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Friday, April 8, 2016


The pursuit of personal flight took a promising, and kind of wacky, step forward today with the electric 18-rotor Volocopter lifting somebody into the air for the very first time. Read more
Inventor, automaker, stuntman and Hollywood prop builder Eddie Paul gives us an unique insight into the process behind one of his spectacular mechanical sharks. Read more
The new Vpedal vP-4 is a programmable Bluetooth device that lets you use your foot to operate a range of audio controls or keystrokes, effectively giving you an extra hand. ​ Read more
In what has been described as a world first, platoons of trucks have crossed national borders to complete the EU Truck Platooning Challenge. Truck platooning uses autonomous driving technologies for two or more trucks to communicate wirelessly and follow in close succession. Read more
Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed the strongest​ titanium alloy ever made. They believe the new material could be used in the production of lighter and cheaper vehicle components, and lead to the development of other high strength alloys. Read more
A team of researchers in China has leveraged the remarkable properties of the wonder material to develop a new all-weather solar cell design that is able to generate electricity when current solar cells can't – when it's raining.Read more
BMW has introduced consumer virtual reality technology into its vehicle development process. Instead of needing expensive specialized facilities to use VR technology, the automotive giant is taking advantage of the HTC Vive's impressive capabilities for fast-turnaround interior modeling feedback. Read more
Nissan has used a heavily modified GT-R to break the record for the world's-fastest drift. Piloted by Japanese Drift Champion, Masato Kawabata, the 1,380-hp (1,029-kW) Nissan stole the record from Poland's Jakub PrzygoÅ„ski. Read more
In the week since the Tesla Model 3 was announced, more than 325,000 people have pre-ordered the electric sedan, amounting to more than US$14 billion in projected sales for a car that Tesla won't even start making until late next year.​ Read more
The result of a collaboration between Breville and PolyScience, the Control Freak is an induction cooker that lets you dial in a temperature and maintain it for perfect poaching, blanching, boiling and broiling every time. Read more
NASA is developing a stiletto-like plane wing that's so long and thin that it needs a truss to hold it up. The longer, thinner, and lighter truss-braced wing, as it is called, is aimed at making future commercial transport aircraft more efficient and less polluting.​ Read more
Scientists have discovered a way to reprogram bone and fat cells to become stem cells that can regenerate multiple tissue types. The technique has already proved successful in mice and could be just a few years away from being safely available for regenerating any damaged tissue in humans. Read more
Although maggots are closely associated with filth, they're actually remarkably resistant to infection from all the bacteria that surround them. A scientist now believes that he knows why this is the case, and he thinks that it could have applications in human technologies. Read more
Hasselblad has revealed a new medium format camera with the H6D. Available in 50 and 100-megapixel options, the camera features wider ISO ranges and faster shooting rates than previous models, and can shoot video at up to 4K resolutions. Read more
Intended to fill a niche between bicycle and car, velomobiles are still quite a rare sight in most of the world … perhaps because they're just too weird. Swedish design engineer Mikael Kjellman has set out to change that, with his decidedly car-like PodRide. Read more
Data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is proving to be instrumental for filling in a blank spot regarding the study of our Sun's powerful solar winds. Read more
Panasonic has revealed its latest mid-range mirrorless camera in the shape of the Lumix GX80 (also known as the GX85 in the US). Despite the mid-range billing, the 16-meagapixel camera boasts some high-end features including a combination of in-body and lens stabilization. Read more
With everything from your front door to your washing machine getting smarter, it seems only a matter of time for something else to get some smarts — your wine dispenser. That's exactly what's coming down the pike if a new Kickstarter campaign for something called Somm is successful. Read more
Fancy your own personal satellite? Arizona State University​ is working towards making this a reality with its SunCube FemtoSat project. The low-cost, student-designed satellite is aimed at providing greater access to space for scientists and hobbyists alike. Read more
Autonomous car software designer nuTonomy is looking to bring driverless taxis to Singapore. Following successful obstacle course tests, the company is in the process of seeking government approval to test its driverless technology on roads in the OneNorth business district. Read more
The Smart Writing Set is Moleskine's latest crack at combining digital and analogue note taking tech to concoct the ideal experience for creatives looking for an alternative to scribbling on an iPad Pro or Galaxy Note tablet. Read more
Mozilla is progressing with development on its new browser engine called Servo that embraces parallelism to take advantage of modern multi-core processors. Developers will get their first chance to try out the engine in June with the release of a tech demo. Read more
A team of researchers in the Netherlands has just developed a bacteria-based battery that they were able to charge and discharge 15 times in a row. Read more
Volvo is already including semi-autonomous driving technologies in its cars, but the ultimate goal is full autonomy. In its pursuit of this, the Swedish carmaker has announced its intention to test autonomous cars on public roads in China. Read more
Block hackers and government spies, even when you’re connected to public Wi-Fi, thanks to Private Internet Access. High-level encryption ensures you’ll put an end to incessant digital advertising, while IP cloaking gives you access to the Internet uncensored from anywhere. With Private Internet Access, the only gateways to the outside Internet are the ones you open. Read more