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Surgical Needle That Sucks Wine From Bottle Without Removing Cork

ORAVIN WINE ACCESS SYSTEM Brian Klutch Wanting only a glass or two of wine puts drinkers in a tough spot. Once the bottle’s opened, the wine starts to oxidize and lose its flavor. No rubber stopper will halt the process, leaving partial bottles to go to waste. Greg Lambrecht, a …

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Finally, A Super-Simple Modular Robotics Kit

EZ-ROBOT REVOLUTION JD Brian Klutch The robot of the popular imagination, whether it’s R2D2 or Rosie, just works. But in reality, making a robot just work takes a lot of hard work. Many would-be roboticists give up when faced with a soldering iron, an Arduino board, and lines of code. …

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These Ski Boots Are Comfortable Uphill And Down

BOOTS MADE FOR WALKING Greg Maxson Even though skiers are spending more time hiking into the backcountry, their boots are still geared to traditional lift-access runs. Most alpine boots have cuffs and uppers that are single, rigid pieces, which makes walking in them awkward and painful. And boots made specifically …

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The Volkswagen XL1 Is The Most Efficient Car Ever

For years, automakers have worked to push fuel economy beyond 100 miles per gallon. Reaching that mark typically meant three things: cutting weight, maximizing aerodynamics, and improving powertrain efficiency. In 1999, Volkswagen engineers got close with the Lupo 3L, a three-cylinder coupe that could go 78.4 miles on one gallon …

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Smart’ Windows Lighten And Darken On Cue

SONTE FILM Apply: A reusable, semipermanent adhesive holds the liquid-crystal-based film in place. Plug: The system runs off standard power outlets. Greg Maxson Call it the curse of the picture window. Big panes may light up a home, but they also let in enough heat to drive up the temperature …

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Apple iPhone X: The internet reacts

When Apple chief Tim Cook declared the iPhone X “the biggest leap forward since the first iPhone” at his latest launch extravaganza, you couldn’t help but wonder if he was referring to its features or its price. With the top-end model costing £1,149, customers are paying a premium to swap …

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Vertu’s New Signature Touch phone is a titanium and leather-clad luxury that you can’t afford (hands-on)

“I’m not using an iPhone 6S — that’s the phone of the poor!” If that sounds like something you’d say then let me introduce you to your next smartphone. It’s called the New Signature Touch and it’s the latest luxury device from British brand Vertu. Competition is fierce in the smartphone world, …

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Facebook opens a new AI research lab in Montreal

Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research team is expanding. The company announced a brand new AI lab that just opened in Montreal, which joins the network of existing labs based in Menlo Park, New York City and Paris. “The Montreal lab will house research scientists and engineers working on a wide range of ambitious AI …

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