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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 20:25:34 GMT | Ben Coxworth

The European perch, Perca fluviatilis – also known as the Eurasian perch

Although they don't have eyelids that they can close, fish do indeed sleep – and as is the case with humans, sleeping is crucial to their health. According to a recent study, though, city lights may be keeping them awake at night.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 19:06:05 GMT | Ben Coxworth

The complete Casia 360 system

In order for them to fly beyond line-of-sight of their users, drones have to be constantly "aware" of potential hazards surrounding them on all sides. That's where the Casia 360 system comes in, as it's designed to give 360-degree vision to existing drones.

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Category: Drones, Technology

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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 16:49:01 GMT | Ben Coxworth

Microscope images showing concrete made with treated slag (center), conventional aggregates (left) and raw slag (right) – the treated slag forms a more seamless bond with the surrounding cement

Steel slag is currently utilized both to treat wastewater, and as a concrete aggregate. New research now indicates that using it for the former makes it perform even better as the latter – so the same slag could be used twice, first for one purpose and then for the other.

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Category: Environment, Science

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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 13:23:03 GMT | Adam Williams

The Charme has been designed to withstand Canada's harsh winter weather and is home to a family of four

Canada's Minimaliste has previously impressed us with its line of models that can withstand its country's harshest weather, and with the Charme, the firm has completed its first home that's specifically designed for family life. The tiny house measures 330 sq ft (30 sq m) and serves as full-time home to a family of four.

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Category: Tiny Houses, Lifestyle

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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 12:06:52 GMT | Paul Ridden

The Instant Record Cutting Machine will ship with a printed magazine documenting the development process and more

Musician and designer Yuri Suzuki has collaborated with Japanese education company Gakken to create a cute little record cutting machine that gets music-making consumers cutting their own five-inch vinyl records in a few short minutes.

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Category: Music, Technology

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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 09:02:46 GMT | Michael Irving

An artist's rendition of BepiColombo, as it flies past Earth in its cruise configuration

This week Earth will be visited by a spacecraft that has traveled 1.4 billion km to get here. But no, it’s not aliens – it’s BepiColombo, a European-Japanese mission that’s just slingshotting around our planet for a gravitational speed boost on its roundabout journey to Mercury.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 08:04:02 GMT | Loz Blain

The Vyrus Alyen is the latest hub-steered monster out of Rimini, Italy

Boutique motorcycle builder Vyrus has always loved its hub-steered super-naked motorcycles, and its latest 202-horsepower Ducati-powered beast is probably its most aesthetically challenging to date. Meet the Alyen 988, fresh out of Rimini, Italy.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 07:39:04 GMT | Nick Lavars

Study author Mark Meekan swimming with a whale shark

A key part of wildlife conservation is establishing a clear picture of how animals age and how long they can be expected to live. For biologists studying the world’s largest fish, this vital information hasn’t been so forthcoming. A new study, however, has demonstrated how the atomic bomb tests from the Cold War era could help fill in some of the blanks, with scientists using nuclear isotopes to measure the age of a whale shark for the first time.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 07:05:04 GMT | Michael Irving

A digital recreation of one of the main samples of Homo antecessor, which has now been placed on the family tree thanks to studies of ancient proteins in its teeth

It’s hard to piece together the full history of human evolution from piles of old bones. But now, scientists have made use of a new method to study proteins in dental enamel of an 800,000-year-old human species, helping place it in the family tree.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 04:48:41 GMT | Loz Blain

This simple box on the handlebars lets you switch the system on and off, and choose how much brake pressure to send to the back wheel

Braking is one of the toughest skills to learn on a motorcycle. Get into most cars, and it's pretty simple. Stomp big pedal, car stop. Bikes, as any rider knows, are much more complex. There are two brake levers, each with its own way to kill you.

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