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Friday, May 20, 2016

gizmag

Saab says its new Gripen E multi-role fighter is a major advance over previous Gripens, with greater range and endurance, as well as more advanced weaponry and electronic warfare capability. Read more
Moog Music has announced a pilot production run of the iconic Minimoog analog synthesizer, which hasn't been made for over 30 years. Units are being made at a special space at this year's Moogfest and will be available to buy at the event. Read more
Aston Martin has unveiled the latest in its line of cars developed in partnership with Italian design-house Zagato. The Vanquish Zagato Concept has a V12 engine that kicks out 600 PS and is said to combine Aston's sporting, dynamic and material qualities with Zagato's design language. Read more
From the PlayStation 1 original to the current PlayStation 3 game, few console titles are able to recreate the racing experience quite like Gran Turismo. We now know where the series will go next, with the announcement of Gran Turismo Sport for the PlayStation 4. Read more
In 2014, the UK government commissioned the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) to address the ever-growing concern of superbugs. The report's findings were released this week, including a comprehensive action plan to prevent the world being "cast back into the dark ages of medicine." Read more
The European Space Agency's Sentinel-2A has captured an image of waves hitting Dorre Island, Western Australia. The picture provides more information on how waves interact with the coastline, proving the potential benefits of satellite imaging in forecasting waves. Read more
In the latest exhibition of their flying microbot, Harvard researchers have demonstrated the RoboBee's newfound ability to land on surfaces during flight, a neat trick that allows it save power and remain in operation for longer periods of time. Read more
The Sea-Can is a shipping container full of fire retardant foam, with a spray pump that's activated and powered by the heat of the fire itself. Great idea from serial inventor and renaissance man Eddie Paul. Read more
Google's autonomous cars have been out for years, and so far their track record for safety looks good. But even for the best robot drivers, accidents do happen, so Google has patented a creative safety feature: glueing pedestrians to cars. Read more
Six-pack rings that make their way into the ocean spell all kinds of trouble for its residents so one Florida-based craft brewery is turning this curse into a blessing, tying its six-packs together with en edible material for marine life to feast on. Read more
Researchers have developed a method for 3D printing hair structures with a diameter as small as 50 micrometers each, to create finely detailed surfaces, touch sensors and even actuating motors, to make customized paint brushes, Velcro-like mechanical adhesives, and touch-sensitive plush toys. Read more
Boosted Boards' freshly-announced second generation of electric skateboards address a major shortcoming in its first bite of the cherry, with the ability to travel twice as far on each charge.​​ Read more
A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems has developed a new soft actuator that makes it safer for humans and robots to work alongside one another. Read more
Acura revealed its second-generation automated development vehicle this week. The specially equipped RLX hybrid boasts an updated hardware and software suite designed to take automation a step further. Read more
​Think of weather on Mars and sandstorms are more likely to come to mind than tsunamis. But researchers have just figured out that the Martian surface was likely struck not once – but twice – by asteroids that set off gigantic waves in seas that likely existed on the Red Planet in its early days.​ Read more
The latest from Taga Bikes is able to tote toddlers, groceries and more. Called the Taga 2.0, it combines the features of a family bike with the load capacity of a cargo bike​. Read more
Ride-sharing service Uber has announced that it is to follow the lead of carmakers and begin testing its own autonomous vehicle. The hybrid Ford Fusion has been kitted out with self-driving tech by Uber's Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh and will be tested on the city's streets. Read more
Over the years, BMW has teamed up with artists like Andy Warhol, Ken Done and Frank Stella to create some incredible art cars. It might not strictly fit into that art car lineage, but the i8 Futurism Edition wouldn't look out of place next to the work of those legendary artists. Read more
IBM's World Community Grid is a program that links the processing power of the phones, tablets and computers of ordinary citizens to tackle world health problems like tuberculosis. To date the program has supported 27 different research projects and it's now setting its sights on the Zika virus. Read more
Unlike wine, beer doesn't age well. While brewers do already perform tests to gauge freshness, those typically involve expensive gas chromatography equipment and take time to conduct. Soon, however, a simple color-changing sensor and an app may be all that's required. Read more
What is a product manager, exactly? If you are passionate about business, technology, and user experience, this career is the right path for you. PMs work to bring a product to life, while managing and balancing the engineering team, business stakeholders, and of course keeping the customer in mind. Read more