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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Atlas ( formerly Gizmodo)

Gizmag is now New Atlas:  Why we changed our name
Tesla has made a point of making EVs exciting, rather than just focusing on the environment. The Model S P90D has won fans with its range and luxurious interior, but most of the people who've driven it come away gawping at how fast it is. Now it's even faster, thanks to the addition of a P100D.   Read more
New Atlas' Michael Franco finds out what it takes to enter a clean room at NASA. It involves a german shepherd, booties, a room filled with airplane spray nozzles and a line he definitely shouldn't have crossed. Oh and no nylon. Definitely no nylon.   Read more
The last time we climbed aboard a Can-Am Spyder was soon after it was introduced in 2008, so a week the sporty 2016 F3-S Special Edition gave us a good chance to see how far the three-wheeler has come.   Read more
With the new Galaxy Note 7​ and its USB-C port​ (a first for the lineup), Samsung needed an updated Gear VR headset to support the new phone/port combo. But this is more than a compatibility update, if only by a little. Read on, as New Atlas reviews the more evolution than revolution 2016 Gear VR.  Read more
MIT researchers have created a unique bubble-wrapped sponge that can boil water through the absorption of sunlight.  Read more
MAD Architects' latest project involves the transformation of a family home into a kindergarten, complete with teaching spaces and slide. During construction, the existing prefabricated structure of the old home was retained and integrated into the new building.   Read more
Volvo Trucks is claiming two new world land speed records. It's custom-built "Iron Knight" truck reportedly achieved an average speed of 131.29 km/h (81.58 mph) and a time of 13.71 seconds over 500 m (1,640 ft) and 169 km/h (105 mph) with a time of 21.29 seconds over 1,000 m (3,281 ft).   Read more
Earlier this month, the University of Michigan won the American Solar Challenge, a biennial competition to design, build and drive solar-powered cars across the US. Its car, Aurum, finished a remarkable 11 hours ahead of the second placed car, so we took a look at what makes it tick.   Read more
Taking inspiration from cells in the human body​, researchers at the Ohio State University (OSU) are developing a "smart" membrane that could lead to faster-charging, safer EV batteries that hold their charge when not in use.   Read more
With its combination of lightness and strength, carbon fiber is being used in a range of aerospace and automotive applications. Unfortunately, the weave isn't easily recyclable. A team at Georgia Tech is trying to change that, using a new method to recycle the materials in thermoset carbon fiber.   Read more
Compared to most cars the Evora 400 is a stripper with little regard for comfort, but the wizards working at Lotus think more weight can be saved. Having applied their considerable nous to a new set of options, engineers at Hethel have shed a further 42 kg (93 lb) from the car.   Read more
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have come up with a new, flexible, smart-window material that uses a low-temperature polymer film to selectively keep out light or heat.   Read more
​If less is more, then next to nothing is optimum. At least, that seems to be the thinking behind the Androgyne Royale, which has an ultra-skeletonized design that's intended to answer the question of what sort of watch the Voltaire would have worn.   Read more
​​While there are already ways of controlling bleeding from external wounds, surgery is typically the only option when it comes to stopping internal bleeding. That could be about to change, however, thanks to injectable nanoparticles that speed the clotting of blood.​   Read more
Technology firm Elistair has found a way to make use of drone technology's strengths around airports while maintaining a focus on safety, tethering the drones to the ground to stop them wandering off course. ​   Read more
New research is adding some clarity to the reasons behind the rising number of drone incidents, suggesting that more often than not, technical glitches rather than piloting errors are to blame.   Read more
Dyson has rolled its air purification, heating and cooling products into one all-powerful air-manipulator. The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link can purify the air in rooms and keep them at a comfortable temperature year round, without the need for separate devices.   Read more
​New research from the Association for Physiological Science suggests that taking sleep breaks between study sessions could help you to memorize information faster, and with less effort than repeated learning periods without rest.   Read more
Between homework, official university communication and entirely online courses, some degree of personal computing is necessary to get through campus life. So what’s best for a college student: a laptop, a tablet, a 2-in-1, or some other magical blend of devices?   Read more
Just four Victory models will make it to the markets of Europe, Middle East and Africa for 2017, with the brand new Octane leading the cruiser charge. Bagger and Touring motorcycles will no longer be on offer in the EMEA region, in anticipation of new models in the near future.   Read more
A smartphone and tablet repair outfit has found a fitting way to breathe new life into the UK's iconic red telephone boxes. Lovefone is converting the underused booths into the kind of mobile phone repair shop that should probably be avoided by those with a fear of enclosed spaces.   Read more
Hooked on Pokemon Go, but sick of watching your iPhone battery drain? This ultra slim portable battery is the solution to all your woes. Built with 3.0 Amp HyperCharging technology, the LinearFlux PokeCharger will charge your iPhone at twice the speed of a typical wall charger so you can stay out hunting the neighborhood Charizard for longer.  Read more