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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New Atlas

Building any production car is a complex undertaking, but some cars require more attention than others. Production of the Bugatti Chiron has officially started, and Bugatti has peeled back the curtain to show the world how 1,800 individual parts come together to make one Chiron.   Read more
Make sure your personal data and Internet activity are never exposed with the extremely reliable VPN trusted by over a million users. PureVPN’s self-managed VPN network has a wider reach (550+ servers nodes in 141 countries) and allows more simultaneous device connections (five) than pretty much any other VPN out there.   Read more
If the vision of San Francisco startup Roam Robotics and its co-founder Tim Swift are fully realized, we could be buying commercial lightweight exoskeletons to run faster, hike further and lift more with less effort in the coming years.   Read more
As Germany and France move towards elections in 2017 pressure has been mounting on tech giants to tackle the challenge of fake news. But in the age of highly politicized news cycles the question is how can truth be safely separated from fiction without censoring genuine alternative news sources?   Read more
Do you regularly record and transcribe voice memos or interviews? The creators of the Senstone wearable voice recorder (currently on Kickstarter) want to modernize your methods. This little device offers automatic voice-to-text transcription via its companion app. Is it worth your investment?   Read more
Scientists in Australia have uncovered what they believe to be one of the largest mimicry systems on Earth, made up of more than 140 different species that mimic one another with the same distinctive golden sheen to ward off would-be predators.   Read more
​3D-printing has been used to great effect in the development of prosthetic aids, patient-tailored​​ medical devices and body parts. Now, Eliza Wrobel has used additive manufacturing to make the humble walker even more useful for those suffering from limb disabilities who want to stay active.  Read more
How drugs are delivered can make these weapons more effective against disease. Researchers are developing "mini-suitcases" that can release drugs exactly when and where they're needed. These packages could also be useful in agriculture, to protect seeds and deliver fertilizer more efficiently.  Read more
Marine Protected Areas are proven refuges for less-mobile species, but whether they protect wide-roaming creatures has been up for debate. A recent study from Stanford University shows an MPA south of Hawaii provided protection for far-roaming grey reef sharks, holding promise for other species.  Read more
Prosthetic and orthotic devices can help patients regain mobility and limb function, but the process takes time and labor. U-M researchers are developing a system that uses 3D printing to create assistive devices that are better tailored to each individual in less than a day.   Read more
Dodge is making its Durango a fast, wild animal built for all-out performance. Dubbed the "Dodge Charger of the full-size SUV segment," the new Durango SRT packs power and performance previously unimaginable for a factory Durango.   Read more
Flame stacks are relatively simple structures, but inspecting them is anything but. It's so costly and time consuming that GE is looking at ways to use drones to inspect fire stacks and other components in real time without the need to shut down production.   Read more
A few years ago, Stanford professor Li Liu discovered a beer recipe, and now her students have brewed it for the first time. What’s the big deal? This recipe is over 5,000 years old, and represents the earliest direct evidence of beer-brewing in China. The results were reportedly mixed.   Read more
The Paris round of collector car auctions begins later this week, with RM-Sothebys auction on February 8, Bonhams​ on February 9 and Artcurial on February 10. Some very important and wonderfully storied automobiles will grace the auction block and this is our pick of the 10 best.​   Read more
​After sitting on the tarmac for over 13 years, the last Concorde supersonic passenger airplane has made its final journey. British Airways’ Concorde Alpha Foxtrot was towed to a purpose-built hangar that's part of the Aerospace Bristol museum.   Read more
​There's a lot of carbon in automobile exhaust. Carbon is also used as a pigment in black ink. The guys at Singapore-based Graviky Labs have combined the one with the other, by harvesting carbon from vehicles' tailpipes to make their own eco-friendly AirInk.   Read more
With little more than a standard inkjet printer, some silicone, and a sheet of polymer film, Stanford researchers have created a reusable diagnostic "lab on a chip" that costs just 1 cent to make. This new technology could help vastly improve disease detection worldwide.   Read more
Hyper-responsiveness might be something you'd like from your cell phone company. But in the lungs, hyper-responsiveness is a major hallmark of asthma. Researchers believe they may have found a protein that can combat this extreme reaction of the lungs, which could one day wind up in an inhaler.   Read more
​Moment​ has been creating photography accessories for iPhones for a few years, and its current Kickstarter campaign could bring refreshed perks to Apple's latest flagships. A proposed battery case, photography case and wide lens aim to bring DSLR-like functions to the iPhone 7​ and iPhone 7 Plus​.   Read more
Many lizards are capable of breaking off and regrowing their tail, in order to escape predators. The newly-described Geckolepis megalepis gecko, however, possesses a rather interesting trait. When a predator tries to eat it, that creature often just ends up with a mouthful of tear-away scales.​   Read more
They might have a reputation for being dinosaurs, but family four-wheel drives are getting smarter. The new Ford Expedition has grown in every direction, but an aluminum-intensive body and smarter powertrain options mean it uses less fuel, tows more weight and handles better than before.   Read more
The 12-inch MacBook is Apple's lightest and thinnest laptop – it also has its smallest display, only one USB-C port and a starting price of US$1,299. Before you take the plunge, what are your other options? New Atlas has rounded up a few.   Read more
​Britain's railway industry has moved to modernize its transport systems for the digital era, with a strategy that involves connected trains and more frictionless gate entry through a Bluetooth-connected smartphone, and possibly one day, eye and fingerprint scanning.   Read more
Citroen has found its feet again in recent years, returning to its roots with a range of comfy, quirky cars. If the C-Aircross Concept is anything to go by, that range will soon be growing to include a (handsome) compact four-wheel drive.   Read more
Collecting data on impoverished zones is anything but straightforward. Modern technology, however, is affording researchers exciting new ways to bring these areas into focus, such as the mix of smartphone and satellite data used to create a new map of poverty distribution across Bangladesh.   Read more
Logitech is the first to bring 4K resolution to the humble webcam with the Logitech Brio 4K Pro Webcam. It also boasts HDR and Windows Hello support that enables users to login to using infrared-based facial recognition.   Read more
We've seen before how Google is experimenting with its RAISR algorithm to add detail and sharpness to images, but a new paper from a team of Google Brain researchers shows how machine learning might take things to a whole new level.  Read more
Today on its blog, Twitter announced new efforts targeting abuse and harassment. The social media platform is attempting to curb banned users from creating new accounts, rolling out a "safe search" option and removing abusive, low-quality tweets from prominent places in the reply feed.   Read more