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Artist's impression of exoplanet 51 Pegasi b orbiting its parent star (Image: ESO/M. Kornm...

A team of ESO astronomers working from the La Silla Observatory, Chile, has detected the first direct reflection of light from an exoplanet orbiting a Sun-like star. The exoplanet, 51 Pegasi b, is what is known as a hot Jupiter, a prevalent form of gas giant that sits much closer to its parent star than our own Jovian neighbor.  Read More

Audi shows its latest Prologue concept in Shanghai

One of these days, surely Audi is going to release an all-out off-road super sports car. Until then, we'll just have to settle for sporty, overpowered crossover concepts. Following up on last year's TT offroad and 2013's Nanuk Quattro, Audi is premiering the new Prologue allroad at this year's Auto Shanghai show. The concept picks up where last month's Prologue Avant left off, throwing an alarmingly powerful but efficient 734-hp hybrid powertrain into the mix.  Read More

A new e-paper display can be written and drawn on with a magnet (Image: Yusuke Komazaki/Un...

By repurposing and updating an e-paper technology from the 1970s, researchers from the University of Tokyo have created a cheap but tough new electronic display that can be written on with a magnet. This new e-paper could be used in low-cost, lightweight electronic whiteboards as well as traditional classroom blackboards, and its creators hope that it will eventually reduce our dependence on real paper.  Read More

Oomi aims to make it easy to set up and control a smart home, with its Oomi Touch controll...

Let's face it, there's no shortage of smart home systems designed to connect everything in your home and make things easier to control. For example, both the Ninja Sphere and Revolv have recently made waves. With so many launching all the time, it takes a lot to make one stand out, but Oomi has found a way to make everyone stand up and take notice. It's promising to redefine the smart home by taking the smartphone out of the equation, and by making it quick and easy to set up and get going.  Read More

A rendering of the triple-tracked Ardenner

This is either the craziest idea to hit the snow, or one of the coolest. Produced by the Austrian company Mattro, it's called the Ardenner and it features not one, but three snowmobile-like tracks clawing into the snow and ice to provide a great deal of forward thrust. And the coolest thing: It's all electric.  Read More

The American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment has unveiled its...

Timed to coincide with Earth Day, and hot on the heels of the recent Best Housing awards, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) has today unveiled its Top Ten examples of sustainable architecture in America.  Read More

Valentino Rossi demonstrates how to use the AGVisor on his personal Pista GP special helme...

Italian motorcycle helmet maker AGV has unveiled a new motorcycle helmet visor that can darken or lighten in less than a second. Eloquently named AGVisor, it realizes its swift tinting effect via a thin liquid crystal (LCD) layer powered by a small rechargeable battery and operated by a glove-friendly button located at the bottom left side of the visor.  Read More

The HemoLink device can draw enough blood for certain routine tests without the need for n...

Though the pain they cause is minor and fleeting, a lot of people still find something pretty unsettling about needles. When it comes to conducting a routine blood test, US-based company Tasso Inc. believes that these unpleasant pricks can be removed from the equation completely. Its ping pong ball-sized HemoLink blood sampler can be operated by the patient at home, and needs only to be placed against the skin of the arm or abdomen for two minutes to do its job.  Read More

The Lane Splitter concept in car-mode

If you share a car with your other half then there's bound to come a time when you both need to use it for different reasons. Well, a new concept design would mean that you could. The Lane Splitter is a car that splits apart and becomes two motorbikes.  Read More

The new Philips 8.5-W LED bulb is equivalent to a 60-W incandescent bulb

If you've previously been put off LED bulbs by the price, now may be the time to reconsider. Philips, in partnership with The Home Depot, has announced that it will sell an A19 60-W LED equivalent bulb for just US$4.97. The firm says it's the most affordable LED bulb on the market.  Read More

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