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Bluetooth boxing game knocks out passive screen time

Mon, 29 May 2017 08:52:24 +0000

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Ask a parent about the challenges of raising children today, and the conversation will probably steer towards managing screen time. The question of how much is too much is still up for debate, but one Danish inventor has come up with a way to get his kids moving around again – by making them punch each other. Jabii pits kids against each other in a hybrid of virtual and real world combat, using padded extendable gloves connected via Bluetooth to an app that tracks hits and scores.

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Category: Children

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McLaren P1 LM sets Nürburgring record ... then drives home to England

Mon, 29 May 2017 07:26:27 +0000

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Last month, the limited-production 986 hp McLaren P1 LM became the world's fastest production car around the most demanding circuit in the world, the 20.8 km Nürburgring Nordschleife. It's such an extraordinary time that it is a significant automotive landmark for McLaren, the Lanzante team that executed the mission, and the the car that was used. Here's why.

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Category: Automotive

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BEAM's first year on ISS expands potential of inflatable space habitats

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:41:22 +0000

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Blasting equipment into space is a costly venture, so finding ways to reduce weight and size is crucial. Last year, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was deployed to the International Space Station (ISS) to test how an inflatable habitat stands up to the harsh environment of space. Now, one year on, NASA has reported its initial findings.

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Category: Space

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BMW to make upcoming 8 Series into M Division flagship

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:39:26 +0000

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Just days after whipping the covers off a concept previewing the upcoming 8 Series, BMW has confirmed its new flagship will be getting the M treatment. Details are hard to come by at the moment, but the M8 promises to blend all the grand-touring goodness of the standard car with a proper fire-breathing drive when the mood strikes you.

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"Fritz the Cat" becomes the most expensive American comic art

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:00:59 +0000

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We have previously reported on the recent rise in value of comic art, with five recent sales of Herge's TinTin exceeding $1 million and the trend continued this week with Robert Crumb's underground comic classic Fritz the Cat selling for $717,000 to become the most valuable piece of American comic art yet sold.

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Category: Collectibles

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Statins beneficial for the heart, beyond just lowering cholesterol

Mon, 29 May 2017 04:46:48 +0000

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In recent years, statins have come under fire with indications side-effects from these drugs could potentially outweigh any benefits in low-risk patients. While several follow up studies showed the negative side-effects of statins to be relatively minimal compared to their benefits, new research has revealed that the drugs may have positive effects, far beyond simply lowering cholesterol.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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First stone laid on the European Extremely Large Telescope

Mon, 29 May 2017 03:15:29 +0000

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Construction has finally begun on the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), with the first stone laid in a ceremony last week. Being built by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on the 3,046 m (9,993 ft) high summit of Cerro Armazones in Chile, the E-ELT is set to be the world's largest optical and infrared telescope.

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Category: Space

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Mind-controlled device aids in brain retraining for stroke victims

Mon, 29 May 2017 02:16:58 +0000

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Every year, 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke, and of these, five million are left permanently disabled. A new device designed by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine demonstrates just how plastic and adaptable our brains really are. Consisting of a cap to detect electrical signals in the brain and a brace that is worn over a paralyzed hand, the device can help stroke victims retrain undamaged parts of their brain to regain control of paralyzed limbs.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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Stunning bespoke Sweptail pays tribute to Rolls-Royce legends

Mon, 29 May 2017 01:54:16 +0000

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Rolls-Royce dedicates an incredible amount of time to creating beautiful, bespoke versions of its existing cars, but that isn't enough for some exacting customers. But for one connoisseur, unique paint and contrast stitching wasn't enough – the only answer was a one-off, coachbuilt design. The result is a stunning two-door tribute to the swept-tail Rolls-Royces of the 1920s.

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Kia Rio SLi: One gear short of the complete package

Sun, 28 May 2017 23:48:47 +0000

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The original Kia Rio was miles off the pace when it launched in 2000, but the formula has been refined since then, to the point where the fourth-generation car you see here has the looks, interior and technology to compete with German and Japanese class leaders. But does it drive like the best? New Atlas spent the week with a fully-loaded Rio SLi to find out.

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Is climate change keeping you awake at night?

Sun, 28 May 2017 23:04:36 +0000

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Scientific observations over the years have shown that nights are getting warmer faster than days (in fact, cooler regions and cooler seasons and times of day are warming up faster than their hotter counterparts). So given that human beings spend a third of their lives sleeping, what kind of an impact do warmer-than-usual nighttime temperatures have on sleep quality? That's the crux of the question behind a real-world study to establish how unusually warm nights might be linked to sleep disruption, as well as how projected global warming could make things worse.

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Category: Science

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EarthCruiser's terrain-leveling expedition campers grow a little larger

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:52:23 +0000

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Last time we looked at EarthCruiser, it was shrinking its off-road expedition vehicle hardware markedly with the new GZL pickup camper. This time around, it's growing its rigs, albeit only slightly. At Overland Expo West, the company showcased the new GZL 400 and 500 models that fit larger trucks than the original GZL, which has been modified and numbered the 300. It also advertised a slightly upsized version of its hulking, Fuso 4x4-based FX expedition vehicle.

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Open-air BAC Mono roadster joins Isle of Man police force

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:29:09 +0000

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Lotus and Lamborghini police cars aren't exactly patrolling every city block, but such sports cars have become regular enough among police fleets that they don't shock us anymore. But the latest police supercar has come as a bit of a surprise. The world's first Mono police car puts a single officer inside BAC's open-air, track-focused roadster. So if you happen to see what looks like a brightly dressed go-cart in your rear-view, you might want to slow up a bit and be sure your speedometer lines up with street signs.

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AI device takes aim at the perfect camera shot

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:37:13 +0000

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The number of settings on a high-end DSLR or mirrorless camera can be truly overwhelming, even for experienced photographers. That's why Montana-based software developer Ryan Stout created the Arsenal. It's an electronic module that gets plugged into your camera, where it uses artificial intelligence to create the "perfect" shot.

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Category: Digital Cameras

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BMW Concept Link envisions the future of urban mobility

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:05:05 +0000

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BMW Motorrad created the Vision Next 100 series of concept machines to demonstrate its take on the next century of personal mobility. The Concept Link joins its ranks, showcasing technologies that are likely to dominate future city streets, like electric powertrains and extended connectivity.

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Category: Motorcycles

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600 ppi display could double the resolution of e-readers

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:36:25 +0000

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In the decade since Amazon first released the Kindle, the resolution of the e-reader's display has improved slowly but surely, from 167 pixels per inch (ppi) in the original to the 300 ppi found in its top-of-the line Kindle Oasis today. So what would an e-reader display with 600 ppi look like? Japan Display Inc. (JDI) has offered a taste of this future, this week showcasing what it calls the world's highest resolution e-paper backplane.

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Category: Electronics

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Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) vs. Microsoft Surface Laptop

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:25:50 +0000

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Microsoft rounded out its Surface lineup this month by introducing the all-new education-focused Surface Laptop and the latest generation of the Surface Pro. Here's how the specs and features of these devices compare.

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Turtle-bot teaches itself to waddle through the desert

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:59:37 +0000

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One problem with teaching robots to walk over uneven terrain like a desert is that what works in one environment may not fly in another. The conditions are often inconsistent, with rocks and sand of all shapes and sizes to contend with. One way around that would be to have the robot teach itself as it goes, which is exactly the approach researchers at Arizona State University have taken with their so-called C-Turtle, a cheap, nature-inspired robot that could one day be used to clear landmines and explore Mars.

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Category: Robotics

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Car mods get children with disabilities moving, and throwing

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:51:50 +0000

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Researchers from Oregon State University have revealed two new additions to a host of ride-on toy car designs produced by the Go Baby Go program, a national, community-based research, design and outreach project started in 2012 by Cole Galloway at the University of Delaware. One battery-powered mover encourages late bloomers to rise up and take charge, while the other gets kids in on the throwing game action.

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Category: Children

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Roof garden crowns greenery-filled concrete home

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:57:58 +0000

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We're suckers for a well-made concrete home here at New Atlas and the MeMo House definitely fits the bill. Bam! Arquitectura responded to a green-fingered client's wishes for maximum garden space in a cramped plot by installing a green roof and large plant-covered ramps. The home also boasts some sustainable design, including solar power and rainwater collection.

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Category: Architecture

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Trail Kitchens utility boxes drive lightly for campsite cooking and cleaning

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:49:47 +0000

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Some people prefer to buy prebuilt expedition trucks or camper vans, but others like to build their own or just camp out of a simple, everyday vehicle. Trail Kitchens makes it easier for the DIYers, packing a functional kitchen into a metal box smaller than a cooler. Each Trail Kitchen is built to hold up to the trials and tribulations of rough, bumpy rides to camp, folding out upon arrival ready for you to slice, dice, sear and boil everything from hot dogs and salad to four-star gourmet meals – without rifling through the trunk looking for scattered appliances and utensils.

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Category: Outdoors

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The road to Robocop: Policing in the 21st century

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:19:13 +0000

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Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) promise to revolutionize almost every field of human endeavor, and law enforcement is certainly no exception. And not just in the labs and interrogation rooms, but on the front line of policing. With the prospect of robot police officers hitting our streets, it's worth taking a moment to look at the current state of affairs, where we're headed, and whether it's a good idea to give robots guns.

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Category: Robotics

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"Parasitic robot" tosses treats to steer a cyborg turtle

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:18:50 +0000

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While the most powerful robots are still learning to walk, millions of years of evolution has already taught animals how to tackle tricky terrain. Making cyborgs out of these creatures could be a handy shortcut, and now a team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has used a "parasitic robot" to control the movements of a live turtle by feeding it treats.

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Category: Robotics

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