft can be used to combat poaching. The latest effort involves the use of artificial intelligence software to quickly identify poachers and animals in drone footage, in an attempt to better protect elephants and rhinos.

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Category: Environment

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Bacteria-ridden "biofabric" makes for self-cooling gymwear

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:09:25 +0000

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Gym clothes are generally made to be breathable, but now a team at MIT has developed a material to make activewear a bit more active in cooling the wearer. The outfit is made out of a living "biofabric" full of microbial cells, which automatically open flaps in the shirt when they sense heat and sweat, to help the wearer cool off.

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Category: Wearables

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Bentley furnishes Bentayga 4WD for falconers

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:59:57 +0000

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Bentley wasn't exactly aiming for the mass market when it launched the Bentayga, but that doesn't mean the niche four-wheel drive can't be further honed for a small set of wealthy people. The company's bespoke customisation arm has done just that with the Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner, designed to serve as the perfect car for well-heeled falconers.

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New Zealand: The next major space hub?

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:36:22 +0000

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Is New Zealand poised to become the world's next space commerce center? If events of the next week or so pan out, the answer is yes. Between now and June 1, the US-based aerospace company Rocket Lab plans to conduct the inaugural launch of its Electron rocket from its Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand's North Island. If successful, it will mark the first launch of a craft into space from the Southern Hemisphere.

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The revolutionary redox system that produces and stores energy in the home

Mon, 22 May 2017 04:51:24 +0000

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Imagine having a fridge-sized box in your home that not only generates and stores electricity on-site, but heats and cools the house, provides hot water and even churns out oxygen and hydrogen to use or sell. That's the dream that a team from the University of Newcastle and Australian company Infratech Industries is working towards, and New Atlas spoke to two of the minds behind this potentially game-changing "Swiss army knife" of energy production.

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One-dimensional nanowires are the world's thinnest, at one atom wide

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:49:16 +0000

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While it's generally held true since the 1960s, Moore's Law – the observation that the number of transistors on a single chip doubles every two years or so – can only last so long. Researchers at Cambridge and the University of Warwick have jumped ahead to its logical endpoint and shrunk wires down to a string of single atoms. Effectively one-dimensional, these "extreme nanowires" are made of tellurium, compressed inside carbon nanotubes to keep them stable.

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Volkswagen tips hat to legendary Mk1 Golf GTI with up! GTI

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:09:23 +0000

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The Golf GTI is a legend of the motoring world, and the current model is a class-leader. But it's also a long way removed from the compact, light original. In fact, the closest thing to the Mk1 GTI in the current Volkswagen range is the up! VW has tried to evoke the spirit of that original car with the new up! GTI Concept, to be launched at the annual GTI Meet in Worthersee.

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In photos: Big rigs, 4x4 retromods and other earth-eaters of Overland Expo 2017

Sat, 20 May 2017 04:57:17 +0000

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As always, last weekend's Overland Expo West show proved one of the world's best places for spotting unique, well-traveled vehicles of every shape and size. This year's highlights included the usual massive Unimog, military truck and big rig-based expedition vehicles, but also some equally compelling small 4x4s, particularly those of the restoration and modernization variety. Here's a look at the best of show.

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US Air Force Academy cadet turns goo into bullet-stopping armor

Fri, 19 May 2017 22:59:14 +0000

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A US Air Force Academy cadet demonstrated that school lessons aren't just about retreading old ground, by turning a classroom exercise into a new ballistic armor made out of goo. In 2014, Cadet 1st Class Hayley Weir's assignment to combine epoxy, Kevlar and carbon fiber into an anti-ballistic substance inspired her to develop the task into a new type of flexible bullet stopper.

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Roomba-like tech heads for the garden

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:47:40 +0000

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For people who hate vacuuming, there's already the Roomba robotic vacuum. However, what if weeding is the task that you hate? Well, there may soon be something for that, too. Entrepreneur Joe Jones – inventor of the Roomba – is now developing a little weed-whacking robot known as Tertill.

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US drone registry axed

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:51:30 +0000

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Seen as an unnecessary burden by some and a smart safety measure by others, the US government's mandatory drone registry certainly had the desired effect. Hundreds of thousands of hobbyists have now registered their devices with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As it turns out, however, the whole thing wasn't well, entirely legal, with an appeals court today striking down the rule and leaving the registry seemingly dead in the water.

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Furnace waste may find use in longer-lasting concrete

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:39:03 +0000

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Salt may indeed keep winter roads free of ice, but it also actively degrades them. There may be a way out of the conundrum, however. Drexel University's Dr. Yaghoob Farnam has been experimenting with making "salt-proof" concrete that incorporates waste products generated by coal furnaces and the smelting process.

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Bass-thumping pack brings new meaning to "backbeat"

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:41:41 +0000

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For some people, a key part of going to outdoor music festivals is to feel the bass thumping out of the loudspeakers. If that's just not enough for you on its own, however, you might be interested in the Baserock backpack. It amplifies the bass of ambient or direct-line audio, and sends it coursing through your body – plus it'll keep you hydrated.

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Luxury apartment complex will keep residents' feet off the ground

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:28:48 +0000

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Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled a plush new residential project for Mexico that draws design inspiration from Mayan culture, and will endeavor to minimize disturbance to local wildlife with a system of raised platforms and walkways. Named Alai, it's planned for Mexico's Mayan Riviera, a booming tourist district in the country's Yucatan Peninsula.

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Fatty bones? That's nothing a little exercise can't handle

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:34:57 +0000

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We already knew that fat could accumulate pretty much anywhere on our bodies, but we kind of thought our bones, at least, were a fat-free zone. Sadly, it turns out that's not at all the case. But just like all our other pudge, bone fat can also be blasted by exercise, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina.

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HTC U11 vs. LG G6

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:04:02 +0000

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The HTC U11 and LG G6 are premium phones with similar price points. However, the two flagships have several distinctions when it comes to specs and features. Here's how the new squeezable U11 compares to the slim-bezeled LG G6.

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Mercedes-Benz Energy teams with Vivint Solar to put batteries in US homes

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:22:51 +0000

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Mercedes-Benz Energy has made a lot of noise about its new batteries, but Americans keen to get their hands on a set have been largely neglected since the product was unveiled last year. Having announced their rollout in the UK last month, Mercedes-Benz Energy has now teamed with Vivint Solar to put them to Californian homes.

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