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Pablo Escobar’s Brother Made a Foldable Smartphone

12/11/2019
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Roberto Escobar, brother of infamous cocaine trafficker Pablo Escobar and who, according to Escobarinc.com, was the former accountant/chief of assassinations for the notorious Medellin Cartel, is also the founder of Escobar, Inc. His company recently unveiled what they’re touting as the replacement to the iPhone. That’s right, for $349 you can head to their website and purchase the Escobar Fold 1, a foldable smartphone that Escobar claims will not break, which would contrast with some of...

Duration:00:02:17

Ballistics Team Scans Bullets that Killed JFK

12/11/2019
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In the name of preserving history, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used advanced imaging to create digital replicas of the bullets that killed President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. The bullets are typically stored at the National Archives, which brought the spent ammo to NIST so the ballistics team could make new perfect copies. Even though we're more than 56 years removed from the tragic event, the National Archives still receives many...

Duration:00:02:31

Daimler, Bosch Begin US Tests of Self-Driving Cars

12/11/2019
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A pair of German industrial giants this week officially kicked off a pilot project in the heart of Silicon Valley that, they hope, will pave the way for autonomous taxis in dense urban corridors. Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, and Bosch, an auto supplier and technology provider, first announced a joint effort to work on self-driving systems in 2017. On Monday, the companies unveiled the autonomous Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans that will shuttle passengers from West San Jose to...

Duration:00:01:35

This Smart Shelf Will Re-Order Your Office Supplies

12/4/2019
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Back in 2015, Amazon rolled out its innovative Dash Buttons — which were little oval electronic devices you could stick somewhere and re-order a specified amount of product by pressing its button. It was geared for Amazon Prime members to let them rapidly re-order home supplies like laundry detergent, coffee, juice, and cleaning items. Amazon discontinued its Dash Buttons this past February after a German court ruled that they violate the country’s consumer protection laws, in that their...

Duration:00:02:21

Jaguar Partners with Hot Wheels for F-Type Launch

12/4/2019
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In September, Jaguar opened up a state-of-the-art design studio in the UK. For the first time in the company's 84-year history, the entire design team assembled in a single location. The studio is more than 12,000 square meters, doubling the previous footprint. It's enough room for the approximately 280 designers, with backgrounds in everything from fashion and watchmaking to sports and gaming, to simultaneously work on 20 full-size clay models. This week, the company unveiled the new 2021...

Duration:00:02:13

SpaceX Starship Explodes During Test

12/4/2019
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On Wednesday, SpaceX was conducting a pressure test on the SpaceX Starship MK1 at a facility in Boca Chica, Texas, when the top of the next-generation rocket exploded. LabPadre was streaming the test and captured the explosion, which sent debris flying in all directions. According to The Verge, the explosion wasn't necessarily a setback, or unexpected. A SpaceX spokesperson told The Verge that the test was pressurizing systems to the max. Nobody was injured in the test. The aircraft is a...

Duration:00:01:39

Shoe Co. Blasts Amazon for Private Label Knockoff

12/4/2019
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It’s cyber Monday and, for many of us, that means sneaking glances at the online price slashing throughout the day in order to net the best deals possible on our holiday purchases. If your shopping takes you to Amazon, you already know that you need to be on alert for knock-off products as the e-tailer itself has admitted it faces challenges in policing the millions of SKUs it offers. But what about products that aren’t exactly counterfeit, rather, simply knock offs of existing designs...

Duration:00:02:13

Underwater Ammo Design Mimics Torpedoes

12/4/2019
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DSG Technology specializes in patented, high-tech ammunition, and at a North Carolina firing range, the team recently showed off some of its new capabilities. The first is CAV-X, super cavitating ammunition classified as a Multi Environment Ammunition (MEA). The ammo can be fired underwater using partially or fully submerged weapons and hit targets both underwater and in the air. Ammo traditionally slows and loses its lethality underwater. CAV-X has traveled through more than 55 feet of...

Duration:00:01:55

GM Hits Fiat Chrysler with Bombshell Corruption Lawsuit

12/4/2019
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Earlier in the week, Fiat Chrysler became the last among the Detroit 3 to sit down at the bargaining table with the United Autoworkers Union. And while it’s easy to predict at least some drama, a new twist revealed Wednesday will provide a backdrop for the talks that NBC News is calling “explosive.” That’s because rival automaker General Motors has just filed a federal racketeering lawsuit, alleging a decade-long conspiracy between FCA and the UAW. And the mastermind behind it, according to...

Duration:00:02:44

Boeing Cited for Overcharging NASA by Millions

12/4/2019
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There is perhaps no company in the world that will be happier to put 2019 behind them than Boeing. The aerospace giant started the year with a number of unanswered questions related to the crash of their 737 Max jet in Indonesia, along with increased competitive pressures from Airbus. Then in March another 737 crashed in Ethiopia, which led to a near-global grounding of the plane and subsequent safety-related delays in delivering new models. Now, just as the company is hoping to resume...

Duration:00:02:02

The 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in 2018

12/4/2019
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This year's Hot Wheels report is out. The annual report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau details the ten most stolen vehicles in the United States. The data comes from information submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). According to the FBI, 748,841 vehicles were reported stolen in the United States in 2018, which is a 3% decline from 2017. It's about a million less than the high watermark of 1.7 million thefts in 1991. The top ten cars stolen...

Duration:00:02:52

'Unsinkable' Metal Backed by Bill and Melinda Gates

11/20/2019
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If the Titanic taught us anything, it was that you never leave your fiancée alone with Leonardo DiCaprio and his sketch book, and labeling something as unsinkable is apparently a slap in the face of the maritime gods. Regardless, thanks to backing from the U.S. Army, the National Science Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, researchers from the University of Rochester are claiming to have created a metal treatment process that could be used for a number of applications,...

Duration:00:02:04

Formula 1 Announces Plan to Go Carbon Neutral

11/20/2019
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More and more business models are incorporating sustainability plans with actual teeth. That’s because the more we learn about climate change, the scarier it becomes and many organizations are smart enough to either truly care, or care about the potential business implications of doing nothing. But cutting carbon is hardest for those businesses that produce a lot of it, which is why some are responding with skepticism to the recent announcement by Formula 1 racing, that they plan to reach a...

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Tyson Plant Prepares to Reopen After Fire

11/20/2019
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On August 9, 2019, a fire at a Tyson meat processing plant in Holcomb, Kansas, forced the facility to shut down. According to local reports, the sparks from welders conducting maintenance operations near the slaughterhouse likely caused the fire. No one was harmed in the blaze. The complex is home to Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods. The fire damaged the area that housed the hydraulic and electrical systems for the slaughterhouse and cooler and caused part of...

Duration:00:01:50

Insolvent Supplier Headed for Shutdown After GM Jumps Sinking Ship

11/20/2019
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When Sakthi Automotive Group USA first opened its doors in 2014, it was to major fanfare. The first new auto supplier to open up in the Detroit area in ten years, this Indian-owned company built a flourishing campus producing knuckles and tooling arms for several major OEM clients. But the success story didn’t end there. Sakhti was lauded for hiring practices that gave priority to Detroit residents and even offered jobs to more than 200 parolees looking for a second chance. It was estimated...

Duration:00:02:39

Sensor Saves Babies in Hot Cars

11/20/2019
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University of Waterloo researchers have created a new device that takes a small, cheap sensor and solves a sometimes heartbreaking problem. More than 50 children have died in hot cars in 2019, and more than 100 dogs and other animals have died from heat-related causes over the last two years. This new device combines radar with artificial intelligence to detect humans and animals alike, and in testing, it has worked with 100 percent accuracy. Only three centimeters in diameter, it is...

Duration:00:01:20

First You Print It, Then You Shoot It

11/20/2019
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Tubulanes are theoretical structures that exhibit extraordinary strength because they are made of crosslinked carbon nanotubes. Researchers at Rice University's Brown School of Engineering recently 3D printed structures based on tubulanes, and they tested their strength the only way a red-blooded American institution knows how: they shot them. Tubulanes were first theorized in 1993. While this isn't the exact design, the structures are like really close cousins. The lightweight design is...

Duration:00:01:42

These Toilets Will Know Everything About You

11/20/2019
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Smart toilets on the market today primarily boast energy savings with more accurate flushes or simple luxuries like a seat warmer or massaging bidet. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin and Morgridge Institute for Research are working on a smart toilet with knowledge that extends beyond the basin. The team is working on a proof of concept smart toilet that would analyze your urine to keep tabs on your health. Metabolites in the urine have known associations with 600 human...

Duration:00:02:11

NASA Unveils Electric Aircraft

11/20/2019
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The latest experimental aircraft in NASA’s famed X-plane program is edging closer to its debut flight. More than 70 years after the X-1 first broke the sound barrier, the space agency last week showcased the X-57 at its research facility in California. Instead of setting new speed records, however, NASA hopes the aircraft, named “Maxwell,” will take another step toward practical electric aviation. The X-57 program began in 2015, but was generally known to the public only through artist...

Duration:00:01:34

Chameleon's Tongue One Quick Snatcher

11/13/2019
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Some chameleons can snatch a cricket in 20 milliseconds; the average human blinks in about 300 milliseconds (on the quick end). A team of researchers at Purdue's FlexiLab created high-speed prestressed soft actuators that mimic the chameleon's quick tongue using elastic energy. The robots are made of stretchable polymers, like rubber bands, only with internal pneumatic channels that expand when they are pressurized. The prestressed pneumatic soft robot can expand five times its length,...

Duration:00:01:31