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One of the best parts about the annual SEMA Show is the virtually even split between crazy cars and towering trucks. At other auto shows, trucks and 4x4s often spend most of their time in the shadows of major production and concept car debuts, but at SEMA they're front, center and impossible to miss. And the lifted pickups and fully fortified off-roaders are as much a draw as the crazy car co
Back in 2015, Prynt launched its first modular add-on unit designed to turn your smartphone into something akin to a Polaroid instant camera. The first design was a little bulky and the company quickly followed up with the Prynt Pocket, a stylish new iteration that was less than half the size of the original. Initially only offered for the iPhone, the Prynt Pocket for Android has now been dev
A yellow icon of American transport is looking to go green, with Daimler subsidiary Thomas Built Buses signaling a shift away from diesel-powered pupil-movers in favor of an electric variant. The Jouley electric school bus that was debuted at the National Association of Pupil Transportation in Ohio this week can carry up to 81 kids and is powered by a 160-kWh battery. This affords it a 160-km
It's one of nature's most disturbing horror stories: a fungus takes control of a living ant and uses it to spread its spores through the colony. But now there's a strange new wrinkle to the story, as a new study led by Penn State University has found that the fungus makes these "zombie ants" without directly infecting the brains of its hosts...Continue Reading "Zombie ant" fungus found to lea
Codenamed the "Scalpel", KTM teased the internet with a video of the prototype Duke 790 being hooned around a racetrack in late 2016. The production model was recently unveiled at EICMA 2017 with the bike retaining much of its styling from the prototype. With a punchy parallel twin engine, aggressive styling, a host of other features, the Duke 790 is looking to be a serious contender in the m
It's a classic movie trope, someone distracts the guards while our hero sneaks past. A team of researchers at the University of Michigan has deployed the same tactic to reduce inflammation in the body, by using nanoparticles that distract immune cells from negatively inflaming an injury site...Continue Reading "Look over there!" Nanoparticles reduce inflammation by distracting the immune syst
As can be imagined, finding a leak deep within the piping of someplace like a water treatment plant can be an arduous process. Thanks to ongoing research at the University of Washington, however, it could be about to get much easier. Scientists there have created electrically-conductive paper that senses water...Continue Reading Electric paper could detect leaks in pipesCategory: MaterialsTag
According to a new study, the ancient relative of modern-day otters may have been a dominant predator. The wolf-sized otter, which lived roughly 6 million years ago, weighed in at roughly 110 lb (50 kg) and had a surprisingly powerful bite...Continue Reading Huge, hard-biting prehistoric otters once lived in ancient ChinaCategory: BiologyTags: CT scan Fossils JawboneRela
In many developing nations, vitamin A deficiencies are common … as are potatoes, which typically constitute much of the local diet. That's why scientists from The Ohio State University, working with colleagues from Italy, have developed a genetically-engineered "golden potato." It's rich in provitamin A (which the body converts into vitamin A), along with vitamin E to boot...Continue R
The rise of digital format convenience once threatened to finish off music on vinyl, but the platter-friendly groovy disc has been making something of a comeback in recent years. More records in circulation means more manufacturers making turntables. Taiwan's Minfort Audio has gone for a distinctly retro look for its new TT8 turntable, but like Sony and Akai, has also crammed in a healthy dos

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