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Friday, April 1, 2016

gizmag

HEALTH & WELLBEING
To diagnose autism, watch the eyes
When diagnosing autism, doctors rely on reports from parents, and direct observations, but those methods don't always produce concrete results. Now, researchers have looked to eye tracking to streamline the process, providing a solid, early diagnosis.  read more
MOBILE TECHNOLOGY
Why aperture matters on your smartphone camera 
We often hear that the lens aperture of your smartphone camera is important for low light photography, but what does that really mean? Gizmag looks at what lens aperture is, how it works, and what you should look out for on your next smartphone.  read more
OUTDOORS
Review: On the snow with the Rossignol Piq ski sensor
The Rossignol Piq ski sensor is promised to provide unprecedented detail about your skiing. The device tracks air time, g-forces, in-air rotation, edge-to-edge transition time and more. Gizmag has been putting it through its paces to see if it lives up to that promise. read more
ARCHITECTURE
Panoramic views aplenty at Chicago's upcoming crystal-inspired tower
Chicago's recently announced Vista Tower will be notable for a number of reasons. It's claimed to be the third tallest building in the city and having the highest concentration of 360-degree-view full-floor penthouses in the US. Most unique, though, will be its undulating form inspired by crystals.  read more
ARCHITECTURE
The uncompromising works of starchitect Zaha Hadid
Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid has passed away suddenly from a heart attack in Miami, Florida, following her hospitalization for bronchitis. Hadid was 65 years old and is considered the most important female architect of all time.  read more
SCIENCE
Scientists decode newts' ability to regenerate limbs
​Adult newts are the envy of the animal kingdom when it comes to replacing missing tissue. For the first time, scientists have pinpointed the mechanism used by the amphibian to regrow missing body parts, a development they say will offer clues to muscle regeneration in mammals.​  read more
AUTOMOTIVE
Tesla makes its big play for the mainstream with the Model 3
At a special launch event in California, Tesla has finally revealed one of the most anticipated cars of the year, the Model 3. Long known as THE electric car company, Tesla is making a major play for the mass market with an electric car the masses can actually afford.  read more
ENVIRONMENT
Japan activates underground ice wall to seal away Fukushima's nuclear waste
Among the many problems plaguing the cleanup at Fukushima is the threat of radioactive water spilling from the site. The Japanese government is now ramping up its efforts to contain this problem, by flicking the switch on an underground ice wall that will enclose the failed nuclear facility.  read more
SPACE
Activate cloaking device: Hiding Earth from unfriendly aliens using lasers
Just in case ET turns out to be not so friendly, a pair of Columbia University scientists have figured out how to use lasers to hide the Earth from prying eyes by camouflaging its light signature.​  read more
ELECTRONICS
Gravity-measuring smartphone tech might save you from a volcano
Gravimeters measure tiny changes in the Earth's gravitational fields, and are useful in fields such as oil exploration. Now, using smartphone tech, scientists have made one that's smaller and cheaper than anything that has come before.   read more
ENVIRONMENT
Keeping it cool – scientists achieve room-temp tire recycling
Researchers at Durham University in the United Kingdom have developed an approach to breaking down rubber in materials at room temperature. The chemical process uses catalytic disassembly, eliminating the energy-intensive methods of currently-used tire recycling methods.  read more
SPACE
New research may improve the accuracy of "cosmic yardsticks"
​Astronomers have discovered evidence that could help solve a long standing dispute over the origin of Type Ia supernovae, by observing the youngest example of the titanic explosions located to date.  read more
BIOLOGY
Tracking deer births from space
A new project has turned NASA satellites to the task of analyzing deer populations. Making use of the Terra and Aqua probes, the project studied the animals' environment to accurately predict their fawning season.​  read more
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Mimicking movements could help Alzheimer's rehabilitation 
Our understanding of Alzheimer's is constantly improving, but there's still currently no cure for the condition. It is, however, possible for patients to benefit from rehabilitation efforts. One such method for helping regain lost abilities is through imitating movements, a new study has shown.  read more
MUSIC
Digital accordion to get a compact cousin
After building a controller, synth, sequencer and learning system around a novel musical note arrangement, French startup Dualo started shipping the intriguing du-touch late in 2014. Now the company is set to hit crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to bring a smaller version to life – the du-touch S.  read more
AUTOMOTIVE
Calling all test drivers 10 and younger
Young Driver Motor Cars Limited recently completed production of a two-seater car designed specifically for kids from five to ten years old, and they’re looking for test drivers to give it a go.  read more
3D PRINTING
3D-printed bionic hand could soon be yours – if you need it
When we first reported on the robotic hand made by Youbionic back in 2014, we indicated that the device was only a prototype and that the makers were looking for funding to bring it to market. Well, apparently they've gotten the funding, because Youbionic is now taking pre-orders for the device.   read more
AROUND THE HOME
Space-saving units put sprawling furniture to bed
When you live in a small apartment, making the most of the space you have is key to being comfortable. Conscious of this, designer Roberto Gil has created a line of space-saving units that combine beds with a variety of other furniture types.  read more
AUTOMOTIVE
Volvo returns to WTCC with S60 Polestar TC1
Weighing in at just 1,100 kg and producing over 400 hp from its 1.6-liter Drive-E engine, the Polestar TC1 will form the base for Volvo's charge at bringing the WTCC Championship back to Sweden.  read more
WEARABLES
Lunar Watch puts a genuine moon rock on your wrist
Ever wonder what the government does with all the rocks and other stuff it brings back from the moon? In Russia's case, it apparently finds a partner to sell some of it off to earthlings with too much disposable income, to wear on their wrist.  read more
MOBILE TECHNOLOGY
Gizmag job advertisement – Mobile Technology Journalist
Gizmag is one of the largest independent technology publications in the world, and we’re looking for a a switched-on, US-based journalist specializing in mobile tech to join our global team.​  read more
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