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— Architecture

OAS1S imagines sustainable "treescraper" communities

By - June 29, 2015 8 Pictures

Here's a concept for a forest retreat that's a little different from the norm. Holland's OAS1S has envisioned an eponymous community of dwellings that are covered in greenery and resemble trees. Constructed from recycled wood and operating off-grid with the use of sustainable technology, the whimsical homes – or "treescrapers" – would make walking along your street feel more like a stroll through a forest.

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— Automotive

Study suggests that HUD tech may actually reduce driving safety

By - June 29, 2015 1 Picture

Cruising at speed down the highway with a heads-up display (HUD) constantly feeding data into your line of sight can make anyone feel like a jet pilot on the road; totally in control of your vehicle and primed to avert any potential danger that comes your way. However, recent studies by the University of Toronto show that the HUD multi-tasking method of vehicle piloting may well not provide the extra margin of safety that we think it does. In fact, according to the researchers, it could be downright dangerous.

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— Aircraft

Flytrex Sky drone set to deliver out of the box

By - June 28, 2015 5 Pictures

While Amazon continues testing out its drone delivery service in North America, Israel-based Flytrex is already offering delivery drones and a 3G-based platform to send and receive small packages via a connected app. The company claims the Flytrex Sky, which was announced last week, is the first cloud-connected drone carrying an on-board 3G module designed to track the UAV and keep it jacked into the internet while in flight.

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— Automotive

Alfa Romeo begins brand relaunch with new Giulia

By - June 28, 2015 3 Pictures

Alfa Romeo has spent a long time out of America, but is throwing everything it has at cracking back into the market as part of plans to revive the brand there and elsewhere. The Italian automaker already has a halo in the 4C, and has now taken the wraps off its new Giulia. Going into battle with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and Jaguar XE, the Giulia will have to be good to make an impact. Luckily enough, the first signs are promising.

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— Good Thinking

Google's neural networks create bizarre "Inceptionism" art

By - June 28, 2015 7 Pictures

Having taken on everyone from chess grandmasters to chefs, computers are further exploring their artistic side with computer scientists demonstrating how artificial neural networks can create works of art reminiscent of William Blake on opium. The surreal images produced by a technique called "Inceptionism" are part of a process to better understand how such networks operate and how to improve them.

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— Space

SpaceX CRS-7 mission destroyed after liftoff

By - June 28, 2015 4 Pictures

Another resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) ended in failure today as SpaceX's CRS-7 mission exploded in midair shortly after liftoff. The unmanned Dragon cargo ship atop a Falcon 9 rocket launched from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 10:21 am EDT. SpaceX launch control indicated no problems prior to launch and weather was good, but approximately 2 min 18 sec into the flight, the Falcon 9 experienced an anomaly and broke up over the Atlantic Ocean.

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