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Podcast – Global Debt at Record Level – Smartphones can Damage the Neck and Back

The world is teetering on the edge of a global financial meltdown. That’s a bit of a downer, isn’t it? But unfortunately it’s true. Global debt has risen to a new record of $217 trillion. That’s almost a quarter of a quadrillion – an unimaginable number. Even worse – it may be too late to fix it.

Smartphone users may be affecting the long term health of our necks and backs due to protracted use of smartphones while walking. And it also makes all look like 80 years olds – shuffling down the street, trying to avoid running into, or falling into something. read more

Step Closer to Fusion Energy

Runaway electrons can melt the solid metal walls of nuclear fusion reactors but a pair of ...
Runaway electrons can melt the solid metal walls of nuclear fusion reactors but a pair of young physicists have discovered a way to slow and control these electrons paving the way for safe nuclear fusion reactors (Credit: Eurofusion CC-BY 3.0)

A functional fusion reactor may still be a dream, but it’s a dream that is slowly becoming a reality with numerous research efforts and experiments aiming to unlock the near unlimited supply of clean energy that such a reactor would provide. The challenges scientists face in getting nuclear fusion to work are undeniably difficult, but not insurmountable, and two young physicists have recently solved one of the major problems engineers have been grappling with for almost half a century. read more

Lamborghini & Matching Boat – Buy Both on eBay

This ‘pristine’ Lamborghini complete with matching speedboat are the ultimate toys for thrill-seekers – if you have a cool £1.7 million ($2.2 million) to spare.

The bespoke lime green Aventador SV Roadster and MTI Super Veloce catamaran, which means super-fast in Italian, is currently for sale on eBay.

Both were custom built and are finished in an extremely rare special-order colour called Verde Singh, which costs £60,000 ($76,000) alone.

 Miami restaurateur Gino Gargiulo, who has previous form in commissioning speedboat and supercar hybrids, cooked up his latest project in 2015. A 'pristine' Lamborghini and matching speedboat (pictured) will be sold on eBay within two weeks

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Weapon Wednesday – Replacing Navy’s Ouija Board

DSIMS replaces an analog system called the
DSIMS replaces an analog system called the “Ouija board” that’s been in use since the Second World War (Credit: ONR)

Modern aircraft carriers may seem like the bleeding edge of technology, but they still rely on some remarkably low-tech tools to get the job done. read more

LG’s Massive Flexible Screen

A 77-inch flexible screen for your smart desk, sir?
A 77-inch flexible screen for your smart desk, sir?

It’s an exciting time in display technologies, with flexible and transparent screens popping up regularly, albeit in the lab rather than on our devices. LG just set a new high bar though, with a huge 77-inch OLED screen that you can see through and roll up. read more

Kick the Smartphone Habit – Go Grayscale

The average American clicks, taps or swipes on their smartphone screen more than 2,600 times a day – and the heaviest users touch their device more than 5,400 times.

The birth of the smartphone has sparked an addiction among many people, however, an ex-Google employee has revealed that going gray could help curb habit.

By setting the screen of your handset to grayscale, users might not be so compelled to check their device – this is because certain colors used by apps, like red and bright blue, subconsciously make us excited to reach for our phones.

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The birth of the smartphone has sparked an addiction among many people, however, an ex-Google employee has revealed that going gray could help curb habit

By setting the screen of your handset to grayscale, users might feel checking the device is less appealing - this is because some of the colors, like red and bright blue, subconsciously make us excited to reach for our phones

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Weapon Wednesday – Replacing the M4A1 Carbine

The M4A1 carbine is currently issued to U.S. Army combat troops worldwide. A descendant of the original M16 rifle, the M4A1 has a 14.5″ barrel, is chambered for the 5.56-millimeter round, and weighs approximately nine pounds when fully equipped with optics, lasers, foregrips, and other attachments. There are concerns in Congress, however, that the M4A1 could not penetrate modern Russian body armor, which is what prompted Milley’s comment.

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Robot Practically Thinks for Itself

Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a robot that can pick up awkward and unusually shaped objects.

The robot learned how to grasp different objects by studying a virtual library of 10,000 3D objects and suitable grasps.

When a new object is placed in front of the bot, its deep-learning system quickly figures out what grasp the arm should use.

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When the robot was unsure of how to grasp an object, it poked it to figure out how to better grasp it. After doing this, it was successful at lifting objects 99 per cent of the time

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