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Marine

Gian Paolo Nari unveils NPe75 mega expedition yacht concept

Billionaire oligarchs, ahoy! Designer Gian Paolo Nari has been in touch to tell us about his NPe75 mega-yacht design. The 75-meter (246-ft) vessel incorporates not only a helipad, but also a hangar to accommodate your preferred flying machine. The design has actually been reduced in size from 85 meters (279 ft) to make it marginally less impossible to dock - a decision made easier by the omission of a second helipad in the bow, which was deemed impractical due to the bow movement typical of such vessels.Read More

Light-as-Air MacBook Pros to ship this year?

"They're all going to look like MacBook Airs." This is the message from Apple Insider's source - reportedly familiar with the design of the forthcoming MacBook Pro - as to the form that the forthcoming premium Apple notebooks will take. Read More

Games

Shoot a real machine gun at a real Twisted Metal truck using your computer

This Valentine's Day won't just mark the time of year when people the world over scramble for heart-shaped candy and restaurant reservations – it's also the release date for the highly-anticipated Twisted Metal video game on the Playstation 3. The game features crazy vehicles decked out with weapons all trying to destroy each other, so what better way to promote the occasion than by unloading a machine gun into an ice cream truck like one featured in the game? Rather than just doing it themselves, however, the promoters of the game have set up ShootMyTruck.com, a website that will let users take a shot at the truck remotely using their computers. Read More

Medical

FDA approves the treatment of brain tumors with electrical fields

The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) has approved a new treatment for patients as an alternative to chemotherapy. The promising new non-invasive treatment by Novocure uses "Tumor Treating Fields" (NovoTTF) to treat cancerous growths and is now available for adult patients with recurring brain tumors (recurrent glioblastoma or GBM). The treatment delivers electric fields to a patient utilizing a portable, wearable device that permits the patient to maintain normal daily activities without down time. Read More

Around The Home

Zen Table packs a Japanese rock garden and robotic Zen priest in a table

With no water, Japanese rock gardens - also known as "dry landscape" or "Zen" gardens - feature an area of gravel or sand that is designed to symbolize the sea, ocean, rivers or lakes. The act of raking the sand or gravel into patterns is practiced by Zen priests to help their concentration and has even found its way into offices with pint-sized desktop units for those looking to clear their minds at work. If you think your mind is clear enough already, are after a bit more variety from your raked sand designs and like your Zen in a table form factor then the Zen Table ticks all the boxes.Read More

Urban Transport

New research indicates motorcycle commuting reduces traffic congestion and emissions

The answer to the world's growing urban traffic congestion may be as simple as promoting motorcycling to commuters. A Belgian study has found that even a slight modal shift from cars to motorcycles in traffic composition significantly reduces traffic congestion and emissions. When 10 percent of cars are replaced by motorcycles, total time losses for all vehicles decrease by 40 percent and total emissions reduce by 6 percent. Read More

Automotive

Smart braking system joins list of firsts for Mazda CX-5

The CX-5 Crossover SUV marks a few firsts for Mazda. It will be the company's first production vehicle sporting the new KODO - Soul of Motion design language seen originally in the Shinari concept vehicle, the first vehicle featuring Mazda's efficiency-boosting Skyactiv technology, and the first to feature Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) - a system designed to avoid or reduce the damage from low speed collisions.Read More

Electronics

Quantum computer with separate CPU and memory represents significant breakthrough

John Martinis’ research group at the University of California at Santa Barbara has created the first quantum computer with the quantum equivalent of conventional Von Neumann architecture. This general-purpose programmable quantum computer is realized using superconducting circuits and offers greater potential for large-scale quantum computing than the one-problem devices that have been demonstrated in this emerging field to date.Read More

Automotive

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible debuts in Chicago

It was at the 1992 Chicago Auto Show that Ford's high performance arm, the Special Vehicle Team (SVT), entered the automotive scene with the debut of the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra and SVT F-150 Lightning. In the 20 years since, more than seven different SVT vehicles have been produced around the attributes of "Performance, Substance, Exclusivity and Value." To mark the 20th anniversary of SVT, the company has decided to let its top down by debuting the new 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The topless version packs the same 650 horsepower powerplant as the hardtop model that debuted in L.A. late last year.Read More

Music Feature

A closer look at Don Gilmore's self-tuning piano system

A few years ago Gibson began introducing some clever new technology to a select few guitars which automatically tuned the instrument and kept it there (seen most recently in the gorgeous Firebird X). I think that it's fair to say that robot tuning has not quite been a phenomenal success, perhaps due to the fact that tuning six strings only takes a few seconds and doesn't require any specialist training. That's certainly not true of the piano, which has more than 200 strings divided between 88 keys and its tuning is, for the most part, gratefully handed over to the experienced ear of a professional technician. In the 1990s, Kansas City mechanical engineer and classically-trained pianist Don A Gilmore created a mechanical self-tuning device for the piano. From there he went on to develop a thermal system that can bring the whole instrument to tune within a minute.Read More

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