The best of 2014
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According to the World Gold Council, about 195,300 tons of gold have been dug out of the ground in all of human history. Countless lives have been lost obtaining the rare metal, and in the developing world, which currently accounts for 20 percent of the world's gold production, small-scale mining and smelting under primitive conditions poses a major health hazard. To help alleviate this, a team from Argonne National Laboratory and the US Environmental Protection Agency are developing a prototype mercury capture system to reduce heavy metal pollution.  Read More

US Internet's 10 GBPS home connections are among the fastest ever (Image credit: US Intern...

Some residents of Minnesota received a holiday gift this December – the fastest home internet speed available just about anywhere in the world. US Internet, based in the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka, announced this week that it has begun rolling out 10 gigabit per second internet access, ten times faster than Google Fiber's much-publicized gigabit connections, and similar planned networks in the UK.  Read More

The milestone is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Transportation Capability program (Image: ...

At the moment, if you want to fly to the International Space Station, you're only option is to hitch a lift on one of Russia's 1970s-vintage Soyuz space capsules. That may not be the case for too much longer, with NASA announcing that it has approved the first milestone for the manned version of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft.  Read More

2014 saw the emergence of some truly innovative drone projects

2014 wasn’t the year that drones first entered the consumer lexicon, but it did see the notion of using these unmanned vehicles to our advantage become much more palatable. Package deliveries and carrying out conventional robotic tasks are some concepts that have defined the progress of drones in the past 12 months, but, as is typical of emerging technologies, the more their potential is realized the more they find uses in unexpected new applications. Let’s have a look over some of the year’s more surprising, yet significant, drone projects that promise to shake things up in exciting new ways.  Read More

The Basic Version of the BiCi smart bike

If a new crowdfunding campaign is successful, yet another "smart bike" will soon be available to consumers. Called the BiCi, it was designed by a team from Shanghai-based AOAO Studio after a four-month period of focusing on "what the perfect bike should be." The end result certainly looks unique, if nothing else.  Read More

The MUV-e folds up into a suitcase-sized trolley in around 3 seconds

Back in May last year, the My Urban Vehicle project introduced us to a folding electric scooter prototype that was to go into production by the end of 2013. Development continued beyond that deadline, however, and now a new fully-functional pre-production version of the MUV-e has been revealed ahead of release next year.  Read More

HP's latest Chromebook might look familiar, but improvements have been made to both the di...

HP has announced a new model in its competitive Chromebook 14 line. Bearing the same moniker as the existing machine, the new notebook offers a higher resolution display over its sibling, as well as touchscreen functionality and increased memory and storage.  Read More

The Infiniti Concept Vision GT joins PlayStation 3's Gran Turismo 6

It wouldn't feel quite right if 2014, the year of the Vision Gran Turismo, closed without at least one more wild Vision GT debut. Infiniti made sure that didn't happen, revealing its simply named Concept Vision Gran Turismo, a curvy racer that provides a "vision of what a high performance Infiniti could look like in the future."  Read More

The first flight of NASA's Orion capsule was one of a number of 2014 space firsts (Image: ...

It's been a busy year in space. In a mixture of triumph and tragedy, space exploration reached new horizons, tested new technologies, and pushed the limits of the possible in 2014. So as the old year draws to close, Gizmag looks back on the space highlights of the past twelve months.  Read More

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