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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Atlas

Some of our closest invertebrate cousins, like this Acorn worm, have the ability to perfectly regenerate any part of their body that's cut off - including the head and nervous system. Humans have most of the same genes, so scientists are trying to work out whether human regeneration is possible too.   Read more
"El Gran Abuelo" is South America's oldest living tree, at 3,622 years. What does it feel like to stand before such a wise old being? We trekked and tripped our way through the Andean foothills on Chile's southern coast for our own little meeting with "El Gran Abuelo."​​   Read more
BIG and Barcode Architects have designed a mixed-use project for a lake in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, that will include zero-energy residences and be accessible by boat, car, and foot. The design brings to mind BIG's Via 57 West, in the way it riffs on the classic European courtyard building.  Read more
The newly-announced reMarkable “paper tablet” is designed to replace your ancillary papers – notes, sketches and documents included – in a single device that offers a convincing real-paper look and feel.   Read more
We've seen E-Ink used in shoes and fashion accessories and it was only a matter of time before someone decided to to integrate it in a wallet. Meet the Wonder Wallet.   Read more
For many people nowadays, a workout isn’t a workout unless it’s tracked, logged and shared. But with so many fitness tracking devices available, it can be hard to choose the right one. Here we look at some of the best activity and fitness trackers available in 2016.   Read more
Ford's EcoBoost engines return small-engine fuel efficiency with big-engine power outputs. Now, the smallest EcoBoost engine is getting smaller – albeit for brief periods of time – thanks to cylinder deactivation.   Read more
One of the biggest automotive auctions ever held took place in Milan over the weekend of November 25-27, when 3,000 bidders fought over 817 cars, bikes and boats and five auctioneers operating the auction in shifts totaling 30 hours. There were world records and incredible bargains.​   Read more
Climbing a power pole with five sets of jumper leads, a young Mike Corbin tapped into mains power to charge up his electric bike for a Bonneville run. Powered by silver "borrowed" from a US Navy vault, Quicksilver went on to set a land speed record that stood for 38 long years. Here's his story.   Read more
The Orbi Prime looks like a 360-degree camera you might forget you're even using. Packed inside a pair of sunglasses are four HD cameras that capture 90 minutes of 360 video, leaving the wearer’s hands free for biking, paddling, climbing or whatever else they’re shooting.   Read more
Scientists have set a new world record for atomic clock stability using a pair of ytterbium-based timepieces stable down to quintillionths of a second. The researchers believe that their new system may prove invaluable in determining the precision of fundamental universal constants.   Read more
When two pillars of personalization develop a unique car, the results are sure to be brilliant. The Bamford x Bentley Mulliner is just such a collaboration, a dashing, blacked-out Mulsanne Speed for carrying very precious cargo: Rolexes and Patek Philippes wearing Bamford's signature style.   Read more
In the fight against disease, new weapons can turn up in some unexpected places. In this case, researchers have found a potential treatment for type 2 diabetes in the gut and venom of the world's only egg-laying mammals, the platypus and echidna.   Read more
In what might be a case of two wrongs making a right, an Australian startup has shown that it is possible to get a cleaner blend of fuel by combining oil derived from old tires with diesel. ​   Read more
Slovenian shop Noordung does a few interesting things with its new e-bike, including designing a curvy take on the traditional diamond frame and integrating a boombox into its removable battery pack. This bike provides pedelec motor power, blasts music and charges your gadgets.  Read more
​While it's impressive that today's consumer drones can do things like track objects, the fact is that most users will probably never utilize those functions. With that in mind, Fotokite has announced availability of its simple quadcopter-on-a-leash, the folding Phi.   Read more
ESA has shared its new orbiter's first images of the Martian surface, providing a tantalizing preview of more data yet to come. ​  Read more
Scientists at the University of Tokyo believe they're on to a new prediction method for earthquakes – measuring the amount of a helium isotope in the groundwater.   Read more
The current Ford Fiesta has been kicking around since 2008, making it a dinosaur. It handles well, but modern buyers want more than a ​keen chassis, they want easy connectivity and lots of interior space. Ford has aimed to tick those boxes with the new Fiesta.   Read more
Cars can now virtually park themselves. Having spent time in several of today’s semi-automated self-parking cars, it’s become clear that the idea is becoming mainstream, but the technology behind it is not commonly understood. Here’s a rundown on how it works.   Read more
​​Judging by the recent success of Omata's One, a lot of cyclists like the idea of a speedometer that combines an analog display with electronic guts. The Moskito, however, not only serves as an analog/digital bicycle speedometer, but it can also be taken off the bike and worn as a smartwatch.​  Read more
Scientists have observed the brain's reward circuits in Mormons as they engaged in spiritual activities, finding that they activated regions in a very similar fashion to other stimuli like gambling, drugs, sex and love.  Read more
The McLaren 570S has carved a niche with a blend of comfort and performance, but some people aren't searching for balance. To appease demanding customers who want a more focused package but can't stretch to a 675LT, the boffins at McLaren now offer an uncompromising Track Pack for the 570S. ​​​   Read more
Solar planes have already traversed the Alps and flown around the world, but one team has its sights set a little higher: the edge of space. SolarStratos is planning to fly a solar-powered plane to an altitude of over 80,000 ft (24,000 m).   Read more
Scientists have discovered that there is more than feeding at play when ants lock lips, with the insects also using it as an opportunity to pass on important chemical messages that shape the behavior of the colony's next generation.   Read more
Volvo unveiled the chassis for what it's calling the largest bus in the world at the FetransRio exhibition in Rio de Janeiro last week​. Destined for service in South America, the Gran Artic 300 will have room for 300 passengers inside its bendy bi-articulating body when it reaches production.  Read more
Romania's Biodomes is the latest in a long line of firms to design houses based on geodesic domes and it offers multiple sizes and configurations. Its models are very tough and are rated to withstand severe earthquakes and winds.   Read more
The world’s largest solar power plant is online in southern India. With a capacity of 648 megawatts (MW), the facility is made up of 2.5 million solar photovoltaic modules spread over 10 sq km (3.9 sq mi), and marks a step forward for the Indian government’s ambitious renewable energy goals.   Read more
At the office, in your room, in the living room, in a hotel room - there are many, many power-packed places in your life that could use a good power strip. This travel-friendly strip is the solution. Equipped with 3 high-powered outlets and 4 USB charging ports, this durable, surge protecting power strip will fit perfectly into any space in your life.   Read more