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In 2013 a security startup called August caught our attention with a set of smart locks that opened doors as a user with a matched iPhone approached. The company has now returned with an new generation of connected door locks, which includes support for voice assistants like Alexa and Siri, along with a sensor that alerts you when you leave one unlocked...Continue Reading August's new smart l
Many great scientific discoveries have arisen out of laboratory accidents, from the mistake that led to penicillin, to revelations of LSD's psychedelic properties after Albert Hoffman unexpectedly absorbed a dose through his fingertips in 1943. The latest serendipitous discovery comes from a cross-contamination accident that has revealed how a certain bacteria can stifle the efficacy of cance
If evolution works by selecting for the most advantageous genes, it begs the question: why haven't we evolved immortality? According to a decades-old hypothesis, certain genes that promote reproductive success also promote aging later in life, and now a study from Johannes Gutenberg University has identified some of these genes. The team also found that switching off those genes dramatically
Along with racing and producing high-end sportscars for the well-heeled, there's a third string to McLaren's bow: Applied Technologies. The technology and design firm was recently given the task of creating a new type of body armor to protect an unnamed billionaire from damaging their fragile ribcage following surgery. The result is the Invincible shield...Continue Reading McLaren creates cus
The Symbioz was Renault's hero show car at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and it went one brave step further than most concept cars in that it was proposed together with a house as a complete system. Sadly, the premise behind the concept, that people would take a car into their home ... is seriously flawed...Continue Reading Renault's Symbioz concept gives plausibility a back seatCategory: Aut
BMW builds some of the hottest metal on four wheels, but it also has a history of running off on tangents. From lightweight bikes to bobsleds, the company isn't scared to try things outside its traditional realm. The latest side-project is the M Bike Limited Carbon, designed to celebrate the upcoming M5 super-sedan. ..Continue Reading M Bike Limited Carbon channels the M5 on two wheels ... so
Back in 2015, we first heard about the Prynt Case – an iPhone case that printed instant photos which were taken with the phone's camera. Although it was a Kickstarter project at the time, it's since become a product you can actually buy. Now, its makers have released a more compact model, known as the Prynt Pocket. We recently got our hands on a nice minty green one, and gave it a try...Conti
Digging up materials and hauling them around mining sites is inherently dirty work, but it is set to get a little cleaner on the back of a heavy duty electric vehicle currently under development. Some time in the next few months, the Komatsu HD 605-7 will start carting materials down from a Swiss mountain powered by a mammoth 4.5-ton battery pack, making it the largest electric vehicle in the
The aptly-named Mushroom House (aka Mushroom Shed), designed by Ben Swanborough, has been declared the winner of the 2017 Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition. The quirky cabin has an impressive level of craftsmanship and includes lots of nice little touches, such as stained-glass windows, a trapdoor, and a small glazed floor section. ..Continue Reading Quirky Mushroom House declared best s
France's Parrot has today announced an upgrade to its already pretty capable Bebop 2 drone, the Bebop 2 Power. The built-in camera seems about the same as the previous model, but as its name suggests, this flavor has been given a power boost. Pilots can now get an hour's worth of flight time, though that will need to be split into two sessions. Still, up to 60 minutes in the air with only one

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