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— Science

New nano-tool mimics mythical reptile

By - April 20, 2010 2 Pictures
The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol, which depicts a serpent or dragon curled in a circle, swallowing its own tail. Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in California have now created a nano-tool, that they named after the curious beasty. Their ouroborand molecular switch looks kind of like the Ouroboros, in that its tail coils up and around into its cup-like head. Unlike the reptile, however, the molecule could be used to detect metals, toxins, and other pollutants in our environment. Read More
— Automotive

Mercedes' refined and practical Shooting Break Concept

By - April 20, 2010 26 Pictures
Mercedes is to show an interesting four-door coupe concept car at the world's most important motor show, Auto China 2010. Dubbed the “Shooting Break Concept”, it's part Estate Car and part sports car with extra luggage. It has a sloping tail end, highly practical interior layout and 306 bhp direct injection V6 petrol engine. For all the innovation, it's the machine's dynamic full LED headlamps, due for series production this year, which are the stars. The Intelligent Light System has five functions – country lights, motorway lights, enhanced fog lights, active curve lights and cornering lights – and combines LED technology with Adaptive Highbeam Assist for the first time, leading to a completely new level of safety at night. Read More
— Outdoors

The Dualbrella doubles-up on your wet-weather protection

By - April 20, 2010 1 Picture
Recently, we’ve seen a modern take on the umbrella, and one made especially for dogs. Now there’s the Dualbrella – a clever twist on the traditional umbrella that provides ample cover for two and can be held with one hand. It’s also an ideal way to befriend that cute person at the bus stop when there's an unexpected downpour – without having to think of a catchy (and possibly ineffective) pick-up line. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Garmin announces nüvi 3700 series personal navigators

By - April 20, 2010 6 Pictures
Garmin has announced slick new additions to its nüvi line of personal navigation devices with its 3700 series. Available in three models - the nüvi 3760T, nüvi 3750 and flagship nüvi 3790T, the slender units are just 9mm thick and feature a 800 x 480 pixel, 4.3” WVGA glass display with capacitive multi-touch functionality that lets users zoom in and out of maps by double-tapping or pinching. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Next iPhone revealed?

By - April 19, 2010 1 Picture
Apple's notoriously tight secrecy ahead of product launches seems to have been undermined with a stray prototype of what appears to be the next iPhone falling into the eager hands of Gizmodo. It's been carefully pulled-apart, pored-over and examined from every angle, and the folks over at Gizmodo are convinced that it's the real thing. So what can we expect? Read More
— Spy Gear

Tiny Panoptes technology holds promise for military surveillance and iris recognition

By - April 19, 2010 3 Pictures
Researchers at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas are developing new miniature camera technology and an iris recognition application built on a high-resolution, light and compact platform known as Panoptes. The technology is designed to help the military and border patrol to track combatants in dark caves or alleys and airport security personnel to quickly and unobtrusively identify a subject from an iris scan. Read More
— Automotive

Citroën Metropolis plug-in hybrid limousine concept

By - April 19, 2010 6 Pictures
Not so long ago the notion of an eco-friendly vehicle meant small, boxy and decidedly uncool. But the push towards hybrid and electric vehicles in recent times has changed all that - if supercars can be hybrids, why not limousines? Citroën’s international design team has created the Metropolis plug-in hybrid-limousine concept for the Shanghai World Fair. The imposing 5.3m long by 2m wide by 1.4m high vehicle produces impressively low CO2 emissions of just 70g/km via a 2-liter, V6 petrol engine and an electric motor developing 70kW at its peak. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Slow motion weapon: Phantom Flex camera shoots full HD at 2,800 frames per second

By - April 19, 2010 4 Pictures
High-speed photography specialist Vision Research has unleashed its next-gen video camera - the Phantom Flex. The unit is billed as the world’s most flexible digital cinema camera and it's no idle boast - the specs speak for themselves. Packing a four mega-pixel color CMOS sensor, the Phantom Flex captures a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 shooting at 1,560 frames-per-second (fps) which can be increased to 2,800 when you step the resolution down to full-HD (1920x1080). At 720p HD resolution the maximum recording speed hits 6,100 fps, at 640x480 it's a whopping 13,000 fps and if you really want to trade in resolution for speed, try 330,000 fps at 256 x 8. Clearly this is a serious a weapon for capturing slow motion footage. Read More

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