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Friday, December 30, 2016

New Atlas

Colon and melanoma cancers could soon be treated with a vaccine, if research from U-M lives up to its early promise. Using synthetic nanodiscs, scientists trained the immune systems of mice to better target cancerous cells, killing tumors within 10 days and preventing recurrence months later.   Read more
Not willing to pay someone on eBay two or three times the MSRP of a NES Classic for a blast of Nintendo nostalgia over the holidays? Let New Atlas show you the alternatives.   Read more
Tiny Heirloom has shared another recently-completed tiny house with us. The Rocky Mountain Tiny Home serves as an off-grid vacation home for a family of four in rural Colorado. It features a home office that allows the owners to get some work done while away.   Read more
It's a quiet time for auctions this week, but there are some fine objets d'art coming to auction over the next few weeks and in particular Heritage Auctions' Gentleman Collector Estate sale opens for bidding today and concludes 19 January, with many items of immense fascination for the technophile.  Read more
​The age of widespread autonomous flight came another step closer as DARPA announced its Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System was installed and tested in two different Cessna 208 Caravan fixed-wing aircraft, a Diamond DA-42 fixed-wing aircraft, and a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.  Read more
Mars and the far side of the Moon are on the itinerary for China’s space program, according to a new white paper released this week. The State Council Information Office document recaps the country’s space-faring achievements over the past five years, and outlines its goals for the next five.   Read more
​While Valve just added native support for the DualShock 4 to Steam, not every game supports it, and what about all those games you bought elsewhere? Not to worry – here's a quick and painless way to use your DualShock 4 on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10.​  Read more
After copyright infringing website blocking systems in Australia were recently bypassed the same day they were instituted, the question must be asked: Is this the right approach in combating internet piracy?  Read more
Ten percent of dental implants end up being removed due to infections or the implant not integrating with the patient’s jawbone properly. To combat this, researchers have developed new coatings for dental implants that not only anchor to the surrounding bone better, but fight bacterial infection.   Read more
​Perhaps you own multiple devices that can be remotely controlled via your smartphone, each device requiring you to use a different app. Well, tapdo is designed to simplify things. It's a fingerprint-reading gadget that simultaneously controls numerous devices.   Read more
Android companions, giant mechas and flying microbots used to be the preserve of science fiction but if this year's advancements in robotics are any indication, fiction might get a reality check in the not-too-distant future.   Read more
It's well known that bats use sound to navigate their environment, but new research indicates that the noises the flying mammals make actual serve a host of other functions including marking each other as friend or foe and indicating what particular squabbles are about.​   Read more
In a few short years, virtual reality has gone from something only a lucky few had tried in private demos to a consumer product advertised in prime time television (Samsung, Sony and Google all ran TV ads this year). Let's take a look back at VR's arrival on the scene in 2016.   Read more
LG's latest foray into wearables looks to be Bluetooth wireless sound systems worn around the neck. The company will unveil a pair of neckbands next month – the LG Tone Studio that sports surround sound speakers, and the Tone Free that stows and charges a pair of wireless earbuds around your collar.   Read more
​It's hard to imagine cavemen taking a great deal of pride in their teeth, but new research suggests our fussiness with oral hygiene has some pretty deep roots.   Read more
Samsung has unveiled a range of new home entertainment systems ahead of their debut at CES next month. Although there is a new sound bar and ultra high-definition Blu-Ray player, the headline act is the H7, which uses a 32-bit system to upscale music and deliver clearer, more detailed sound.   Read more
With CES less than a week away, Samsung has previewed a new curved Quantum Dot monitor it will unveil at the show. Aimed at gamers, the new CH711 is a 16:9 monitor that will come with screens measuring 27 or 31.5 inches housed within a white chassis.  Read more
It's pretty simple: you need to charge or sync your iPhone. This 3-pack of USB 2.0 cables, courtesy of Apple itself, gives you three ways to do just that. Just connect your Apple device to any USB port, and go to town. As icing on the cake, these babies are MFi-certified, meaning they have Apple's stamp of approval and are guaranteed to safely charge or sync your device each time.  Read more