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The Smart Helmet's aerodynamic design is intended to lessen wind noise

Nand Logic's Smart Helmet might just top the list when it comes to the highest number of electronic goodies packed into a single helmet. While it's intended for activities such as cycling, skateboarding or snowboarding, you might end up wanting to wear the thing when you're just walking down the street – or auditioning to join Daft Punk.  Read More

Researchers have developed E. coli bacteria that can't survive without specially-supplied ...

It's been the premise of many a sci-fi/horror movie ... a genetically-modified organism is created in the lab to help the human race, but instead it gets loose and wreaks havoc in the outside world. Well, scientists from Harvard and Yale are working to make sure that such a scenario can't take place – at least, not with one of the bacteria most commonly used in biotech research. Teams from both universities have produced genetically-altered E. coli bacteria that can't live without special amino acids, which can only be obtained from a lab.  Read More

NASA's Opportunity rover captures a stunning panorama to celebrate its 11th anniversary on...

NASA's Mars Opportunity rover recently celebrated its 11th anniversary on the Martian surface, marking the milestone with a stunning panorama that doubles as a moving tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York. Over the course of its tenure on the Red Planet, the tenacious explorer has broken the record for the longest distance traveled on another world, making countless groundbreaking discoveries along the way.  Read More

Room on a Roof, by Netherlands-based i29 (Photo: i29)

Netherlands-based firm i29 recently transformed the interior of a small tower on the roof of Amsterdam's 19th Century De Bijenkorf department store into a novel studio that will host a series of artists-in-residence. The project is dubbed Room on a Roof and indeed comprises just one room.  Read More

The ESA's Integral satellite will make its way back to Earth in 2029 (Image: ESA/Medialab)

After 12 years in orbit, the European Space Agency (ESA) is in the process of enacting its retirement plan for the International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (Integral). However, while the agency is adjusting the orbit of the satellite now, the spacecraft will continue to make observations for some years, and won’t re-enter Earth’s atmosphere until the late 2020s.  Read More

The Crazy Cart XL is a go-cart designed for drifting (Photo: Gizmag/Stu Robarts)

Not so long ago we featured the newly-announced Crazy Cart XL, an adult-sized version of the original drifting Crazy Cart. It looked like great fun. Well, it turns out that it's even more fun than it looks. It's also a little trickier to get the hang of than it looks, which I found out the hard way.  Read More

The Sentinel-1A (left) and CryoSat (right) satellites have provided key data on the degred...

Both the ESA’s Sentinel-1A and CryoSat satellites have detected a significant degree of ice loss in the Austfonna ice cap, located on Norway’s Nordaustlandet island in the Svalbard archipelago. Parts of the ice cap have thinned by as much as 50 m (164 ft) since 2012 – around a sixth of its total thickness, and the speed of the outer glacier has increased to 3.8 km (2.4 miles) per year.  Read More

The new Logitech ConferenceCam Connect aims to make teleconferencing easier

Logitech is aiming to make it easier for businesses to have teleconferences, with the introduction of its new ConferenceCam Connect. In offices where conference rooms are not equipped with teleconferencing equipment, Logitech's new portable offering should come in handy.  Read More

Artist's impression of two protoplanets colliding (Image: NASA/California Institute of Tec...

Until now, it has been generally accepted that a meteor constitutes a time capsule – a relic of the early creation of the solar system that has fallen to Earth, allowing us to delve into the distant past by looking at the composition of the essentially unchanged material that formed the basis of planetary formation. However, a new study carried out by researchers from MIT and Purdue University seeks to challenge the established belief, asserting that rather than representing the kernel of planetary creation, that they are instead a by-product of the violent and often cataclysmic process.  Read More

Owned since new by rock & roll's original and most notorious 'bad boy', this 1959 Harley-D...

A Harley-Davidson 1959 FLH Panhead owned since new by Rock & Roll's original "bad boy", Jerry Lee Lewis, sold for US$385,000 on Saturday night, becoming one of the 20 most expensive motorcycles ever sold at auction. Lewis, a lifetime motorcycle enthusiast, was gifted the bike new by Harley-Davidson.  Read More

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