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  • The best bathroom gifts, gadgets and gizmos 2016

    2h By Michael Irving
    The bathroom could be one of the last bastions of pure privacy (unless you have kids), where we can badly belt out a tune in the shower, soak in the tub with a good book and a glass of wine, or take the time to primp and preen ourselves, all without judgement.…
  • Last chance to see: Paddling through time on the Mekong

    4h By Mike Hanlon
    New Atlas' Mike Hanlon recently spent several nights in the villages of the remote hill tribes of northern Laos. The villages are entirely self-sustaining, generate their own electricity, and life has changed very little in thousands of years...…
  • Direct brain stimulation lets gamers play blind

    1:20am By Michael Irving
    As indicated by the name, video games are a very visual medium. But that hasn't stopped participants in a study at the University of Washington (UW) successfully playing through a game without ever actually looking at it, hearing it or using any of the…
  • From bombs to bananas: A dose of radiation reality

    12:04am By David Szondy
    Ever since 1896 when Henri Becquerel noticed that certain minerals blurred photograph plates sealed in paper, radiation has fascinated and frightened the public. The trouble is that over the past century this mysterious and powerful force has been surrounded…
  • Apollo 15 drill chuck that helped bore into lunar surface up for auction

    Tue 11:09pm By David Szondy
    Such a tiny fraction of the massive Saturn V rocket returned home from each Apollo Moon mission that it's surprising what has survived over the years. One example is an odd artifact: the chuck used by Apollo 15 Mission Commander David Scott that was part of…
  • 10 nerdy Christmas gifts that speak to your inner-geek

    Tue 10:55pm By Rich Haridy
    If you're struggling to find some Christmas gifts for that friend who loves their geek toys, or even if you just want to treat yourself with a fun, little pop-culture oddity, then you've come to the right place. Here is our run-down of the best…
  • Nanocrystals may bring night vision to normal glasses

    Tue 10:46pm By Michael Irving
    Night vision goggles do a great job of countering the human eye's poor ability to see in the dark, but the devices are usually bulky, requiring several layers of lenses and plenty of power. But thanks to research from the Australian National University (ANU),…
  • John Deere's electric tractor: A vision of zero emissions farming

    Tue 9:27pm By Loz Blain
    John Deere has released a video of an all-electric concept tractor in the lead-up to the SIMA Agribusiness show in France, pointing the way toward a zero-emissions tractor product in the future...…
  • Honda taking NeuV and robotic motorcycle concepts to CES

    Tue 9:18pm By Mike Hanlon
    It's a sign of the times that automotive companies are releasing major new concept cars at the Consumer Electronics Show and in years to come, as robotics and artificial intelligence become part of our transport, Las Vegas in the New Year may become the…
  • Final LaFerrari sells for $7 million in auction to aid earthquake victims

    Tue 7:51pm By Noel McKeegan
    The 500th and last LaFerrari has sold for a staggering US$7 million at auction, with the proceeds going towards aiding the victims of the recent earthquakes in central Italy...…
  • 3D-printing software reshapes musical instrument design

    Tue 6:16pm By Ben Coxworth
    When most of us think of a musical wind instrument, we generally picture what is essentially a tube with a mouthpiece at one end – something like a flute, recorder or saxophone. And while that's a tried and trusted design, the fact is that wind instruments…
  • A handful of nuts a day may keep the grim reaper away

    Tue 5:08pm By Lisa-Ann Lee
    Nuts have long been the poster food for heart health, but are they just as effective at reducing the risk of diseases such as cancer and stroke? According to researchers in the UK and Norway, the answer is yes. What's more, a little goes a long way: all you…
  • Chevrolet picks home charger for Bolt EV

    Tue 4:24pm By Scott Collie
    One of the last dominoes that needs to fall for electric power to usurp internal combustion is charging speed. Even with range of more than 500 km (311 mi), it's tough to sell people on the idea of waiting up to 8 hours for a full battery. The current solution…
  • Mobile app and core trainer turns ab workouts into a game

    Tue 4:07pm By Emily Ferron
    There are many reasons to work on core strength, but there's only one way to get it: hard work. The Stealth core trainer (currently on Kickstarter) wants to help you smile through your training by turning planks into a full-body arcade game...…
  • Street-legal F1 car ready to return to the road – with a new owner

    Tue 3:50pm By Aaron Heinrich
    Thanks to a bet with engineers at Lola, some lucky enthusiast will drive away from an upcoming Bonhams auction with a street-legal Formula 1 race car. The prototype Lola F1R was built to meet UK regulations and goes on the block at the Bonhams Collector's…
  • Parrot drones track health of drought-ravaged sequoia trees

    Tue 3:08pm By Nick Lavars
    For almost a decade, scientist Todd Dawson has studied the giant sequoia trees of California's Whitaker Forest, scaling these towering behemoths as part of an effort to monitor the health of the ecosystem. But as the region suffers through a record-breaking…
  • Radical player rides your records

    Tue 2:53pm By Ben Coxworth
    Although portable record players have been around for decades, they're generally still not small enough to just be thrown in a bag – after all, they do have to accommodate a spinning LP. The RokBlok, however, doesn't "house" the record at all. Instead, it…
  • Our c-section success might be giving us big heads

    Tue 1:15pm By Nick Lavars
    Caesarean sections have helped overcome many a life-threatening childbirth since becoming more commonplace in the 1950s, but what of their influence on human evolution? A new study suggests that the growing number of mothers giving birth in this way is leading…
  • Google to run on 100 percent renewables from next year

    Tue 12:24pm By Stu Robarts
    Google will run entirely on renewable energy next year, it says. The tech giant says it plans to buy enough wind and solar electricity to power all of its operations, including data centers and offices, as well as invest in the creation of new renewable energy…
  • Cassini completes first ring-skimming dive

    Tue 11:52am By Anthony Wood
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft has completed the first of 20 close-proximity passes of Saturn's outermost rings. The pass, which took place on Dec. 4 at 8:09 a.m. EST, saw the probe fly just 6,800 miles (11,000 km) from the center of Saturn's F ring. This series of…
  • From render to reality: Nikola One inches closer to production

    Tue 8:48am By Scott Collie
    Having released details about what's powering its hydrogen big-rig earlier this year, Nikola Motors has taken another step towards being production ready. The startup used an event in Salt Lake City last week to show off a fully-built One truck, announcing…
  • This home could be built using a hex key in under 24 hours

    Tue 7:52am By Adam Williams
    Building space is increasingly at a premium in central Beijing and even cramped apartments can fetch a small fortune, but China's People's Architecture Office (PAO) recently completed a new home for a first-time buyer for just US$10,000. Based on the firm's…
  • First major work completed for London's new super sewer

    Tue 7:01am By Stu Robarts
    A year after it first got under way, the first major work for London's Thames Tideway Tunnel "super sewer" project has been completed. A replacement pier at Blackfriars will provide continued access to river transport during work to reinforce the nearby river…
  • Flashy Lexus sedan gets starring role in music video

    Tue 5:55am By Scott Collie
    Lexus is no stranger to weird and wonderful concepts. In the interests of drumming up public attention, the brand has created everything from hover boards to spacecraft. Its latest offering is one of its most eye-catching ideas yet. For its appearance in a pop…
  • Nestlé sugar is sweet news for chocaholics

    Tue 4:17am By Scott Collie
    There are millions of chocaholics in the world fighting to enjoy the sweet treat in moderation, lest they end up looking like Augustus Gloop. According to Nestlé, a team of scientists in Lausanne has managed to structure sugar differently, which could help…