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  • Peugeot returns to Dakar with sinister 2008 DKR

    19 April 2014, 6:46 pm by: C.C. Weiss

    After a record-breaking performance in the 208 T16 at last year's Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Peugeot announced a few weeks back that it would again team with Red Bull and Total, this time with its sights on next year's Dakar Rally. The announcement marks the…
  • LADEE probe hits the Moon at 3,600 mph

    18 April 2014, 8:49 pm by: David Szondy

    In space, no one can hear you hit the Moon at near-hypersonic speed. Today, NASA's Ames Research Center announced that the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) made a controlled impact on the far side of the Moon some time between 9:30 and…
  • Baobed treehouse lets you sleep in the trees or on the ground

    18 April 2014, 8:38 pm by: Adam Williams

    We've seen many structures that offer shelter while hanging from tree branches over the years, but the Baobed treehouse adds some extra versatility to the equation. The portable capsule is designed to allow one person, or two very close friends, to hang from a…
  • Fourth time lucky for SpaceX's CRS-3 Dragon launch

    18 April 2014, 4:40 pm by: David Szondy

    It took four tries, but SpaceX’s CRS-3 mission is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). Today at 3:25:21PM, EDT, the unmanned Dragon cargo spacecraft lifted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force…
  • NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures the birth of a new Saturnian moon

    18 April 2014, 11:14 am by: Anthony Wood

    Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft taken Apr. 15 hint at the formation of a new Saturnian moon. The icy object, believed to be only half a mile in diameter, recently formed in Saturn's outer rings and has been given the provisional name, Peggy...…
  • Smarcos project aims to make internet-connected devices smarter

    18 April 2014, 10:42 am by: Dario Borghino

    The Smart Composite Human-Computer Interfaces (Smarcos) project is developing a system that will allow the rising number of internet-connected devices to observe and predict consumers' actions in real time, so they can intelligently coordinate their efforts…
  • Google Street View tech can solve CAPTCHA puzzles

    18 April 2014, 9:33 am by: Stu Robarts

    Do you get frustrated filling out those online forms with jumbled letters to prove that you're human, only to get them wrong? They're called CAPTCHA puzzles and are designed to be difficult for computers to crack. Google's Street View technology, however, can…
  • Open-source "intelligent" beehives developed to tackle Colony Collapse Disorder

    18 April 2014, 6:41 am by: Phyllis Richardson

    Bee colonies are in decline worldwide. As Gizmag reported previously, this is a growing problem, and a number of theories and solutions are being explored. A team of eco-technologists from Europe and the US has come together to engineer a collaborative…
  • Benelli’s 300cc BN302: Italian motorcycling for beginners

    18 April 2014, 4:07 am by: Loz Blain

    Benelli has rolled out the welcome mat to new riders with the release of its BN302 twin cylinder, 300cc nakedbike. Affordable, good looking and unmistakably Italian, the BN302 is one of a host of new models set to debut in the coming 24 months (including a…
  • Boeing's Phantom Badger packs a lot of combat vehicle into a small package

    18 April 2014, 3:47 am by: David Szondy

    The US military fields some pretty impressive vehicles, but they aren't worth much if they don’t fit on the aircraft intended to transport them. Last month, the US Navy removed one obstacle when it cleared the Boeing Phantom Badger combat support vehicle for…
  • Review: Samsung Galaxy S5

    17 April 2014, 10:45 pm by: Will Shanklin

    Sometime within the last couple of years, smartphones hit a wall. Make no mistake, they're still improving. But manufacturers are having to try a lot harder to make their phones stand out from the crowd. Can the latest flagship from the world's biggest…
  • Google Camera app simulates lens blur on camera phones

    17 April 2014, 10:26 pm by: Loz Blain

    With the new Google Camera app, you can choose where your photo is focused after you shoot, and then dial in whatever amount of lens blur you like to separate the subject from the background. It's a very clever piece of software that simulates the bokeh effect…
  • Brooks-Range replaces tent poles with internal cords to save weight

    17 April 2014, 10:14 pm by: C.C. Weiss

    Tent poles have to be one of the most hated types of sports equipment in the world. They represent the long, difficult process of setting that huge, overly complex base camp tent up at quarter to midnight. If you're really unlucky, they get twisted and knotted…
  • In pictures: 41st Tokyo Motorcycle Show 2014

    17 April 2014, 10:01 pm by: Stephen Clemenger

    Held at the end of March each year, the annual Tokyo Motorcycle show is a "hands on handlebars and bums on saddles" kind of event which, as well as being a world showcase for the latest innovations from local manufacturers, aims to function as a shop window…
  • Kepler discovers most potentially habitable planet yet

    17 April 2014, 7:15 pm by: David Szondy

    The search for extraterrestrial life zeroed in a bit today as NASA announced that its unmanned Kepler Space Telescope detected the most Earth-like planet yet found beyond the Solar System. Named Kepler-186f, the new planet orbits a red dwarf star about 500…
  • Mazda unveils its MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition

    17 April 2014, 7:10 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    In February 1989, Mazda introduced what would become the best-selling two-seater sports car of all time – the MX-5 Miata. Twenty-five years and over 940,000 sales later, Mazda has now unveiled a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the car, which we spied at…
  • High-performing surgical adhesive utilizes nanoparticles

    17 April 2014, 4:56 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    In the ongoing quest to develop better ways of sealing wounds within the body, scientists have created surgical adhesives inspired by porcupine quills, mussels and slugs. Not all good ideas have to come from the animal kingdom, however. Recently, French…
  • Sentinel-1A satellite returns first shots of Earth

    17 April 2014, 4:46 pm by: Anthony Wood

    ESA's Sentinel-1A satellite has returned its first images of Earth from space in its second week of achieving orbit. The satellite, having been launched on Apr. 3, has only recently undergone a complicated maneuver to extend its 10 m (32 ft) solar wings and 12…
  • The Cesium 133 atomic wristwatch heads to Kickstarter

    17 April 2014, 4:37 pm by: Dave Parrack

    There are plenty of atomic watches available that can keep time accurately by receiving a radio signal from an atomic clock, but there hasn't ever been a true atomic wristwatch which boasts its own atomic clock. Until now. Enter the Cesium 133 from Bathys…
  • Sony teases upcoming PS4 software update with new video editor and pre-loading

    17 April 2014, 3:04 pm by: Chris Wood

    Sony has provided some details of what to expect from its upcoming PlayStation 4 software update. The company has reportedly taken user feedback into account and is planning two significant upgrades for the v1.7 update – the ability to pre-load games and…
  • Three alternatives to using passwords

    17 April 2014, 1:01 pm by: Stu Robarts

    As a result of the Heartbleed bug that has made data on two-thirds of the world's servers potentially accessible to hackers, users have been told to change their passwords. It goes to show that not only is the security of passwords fragile, but they are…
  • Floating nuclear plants could prove tsunami-proof

    17 April 2014, 10:52 am by: Lakshmi Sandhana

    The most frightening part of a tsunami hitting a nuclear power plant is what comes after – radioactive leaks that contaminate the water around the plant are exceedingly difficult to contain. The clean up of the radioactive water around the Fukushima Daiichi…
  • Eyefi launches its own "unlimited" Cloud storage service

    17 April 2014, 10:33 am by: Paul Ridden

    In 2007, Mountain View's Eyefi (formerly Eye-Fi) was the first to release an SD memory card that gave compatible digital cameras the ability to transfer images wirelessly to computers over Wi-Fi. A few years later, the company included an "endless memory"…
  • Microsoft launches media-centric All-in-One keyboard

    17 April 2014, 9:18 am by: Chris Wood

    Microsoft has announced the latest addition to its in-house accessories range in the form of the All-in-One Media Keyboard. The device is aimed squarely at the living room and features an integrated multi-touch trackpad and a range of entertainment-related…
  • Is the Dart the world's smallest laptop charger?

    17 April 2014, 8:02 am by: Stu Robarts

    Laptop chargers can be fairly bulky and unwieldy, at odds with the supposed portability of their devices. A group of MIT graduates has recognized this and developed a charger that is significantly more compact. The Finsix Dart is about a quarter of the size of…

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