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  • Ford GT gets striped in carbon fiber and readied for more performance

    6:02am By C.C. Weiss
    When a car is as limited and in-demand as the Ford GT, you might think there's little need or room for special editions - every single one is pretty damn special. But that hasn't proven the case in Dearborn. Last year, Ford celebrated Le Mans triumphs of the…
  • Agricultural robot scrutinizes plants so that we don't have to

    Fri 6:26pm By Ben Coxworth
    Phenotyping is the process of observing the physical characteristics of a plant in order to assess its health. Although a necessary part of crop breeding, it's also a very tedious and time-consuming task, particularly when you've got a whole field full of…
  • Tiny bubbles could lead to big advances in holography

    Fri 5:00pm By Ben Coxworth
    If there's one thing that sci-fi movies and TV shows love, it's the idea of holographic displays that people can walk around and view from different angles, without any special headgear. Well, researchers from Japan's Utsunomiya University have come a step…
  • Turbo meets hybrid to create new flagship Panamera

    Fri 3:26pm By Scott Collie
    Porsche has been rapidly expanding its hybrid range since the 918 Spyder launch, giving buyers of the Cayenne and Panamera the option of a battery boost. But up until now, its hybrid models had all been based on less powerful V6-engined cars rather than the…
  • Lockheed Martin supersonic jet hits the wind tunnel – in model form

    Fri 3:23pm By David Szondy
    Last March, NASA announced that as part of its New Aviation Horizons initiative, Lockheed Martin had been chosen to develop a manned demonstrator aircraft called the Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) X-plane. It would be used to test technologies that would…
  • Bike safety gizmo looks like it's straight outta Star Wars

    Fri 3:19pm By Ben Coxworth
    Safety-conscious cyclists could get themselves a separate tail light, brake light, turn indicator system, rear-view camera and crash detector … or they could soon get all of those things in one device, in the form of the Hexagon. Not only does it pack…
  • Yamaha revamps its entry-level motorcycle range with the YS125

    Fri 2:43pm By Spiros Tsantilas
    With new European emission norms coming into force this year, Yamaha's successful YBR125 commuter had to be either updated or replaced. Juggling a bit of both, the YS125 is built around the same running gear, with sportier styling and a redesigned engine for…
  • NASA snaps pics of the world's largest solar farm from space

    Fri 1:39pm By Nick Lavars
    With renewable energy on the rise, it makes perfect sense for the title "world's largest solar plant" to change hands pretty quickly. In 2014 for example, the 550 MW Topaz Solar Farm held the title, to be toppled in November by a 648 MW plant in Kamuthi India.…
  • Natural gas Mercedes trucks begin trash collection in Stuttgart

    Fri 12:34pm By Scott Collie
    Among all the manufacturers playing around with alternative fuel for trucks, Daimler has been among the most active. Not only is it playing around with pure electric offerings, the German giant has just released a new compressed natural gas trash truck for…
  • LG Watch Style vs. Samsung Gear S2

    Fri 12:28pm By Emily Ferron
    The new LG Watch Style may be sporting the latest version of the Android Wear operating system, but it has much in common with some of the leading older smartwatches. Here's how it matches up with the Samsung Gear S2...…
  • Ocean study: Expect starvation, extinction and more jellyfish

    Fri 11:46am By Michael Franco
    Projections for the way in which our planet will be affected by the current trend of rapid planetary warming are dire. Studies predict rapid fall-offs in crop production; the release of large amounts of carbon from soil; an increase in avalanches; and the loss…
  • France is raising drone-killing eagles

    Fri 11:27am By Nick Lavars
    We've covered quite a few creative approaches to defending airspace from illegal drones, but if there's a cooler example than this we'd like to see it. The French military has been training baby eagles to mature into natural drone-hunters with the ability to…
  • Musicon looks like a barrel of music-creation fun

    Fri 11:20am By Paul Ridden
    Learning to make music should be fun. It should also be easy. Traditional instruments like guitar and piano can be tough for youngsters, but composing and performing on the Musicon is as simple as pushing a button. Well, maybe more than one. The huge wooden…
  • Can three-cylinder Fiesta ST keep the party going?

    Fri 10:47am By Scott Collie
    It's been around for almost four years, but the current Ford Fiesta ST remains one of our favourite hot hatches. With an effervescent little turbo four and playful chassis, you'd be hard pressed to find a more exciting package on a backroad, but its dated…
  • Counting the days: Our five most anticipated upcoming buildings

    Fri 10:01am By Adam Williams
    Though we've reported on many amazing buildings over the past 12 months, some of the most exciting designs are still to come. With this in mind, we highlight our five most anticipated architecture projects – either under construction, or expected to begin…
  • Excess sugar linked to Alzheimer's in new study

    Fri 10:00am By Michael Franco
    You already know that sugar isn't the best thing for your health, but new research out of England might just give you another reason to avoid the white stuff. Scientists there say they've discovered a molecular link between blood sugar levels and an enzyme…
  • Traveler cuts the uppercut on Strat-like road-ready guitar

    Fri 7:52am By Paul Ridden
    Chances are pretty good that if you've traveled with a six-string companion in the last 25 years that had an odd in-body tuning system and a short scale headless neck, that guitar was a Traveler. After dipping into Les Paul-like body shapes for last year's LTD…
  • Folding electric fat bike promises "moar" features

    Fri 1:50am By C.C. Weiss
    One look at the all-new Moar e-bike and you can tell this isn't your average pedelec. The bike greets the eye with fat tires, thickly sheathed wires and a battery compartment that shoots off the back of the seat post to double as a cargo rack. Looking more…
  • Artificial synapse bridges the gap to brainier computers

    Fri 1:07am By Michael Irving
    The human brain is nature's most powerful processor, so it's not surprising that developing computers that mimic it has been a long-term goal. Neural networks, the artificial intelligence systems that learn in a very human-like way, are the closest models we…
  • Review: US$119 Insta360 Air unlocks bizarre and awesome camera effects

    Fri 12:54am By Loz Blain
    For a cheap, cheerful and tiny little gadget, the Insta360 Air can do some pretty amazing stuff. 360-degree video and photos, naturally - but also some truly whacked-out, trippy morphing video effects that we simply haven't seen anywhere else before...…
  • Quartz at the core of Earth's magnetic field paradox

    Fri 12:07am By David Szondy
    For centuries, scientists have wondered why Earth has a magnetic field. It's still a mystery, but by using super-high pressures and temperatures to duplicate conditions at the Earth's core, scientists at the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute…
  • Solar telescope recovered after a year on ice

    Thu 9:44pm By David Szondy
    Scientists have recovered an advanced solar telescope that has been sitting out in the middle of nowhere in Antarctica for a year. In January 2016, the NASA-funded Gamma-Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar flares (GRIPS) telescope landed in the ice after…
  • Average life expectancy on the rise – but the US lags behind

    Thu 9:21pm By Michael Irving
    Drawing on long-term data on mortality and longevity, researchers from the Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO) have predicted the average life expectancies for people in 35 countries born in 2030. Residents of every country in the…
  • Amazon argues Alexa data in murder case is protected by First Amendment

    Thu 8:54pm By Rich Haridy
    Amazon is currently battling the State of Arkansas, which wants Amazon to deliver any information that may have been collected by an Echo device owned by a defendant charged with murder. In response to the warrant that asks Amazon to "produce any audio…
  • How termite settlers arrived to help shape the Australian Outback

    Thu 8:01pm By Lisa-Ann Lee
    Like many great architects of the human world, the critters that have helped shape Australia's arid Outback are descended from immigrants. In a new paper, researchers reveal that the Nasutitermes triodiae, or "cathedral termites" as they are more commonly…