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  • Radical 4-in-1 piston engine promises hybrid-like efficiency

    21 October 2014, 10:02 pm by: Angus MacKenzie

    One of the many challenges facing engine designers is the need to increase power output while simultaneously retaining or improving efficiency. Although a four-cylinder engine is still an engineering marvel, there remain many friction points that reduce energy…
  • iPad Air 2 vs. Nexus 9

    21 October 2014, 10:00 pm by: Will Shanklin

    The latest Nexus tablet probably has the most iPad-esque appearance of any Android tablet to date (well, unless you count this gem from Xiaomi). Let's see how the features and specs of the Apple iPad Air 2 compare to those of the HTC/Google Nexus 9...…
  • Dartz stuffs 1,500 horsepower into armored Black Shark

    21 October 2014, 7:16 pm by: C.C. Weiss

    Latvian builder of the world's most outlandish armored vehicles, Dartz, is back, this time with its very first "spy car." The Prombron Black Shark is a battle-ready armored SUV built atop a Mercedes AMG GL platform. It offers up to 1,500 bhp of roaring engine…
  • zero2infinity mixes balloons and rockets to launch nanosats

    21 October 2014, 6:50 pm by: David Szondy

    Reaching space in a balloon may sound like something out of a children’s book, but Spain’s zero2infinity company doesn't think so. The Barcelona-based company specializes in near-space balloon flights for scientific and engineering clients, and is working…
  • New software claimed to provide more accurate EV range estimates

    21 October 2014, 6:39 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    If there's one thing that keeps people from buying electric cars, it's range anxiety – what if your battery runs out before you reach your destination? Although most EVs do feature systems that estimate range, they can't always be relied upon. A new software…
  • Apple iPhone 6 vs. Moto X (2014): Head to head

    21 October 2014, 6:32 pm by: Eric Mack

    If you've read our recent reviews of the new Moto X and the smaller of the new iPhones, you'll know that they're both among the best smartphones created to date. We took the time to compare and contrast these two super devices head-to-head in an attempt to…
  • The Division Furtive Type 50 shines light on tired timepieces

    21 October 2014, 6:25 pm by: Dave Parrack

    To the timepiece layman such as myself, most wristwatches are bland, uninspiring tools that do one job. They do that one job extremely well, of course, but they all – with the exception of innovative watches from companies such as TokyoFlash – meld into…
  • Scientists use protein to restore hearing to deaf mice

    21 October 2014, 5:25 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    There may be new hope for people who have lost some of their hearing due to exposure to loud noises, or simply due to aging. Scientists from the University of Michigan and Harvard University have restored hearing in mice, by getting them to create more of a…
  • Finished Visio.M electric concept car revealed to public

    21 October 2014, 4:16 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    Three years ago, we first heard about the Mute electric concept car. Created via a collaboration between 20 departments at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), it was designed chiefly to be efficient, inexpensive and safe. A project funded by the German…
  • Alpine Hawk keeps alarm-equipped "eyes" on skis and snowboards

    21 October 2014, 4:13 pm by: C.C. Weiss

    It's a dilemma that most every skier or snowboarder has faced: leave your ride unattended outside the lodge and risk walking out to an empty space where it used to be, skip lunch/après ski drinks, or obsessively look out the window to make sure you don't…
  • Cheap, ultra low-power light source runs on just 0.1 Watts

    21 October 2014, 3:27 pm by: Dario Borghino

    Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have developed a new low-cost flat panel light source that could pioneer a new generation of brighter, cheaper and greener lighting devices to rival LEDs. The device uses arrays of highly conductive carbon nanotubes to…
  • Now you can use a key to get into your Google account

    21 October 2014, 12:16 pm by: Stu Robarts

    There's an increasing recognition that passwords alone are not going be an adequate form of online security in the future. Two-factor authentication can vastly improve security, by simply introducing a second means of verification alongside a password.…
  • New Li-ion anode achieves 70 percent charge in just two minutes

    21 October 2014, 10:55 am by: Dario Borghino

    Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a new, proof-of-concept anode for lithium-ion batteries that can charge to 70 percent of its capacity in only two minutes and has a very long lifespan of ten thousands…
  • Carvey: The desktop 3D carving machine

    21 October 2014, 10:07 am by: Colin Jeffrey

    3D printers are the appliance of choice for a new generation of makers keen to rapidly prototype straight from their computer. But many materials with which 3D printers can produce items have limitations, and there are others that they can’t work with at…
  • Floods don't wash with this amphibious floating house

    21 October 2014, 9:06 am by: Stu Robarts

    Living in an area prone to flooding has historically meant that you need high sockets and deep pockets. Baca Architects, however, has come up with an altogether more ingenious solution. Its "amphibious house," designed to float on floodwater before being…
  • The Core wireless speaker creates sonic hologram for supercharged stereo

    21 October 2014, 7:15 am by: Paul Ridden

    Standing out in the already overflowing Bluetooth speaker market is not an easy task. Toronto's Mass Fidelity reckons its wireless audio thrower manages to do just that. Rather than suffering from rather disappointing mono audio performance or wasting hours of…
  • NASA looks to SpaceX for Mars landing tips

    21 October 2014, 4:25 am by: David Szondy

    SpaceX founder Elon Musk has made it no secret that he plans to go to Mars, and it looks like he’s giving NASA’s ambitions about the Red Planet a bit of a boost along the way. During a Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in…
  • Algorithm lets disaster response robots discern between humans and rubble

    21 October 2014, 3:26 am by: Darren Quick

    With their ability to navigate through tight spaces and unstable environments without putting people at risk, disaster response is one of the most promising applications for robots. Researchers from Mexico's University of Guadalajara (UDG) have developed an…
  • Adobe KnowHow: Learn Photography From The Best

    21 October 2014, 3:26 am by: Darren Quick

    Anyone can take photos. Anyone can take really great photos. But to take stunning images time and time again takes practice and a little knowhow. Hence, the Adobe KnowHow Bundle brings together four courses which teach photography from the ground up, both in…
  • Belassi B3R Sport: The world's most powerful PWC

    21 October 2014, 2:56 am by: Loz Blain

    Seven years ago, Gizmag's Mike Hanlon made a bold prediction: the 400-horsepower PWC cometh. With Benelli's top of the line V6 jet ski smashing out some 342 horsepower, and a series of supercharged Hondas, Sea-Doos, MV Agustas and Kawasakis nipping at its…
  • Drones used to monitor behaviour of killer whales

    21 October 2014, 2:22 am by: Nick Lavars

    Researchers from the Vancouver Aquarium and the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have begun using drones to keep tabs on endangered killer whales off the west coast of the continent. The technology is giving the researchers a…
  • NASA Mars probes watch comet near-miss

    21 October 2014, 1:18 am by: David Szondy

    After a dramatic, one-in-a-million-years close encounter between Mars and comet Siding Spring on Sunday, all five functioning US Mars probes survived and are reportedly healthy. NASA confirms that the Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), and the…
  • Wasp's 3D printers produce low-cost houses made from mud

    21 October 2014, 12:21 am by: Nick Lavars

    A need to address a lack of housing for the globe's growing population has turned up some eye-catching efforts, blending creative architecture with new, sustainable technologies. And it is increasingly looking like 3D printing could have a role to play.…
  • Ambi Climate gives your air conditioner a brain

    20 October 2014, 11:47 pm by: Nino Marchetti

    Your typical air conditioning unit in an apartment or home is a stupid creature, failing to work intelligently to create the most comfortable temperature environment for you in the most efficient way. Start up Ambi Climate thinks it has built the better brain…
  • iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy S5: A closer look

    20 October 2014, 11:04 pm by: Will Shanklin

    There are more great smartphones than ever before, but you won't find two more popular brands than iPhone and Galaxy. How do their latest flagships compare? Read on, as Gizmag goes hands-on with the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5... Continue Reading iPhone 6…

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