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Thursday, May 5, 2016

gizmag

According to Dezso Molnar, who's about to launch the world's first flying car race series, anyone who's trying to build a multi-seat, VTOL flying commuter car is wasting their time. Read more
​On April 30, we joined Zapata Racing in the south of France to witness an attempt to snatch the "farthest flight by hoverboard" record from Alexandru Duru. That earlier record was pulverized. We managed to grab a few words with a jubilant but exhausted Zapata after his record-breaking flight.​ Read more
We've been caught in Lund University professor Olaf Diegel's creative web ever since first covering the 3D-printed Spider electric guitar back in 2012. Now he's discovered Heavy Metal with what's billed as the world's first 3D-printed aluminum guitar. Read more
Robot surgeons have trouble working with the body's soft tissue because of how much it can squish and change during surgery. A new machine called the Smart Tissue Automation Robot (STAR) at Johns Hopkins University has overcome this obstacle and proven its ability by operating on pigs.​ Read more
A patent filing by Sony reveals its vision for a contact lens that not only records video and photo with a simple blink, but manages to store them right there and then on the user's eyeballs. Read more
Even before the current crop of VR headsets can gain a serious foothold, a team at Microsoft Research has apparently discovered a simple and inexpensive way to improve the VR experience, by expanding the user's field of view with an array of LEDs. Read more
Just because Land Rover ended Defender production this year doesn't mean that there won't be new Defenders to check out. Aftermarket shops continue to present their own takes on the Defender. East Coast Defender adds a touch of American V8 muscle to create the 430-hp Beast.​ Read more
After wowing CES attendees with a prototype of a single-passenger drone this year, EHang has now teamed up with a biotechnology firm to adapt the vehicle for emergency organ deliveries. ​​Read more
The Golf GTI Heartbeat, which was created by young apprentices within VW, gets a thumping stereo to match its honeycomb paintjob and 295 kW (395 hp) engine, while the Golf R Wagon has also been kitted out with a unique color scheme and more power at Worthersee.Read more
A nano-scale engine made from tiny charged particles of gold​ has just been declared the world's smallest by researchers at the University of Cambridge who created it. Read more
Scientists have used inkjet printing technology to create easily-replaceable cores for inexpensive organic lasers.Read more
​If you're a competitive runner, then training on your own isn't always enough – you need someone else to race against. That said, a fast enough runner might not always be available. What do you do then? Well, if you're one of a lucky few, you may soon be able to use your Puma BeatBot robot.​ Read more
A team of researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has released a paper outlining the probability for each of the three leading theories explaining how the phantom "Planet Nine" could have ended up in its current theorized orbit. Read more
Labradors have a reputation for being obsessed with food, and in turn, they have a tendency to become obese more than a lot of other canines. Well, new research suggests that the trait is actually the result of a genetic variation that’s particularly common in the breed. Read more
NASA and its partners are in the process of developing two cutting edge technologies with the potential to significantly advance the hunt for extraterrestrial life on distant Earth-like planets. Read more
Scientists have successfully identified epigenetic modifiers that are intrinsically linked to metabolism and lifespan. Discovered in worms and observed in mice, it’s possible that the enzymes could provide a pathway to longer life, effectively switching on a set of genes at an early age. Read more
When it comes to animal-inspired inventions, it seems like geckos get all the attention from scientists and engineers these days. But researchers at Sweedens' Lund University have turned their observations to the long-eared brown bat and what they've discovered just might help improve drone design.Read more
Visual impairment and blindness is an extremely widespread issue that affects an estimated 285 million people across the globe. oDocs Eye Care is hoping to put a dent in those numbers, producing low-cost, portable eye examination accessories designed to harness the power of the iPhone. Read more
Poopy Cat, the firm behind the Blocks cardboard pet playhouse kit we looked at last year, has unveiled its latest project. Landmarks features flatpack pet playhouses modeled on seven architectural classics, including the Sphinx of Giza, the White House, and the Kremlin. Read more
There's a new benchmark for homegrown heroes and their action-cam videos, courtesy of UP Aerospace. Having strapped a GoPro to the outside of its SpaceLoft-10 sounding rocket the company launched it into the thermosphere, gathering some footage that's simply out of this world along the way. Read more
Do you have 37 seconds of time to spare today? If so, you can zip towards the very center of our galaxy thanks to a new video put out by the Hubble Space Telescope team. Read more
It would be remiss of us to let today pass without saying "May the Fourth be with you!" While Star Wars Day lasts for only 24 hours, there have been three days of preparation at Legoland Malaysia as it has been building what it claims is the largest ever Lego Millennium Falcon.Read more
Ethical hacking is one of the fastest growing careers in the world. What does it mean? You'll get paid to locate security breaches and protect companies from potential disaster. Now you can pay what you want for online course that will teach you the skills you need to make this growing career path your future. Read more