Saturday, 28 November 2015
Recently, the Canadian company bObsweep unveiled the bObi Pet – its latest robot vacuum cleaner, which showcases improvements over the previous bObi Classic with a special emphasis on features for cleaning up after pets. Boasting new algorithms aimed at dealing with pet hair, it has more sensors and brushes than previous bObi robots to help it clean hardwoods, laminates, and carpets. To give it the acid test, we put it against a two-bedroom flat that hadn't been vacuumed in 10 days and is home to a pair of dogs who shed like they're filling backorders. Here's what we found.
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Section: Around The Home
Review: The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball vacuum cleaner
Panasonic enters the robo-vac game, with the triangular Rulo
Neato Robotics announces more powerful XV Signature Series robot vacs
Neato's robot vacuum cleaner joins the Internet of Things
Samsung looks to clean up with Powerbot VR9000 robot vacuum cleaner
Hoover lets vacuum owners 3D print their own accessories
A piece of Cold War memorabilia is going on sale in Hong Kong as Bonhams auctions a rare spy camera disguised as a packet of Lucky Strike cigarettes. The high precision 16 mm stills camera was made by the Mast Development Corp in 1949 or 1950 for the US Signal Corps and is believed to be one of only two in existence.
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Section: Digital Cameras
October collectible motorcycle auction preview
110 year-old electric car sells for $95,000
Le Mans-winning Ferrari 275 GTB heads for Scottsdale Auction
Living art: 60-year-old motorized cutaway BSA Gold Star to break auction records
One and only Maserati Boomerang concept headed for auction
Designer Raymond Loewy's personal Avanti II heads to auction
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) recently set a new record, as CERN announced that the world's most powerful accelerator had achieved the highest-energy collisions of heavy atomic nuclei. The Geneva-based laboratory says that on Wednesday at 11:15 am CET, the 27 km (17 mi)-long supercollider fired two counter-circulating beams of lead nuclei at one another and the results were recorded by the ALICE heavy-ion detector.
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Large Hadron Collider
Large Hadron Collider back on line
CERN develops miniature linear accelerator for medical use
Large Hadron Collider limbers up after two-year overhaul
China to build a particle collider twice the size of the Large Hadron Collider
New model suggests dark matter is made of electrically charged particles
Terahertz radiation to enable portable particle accelerators
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
According to NASA, the larger Martian moon, Phobos, is spiraling in toward the Red Planet and will eventually be destroyed in tens of millions of years, but it turns out that it may have a second career after its death. University of California, Berkeley Department of Earth and Planetary Science postdoctoral fellow Benjamin Black and graduate student Tushar Mittal have calculated that the doomed satellite will be so torn by tidal forces that its fragments will form a ring like those that encircle Saturn and the other gas giants of the outer Solar System.
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Astronomers say one in five sun-like stars likely to have habitable planets
Smart bandage detects bedsores before they appear
Streamlined shell helps robo-roach slip past obstacles
Software combines thousands of online images into one that represents them all
Berkeley researchers pioneer new powder-based concrete 3D printing technique
UC Berkeley's smart cap can detect spoiled milk
Asteroid mining is a potential trillion-dollar industry, but before any prospectors start fitting their mules of spacesuits, surveying is going to be more important than extraction. To help find out if its worth going to a particular asteroid, scientists from Vanderbilt and Fisk Universities, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and the Planetary Science Institute are developing a new gamma-ray spectroscope that's capable of scanning asteroids, moons, and other airless bodies for gold, platinum, rare earths, and other valuable minerals.
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"Nano-spirals" could make counterfeiting almost impossible
Spinach protein boosts efficiency of “biohybrid” solar cells
Surgical robot takes a cheeky approach to brain surgery
Silicon supercapacitor could store electricity inside a silicon chip
Structural supercapacitors could make batteries and power cords obsolete
Smartphone system determines source of gunfire
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have announced that the Telesat Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite today made a successful launch from the Yoshinobu launch pad at the Tanegashima Space Center. The broadcast and telecommunication satellite lifted off at 3:50 pm JST atop the upgraded H-IIA Launch vehicle No. 29 (H-IIA F29). The launch was the first using the H-IIA upgraded second stage and the first commercial launch for the platform.
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Mitsubishi Regional Jet makes first flight
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries reveals nuclear plant inspection robot MHI-MEISTeR
New Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
Mitsubishi announces 2010 line-up of 3D DLP TVs with screen sizes up to 82-inches
Mitsubishi displays boost wearable computing market
Mitsubishi launches Lancer Evolution IX MR and Lancer Evolution Wagon MR
Monday, 23 November 2015
Once upon a time, the choice in dog feeding bowls was metal, ceramic or plastic. The ProBowl from Obe takes things a step further with a smart design that monitors a dog's food and water intake in real time and sends alerts if there are abnormal changes, helping owners to keep watch on their pet's diet.
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Northmate Green keeps your dog from gulping down its food
Foobler dispenses food and fun for Fido
How's Fido feeling? The DogStar TailTalk translates tail wags
Should you fear aspartame?
Buddy smart dog collar to give Fido a healthy glow
The Smart Dog Leash offers Swiss Army-style multifunction
Sunday, 22 November 2015
A time capsule that's not to be opened until the year 2957 has been recovered on the MIT campus. Discovered by workers building the new MIT.nano building, it contains a letter to the people of the next millennium and historical artifacts, including an experimental electronic component that once gave the transistor a run for its money.
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New molecular transistor can control single electrons
DARPA sees future in vacuum tubes
Sony reportedly the Secret Santa behind this design-shifting e-paper watch
Temperature-controlled e-cigs: The next giant leap in harm reduction of nicotine use?
The best of CES 2015
Carbon nanotubes used to create conducting fibers for artificial muscles
Saturday, 21 November 2015
Belgian researchers working in collaboration with the world's largest chocolate producer, Barry Callebaut, have bred robust yeasts that ferment cocoa to produce bespoke aromas and flavors in the finished chocolate. According to the team, this makes possible a new range of boutique chocolates that can match particular flavors in the same way that craft beer, coffee, tea, and wine can.
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Section: Around The Home
Scientists developing healthier, better-tasting chocolate
Can’t find your car keys? Cocoa flavanols may help age-related memory decline
"Good" gut microbes revealed as the key to dark chocolate's health benefits
Cadbury develops chocolate that won't melt at high temperatures
Chocolate lovers rejoice: More chocolate means less body fat
Scientists halve fat content of chocolate using fruit substitutes
NASA has ordered the first mission by SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft to ferry astronauts from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station. This is the second mission planned with a private company under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts, which guarantees at least four such orders with two companies. The launch is scheduled for late 2017.
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International Space Station
SpaceX CRS-7 mission destroyed after liftoff
NASA, Boeing and SpaceX outline future of commercial manned spaceflight
SpaceX’s ISS cargo resupply mission gets postponed (again)
NASA selects Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts to space station
CRS-5 mission scrubbed a second time
SpaceX shows off Crew Dragon interior
Thursday, 19 November 2015
The British electrical plug may be a design classic, but it's also very bulky and doesn't exactly fit in with the ultra-mobile digital age. To save some tablets from an undeserved scratching, Hong Kong-based OneAdaptr has come up with its Flip folding plug. The focus of a Kickstarter campaign running through December 18, the Flip opens like a pair of jaws and combines USB charging ports with an optional internal battery.
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Section: Around The Home
Helix bike is claimed to fold smaller than any other
Occam Cycle keeps things simple ... by doing away with the saddle
Ingenius folding colander saves space, looks like an armadillo
Vello bike combines rear shock with quirky folding system
Gi electric bike folds-up and charges your phone
Impossible electric bike folds up to fit in a backpack