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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070: The new VR sweet spot

    3h By Will Shanklin
    Nvidia is tempting HTC Vive and Oculus Rift owners by updating its entire line of graphics cards in the last couple of months – from much better VR horsepower in the entry-level to absurd overkill (at least for today's software) on the US$1,000+ very high…
  • Tiny 1970s-era EV captures world speed record ... after a few modifications

    1:58am By C.C. Weiss
    If you had to guess the street-legal electric car with the quickest quarter-mile time, the Tesla Model S P85D or Rimac Concept One might immediately pop to mind. What wouldn't pop to mind, even if you exhausted every electric vehicle you could think of, is the…
  • Hernia surgery gets the 360-degree interactive treatment

    Fri 6:13pm By Aaron Heinrich
    In 1955 an estimated six to nine million people in the US watched the live broadcast of open heart surgery on a child with a heart malformation. On July 28, 2016, a partnership between GIBLIB, Livit and 360fly will make it possible for medical professionals…
  • Packable device keeps mosquitoes away in the boonies

    Fri 6:04pm By C.C. Weiss
    Beyond heated insoles, Thermacell makes a variety of battery-powered gadgets for outdoor lovers, among them a line of mosquito repellers. The company is preparing to launch a lighter, more compact repeller designed to go deeper into the wilderness. The…
  • Cinnamon adds some spice to learning

    Fri 4:23pm By Ben Coxworth
    If you have trouble learning, you might want to try eating more cinnamon. That's according to new research from Dr. Kalipada Pahan, a neuroscientist at Rush University and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. Already, he's found that "slow learner"…
  • Ancient Silk Road hygiene sticks lead to a "fluke" discovery

    Fri 1:45pm By Michael Franco
    Thousands of years ago, travelers and traders carried goods across the vast distances between Europe, the Middle East and Asia along routes that collectively become known as the Silk Road. Named after the silks that were exported from China, the routes helped…
  • Imaging technique shows in living brain what was once only visible in cadavers

    Fri 12:10pm By Chris Wood
    Our understanding of prevalent brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease is constantly evolving, but when observing how such conditions affect synapses, researchers have had to rely on post-mortem observations. A Yale University team of scientists has…
  • Mars rover can now pick its own targets to sharpshoot with its laser

    Fri 11:58am By Chris Wood
    Since arriving on Mars in August 2012, NASA's Curiosity Rover has accomplished a lot, travelling over Martian dunes, taking selfies, and even getting a "brain transplant". With its mission recently extended for another two years, the agency has elected to…
  • Korg tuner keeps time, improves technique

    Fri 11:30am By Paul Ridden
    A few years ago, Korg released a nifty practice tool called the TM-50 that combined tuner and metronome in one unit, allowing musicians to keep time and stay in tune. Now the company has added the ability to analyze and improve tone and technique with the…
  • Huge cannon used to unravel Man in the Moon mystery

    Fri 8:52am By Michael Irving
    The legendary Man in the Moon has many origin stories, but we may be closer to understanding how he developed one of his defining features. Scientists at Brown University have proposed a new theory based on the geological features of the Moon's surface,…
  • Movable concrete micro-home can be installed in just 7 hours

    Fri 8:25am By Adam Williams
    Estonian firm Kodasema is developing a prefabricated concrete micro-home that can be assembled and installed on-site within just seven hours, then moved to another location with relative ease. Once it's ready for market, the home is expected to fetch roughly…
  • BMW ConnectedDrive gets even more connected

    Fri 7:58am By Stu Robarts
    BMW ConnectedDrive provides drivers with a variety of services and apps for in-vehicle entertainment, information and safety. As the name suggests, the system is rooted in connectivity and, working with Deutsche Telekom, BMW is bumping up those capabilities to…
  • Pascal-based Nvidia Titan X is graphics card overkill of the highest order

    Fri 3:53am By Scott Collie
    With the rise of 4K and graphics-intensive VR, more strain is being placed on graphics cards. A couple of months ago, Nvidia responded to this call for more power with its GTX 1080, which the company called "the new king" of graphics cards. Well, the king is…
  • Grass grows as a surprise source of hydrogen fuel

    Fri 3:31am By Nick Lavars
    The grass is always greener on the other side, as the saying goes, and this may prove especially true if a team of scientists can build on a promising early breakthrough. Researchers from Cardiff University have come up with a way to unlock hydrogen from…
  • The perfect body to survive a high-speed crash

    Fri 3:21am By Scott Collie
    Humans have adapted and evolved to meet all sorts of challenges over the ages, but surviving a car accident is not one of them. Hypothetically, some version of modern man could survive a big crash, but he's certainly not pretty. Everyone, meet Graham...…
  • Gorilla Glass 5 can survive a 5-foot fall

    Fri 3:21am By Michael Irving
    A source of anxiety for many people is the fragility of their smartphone screens. For those who prefer their phone without impact-resistant screen protectors or a bulky protective case, Corning's Gorilla Glass has you covered. The latest version is designed to…
  • New Dry Combat Submersible to carry troops to mission areas scuba-free

    Fri 2:25am By David Szondy
    US Special Forces are in for a drier time as Lockheed Martin and Submergence Group LLC sign a US$166 million contract to supply the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) with a new class of combat submersibles. Based on the Lockheed S301i and S302 commercial…
  • Nvidia's eye-tracking system blurs the lines for more immersive VR environments

    Fri 2:02am By Michael Irving
    The human eye can only focus on one surprisingly small area at a time, while our peripheral vision gives us the general gist of what else is nearby. That means a lot of processing power that goes into fully rendering virtual reality environments in focus is…
  • Facebook's internet-broadcasting drone takes to the skies for the first time

    Fri 1:42am By Nick Lavars
    Connecting the entire world to the internet by way of solar-powered drones with fricking laser beams attached to their heads sounds more like an Austin Powers plotline than an actual business strategy, but for the folk at Facebook's Connectivity Lab it ain't…
  • DeepMind AI slashes cooling costs at Google's data centers

    Fri 1:12am By Michael Irving
    Deep learning AI has been put to work in intelligent drones, sequencing genomes, learning the tactics of the ancient Chinese board game Go, and even keeping cats off the lawn. Now, Google has set its DeepMind system loose on its massive data centers, and…
  • South Pole turned into giant neutrino detector

    Thu 11:27pm By David Szondy
    Mentioning Antarctica brings many things to mind, such as ice, penguins, and possibly even dead cities built by Lovecraftian horrors, but a gigantic radiation detector for unravelling the secrets of the Universe probably isn't high on the list. But that's just…
  • BMW M5 Competition Edition escalates German horsepower wars

    Thu 11:24pm By Scott Collie
    In March 1998, BMW launched the E39 M5. With 298 kW (400 hp) from its 4.9-liter V8, it was as powerful as a Ferrari 360 Modena, and that was a seriously big deal. Fast forward to 2016, and the German horsepower wars have escalated to the point where the E39…
  • Review: Polaris Slingshot aims at the gap between car and motorcycle

    Thu 6:55pm By Aaron Heinrich
    When Polaris unveiled the Slingshot in 2014 as a 2015 model, even the company itself was hard-pressed to categorize it. So much so that some states wouldn't let it be licensed until Polaris worked with them to either define a new category, which became…
  • Levitating nixie clock is perfect for those with a floating schedule

    Thu 5:21pm By Ben Coxworth
    Nixie tubes, those glowing technological relics from yesteryear, have lately been finding their way into steampunk-esque clocks and other devices. At the same time, we've also been seeing an increase in gadgets that levitate objects using magnets. Therefore,…
  • Moto Z and Moto Z Force review: Smartphone innovation is back

    Thu 4:42pm By Will Shanklin
    The Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid are the rare smartphones that do something truly different. Read on, as we review Lenovo's new modular – and killer – flagships...…