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Coal plant waste helps build environmentally-friendly, cementless concrete

A scanning electron microscope image of fly ash particles, which have been used to make an ...

Concrete production is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide emissions in the world, after transportation and energy. To make the ubiquitous building material more environmentally friendly, the industry has been adding by-products from coal-fired power plants, but doing so had its own problems. Now, researchers at Rice University have developed a new composite binder that can almost completely replace cement, and reduce waste from power plants at the same time.

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Category: Materials

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Cauldryn's modular camping mug now brews coffee and blends margaritas

Cauldryn Fyre V1 pictured ... V2 will launch next month

Last year, the Cauldryn Fyre made its way to campsites, taking portable cooking to new heights. Not only can this bottle-like camp cooker heat water and cook meals, it can also boil liquids, allowing you to purify unclean water without a fire or gas burner. The Fyre was advance in preparedness, and Cauldryn takes another step forward with the Fyre V2, which packs an array of modular accessories, including a blender, bug zapper and percolator.

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Category: Outdoors

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MIT's "smart power outlets" use machine learning to prevent circuits tripping unnecessarily

A team of MIT engineers has developed a “smart power outlet” that can analyze electrical current ...

Arc-fault detectors can be invaluable protectors against electrical fires, but they can also be a nuisance if they start switching off devices and appliances when there's no safety risk. To cut down on the false alarms, an MIT team of engineers is working on new "smart outlets" that use neural networks to not only determine if a detected arc is dangerous, but also what type of devices are plugged into the outlet.

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Category: Electronics

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Review: Panasonic GX9 makes a compelling case for the compact camera

Panasonic GX9: compact street shooter with high image quality and a huge range of m4/3rds lenses ...

Panasonic has done an admirable job packing high-end marquee features into the tiny compact GX9 street shooter - in particular, a sensor, wireless comms and dual image stabilisation to equal the flagship G9. But what has been sacrificed in the name of portability?

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Category: Digital Cameras

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Amazon under pressure to stop selling facial recognition tech to police

Amazon is under increasing pressure from civil rights groups and shareholders to stop selling its facial ...

Days after the first shots were fired in a looming UK legal battle questioning law enforcement uses of facial recognition technology, Amazon has been bombarded with a massive petition and several letters demanding it stop providing a similar technology to governments and law enforcement.

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Category: Computers

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Nvidia AI-based system transforms any video into fluid super slow motion

The system can artificially generate intermediate frames to transform any video into slow-motion footage

Researchers from Nvidia have revealed an impressive new system that uses a deep-learning neural network to effectively create smooth high-quality slow motion videos from footage shot at a regular, low frame rate.

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Category: Computers

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Toyota throws its hat back in the supercar ring with 1,000-hp GR Super Sport

The Toyota Gazoo team lines up behind their ultra-sporty creation

Earlier this year, Toyota revealed the Gazoo Racing Super Sport Concept, a virile race car-for-the road with a combination of V6 and electric motor propulsion. It showed the car again at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this month, signaling its intentions of building a production version. With technology ripped straight out of the TS050 Hybrid LMP1 car, this "next-generation racehorse" will debut as a barely tamed race car with 986 hp worth of hybrid racing technology.

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Category: Automotive

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SpeakSee uses mics and app to get deaf people in on the conversation

The basic SpeakSee system comes with three mics, although up to nine can be used

While there are already speech-to-text apps that allow deaf users to read what other people are saying, they're often thwarted by background noise or multiple people speaking at once. SpeakSee, however, is a new multi-mic system that reportedly works much better.

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Category: Good Thinking

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Robotic cuttlefish autonomously scuttles through pipes

BionicFinWave is inspired by the cuttlefish

It was just back in March that German electrical automation company Festo unveiled two of its latest robots inspired by animals – a crawling/rolling spider and a flying fox bat. Now, it's taken the wraps off BionicFinWave, which moves like a cuttlefish.

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Category: Robotics

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DroneCatcher drone-netting drone gets an upgrade

The DroneCatcher uses its pneumatic net gun to shoot a net at an intruding drone from ...

There are various places – such as airports, prisons and military bases – where people aren't allowed to fly consumer drones. If someone does so anyway, it's always possible to shoot the thing down or remotely disable it. Another option, however, is to net it in mid-air, using the new-and-improved DroneCatcher.

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Category: Drones

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Punks, pirates, samurai and sharks: The most interesting games of E3 2018

Shark roleplay game Maneater may be the oddest game in the list, which is saying something ...

E3 delivered relatively little in the way of genuine surprises – the bulk of what was shown was much as we expected. But with plenty of new footage on display there's still plenty to look forward to in the next year or two. Putting aside sequels and familiar intellectual property, here are five that particularly stood out.

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Category: Games

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Boss promises lag free, stable wireless connectivity from WL Series

The Boss WL Series includes a pedalboard receiver dock for inclusion in a stomp chain, and ...

Back in 2016, Line 6 claimed its Relay G10 was the easiest wireless guitar system to use. A year later, Boss joined in with its own plug and play system for a new portable Katana amplifier called the Air. Now the Roland-owned music gear maker has launched a new line of wireless systems called the WL Series, which includes an intriguing pedalboard unit.

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Category: Music

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All-new 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe introduced

The 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe was designed in parallel with the BMW M8 GTE race ...

BMW has introduced the 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe, making its return to the US after 20 years of absence. The BMW 8 Series is the new flagship for the automaker, as a sports car heading the lineup. The 8 also denotes design language for the BMW brand going forward.

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Category: Automotive

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Compact tiny house sleeps six, at a pinch

The Ibiza can run off-the-grid with solar power, but at extra cost

Tiny Innovations recently revealed its newest tiny house, the Ibiza. The compact dwelling measures just 20 ft (6 m)-long, but can squeeze a maximum of six people inside. It can also, optionally, run fully off-the-grid with a solar panel setup.

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Category: Tiny Houses

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Volvo floats self-docking yacht technology

Volvo Penta's self-docking technology is expected to launch in 2020

Cars that park themselves can not only make parking mishaps a thing of the past, but they could also make maximum use of lot space. But the auto space isn't the only area where autonomous technology has potential, as recently seen in Nissan's self-parking slippers. Now Volvo has demonstrated a yacht that can dock itself.

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Category: Marine

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Nature turning nocturnal in response to human activity

A comprehensive new study has found that human disturbance is making mammals increasingly turn nocturnal

In our relatively short time at the top of the food chain, humans have left an impression that will literally last until the Sun swallows the Earth a few billion years from now. But how does our relentless activity impact the creatures we currently share the planet with? A new study has found that mammals across the globe are increasingly turning nocturnal, in a bid to avoid contact with us pesky humans.

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Category: Environment

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Meet the microbe that breaks the "universal rule" of DNA

Researchers have discovered a species of yeast that breaks a

In a similar way to the binary code of ones and zeroes that tell a computer program what to do, living cells follow instructions encoded in DNA to construct organisms. It's long been thought that any given DNA sequence would always create the same protein every time a sequence is read out by the cell, but now researchers have found the first exception to this "universal rule," in a species of yeast that chooses between two different translations each time.

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Category: Biology

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Exciting insight into role gut bacteria play in obesity-related depression and anxiety

A new study has found gut bacteria may play a part in anxiety and depression seen ...

A compelling new study from researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center has shed more light on the mysterious connection between our diet, gut bacteria and mood. The study found that mice given a high-fat diet displayed greater depressive behaviors until microbiome-altering antibiotics returned their behavior back to normal.

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Category: Medical

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The war over coffee: Should cups carry cancer warnings?

A recent court decision ruling Californian coffee shops must accompany all coffee sales with a cancer ...

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is set to overturn a controversial recent court decision that proposed all coffee shops and makers in the state brand their product with a cancer warning label. The new government regulation is another chapter in the long-running battle over whether a cup of coffee is a legitimate cancer risk.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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New antibiotic shows long-lasting promise as superbug killer

Researchers have isolated a compound that's effective at killing antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and appears to make it ...

Antibiotics have saved countless lives for the better part of a century, but these medical marvels may be approaching the end of their usefulness. Thanks to overuse, bacteria are rapidly evolving resistance to our best drugs, prompting scientists to try to develop new ones. Now, a team at Purdue University has found that a compound called F6 is effective at killing bacteria that have already evolved resistance to existing antibiotics. In tests, the new drug also seems less susceptible to bacterial resistance down the track.

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Category: Medical

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Indian to produce a street-legal FTR1200 flat tracker for 2019

Front wheels high for the magnificent Indian Scout FTR1200 concept

Indian has decided to go into production with a street-legal flat-tracker "inspired by" the gorgeous FTR1200 Custom concept in these photos. We hope the 2019 FTR1200 is as close to the concept as possible, but we're prepared for disappointment.

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Category: Motorcycles

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Promising gene therapy repairs spinal cord injury in rats

Growth of scar tissue in a rat spinal cord after traumatic injury – the new gene ...

An international team of researchers has successfully regenerated spinal tissue in rat models using a new gene therapy designed to break down scar tissue and allow new nerve cells to grow. The therapy, which used a common antibiotic as the on/off switch to activate the treatment for two months, resulted in rats with spinal injuries relearning complex hand movements.

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Category: Medical

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CERN's Large Hadron Collider getting major luminosity upgrade

Prototype of a quadrupole magnet for the High-Luminosity LHC project

After eight years of banging subatomic particles together, CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is getting a major upgrade. In a ceremony on Friday, the high-energy physics laboratory broke ground on the High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) project that, when it goes online in 2026, will increase the collision rates of the LHC by up to a factor of seven and allow around 10 times more data to be collected.

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Category: Physics

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New maritime electric speed world record set by Jaguar Vector Racing

The V20E has broken the electric water speed record set in 2008

Jaguar Vector Racing has given electric propulsion on the water a big boost by breaking the British and world electric speed records for a battery-powered boat. On June 15, the Jaguar Vector Racing V20E piloted by Jaguar Vector co-founder and technical director Peter Dredge made an average speed of 88.61 mph (142.6 km/h) over two legs of the 1-km (0.62-mi) course on Coniston Water in northern England, smashing the previous record of 76.8 mph (123.6 km/h) set in 2008.

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Category: Marine

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Gittin to fly in one-off Ford Mustang GT Eagle Squadron for Goodwood

The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT was inspired by the volunteer pilots who defended Britain during World ...

World champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr has teamed up with Ford to bring a special one-off edition Ford Mustang GT to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT is a tribute to the pilots of the Royal Air Force during World War II and will be auctioned off to raise money for charity.

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Category: Automotive

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