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Thursday, July 30, 2015

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MOBILE TECHNOLOGY
Moto X Style (Pure Edition) vs. OnePlus 2
It might be a coincidence that the new Moto X Style (known as the Pure Edition in the U.S.) launched about 12 hours after the OnePlus 2, but it's also fitting, as the two phones have quite a bit in common. Let's compare the two value-focused Android flagships.  read more
ENVIRONMENT
Google to measure air quality through Street View
Google has teamed up with Aclima to incorporate the company's environmental sensors into the search giant's Street View cars. Initially tested on three vehicles in the Denver metro area, the partnership should lead to a better understanding of overall air quality in urban environments.   read more
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Haven Project to promote healthy lifestyles, add green spaces to the South Bronx 
The residents of New York's South Bronx suffer from relatively high levels of diabetes, childhood asthma and pedestrian injuries. A new initiative called the Haven Project is planning to use green open spaces to combat these issues.  read more
SPACE
ESA expands virtual tour of the International Space Station
ESA has created a street view-like virtual tour of the ISS. The update to the previously released panoramic view of the Columbus module provides a virtual look around every non-Russian section of the space station in exquisite detail.  read more
MEDICAL
Harnessing the survival powers of cancer cells could wipe out heart disease
A gene called Pim1 may give some kinds of cancer much of their potency, but it could also save your heart. Researchers found that heart progenitor cells modified to over-express Pim1 lived longer and divided more prolifically, causing the heart to self-repair more readily with age.  read more
TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Google's Project Loon balloons to cover Sri Lanka with internet access
The government of the island nation of Sri Lanka has just announced a partnership with Google that will bring affordable high-speed internet access to every inch of the country using the company's Project Loon balloons.  read more
COMPUTERS
Microsoft begins roll out of Windows 10 free upgrade
Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, with its development guided by feedback from millions of early testers, which resulted in some unpopular features being ditched in favor of a few very welcome improvements and returns.  read more
AUTOMOTIVE
Ferrari retracts the roof on the 488 GTB 
The all-new 488 Spider opens the roof on Ferrari's recently upgraded 660-hp turbocharged V8 two-door, combining the exhilaration of open-top driving with coupe-like performance using Ferrari's retractable hard top.   read more
MEDICAL
CERN develops miniature linear accelerator for medical use
In hopes of creating a practical, portable medical radiation source, CERN engineers have come up with mini-Linac, a 2-m (6.5-ft) long miniature linear particle accelerator designed primarily for medical imaging and radiotherapy applications.  read more
BICYCLES
Bionicon's e-ram mountain bike motor is light and low-profile
The Bionicon e-ram is claimed to be the world's lightest mid-mount electric bike motor. It's being included on the company's new Edison Evo mountain bike, although it may be transferrable to other models.  read more
SPACE
Mars orbiter prepares for next year's InSight lander arrival 
NASA's InSight Mars lander isn't scheduled to touchdown for over a year, but the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is already moving into a new orbit to provide communications support during the landing.  read more
AIRCRAFT
Blu drone folds up to go in your pocket
The Blu drone features props that can be folded into its sides. According to its designers, this makes it small enough to carry in a pocket when not in use.  read more
SPORTS
Nike's new recovery prototype is like an icepack for your head
While many athletes resort to pouring a bottle of cold water over their heads to cool down after an event, Nike has something a little higher-tech in mind. The company's new hood prototype is designed to tackle the issue head-on, using liquid cooling to lower temperatures.  read more
SPACE
New color map highlights diverse geological features on Ceres
NASA has released a global color map of the dwarf planet Ceres showing the highs and lows of topography on the rocky body's surface. The new map comes with new official names for many of the craters and other geological features dotting the surface of the planet. read more
SCIENCE
Researchers look to the boxfish for new body armor materials 
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego are taking inspiration from nature in the search for new materials that could one day be used to create body armor. The study, supported by the US Air Force, focuses on the unique structure and strength of the shell of the boxfish.  read more
MEDICAL
MIT-developed material could be used for single-use, ultra-long term drug delivery
Researchers at MIT have developed a new material that shows promise for use in ultra-long drug delivery systems. A type of polymer gel, the material is flexible and pH-responsive, allowing it to reside in the stomach for long periods of time before safety dissolving in the small intestine.   read more
DIGITAL CAMERAS
RED Epic Dragon camera gives viewers the next best thing to being in orbit 
NASA will soon be uploading 6K video clips of the International Space Station (ISS) thanks to the delivery of a RED Epic Dragon super high resolution camera. It's the same model that was used to shoot Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.  read more
BICYCLES
CMYK 4.0 folding electric bike packs smart tech for savvy commuters
With a wide range of sizes, styles, and specs to choose from, it's now easier than ever to find an e-bike to suit one's needs. If commuting is your number one priority, the Brooklyness CMYK 4.0 may be worth looking at. It bundles smart and safe features in a folding frame. read more
OUTDOORS
UK Olympics sculpture to become world's tallest and longest slide
In an inspired piece of Olympics legacy development, a sculpture that was created for the 2012 Games in London is to become "the world's tallest and longest slide." Visitors will be able to descend from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.  read more
ARCHITECTURE
NYC's LaGuardia Airport to receive $4 billion redesign
New York City's much-maligned LaGuardia Airport is getting a long-overdue makeover, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has revealed. The redesign will cost an estimated US$4 billion.  read more
DIGITAL CAMERAS
KFC's "Memories Bucket" packs a photo printer in the base
To celebrate its 60th anniversary in Canada, KFC has built a photo printer into the base of its iconic chicken bucket. Dubbed the "Memories Bucket" the limited edition pail connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth to print out the many precious memories you’ve made while downing your dinner.  read more
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