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The SmartRim wireless sensor that can be fitted to a car and detects proximity to curbs an...

Few driving noises can be as deflating as that of a car wheel scraping against the curb when parking. It means you've misjudged your distance from the sidewalk and inflicted some ugly and potentially expensive damage on your wheel. The SmartRim is a device aimed making this a thing of the past.  Read More

Shanghai Natural History Museum by Perkins + Will (Photo: James and Connor Steinkamp)

Global architecture firm Perkins + Will recently completed work on Shanghai's Natural History Museum and it's now open for business. With more than 10,000 artifacts from around the world stretched over 4.45 hectares (11 acres) of floorspace, it's a big and ambitious project that – while calling it sustainable would be a push – does boast a significant amount of green design.  Read More

The Carplane flying car prototype hits the road in Germany

We've been teased with the prospect of a flying car for years now, with many designs, like the Terrafugia Transition, having been under development for some time but yet to arrive in garages or hangars. The Braunschweig-based company, Carplane hopes to square the circle with a twin-fuselage roadable monoplane that made its first public appearance in prototype form at the recent AERO show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.  Read More

Lockheed Martin's Indago drone will be put to use in search and rescue operations for Proj...

Spreading eyeballs as widely as possible can make all the difference in the early stages of search and rescue operations. With the recent rise of drones, this has come to include getting eyes up into the sky to give some first responders an aerial perspective. The latest move to enhance search and rescue efforts comes from Lockheed Martin, which will team up with non-profit Project Lifesaver to help locate people with cognitive disorders that wander away from their home.  Read More

Facebook has announced free video calls for its Messenger mobile app

The world's largest social network has today added free video calls to its Messenger mobile app. The move pits Facebook against already established video chat services, such as Apple Facetime, Microsoft's Skype and Google Hangouts, affording users yet another way to get some remote face-to-face time with the tap of a button.  Read More

The Venom from Lexmoto may well be the cheapest motorcycle to include an audio system as s...

Music players are not a common feature on motorcycles and their rare appearances are usually reserved for expensive touring models from brands like BMW or Harley-Davidson. Lexmoto’s Venom is nothing of the sort, yet this budget 125 cc naked motorcycle breaks the mold with a standard built-in MP3 player.  Read More

Herbie is just the latest movie car to illustrate the trend of fast growing prices for mov...

In terms of investment potential, the prices of cars which formerly starred in movies are accelerating faster than the already bullish collectible car and movie memorabilia markets. This week Herbie (The Love Bug) set a new world record for a Volkswagen Beetle at $126,500 to become one of the top 50 movie cars ever sold at auction. We've also scoured the auction results of the last ten years to show how much movie cars are appreciating.  Read More

Google is now taking orders for the LG Watch Urbane for US$350 When LG announced its latest Android Wear smartwatch, the LG Watch Urbane, earlier this year, it didn't go into detail on exact pricing or release info. That changed today, on the eve of the LG G4 announcement, with Google now taking orders for the all-metal watch.  Read More

RTS,S/AS01 shows promise as a malaria vaccine  (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new study suggests that RTS,S/AS01, the prime candidate for a malaria vaccine and the first one to reach large-scale clinical testing, is partially effective especially among young African children for a period of up to four years after vaccination. The vaccine could potentially prevent millions of cases of clinical malaria, particularly in areas of high transmission like sub-Saharian Africa, and in the age group in which malaria is known to be the most lethal.  Read More

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