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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

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

Biohacking group Science for the Masses has been experimenting with night vision eye drops...

It sounds like something from a science-fiction movie, but a biohacking group in California has managed to develop eye drops that temporarily give a human being excellent night vision. The chemicals used are still very much at the experimental stage – this isn't something you'd want to try at home just yet – but the first trial has been a successful one.  Read More

An early glimpse of the likely appearance of Donald Panoz’s radical road-going supercar

There can’t be many racing car projects in recent years that have attracted as much interest and support as the radical DeltaWing and now its makers have announced that they’re going to build a road-going version. What they haven’t done, though, is hand out pictures of that road car. So it’s useful that the firm has patented its design instead instead, giving us an early glimpse of the likely appearance of the road going machine.  Read More

The BRABUS take on the Mercedes C Class wagon

Being a European auto tuner is an odd thing. It takes a certain amount of chutzpa to say, "What does someone like Mercedes know about auto design? I'll show them how to really do it." Yet, there are a number of tuning firms out there, and BRABUS has been at it longer than most. The German company just took a run at Mercedes' C–Class wagon and seems to have slathered on more of everything.  Read More

Study lead author Amanda Stowers with the folding wings (Photo: Stanford University)

If you've ever watched a flying bird weaving its way through a forest, you may have wondered how it could do so without hitting its wings on the trees. Well, birds actually do hit trees with their wings. Unlike the rigid wings of an aircraft, however, birds' wings simply fold back under impact, then immediately fold open again to maintain flight. Now, scientists from Stanford University have developed wings for flapping-wing drones that do the same thing.  Read More

The relative sizes of a standard pacemaker and the new fetus-sized model (Image: CHLA)

In the near future, it's entirely possible that babies with heart defects will be born with complete pacemakers already installed. That's because scientists at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the University of Southern California have developed the world's first fully-implantable pacemaker for fetuses.  Read More

Shot of the parabolic net test in action (Photo: ESA)

The ESA has been testing the possibility of using one of mankind's earliest inventions to cope with one of its newest challenges, by testing a concept that would allow satellites to net and de-orbit space debris in a safe and controlled manner. Space debris is an ever-increasing problem, and agencies around the world are starting to take steps to preserve the low-Earth orbit environment vital for a sustainable space industry.  Read More

The Magzet allows users to plug in their audio devices with safer, easier-to-use magnets

One of the least exciting pieces of technology on a smartphone is the 3.5 mm audio jack. There's not a lot of room to make changes there, but Magzet is aiming to do some innovating by turning any audio jack into a magnet connector. It's a simple change, but one that promises to make plugging in audio devices easier, and a whole lot cooler.  Read More

The Volvorii Timeless pack E Ink panels and link to iOS and Android devices

iShuu Tech's Volvorii Timeless shoes aim to continue the trend of bringing E Ink technology to fashion, integrating a user-customizable, flexible panel into a pair of high heels. The product is currently seeking support through a crowdfunding campaign.  Read More

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