The $1,600 folding electric motorcycle and portable powerbank

It's one of the most important products of recent times, and it went on sale outside China for the first time this week. The Felo M1 is a folding motorcycle that almost perfectly mimics the capabilities of Honda's 1980s two-stroke Motocompo, without the petrol and oil smell ... a … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

GPT-4 is 82% more persuasive than humans, and AIs can now read emotions

GPT-4 is already better at changing people's minds than the average human is, according to new research. The gap widens the more it knows about us – and once it can see us in real time, AI seems likely to become an unprecedented persuasion machine. Continue Reading Category: Tech … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Younger generations have bigger brains – and it's impacting dementia

Bigger brains suggest better brain health and cognitive function. And since the 1930s, our brains have been growing in size. Now, a new study shows how this is affecting our risk of developing dementia, particularly Alzheimer's disease. Continue Reading Category: Medical, Science … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Video: Supersonic drone flies with revolutionary detonation engine

A supersonic drone that will be propelled by a revolutionary new engine has taken to the skies for the first time. When Venus Aerospace's aircraft does go supersonic on a later date, it will be powered by a Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine (RDRE). Continue Reading Category: Airc … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Human cells enter 'suspended animation' using tardigrade proteins

Tardigrades are famously tough little critters, and good for them – but what’s in it for us? We might now be closer to hijacking their superpowers for our own benefit, with a new study finding that tardigrade proteins can protect human cells from damage, potentially leading to ne … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

BLUETTI AC240 Arrives in Australia: Rugged all-weather outdoor power with IP65 protection

If you’re looking for a dependable power source that can withstand Australia's diverse climates, look no further than the BLUETTI AC240. Launching officially at 13:00 on April 2nd, this powerhouse comes armed with IP65 water resistance and dustproofing. It is the ultimate sidekic … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Scientists boost yields by sprinkling CO2-capturing rock dust on fields

The application of crushed rock to farmers' fields may not only reduce greenhouse gases, it could also boost crop yields by up to 16%. These are the findings of a new study conducted by scientists from the University of Sheffield’s Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation. … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

All-carbon 30-lb Urban Racer commuter ebike is ready to hit city streets

Ofiito's Urban Racer ebike features a full carbon frame, integrated automatic lighting, and a rear hub motor that can be removed when you just wanna go human-powered. What's more, the whole shebang is claimed to weigh a mere 30.2 lb (13.7 kg). Continue Reading Category: Bicycles, … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Hyundai gives Santa Cruz the off-road treatment in new XRT model

Hyundai has unveiled a new off-road model in the form of the 2025 Santa Cruz XRT. The automaker also showcased new designs for the Tucson crossover and the standard Santa Cruz truck last weekend at the New York International Auto Show. Continue Reading Category: Automotive, Trans … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Kube teardrop camper is a stunning panoramic pod ready for the Outback

Kimberley Kampers has been building some of Australia's most visually striking but still rugged camping trailers for 30 years. It's now shrinking its distinctive composite design down from family size to teardrop size. The new Kube is the company's take on the classic teardrop, o … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Introducing the world's largest electric motorcycle (with a 450-mile range)

Pitched as a near-future electric touring bike, the Felo TOOZ has a top speed of 125 mph, a hand-of-God mid-range, and a range of 720 kilometers per charge (450 miles). Those numbers suggest it will be one of the largest motorcycles on the road, regardless of engine type, because … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Inkunzi camper makes Toyota Land Cruiser one angry bull of a micro-RV

The Toyota Land Cruiser needs no introduction as one of the world's most capable, dependable off-road vehicles. We've seen some pretty impressive go-anywhere camper trucks that take advantage of that world-renowned capability, from compact, stealthy pop-tops to jaw-dropping expan … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Magnetic flashlights can go solo or unite to double the light

The Dynamic Duo "flashlight" is actually two flashlights – a wide-beam that illuminates a broad area, and a more focused narrow-beam. They can be used individually as needed, or magnetically joined together to form one dual-beam unit. Continue Reading Category: Outdoors, Lifestyl … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Star-Wars-inspired robot rolls on a round body and uses legs to steer

Inspired by the wheel-bodied battle droids from Star Wars, a scientist has created a robot that rolls along on one big wheel, using extendable legs to steer. Instead of smashing the Rebel Alliance, however, this bot's nimble descendants may one day be making deliveries. Continue … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Now we know: Dogs can sniff trauma recollections on our breath

Two dogs in a small study were able to correctly identify what breath smelled like when it was linked to a memory of trauma. The finding might allow dogs to be even better friends when it comes to helping PTSD sufferers cope with their conditions. Continue Reading Category: Healt … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Mirrorless goes micro with pocket-friendly travel camera

Colorful photo-tech inventor Samuel Mello Medeiros and camera/optics veteran Yashica have joined forces to create what's billed as the world's smallest mirrorless camera, the Micro Mirrorless Yashica – I'm Back. Continue Reading Category: Photography, Technology Tags: Kickstarter … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Ride-on Unicorn for kids could be the "killer app" educational companion

The latent potential for personal robotics became very real for me while I was strolling the halls of the 45th Bangkok International Motor Show this week. There are always good ideas at motor shows, except the good ideas at motor shows in developing regions seem to be far more af … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Inner-city home's unassuming exterior hides a light-filled oasis inside

This recently completed suburban Melbourne home by Australia's Austin Maynard Architects looks relatively unassuming at first glance. However, its plain boxy exterior belies a clever space-saving layout that opens up onto multiple gardens, filling the interior with natural light. … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Blazing bits transmitted 4.5 million times faster than broadband

An international research team has sent an astounding amount of data at a nearly incomprehensible speed. It's the fastest data transmission ever using a single optical fiber and shows just how speedy the process can get using current materials. Continue Reading Category: Technolo … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Emo senses your smile before it happens and responds in kind

A robot called Emo that senses when a human is about to smile and simultaneously responds with one of its own could represent a big step towards developing robots with enhanced communication skills more conducive to building human trust, a new study suggests. Continue Reading Cat … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Hair-loss treatment found in cinnamon

A component of the aromatic spice cinnamon caused hair follicles to sprout in the lab, with researchers now set on developing a novel treatment to reverse hair loss through the use of natural compounds. Continue Reading Category: Science Tags: Hair, Baldness, Yokohama National Un … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Gravity curbside EV chargers zap 200 miles in under 15 minutes

Gravity Technologies is working hard to make electric vehicle charging faster and more widely available, particularly in populous cities like its home base of New York. Just weeks removed from launching the fastest charging station in the United States, it's revealed new 200-kW c … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Brain tumors 5x more likely when taking common contraceptives

Taking certain common contraceptive hormones for a year or more is associated with an increased risk of developing a brain tumor that requires surgical removal, according to a new study. The findings highlight the need for women to review their contraceptive medications regularly … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Stealthy Royal Navy ships will be hidden by stealthier decoy launchers

The Royal Navy is banking a state-of-the-art launcher to protect its stealthy ships with even stealthier, hush-hush decoys. The £135 million (US$170 million) Ancilia Trainable Decoy Launcher project will counter the latest missile and drone threats. Continue Reading Category: Mil … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Hybrid underwater robot takes aim at scuba-diving tasks

The uOne underwater robot may soon be taking on risky, labor-intensive tasks currently performed by human scuba divers. It boasts a unique combination of traits from two different types of undersea bots. Continue Reading Category: Robotics, Technology Tags: Autonomous, Underwater | Continue reading | 3 months ago

900-lb teardrop trailer distills micro-camping down to its purest form

In a world of seven-figure ultra-luxury RVs and monster truck motorhomes, vehicle camping has started to feel less like getting away from it all, more like bringing it all with you. Sometimes, you just want a simple shelter around your head while spending a night or two enjoying … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

You may not have your jetpack yet, but here's your invisibility shield

If you've ever wished that you could turn invisible, here's your chance. A consumer "invisibility shield" has just hit Kickstarter, and it could be yours for as little as £54 (about US$68). Continue Reading Category: Good Thinking, Lifestyle Tags: Kickstarter, Invisibility, Optic … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Beyond plaques: New Alzheimer's treatment pathway discovered

Researchers have discovered that limiting a certain enzyme can have a dramatic impact in protecting against the effects of Alzheimer's disease. The finding could lead to a new class of drugs that fight the disease. Continue Reading Category: Medical, Science Tags: Alzheimer's Dis … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Fuel-cell train travels more than 1,700 miles on one tank of hydrogen

A hydrogen fuel-cell passenger train developed by Swiss rail vehicle maker Stadler Rail has achieved a new Guinness World Record, traveling for almost two days around the clock for a distance of 1,741.7 miles. Continue Reading Category: Transport Tags: Hydrogen-powered, Fuel Cell … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Video: No-frills tiny house hits the market for under $24K

The tiny house market is dominated by luxury models nowadays, but Dragon Tiny Homes recalls the small movement's humble roots with the Element. Featuring a compact frame and simple interior, it's currently up for sale for just US$23,500. Continue Reading Category: Tiny Houses, Li … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

JetZero's ultra-efficient blended wing demonstrator cleared for takeoff

The basic shape of a passenger jet hasn’t really changed much for decades, but radical new shapes are inching closer to production. JetZero has announced that its beautiful blended-wing demonstrator has been FAA-approved to begin test flights. Continue Reading Category: Aircraft, … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Beer-tasting Belgian AI makes better brews than humans

Guided by machine-learning models that predicted what would make Belgian beer taste more appealing, researchers tinkered with the golden nectar’s composition, greatly impressing blind taste testers. The method may lead to new recipes and improved tastes across a range of foods an … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Beethoven’s DNA reveals he just wasn’t that musical

Analysis of Beethoven’s DNA has revealed that he had a low genetic predisposition for beat synchronization, an ability that’s closely related to musicality. This is according to researchers who set out to show how making genetic predictions for individuals, including famous histo … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Fusion drive space engine ready for flight

Rocket science got a bit more science-fiction-like as RocketStar announces it has successfully demonstrated a new ion drive that incorporates nuclear fusion. It's not the sort of fusion that powers the Sun, but it does improve thrust by 50%. Continue Reading Category: Space, Scie … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Multi-pivot flipper knife slithers open like a sidewinder

Everyday carry (EDC) specialist Craighill has teamed with avant garde design duo Chen Chen and Kai Williams to create a truly unique knife. Inspired by the snake of the same name, the wavy Sidewinder flipper does away with the typical fixed handle, relying on motion from all its … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Coalax Lancer 300 modular backpack may just be the Robocop of camera bags

The Coalax Lancer 300 modular photography backpack is very much a modern-day descendant of the humble camera bag. Among other things, it sports a removable power bank, solar panel, drone-carrying compartment, and extendable rotatable selfie sticks. Continue Reading Category: Phot … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Bladder sensor sends "pee-time" alerts to patients' smartphones

Although you may know when you need to pee, such is not the case with everyone. A new implantable sensor is designed to help those other folks, by sending a smartphone alert when their bladder is full. Continue Reading Category: Medical, Science Tags: Northeastern University, Imp … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Genesis unveils awesome performance and design concepts in New York City

Genesis, Hyundai's luxury vehicle arm, has unveiled several eye-catching concepts ahead of the New York International Auto Show. The covers were pulled from the vehicles at Genesis House, a dealership and showplace in New York City. Continue Reading Category: Automotive, Transpor … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Heybike pushes beyond city limits with carbon-framed full-squish e-fatbike

China's Heybike is heading into previously uncharted territory with its first Indiegogo crowdfunder. The Hero adventure ebike is built around a lightweight but tough carbon-fiber frame, boasts full suspension along with chunky fat tires, can be optioned with a mid-drive or hub-dr … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Startup spins out plant-based alternative to PVC in vinyl records

Though streaming accounts for most of our music consumption, sales of vinyl records have been on the rise for a few years now. But the plastic used to create them is bad news for the enviro-conscious listener. A UK startup is hoping to change that by pressing for plant-based alte … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

World’s fastest camera shoots at 156.3 trillion frames per second

Engineers at INRS Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre in Canada have developed the world’s fastest camera, which can shoot at an astonishing 156.3 trillion frames per second (fps). Continue Reading Category: Technology Tags: Photo, Photography, World's Fastest, C … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Video: Filmmakers test-drive OpenAI’s Sora, inspiring awe – and concern

OpenAI has again demonstrated the capabilities of its already impressive text-to-video platform, Sora, by asking creatives to produce their own short films using it. The public's response has been a mixture of awe and fear about the potential uses of this technology and the real- … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

New images show 'demonic' face distortions from rare condition

Imagine waking up one morning and finding that every face you see is distorted into demonic proportions, with pointy ears, narrow eyes and a terrifying grin. That’s a reality for some patients with a rare condition called prosopometamorphopsia (PMO), and a unique case study has n … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

RV gear-maker glampifies box trailer into stealthy Swiss Army camper

Setting out with the goal of turning a humble storage box-on-wheels into the most luxurious live-in cargo trailer ever made, Salt Lake City camper equipment builder Tetravan has created a clean, modern caravan loaded with space-optimizing transformable components. The dual-axle t … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Self-assembling crane promises to halve cost of offshore wind setup

Part of the exorbitant cost of offshore wind energy is the massive crane ships required to install the damn things – but Norwegian company Windspider has come up with a brilliantly lightweight crane system that promises to slash costs in half. Continue Reading Category: Energy, S … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

No outdoor outlet? Power Mole transmits electricity through window glass

The Power Mole wirelessly transmits 10 watts of electricity through window glass, allowing indoor outlets to power outdoor devices. It's built on the inductive coupling technology utilized in wireless smartphone charging systems. Continue Reading Category: Around The Home, Lifest … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Measuring root length via leaves may make for better crops

A new technique may make it easier to selectively breed crop plants for better, deeper roots. The non-destructive process involves quickly checking a plant's leaves to see how far down its roots go into the soil. Continue Reading Category: Science Tags: Pennsylvania State Univers … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Autonomous pothole prevention machine rolls onto UK streets

Whether you're on a bike or in a car, potholes are a problem. Maintenance is costly and labor intensive, but authorities in the UK have successfully tested an autonomous machine designed to detect and seal surface cracks that can grow into potholes – which could save time and mon … | Continue reading | 3 months ago