In the world of materials, graphene is the spunky new kid who’s annoyingly good at everything it tries. It’s super strong, light, functionally non-toxic and thermally and electrically conductive, and is just beginning to show up in commercial products. In the near future, fluorescent quantum dots of the stuff could crop up in clothes, cosmetics,

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It turns out that fizzy lakes may not be the only oddity offered up by Saturn’s largest moon. Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology say that Titan may also be home to electric sand that rolls around in the wind and forms clumps that cling together for long periods of time. This is not

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Elon Musk is reportedly launching yet another company with some far-out goals. The new venture, Neuralink, aims to develop a brain-computer interface (BCI) that could help treat health conditions like epilepsy in the short-term and allow humans to keep pace with artificial intelligence further down the road. The launch of the company was made public

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Patients have better odds in the fight against cancer if it’s caught early, but diagnosis often involves invasive biopsies that aren’t usually undertaken unless there’s already reason to suspect the presence of cancer. But soon it could be as simple as a routine blood test, thanks to a new computer program from UCLA researchers that

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While we were preoccupied with the Geneva Motor Show, electrifying Chinese automotive startup NIO was in the United States revealing its vision for the autonomous car of the future. NIO plans to branch out from its Nürburgring-scorching, 1-megawatt electric supercar and bring autonomous electric vehicles to US roads by 2020. The Eve “vision car” puts

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 vs. Google Pixel C

Par dans Tech le March 27, 2017 à 11:37 pm

Before the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, “Google Pixel” meant the Google Pixel C, a high-end Android-running tablet. Samsung has just released an Android tablet of its own, the Galaxy Tab S3, with a similar price point and a few extra perks. Here’s how their specs and features compare. Size The Pixel C is a

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1,000-hp drift Corolla iM shrugs off beige reputation

Par dans Tech le March 27, 2017 à 10:58 pm

When it comes to providing inoffensive transportation, the Toyota Corolla is king. That might make it a favourite among retirees, but it doesn’t make it the most natural base for a professional race car. Unperturbed by this fact, Rockstar Energy has chosen a Corolla iM as the base for its latest Formula D entry. Trips

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Most of the time, the billions of galaxies that make up the universe go about their business without bothering their neighbors. Sometimes, though, like galactic bumper cars, they smash into each other. When they do, the massive black holes at their centers usually behave a certain way. However, a merger of two galaxies observed by

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Fantastic fossil footprints found in Australia

Par dans Tech le March 27, 2017 à 10:25 pm

Where are there fossilized footprints from more types of dinosaurs than anyplace else in the world? Well, that would be the Dampier Peninsula, in the Kimberly region of Western Australia. Nicknamed “Australia’s Jurassic Park,” a 25-km (15.5-mile) stretch of the coastline contains tracks from 21 different types of dinosaurs, embedded in 127 to 140 million-year-old

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As far as the societal impacts of drones go, this one appears on the less significant side of things. But dig a little deeper, if you will, and uncollected dog droppings can have quite a footprint. Dutch purveyor of canine products Tinki estimates that 100 million kg (220 million lb) of dog droppings are not

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Today, Apple released software updates for its mobile and watch operating systems. iOS 10.3 brings features like “Find my AirPods”, Siri support for mobile payments and ride booking, CarPlay shortcuts and more. watchOS 3.2 adds similar Siri enhancements and a Theater Mode. iOS 10.3 expands the “Find my iPhone” feature to help you find lost

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DJI proposes electronic accountability for drones

Par dans Tech le March 27, 2017 à 8:11 pm

There may indeed be laws limiting the places in which aerial drones can be flown, but if someone sees a drone breaking one of those laws – particularly if it’s from a distance – how do they know who’s responsible? Drone manufacturer DJI has suggested a solution, in the form of what amounts to an

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It has been more that 80 years since the last Tasmania tiger died in captivity, but there are a few parties that suspect this carnivorous marsupial still roams the Australian outback after dark. Among those are scientists from James Cook University, who are preparing a field survey on the very northern tip of Queensland in

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Though we’re not opposed to pounding a foot on pavement, we do find electric skateboards to be a whole lot of exhilarating fun. French startup Bird feels that the hand-held ride controllers that inevitably accompany the experience are cumbersome and unnecessary though. Its development team has created a board-based control system that makes use of

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Huawei’s latest smartwatch comes with a sportier look, built-in GPS and 4G/LTE capabilities, and all the bells and whistles of Android Wear 2.0, but is it going to be enough to make you want to buy one? New Atlas takes a look. The Huawei Watch 2 actually comes in three editions: the plastic-strapped, sporty-looking one

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A team of European astronomers says it has made the first confirmed observation of stars forming in the powerful outflow of material hurled out by a galaxy’s central supermassive black hole. This outflow represents an extreme environment for star formation, and the presence of stars within it could help answer a number of puzzling questions,

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It’s safe to say that the EOS M5 was the first mirrorless camera from Canon to really impress us. So when the firm recently announced the EOS M6, which promises to pack similar flagship skills into an even more compact body, we were keen to get our hands on it. Read on to see what

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3D modeling comes to the HTC Vive

Par dans Tech le March 27, 2017 à 4:27 pm

HTC has released MakeVR for the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. The 3D-object modeling application lets designers create and examine objects in VR and once they’re ready, export them for 3D printing. HTC describes MakeVR as turning the Vive’s motion controls into freeform modeling tools. With the headset’s room-scale tracking, the user can explore their

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Last year, artist and musician Martin Molin of the German band Wintergatan shared the results of his mechanical labor of love with the online community – the Musical Marble Machine. A captivating combination of cogs, wheels, pulleys and wood, the hand-cranked music maker quickly became a viral video hit. Now Molin is working on a

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Cyborg insects have been scuttling and buzzing around for years, but now, researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have scaled the idea up to a turtle. With their concept system, a human driver could use a brain-computer interface (BCI) to send instructions to direct the movement of the turtle just

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