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  • Largest ship ever built for the Royal Australian Navy begins final sea trials

    22 August 2014, 3:46 am by: David Szondy

    The largest ship ever built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has taken to sea as it begins its final contractor trials. The 27,800 tonne (30,600 ton) Nuship Canberra is the first of two Land Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships under construction for the Australian…
  • Laser device detects blood glucose levels without the finger-prick

    22 August 2014, 3:26 am by: Darren Quick

    Finger-prick tests to monitor blood glucose levels can be the bane of a diabetic's life. In a move that could put an end to such tests in the future, researchers at Princeton University have developed a non-invasive way to test blood glucose levels using a…
  • Video Road Test: BMW's intimidating S1000R streetfighter

    22 August 2014, 1:45 am by: Loz Blain

    After giving the rundown on BMW's latest, greatest super-naked motorcycle, the S1000R, in our write-up a couple of days ago, it's time to sing the praises of the brother to BMW's S1000RR superbike with our video review. ..…
  • 3D-printed implants infused with medicine to enable more effective drug delivery

    22 August 2014, 12:50 am by: Nick Lavars

    A great strength of 3D-printing in the field of medicine is the ability to provide low-cost, personalized implants molded to a patient's anatomy. Researchers from Louisiana Tech University have now taken the technology one step further, loading these custom…
  • BMW celebrates US launch of i8 sports plug-in with $825K one-off

    22 August 2014, 12:13 am by: C.C. Weiss

    BMW celebrated the US launch of its all-new i8 plug-in sports car in style this past weekend. With the help of Jay Leno, the German automaker auctioned off a one-of-a-kind i8 at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach. When all was said and done, the specially…
  • Whooshh Innovations' "fish gun" shoots salmon over obstacles small and tall

    22 August 2014, 12:06 am by: David Szondy

    If you live in an area where salmon spawn, then summer treats you to a free nature drama as the fish battle against currents, fight through rapids, struggle up tiny streams, and leap up waterfalls to return to the calm pools where they were born.…
  • XRay software reveals how Gmail, Amazon and YouTube leverage your personal data

    21 August 2014, 6:04 pm by: Dario Borghino

    A new software tool developed at Columbia University is providing valuable insights into how some very popular websites make use of the sensitive data they collect from their users. The software could help sniff out potential abuses from advertisers and…
  • New understanding of lizard tails could allow humans to regrow body parts

    21 August 2014, 5:03 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    If you ever had a pet lizard as a child, it was quite likely a green anole. As is the case with other lizards, they have the ability to break off their own tail when attacked by a predator, and then regrow it. Scientists from Arizona State University recently…
  • Chairless Chair is the chair that you wear

    21 August 2014, 3:17 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    If you work somewhere such as a factory, warehouse, or restaurant kitchen, then you'll know how tiring it can be to stand for several hours at a time. Unfortunately, however, it isn't always practical or safe to carry a stool around with you wherever you go.…
  • Squids inspire an autonomous camouflaging system

    21 August 2014, 1:46 pm by: Dario Borghino

    A new device developed at the University of Houston can automatically sense its surroundings and blend into them in a matter of seconds, imitating the behavior of squids and other marine creatures. Once it is perfected, the prototype could have interesting…
  • Asia Aerospace City will provide a high-tech hub for aerospace development

    21 August 2014, 1:09 pm by: Stu Robarts

    Designs for a new aerospace industry hub in Malaysia have recently been released. Asia Aerospace City will feature research and development facilities, office suites, academic campuses, a convention center and residential areas. Its estimated worth to Malaysia…
  • Best from the block: Highlights from the Pebble Beach collectible car auctions

    21 August 2014, 12:54 pm by: Angus MacKenzie

    Last weekend some of the world's biggest auction houses came together on the misty hills of Monterey for the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and automotive auction extravaganza. Featuring big names like RM Auctions, Bonhams, Gooding & Company, Mecum…
  • Roku launches affordable and functional smart TV range

    21 August 2014, 10:34 am by: Chris Wood

    If you’re a fan of top media streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, then you’re also likely aware of Roku, a company that specializes in low-cost streaming boxes that let you throw that content up onto the big screen. The company has announced…
  • Rabot Tourist Cabin shelters hikers in Norway's Okstindan mountain range

    21 August 2014, 10:28 am by: Adam Williams

    Norwegian architecture firm Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter (JVA) recently completed a cabin situated some 1,200 m (3,937 ft) above sea level in Norway's rugged Okstindan mountain range. The Rabot Tourist Cabin is one of many official DNT (Norwegian Trekking…
  • 2015 Corvette's new Valet Mode gives owners peace of mind

    21 August 2014, 8:28 am by: Nathan Velayudhan

    General Motors has announced that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will get a new Valet Mode for its Performance Data Recorder, which will allow owners to disable the infotainment system, lock any interior storage and record vehicle data – giving drivers peace of…
  • SUB8 Performance Pack adds Nürburgring upgrades to Leon Cupra 280

    21 August 2014, 7:33 am by: Scott Collie

    The battle for hot hatch supremacy has never been, well, hotter. After Seat's Leon Cupra 280 took the two-wheel drive Nürburgring record from Renault, the French manufacturer responded by sending its lightweight Megane R.S 275 Trophy-R to reclaim the record.…
  • LG's Bluetooth MiniBeam projector provides a big screen from a small package

    21 August 2014, 3:29 am by: Darren Quick

    Smartphones and tablets have made it easier than ever to enjoy a little video entertainment wherever we may find ourselves. But in recent years we've seen projectors shrink down to a size that allows those that crave a larger display to effectively carry one…
  • Marantz introduces its first Dolby Atmos home theater receiver

    21 August 2014, 2:27 am by: C.C. Weiss

    A couple of months ago, Dolby announced that its Atmos surround sound format was making the move from cinemas to home theaters. Marantz introduces one of the first home theater receivers to support the format, paving the road to the future of surround sound.…
  • New control method enables drones to land autonomously on moving vehicles

    21 August 2014, 1:52 am by: Nick Lavars

    While continual improvements are allowing larger UAVs to stay in the air for longer, the lifting capacity and endurance of smaller UAVs is largely constrained by the weight and size of their batteries. In a move that could greatly expand the reach and…
  • Scientists developing remote-control cyborg moths

    20 August 2014, 6:41 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    We've been hearing a lot about the development of tiny flying sensor-equipped robots, that could be sent into areas such as disaster sites to seek out survivors or survey the damage. However, why go to the trouble of designing those robots from scratch, when…
  • Graphene-treated rubber bands used as inexpensive body motion sensors

    20 August 2014, 5:42 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    Graphene is a cutting-edge wonder material, used in applications ranging from solar cells to supercapacitors. Rubber bands, on the other hand ... well, they're not so high-tech. By combining the one with the other, however, scientists have created ultra-cheap…
  • MIT scientists use polymer scaffold to stimulate bone growth

    20 August 2014, 4:28 pm by: Anthony Wood

    A team of chemical engineers from MIT has developed a new method of stimulating bone growth, by utilizing the same chemical processes that occur naturally in the human body following an injury such as a broken or fractured bone. The technique involves the…
  • Wall-Mounted Standing Desk has the spine to stop you sitting

    20 August 2014, 3:47 pm by: Dave Parrack

    We've seen lots of standing desks here at Gizmag, including cheap and cheerful cardboard efforts, expensive automatic affairs, and even one that turns any office chair into a temporary compromise. And now we have a standing desk that doubles as a piece of…
  • New bike pump hides in the crank axle

    20 August 2014, 3:20 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    If you own a higher-end road or mountain bike with a Shimano drivetrain, then chances are it's got a "secret" storage compartment: the hollow space in the axle, that connects the Shimano Hollowtech cranks. While you're not going to be able to fit your phone or…
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs. Galaxy S5 mini

    20 August 2014, 2:08 pm by: Chris Wood

    Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy Alpha, marks Samsung's first major foray into the world of metal (well, sort of). The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini, meanwhile, is more in line with previous (plastic) Samsung releases. Join Gizmag, as we compare the features…

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