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Voyager 2 breaks through to interstellar space

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The Voyager 2 spacecraft may have finally taken the plunge into interstellar space, according to a new NASA announcement. At a distance of a little over 11 billion miles (18 billion km) from Earth, the probe is now thought to have passed beyond the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields emanating from our star that envelopes the planets of our solar system.

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Ferret
7 days ago
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To boldly go...
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Sunflower Labs is building a drone surveillance system for high-end homes

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Tucked away high in the residential hills of suburban San Carlos, California, is a three-bedroom home with its own autonomous aerial security system. The house is no different than any other residence on the quiet street full of well-manicured lawns and spacious views of the Pulgas Ridge Preserve.

But it just happens to be the personal home of former Evernote executive and Sunflower Labs CEO Alex Pachikov. He’s turned the house into a prototype home for the Sunflower system, which uses a series of motion and vibration sensors in conjunction with an autonomous drone to monitor all activity, down to measuring the footsteps on the grass outside his front door.

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10 days ago
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Pandora launches podcasts with personalized recommendations

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Podcasts are now officially available on Pandora for all listeners as of today. The company announced the arrival in a blog post, saying it has hundreds of podcasts with over 100,000 episodes across genres like true crime, technology, music, and more.

Now in the Pandora app, there will be a new tab called “Recommended Podcasts For You,” and users can discover new podcasts throughout the app. For now, it looks like Pandora is launching with fan favorites like This American Life and Reply All, but anyone with a podcast who wants to be considered for inclusion can apply via a form that Pandora has supplied.

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10 days ago
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You got your Podcasts in my Digital Radio!
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The Gentleman’s e-Unicycle

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If you’ve started to see those one-wheeled scooter designs zipping around your neighborhood, you know they all seem to fall into the “futuristic” category… but not everyone wants to look like they’re filming scenes for Back to the Future. Designed with this notion in mind, the ESCIS unicycle harkens back to a bygone automotive era. The vintage look is achieved by a glossy monocoque shell, pinstripe tires, and chrome detailing throughout. Finishing touches like a faux fuel cap, leather/denim saddle bags, bullet brake lights, and even a hood ornament offer up even more throwback appeal.

Designer: Konstantin Kos

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“I decided to create my own working electric masterpiece. Real chrome on electric motor, custom-milled and polished aluminum handles and parts, genuine leather, 3d-printed carbon-filled plastic body, polished and painted in the auto-painting workshop. It’s a totally functional model with 1.5kw motor and 680wh battery placed on a leather bag, weight 20kg and max speed 20km/h,” Kos told Yanko Design.

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11 days ago
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unabashedly awesome
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Extreme-terrain six-wheeler shows off in-wheel fluid drive motors

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The Ferox Azaris was built to demonstrate the company's fluid drive technology

The Ferox Azaris is a work of art to look at, and should offer some awesome rough terrain capabilities – but at its heart, it's a test bed and demonstrator for a new, 98 percent efficient, highly responsive fluid drive system that Ferox hopes will enable some pretty crazy future vehicle architectures.

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Ferret
11 days ago
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Neat! Although, I've read elsewhere this has been tried before unsuccessfully? Plus I'd like to see the assumptions and math behind that 98% efficiency figure...
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Bone implant prosthetic joint grants forearm amputees near-natural wrist movement

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Artificial wrist and hand prosthesis seen during testing

Researchers have developed a prosthetic joint that connects directly to the forearm bones of an amputee, allowing them to use a prosthesis with a wrist-like rotary movement. Use of the new joint could dramatically improve the quality of life for amputees, making every day tasks simpler and more intuitive.

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Ferret
19 days ago
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Tech marches on, this is an interesting development.
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