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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

gizmag

​China just just taken the wraps off what is the world's largest amphibious plane. Made by the state's aircraft maker, the AG600 is around the size of of a Boeing 737 and will be used to dowse forest fires and rescue people in danger offshore.   Read more
​The organ-on-a-chip concept has been around for a while now, providing researchers with working, lab-based models of hearts, kidneys, and more. Now, researchers have created a new placenta-on-a-chip, a device that could provide insights to help prevent preterm births.   Read more
A new Ford and MIT research project is aimed at improving ride-hailing services by predicting the movement of pedestrians. LiDAR sensors and cameras will be used to identify pedestrians and their movements around a location, allowing vehicles to be dispatched to areas that are predicted hot-spots.   Read more
The tiny house scene has come a long way in recent years and we continue to be impressed at how firms manage to shoehorn more and more house into what's really a very small space. Below, we've selected some of the best tiny houses currently available for purchase in Europe and North America.   Read more
​​Using archival data from ESA's XMM-Newton orbital telescope, a team of astronomers from the University of Michigan has calculated the speed of the vast halo composed of incredibly hot gas that surrounds the Milky Way.   Read more
It is now fairly common for carmakers to test their autonomous vehicles on public roads. In 2013, however, Mercedes carried out the first autonomous journey in everyday overland and city traffic with its "Bertha Benz" S 500 Intelligent Drive research vehicle, which is now being retired.   Read more
MIT scientists have developed a multi-scale imaging technique that allows them to examine brain tissue at both close subcellular detail and in terms of the broader long-range connectivity of neurons. The technique could improve the accuracy of efforts to map the connections within the human brain.  Read more
It has been a long and drawn out farewell, but today the European Space Agency will wave a final goodbye to its Philae lander, the first spacecraft to ever touch down on the surface of a comet.   Read more
The Nissan Titan has just come in for some attention, with the lineup growing to include a single-cab model aimed at rough and ready commercial use.   Read more
A team at the University of Freiburg has given neural networks a better sense of style by developing a method for taking an existing art style and smoothly applying it to a video. Artists, including New York-based Danil Krivoruchko, have already put the system to work with some beautiful results.   Read more
The DB9 was hugely significant for Aston Martin, keeping the money rolling in after Ford sold it in 2006, and providing a base for the Rapide, DBS and Vanquish. Here's a look at how the model has changed over the years, and where Aston Martin is headed with the DB11   Read more
France's Lehmann Aviation is looking to help professional drone users future-proof their UAVs with what the company claims is ​the world's first modular design in its latest line of drones.   Read more
Honda has officially released photos and details about its new lightweight sportsbike, the CBR250RR, with an all-new high performance parallel twin engine, fly-by-wire throttle control and pretty mean looks, it should be compact, light and very quick.   Read more
Researchers at Aalto University have come up with an inexpensive inkjet-printed solar cell that can be made into text or images. Designed to be used with low-power devices, it has already shown performance and durability comparable to that of existing​ organic dye solar cells.  Read more
Lately the US Army has been exploring tethered versions that could help plug some holes in its military strategy, and has now placed an order with drone-maker CyPhy Works for a wired aerial vehicle that could provide an eye in the sky for days at a time.​   Read more
A new study, centering on an embryonic stem cell gene known as Nanog, was found to restore the regenerative properties of adult stem cells, which naturally diminish over time. This process has the potential to slow or even reverse the effects of aging, as well as combat premature aging disorders.   Read more
Ever wanted to build a particle accelerator in your basement? Well if one University of Liverpool PhD student gets his way, you may soon be able to do that – with LEGO.   Read more
The problem with swimmers' watches is that users have to stop and look at them. That's why Hong Kong-based Platysens created Marlin. It's a head-worn system that delivers data verbally, via a bone conduction earpiece.​   Read more
When you're a 4.5 billion year old space rock with no atmosphere, chances are good that some major asteroids are going to smack into you. That is likely the case with dwarf planet Ceres, but its surface doesn't show any major craters. That's probably because it's been erasing the evidence   Read more
Third Man Records is seven years old on July 30, and is celebrating with an attempt to play the first phonographic record in space. A master of Carl Sagan's A Glorious Dawn will be played using a custom-built turntable designed for operation at high altitude.   Read more
​Available as a standard feature on their top of the line 2017 Indian Roadmaster and the Indian Chieftan, the Ride Command infotainment system offers a slough of features that were once found only on luxury automobiles   Read more
SuperMeat is an Israeli start-up that wants to promote a paradigm shift in meat consumption — mass manufactured chicken meat without harming animals. Under the scientific guidance of biomedical engineer Yaakov Nahmias, the company is currently fundraising to get it done.   Read more
BloomSky is back on Kickstarter to raise funds for its latest, complete weather camera system. The Storm and Sky2 devices are designed to collect and broadcast comprehensive weather ​data to users and followers in real-time​.   Read more
Frogs are increasingly having more sex on dry land than in rivers and lakes and new research says that the reason for this might be for males to avoid competition from other males. In arriving at this theory, the researchers took a look at frog testes.   Read more
Tesla's Autopilot has come under scrutiny recently, after a driver using the system was killed when his Model S hit a white tractor-trailer. More details have emerged from the accident, with investigators revealing the car was traveling 9 mph over the posted limit at the time of impact.  Read more
Anyone who's ever dealt with rats in their home knows how hard it can be to completely clear out the pests, but the New Zealand government plans to achieve it on a national scale – and not just with rats. Prime Minister John Key announced plans to completely eradicate introduced predators by 2050.   Read more
Boasting patented transducers that use bone conduction technology to convey crystal clear sound directly to your inner ears, these futuristic headphones allow you to fully hear your surroundings and talk with friends while you listen to your music. With Bluetooth technology and IP67 water resistance, this headset will play your soundtrack anywhere.   Read more