Sunday , December 17 2017

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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Butterfly swarm shows up on Denver radar system

A colourful, shimmering spectacle detected by weather radar over the US state of Colorado has been identified as swarms of migrating butterflies. Scientists at the National Weather Service (NWS) first mistook the orange radar blob for birds and had asked the public to help identifying the species. They later established …

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In pictures: Solar challenge race begins in Australia

Teams from around the world are competing on solar cars in an epic transcontinental race. ALLSPORT/GETTY IMAGES Solar-powered cars from more than 30 countries around the world have begun a biennial 3,000km (1,865-mile) race from Darwin to Adelaide, north to south across the centre of Australia. This year marks the …

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‘Sooty birds’ reveal hidden US air pollution

Soot trapped in the feathers of songbirds over the past 100 years is causing scientists to revise their records of air pollution. US researchers measured the black carbon found on 1,300 larks, woodpeckers and sparrows over the past century. They’ve produced the most complete picture to date of historic air …

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