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Tough new tornado panels take a stormy beating

A tornado hitting your house is no joke, but it's not always practical to build a shelter just in case the worst should happen. If the thought of jumping into a protective bag doesn't appeal, a new tough construction panel developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) could be a good alternative. UAB's new panels can be retrofitted to existing houses or integrated into new builds, and offer protection even in the most extreme EF5 tornado – that is, in winds over 200 mph (321 km/h).

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Titanium Pocket Bit screwdriver fits on a keyring

If you're like a lot of people, every so often you'll find yourself needing a screwdriver without having one to hand. The Titanium Pocket Bit is a satisfying solution to that problem. It's a tiny, double-ended screwdriver on a keyring that is genuinely unobtrusive and and has a wealth of potential uses.

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CubeSensors review: These little cubes want to make you and your home healthier

In a bid to improve their lifestyles an increasing number of people are turning to sensor-toting wearables, but your environment can be just as important as your body. CubeSensors are sensor-packed devices which monitor external factors and give advice to improve your relaxation, productivity or, in conjunction with a Jawbone or Fitbit tracker, sleep quality. Never missing the chance to sleep in the name of work, we recently spent some quality time with the little cubes.

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Silk LED bulb emulates natural sunlight

Our well-being and mood throughout the day is largely influenced by the light we are exposed to. Following this principle, a start-up called Saffron has developed the prototype of a LED light that can sync our internal clock to the natural shifting color spectrum of the sun. The light is called Silk by Saffron, and the designers claim it can improve our humor and sleep patterns by giving us get the right kind of light for the each time of the day.

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