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Thursday, August 11, 2016

New Atlas

Gizmag is now New Atlas:  Why we changed our name
Crua Outdoors, the force behind the insulated Thermo Tent, is bringing its camping innovation to the trees. The all-new Hybrid is a single-person shelter that's part hammock, part bivy and part tent. And it even brings its own sleeping bag and inflatable mattress.   Read more
A new supercar can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in under four seconds and reach top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph). Not too impressive when compared to other supercars today, but the Forze VII runs on hydrogen and produces no harmful tailpipe emissions, making it pretty super after all.   Read more
Last year we reported on Big Delta, a large 3D printer that showed promise as a method of creating low-cost housing by using mud or clay as a building material. Italy's WASP appears to be making good on that promise with a new shelter that's cost just €48 to build so far.   Read more
Computer engineers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have developed a prototype that aims to keep the cloud local by wrapping it around the user, in the form of a microcomputer-embedded jacket.   Read more
By the early 1900s the first automobile was looking like old news, and a replacement was needed. Enter the Mercedes-Simplex, the first car to wear what would become one of the world's most recognizable names. We'll know what that's worth when a 1904 Mercedes-Simplex goes up for auction next week.  Read more
MAD Architects has begun work on a new office building in the Chinese coastal city of Xinhee. Featuring the firm's usual futuristic and curving styling, the Xinhee Design Center also boasts significant sustainable design.   Read more
Scientists have uncovered an alarming decline in the male dog fertility in a study that suggests sperm quality may have been impacted by contaminants in dog food. The scientists say the findings could possibly have some parallels with human fertility, as well.   Read more
​Modder Ed Zarick has put together some pretty cool stuff in the past, like a full-size BB-8 and the PlayBox. With last week’s release of the Xbox One S, a slimmed down upgrade of Microsoft’s current console, Zarick has already built his own portable version – and he’s giving it away.   Read more
Soylent is a powdered drink mix claimed to provide all the sustenance your body needs to function. But acknowledging that there are plenty of people who are unable to function without their daily caffeine hit, Soylent has introduced a caffeinated version called Coffiest.   Read more
A new study has zeroed in on the root-like network of channels that crisscross the surface of Titan, and found the first direct evidence that those canyons – some as deep as 1,870 ft (570 m) – are flooded with liquid hydrocarbons.   Read more
Facebook's new Guide feature allows publishers to direct the viewer's gaze toward desired points of interest, which might not only make for better entertainment, but also enable new forms of narrative technique.​​   Read more
As missions rules get tighter, car manufacturers are pursuing every possible avenue​ in search of energy savings. Audi has taken that search into a new area with its eROT suspension system that is designed to provide unmatched ride comfort and harvest electricity at the same time.   Read more
Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with NASA to develop and deploy SkyFire, a six-unit CubeSat designed to shed more light on the Moon's surface. It will ride along with Orion when the Space Launch System EM-1​ takes off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in 2018.   Read more
Virtual reality (VR) technology has almost exclusively been used to explore the fantasy realms of the gaming world. But new developments strongly indicate that VR has outgrown games and is on the verge of becoming a practical, real-life tool for experiences, enterprise and education.   Read more
​​According to a new study accepted for publication in the journal Space Weather, the US was taken to the brink of war with the Soviet Union in 1967, when a powerful solar storm wreaked havoc with early warning systems designed to detect incoming Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.   Read more
Malaria-carrying mosquitos can develop a tolerance for insecticides, plus there are environmental factors to consider. Now, solar-powered traps are showing great promise, in a pilot project that took place in Kenya.​   Read more
Adidas is to open a second of its so-called "Speedfactories" following the success of its pilot site in Germany. Located near the US city of Atlanta, Georgia, the facility will boast high levels of automation, allowing for increased production volumes and more color, material and size options.   Read more
The Kombos keyboard allows players to add or remove blocks of keys as they see fit, connecting wirelessly to mobile devices for music creation on the move without having to lug around lots of heavy or cumbersome gear.   Read more
The vast majority of fitness trackers need to be worn on the wrist. What’s a bracelet-averse person to do? Here are look at some options beyond the wrist, from current industry standards to cutting-edge wearables.   Read more
Logitech has unveiled a button that can be used to control smart devices around the home. The Pop button will allow users to switch on lights, close the curtains and turn on the heating, or all three things at the same time.   Read more
Skoda's badge doesn't have the same prestige as some of the other brands within the VW Group stable, but that doesn't mean the Czech marque doesn't deserve attention. Until now the only thing it's been missing was an SUV, a hole soon to be filled by the Kodiaq. ​​​   Read more
Have you ever looked around your home and thought, "I have more remotes than I know what to do with"? Therein lies the beauty of AnyMote Home. AnyMote Home allows you to control all of your InfraRed and WiFi devices directly from your smartphone. TV, cable boxes, sound systems, gaming systems, digital cameras, projectors, smart home devices--if it connects to the internet and is controlled by a remote, AnyMote lets you control it with your phone.   Read more