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The Rinspeed BamBoo ... a modern take on the beach-lovers' dune buggy

The Geneva Motor Show constantly tosses up innovative automotive concepts and this year’s event is shaping-up to be no different. One example which we are certainly looking forward to seeing in the flesh is Rinspeed's retro take on the modern EV – the Rinspeed BamBoo. The company has released more pics and details ahead of the debut, so lets take a closer look at what's in store.  Read More

The grand opening celebration at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando ...

Many Muggles, fans and aficionados of the Harry Potter franchise would no doubt be aware that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park and Resort opened last June. And judging by the fact that the park just sold its one millionth Butterbeer (non-alcoholic) beverage, its popularity doesn’t seem to be waning. The success of Universal’s newest park, located in Orlando, Florida, like most theme parks, will be judged on the experiences it offers its guests. Often this boils down to the teeth-rattling speed, stomach-churning loops and turns, or the full-on "shock and awe" of its rides. Gizmag spoke with Senior Vice President, Creative Studio for Universal Parks and Resorts, Thierry Coup, to get a behind-the-scenes insight into the creation of the park’s rides, namely the Dragon Challenge, Flight of the Hippogriff and The Forbidden Journey.  Read More

Inside the Lexar clean room facility in Utah where memory chips are made. The clean room i...

Much of the world these days relies heavily on memory – not the human kind, but the manufactured variety. Many of us have a plethora of memory cards and sticks kicking around in devices like cameras, smart phones, USB thumb drives, etc., but have you ever wondered what goes into the manufacture of a memory chip. This "behind the scenes" promotional video from major manufacturer Lexar provides an interesting insight to the process – it takes the company one month and more than 800 processes to make a memory chip and the clean room in which they are produced is 100 times cleaner than a hospital operating room. That means in order to get in you have to do a lot more than just wash your hands.  Read More

Zipbuds feature a 'vertebrae' zipper design that reduces weight and bulk and resists tangl...

When you’re desperate to hear the latest tune on your iPod or iPhone, the last thing you want is to miss it while you spend valuable seconds or even minutes untangling your earbuds – especially when your fingers are frozen. Zipbuds from DGA feature a tangle-resistant zipper-integrated cable that retains its flexibility, but helps avoid that frustrating tangled mess of wires that constitute many people’s earbuds when they first locate them.  Read More

Up, up and away ... the BEXUS 11 balloon, all 12,000m3 of it, just before take-off. The ba...

An off-the-shelf camera from Axis Communications has set the world record for the highest wireless network camera delivering high quality images to Earth. The PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) dome network camera was sent into the atmosphere to a height of 35 km (21. 7 miles) from the Esrange Space Center, north of Sweden, as part of the BEXUS 11 program.  Read More

The 'no drill' flat panel TV mount from Sanus attaches to a shelf unit, positioning the TV...

Mounting a flat panel TV securely on a wall is one of the best ways of positioning the screen at the right viewing height and angle, while freeing up valuable room space. Traditional mounts have to be drilled and screwed into a stud or brick wall in order to hold the weight of the TV. But if you’re not a DIY fan, live in an apartment where attacking the wall with a power drill isn't an option, or just think you might change your mind later about where you want to watch TV, then this no-drill TV mount kit from Sanus might appeal.  Read More

Ready to rock ... the Castiv Guitar Sidekick holds the iPhone while tuning the guitar usin...

Gizmag's Paul Ridden recently took a look at the Castiv Guitar Sidekick, a smartphone mount that puts your small screen digital device right where you need it – at the end of the fretboard. Since then we've been putting the Sidekick to the test – read on to find out how it performed.  Read More

A team of Illinois researchers developed an imaging technique that uses laser light to ide...

Not many things are tougher than dealing with a diagnosis of cancer. But often the protracted wait for biopsy results, and the uncertainty surrounding them, can be excruciating for patients and their loved ones. Now a research team at the University of Illinois has developed a tissue-imaging technique that produces easily identifiable, color-coded images of body tissue that clearly outline tumor boundaries. What’s more, the process takes less than five minutes.  Read More

A stitch in time ... artificial animal body tissue is helping veterinarian students gain c...

It’s vital that surgeons, whether operating on humans or animals, are familiar with how body tissue feels and reacts before conducting their inaugural operation. However, until recently, many veterinarian students were practicing basic surgical and suturing procedures on carpet pads and pig’s feet before moving on to their first “live” patient. But an invention by Colorado State University (CSU) veterinarians has provided students with a substrate that is infinitely closer to the real thing by developing artificial body parts that closely resemble real skin, muscles and vessels – they can even bleed! Of course the real benefit is that no animals (or humans) are hurt in the procedures.  Read More

Chess for one ... Solitaire Chess can teach beginners the basics and hone the skills of re...

There are a number of games that are ideally suited to lone players, such as patience, Tetris and, of course, solitaire. Chess, on the other hand, has always required an opponent, be it human or computer – to be a challenge anyway. But this new Solitaire Chess, which is “almost” chess but not quite, removes the need for an opponent but keeps the rules and moves associated with the traditional board game. The idea of this logic puzzle is to wipe out all the pieces bar one using your problem-solving skills as you would in a game of chess.  Read More

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