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On a regular bicycle crankset, the chainrings turn in a 1:1 ratio with the crank arms. In the case of the Ultime Ti crankset from French company MG Tech, however, things are a little different – an integrated planetary gear system actually turns the chainrings faster than the crank, reportedly allowing cyclists to deliver more torque at a given cadence... Continue Reading Torque-multiplyin
Jellyfish blooms are regarded by some as an ecological menace, but they may sound the dinner gong for the commercially valuable Norway lobster. Recently, a team of scientists from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh have photographed the tasty crustacean in the waters off western Norway chowing down on jellyfish carcasses, suggesting that they could form a major part of its diet...Continue Re
As a giant dust storm roars across a quarter of the face of Mars, NASA's Opportunity rover is facing possible extinction. In a teleconference, NASA engineers announced today that mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California has lost contact with the unmanned probe, as the storm prevents the craft's solar panels from charging its batteries... Continue Readi

Overlaying three-dimensional holograms on its wearer's view of the real world, Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality headset has allowed users to do everything from reading emotions (sort of) to taking a virtual tour of Mars. More recently, it's also been used to guide British doctors performing lower limb surgery...Continue Reading Surgeons use HoloLens to peer into patients' legsCategory:
Weight gain has often been noted as a side effect of quitting smoking, and research has well established that nicotine can function as an appetite suppressant. A new study has now uncovered a novel mechanism showing how nicotine directly activates a protein that signals a type of fat cell to start burning energy... Continue Reading A protein activated by nicotine provides insight into how
Compelling, beautiful and just plain outrageous concept cars are one major reason the auto world remains eager to attend the annual Geneva Motor Show. No one should walk away disappointed this year, as the show is packed with intriguing concept cars looking into the present, past, near future and distant future. These concept cars had our heads on a swivel and our feet in motion from the minu
With the increasing proliferation of smart devices in our homes security researchers are constantly uncovering fundamental vulnerabilities in these off-the-shelf products. A new report from a team at Ben-Gurion University has revealed that many of these devices are remarkably insecure and can be compromised easily in less than 30 minutes...Continue Reading Study warns smart home devices can b
After a heart attack occurs, non-beating scar tissue forms on the part of the organ that was affected – and this can lead to heart failure. There could be new hope, however, in the form of an implanted device that delivers medication directly to that tissue... Continue Reading Implant brings heart medication right to the target Category: Medical Tags: Harvard Heart at
Uber has suspended its self-driving operations after one of its vehicles was involved in a fatal collision, causing what is believed to be the first pedestrian death attributed to autonomous cars. ..Continue Reading Uber stops self-driving car project following first pedestrian deathCategory: AutomotiveTags: Autonomous Vehicles Road Safety Self driving cars UberRe

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