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Thursday, April 28, 2016

gizmag

You already know that water can have three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. But scientists at the Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) have discovered that when it's put under extreme pressure in small spaces, the life-giving liquid can exhibit a strange fourth state known as tunneling. Read more
Top Marques has taken just 13 short years to become the world's highest profile show of outrageously expensive toys for the rich and famous. Take a walk with us through this wonderland of exquisite, extravagant creations. Read more
With the proliferation of wireless bluetooth speakers and the MP3 format, boomboxes have gone the way of the mullet haircut, but a new version called Flicks from Dashbon is bringing it back with a very 21st-century addition: a projector. We got to try one out.​ Read more
iPads aren't flying off shelves like they used to, and Apple has taken to more reactive strategies to try to rekindle interest. Let's take stock of the iPads you can buy today. Read more
Dutch couple Martijn and Irene decided to ditch their steady jobs for seasonal work to travel the world and enjoy their hobbies. With the wanderlust bug well and truly caught, the pair next set upon building an off-grid towable tiny house for just €25,000. Read more
Joby has launched a new tripod mount for tablets. The GripTight GorillaPod Stand Pro for Tablet lets you position your slate whether shooting photos and videos, or bingeing on Netflix. We recently spent a bit of time with one ahead of its release, to try it out. Read more
Last year it was announced that the ArcelorMittal Orbit that was created for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and sits on the Olympic Park site was to have a slide added to it, giving visitors a quick way down from its observation deck. Construction is now almost complete and it will open in June. Read more
It's a pretty good time for (super-wealthy) lovers of 1950s/60s sports and race cars, and the all-new Effeffe Berlinetta makes it better. This hand-built Italian modern classic is so alluring that even Prince Albert of Monaco had trouble pulling himself away. Read more
Zinc-manganese batteries are back in the spotlight now that a team of researchers has made them much more reliable, with greater numbers of charging cycles than ever before. And all for around the same price as a standard lead-acid car battery.Read more
James Dyson has turned his hand to hair dryers, applying the lessons learned in Dyson's vacuum cleaners and hand dryers to create a faster, more balanced dryer that stops your luscious locks losing their sheen. Read more
Filled with hand-drawn circuit diagrams and hand-written explanations, Forrest M.Mims' engineering books were an icon to a generation. Now a crowd-funded project is producing a limited set of working circuit boards in the Mims' style.Read more
The newly announced Hover Camera is the latest addition to the portable fleet of selfie drones, and with automated flight modes and a carbon fiber protective casing it could land as one of the more user-friendly solutions on the market.Read more
​The days of tanks as giant steel behemoths may be numbered as DARPA awards eight development contracts for its Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program. Read more
Ford has launched a new EcoBlue diesel engine promising a 13 percent improvement in fuel economy to go with its improved refinement and performance.Read more
Zips may be practical, but who's got time to fumble around with those teethed fasteners in this day and age? This is the thinking behind The North Face's newest piece of luggage, a 22-liter (5.8-US gal) backpack for commuters. Read more
Revealed at Auto China 2016, the new Volvo Lounge Concept builds upon last year's spacious rear cabin design. Volvo calls it a "unique piece of art." We call it "the backseat we want to take our next road trip in." Read more
​When it was first announced at the end of last year, the hovering ArcaBoard was viewed with skepticism by many people. Since then, however, the device has been publicly demonstrated – and it has now reportedly entered production.​ Read more
Humans have developed numerous methods of creating music. The latest instrument adds a bit of a personal twist by using one's blood, guts, and muscles in lieu of strings, reeds, or valves. Read more
We've known for more than a decade that Titan plays hosts to seas of liquid hydrocarbons, but the exact make-up of these reservoirs has remained a mystery. Now, scientists have used data from Cassini flybys to confirm that one of the largest seas on the moon is made up largely of liquid methane. Read more
Proof positive that old computer tech never really dies, technicians from a German music company have come up with an oddball analog echo effects unit that generates the delay effect using a 3.5-inch floppy disc. Only 30 Echo effects units will be available. Read more
​NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured a stunning, and seemingly impossible view of Saturn's iconic ring system intersecting with a second set of phantom rings. Read more
Scientists have identified a compound that can reverse symptoms of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. The method hasn't been tested on human patients just yet, but it's been found to be effective in genetically modified fruit flies. Read more
Google has created one of the most comprehensive tours of the Sydney Opera House, that can be accessed without ever setting foot in Australia.Read more
Nintendo has confirmed that its mysterious console, codenamed NX, won't see the light of day in 2016 after all. The news was delivered alongside the company's latest financial results, while a little more information about the much anticipated new Legend of Zelda game was also revealed.​ Read more
Having announced what it calls China's "most advanced autonomous driving experiment" earlier this month, Volvo has now revealed plans for the UK's most ambitious autonomous driving trial as well. Drive Me London will see real families driving autonomous cars on public roads.​ Read more
The bermuda triangle under car seats is an easy place for personal items to go missing. Land Rover has teamed with Tile to try and put an end to the searching, with a dashboard app telling you if you've forgotten your valuables, and help you find them if they're in the cabin.​ Read more
Get the safety of hands-free driving plus the convenience of easy phone access everywhere with the BOBINE BLACKOUT Everywhere Mount. This hardy cable is like a relic of the classic pay-phone, so you know it has staying power no matter what position you put it in. The newest model of this best-selling gadget, the BLACKOUT includes an all new USB mount, the original AUTO mount, and an extender cable. Read more