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Trakkadu AT VW camper van ventures over the road and dirt

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:53:07 +0000

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Since the Volkswagen Transporter T6 launched last year, it's provided a blank canvas for camper van converters around the world, and we've seen some very different interpretations, from the new in-house California, to the free-swinging Tonke Van, to the free-loving Flow Camper. The latest to cross our radar is one of the burlier VW camper vans we've seen. The Trakkadu All Terrain van from Australia's Trakka takes campers to all types of destinations, over pavement and bare earth, and treats them to a comfortable evening or three, complete with solar power and a hot shower.

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Category: Automotive

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Why dogs' noses out-sniff the most advanced bomb detectors

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:04:57 +0000

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In 2010, after spending six years and $19 billion on research to develop better bomb detecting technology, Pentagon officials admitted that there was no better bomb detector than a dog's nose. Now scientists say the reason for this might lie simply in the way they sniff.

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Category: Science

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Biosensing patch aims for the heart to fight stress, anxiety

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:50:58 +0000

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Those who desire to live longer, healthier lives may do well to mind body response as much as diet and exercise. Many studies have linked stress to illness, premature aging, and a host of other physical and emotional conditions. A discreet wearable, currently funding on Kickstarter, hopes to provide users with greater awareness and self-regulation. The Lief smart patch is designed to initiate calming exercises when heart and breathing rates show elevated levels of stress.

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Category: Wearables

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Microsubs' size may be deceiving

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:59:06 +0000

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Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) are already both smaller and less expensive than manned submarines. A British consortium has recently taken that concept even further, though, unveiling two "microsubs" that are about one-third the size of most conventional AUVs ... and that small size could actually make them quite useful.

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Category: Robotics

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Mercedes digital headlights project street signs and markings onto the road ahead

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:47:01 +0000

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There are more than a few edgy experimental headlight technologies floating around these days, including systems that follow the driver's eyesight and others that light up potential hazards. Mercedes has just announced a conceptual new set of lamps that can not only adapt their light distribution to cater to the environment, but can project high-res visual aids onto the road ahead, such as makeshift zebra crossings for nearby pedestrians.

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Scientists see electricity pass through water molecules for the first time

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:39:01 +0000

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It's a well-known phenomenon, seen in action when hundreds of reindeer on melting permafrost were recently killed by a lightning strike and the same reason villains in horror movies lob hairdryers into the bathtub. Water is a very good conductor of electricity, but the precise manner in which the individual molecules pass along the positive charge has been difficult to observe. For the first time, scientists have now laid eyes on this electrified relay race, adding to our understanding of one of chemistry's most fundamental processes.

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Y-shaped home holds a pool in its arms

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:19:40 +0000

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Dutch architect MVRDV is no stranger to designing unusually shaped buildings, but its Y House project is perhaps the most unconventional of them all. As the name suggests, it's a home shaped like the letter "Y" – a shape, it seems, that offers the perfect place to nestle a striking swimming pool.

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Category: Architecture

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One Big Question: How close are we to a cancer vaccine?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:40:42 +0000

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Earlier this year we reported on new research that focused on training the body's own immune cells to fight cancer through a process known as adoptive immunotherapy. The process involves removing immune-system white blood cells known as T-cells, genetically modifying them to recognize certain proteins involved with cancer cells, then injecting them back in their body where they could basically hunt down and destroy tumors. In the study on which we reported, the technique was successful in destroying blood cancer in 93 percent of the patients involved in a clinical trial.

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Category: Biology

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Cool reception guaranteed at ice hotel that never melts

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:33:06 +0000

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The Icehotel, built annually in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, has always been as fleeting as it is beautiful, eventually melting away to nothing. Joining the 27th Icehotel this year, though, is Icehotel 365 – a newly opened hotel made of ice that will stay open all year round as the others come and go.

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More power and bigger wings make a meaner Hyundai i20 WRC

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:29:52 +0000

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The FIA World Rally Championship has faced its fair share of struggles in recent years, but now seems to be on the rebound. Not even the loss of Volkswagen can dampen the excitement about 2017, which will see faster cars with more downforce taking on gravel, snow and tarmac stages worldwide. Hyundai has just released the car it will be using in its search for glory in the coming year, the i20 Coupe WRC.

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Rolls-Royce SUV is going to be big, really big

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:52:23 +0000

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Like it or not – and there are plenty of people in the or not category – Roll-Royce is building a four-wheel drive. Project Cullinan was announced to shareholders in April last year, and testing kicked off with a chassis mule based on the Phantom. Now, the Rolls-Royce "all-terrain, high-sided vehicle" has been outed for the first time, albeit covered in camouflage from head-to-toe.

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Art project lets people launch their laugh into space

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:06:24 +0000

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Despite Elon Musk's ambition to make humanity a multi-planetary species, most of us will probably never get to go into space. But thanks to an art project by Israeli artist Eyal Gever, your legacy could end up living forever in the deep, cold reaches of space – in the form of a 3D-printed sculpture of your laugh.

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Vanguard Roadster: All-new American motorcycle to debut in NYC

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:43:39 +0000

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There's a new American motorcycle company on the block. Based in New York and preparing to unleash three new models based around a gigantic, 117 cubic inch (1917cc) S&S v-twin motor, Vanguard Motorcycles is unveiling its first bike at this weekend's New York Motorcycle Show. The Roadster is a massive, frameless nakedbike built around and upon a giant 1917cc v-twin engine. To put it mildly, you're not going to mistake it for anything else.

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Category: Motorcycles

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THeMIS ADDER weaponized UGV aces first live fire tests

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:37:57 +0000

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After unveiling it at the Singapore Airshow back in February, Milrem and ST Kinetics have conducted the first live fire tests of their weaponized unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), the THeMIS ADDER. Armed with a heavy machine gun, the UGV reportedly aced the tests, paving the way for robots that may eventually be able to support or even replace ground troops on the battlefield.

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Food bars for astronauts' most important meal of the day

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:44:33 +0000

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The modern habit of skipping the first meal of the day in favor of grabbing a breakfast bar may be the key to feeding the crews of the first manned deep space missions since Apollo. To save space and weight aboard the Orion space capsule, NASA is developing a next generation breakfast bar that provides enough calories and nutrition to keep a busy astronaut going, yet remains appetizing enough to eat for weeks on end.

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Finally – a safe way to carry hydrogen fuel in your pocket

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:33:11 +0000

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Hydrogen has great potential as a future clean energy source. The challenge is that hydrogen gas is difficult to store and carry safely. The intensity with which it burns may have made liquid hydrogen the fuel-source of choice for the space industry, but it can only be liquified at extremely low temperatures. Now a Japanese research team has invented a compact, flexible polymer that could be used to create a plastic container for hydrogen that's safe to carry in your pocket.

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Brain-fade? Your neurons might be taking a powernap

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:01:32 +0000

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Following a daily cycle of alertness and tiredness, waking and sleeping, is how we all live our lives, but the brain functions that drive it are still mostly a mystery. Now, Stanford scientists have uncovered a strange new finding: different sections of the brain cycle in and out of sleep, all day, while you're awake. Neurons will cycle towards a more active state when they're focused on a task, suggesting that the ability (or inability) to pay attention may be linked to brain wave cycles while asleep.

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Category: Biology

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10 top investments from the history of technology

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:50:29 +0000

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Bonhams annual History of Science and Technology sale is a regular feature on the auction calendar each December in New York and this year it will be held on December 7 at the company's Madison Avenue headquarters with another treasure trove of significant artifacts of humanity's scientific heritage. Here's our take on the 10 best affordable buys that might make a significant Christmas present for the geek who has everything, or to kickstart an investment portfolio for a newborn.

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Category: Collectibles

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Modern Relics: The cult of the LaserDisc

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:41:58 +0000

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In this episode of our ongoing Modern Relics video series we look at the cult of the LaserDisc, the first optical video disc to hit the market and a format that developed a rabid, albeit small, collective of followers throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

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Why VR? The top 6 reasons to embrace virtual reality

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:20:45 +0000

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Mention virtual reality (or VR, as it is increasingly known) and you're likely to elicit one of two responses: either utmost enthusiasm and awareness, or something along the lines of Homer Simpson yelling "Neeeeerd!" But VR deserves to occupy a more substantive niche on the mainstream public radar, and here's why.

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ISS-bound cargo ship destroyed after launch

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:14:08 +0000

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The International Space Station (ISS) had another setback today as a Russian cargo ship was destroyed shortly after launch. At 9:51 am EST (8:51 pm Baikonur time, 14:51 GMT), The unmanned Progress 65 (Progress MS-4) spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz-U launch vehicle. According to Roscosmos, the spacecraft separated prematurely from the third stage 382 seconds into flight, at which time telemetry was lost.

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Heart patch acts as a bridge over troubled tissue

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:02:30 +0000

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When someone has a heart attack, their heart is permanently left with a section of non-beating scar tissue. Even though the rest of the organ may still function, that one bit can disrupt its rhythm, potentially leading to disorders such as arrhythmia. Several groups are developing "heart patches" to help address the situation, with one of the latest coming from Australia's University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Britain's Imperial College London. Unlike some others, it can be attached to the heart without the use of stitches.

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Category: Medical

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Stage set for pre-Christmas return to flight for SpaceX

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:09:24 +0000

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With a pretty crowded launch manifesto and plans for deep space exploration, there are a few interested parties eyeing SpaceX's next move following the recent launchpad explosion that took out its Falcon 9 rocket. We've just gotten our clearest indication yet of what that will be, with client Iridium Communications today announcing a launch date for an upcoming mission that will see SpaceX launch its next-generation satellites into orbit on December 16, pending regulatory approval.

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