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Toyota drives its 2,000-hp Land Cruiser to world speed record

2017-05-08 22:16 UTC by C.C. Weiss

The Land Speed Cruiser tops 230 mph, and Toyota believes it could have gone faster with ...

Already considered one of the world’s true off-roading and overlanding icons, the Toyota Land Cruiser is now also the world’s fastest SUV … well, kind of. At last year’s SEMA Show, Toyota showed a ridiculous 2,000-hp version it called the Land Speed Cruiser. Some might have figured it just a fun SEMA tune, but Toyota alluded to a possible record run from the beginning. Now it’s gone and done it, and at 230-mph (370 km/h), the Land Speed Cruiser not only grabs the “world fastest SUV” title, it leaves many a supercar gasping for air before the finish line.

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Study puts cryptocurrencies market at triple the size of earlier estimates

2017-05-08 20:59 UTC by Eric Mack

Bitcoin is still leading the cryptocurrency world, but is less dominant than it was a few ...

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin may seem to be the fad that keeps coming back every year or so, but a new study finds they may be much bigger than previously thought. Even before the price of Bitcoin hit new record highs in recent weeks, a landmark study out of the University of Cambridge found that cryptocurrencies are actively used by three times as many people compared to other estimates.

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Old mice get brains of two-month-olds thanks to cannabis

2017-05-08 20:38 UTC by Michael Franco

If human trials are approved and successful, this little plant could have a big impact on ...

It turns out the fountain of youth might spurt smoke instead of a magical liquid. Well, that’s not entirely true, but researchers did just discover that one of the active ingredients in marijuana – THC – was able to improve the brains of elderly mice to the level that they seemed like the brains of rodents who were only two months old.

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Early 2017 Smartphone Comparison Guide

2017-05-08 19:56 UTC by Emily Ferron

Now that many early-2017 flagships have hit the market, here's a comprehensive comparison of the leading ...

We’ve seen a strong crop of smartphones pop up in the early half of 2017. Here’s a roundup of the best recent releases – including a few from the end of 2016 – and a comprehensive comparison of their specs and features.

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In photos: Classics and customs at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

2017-05-08 19:52 UTC by Aaron Heinrich

Nortons and more Nortons – fans could view more than three dozen different bikes at the ...

The average motorcycle show attendee in the United States has gotten used to events that feature a range of chopped, bobbed, lowered and chromed out V-twins that mostly wear the Harley Davidson badge. Then there’s the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, where the bikes and the crowd are far more diverse – and we were there.

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Uber takes its self-driving tech north of the border

2017-05-08 18:49 UTC by Nick Lavars

Uber's autonomous vehicle research will be headed up by Raquel Urtasun, a computer scientist at the ...

Uber’s self-driving operations inside the US have had a checkered start, but that hasn’t stopped the company expanding its efforts beyond the border. It has today announced that it will set up a small research outpost in Toronto, Canada that will complement its ongoing work with autonomous vehicle technologies.

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DDT resistance has turned fruit flies into lazy lovers

2017-05-08 16:55 UTC by Nick Lavars

According to the new research, flies that aren't resistant to DDT are more likely to win ...

Now banned in most of the world, the insecticide DDT was used widely throughout the mid-20th century as a way of combatting diseases like malaria and protecting crops and livestock. It didn’t come without a response, however. In 1938, just seven species were resistant to DDT, but by 1984, that number has ballooned to 447, according to figures from Duke University. To learn more about the evolution of this resistance, researchers have examined its effects on the common fruit fly, discovering that it leaves them facing an uphill battle to reproduce.

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Smartwatch prototype has all the moves for grabbing your attention

2017-05-08 13:52 UTC by David Nield

Cito moves in different ways for different alerts

If you’ve so far resisted the temptation to buy yourself a smartwatch, then a new prototype device called Cito could have enough moves to one day change your mind: It can rotate, lift, twist and more to grab your attention.

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Egg-shaped sauna hatches debate in Sweden’s far-north

2017-05-08 11:38 UTC by Adam Williams

The Solar Egg was designed by Swedish artistic duo Studio Bigert & Bergström

This particular golden egg wasn’t laid by a goose, but was instead designed by Swedish artists Studio Bigert & Bergström for co-op housing association Riksbyggen. It’s named the Solar Egg and serves as a novel little sauna, allowing visitors to get their sweat on in Sweden’s far-north.

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Facility to test SABRE air-breathing engine under construction

2017-05-08 07:56 UTC by Darren Quick

SABRE engine in place on Skylon spaceplane that is due to be tested at the new ...

With the goal of providing single-stage-to-orbit capabilities that will enable spacecraft to take off and land like aircraft, and potentially ushering in an age of hypersonic air travel, Reaction Engines Ltd’s Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE) has the potential to be an aeronautical game-changer. Construction has now begun on the facility that will be used to conduct the ground test of SABRE’s engine cycle.

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Harnessing wider spectrum of ambient radio waves for powerless IoT device communication

2017-05-08 07:38 UTC by Rich Haridy

Internet of Things sensors could piggyback ambient radio waves instead of transmitting their own

Most of the devices and sensors connecting to the Internet of Things (IoT) rely on transmitting radio waves to communicate, which requires power, which means batteries if mains power isn’t an option. A team at Disney Research is looking at harnessing a technique called ultra-wideband (UWB) ambient backscatter, which would allow devices to piggyback their communications on the multitude of FM and cellular signals already in the air.

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Gvido Tokyo: The ultimate electronic sheet music reader for musicians

2017-05-08 06:44 UTC by Loz Blain

Gvido Tokyo: the ultimate electronic sheet music reader

Tablets are everywhere in music rehearsal rooms these days, but for all their convenience, they represent quite a few compromises when compared to good old printed sheets. So Japanese company Terrada Music Score Co. has gone all-out to produce the ultimate electronic alternative to sheet music.

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Mother’s day tech gifts to satisfy your mom’s inner nerd

2017-05-08 06:41 UTC by Rich Haridy

EverPurse X Kate Spade, the wristlet with a stylish charging pocket for your mobile phone

Are mothers the hardest people to shop for? With mother’s day looming you may be hitting a blank in coming up with the ideal gift for mom. We’re here to help with ten tech-infused gifts perfect for either the nerdy mom who loves her gadgets or the digital-phobic matriarch that needs to be eased in to the 21st century.

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Canadian CubeSat deploys drag sails in deorbit demo

2017-05-08 06:16 UTC by Michael Irving

The CanX-7 satellite with its 1 square-meter (10.78 sq ft) drag sails unfurled, in a test ...

A Canadian CubeSat is currently falling out of the sky – but that’s all part of the plan. After spending seven months tracking aircraft, the shoebox-sized satellite CanX-7 has started the second phase of its mission, deploying four drag sails to help it fall to Earth faster. The system is designed to demonstrate ways that spacecraft could dispose of themselves when their mission is over, helping to curb the growing space junk problem.

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Ludicrous torque: France’s hybrid rotary motorcycle concept

2017-05-08 06:15 UTC by Loz Blain

The Furion M1 design is lighter than a KTM 1290 Super Duke R, and has about ...

This concept from French company Furion pairs a twin-rotor, compact 654cc Wankel rotary engine with a 40-kilowatt electric motor to produce a massive 180 hp (134 kW) and a ludicrous 151 lb-ft (205 Nm) of instant, tire-deforming torque. Could a hybrid streetbike deliver the same kind of street lunacy as the BMW i8?

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Lister Motors reboots the Knobbly for road use

2017-05-08 05:55 UTC by Scott Collie

The Lister Knobbly Continuation

The Lister Knobbly is a legend in the motoring world, but the legend has been constrained to the race track for the past 60 years. Now, thanks to the painstaking work of engineers at Lister Motor Company, a continuation version of the classic racer has been converted for use on the public road.

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Key mechanism behind baldness and going gray discovered

2017-05-08 04:56 UTC by Rich Haridy

Researchers have discovered the cells responsible for hair growth, and the mechanism behind hair turning gray

While various snake-oil salesmen claim to offer products that can cure baldness, science hasn’t been able to crack the mystery of how to stimulate hair regrowth. But a real baldness cure could be a step closer thanks to a team of scientists who have uncovered the cells that give rise to hair growth and also the genetic triggers behind hair turning gray.

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Suzuki Ignis review: Cheap, meet cheerful

2017-05-08 03:25 UTC by Scott Collie

The Suzuki Ignis

Cheap and cheerful is an oft-used phrase, but very rarely is it true. Cheap food often tastes like cardboard, cheap clothes itch, and cheap cars are usually joyless rattletraps; the auto equivalent of dishwashers on wheels. Mercifully, some cars manage to buck the trend – cars like the delightful Suzuki Ignis. It doesn’t cost much, and it’s not particularly luxurious, but this funky helmet-on-wheels never failed to brighten our day.

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Shape-shifting fog screen keeps its focus on interactive holograms

2017-05-08 03:20 UTC by Michael Irving

A new type of fog screen, called MistForm, can bend to keep objects in focus and ...

Foggy screens are usually an annoyance, but fog screens – where images are projected onto a fine mist – could open up the possibility of interactive holograms and free-floating displays. To make those projections a bit clearer, a team at the University of Sussex has found a way to make shape-shifting fog screens that can keep objects in focus and let multiple users work together.

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UN pushes lower speed limits to combat road toll

2017-05-08 03:12 UTC by Scott Collie

The UN proposes speed limits of 30 km/h (19 mph) for pedestrian zones

This week is UN Road Safety Week, which highlights road traffic deaths and injuries and focuses on ways to reduce them. This year the week is headlined by the #SlowDown campaign, which is part of a plan to reduce road fatalities by 50 percent before 2020. Its suggestion? Lower speed limits.

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Secret US spaceplane returns to Earth after record flight

2017-05-08 01:30 UTC by David Szondy

OTV-4 landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after spending 718 days in orbit

The US Air Force’s not-so-secret secret spaceplane X-37B set a new orbital endurance record for a reusable unmanned spacecraft as it set down today at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Orbital Test Vehicle mission 4 (OTV-4) came to an end at about 8:00 AM EDT as it made an autonomous touchdown on the runway of the Shuttle Landing Facility after spending 718 days in orbit.

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Wi-Fi holography can be used to “spy” on entire rooms and buildings

2017-05-07 00:49 UTC by Eric Mack

A cross made of aluminum foil between the viewer and the Wi-FI router can easily be ...

We think of Wi-Fi as primarily bathing our homes and offices in a comfy, invisible blanket of data and internet access, but just as a blanket can take on the shapes of the bodies it covers, the microwave radiation sent out from a hotspot can be used to generate a three-dimensional image of the surrounding environment and the things and people in it.

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Mercedes Sprinter Vansports Camper keeps multi-day adventure sleek and simple

2017-05-06 07:52 UTC by C.C. Weiss

Hartmann Mercedes SP Vansports Camper

Creating a different look for the Mercedes Sprinter camper van, Hartmann Tuning keeps interior furnishings and equipment minimal and flexible, opening up a lot of space for gear and cargo. Its SP Vansports Camper looks like an intriguing way to journey deep into the outdoors, set up camp and spend a few days exploring by dirt bike, surfboard, mountain bike or ski.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: A great tablet, if you still need one

2017-05-05 21:45 UTC by Will Shanklin

We review the Galaxy Tab S3, the best Android alternative to the iPad Pro

Samsung’s high-end tablet line took the year off in 2016, but the company recently jumped back in with the Galaxy Tab S3. While it serves as a viable alternative to the 9.7-in iPad Pro, big-screen smartphones are getting better and better – posing the question (once again) of whether you need a tablet at all. Read on, as we review the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.

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Ordinary pill bottle has a clever electronic cap

2017-05-05 20:33 UTC by Ben Coxworth

Pillsy uses a smart cap to track dosages

When it comes to electronic devices that remind us to take our pills, we’ve already seen some relatively largedispensers that do the job. Pillsy, however, takes a different form. It consists of a regular-sized pill bottle with a “smart” cap, that wirelessly communicates with an iOS/Android app on your smartphone.

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