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Australia to establish a national space agency

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:48:09 +0000

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The Australian government has announced plans to establish a national space agency. Although the country has played a key role in international space programs for decades, creating its own agency will allow Australia to grow a domestic space industry and keep funds and scientists alike from heading overseas.

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Category: Space

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Highest-capacity transatlantic data cable completed

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:42:16 +0000

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The highest-capacity data cable stretching across the Atlantic has now been completed. A consortium including Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius recently finished threading the complex 4,000-mi (6,400-km) cable across the ocean floor from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain to produce a high-speed data connection that will be more secure from disruption by natural disasters.

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Category: Telecommunications

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Transforming scooter won't stand for just sitting

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:43:56 +0000

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Standing up on an electric scooter may give you better situational awareness as you zip around, but sitting down is less tiring if you've got a long way to go. Well, the Metro Shark allows you to do both, transitioning from one configuration to the other in just a few seconds.

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Category: Urban Transport

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Electronic outdoor lock tattles on thieves

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:05:04 +0000

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Locking your outdoor gear up certainly helps keep it from getting stolen, but guess what – thieves may still go after it anyway! That's where goLock's Venture lock comes in. Unveiled at Interbike 2017, it notifies you and sounds an alarm if anyone messes with it.

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Category: Outdoors

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Powerful drilling speargun lets bacteria poison their enemies

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:33:29 +0000

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There are about 40 trillion bacteria living in and on you, which means things are pretty crowded at the microscopic level. With all that competition between microbes, some have developed a novel way to deal with unwanted neighbors: a tiny speargun that injects lethal poisons through a mechanism known as a type VI secretion system (T6SS). Now researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have figured out just how the deadly weapon works.

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Category: Biology

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Car-top ultrasound system may keep you from breaking your bike

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:27:07 +0000

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There's one problem with carrying your bicycle on a car-top rack – you might forget that the bike is up there when you pull into your garage, a drive-thru or a parkade, so you end up smashing it. Well, that's why Raacked was created. It's designed to warn you when you're approaching overhead obstacles that your car-topped bike (or other item) won't clear.

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Category: Bicycles

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Proposed timber tower would be a tall drink of water for NYC

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:13:50 +0000

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New York City's DFA Studio recently unveiled a blue sky proposal for an observation tower in Central Park. If built, it would be the world's tallest timber structure and offer excellent views of NYC. Interestingly, it would also filter the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir and turn it into a freshwater pond for everyone's use.

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Category: Architecture

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Broadcom's newest chip will make your GPS apps more accurate than ever

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:23:34 +0000

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From next year your new smartphone or wearable should be able to get a much better lock on where you are, thanks to a new location-tracking chip from Broadcom, which promises to fix your device's location down to 30 centimeters (11.8 in) – even with interference from surrounding buildings.

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Category: Electronics

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Herbivorous dinosaurs caught with crustaceans in their crap

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:15:07 +0000

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Is it ok for vegetarians to eat fish? Turns out this dietary dilemma may date back further than we thought – to around 75 million years ago, in fact. Paleontologists studying the droppings of what was thought to be a strictly herbivorous dinosaur have found evidence that they enjoyed the odd cheat day, something they believe may have provided a nutritional boost to help reproductive activities.

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Category: Biology

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New gene therapy prevents MS and reverses paralysis in mice

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:23:28 +0000

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Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a new gene therapy that shows promise in fighting multiple sclerosis (MS). Testing the technique in mice, the team found that the treatment was effective in preventing animals from developing the mouse equivalent of the disease, and almost completely reversed the symptoms in those that were already suffering from it.

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Category: Medical

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The carbon-positive home that costs $2.35 a year to power

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 05:00:08 +0000

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Melbourne-based architectural firms The Sociable Weaver and Clare Cousin Architects have joined forces to create what is claimed to be Australia's first 10-star carbon-positive home. The stunning 10 Star Home was built with a zero-waste philosophy and was designed to positively exceed its carbon footprint over the lifespan of the home, anticipating savings of 203 kg (507 lb) of carbon emissions per occupant per year.

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Category: Architecture

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Frogs' resistance to their own poison could offer lessons for pain relief

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:20:19 +0000

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How is it that some frogs are able to flush toxins through their bodies that poison would-be predators without causing any harm to themselves? Scientists have pinpointed the mechanism that enables some types of frog to dodge the danger, identifying a very subtle genetic mutation that could inform the development of new drugs to treat pain and even nicotine addiction.

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Category: Medical

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Japanese turbines catch the waves to harvest energy and protect the coastline

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 03:14:03 +0000

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Star-shaped concrete structures called tetrapods are often used to protect coastlines from eroding away under the constant barrage of waves. Now a project from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) has outlined plans for turbines that would sit alongside tetrapods, helping to not only dissipate wave energy, but harvest it.

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Category: Energy

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Pluto lander concept would hop hundreds of kilometers in a single bound

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:57:56 +0000

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Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC) is set to reveal its concept to land an unmanned spacecraft on the dwarf planet. The "Pluto Hop, Skip and Jump" mission concept that will be presented at the 2017 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium in Denver on Monday would not only land on Pluto, but autonomously hop hundreds of kilometers from one spot to another as it explores the frozen surface.

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Category: Space

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Study links suicidal thoughts to brain inflammation

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:57:22 +0000

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A growing body of research is suggesting that brain inflammation could be responsible for some major depressive episodes. A new study from a team at the University of Manchester has now made an even more specific contention – linking brain inflammation to suicidal thoughts.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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In photos: Final roll call of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:40:02 +0000

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The Frankfurt Motor Show wraps up this weekend, and with it goes a stunning collection of cars, trucks, vans, urban transporters, flying taxis and more. After looking at the concept cars, the sports cars, the camper vans, and the trucks and SUVs, we still have many more show photos of world premieres, classics, three-wheelers, buggies and much more. So as we bid this year's IAA adieu, we give you one final gallery.

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Category: Automotive

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Li'l electric bike pump pops into a pocket

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:05:02 +0000

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When a cyclist has to change a high-pressure tire at the side of the road, pumping it back up using a compact hand pump can be quite the hassle. That's why many bikers utilize compressed air canisters, although they're not reusable. Another alternative was unveiled at Interbike this week, however – the pocketable miniFumpa battery electric pump.

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Category: Bicycles

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How vanadium could be a beacon for Martian life

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:21:53 +0000

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If all goes according to plan, in 2020 NASA (in addition to several other space agencies) will launch a rover towards Mars. When it lands there, it will begin looking for signs of past or present life on the Red Planet. To help astrobiologists tease out biological material from other deceiving compounds in the planet's regolith, researchers at the University of Kansas (KU) suggest focussing efforts on finding the element vanadium.

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Category: Space

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Smartfoam helmets could help NFL coaches diagnose concussions

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:34:31 +0000

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A team of scientists from Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah, has developed a smartfoam-based sensor system capable of detecting the severity of a collision in real time. When applied to American football pads and helmets, the sensors could give coaches the tools they need to catch concussions as they happen, and take appropriate action.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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Foam insert puts a damper on bouncy bike tires

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:28:54 +0000

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Most mountain bikers wouldn't want shock absorbers that were simply springy air chambers with no damping. According to the guys at CushCore, however, that's exactly what tires are. Their solution? An energy-absorbing foam insert that sits inside a tubeless tire, acting as a damper while also adding flat protection and improving cornering.

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Category: Bicycles

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Four-seat electric sedan on its way to compete in 3,000-km solar race

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:50:13 +0000

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The Sunswift Violet set off on a meet-and-greet tour earlier this week, ahead of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge next month. The four-seat electric sedan rocks 284 microcrystalline solar cells on the upper surfaces of the vehicle, giving a peak output of 1.1 kW, and has been designed for "practicality, speed and endurance." Such aspects will be tested to their limits during the 3,021-km (1,877-mi) race from Darwin to Adelaide.

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Category: Automotive

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Polini targets future motocross champions with XP minicross additions

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:10:51 +0000

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Minibikes offer a great gateway to motorcycling for children, and Polini Motori stands out among the specialists in this field. Its new XP line targets riders aged 4 to 10 years old, producing two fully-equipped minicross models that leave very little to be desired compared to dad's motocrosser.

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Category: Motorcycles

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BrandNewNoise cranks out handcrafted music box recording device

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:42:44 +0000

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Richard Upchurch began his Brooklyn-based sound recorder business by making a handcrafted audio device for his nephew. A few more were requested by his teachers and then he started selling them online. Now he offers a small collection for sale that includes thumb piano, xylophone and voice recorders. The latest addition to the BrandNewNoise catalog is the Krankie, an old school music box that allows the user to create custom tunes and record the results.

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Category: Music

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Wahoo Fitness adds a new angle to indoor cycling

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:39:40 +0000

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Cyclists are mostly at the mercy of the elements, but training indoors means you miss out on some of the nuances of the great outdoors. At Interbike 2017, Wahoo Fitness unveiled a new device for its indoor training system that recreates one of the more challenging aspects of riding: hills. The Kickr Climb attaches to other Kickr trainers and simulators, changing the grade of the ride to better simulate steeper inclines.

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Category: Bicycles

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