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Wed, 12 Dec 2018 08:52:12 +0000 | C.C. Weiss
Automotive, C.C. Weiss

The Venturi Antarctica will be used for short scientific missions

Monaco's Venturi Automobiles has made a name for itself blazing electric-vehicle trails over hot salt, hot race track and hot sand, but it's about to crank down the temperature. The company has revealed its finalized Antarctica polar exploration vehicle and is preparing to bring it down to the world's loneliest continent. Designed to offer zero-emissions driving in delicate study areas, this orange beast crunches over ice and snow on battery-powered treads.

.. Continue Reading Venturi Antarctica all-electric exploration rover set to bite into polar ice

Category: Automotive

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 06:31:48 +0000 | Michael Irving
Science, Michael Irving

An artist's impression of Megalodon, a giant prehistoric species of shark that went extinct about 2.6 ...

For millions of years, the apex predator of the oceans was a bus-sized shark known as the Megalodon. But around 2.6 million years ago they just disappeared, and nobody really knows why. So what could wipe out a 50-ft (15-m) shark? According to a new study, the culprit wasn't Jason Statham but a series of supernovae exploding fairly close to Earth.

.. Continue Reading Did a perfect supernova storm wipe out the Megalodon?

Category: Science

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 06:07:05 +0000 | C.C. Weiss
Automotive, C.C. Weiss

The Karmann Dexter 560 4x4 is based on a Ford Transit with intelligent all-wheel drive

The 2018 Düsseldorf Caravan Salon was packed with camper vans of all lengths and heights. The vast majority were aimed primarily at summer highway driving, and those that had any off-road ambitions greater than rolling down a gravel campground driveway tended to be based on the Mercedes Sprinter 4x4. But we spotted an exception here and there, and the Karmann Dexter 560 4x4 was one of them. Based on an all-wheel-drive Ford Transit, this rugged three-sleeper adds extra traction and versatility for chasing big adventure.

.. Continue Reading Karmann's Ford Transit 4x4 camper van opens the gate to adventure

Category: Automotive

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 05:32:03 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Wearables, Nick Lavars

Puma's relaunched RS-Computer shoe

Computer hardware has changed quite a bit in the three decades since Puma introduced its original RS-Computer running shoe. The relaunched version carries over a distinctly retro aesthetic, but replaces a connector cable with a Bluetooth connection along with a few other choice upgrades to equip the wearable for the internet age.

.. Continue Reading Puma brings back its RS-Computer smart running shoe from the 1980s

Category: Wearables

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:59:22 +0000 | Rich Haridy
Digital Cameras, Rich Haridy

Grand Prize Winner. Thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars sit idle in the middle of California’s ...

The winner of this year's National Geographic Photo Contest is a breathtaking image of thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars recalled after the emissions scandal and now sitting idle in the middle of the Californian desert. The winning photograph, selected from almost 10,000 entries, is just one of several incredible images awarded in this strong annual competition.

.. Continue Reading Spectacular wasteland of recalled cars takes out the 2018 Nat Geo Photo Contest

Category: Digital Cameras

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:57:59 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Drones, Nick Lavars

ARDN's Skyf drone during demonstration flights

We first caught wind of the Skyf drone from ARDN around a year ago, and the Russian outfit rolled out some pretty outrageous performance specs to go with it. With a mix of gasoline and electric motors, the massive multirotor drone can apparently carry a 440-lb (220 kg) payload for up to eight hours. Recent demonstration flights in Tatarstan, Russia didn't see it quite reach these lofty heights, but it did do enough for its creators to lay claim to a Guinness World Record.

.. Continue Reading Heavy-hauling drone lays claim to a Guinness World Record

Category: Drones

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:09:25 +0000 | David Szondy
Military, David Szondy

Artist's rendering of the B-21 Raider

The US Air Force's next strategic heavy bomber has passed a critical design review. On November 28 to 30, the US Defense Department carried out a multi-disciplined technical evaluation of the proposed B-21 Raider to see if its design was stable and mature enough to warrant moving on to manufacturing and flight testing, and the evaluation has determined that significant progress has been made on the three-year old project.

.. Continue Reading Next-generation B-21 Raider heavy bomber passes design review

Category: Military

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 02:45:00 +0000 | Michael Irving
Electronics, Michael Irving

Researchers have fitted bees with electronic backpacks that can sense their surroundings and collect data

As clever as we humans like to think we are, plenty of things we invent have already been done more effectively by nature. Our drones are pretty handy, but nature's drones – bees – are far more efficient. Rather than building our own from scratch, researchers at the University of Washington have created tiny suites of sensors that bees can wear like backpacks, to help gather data from their environment.

.. Continue Reading Swarms of bionic bees could monitor farms with electronic backpacks

Category: Electronics

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 02:27:09 +0000 | Rich Haridy
Science, Rich Haridy

A compound called EHT may be a vital player in the neurological protections conferred by coffee

A rigorous new study from researchers at Rutgers offers insight into the oft-cited correlation between coffee consumption and a decreased risk of developing Parkinson's disease. The discovery reveals a coffee compound called EHT works synergistically with caffeine to potentially protect the brain from neurodegeneration.

.. Continue Reading Study reveals extra compounds in coffee team up with caffeine to protect against Parkinson’s

Category: Science

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 02:15:05 +0000 | David Szondy
Military, David Szondy

DDG 1002 afloat

The third and last Zumwalt-class ship for the US Navy launched on Sunday at the General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine. Built as part of a US$1.826 billion contract, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) is one of the three largest destroyers ever built for the Navy and was floated over a period of several days by moving her to a drydock, which was then slowly flooded.

.. Continue Reading US Navy launches third and final Zumwalt-class destroyer

Category: Military