World's most powerful X-ray laser lights up

The US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has switched on the world's most powerful X-ray laser. The Linac Coherent Light Source II (LCLS-II) X-ray Free-Electron Laser (XFEL) flashes a million times a minute and is 10,000 times brighter than its predecess … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

The world's first movie poster set to smash auction records

The movie industry got off to an inauspicious start on 28 December 1895 at the Grand Cafe in Paris. Just 30 of the 100 seats set for the occasion were occupied, and the Lumière brothers' famous cinématographe projector sat on a step ladder at the center.Continue ReadingCategory: … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Munro's all-electric Mountain Rescue 4x4 lights up the night

After getting its burly MK-1 e-4WD ready for order in late 2022, Scottish startup Munro Vehicles is back with an all-new special edition. It developed the Mountain Rescue edition after intensive discussions with Scottish, English and Welsh mountain rescue teams and firefighting u … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Finger-worn device designed to objectively quantify itchiness

While it's important for dermatologists to know just how itchy a person's skin is, patients' self-assessments tend to be quite subjective. A new wearable sensor could help, by objectively measuring the frequency and intensity of its user's scratching sessions.Continue ReadingCate … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Moots switches from titanium to carbon for 33-lb Express gravel ebike

For decades now, Colorado-based manufacturer Moots has been known for its high-end titanium bicycles. Today, however, the company announced its first-ever carbon fiber bike, which is also its first-ever ebike. It's time to meet the Express, which is designed for gravel riding.Con … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Concert-level Bluetooth speaker ready to rock your next dance party

Those crazy soundsmiths over at Soundboks in Denmark have launched the fourth generation of the company's stupid loud Bluetooth speaker, which promises improved sonics and a longer battery life at full whack.Continue ReadingCategory: Music, TechnologyTags: Bluetooth Speakers, Por … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Calls to address overlooked ADHD in adults aged 50 and over

There’s growing recognition that attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is not just a disruptive childhood condition, with conservative numbers estimating that 8.7 million adults in the US are living with it, both diagnosed and not. Yet older adults, aged 50 and over, are … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Triple-laser projector throws big-screen 4K visuals from inches away

California-based projector maker Nomvdic has announced its new flagship model, a triple-laser ultra-short-throw Laser TV capable of projecting 100-inch 4K UHD visuals from just inches away, supported by Harman Kardon sound.Continue ReadingCategory: Home Entertainment, TechnologyT … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Nikon launches the beautifully retro Z f full-frame mirrorless camera

Nikon has added a second "heritage-inspired" camera to its mirrorless lineup, joining the Z fc in riffing off of the look of the company's FM2 single-lens-reflex film camera from the early 1980s – but this time built around a full-frame image sensor.Continue ReadingCategory: Phot … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Fender Vintera II 70s Strat review: Big vintage tone, accessible price

Heaven help the young guitarist who wants a new Strat in 2023; searching the Fender USA website today gives you no less than 74 different options, some coming in as many as nine different colors. There are Player Strats and Player Plus Strats, Made in Japans and Japanese Vintage … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Introducing the Bullet Ant 2.0, a multitool pen for all occasions

Building upon the success of its first-generation predecessor, the new-and-improved Bullet Ant 2.0 pushes the boundaries of multitool pens, catering to a diverse range of needs while clipping snugly in your pocket.Continue ReadingCategory: Outdoors, LifestyleTags: Multitools, Kic … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Where in our bodies do we feel love (and other emotions)?

Researchers have mapped where and how strongly we experience different kinds of love, covering everything from romantic love to love for strangers. The findings shed light on how context affects subjective feelings and adds to existing research on the human experience of emotions … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Toyota upends robot learning: New AI masters complex tasks in hours

We are living at the dawn of the general-purpose robotics age. Dozens of companies have now decided that it's time to invest big in humanoid robots that can autonomously navigate their way around existing workspaces and begin taking over tasks from human workers.Continue ReadingC … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Simple test predicts Alzheimer's risk, 20 years before symptoms show

Australian National University (ANU) physicists have combined nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and molecular biology to design a novel method that looks for Alzheimer’s disease protein markers in blood. These markers are tell-tale signs of early neurodegeneration, and earl … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Knaus' lightweight morphing RV reinvents caravan design for e-mobility

Knaus-Tabbert has been preparing for the electric vehicle switchover for years now, exploring everything from Wankel-extended electric motorhomes to ultralight, flexible caravan builds. Now it's spinning the latter idea into a completely reimagined camping trailer, developed from … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Stress and high effort/low reward work doubles men’s heart disease risk

A study of white-collar workers has found that men who experience work stress coupled with a job that requires high effort for low reward are at double the risk of developing heart disease, having a similar impact on heart health as obesity.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Well … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Seminal internet meme goes up for sale

"On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog" is an adage and internet meme that was first published by The New Yorker on July 5, 1993, becoming universally recognized for capturing the essence of internet anonymity and the liberation it offers from popular prejudices … and now th … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Expeditions ebike trailer lowers the floor instead of raising the roof

If you've gone and bought yourself a high-end ebike, you won't want to tow just any ol' bicycle-camping trailer behind it. With its lowerable floor, sharp lines and composite construction, the Expeditions Trailer may be just what you're looking for.Continue ReadingCategory: Bicyc … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Diabetes-treating implant produces oxygen to support islet cells

Daily insulin injections are painful and inconvenient, which is why scientists are developing implants that treat diabetes without any need for needles. A new one looks particularly promising, as it produces oxygen to feed onboard islet cells.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, Sc … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Trevor's premium electric flat tracker quietly kicks up US dirt

Following its European launch earlier this year, Belgium's electric motorcycle builder Trevor has revealed that its DTRe Stella hand-built off-road-spec flat tracker is now being made available to US riders.Continue ReadingCategory: Motorcycles, TransportTags: Electric Motorcycle … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Cube aims for everyday versatility with the Longtail Hybrid cargo ebike

German bike maker Cube has introduced a new cargo ebike designed to "get a load across town without using the car." The Longtail Hybrid gets pedal-assist from Bosch and boasts an "extra-long" carrier for hauling luggage, gear or children through the city.Continue ReadingCategory: … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Nomad 30 tiny house is ready for off-grid all-weather adventuring

Minimaliste's Nomad was originally conceived as an all-weather model in a smaller and easier-to-tow package. The firm iterated on that tiny house with a larger version and has now done so once again with the Nomad 30, which offers a new and improved interior layout and an adventu … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Short-throw 4K projector shines bright for lights-on big-screen gaming

Optoma launched a short-throw 4K projector around this time last year that boasted low input lag for big-screen gamers. Now the company has essentially swapped out the lamp light source for laser in the new, more compact, UHZ35ST model.Continue ReadingCategory: Home Entertainment … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Common sweetener now linked to impaired memory and learning

Two months on from it being declared safe by the FDA, aspartame is again making headlines for the wrong reasons, this time for its potential negative impact on learning and memory.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Florida State University, Memory, Learning, Brain, C … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

"World's first humanoid robot factory" will ship Digits in 2024

Agility Robotics is well into construction of a 70,000-sq-ft (6,503-sq-m) facility in Salem, Oregon, with the capacity to produce more than 10,000 units per year of the company's Digit humanoid robot – which will work alongside humans on the factory floor.Continue ReadingCategory … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Revolutionary "true zero carbon" cement uses electrolysis, not furnaces

Traditional concrete manufacturing processes result in a ton of CO2 for every ton of cement produced – and since we're talking about somewhere around 4.1 billion tons globally just in 2022 – more than half of that in China alone – cement is a massive contributor to climate change … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Airstream Interstate 19X is a nimbler off-grid camper for nomads

Two years ago, Airstream welcomed the summer season in with the Interstate 24X, a large adaptable camper van aimed straight at outdoor adventurers and dispersed camp explorers. Now it's closing summer out with a shorter, more capable version it calls the Interstate 19X, a playful … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Brain chemical affects how women taste alcohol, changes drinking habits

Researchers have discovered that a chemical in the brain makes alcohol taste bitter to women and may explain the difference in drinking habits between the sexes. The discovery could pave the way for novel treatments to help women curb excessive alcohol use.Continue ReadingCategor … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Novel electrical therapy rebuilds muscles lost through natural aging

Sarcopenia affects up to 16% of the world’s aging population and is one of the leading factors in the loss of independence. Marked by a loss of both muscle mass and function or strength, it’s behind many age-related falls, poor mobility and functional decline. What’s more, to dat … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

ADHD medication errors in under-20s have increased by almost 300%

A new study has found a staggering rise in the number of ADHD medication errors among US youth over the last 22 years, most of which occurred at home. The researchers say their findings highlight the need for greater patient and caregiver education to avoid these preventable erro … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

“Inverse vaccine” reverses autoimmune diseases like MS, diabetes & arthritis

Researchers have developed an "inverse vaccine" that reverses the damage caused when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s healthy organs and tissues in autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. It could pave the way to a tre … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

US Air Force gets new aggressive electronic warfare aircraft

The US Air Force has taken delivery of the first of 10 improved EC-37B Compass Call electronic attack warfare aircraft from BAE Systems and L3Harris Technologies as it replaces its vintage EC-130H Compass Call that has been in service since 1982.Continue ReadingCategory: Military … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

"Mini Mansion" designed as an alternative to sleeping on the sidewalk

While it's vitally important to find homes for the houseless, the sad truth is that many people will remain living on the street in the meantime. The Mini Mansion is designed with that fact in mind, as a portable and better equipped alternative to current options.Continue Reading … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Raytheon UK to install laser weapon on British Army fighting vehicle

In another step from the workbench to the battlefield, Raytheon UK is integrating its first high-energy 15-kW laser weapon into a Wolfhound armored vehicle for the British Army as part of the Ministry of Defence's Land Demonstrator laser program.Continue ReadingCategory: Military … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Handheld device could soon keep dangerous drugs from going to prison

In order to smuggle illegal drugs into prisons, people are now soaking materials like paper and fabric in such drugs, letting the materials dry, then passing them along to inmates. A new portable device, however, sees through that ruse.Continue ReadingCategory: Good Thinking, Lif … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Twistboxes offers a softer, lighter, roll-up take on roof-top carriers

Car-top cargo boxes are great for hauling gear, but they do decrease gas mileage by adding weight and wind drag. The Twistboxes carrier offers a partial solution to that problem, as it quickly comes off and rolls up when not in use.Continue ReadingCategory: Outdoors, LifestyleTag … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Nescafé's 3D-printed store is a step towards regenerative architecture

Brazilian architectural firm Estudio Guto Requena has recently completed an innovative pop-up store for Nescafé. Located in São Paulo, the Dolce Gusto Neo store has been constructed using algorithmic 3D printing, and is built using biodegradable materials and recycled plastic. In … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Kawasaki reveals 125cc-class electric Ninjas on their to the UK

Back at the EICMA 2022 trade show in Milan, Kawasaki unveiled a dual-battery Ninja-style electric motorcycle designed for A1 license riders in the EU. Now the company has announced that two Ninja electrics will go on sale in the UK next month.Continue ReadingCategory: Motorcycles … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

DRUM camera taps projector tech for images at nearly 5 million fps

Generally speaking, if you want to grab sharp images of crazy fast movements such as molecular interactions or water droplets, you're going to need a super-expensive rig. Researchers have developed a system built using projector tech that could significantly cut the cost.Continue … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Sprawling cultural center unified under "bamboo leaf" roof

Following its mountain-inspired Chaoyang Park Plaza and cloud-shaped Aranya Cloud Center, MAD Architects once again draws on the natural world for inspiration for its newest project. The sprawling arts and culture center will be defined by an unusual white roof meant to resemble … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Modular Gourmet garden can automate growing indoors or out

Back in 2015, French startup Véritable hit Kickstarter with a countertop Garden designed to automate growing of fresh micro-greens and herbs. Now the company has returned to the platform with a modular system that can be tweaked for indoor and outdoor use.Continue ReadingCategory … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Nasal Alzheimer’s drug effective regardless of brain plaque levels

Researchers have found that an intranasal immunotherapy drug, currently being tested as a treatment for multiple sclerosis, reduced brain inflammation and improved cognition in mice with Alzheimer’s disease, independent of the amount of beta-amyloid plaques present. They say the … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Audacious modular jet concept uses swappable wings, engines and cabins

Bristol-based company Aeralis has unveiled a remarkable modular jet concept it says can handle an enormous range of different capabilities, from two-seat transonic advanced jet trainers to long-range ISR aircraft – delivering huge savings on maintenance.Continue ReadingCategory: … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

The best snoozing strategies for surviving an “all-nighter”

A new study has proposed the ideal snoozing strategy when you’re staying up all night, examining whether taking no naps, one long nap or two shorter ones is better at combatting drowsiness and fatigue and maintaining work performance.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Parasite turns hapless ants into zombies at sunrise and sunset

Hijacking the body of a convenient host is nothing new in the opportunistic world of parasitism. Nor are zombie ants, thanks to the fittingly named zombie-ant fungus (Ophiocordyceps unilateralis), which has even claimed top prize in photography competitions.Continue ReadingCatego … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Low-emissions flash method upcycles waste plastic into "free" hydrogen

Researchers have used a low-emissions method to harvest hydrogen and graphene from waste plastics. They say it not only solves environmental problems like plastic pollution and greenhouse gas production, but the value of the graphene by-product could offset the costs of producing … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Auction alert: 'Atomic Energy' signed by Einstein, Oppenheimer & others

The term “once in a lifetime offer” has unfortunately become an advertising trope, making it difficult to cut through the clutter when something genuinely unicorn-rare comes along. The discovery, weaponization and use of nuclear power will remain one of mankind’s landmark moments … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Fixed-blade version of crazy Romotow flip-knife RV saves $100K

For over a decade, the name "Romotow" has been synonymous with a glossy white camping trailer with integrated slide-and-swing deck. Times change, though, and in an effort to bring prices down to a more earthly level, Romotow creator W2 has launched a bald version of the original … | Continue reading | 2 months ago