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Mon, 27 May 2024 02:31:48 GMT | Paul McClure

A robot that normally makes appliance motors has broken the world speed record for solving Rubik's Cube

For those who aren’t old enough to know what a Rubik’s Cube is, it’s a 3D puzzle that became a craze in the early ’80s. The puzzle is solved when each of the cube’s six faces is a solid color. In the early 2000s, Rubik’s Cubes enjoyed a resurgence in popularity and ‘speedcubing’ tournaments resumed. The human record for solving a Rubik’s Cube is 3.13 seconds, set by US champion cuber Max Park in 2023.

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Category: Robotics, Technology

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Sun, 26 May 2024 08:00:00 GMT | Paul McClure

2024 GDT Nature Photographer of the Year competition. Third place, Special Category.

Entries to the annual members-only competition were divided into seven categories: birds, mammals, other animals, plants and fungi, landscapes, nature’s studio, and a special category titled ‘All things flow – Germany’s river landscapes.’ Judged by a jury of nature photographers, Dieter Damschen’s “Winter in the floodplain forest” took first place overall and in the special category.

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Category: Photography, Technology

Sat, 25 May 2024 04:59:10 GMT | C.C. Weiss

The Cybertrailer makes its first (non) appearance at Overland Expo West 2024

Living Vehicle makes some of the most self-sustaining RVs on planet earth, so much so that it strived to carve out a new category - the LV, a fully equipped cabin in the woods that's ready to tow from private to public land and back again. Now the company turns its attention to Tesla's headline-making Cybertruck. The LV CyberTrailer looks as ...uh, unique ... as the truck it rolls behind and works with the Tesla to create an all-electric off-grid escape combo that can develop its own energy and potable water indefinitely.

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Category: Outdoors, Lifestyle

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Fri, 24 May 2024 21:34:21 GMT | Ben Coxworth

The LORIS robot, pictured here scaling a concrete wall

Scientists have created a four-legged bio-inspired robot that climbs like no other. It clings to rough vertical surfaces utilizing a unique mechanism that is highly effective, yet at the same time relatively simple.

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Fri, 24 May 2024 18:29:03 GMT | Ben Coxworth

The ASTRA Bridge allows highway traffic (streaks of light in photo) to pass overtop of a sheltered roadwork space (lit-up area with supports)

A new modular mobile flyover bridge allows vehicles to drive right overtop of stretches of highway roadwork, instead of waiting to go around them. Known as the ASTRA Bridge, it's intended to make life easier for motorists and safer for roadway workers.

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Category: Good Thinking, Lifestyle

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Fri, 24 May 2024 15:11:24 GMT | Paul Ridden

Prototype testing for the FC100 heavy-lift utility UAV has now ended, and Flowcopter has frozen the design to enter production

The Scottish company behind a novel heavy-lift utility UAV that uses an internal combustion engine and hydraulic motors has now frozen design plans and is preparing for production following successful flight tests in Denmark.

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Category: Aircraft, Transport

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Fri, 24 May 2024 13:57:23 GMT | Adam Williams

Briket features a simple unpainted design

We don't usually want our furniture to be highly flammable, but the Briket, by Renaud Defrancesco, actually encourages it. Made from potatoes and sawdust, the stool is designed to be thrown in a fireplace for warmth once it reaches the end of its usefulness.

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Category: Around The Home, Lifestyle

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Fri, 24 May 2024 12:16:59 GMT | Paul Ridden

Among a newly refreshed lineup, Austin-based MOD Bikes has introduced the latest version of its full-suspension adventure ebike. The Black model boasts full squish, Kenda fat tires, 28-mph pedal-assist and up to 100 miles of dual-battery range.

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Fri, 24 May 2024 08:11:32 GMT | Michael Irving

An illustration of early galaxies forming

The James Webb Space Telescope has captured direct images of galaxies being born at the cosmic dawn. This is the first time this has ever been witnessed by astronomers, confirming models for galaxy formation.

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Category: Space, Science

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Fri, 24 May 2024 08:05:21 GMT | Bronwyn Thompson

Moss Echo is also a statement piece for any room

What does a 450-million-year old land plant have to do with waking you up for work in the morning? Unless you're sleeping on a forest floor, we'd say not a whole lot. Moss Echo is out to change all that, bringing ancient nature into the modern home in a rather clever little gadget.

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