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Secret of Flying Dandelion Seeds

The researchers think the discovery could inform the design of tiny airborne drones
The researchers think the discovery could inform the design of tiny airborne drones(Credit: alexsvirid/Depositphotos)

Carried by the wind, dandelion seeds can travel enormous distances of more than a kilometer (0.6 miles). Now, researchers at The University of Edinburgh have discovered that this is thanks to a remarkable form of flight never before seen in nature. read more

ElektroCaster – 3D Printed Guitar

Frank Piesik's ElektroCaster has been entered in the 2018 Hackaday Prize
Frank Piesik’s ElektroCaster has been entered in the 2018 Hackaday Prize(Credit: Frank Piesik)

Instrument modder Frank Piesik has combined 3D printing, electronic hackery and touch sensing to create the ElektroCaster that bridges the gap between traditional guitars like a Telecaster and full-on electronic sound makers like the (no longer in production) Kitara. read more

SmartMirror Shows What Wrong

The first HiMirror Mini Premiums are estimated to ship on November 5
The first HiMirror Mini Premiums are estimated to ship on November 5(Credit: HiMirror)

Mirror, mirror, show my reflection; and tell me how to fix my complexion. That’s the premise behind HiMirror’s HiMirror Classic: a smart-mirror with built-in camera designed to help beauty professionals hawk beauty products to credulous, self-conscious punters. But with the new HiMirror Mini Premium, the company’s cutting out the go-between so now agoraphobes worried about their looks won’t even need to leave the house. read more

Air Taxi Lands in Singapore

Voloctoper’s plans for Singapore include tests flights for the second half of 2019
Voloctoper’s plans for Singapore include tests flights for the second half of 2019(Credit: Volocopter)

German aviation startup Volocopter is one of the more active players in the nascent flying taxi scene, having trialed its radical 18-rotor electric aircraft on its home turf, in Dubai and, more recently, in the US. The company is continuing to spread its wings, today announcing plans to set up shop in Singapore and kick off test flights next year. read more

Too Much Sleep Just as Bad as Too Little

Between seven and eight hours of sleep is the ideal duration for optimal cognitive performance according...
Between seven and eight hours of sleep is the ideal duration for optimal cognitive performance according to a new study(Credit: belchonock/Depositphotos)

The first results from the world’s largest sleep study have been published, concluding that between seven and eight hours of sleep is the ideal range for optimal cognitive performance. The study convincingly revealed that too much sleep interestingly correlated with similar cognitive deficits associated with too little sleep. read more

New Use for Ethanol – Kill Cancer

Ethanol - good to fuel your car, and now potentially kill tumors
Ethanol – good to fuel your car, and now potentially kill tumors(Credit: erierika/Depositphotos)

Scientists have known for some time that ethanol can kill cancer cells, but several limitations held it back from becoming a broadly used treatment. A team at Duke University has recently developed a new type of ethanol solution that can be injected directly into a variety of tumors to potentially offer a new, safe, and cheap form of cancer treatment. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Polarimetric Thermal Imaging is Next Gen Night Vision

Researchers demonstrate an example of human identification using conventional and polarimetric thermal cameras
Researchers demonstrate an example of human identification using conventional and polarimetric thermal cameras(Credit: US Army Research Laboratory)

A new thermal imaging system being developed for the US Army Laboratory by physicist Dr Kristan Gurton and electronics engineer Sean Hu uses polarized infrared light to reveal details like facial features. The technology will allow soldiers to pick out details such as tripwires, booby traps, buried landmines, mortars and UAVs in flight – even in total darkness. read more

Metamaterials Make Objects Invisible to Sonar

Metamaterials redirect approaching waves around an object without scattering the wave energy, concealing the object from...
Metamaterials redirect approaching waves around an object without scattering the wave energy, concealing the object from the sound waves(Credit: Peter Kerrian)

A team of researchers at Pennsylvania State University, led by Amanda D. Hanford, has developed a “cloaking device” that works underwater. The new metamaterial shield is able to intercept and bend underwater sound waves, like sonar, around it without scattering them – making it appear as if the cloak and anything within it isn’t there at all. read more

New Google Pixels vs. iPhones

New Atlas compares the specs and features of the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL to...
New Atlas compares the specs and features of the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL to the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max

Google has just announced its flagship phones for 2018 – the Pixel 3 and 3 XL – which means all your best options for the year are now on the table. If you’re considering one of the latest Pixels, the main question you’re probably asking yourself is how well they stack up against the other key players – specifically, Apple’s new iPhones. To help you decide, New Atlas compares the specs and features of the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL to the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. read more

5 Cameras on LG’s V40 ThinQ

LG has unveiled the V40 ThinQ, which is kitted out with no less than five cameras
LG has unveiled the V40 ThinQ, which is kitted out with no less than five cameras(Credit: LG)

Just a few weeks ago Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A7, kitted out with four cameras. Not to be outdone, LG has now upped the stakes with a new premium phone that’s almost more camera than phone. The LG V40 ThinQ sports no less than five lenses – two in the front and three in the back – bringing with it a bevy of new photography tricks and good internal specs to boot. Oh, and the company has a new watch too. read more