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— Environment

Kepler Energy reveals plans for tidal energy scheme in Bristol Channel

By - July 5, 2015 4 Pictures

With its large tidal range, Britain's Bristol Channel has a huge potential for generating tidal electric power. The problem is that, until now, schemes for tapping that power have required building dams and barrages so gigantic they would have given even the most wild-eyed Victorian engineer pause. As a more economical alternative, Kepler Energy has announced plans for a 30 MW tidal energy fence to be built in the Channel. With an estimated cost of £143 million (US$223 million), the underwater fence would be built in the water somewhere along the line between Aberthaw and Minehead and could be operational by 2021.

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— Automotive

One and only Maserati Boomerang concept headed for auction

By - July 5, 2015 15 Pictures

With low profiles, origami-like angles, and razor-sharp contours, the wedge-shaped supercars of the 1970s were the epitome of outrageous automotive style. Whilst the likes of the Lamborghini Countach, the Lotus Esprit, and the BMW M1 were the on-road embodiment of this ethos, the Maserati Boomerang concept car that preceded them took this style to the limit. Now, more than 40 years after it made its first appearance, this one-off automotive icon will be offered for sale by auction.

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— Mobile Technology

Chevy gives smartphones their own air conditioning vent

By - July 5, 2015 3 Pictures

Hot cars and smartphones don't mix. It’s not uncommon for our phones to be warm to the touch during summer months, especially when charging them up or using them for intensive tasks like navigation. This can slow down your phone’s processor and suck the life out of your battery, or even do permanent damage. To help combat the issue, Chevy is introducing an "industry first" Active Phone Cooling feature.

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— Games

Why the Wii U still matters in 2015

By - July 3, 2015 7 Pictures

The Wii U hasn't had the strongest couple of years. Hitting shelves a full year before the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and offering an ambitious dual screen experience, there was some excitement building for the system back in 2012. Fast-forward to the present, though, and a drought of raw power and lack of third-party support have seen the console easily overtaken by its younger rivals. But is there finally enough quality content on the platform to make it a worthwhile purchase?

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— Computers

Sliden'Joy gives your laptop two additional portable screens

By - July 3, 2015 17 Pictures

We've seen a number of attempts to give mobile workers extra screen real estate over the years, from laptops with double displays to tablet-like external panels. But such examples can add significant bulk and weight to a laptop bag. A Belgian startup is seeking funding through Kickstarter for Sliden'Joy, a device that can add one or two 13, 15 or 17-in full HD, thin and lightweight screens to your laptop even when you're on the go.

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