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Loz Blain

Loz Blain

Loz has been one of Gizmag's most versatile contributors since 2007. Joining the team as a motorcycle specialist, he has since covered everything from medical and military technology to aeronautics, music gear and historical artefacts. Since 2010 he's branched out into photography, video and audio production, and he remains the only Gizmag contributor willing to put his name to a sex toy review. A singer by night, he's often on the road with his a cappella band Suade.

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— Digital Cameras

16 cameras in one: Light promises smartphone size and DSLR image quality

Light is a new silicon valley startup that’s focused on the holy grail of photography. A camera the size of a smartphone, that takes photos the quality of a 52-megapixel DSLR, zooms optically between 35 and 150mm, shoots great images in low light, and lets you select focus and depth of field after you shoot. It sounds like more than one camera can handle – and that’s because it’s actually 16 cameras in one.

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— Outdoors

Ponsse timber harvesters: The ruthlessly efficient modern lumberjack

Tree-choppin’ was once a man’s man’s game, an art so physically demanding that they still hold wood chopping competitions to this day. But no matter how buff and bearded the chopper, there’s no chance of out-logging one of these things. The modern lumberjack is a rugged all-terrain vehicle with a tree harvesting head that hugs a tree trunk like a koala, then executes it with extreme prejudice, strips off bark and branches, and sections it into logs of a pre-determined length in a matter of seconds. It’s mesmerizing to watch, and kind of terrifying, even if you’re not a tree.

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— Medical

DARPA's fascinating self-healing body initiative – ElectRx

DARPA's ElectRx project envisions tiny devices, the width of a single nerve strand, that could be injected into the body to monitor certain conditions and then stimulate targeted nerves in response, harnessing the body’s own repair mechanisms to deal with a range of conditions like chronic pain, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and certain autoimmune diseases. DARPA sees the potential to create new treatments that automatically and continuously tune themselves to the needs of a specific patient.

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— Motorcycles Review

First ride: 2015 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster, Dragster RR and Turismo Veloce

With a new range of 800cc 3-cylinder motorcycles that focus on real-world fun and road riding, it seems MV Agusta is ready to step down from its lofty historic perch, roll up the sleeves and get busy competing in a number of segments. At an Australian launch event, we had the chance to ride the bare-knuckle Dragster 800, the supermodel Dragster RR and the impressively practical Turismo Veloce.

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— Holiday Destinations Feature

Extreme Bike Tours: Traveling Western Mongolia on Royal Enfield motorcycles

Western Mongolia: one of the most sparsely populated areas on the planet. Unrelenting in its beauty and its harshness, it warps your sense of distance and scale, and redefines your concept of isolation and remoteness. And yet, it's teeming with life, from the thousands of wild and herd animals we cross paths with each day, to the omnipresent nomadic herders whose stark white yurts dot the landscape. Loz Blain spends two unforgettable weeks on the Mongolian steppe with a battered Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle, as a guest of Extreme Bike Tours.

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— Motorcycles

Gary Rothwell nudges 210 mph to break world wheelie record

From the world's fastest jet-powered shopping trolley to the world's fastest motorized shed, records were falling left and right last weekend at the final Straightliners Top Speed event of the year in the UK. Britain's Gary Rothwell took the opportunity to have another stab at the high-speed wheelie category. Disappointed that he failed to break the world record last month, Rothwell piloted his 540-horsepower turbocharged Hayabusa to a ridiculous 209.822 mph on the back wheel for over one kilometer to smash the previous record and set a sky-high mark for next year's contenders.

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— Marine Review

Video: Underwater flight in the DeepFlight Dragon

In our latest review video, Loz scoots over to Lake Tahoe, California, where the Deepflight team is testing its new personal submersible. Shaped like Speed Racer's Mach 5, the Deepflight Dragon is actually an upside-down manned quadcopter capable of going 400 feet (122 m) underwater – and Deepflight claims it's so easy to fly that any fool can do it, even though it's not finished yet. We'll see about that!

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