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The Old New Land Rover Defender

The prototype Land Rover Defender during trials in the Arctic
The prototype Land Rover Defender during trials in the Arctic(Credit: Jaguar Land Rover)

In 2016 we reported the end of the Defender line. Jaguar Land Rover even had a big, teary party to farewell the then 68 year old icon. Well, it seems you can’t keep a good marque down and the long-awaited replacement for the Defender is … the Defender. read more

A Game of Thrones Dark Night

The massive dark night battle illustrated the limits of compression technology
The massive dark night battle illustrated the limits of compression technology(Credit: HBO)

After months of teasing Game of Thrones recently aired what purportedly was the biggest and longest battle sequence in film history. But as soon as the episode aired the internet started to echo with criticism the battle was too dark and incoherent. While the makers adamantly claim the visual darkness in the episode was an intentional creative choice an enormous volume of fans are upset they couldn’t properly see what was going on. read more

New Aston has Seven on the Floor

A 7-speed manual transmission and carbon ceramic brakes are standard on the Vantage AMR
A 7-speed manual transmission and carbon ceramic brakes are standard on the Vantage AMR(Credit: Aston Martin)

America considers itself a great car loving nation and yet, according to a U.S. News and World Report study, only 18 percent of American drivers even know how to use a manual transmission, and only about 5 percent of vehicles sold in the US in 2016 had three pedals. To much of the rest of the Western world, knowing how to drive stick is a point of considerable pride, and many serious enthusiasts feel that driving automatics removes a key element of connection with the car. read more

New Teeth Cleaning Robots

With precise, controlled movements, the microrobot cleans biofilm off a glass plate
With precise, controlled movements, the microrobot cleans biofilm off a glass plate(Credit:Geelsu Hwang and Edward Steager)

An army of tiny robots scuttling about inside your mouth cleaning your teeth. It’s a disquieting thought, and yet it might be one of the most effective ways to deal with the sticky bacterial biofilms that coat our choppers – as well as water pipes, catheters and other tough-to-clean items. read more

AI Catheter to Assist Heart Surgeons

In a procedure known as a paravalvular aortic leak closure, the catheter is used to help...

In a procedure known as a paravalvular aortic leak closure, the catheter is used to help plug a leak in an artificial heart valve(Credit: Pierre Dupont / Boston Children’s Hospital)

For some time now, we’ve seen robotic surgical devices that can be remotely guided within the human body. And while they do make surgery more precise and less invasive, they still have to be continuously operated by a surgeon. Recently, however, a robotic catheter successfully navigated beating pig hearts on its own. read more

BrightLoc Locking Bicycle Light

The BrightLoc is presently on Kickstarter
The BrightLoc is presently on Kickstarter

It’s always a risk, leaving detachable lights on a bike that’s parked in a public place. It can also be a hassle to carry them with you, though. A group of North Carolina-based entrepreneurs has developed an alternative, in the form of lights that are attached to a bike-mounted U-lock. read more

Vaccine for Colorectal Cancer may be Just Over the Horizon

A vaccine for colorectal cancer is all set for larger human trials to commence later this...
A vaccine for colorectal cancer is all set for larger human trials to commence later this year after success in a Phase I trial(Credit: lightsource/Depositphotos)

Positive early results from the first phase of human testing for a unique colorectal cancer vaccine are proving promising. A newly published study outlining the Phase I trial results suggests the vaccine is safe, and stimulates immune activation, paving the way for larger human trials. read more

Promising New Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

An illustration of a healthy neuron, with its sausage-link-like myelin sheath
An illustration of a healthy neuron, with its sausage-link-like myelin sheath(Credit:tigatelu/Depositphotos)

In multiple sclerosis, the body’s immune system attacks and damages myelin, which is the insulating layer on nerves in the spinal cord, brain and optic nerve. This causes the nerves to short-circuit and cease functioning properly. In “a potential game-changer,” scientists have now demonstrated that a synthetic molecule can restore compromised myelin. read more

Ancient Urine Tracks Human History

The Aşıklı Höyük site in Turkey, where researchers have studied urine salts to estimate human and...
The Aşıklı Höyük site in Turkey, where researchers have studied urine salts to estimate human and animal populations over time(Credit: Güneş Duru)

One of the most important transitions in human history was when we stopped hunting and gathering for food and instead settled down to become farmers. Now, to reconstruct the history of one particular archaeological site in Turkey, scientists have examined a pretty unexpected source – the salts left behind from human and animal pee. read more

Indoor Hydroponic Garden

The iHarvest fully automated indoor hydroponics garden is currently raising production funds on Kickstarter
The iHarvest fully automated indoor hydroponics garden is currently raising production funds on Kickstarter(Credit: IGWorks)

Imagine being able to harvest fresh veggies precisely when you need them without leaving the house. That’s the promise of indoor gardens like the OGarden Smart and the Cell One. Now IGWorks is making a bid for your living space with a vertical hydroponics garden called the iHarvest that can simultaneously grow up to 30 fruits and vegetables. read more