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Thursday, October 20, 2016

New Atlas

We've reported on plenty of container-based homes over the years but here's one that really stands out thanks to its unusual styling. The unnamed dwelling is conceived as a non-towable tiny house and comprises a relatively roomy interior that includes a full-size bathroom.   Read more
It’s only natural that Suzuki’s new superbike would steal the spotlight, yet its Intermot booth hosted some other interesting debuts. The new GSX-S750 and GSX-R125 both represent scaled-down versions of current 1,000 cc models, as the adventurous V-Strom family undergoes a generous make over.   Read more
Claimed to be the world's first virtual musical instrument for flexible phones, Queen's University's new "WhammyPhone" prototype promises kinesthetic control never before experienced on a smartphone.   Read more
Geely subsidiary Lynk & Co says that it's designed the world's most connected car, the 01. Built from the ground up to interact with smartphones and web-driven services, the first vehicles will hit the Chinese market in 2017, followed by Europe and the USA.  Read more
Tern makes some of the more interesting compact folding bikes on the market. Now it's working with a heavy-hitting partner on the electric drive side, Bosch, to present the Vektron, a compact folding bike with 250 watts of electric assist.   Read more
The entire RM Sotheby's Duemila Route Auction in Milan, Italy, on 24 & 25 November was all owned by the same person and the sheer magnitude of this collection will overwhelm you – 430 cars, 150 motorcycles, 60 boats and racing hydrofoils, 117 bicycles, bobsleds, and so many other toys.​   Read more
In a great example of a low-cost research solution that could deliver big results, University of Michigan scientists have created a window for lithium-based batteries in order to film them as they charge and discharge.​   Read more
The main issue of lithium-air batteries is lack of efficiency and lithium peroxide build up. But now a team at Yale has used a molecule found in blood as a catalyst, which not only improved the lithium-oxygen function, but may help reduce biowaste.   Read more
LeEco is looking to break into the US market with a connected suite of phones, TVs, VR headsets, bikes and autonomous cars. The company is creating an ecosystem to tie them all together, allowing users to flick a video from their phone to the car, or get an alert from their bike on the TV.   Read more
Using statistical computer analysis, astronomers from Western University have reconstructed the orbit of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and say that it's a recent visitor to the inner Solar system from the Kuiper Belt.   Read more
To make sure all its cars are ready for a future where more drivers are algorithms than humans, Tesla has announced a major hardware upgrade for all new Teslas, including the Model 3, that will see every Tesla produced from this point on packing full self-driving hardware.   Read more
Australia's CSIRO has identified a strain of seaweed that can reduce bovine methane emissions by more than 99 percent if added to cow feed in small amounts. This could be huge for climate change, but it also has significant benefits for farmers.   Read more
​A few years ago, JMS unveiled the Ghost, an angular boat that could actively reduce drag in the water by creating a bubble of gas around its foils. Now it has announced the Guardian, a submersible craft designed for both manned and unmanned military operations, on or below the surface.   Read more
​Today was a mixed bag for ExoMars 2016. While the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) arrived safely at Mars, contact has been lost with the Schiaparelli lander module. Mission control lost contact with Schiaparelli shortly before it entered the Martian atmosphere and has not been reestablished.   Read more
The absurdly named Narrow Tilting Vehicle with Non-Tilting Wheels (or NTVNTW) is a narrow track reverse trike that promises an amazing cornering experience with 52 degrees of lean and three flat car tires giving a huge grippy contact patch and excellent stability.   Read more
​If you look at the Skunklock, you'll see that it's black with white stripes. It's no coincidence that that's the same coloration as a skunk. And, just like a skunk, it will make a big stink if anyone messes with it.  Read more
We've already compared the first Google-made phablet with its closest predecessor (Nexus 6P) and its Apple adversary (iPhone 7 Plus). How does Pixel XL measure up against its most formidable Android challenger, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge?  Read more
​​​It was in 2013 that designer Indrek Narusk brought us the unique-looking stainless steel Viks bike. That was followed by the release of the carbon fiber Viks Carbon in 2015. Now, he's announced the aluminum alloy Viks GT – and its design was inspired by Lamborghinis.​   Read more
Japanese scientists' breakthrough procedure produces healthy mouse eggs from skin cells in a petri dish. What if you could do the same with human cells?   Read more
Throughout the first half of the 20th Century, New York City produced a glut of iconic skyscrapers. The Big Apple's newest supertall skyscraper draws inspiration from this golden era with a design that references Art Deco classics like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building.   Read more
Luxury living, affordability and sustainability rarely go together, but a new UK development shows that they can. The Beacon will, it's claimed, be the world's most sustainable residential tower, with residents still able to enjoy high-end specs and annual savings of up to £11,000 (US$13,500).  Read more
Portable battery company Jackery is taking orders for a big-time battery that it says can replace loud stinky generators when you're away from the power grid. ​   Read more
With the help of drones, Australian archaeologists are creating a virtual replica of the Plain of Jars, an ancient site littered with mysterious stone jars in Laos, so that inquisitive minds can strap on headsets and explore the site from afar.​   Read more
The Citroën 2CV is one of the most recognizable cars ever made. The Doniselli Duomo is likewise a classic in the world of cargo tricycles. Designer Luca Agnelli recently decided that the two iconic vehicles belonged together, and created an electric-assist trike that combines them.   Read more
A new study out of the University of Warwick in the UK and Fudan University in China found out just how strengthened and weakened neuronal circuits can cause our grey matter to deliver dark days.​   Read more
If you want a fitness tracker that's more of a workout companion than an around-the-clock accessory, Moov is one company that's looking beyond the wrist. It's just announced the Moov HR, a head-mounted AI fitness coach and heart rate monitor.   Read more
​​Drones have proven their worth as toys, but are beginning to show how they can serve as fun learning tools as well. The Flybrix Lego drone is a recent example of this, and it has now been joined by Airblock, modular kits of foam drone parts that snap together for customized flying machines.​  Read more
When Triumph introduced an entirely new Bonneville line up earlier this year, the rumor was that the next model would be a Scrambler. Triumph has taken a different path, though, by announcing the addition of a bobber to the Bonneville mix.   Read more
If you thought Apple covered its entire year-end lineup at its September iPhone 7 event, think again. The company today sent out invites for one more 2016 shindig, where new Macs are expected to be the main entrée.   Read more
Phones these days are crazy expensive, which is why Nuu Mobile released the affordable X4. Running on a MediTek 1.3 GHz Quad-Core processor with 1 GB RAM powers and Android Lollipop OS, this smartphone is an absolute steal. Don't break the bank on a fancy phone when this fancy one delivers great performance on a budget.  Read more