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Friday, February 3, 2017

New Atlas

Just like people, continents break up and drift apart. And sometimes just like a forgotten ex, they resurface unexpectedly. What can we learn about earth's early days from the remains of an ancient supercontinent?   Read more
Learn to specialize in methodologies that will protect your organization from security threats, and become an indispensable member of your team. Where do you start? This course will take you from beginner to pro penetration tester so you can prove your worth by discovering security vulnerabilities before they're a real issue.   Read more
If you've ever tried virtual reality, chances are you get what the fuss is all about: There's something "magical" about strapping on a pair of goggles and feeling like you're someplace else. Like any new technology, though, VR has plenty of room for improvement. Like these X things.   Read more
Think "Milky Way" and "black hole," and the supermassive pit of gravity at the center of our galaxy is bound to come to mind. But, researchers from Japan believe they've just spotted a different black hole zipping through the gaseous remnants of a supernova explosion at a truly impressive speed.   Read more
​Around this time last year, we featured a jaw-dropping Prestige Collection Telecaster based on an 18th century pocket watch. Fender's Yuriy Shishkov has been raiding the company's jewelry box again, this time to produce the Strat-shaped Studioliner that riffs off of a 1930s Kodak camera.   Read more
Plans have been unveiled for a £1 billion mixed-use development in London, by Santiago Calatrava. The starchitect's first significant project in the UK, Peninsula Place will include restaurants, retail and entertainment areas, in addition to a new tube and bus station.   Read more
Electron microscope images of the inside of the brains of mice has given credence to the hypothesis that sleep is the trade-off for the ability to learn new things.   Read more
With the speed that AI is advancing, hundreds of AI and robotics researchers have compiled the Asilomar AI Principles, a list of 23 principles, priorities and precautions that should guide our development of artificial intelligence to ensure it’s safe, ethical and beneficial.   Read more
California is once again getting an electric school bus, and this time it's a full-size Type C. The result of carbon market cooperation between Québec and California, the all-electric eLion from Québec's Lion Bus quietly navigates local streets without leaving a cloud of diesel fumes in its wake.   Read more
Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that kills most patients within two years of diagnosis. Tests on mice last year showed that stem cells can hunt down the tumors, and now the process has worked with human cells, and can be quick enough to beat the ticking time-bombs.   Read more
When Britain's Halley VI Research Station was threatened by a crack in the Brunt Ice Shelf, it was decided to drag the whole thing 14 miles to safety. Thirteen weeks later, the facility has arrived.   Read more
Researchers have found another reason to try to keep your Mac attacks at bay. Grease-resistant wrappers treated with the same chemicals used in stain-resistant products like carpets were found in significant numbers at a variety of fast-food restaurants. And they can leach into your food.   Read more
​If you've ever tried to get a lab rat off of heroin, then you'll know that it can be very difficult – the narcotic is notoriously addictive. However, scientists have recently reported success in using deep brain stimulation to reduce addicted rats' compulsion to take the drug.   Read more
No one wants to put their lives in the hands of a driverless car with less than bulletproof reliability, forcing Google to subject their cars to millions of miles of testing. Those miles are starting to make a difference, with new figures showing the number of self-driving errors is dropping.   Read more
Many iPhone​ users have wrestled with storage limits, especially when it comes to managing the device’s camera roll. Apart from deleting old pics and purchasing a paid iCloud subscription, there’s another option for alleviating storage woes: using Google Photos for iOS.​   Read more
When it comes to delivery vans, there isn't usually much to get excited about. The one-off Nissan NV Cargo X is an exception to the rule. With a proper off-road suspension, Cummins diesel engine and bright sticker kit, it'll get your package delivered – no matter the destination.   Read more
​If a huge box sprouting hundreds of cables is your idea of a modular synthesizer, then you may need to have a rethink. Artists & Engineers has developed a four module sound synthesis system called Polytik that's designed to be as pleasing to the eye as it is to the ear.   Read more
​There are two popular ways to watch the Super Bowl: In person, if you’re lucky enough to score tickets and travel, or at home on TV, most likely surrounded by food and friends. This year, there’s one more option: watching clips in virtual reality.   Read more
Though we've yet to see most of the tech predictions from Back to the Future II come true, we have seen a number of self-lacing shoe projects step forward. Vimal Patel's take is a little different, using a Lego contraption attached to the outside of an old shoe to draw the laces tight.   Read more
​People like scooters because they have comfy seats, and they're easy to get on and off of. People also like mountain bikes, however, because they're smooth-riding. Monkey Faction has attempted to combine all of those qualities in one retro-looking bike, known as the Capuchin.   Read more
​The gold, silver and bronze medals handed out at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games may also feature a hint of green, with the organizing committee launching an initiative to craft the awards with metals harvested from unused electronic devices.​   Read more
This stylish, ultra-portable laptop is thinner, lighter and more powerful than the Apple MacBook it's clearly built to compete with. A pleasure to carry around (and to be seen with), it's a performance beast too - but one that comes with some clear drawbacks.  Read more