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Automotive

Semi-autonomous Corvette hits 152 mph with quadriplegic driver

For people like Sam Schmidt, autonomous driving technology isn't a luxury – it's a necessity. As a quadriplegic, the only way he can drive is using Arrow's open-source semi-autonomous car. Having first demonstrated the technology at Indianapolis in 2014, Schmidt has returned with a modified version of Arrow's Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and clocked 152 mph (245 km/h) on the famous oval. That's 45 mph (72 km/h) more than his previous record, and fast enough to make most people with full use of their limbs feel a bit nervous.Read More

Home Entertainment

Wet and dry cleaner buffs up vinyl in a few spins

Vinyl records are growing in popularity, with Nielsen reporting a 260 percent growth in US sales since 2009. So now might be a good time to cable up your old turntable again and bring down the once treasured collection from the attic. When the cartridge coughs up a fur ball big enough to rival the household cat, though, it may be time to consider a vinyl cleaning machine. The VC-S from Austrian audio house Pro-Ject is claimed capable of washing and drying a 12-inch disc up to three times faster than the competition.Read More

Music

Vinylify presses and posts custom records to your home

Not so long ago, music on vinyl looked set to go the way of the audio cassette tape. But, despite an overall dip in first half year physical album sales in the US, the latest figures show that vinyl is bouncing back. Unsigned artists, part-time musicians or karaoke champions wanting to ride the new vinyl wave could invest in a desktop cutter like the crowdfunded (but yet-to-be-shipped) DRC for limited production runs, but a new service launched in the Netherlands earlier this year caters for custom groove creations instore. Now Vinylify has launched a streamlined web portal and opened its doors to international orders.Read More

Environment

Researchers bring extensive world temperature records to Google Earth

Talking about the weather is a pastime as old as language, but climate researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK have just given people a whole lot more to talk about. As part of an ongoing effort to increase the accessibility and transparency of data on past climate and climate change, they've made one of the most widely used records of Earth's climate accessible through Google Earth. Read More

Vinylize makes glasses from platters that matter

Vinyl isn't dead! Or so hipsters and audiophiles the world over will tell you. They're entitled to their opinion but I, like most of the world, now prefer my music stored in digital form. Unfortunately, this means lots of vinyl records are heading for landfill, which isn't good for any of us. So why not upcycle old vinyl records into something that's still useful? Something like glasses.Read More

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