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Sir Kostya Novoselov (left, one of the two graphene Nobel laureates) and Chancellor George...

In two claimed firsts, researchers at the University of Manchester have produced both the first commercial application of graphene and the world's first graphene light-bulb. It is expected that this new device will have lower energy emissions, cheaper manufacturing costs, and a longer running life than even LED lights. And this isn't just a pie-in-the-sky prototype, either. The team who developed it believes that the graphene light-bulb will be available for retail sale within months.  Read More

Know your cars? Only four of the six million dollar cars are pictured. One's a bicycle. Wh...

The full glory of the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star was on display at Bonhams' second annual classic car auction for the marque in Stuttgart on the weekend. Held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, six individual cars sold for more than a million dollars, with the highlights being a 1931 model 770 Cabriolet D which sold for EUR€2,311,500 (US$2,516,987), a 1938 540 K Cabriolet A which sold for EUR€2,760,000 (US$3,005,357) and a fully-functioning 115-year-old Benz Ideal Vis-a-Vis Motor Carriage which fetched EUR€212,750 (US$231,663).  Read More

The new jamstik+ MIDI guitar by Zivix

There are many iOS apps that offer onscreen versions of musical instruments and, though a convenient way to practice chord positions or to quickly jot down a song idea, they can be a pretty poor substitute for the real thing. In 2013, Zivix launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to bring a backpack-friendly MIDI guitar designed for the mobile musician called the JamStik to production. Now the company is back with an improved mini guitar that boasts better picking detection and processing speed, and uses Bluetooth LE instead of Wi-Fi to keep surfing channels open while playing.  Read More

Startup Gogoro has announced a pilot program for its Smartscooter and battery-swap network...

Taiwan-based startup Gogoro drew plenty of attention when it unveiled its Smartscooter at CES earlier this year. The thinking is that these electric two-wheelers will be ridden around urban centers and their lithium-ion batteries switched over at exchanges when they run out of juice. The idea is now one step closer to reality, with the announcement of a pilot program in Taiwan ahead of a launch this coming summer.  Read More

A new technique allows cancerous cells to be detected using MRI without the use of dyes (P...

While non-invasive imaging technologies, such as mammograms or CT scans, are capable of detecting tumors, identifying whether they are malignant or benign usually involves getting out the scalpel and conducting a biopsy. Now researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a technique that uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to noninvasively detect cancerous cells, offering the potential of supplementing biopsies or maybe one day replacing them altogether.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy S6 (left), Galaxy S6 edge (mi...

Maybe it isn't fair to compare Samsung's 2015 flagships to LG's big mid-2014 phone. But since some of the G3's specs were ahead of its time last year, let's see how it fares against the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.  Read More

The Mercedes GLE is an updated version of its old ML-Class

Mercedes has given its ML-Class SUV a thorough reworking, with sharper styling, more efficient engines and brand-new name. The new GLE is the first Mercedes SUV to be offered with a plug-in hybrid option, perfect for tackling BMW’s recently released X5 xDrive40e and Volvo’s stylish XC90 T8 Hybrid.  Read More

Stymied by US regulations, Amazon has been testing its delivery drones at a Canadian locat... Amazon has taken its Prime Air drone-delivery operations north of the US border to develop the technology with greater regulatory freedom, according to a report in The Guardian.  Read More

Clifftop Cave: The Blue Mountains offer exquisite views (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)

Lionel Buckett squats barefoot on the stone outcropping that forms a natural verandah to his latest extraordinary creation. Weathered and weary with a shock of curly orange hair, he's looking out across a magnificent, pristine valley in Australia's Blue Mountains range, a view that probably hasn't changed in thousands, even hundreds of thousands of years. "It's an interesting thing with passive solar design," he muses, "that a cave facing north is probably the first passive solar building that humans ever lived in."  Read More

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