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SRT adds a dash of Demon to Challenger Hellcat Widebody

The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has the same 707 hp as the standard Hellcat

Dodge set the internet alight with the Challenger SRT Demon earlier this year, but it's been busy working on other projects as well. It doesn't get the full gamut of drag-ready features from the Demon, but the new Hellcat Widebody borrows from its unhinged big brother to deliver more grip and a meaner, more imposing stance.

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Category: Automotive

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Slow-dancing supermassive black holes are orbiting at a snail's pace

Astronomers have observed a pair of supermassive black holes orbiting each other in a distant galaxy

Supermassive black holes lie at the center of most galaxies, but 750 million light-years away, a huge galaxy known as 0402+379 boasts two of them – and one appears to be orbiting the other. The discovery is the result of 12 years of observation, and while it's long been suspected, this marks the first time the phenomenon has been directly seen.

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Category: Space

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2017 Monterey Auction Preview 1: 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 (Chassis 1)

The DBR1 won the 1000 km Nürburgring race three times in a row.

The press release calls it "the most important Aston Martin ever produced". Only five were made and between them they won the 24 Hour of Le Mans, 1000 km Nürburgring and World Sportscar Championship. In short order, the Aston Martin DB (David Brown) lineage then produced the fastest road car in the world three times in a row (DB4, DB4 GT and DB4 GT Zagato), then became the dream car of a generation with James Bond's gadget-festooned DB5. It's a Boy's Own story, and it started here - the Aston Martin DBR1. Chassis 1.

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Category: Automotive

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Token puts credit cards, keys and transit passes on your finger

Partnerships with MasterCard and Visa allow Token to use credit card payment readers

We have seen smart rings that can pair with your smartphone or offer NFC functionality, but the dream of paying for a coffee or starting your car with a wave of the hand has remained out of reach. Tokenize Inc. hopes to change that with its Token smart ring that packs NFC and Bluetooth connectivity and is designed to take the place of your credit card, house and car keys, workplace access card and even laptop password.

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DB11 becomes the first Aston Martin with a Mercedes-AMG heart

The new V8 DB11 still looks like an Aston Martin

Launched last year, the DB11 was the first Aston Martin to arrive after the brand began its technical partnership with Mercedes-AMG. The shared knowledge doesn't extend beyond the infotainment system in the V12 DB11, but a new addition to the lineup takes Anglo-German relations to new heights. Meet the DB11 V8, the first Aston with an AMG heart.

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Category: Automotive

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Microneedle patches deliver pain-free flu vaccine

Microneedle patches have aced their first human clinical trials as an alternative vaccine method to the ...

Getting an injection is on the bottom of everybody's list of favorite things, but now a less awful alternative is another step closer to reality. In human clinical trials, painless microneedle patches have been found to be just as effective at delivering flu vaccines, and are easier to administer, transport, store and dispose of than regular needles.

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Category: Medical

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Ransomware outbreak worse than WannaCry is affecting computers worldwide

A new ransomware outbreak is causing mayhem around the world just weeks after the WannaCry outbreak

A new ransomware outbreak is causing mayhem around the world, compromising banks, airports, energy suppliers, and even shutting down automated radiation sensors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Reminiscent of the recent WannaCry attack that affected thousands of organizations around the world just a few weeks ago, initial reports are claiming this new virus is more sophisticated and potentially harder to stop.

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Category: Computers

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Rezvani switches gears from track-ready sports cars to trail-ready utility vehicle

Rezvani teases the

Rezvani has made a name for itself unleashing one powerful beast after another onto the streets. Now it's preparing to set a new beast free in the roadless wilds. Rezvani's first utility vehicle promises to be a rugged, off-road-centric body-on-frame 4x4 in the vein of the Jeep Wrangler or Land Rover Defender. It seems the company really should have saved the "Beast" name ... because this one looks like the definition of an angry, untamed animal ready to shred rock into rubble.

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Category: Automotive

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 to get Goodwood off to a powerful start

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 gets sideways

Having wasted the early 2000s building soft, wallowing luxury cars for retirees, a healthy injection of Tata cash has given Jaguar a new lease on life. Along with efficient family cars designed to steal sales from the Germans, the SVO team is flexing its muscle with cars like the XE SV Project 8. With just 300 examples to be built, the Project 8 is officially the most powerful production Jaguar in history.

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Oscar Mayer takes hot dogs to the skies, with the WienerDrone

The WienerDrone (top), along with the Wienermobile, WienerMini, WienerRover and the also-new WienerCycle

The hot dog-shaped Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is undoubtedly one of the most well-known promotional vehicles of all time. There's also a Mini-based WienerMini, along with an even smaller unmanned WienerRover – who knew? Now, in order to promote its new line of wieners, the company is introducing the WienerDrone.

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Category: Drones

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Scientists create first-ever lab-grown reptile skin

Green sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered throughout their range

Growing human skin in the laboratory has advanced to the point where it's used to create skin grafts for burn victims, but it hasn't been possible to do the same with non-mammals – until now. Scientists led by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have successfully reconstructed the skin of a green sea turtle as part of a study to learn more about a virus infection that threatens the endangered reptile species.

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Preserving reef ecology by putting plastic in the ocean

The mini reefs may play host to the same organisms which currently rely on natural coralline ...

With its calcium carbonate structure, reef-forming coralline algae has an ecological function very similar to that of coral. And, as is the case with coral reefs in general, the algae is currently at risk due to global warming and ocean acidification. Led by Dr. Federica Ragazzola, scientists from Britain's University of Portsmouth are doing something about it – they're creating synthetic reefs in the Mediterranean Sea, made from artificial coralline algae.

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Category: Environment

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Pollution might be blocking 25% of potential solar power, study finds

Duke engineering professor Michael Bergin (left) stands with Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar colleague Chinmay Ghoro next ...

The buildup of dust and grime on solar panels do their efficiencies no good, indeed we've seen some creative maintenance solutions such as using autonomous drones to brush them off. But what role does manmade pollution play in this, including the particles that hang in the air? A new study has found that this is taking a sizable chunk out of the world's solar energy production, with big investors such as India and China being hit the hardest.

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Category: Energy

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Killswitch lets mountain bikers do two things at once

The Killswitch runs between the dropper seatpost and the rear shock's lockout lever

When you're climbing a hill on a full-suspension mountain bike, you get considerably more pedalling efficiency if you lock out the rear suspension. A lot of riders don't bother, though, especially since they might forget and leave it locked afterwards. That's why the Killswitch was created. It works with the bike's existing dropper seatpost (assuming it's got one) to automatically lock out the shock, but only when climbing.

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Category: Bicycles

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Chinese province runs on 100 percent renewables for a week

China's Qinghai Province is home to around 6 million people

China may be the world's biggest polluter, but the country is certainly taking commendable steps towards a cleaner energy future. The latest example is a trial conducted in the country's northwest, which saw the Qinghai Province run on 100 percent renewable energy for seven days straight.

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Category: Energy

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UGears launches mechanical hurdy gurdy kit to build and play

The kit comes as a number of ply boards, with patterned components ready to be pushed ...

Stringed instruments bowed by a wheel cranked by hand have been around for centuries, and come in many shapes and sizes. Inspired by 16th century instruments, mechanical model maker UGears has created what it's calling the gem of its collection, a self assembly hurdy gurdy kit launched on Kickstarter that should appeal to wooden puzzle fans and musicians alike.

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Category: Music

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Computer in a cable gives hotel TVs some smarts

The InnCable has been developed primarily for the hotel trade, but a consumer version could be ...

Thanks to set-top boxes, dongles and so-called smart televisions, big screen entertainment for today's frequent traveler can be served up over the internet, rather than via cable or satellite. Looking for a way to offer smart TV functionality without having to buy into a closed smart TV system, Sweden's InnSpire has developed a teeny Android-powered set-top box that's essentially crammed into an Ethernet cable, which means that hotels can turn standard room TVs into smart TVs just by plugging them into the wall socket.

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Category: Computers

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Baluchon's Ostara puts the tiny back into tiny houses

The Ostara takes its name from a stable that it will be located next to in ...

We've seen lots of very large tiny houses lately and towable dwellings do seem to be getting steadily larger on the whole, but for those who prefer a tiny house that's, well, tiny, French firm Baluchon's latest model may be of interest. Named the Ostara, it measures just 6 m (19 ft)-long but packs in a surprisingly livable layout.

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Category: Tiny Houses

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"Mind reading" technology can now decode complex thoughts

Using machine learning, researchers have been able to read more complex thoughts from brain scans

In the past, "mind reading" systems have been able to guess what single-digit number a person might be thinking of, but deeper thoughts have been beyond the technology's reach. Now, a team from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has developed a way to accurately read more complex concepts from a brain scan, and even piece together entire sentences.

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Category: Computers

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Transforming travel adapter packs an auto-resetting fuse

The Zendure Passport is a travel adapter with a built-in auto-resetting fuse

With different plugs, voltages and outputs in different regions around the world, well-traveled globetrotters know the value of a versatile travel adapter. Many are designed with fuses to protect electronics from surges, but replacing them and lugging spares around can be a hassle. To lighten the load, Zendure has announced the Passport, a new travel adapter with an auto-resetting fuse built in.

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Arcadia A85S cruises on diesel, floats on solar power

The Arcadia A85S

Look past their overt flashiness, and some luxury yachts offer fascinating takes on how to effectively use limited space. With a simple hull design, airy interior and auxiliary solar power system, the Arcadia A85S aims to pack a clean, luxurious floating home into its 85-ft (25.6-m) hull.

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Category: Marine

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MIT origami algorithm creates any 3D shape with minimal seams

This bunny is just one example of the complex origami shapes the new algorithm can produce ...

Back in 1999, Erik Demaine was a PhD student who created an algorithm that determined the folding patterns necessary to turn a piece of paper into any 3D shape. However, the algorithm was far from perfect, often resulting in an inefficient final product with many visible seams. Eighteen years later Demaine, now a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, has completed his quest to create a universal algorithm for folding origami shapes with the smallest number of seams possible.

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Category: Materials

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Laser as bright as a billion Suns alters fundamental physics of light and matter

The Diocles Laser is the brightest light ever produced on Earth, and it's shedding new light ...

Physicists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have created the brightest light ever produced on Earth, and it could be the first step towards more powerful X-ray technology. The researchers focused their Diocles Laser to a brightness a billion times that of the surface of the Sun, and found that at that extreme level, the fundamental physics of how light enables vision begin to change.

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First all-electric Aston Martin to debut in 2019

The RapidE will be developed on the same platform as the Rapide AMR

Aston Martin has been playing with the concept of an electric Rapide for a while now, but the engineers in Gaydon have never followed through and delivered a production version. Now, after a few false starts, the company has unveiled plans to offer 155 all-electric Rapide coupes in 2019.

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Magnetic implants keep "dancing eyes" in place

The magnetic prosthesis (shown in red) are implanted to reduce uncontrollable eye movements associated with the ...

Nystagmus is a condition involving an involuntary flickering of the eyes. Resulting in reduced or limited vision, this condition that affects nearly one in 400 people, and is euphemistically referred to as "dancing eyes". A new procedure to treat the condition has been developed involving implanting magnets behind a person's eyes to stabilize the uncontrollable eye movements.

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Category: Medical

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