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Review: Suzuki strikes the right balance with light-footed Vitara Turbo

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:17:17 +0000

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Compact four-wheel drives are everywhere at the moment, but that wasn't always the case. When the original Suzuki Vitara launched in 1988, it was essentially in a class of one, a cute three-door with a foldable roof for summertime shenanigans. The Vitara Turbo we've been driving this week doesn't have much in common with the original, but that's no bad thing.

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Category: Automotive

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Portable "Trashpresso" up-cycling plant transforms trash into tiles

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:27:23 +0000

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In developed countries, it's easy for most people to not give garbage disposal much thought: it's hauled to the curb, and a truck carries it away out of sight and out of mind. But isolated communities often lack that infrastructure, meaning it's harder to either truck out the trash or process it on-site. The Trashpresso is designed to lighten the load a little, as a semi-portable, solar-powered plant that turns trash into tiles.

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Category: Environment

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DJI Ronin 2 takes the camera gimbal to a new level

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:22:14 +0000

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The original DJI Ronin was a bit of a game changer in the filmmaking scene, offering Steadicam-like camera stabilization without a six-figure price tag. DJI used its knowledge of gimbals from the drone world to democratize hand held camera stabilization the same way it did with aerial video. Three years on, handheld gimbal rigs are pretty much ubiquitous on film sets, from low-budget operations all the way to the top of the industry – and it's the higher end that DJI is targeting now with a ground-up redesign in the Ronin 2.

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Category: Digital Cameras

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"Hobbit" humans may finally have a place in the family tree

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:07:36 +0000

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In 2003, archaeologists from Indonesia and Australia discovered the bones of a new species of human, named Homo floresiensis, in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores. Its short stature – about 3.5 ft (1.1 m) – quickly earned it the nickname of the "hobbit", and ever since its discovery, scientists have been debating where it fits on the human evolutionary tree. According to a new study from the Australian National University (ANU), the species branched out from a common ancestor of ours much earlier than previously thought.

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Category: Science

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Mercedes energy storage units headed for UK homes

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:36:48 +0000

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Car manufacturers are racing to get their electric cars onto the market, but that's not the only battery-powered battle being played out: they're also keen to get their batteries into family homes. Tesla has made its Powerwall plans clear, and Mercedes-Benz Energy has been talking a big game with its energy storage systems, which will soon be finding their way into homes in the UK.

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Category: Environment

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New gelatine model can stand in for human skin

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:12:35 +0000

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Scientists at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) are developing a gelatine-based model that simulates the characteristics of human skin by mimicking the way the epidermis absorbs water. By controlling the moisture content in the gelatine, the team plans to use it as an alternative to human clinical trials for testing how skin interacts with textiles, like surgical dressings.

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Category: Medical

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Cartilage-like hydrogel promises 3D-printable knee implants

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:20:56 +0000

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Far more than a simple hinge, the human knee is a complex, intricate mechanism, and a knee injury is a painful and debilitating of condition that's difficult and expensive to repair. Duke University is developing a cartilage-like material based on hydrogel that may make the task of repairing knees easier. The 3D-printable hydrogel allows bioengineers to create bespoke artificial replacement parts for injured knees that are tailored to match the old part both in shape and mechanical properties.

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Category: Medical

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Aerojet Rocketdyne completes tests for human-rated reusable rocket engine

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:11:00 +0000

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Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed hot-fire qualification tests of its MR-104J liquid-fuelled rocket engine. When Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner crew module makes its first manned flight in August 2018, 12 of these human-rated reusable engines will be installed in the capsule to provide thruster maneuverability during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

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Category: Space

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Meet the skunk-sized predator that topped the food chain 34 million years ago

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:26:13 +0000

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When we think of apex predators, we usually think of large, fearsome beasts that can strike fear into the hearts of their prey with a single roar. So it might come as a surprise that one of the creatures that shot up to the top of the food chain following the dinosaurs' demise was no bigger than a skunk. Named after the jackal-faced Egyptian god of mummification Anubis, the rise and fall of Masrasector nananubis, whose 34-million-year-old fossilized remains were recently identified in Egypt, was also part of an epic evolutionary tale of climate change and continental drift.

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Category: Biology

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The fast and the ... fishy? Ridiculous supercar packs built-in aquarium

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:11:46 +0000

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Find yourself a little blasé about sub-three-second 0-62 mph (100 km/h) numbers and seven-minute Nürburgring laps? Do you find diamond-encrusted headlamps on multi-million-dollar hypercars not to your taste? Perhaps what you really need to bring on a new wave of supercar enthusiasm is ... an aquarium? That's what one supercar startup is thinking, anyway, combining all-electric power and extreme styling into a unique 2+2 (2 people, 2 fish).

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Category: Automotive

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No bike is quite like the NoBike

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:58:55 +0000

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Let's be honest … when it comes to bicycles, a lot of us do want something that looks a little different. If you're one of those people, then you might be interested in the NoBike. If nothing else, it'll definitely get you noticed.

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Category: Bicycles

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Review: Going Hazzard in a 2017 Dodge Challenger GT

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:17:09 +0000

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Bo and Luke Duke may have been driving a Charger back in the day, but the 1969 Charger's successor is definitely the current-generation Challenger. Put behind the wheel of the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT in bright orange paint – as we drove it – you may want to change your name, too.

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Category: Automotive

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Smart glove measures muscle stiffness

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:06:44 +0000

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When it comes to assessing the chronic muscle stiffness of patients with conditions such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis, doctors pretty much just go by feel. They bend the affected limbs back and forth, then assign them a rating on a six-point scale. The problem is, the system is very subjective – different doctors could assign different ratings to the same patient, resulting in either more or less medication than is actually needed. That's why a team from the University of California San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital are developing a glove that measures muscle stiffness objectively.

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Beetroot juice before exercise might keep brains young

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:25:38 +0000

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It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but beetroot juice has been shown to offer a number of health benefits relating to blood flow. These have included reducing blood pressure, improving running performance and boosting blood flow to the brain. New research has built on this by looking at how it can improve brain performance in older adults, finding that a swig of beetroot supplement before exercise can make it mirror the activity of a younger brain.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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Earth and Moon caught between Saturn's rings in new NASA shot

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:07:16 +0000

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The Cassini mission to the Saturnian system is drawing to a close, but the spacecraft still had enough pluck to send a postcard back to its home planet featuring a image of Earth shot from between Saturn's rings. Cassini took the picture on April 12, when it was 870 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) away from Earth.

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Category: Space

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The 3D printing of glass takes a step forward

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:52:10 +0000

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The 3D-printing of glass objects has been achieved before – we've seen it done by extruding molten glass, and even via a modern take on an ancient Egyptian technique. A new process developed at Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, however, is claimed to produce complex glass items of a higher quality than has ever previously been possible.

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Category: 3D Printing

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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. iPhone 7 Plus

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:09:00 +0000

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The smaller of Samsung's S8 series flagships is quite comparable to Apple's latest phablet. Here's how the specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 match up with those of the iPhone 7 Plus.

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Category: Mobile Technology

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HTC to fund the first VR satellite

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:54:55 +0000

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HTC has announced the first round of winners of its VR for Impact program, which has earmarked US$10 million dollars for VR developers that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The first funding recipients are SpaceVR, which will let viewers experience outer space from a satellite's point of view, Tree, an interactive haptic-led experience highlighting the realities of deforestation, and The Extraordinary Honey Bee, a feature examining the decline of the honeybee and possible solutions.

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Category: VR

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Portable recorders bring pro-grade sound to consumers

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:02:07 +0000

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Sound Devices has been designing products for "the best-of-the-best in the professional audio industry" for a number of years, with its devices having been used on award-winning movies like La La Land, Mad Max and The Revenant, as well as being the trusted tools of music pros like Deadmau5. Now the company is bringing pro-level sound recording to the consumer with the launch of its MixPre Series, reported to be the only devices on the market that can simultaneously be used as a recorder, mixer and USB audio interface.

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Category: Electronics

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Study takes unusual path to gauge environmental cost of BP oil spill

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:51:40 +0000

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One month after crude oil began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commissioned research to gauge the environmental cost of the BP Deepwater Horizon spill, which would ask American households what they'd pay to prevent similar damage in the future. The results are now in, with scientists placing a US$17.2 billion price tag on the damage to natural resources.

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Celebrating the very best in sustainable buildings

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:39:06 +0000

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Each year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) reveals its 10 most sustainable buildings. Representing some of the best high-profile green architecture you're likely to see in one place, this year's selection includes solar-powered schools, super-efficient universities, and a Singaporean hospital that uses 69 percent less energy than its typical US counterpart.

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Category: Architecture

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Electric cars, concepts and other Auto Shanghai 2017 highlights

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:29:52 +0000

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Auto Shanghai 2017 got underway this week, bringing with it a look at the near future of the world's largest single auto market and the market of that world at large. It looks like auto buyers are in for a much more attractive selection of electric cars, even more SUVs and crossovers (if that's even possible), and some vehicles from brands that didn't even exist a few years ago.

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Category: Automotive

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Wet 'n' windy portable turbine spins up battery power off-grid

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:21:25 +0000

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While an outdoor adventure is a great time to switch off from the digital world, the modern mountaineer or connected camper might still want to send some snaps to social media. Battery life usually limits that luxury, but there's a tent-load of gadgets you could take with you to top up your devices, and now there's a new one vying for room in your backpack. Seaformatics' Waterlily is a portable turbine that can harness the power of both wind and water.

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Category: Energy

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Work begins on NYC's strange staircase to nowhere

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:19:47 +0000

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You could be forgiven for assuming that Heatherwick Studio's Vessel, the unusual staircase/art installation unveiled last year, wouldn't actually be built – its size and ambitious nature lent it a distinct never going to happen vibe. However, the project has indeed begun construction in New York and is expected to open in late 2018.

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