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Boston Dynamics has quietly dropped a new video, this time revealing the Atlas robot's newfound ability to clear obstacles and jump like a parkour expert. The combination of real-time computer vision and control software, that balances legs, arms and torso, affirms Atlas as one of the most physically impressive robots ever developed... Continue Reading Boston Dynamics' Atlas has now master
A surreal close-up of a weevil eye has taken the top prize at this year's Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. The magnificent annual photography competition, in its 44th year, celebrates the skill and artistry in the world of microscopic photography... Continue Reading Nikon Small World winners zoom in on microscopic marvels Category: Digital Cameras Tags: Awards
If solving the problem of climate change was a 100-piece jigsaw puzzle, systems that suck C02 out of the air might make up one or two pieces. But as a warming planet and rising global emissions loom large, there are many who believe this unproven technology will have an important role to play – the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) among them. Climeworks is a Swiss comp
Hymer isn't the only manufacturer that has gotten off to a quick start in turning the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter into a gear-hauling adventure camper. Germany's La Strada has built its flagship Regent S into the third-gen Sprinter platform. The new camper van rolls as a smart, sleek two-sleeper with a bathroom and convertible rear bedroom for carrying bikes, surfboards and other large spor
Three papers published simultaneously in The Lancet have revealed a striking rise in global rates of babies born through caesarean sections. The papers suggest that in middle- and high-income countries the procedure is significantly overused and many, including the World Heath Organization, are calling for a worldwide reduction in unnecessary use of the procedure... Continue Reading C-sect
Last year, Chinese company Robosea successfully crowdfunded its fish-like BIKI underwater drone. Now, it's testing the waters again (no pun intended) with the SeaFlyer underwater scooter. Whereas BIKI was designed for remotely exploring the depths, the SeaFlyer is for people who actually want to get wet... Continue Reading SeaFlyer scooter picks up where swimming drone left off Category:
If you're backcountry camping, it's pretty much a forgone conclusion that you'll be sleeping on either a thin foam pad or an inflatable mattress. The LayBakPak offers an alternative, however, as it's a backpack that partially converts into a cot or recliner... Continue Reading Convertible backpack's frame transforms into a cot Category: Outdoors Tags: Backpacks Campin
The 2019 Ducati Multistrada Enduro is receiving the upgrades that the rest of the model family has been enjoying for a couple of years. These include the larger 1,262-cc Testastretta V-twin with DVT variable valve timing and more power, a revised frame and enough electronic systems to cause a racing superbike blush... Continue Reading Ducati unleashes the 158-hp 2019 Multistrada 1260 Endur
When birds collide with airplanes that are taking off or landing, the results can be catastrophic. And while there are deterrent systems that do work on some birds, they're not effective with raptors (aka birds of prey). According to new research, however, an optical illusion may do the trick... Continue Reading Black circles keep birds of prey away from planes Category: Science Tags:
The harmonica is one of the easiest instruments to learn, but mastering it to a level approaching players like Toots Thielemans and Sugar Blue and can take many years. You may have seen blues players like the latter using both hands to cup a Mississippi Saxophone around a microphone, creating a chamber around the instrument to keep out unwanted sounds from band members, improve tone and am

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