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Corning Gorilla Glass 6 will protect your next phone from 15 drops in a row

Corning says Gorilla Glass 6 is available to manufacturers now

Corning's Gorilla Glass covers the displays of phones from Apple, Samsung, LG and many more, and two years after the last refresh, Corning has just unveiled Gorilla Glass 6. Now more durable than ever, the new covering glass is able to survive up to 15 successive drops from a meter (39 inches) high.

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Scientists find prehistoric baby snake preserved in amber

A life reconstruction of Xiaophis in its natural environment

We've all heard about ancient insects getting preserved in amber (fossilized tree resin), with similarly-preserved items including dinosaur feathers, mammalian red blood cells and a bizarre spider. Now, for the first time, scientists have found an amber-encased prehistoric snake.

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Adaptive optics lifts Earth's atmospheric veil to reveal a sharper cosmos

Images showing Neptune captured using the new adaptive optics mode, and another with it switched off

Astronomers at the Paranal Observatory in Chile have achieved first light with a cutting-edge adaptive optics mode for the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT), designed to remove interference caused by Earth's atmosphere. The ESO has released some of the first images captured following the upgrade, and impressively, they appear even sharper than comparable shots taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Wearable monopod is made to cut photographers a break

Steadify is claimed to be ready for use within seconds

There's no denying that tripods are an effective means of steadying your shot when taking photos, but the things can be a hassle to carry around, and to set up. German father-and-son team Gert and Tobias Wagner have created a lightweight wearable alternative, in the form of Steadify.

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Category: Digital Cameras

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The Goose tiny house can fit the whole flock

The Goose starts at US$84,995

Following its unveiling of the Vantage, luxury tiny house firm Tiny Heirloom has now released another model in its non-custom Signature Series, this time named the Goose. The towable dwelling comes with lots of options, including size, off-grid technology, and the number of bedrooms.

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Category: Tiny Houses

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Sprawling, crawling robot may someday save lives

The RSTAR prototype, with its

Agile robots could certainly come in handy for tasks such as locating victims at disaster sites, which is why we've seen ones that hop, sidewind and "swim" across uneven terrain. One of the latest, developed at Israel's Ben-Gurion University, crawls and sprawls.

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HAV shares first images of planned luxury airship cabin

Plans call for the tourist version of the Airlander 10 airship to feature an Infinity Lounge ...

Last October, British aerospace firm Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) announced that it was developing a luxury-tourism-oriented version of its otherwise-industrial Airlander 10 airship. This Wednesday, at the Farnborough International Airshow, the company revealed what the interior of that aircraft's cabin will look like.

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Lego's newest license is for James Bond's classic Aston Martin DB5

Build a piece of James Bond history with the Lego Aston Martin DB5

In recent years, licensing deals with the likes of Star Wars, Harry Potter, and others have helped Lego stay relevant, and the block-making company's latest product taps into another world-famous franchise: James Bond. The spy's classic Aston Martin DB5 is now available to buy in Lego form.

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Removing single gene from gut bacteria found to alter host's metabolism

Researchers have found that removing a single gene from a gut bacteria species can have dramatic ...

The bacteria that call your gut home can have a tremendous impact on your overall health, but exactly how the bugs do so is a web that's still being untangled. To investigate, researchers at Harvard Medical School have deleted a single gene from one gut bacteria species and found that it alters the metabolism of the host, reducing their weight gain.

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Rolls-Royce is building robot roaches and snakes to repair airplane engines

An artist's impression of a Swarm robot that could crawl through aircraft engines to perform inspections

The engines of an airplane are complicated machines with plenty of hard to reach places, and keeping them in working order requires a lot of time and maintenance. The future of this task, as Rolls-Royce sees it, could involve deploying different kinds of of robots that patrol these aircraft parts and quickly nip any problems in the bud.

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Category: Robotics

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Lab-grown burgers could be on menus by 2021

The new funding is aimed at bringing the cost of a cultured meat burger down to ...

It may not be very long before you can go into a restaurant and order "one hamburger, hold the cow." Dutch startup Mosa Meat has secured €7.5 million (US$8.8 million) in funding to take lab-grown meat from an expensive laboratory experiment to an affordable commercial commodity. By using more advanced techniques to grow meat from cultured animal cells, the goal is to create burgers and other meat products that are both sustainable and affordable.

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Category: Environment

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Molecule targets DNA donut to stop cancer cells dividing

Australian researchers have developed a molecule that could help stop cancer cells from dividing out of ...

Cancer is essentially just cells that have gone rogue and are dividing unchecked, and now Australian researchers have designed a new molecule that may put a stop to that. It targets a protein called proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), a donut-shaped structure that plays a key role in cell division, which could lead to a new class of cancer treatments.

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Lumen reveals if your body is burning fat or carbs with a single breath

Lumen measures your body's respiratory quotient and can tell you if you're burning fat or carbs

There are a growing number of fitness trackers hitting the market that claim to offer detailed insights into your heath using a variety of biomarkers. Perhaps the most striking of these devices to date is Lumen, a tiny breathalyzer-styled gizmo that is claimed to measure a person's metabolism from just a single breath.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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Tokyo's spectacular digital art museum makes visitors part of the art

The United Waterfall at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum

An innovative and quite incredible new attraction has opened its doors in Tokyo, with the Mori Building in the Japanese capital hosting what is described as an unprecedented Digital Art Museum. Inside, visitors can wander freely through awe-inspiring lightworks that invite them to become one with the art.

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Chill out anywhere you can drive to with a truck-mounted hammock

You can hammock any the hell where you want to with one of these bad boys

It's a hammock mount that goes on the back of your truck. Not a hammock, mind you – McLean Metalworks wisely assumes that the sort of people that buy US$399 truck mounts for their hammocks are very particular about their suspended slings, so it's just the mount. BYO hammock.

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Category: Outdoors

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Vessel formerly known as "Boaty McBoatface" launched

RSS Sir David Attenborough afloat

The British Antarctic Survey's (BAS) state-of-the-art polar research ship Boaty McBoatface was launched on Saturday July 14 at the Cammell Laird shipyards on the River Mersey. Okay, its name is actually Royal Research Ship (RRS) Sir David Attenborough after the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) rejected the McBoatface moniker after it won a public vote in 2016, but it's still the largest civilian ship to be built in Britain in 30 years.

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12 new moons discovered orbiting Jupiter

Io, pictured here orbiting Jupiter in 2007, has more company than we thought: astronomers have discovered ...

As the most massive planet in the Solar System by a wide margin, Jupiter has a lot of pull in this neighborhood. With dozens of moons whizzing around it, it makes sense that a few have slipped under the radar, but the latest discovery is still a surprisingly large haul. Astronomers have announced the detection of 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter, including one particularly reckless "oddball."

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Fat-burning drug derived from chili pepper chemical successful in early mouse trials

A novel drug that is a slow-release form of capsaicin has anti-obesity effects in early mouse ...

An interesting new anti-obesity drug has demonstrated exciting results in early mouse studies. The drug is based on the same compound notable for giving chili peppers their characteristic burn.

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Coboc rolls out featherweight 24-lb stealth electric fixie

At 11 kg (24.25 lb), the Coboc One eCycle is one of the lightest, stealthiest e-bikes ...

German-based e-bike manufacturer Coboc has always been about minimalism. Half its bikes are fixies, and none of them look electric until you lean right in. At Eurobike 2018, it's gone back to its roots with a 500-watt e-fixie that weighs only 11 kg (24.25 lb).

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Category: Bicycles

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Comprehensive study concludes omega-3 fish oil supplements don't reduce risk of heart disease

A massive study has found omega-3 supplements confer little to no beneficial protective effect against heart ...

A large-scale systematic meta-analysis collecting data from 79 trials has concluded that omega-3 supplements have little to no effect in preventing heart disease, stroke or death. The results stand in contrast to the commonly held belief that omega-3 supplements confer a variety of beneficial cardiovascular protections.

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Could water-saving "shade balls" have a shady side?

The shade balls getting dispersed into the LA Reservoir

Three years ago, the drought-stricken city of Los Angeles covered the surface of the LA Basin with 96 million shade-providing floating balls, in order to keep the water beneath from evaporating. Now, an international study suggests that the making of the plastic balls may have have used up more water than they saved.

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Category: Environment

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Video: The Nissan GT-R50 makes a big first impression at Goodwood

Nissan GT-R50

After releasing some poorly-lit preview pictures with consecutive GT-R50 announcements, Nissan revealed the car in full at the weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed. As expected, the striking anniversary-edition GT-R developed in collaboration with Italdesign makes quite a memorable impression when swimming in the full light of day.

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Ticwatch Pro review: Dual-layer screen makes for one of the best Wear OS watches

The Ticwatch Pro is a stylish Wear OS smartwatch with a trick up its sleeve

The new Ticwatch Pro from Chinese firm Mobvoi wants to shake up the smartwatch scene with a special dual-layer display: it flips between a standard Wear OS panel and a power-saving screen to use when idle. New Atlas has spent a week with the watch, and here's what we think so far.

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Category: Mobile Technology

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Terrafugia Transition flying car will now feature hybrid drive

The Terrafugia Transition has a flight cruise speed of 100 mph (161 km/h) and a range ...

According to a just-issued press release from US-based (but Chinese-owned) manufacturer Terrafugia, the first production models of its Transition flying car should be on the market as of next year. When and if they do indeed arrive, they will now be sporting a hybrid drive system – among other newly-announced features.

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Category: Aircraft

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Adjustable-width bars let mountain bikers change their mind

Ibis' new carbon fiber handlebars come with aluminum inserts that thread onto either end

Wide handlebars are currently popular with mountain bikers, as the extra width offers increased control, easier breathing and better balance. Sometimes, however, riders decide that their bars are too wide, and cut them back – an action that's irreversible once it's been done. Ibis Cycles' new adjustable-width bars offer an alternative.

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Category: Bicycles

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