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Thursday, February 2, 2017

New Atlas

Jetpack Aviation's David Mayman and Nelson Tyler have already brought honest-to-god jetpacks out of the pages of science fiction books and onto the market. Now, they plan to do the same with flying cars. We spoke with Mayman at length about JPA's new manned VTOL multirotor project.   Read more
You may have not chosen Computer Science as your major in college--but time has only told that this career path is both lucrative and in-demand. Make up for lost time by getting the equivalent of a Minor in Computer Science with this in-depth training!   Read more
Following a recall in November, GoPro has moved swiftly to patch up its debut aircraft, with the Karma drone now available again for purchase again through the company's site. ​   Read more
If there's one trend that's surprised us in the small living movement, it's the steady rise in prices, to the point that models fetching around US$100,000 are pretty much the norm. There are still affordable options out there though and each of these five tiny houses are available for under $50,000.  Read more
Startup Omius Tech is creating a jacket that uses artificial intelligence and robotics to automatically adjust your personal temperature during changing weather and activity levels. This might just be the smartest (and eeriest) jacket you've ever seen.   Read more
Engineers at Caltech and the UIUC have developed the Bat Bot, a robotic bat with soft, flappable wings that could not only make for a safer alternative to keeping drones aloft with spinning blades, but also teach scientists more about the mechanics at work in natural bat flight.   Read more
Much of our understanding of ancient history comes from radioisotope dating, where scientists count isotopes in a rock sample to determine its age. But a flaw in this technique may be skewing the results to seem much older than they really are, according to new research out of NC State University.   Read more
In ​Complete Locked-In State (CLIS) patients with fully functional brains are trapped in bodies that they have no control over. Now a team at the Wyss Center has found a way to monitor the brain activity of CLIS sufferers in a way that allows them to answer simple yes/no questions.   Read more
This year, tax time could be a little less daunting thanks to Watson, IBM’s versatile AI. IBM and tax firm H&R Block will set the system loose on the insane amount of data involved in tax preparation, to sift out more deductions and make the whole process less horrible.   Read more
Russia's TsAGI is developing a new blended-wing heavy transport aircraft that is designed to carry up to 500 tonnes (492 tons) of cargo, yet only reaches an altitude of between three and 12 m (10 and 40 ft) over water and land.   Read more
MIT researchers have developed a system that can detect whether the tone of a conversation is happy, sad or neutral. For those with conditions that make it difficult to understand regular social cues, this could offer a future where a digital social coach in the pocket could help relieve anxiety.   Read more
GM Holden will close its manufacturing plant on October 20, but won't be going gently into that good night. Instead, the team at Holden Special Vehicles has created the GTS-R W1. It's powered by an LS9 V8, and just 300 examples will be built, providing a fitting farewell to the classic Aussie V8.   Read more
If you thought the legged robots from Boston Dynamics were scary enough, you might want to click away now. Described by company founder Marc Raibert in a presentation to investors as "nightmare inducing," the new robot ​takes all your fears of a robopocalypse and puts them on wheels.   Read more
​HTC has been as clear as mud on whether the new U Ultra is considered the company's main 2017 flagship, or just an experimental offshoot of its primary high-end line. Either way, let's see how the Ultra stacks up next to the firm's unquestioned 2016 flagship, the HTC 10.   Read more
Researchers at Georgia Tech have discovered that frog saliva switches between watery and viscous states, allowing the animals to both catch prey and then whip it back into their mouths. The findings could have implications for human technology.​  Read more
So you were a Galaxy Note 7 fan, but your dreams of smartphone-stylus harmony went up in flames. What are your other options? Unfortunately, there aren't many, but let us present a few that come close.   Read more
One down side to CubeSat satellites' small size is the fact that they can overheat or get too cold very quickly. With that in mind, scientists have created a new type of temperature-regulating radiator for them … and it does its job by folding, just like origami.​   Read more
​In the hunt for a cause and cure for Alzheimer's disease, much attention has been focused on sticky proteins called beta-amyloid plaques. A new potential target has been identified by researchers however, in so called "gatekeeper" cells that control the flow of oxygen in the brain.   Read more
The McLaren 650S is still fast and handsome but its basic shape and design is rooted in the MP4-12C launched back in 2011, making it a dinosaur compared to its rivals. That's all set to change at the Geneva Motor Show in March, when a new Super Series model launches.   Read more
Soft robotics holds great potential for the medical world, with flexible parts that are a lot more agreeable with our squishy tissue. With this goal in mind, MIT engineers have developed new hydrogel-based robots capable of generating enough force to "kick" balls and catch and release live fish. ​  Read more
Once known as a small, struggling marque, SEAT is now one of the most important brands within the VW Group umbrella. The latest car to roll out is the Ibiza, built on the new MQB A0 platform. It's bigger than before, with more space inside and a much greater focus on refinement.   Read more
You want to enjoy all the benefits of having an iPhone – without breaking the bank on a pricy data plan. Short of paring down your phone use, what can you do to cut back on needless data expenditures? New Atlas identifies a few settings for keeping data consumption under control.   Read more
​Some guitarists prefer to pluck strings with fingers, some use picks and others do both. The Pick Slinger is worn like a ring and brings a pick into play with a flip, moves it out of the way with a flick of the wrist, and quickly brings it back again when needed.  Read more
Both Daimler and Uber have been pretty active in the autonomous vehicle space, each conducting trials of their self-driving tech. The pair has now joined forces with the aim of speeding things up, with Daimler to deploy its autonomous vehicles on Uber's ride-sharing network in the coming years.  Read more