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Friday, July 22, 2016

gizmag

Humans have adapted and evolved to meet all sorts of challenges over the ages, but surviving a car accident is not one of them. Hypothetically, some version of modern man could survive a big crash, but he's certainly not pretty. Everyone, meet Graham.Read more
When Polaris unveiled the Slingshot in 2014, even the company itself was hard-pressed to categorize it. No one then or since has denied just how different this vehicle is, so needless to say we were thrilled when Polaris offered us one for review.Read more
​The legendary Man in the Moon has many origin stories, but now scientists have proposed a new theory based on the geological features of the moon’s surface, suggesting that the Imbrium Basin (the "right eye") is the result of a collision with an enormous protoplanet. Read more
Estonian firm Kodasema is developing a prefabricated concrete micro-home that can be assembled and installed on-site within just seven hours, then moved to another location with relative ease. It's expected to fetch roughly €100,000 (around US$111,000). Read more
With the rise of 4K and graphics-intensive VR, we’re putting more strain on our graphics cards. Manufacturers like Nvidia have responded with upgraded components, but there's always people who want more again. Thankfully, more has arrived, in the form of the Titan X. ​Read more
The grass is always greener on the other side, and this may prove especially true if a team of scientists can build on a promising early breakthrough. Researchers have come up with a way to unlock hydrogen from fescue grass, raising the possibility of using turf to power life on Earth.Read more
US Special Forces are in for a drier time as Lockheed Martin and Submergence Group LLC sign a US$166 million contract to supply the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) with a new class of combat submersibles that allows the soldiers to travel inside the vessel.Read more
A lot of processing power that goes into fully rendering virtual reality environments in focus​ is wasted when you're only really taking in a small area of the screen at any given time.​ Nvidia has developed a rendering technique​ that allows that wasted processing power to be redirected.​Read more
In its quest to provide remote regions with affordable internet access, Facebook recently conducted its first successful full-scale testing of a critical piece of the puzzle, an internet-broadcasting drone called Aquila that will eventually stay airborne for 90 days at a time. ​​Read more
Deep learning AI has been put to work in intelligent drones, sequencing genomes, and even keeping cats off the lawn. Now, Google has set its system, DeepMind, loose on its massive data centers, and drastically cut the cost of cooling these facilities in the process.Read more
The Askaryan Radio Array (ARA) will use Antarctica's vast expanses of dense transparent ice as an instrument for seeking radio waves thrown off by high-energy neutrinos from the depths of outer space.​Read more
The current M5 makes 412 kW (560 hp) in standard trim, but apparently that's not enough for some, because BMW is now offering a Competition Edition with 441 kW (600 hp).​ The power wars just stepped up again.Read more
BMW ConnectedDrive provides drivers with a variety of services and apps for in-vehicle entertainment, information and safety. As the name suggests, the system is rooted in connectivity and BMW is bumping up those capabilities to include high-speed LTE, a Wi-Fi hotspot and the new eSIM.Read more
A source of anxiety for many people is the fragility of their smartphone screens. For those who prefer their phone without screen protectors or a bulky protective case, Corning's Gorilla Glass has you covered. The latest version is designed to brush off falls onto hard surfaces from shoulder height.Read more
Say goodbye to the days of lost remote controls and cluttered electronic gear. Blumoo connects your smartphone to your electronic devices for complete access, literally at your fingertips. Control your home theater experience from the couch or around the house-- Blumoo gives you 150-ft of powerful Bluetooth connectivity.Read more