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Ingenious 3D printed wheelchair lever makes pushing more efficient

Student team develop the Hand Drive, an affordable 3D printed attachment that turns any wheelchair into an efficient lever-powered chair.

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The white-knuckled tale of Spirit of Australia: the fastest boat in the world

In 1978, "Spirit of Australia" raced across the Tumut river, crushing previous world records and officially becoming the fastest boat in the world. Here's how it happened and what's next for pilot Ken Warby and his son, Dave.

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FAA’s new app lays down the rules for drone flights

Wonder no longer about whether you're allowed to fly a drone in your current location, because the FAA's new mobile app will tell you exactly where the nearby prohibited areas are.

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Getting sweaty, disoriented, and astonished at the world’s first VR film festival

Leave your expectations in Telluride. Participants at Kaleidescope are pushing the limits of VR technology, forging the rules of VR filmmaking, and sweating all over everything.

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How a track stand can confuse Google’s self-driving car

If you really want to cause problems for an autonomous vehicle trundling around your local streets, try performing a track stand on your bike — here's one encounter reported by a cyclist.

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane! It’s a drone interrupting a monk’s sunbathing session on a wind turbine!

Despite climbing to the top of a 200-foot wind turbine in Rhode Island for some solitude, a monk found his sunbathing session interrupted by a drone, which captured footage of him and his now not-so-secret happy place.

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Red Rhino stampedes where Apple, Amazon and Roku refuse to tread: Porn.

The Rhino Box is an Android-based set top box that walks the line on serving up boatloads of content. Max of 155 characters (counting spaces)

  • Pros: Good design and solid build , Plenty of ports to work with…
  • Cons: Kodi customization somewhat limited , Tricky navigation for…

Switzerland just finished the Gotthard Base Tunnel — the longest tunnel in the world

Authorities in Switzerland officially announce construction on the longest tunnel in the world has finally finished and is scheduled to open in June 2016.

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Boeing’s newest laser cannon can destroy a UAV in two seconds flat

Boeing this week unveiled one of its latest military projects -- a drone-targeting laser cannon. Called the Compact Laser Weapon System, the weapon uses a focused laser beam to incinerate a UAV in just a few seconds.

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Apple, Motorola, and others help the Pentagon develop wearables for soldiers

The Pentagon announced FlexTech Alliance, a partnership that includes groups such as Apple, Harvard University, and many more in an attempt to make flexible wearable technology for soldiers, as well as develop high-tech printing technologies.

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Mutation-tracking blood test offers early detection of breast cancer relapse

Scientists have developed a DNA blood test that can determine whether a breast cancer patient is at risk for relapse. The test can detect a recurrence several months before any other physical signs are evident.

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What would Earth look like without humans? Hint, it’s a lot like Africa.

Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark have mapped out what the world would look like sans humanity, and the contrast between reality and possibility is stark indeed. In fact, most of the world would look like Africa.

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The Ninja Coffee Bar is a drip machine that also does lattes

SharkNinja's Ninja Coffee Bar aims to be a drip coffee maker and espresso machine in one. It changes up the level of concentration to make regular and iced coffee, as well as lattes.

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Ouch! Usain Bolt taken down by out-of-control Segway after 200m gold

Usain Bolt uses his legs to make a living, so he really doesn't want an out-of-control Segway crashing into them. But that's exactly what happened at the World Championships athletics event in Beijing Thursday night. And for a few seconds it didn't look good.

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In the future, your pet may be able to join you on a VR adventure, kind of

Don't want Spot the dog left out of your future VR adventures? Or, you'd rather not step on them when wearing a headset? The solution could be to zap them into the VR world with you, as this cool demo shows.

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