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Light-sensitive device walks like a worm

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:33:41 +0000

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Led by Prof. Dick Broer, scientists from the Netherlands' Eindhoven University of Technology and America's Kent State University have created what they claim is "the world's first machine to convert light directly into walking." It actually undulates more than walks, and could ultimately be used for applications such as the transportation of small objects within inaccessible spaces.

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Category: Science

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Blueye's underwater drone is good to go deep

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:52:26 +0000

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While still not as plentiful as their aerial cousins, there are now several underwater drones that are either in development or production. Essentially consumer versions of the Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) used by scientists and other professionals, they're camera-equipped unmanned mini-subs that let users see what's lurking beneath the surface of their local waterways. And while almost all of the ones that we've seen so far can't go deeper than 100 m (328 ft), the new Blueye Pioneer can go down to 150 m (492 ft). Who knows what you might find down there?

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Category: Marine

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Boaty McBoatface conquers the Antarctic depths

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:24:26 +0000

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Boaty McBoatface, arguably the most famous scientific submersible in the world, has returned to port triumphant after completing its first Antarctic mission. The unmanned submarine survived a seven-week expedition, which saw it brave frigid waters, and allowed the charismatic robot to test its capabilities while gathering valuable scientific data at extreme depths.

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Category: Marine

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Scientists look to breed heat-resistant cows for a hotter planet

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:13:31 +0000

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The bovine world's answer to Brangelina, the Brangus cow, is a desirable species bred through the 20th century that has proven resistant to heat and humidity. These traits have led scientists to study the Brangus, a mix of the Angus and Brahman cattle, as they look to engineer a new type of cow capable of withstanding a warming planet.

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Category: Biology

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Self-driving pod delivers groceries to online supermarket customers

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:43:17 +0000

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Online supermarket Ocado in the closing stages of a two week grocery delivery trial, where customers in residential areas of Greenwich, London, get their shopping delivered by a self-driving electric van called the CargoPod. Developed by Oxbotica for the experiment, the vehicle uses sensors and software to make its way to more than a hundred customers taking part in the trial without the need for GPS.

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Category: Automotive

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Indecisive water can exist as two different liquids

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:34:46 +0000

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Water is way weirder than you might think. We know it can exist as a solid, liquid and gas, but put it under extreme pressure and it converts into a freaky fourth state called tunneling, and it may even freeze at temperatures it would normally boil. But now, researchers have found that water actually has two different liquid forms, and its weirdness may come from the relationship between those forms.

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Category: Science

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Pillar-less polycarbonate windshield offers a widescreen view

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:37:26 +0000

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Modern cars are getting safer, but stronger bodies come with a few caveats. Thick a-pillars are great when you have an accident, but they also ruin outward visibility. Teijin Limited might just have the solution, with plans to build the first pillar-less polycarbonate-resin windshield later this year.

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Category: Automotive

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SRT adds a dash of Demon to Challenger Hellcat Widebody

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:07:25 +0000

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Dodge set the internet alight with the Challenger SRT Demon earlier this year, but it's been busy working on other projects as well. It doesn't get the full gamut of drag-ready features from the Demon, but the new Hellcat Widebody borrows from its unhinged big brother to deliver more grip and a meaner, more imposing stance.

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Category: Automotive

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Slow-dancing supermassive black holes are orbiting at a snail's pace

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:55:58 +0000

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Supermassive black holes lie at the center of most galaxies, but 750 million light-years away, a huge galaxy known as 0402+379 boasts two of them – and one appears to be orbiting the other. The discovery is the result of 12 years of observation, and while it's long been suspected, this marks the first time the phenomenon has been directly seen.

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Category: Space

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2017 Monterey Auction Preview 1: 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 (Chassis 1)

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:24:18 +0000

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The press release calls it "the most important Aston Martin ever produced". Only five were made and between them they won the 24 Hour of Le Mans, 1000 km Nürburgring and World Sportscar Championship. In short order, the Aston Martin DB (David Brown) lineage then produced the fastest road car in the world three times in a row (DB4, DB4 GT and DB4 GT Zagato), then became the dream car of a generation with James Bond's gadget-festooned DB5. It's a Boy's Own story, and it started here - the Aston Martin DBR1. Chassis 1.

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Category: Automotive

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Token puts credit cards, keys and transit passes on your finger

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:00:44 +0000

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We have seen smart rings that can pair with your smartphone or offer NFC functionality, but the dream of paying for a coffee or starting your car with a wave of the hand has remained out of reach. Tokenize Inc. hopes to change that with its Token smart ring that packs NFC and Bluetooth connectivity and is designed to take the place of your credit card, house and car keys, workplace access card and even laptop password.

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Category: Wearables

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DB11 becomes the first Aston Martin with a Mercedes-AMG heart

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:19:22 +0000

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Launched last year, the DB11 was the first Aston Martin to arrive after the brand began its technical partnership with Mercedes-AMG. The shared knowledge doesn't extend beyond the infotainment system in the V12 DB11, but a new addition to the lineup takes Anglo-German relations to new heights. Meet the DB11 V8, the first Aston with an AMG heart.

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Microneedle patches deliver pain-free flu vaccine

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:12:11 +0000

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Getting an injection is on the bottom of everybody's list of favorite things, but now a less awful alternative is another step closer to reality. In human clinical trials, painless microneedle patches have been found to be just as effective at delivering flu vaccines, and are easier to administer, transport, store and dispose of than regular needles.

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Category: Medical

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Ransomware outbreak worse than WannaCry is affecting computers worldwide

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:06:29 +0000

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A new ransomware outbreak is causing mayhem around the world, compromising banks, airports, energy suppliers, and even shutting down automated radiation sensors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Reminiscent of the recent WannaCry attack that affected thousands of organizations around the world just a few weeks ago, initial reports are claiming this new virus is more sophisticated and potentially harder to stop.

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Category: Computers

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Rezvani switches gears from track-ready sports cars to trail-ready utility vehicle

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 02:36:39 +0000

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Rezvani has made a name for itself unleashing one powerful beast after another onto the streets. Now it's preparing to set a new beast free in the roadless wilds. Rezvani's first utility vehicle promises to be a rugged, off-road-centric body-on-frame 4x4 in the vein of the Jeep Wrangler or Land Rover Defender. It seems the company really should have saved the "Beast" name ... because this one looks like the definition of an angry, untamed animal ready to shred rock into rubble.

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Category: Automotive

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 to get Goodwood off to a powerful start

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 02:25:11 +0000

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Having wasted the early 2000s building soft, wallowing luxury cars for retirees, a healthy injection of Tata cash has given Jaguar a new lease on life. Along with efficient family cars designed to steal sales from the Germans, the SVO team is flexing its muscle with cars like the XE SV Project 8. With just 300 examples to be built, the Project 8 is officially the most powerful production Jaguar in history.

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Oscar Mayer takes hot dogs to the skies, with the WienerDrone

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:07:27 +0000

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The hot dog-shaped Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is undoubtedly one of the most well-known promotional vehicles of all time. There's also a Mini-based WienerMini, along with an even smaller unmanned WienerRover – who knew? Now, in order to promote its new line of wieners, the company is introducing the WienerDrone.

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Scientists create first-ever lab-grown reptile skin

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:53:36 +0000

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Growing human skin in the laboratory has advanced to the point where it's used to create skin grafts for burn victims, but it hasn't been possible to do the same with non-mammals – until now. Scientists led by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have successfully reconstructed the skin of a green sea turtle as part of a study to learn more about a virus infection that threatens the endangered reptile species.

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Preserving reef ecology by putting plastic in the ocean

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:43:20 +0000

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With its calcium carbonate structure, reef-forming coralline algae has an ecological function very similar to that of coral. And, as is the case with coral reefs in general, the algae is currently at risk due to global warming and ocean acidification. Led by Dr. Federica Ragazzola, scientists from Britain's University of Portsmouth are doing something about it – they're creating synthetic reefs in the Mediterranean Sea, made from artificial coralline algae.

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Category: Environment

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Pollution might be blocking 25% of potential solar power, study finds

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:24:27 +0000

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The buildup of dust and grime on solar panels do their efficiencies no good, indeed we've seen some creative maintenance solutions such as using autonomous drones to brush them off. But what role does manmade pollution play in this, including the particles that hang in the air? A new study has found that this is taking a sizable chunk out of the world's solar energy production, with big investors such as India and China being hit the hardest.

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Category: Energy

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Killswitch lets mountain bikers do two things at once

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:02:48 +0000

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When you're climbing a hill on a full-suspension mountain bike, you get considerably more pedalling efficiency if you lock out the rear suspension. A lot of riders don't bother, though, especially since they might forget and leave it locked afterwards. That's why the Killswitch was created. It works with the bike's existing dropper seatpost (assuming it's got one) to automatically lock out the shock, but only when climbing.

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UGears launches mechanical hurdy gurdy kit to build and play

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:06:18 +0000

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Stringed instruments bowed by a wheel cranked by hand have been around for centuries, and come in many shapes and sizes. Inspired by 16th century instruments, mechanical model maker UGears has created what it's calling the gem of its collection, a self assembly hurdy gurdy kit launched on Kickstarter that should appeal to wooden puzzle fans and musicians alike.

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Category: Music

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Computer in a cable gives hotel TVs some smarts

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:07:38 +0000

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Thanks to set-top boxes, dongles and so-called smart televisions, big screen entertainment for today's frequent traveler can be served up over the internet, rather than via cable or satellite. Looking for a way to offer smart TV functionality without having to buy into a closed smart TV system, Sweden's InnSpire has developed a teeny Android-powered set-top box that's essentially crammed into an Ethernet cable, which means that hotels can turn standard room TVs into smart TVs just by plugging them into the wall socket.

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Category: Computers

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