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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:40:30 +0000 | Mike Hanlon
Collectibles, Mike Hanlon

Top 20 children's toys from January's Scottsdale Auctions

The auction rounds at Scottsdale, Paris, Amelia Island and Monterey are more than just automotive auction venues; they are the most logical outlets for collectible toys for big boys and their offspring. These are the top 20 children's toys to sell at Scottsdale during the January auction cluster.

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Category: Collectibles

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:53:34 +0000 | Michael Irving
Computers, Michael Irving

An MIT team has developed a new kind of artificial synapse, enabling more brain-like computer chips

Right now, you're carrying around the most powerful computer in existence – the human brain. This naturally super-efficient machine is far better than anything humans have ever built, so it's not surprising that scientists are trying to reverse-engineer it. Rather than binary bits of information, neuromorphic computers are built with networks of artificial neurons, and now an MIT team has developed a more lifelike synapse to better connect those neurons.

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Category: Computers

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:22:08 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Environment, Nick Lavars

Researchers at work examining coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is in a bit of trouble. Back-to-back coral bleaching events brought on by warming waters have devastated areas of the Reef over the past two years, and 2018 has brought another feisty and familiar foe: the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish. Things are so dire that the Australian government has announced a AU$60 million (US$48 million) plan to preserve the world's largest living structure, including using submerged fans to pump cold water over the top of it and an "all-out assault" on the starfish. But environmental experts are wondering how much impact this likely to have, and whether it is simply a way of avoiding a larger, more complex issue.

.. Continue Reading Giant fans, starfish assaults and the half-baked plan to save the Great Barrier Reef

Category: Environment

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 04:46:41 +0000 | David Szondy
3D Printing, David Szondy

This eight-piston monobloc brake caliper developed by Bugatti is the world’s first brake caliper to be ...

The name Bugatti is associated with bleeding-edge motor cars rather than 3D printing, but the automaker has announced it has produced a new brake caliper that is not only the largest in the motor industry, but is the largest component to be printed from titanium alloy. The product of a joint effort by the Bugatti Development Department and Laser Zentrum Nord in Hamburg, the eight-piston monobloc brake caliper may one day lead to auto components that combine superior performance with faster, cheaper production.

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Category: 3D Printing

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 04:28:49 +0000 | Loz Blain
Energy, Loz Blain

A new steel-based membrane could ressurect a 50-year-old battery technology, leading to cheap grid-level power storage ...

Vastly cheaper than lithium, and constructed using very common materials, molten salt batteries could be back at the top of the list thanks to a new steel-based membrane between the electrodes. The discovery could pave the way for cheap, grid-level power storage that will allow cities to use more renewable energy.

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Category: Energy

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 04:18:28 +0000 | C.C. Weiss
Automotive, C.C. Weiss

2019 Ford Ranger on show at NAIAS 2018

Ford has long sat at the top of the American auto market with the F-Series pickup truck. But while it continues bringing in the dough with its larger pickups, it hasn't had a US-market midsize pickup since it discontinued the Ranger back in 2011. Six years and change later, that drought comes to an end with the new 2019 Ranger, which is preparing to rumble with midsize leaders like the Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado.

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:36:02 +0000 | Michael Irving
Energy, Michael Irving

According to a new Russian study, thorium reactors could provide a safer alternative to nuclear energy, ...

Thorium reactors have long been proposed as a cleaner, safer alternative to nuclear energy, and now a new Russian study has found it can be even more useful. Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) propose a new thorium reactor design that can burn weapons-grade plutonium, producing power and thermal energy while disposing of nuclear waste at the same time.

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:21:52 +0000 | Rich Haridy
Good Thinking, Rich Haridy

Amazon Go is a high-tech, checkout-free shopping experience, but is it the future of retail bricks ...

Amazon's hi-tech, cashier-free convenience store has just opened to the public and predictably resulted in torrents of "store of the future" headlines. Unveiled a year later than initially announced, and reportedly at least five years in the making, it is clear this is an impressive state-of-the-art, tech-heavy retail experience, but is it really the future of shopping? Or is it just a very expensive publicity stunt?

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Category: Good Thinking

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:22:24 +0000 | Rich Haridy
Electronics, Rich Haridy

The HyperDrive is an 8-in-1 USB-C hub, as well as a wireless charging station for your ...

If you're an Apple MacBook user, then you've probably developed a comprehensive collection of dongles over the past few years. A lack of connection ports is a source of constant frustration, but the new HyperDrive USB-C Hub is quite possibly the only extra connectivity accessory you'll ever need. As well as turning one USB-C port into a variety of eight, the device is a wireless charging stand for both iPhone and Android smartphones.

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Category: Electronics

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:04:37 +0000 | Ben Coxworth
Bicycles, Ben Coxworth

The Freedom Cycle system includes different styles of bottles, and also a hard-shell tool kit

The traditional bicycle water bottle cage is one of those things that some people are just determined to make obsolete. Over the years, we've seen alternatives like studs and magnets put forward. One of the latest such inventions, the Freedom Cycle Hydration System, uses a bike-mounted "pin" that plugs into a hollow section in the bottom of the bottle.

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Category: Bicycles

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