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Thursday, March 31, 2016

gizmag

AUTOMOTIVE
The rise of Tesla: From boutique to big time?
Tesla has a core following with the Roadster and Model S, but March 31 marks the date Elon Musk takes his electric project to a wider audience with the more affordable Model 3. But how did Tesla get here? We've taken a look at some of the things that shaped it along the way.   read more
SPACE
Study suggests massive exoplanet characterized by vast magma pools
​Using data collected by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, a team of astronomers have produced the first ever heat map of an Earth-like exoplanet. The alien climate map paints a grim picture of a world scorched by its close proximity to its host star.  read more
ARCHITECTURE
A look inside Slack's new Asian outpost
Not many startups have rocketed to fame like Slack. And with explosive growth comes the millions of dollars, and apparently, swanky new offices inside old breweries. Gizmag was on hand as Slack cut the ribbon at its new Melbourne headquarters to have a little poke around.  read more
MARINE
$3,500 SolarSkiff electric boat rides to the water on your car roof
Mississippi-based Betta Boats LLC presents the SolarSkiff, a compact, dirt-simple solarized electric boat that doesn't require a trailer. If you want to motor through the water without the hassles involved with other boats, the SolarSkiff looks like an intriguing option.​   read more
AUTOMOTIVE
Review: 2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon epitomizes offroad cred
When it comes to getting wherever you want to go without worrying about whether your vehicle can get you there, the Jeep Wrangler is the vehicle that automatically comes to mind. The Rubicon is the most offroad-ready of the Jeeps and Gizmag thoroughly tested that premise.  read more
GOOD THINKING
Floatti offers smooth-riding smart luggage
A Californian team thinks it has the solution to suitcases being bounced around as you wheel through the airport with Floatti, a smart suitcase with suspension, smartphone integration and an inbuilt scale.   read more
SPACE
Zeiss telephoto lens used on Apollo 15 up for auction
The Zeiss Tele-Tessar 500mm f/8 telephoto lens used by Commander David R Scott on the Moon during the Apollo15 mission in 1972 is going up for auction.  read more
AUTOMOTIVE
Toyota Setsuna Concept: A wooden time machine on wheels
Debuting in April at Milan Design Week, the Toyota Setsuna concept is a wooden masterpiece that combines this timeless material with a 100-year chronograph. Made to embody the family affection that is often imbued in our cars, the Setsuna is meant to be passed along as an heirloom.  read more
AUTOMOTIVE
Caterham Cars gives bicycle technology a try
Caterham Cars has lasted over six decades by delivering a series of lightweight sports cars. By sometime next year, buyers of the company's iconic Caterham Seven may have the option of an even lighter-weight model incorporating the butted tube technology used in bicycles.​  read more
SPACE
Tidal forces pinpointed as catalyst for Enceladus' eruptions
​A team of researchers has generated a new computer model that successfully simulates the mechanism driving impressive geyser eruptions observed taking place on the Saturnian moon Enceladus.   read more
MATERIALS
Look out, glass – Scientists develop "transparent wood"
Wood is known for being a strong, plentiful, inexpensive and renewable alternative to conventional building materials. Soon, it may even find its way into windows and solar cells – as a cheaper substitute for traditional silica-based glass.  read more
TELECOMMUNICATIONS
World's smallest TV antenna gets the job done
Researchers in Mexico have developed the world's smallest TV antenna without having to compromise on reception or the conditions under which it can operate. read more
SCIENCE
Shakespeare’s missing skull – the tech behind the investigation
You’ve likely heard that a recent investigation into Shakespeare’s tomb revealed that the bard’s skull has likely been removed from his grave. What you may not know, however, is exactly how that was determined. We caught up with one of the researchers to find out.  read more
MEDICAL
Tool matches cancer genetics to approved treatments 
A new tool could have a big impact on which treatment doctors decide to use to tackle cancer, using data from whole exome sequencing to pick out drugs likely to prove effective at tackling tumors on a case-by-case basis.  read more
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Using smartphones and the cloud to diagnose ear infections
A new tool could make spotting ear infections much easier, leverage the power of smartphones and the cloud to provide automatic, accurate diagnoses.  read more
ARCHITECTURE
Wembley Theatre puts a new spin on theater in the round
You're likely familiar with the concept of "theater in the round," in which the stage is surrounded by the audience on all sides. London's new Wembley Theater, however, will turn that on its head, with the audience surrounded by the stage and seated on a 360-degree rotating turntable.  read more
MEDICAL
Nanoparticle "cluster bombs" could provide less toxic chemotherapy
Doctors have been using the chemotherapy drug cisplatin for decades, but significant toxic side effects limit its effectiveness as a treatment. A new method, which makes use of innovative nanoparticles, could change that, providing a less harmful “cluster bomb” approach to delivery.  read more
BIOLOGY
Dramatic 3D images reveal super-small motors that drive bacteria
Bacteria have various means of getting around, but they all involve some kind of biological motor — and those motors have just been imaged in dramatic and colorful 3D by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  read more
AIRCRAFT
Spike Aerospace aims to quiet sonic booms
Supersonic air travel is experiencing a rebirth of sorts lately, at least in terms of new concept designs. Spike Aerospace, in particular, aims to make it possible to travel faster than sound over new parts of the world by greatly reducing the sonic booms that result from breaking that threshold.  read more
COMPUTERS
Windows 10 review: Microsoft builds an OS for the future
After Windows 8, Windows 10 is Microsoft's second attempt to build an OS that's ready for the future while staying loyal to the past. The Start menu returns, Cortana arrives, and Microsoft has put together an OS that it hopes is truly ready for computers, tablets, phones, games consoles and beyond.  read more
ENVIRONMENT
Caribbean’s largest solar array goes online
A 33.4 MW photovoltaic solar array in the Dominican Republic has gone live this week. The installation at the Monte Plata solar facility is claimed to be the largest in the Caribbean and a planned second phase of the project is expected to take it to a capacity of 67 MW. read more
HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS
Airbnb offers a night of sleeping with the sharks
We've all heard of monsters under the bed, but what about sharks? As its latest stunt, the likes of which have previously seen it offer a night in a floating house, Airbnb is offering the chance for three people, each with a friend or partner, to spend a night submerged in a shark tank.​  read more
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