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— Aircraft

F-35B makes first ski-jump launch

By - June 24, 2015 1 Picture

The British Royal Navy is a step closer to getting a fighter wing for its new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers after the F-35B Lightning II made a successful take off from a ski-jump on June 19 at Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland. The vertical and/or short take-off and landing (VSTOL) variant of the F-35B is being jointly tested by an Anglo-American team as part of the program to bring the aircraft into service with the Royal Navy and the US Marine Corps.

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— Automotive

Ford's new split-view camera helps drivers see around corners

By - June 24, 2015 3 Pictures

One frustrating thing about living in any neighbourhood that gets an influx of SUVs is that it gets hard to see past rows of tall cars to work out when it's safe to nose out or back out of your driveway. Ford is tackling this kind of problem with a new split-view camera mounted on the front and rear bumpers that gives drivers a 180-degree view from the bits of the car that poke into traffic first, effectively giving them the ability to see around corners.

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— Urban Transport

Lexus has developed a hoverboard ... seriously

By - June 24, 2015 3 Pictures

For years, designers and startups have been attempting to mimic fiction and create a hoverboard like the one famously piloted by Marty McFly in Back to the Future II. Those efforts have only accelerated now that it's 2015, the year in the "future" that the famous hoverboard scene was set. We never expected a luxury automaker to throw its hat into the hoverboard ring, but today (that's June 24, not April 1), that's exactly what Lexus did.

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— Space

Best evidence of active lava flows spotted on Venus

By - June 24, 2015 3 Pictures

ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has found the best evidence yet of active lava flows on Venus. Earlier missions to Venus have shown that the surface bears the unmistakable scarring of fierce, ancient volcanic activity. However, prior to Venus express, no mission had been successful in directly imaging clues to contemporary volcanism. This quirk has baffled scientists for years, as it has long been assumed that Venus hosts an internal heat source, and that heat has to escape somehow.

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— Health and Wellbeing

Oura ring watches you while you sleep

By - June 24, 2015 17 Pictures

Sleep and activity monitors have a lot of advantages, but aesthetics often isn't one of them. Many look like exactly what they are and even ones that are incorporated discretely in watches aren't very popular with people who don't want to wear watches in bed. Billed as the "world’s first wellness ring," the Ōura ring takes a sleep and activity monitor and hides it inside a piece of finger jewelry that makes the technology unobtrusive and unself-conscious.

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Rosetta mission extended by nine months

ESA has announced that its Rosetta comet orbiter mission will be extended by nine months. The unmanned spacecraft that rendezvoused with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last year will carry out further observations until September 2016, by which time it will be too far from the Sun to power itself and will land on the comet.

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New Padcaster will fit any mobile device

The Padcaster is kind of a neat product, if you’re an iPad videographer. It’s an anti-vibration-padded aluminum iPad frame with threaded holes that allow users to add accessories such as a shotgun mic, light, lens or tripod. Soon, however, it’ll be getting a sister device that can be used with any tablet or smartphone.

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