DNA-repairing drug could fight aging and radiation damage

Most of us accept that aging is inescapable, but maybe it doesn’t have to be. Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have uncovered one of the key mechanisms that gradually weakens our body’s ability to repair DNA, and tests were able to restore the cell function of old mice to that of their younger counterparts. The team says an anti-aging drug could be developed in the next few…

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Eye-catching bike frame takes the less-is-more approach

How do you make a bicycle frame lighter, while also making sure it’ll get noticed? Well, if you’re the designers at Italy’s Camard Milano, you eliminate the down tube and seat stays. The resulting LZR frame is said to be just as strong and stiff as a conventional frame, and is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. Made by Davide Camerini and Alessandro D’Adda, the LZR features fin-like frame elements that extend above and…

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Motorcycle gloves put navigation on the back of your hand

If you want GPS-enabled navigation on your motorcycle, you can of course just mount your smartphone (or a dedicated device) on the handlebars. According to Atlanta-based biker Steven Friedlander, however, trying to look at that little screen while riding isn’t an ideal setup. His alternative? Gloves that’ll show you where to go. Friedlander’s TurnPoint Smart Glove system consist of a right-hand glove that’s normal, along with a left-hand glove featuring conductive thread and a pocket…

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Unexpected new lung function discovered: Making blood

Our bodies still hold plenty of secrets, and scientists have just uncovered a doozy: the lungs play a key role in producing blood. Until now, this task was ascribed solely to bone marrow, but studies on mice at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have found that, surprisingly, the majority of the body’s platelets are produced in the lungs, as is a backup reservoir of blood stem cells that can step in when those…

"Unexpected new lung function discovered: Making blood"

Bell flies into the future with first concept helicopter

Bell Helicopter isn’t known for indulging in concept aircraft, but it’s dipped its toes in the concept waters for the first time with the FCX-001. Unveiled at Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas, Texas, the rotorcraft concept features an airframe crafted from sustainable materials, a hybrid power system, an artificial intelligence co-pilot, and morphing rotor blades that change to suit different flight conditions.”Six months ago we created a dedicated team to focus on emerging technologies and how…

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No more “I’m not a robot” with Google’s Invisible reCAPTCHA

Ticking the “I’m not a robot” checkbox on an internet form may soon become a thing of the past. Google has officially announced its Invisible reCAPTCHA service, which is able to differentiate humans from bots without additional input from the website user. This is an improvement over CAPTCHAs and reCAPTCHAs of the past, since it offers greater ease of use to valid users. According to Google, the new technology uses machine learning and an improved…

"No more “I’m not a robot” with Google’s Invisible reCAPTCHA"

Cloves and silver make for better food packaging

The petroleum-based plastic film typically used in food packaging is difficult to clean up and recycle, and it remains in landfills for many years after disposal. Led by Paulius Pavelas Danilovas, scientists from Lithuania’s Kaunas University of Technology (KUT) have developed a new food wrap that’s not only biodegradable, but that should also keep food fresh for longer than conventional plastic. Made mainly from a plant-derived cellulose composite, the new material also contains clove essential…

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Bamboo e-bike is ready for the streets of Bedrock

If they had electric bicycles on The Flintstones, is this what they’d look like? Perhaps. Actually, though, the e-bike you see here is a real-life bamboo-framed prototype developed by Calfee Design. What’s more, you may soon be able to buy one for yourself. Yabba-dabba-doo!Currently on display at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Salt Lake City, it features a Bafang motor capable of 1,500 watts, powered by a 54-volt/250-Wh battery pack. It also has…

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Intel splashes $15b on autonomous vehicle company Mobileye

Intel is much more than a computer hardware company these days. In addition to drones, virtual reality and fitness tracking, one future-flavored pie that the firm is sticking its fingers into is driverless vehicle technology. Today it may have just gone ahead and plunged a whole fist in, with a US$15 billion acquisition of Israeli company Mobileye. Mobileye is a driverless technology company that develops computer vision, machine learning and mapping for autonomous systems. It…

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