Catastrophic avian influenza reaches the Galapagos for the first time

Almost 200 years on from when Charles Darwin observed his Galapagos Islands finches, which became the emblems of his theory of evolution, birds in the region are again in the news for what many scientists warn could be the source of the next pandemic.Continue ReadingCategory: Bio … | Continue reading | 2 hours ago

Inventor ponders ethics of wiring human brain tissue into computers

When you take 800,000 human brain cells, wire them into a biological hybrid computer chip, and demonstrate that it can learn faster than neural networks, people have questions. We speak to Dr. Brett Kagan, Chief Scientific Officer at Cortical Labs.Continue ReadingCategory: Comput … | Continue reading | 2 hours ago

"Extraterrestrial" Space Crystal set to land in China

OPEN Architecture has made a habit of designing extraordinary projects, such as the rocky Chapel of Sound and sundial-like Sun Tower, and this is set to continue with its newly revealed Space Crystal. Likened to an extraterrestrial-like object that's landed in a park by the firm, … | Continue reading | 3 hours ago

Novel nanoribbons could improve battery & solar cell efficiency

Researchers have created a new family of nanomaterials by alloying phosphorus with arsenic to create single-atom-thick ribbons that are highly conductive, making them ideal candidates for use in next-generation batteries, solar cells and quantum computers.Continue ReadingCategory … | Continue reading | 3 hours ago

Ultra-moddable camping trailer transforms from cargo crate to micro-RV

German camper innovator VanMe recently took a short break from designing stylish camper vans to introduce one of the more modular camping trailers the world over.Continue ReadingCategory: Outdoors, LifestyleTags: Caravan, Trailer, trailers, RV, Outdoors, Camping, Off-road, Modula … | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

Incredible images from Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2023 winners

With their ability to capture imaginations and evoke emotions, photos can tell us stories about nature that words alone can’t convey. The winning entries in the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2023 competition prove that, as far as nature is concerned, a picture is worth a th … | Continue reading | 7 hours ago

Autonomous audio robot swarm can mute conversations in chaotic rooms

UW researchers say they can now mute different parts of a noisy room, or isolate one conversation in a chaotic environment, thanks to a swarm of small audio robots that auto-position themselves to pinpoint and follow multiple moving sound sources.Continue ReadingCategory: Technol … | Continue reading | 7 hours ago

New gene-editing tool reduces unintended mutations by more than 70%

Researchers have found that splitting the gene editor used in traditional CRISPR technology creates a more precise tool that can be switched on and off, with significantly less chance of causing unintended genome mutations. They say their novel tool can potentially correct around … | Continue reading | 9 hours ago

Boeing to develop hypersonic missile interceptor for DARPA

Boeing has been tapped by DARPA to develop and test the technology that will be required to build a prototype to intercept hypersonic missiles in the upper atmosphere as part of the agency's four-year Glide Breaker program.Continue ReadingCategory: Military, TechnologyTags: Boein … | Continue reading | 13 hours ago

Low-power desalination tech may provide drinking water at disaster sites

At disaster sites, it's not uncommon for both the water supply and electrical grid to be out of commission. That's where a new system may someday come in, as it utilizes just a small amount of electricity – which could be stored in a battery – to desalinate seawater for drinking. … | Continue reading | 13 hours ago

Review: 2023 Ford Expedition Timberline is a giant, useful SUV

Large, truck-based sport utilities like the Expedition exist to serve several roles: people haulers, trailer pullers, stuff carriers, and sometimes off-road beasts. The people who buy them expect them to do all of these things at one time or another. The Expedition Timberline won … | Continue reading | 17 hours ago

Bio-inspired color-changing coating could both warm and cool houses

The desert-dwelling Namaqua chameleon has a pretty neat trick – it changes skin color to stay cool when outdoor temperatures rise, and stay warm when they drop. An experimental new coating could one day do the same thing for our homes.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Americ … | Continue reading | 19 hours ago

First all-digital Instax is a cute ball of photographic fun

Fujifilm has launched a cute Instax camera that makes printing to instant film optional. The Instax Pal digital camera comes bundled with a Mini Link 2 printer, but can stow snaps to onboard storage for transfer to the free companion app to add filters and stickers.Continue Readi … | Continue reading | 21 hours ago

Candela C-8 foiling e-boat travels 420 nautical miles in 24 hours

In an effort to demonstrate that electric boating is ready to clean up the marine transport sector now, Swedish e-boat maker Candela partnered with Northvolt and Plug for a long-distance challenge that saw the latest C-8 Polestar Powered prototype clock up 420 nautical miles over … | Continue reading | 23 hours ago

Boss invites guitar players to jam wirelessly with the Katana Air EX

Boss has added a new desktop model to its impressive Katana range of app-enhanced modeling amplifiers for electric guitar and bass. The 35-W Air EX allows for wireless connection between instrument and combo amp, and can also run on batteries.Continue ReadingCategory: Music, Tech … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Work restarts on audacious kilometer-tall skyscraper

2023 has turned out to be an incredible year for Saudi Arabian architecture so far. First the country confirmed its 170-km (105-mile)-long The Line is going ahead, then revealed plans for a cuboid tower big enough to hold 20 Empire State Buildings. Now, it has reportedly restarte … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Mysterious circular RNA linked to Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s disease

Researchers have gained new insights into largely overlooked circular RNAs in brain cells and the crucial role they play in diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. In addition to providing valuable information about the molecular mechanisms underlying these conditions, their f … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Suppressing negative thoughts reduces post-traumatic stress & anxiety

A new study has challenged the commonly held belief that consciously suppressing negative thoughts is bad for our mental health, finding that people who did so had lower levels of post-traumatic stress and anxiety, and intrusive thoughts were less vivid. The findings suggest it’s … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Bionic silkworms with spider genes spin fibers 6x tougher than Kevlar

For the first time, scientists have successfully produced full-length spider silk fibers using genetically modified silkworms. With high strength and toughness, this silk has the potential to provide a scalable, sustainable and better-quality alternative to current synthetic fibe … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Novel light-activated compound kills cancer cells in a unique way

Researchers have developed a novel platinum-enhanced, light-activated compound that kills cancer cells in a unique way without requiring oxygen, overcoming a limitation with existing light-based cancer therapies. Their discovery paves the way for developing the next generation of … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

European "yacht on wheels" camper van journeys onto American market

The world keeps getting brighter for Americans lusting after European camper vans with no recent history of US availability. Westfalia is officially on its way back to market, Volkswagen will soon have an all-electric van canvas with which converters can work, and now Las Vegas' … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

With some 1,500 dead animals in its wake, Neuralink heads to humans

Following years of controversy, including whistleblowers reporting of rushed experimental “hack jobs” that resulted in as many as 1,500 animal fatalities, Elon Musk's brain-chip implant company has begun recruiting for its landmark first human trial.Continue ReadingCategory: Comp … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

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 | 1 day 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 | 1 day 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 | 1 day 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 | 1 day 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 | 1 day 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 | 1 day 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 | 1 day 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 | 1 day 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 | 3 days 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 | 3 days 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 | 3 days 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 | 3 days 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 | 3 days ago