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Drones can autonomously follow forest paths with new software

Drones can autonomously follow forest paths with new software

There are hoards of people around the world who enjoy getting outdoors and hiking through paths in the forest and mountains. Sometimes when people unfamiliar with the terrain venture out accidents happen leading to injury or lost hikers. Typically finding these lost or injured hikers involves an expensive search with lots of people and often helicopters to search from the sky.

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NASA video shares Curiosity’s view of Martian sand dunes

NASA video shares Curiosity’s view of Martian sand dunes

Mars is a desolate and lonely place that also happens to be quite beautiful. During the time, that NASA's massive Curiosity rover has been cruising the landscape of the Red Planet NASA has offered up some very cool images for us to check out. One of my favorite is the Curiosity Selfie at the top of this story. More recently, NASA has offered up a 360-degree video that Curiosity shot.

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Sherp ATV is a go anywhere truck with massive tires

Sherp ATV is a go anywhere truck with massive tires

The little vehicle you see here isn’t exactly a truck and it isn't exactly an ATV. It's a bit of a mix of the two and according to the folks who have seen it in action and the video you can watch below, the Sherp looks to be a capable little beastie. The hallmark feature of this thing are the massive tires that are self-inflating and have their own patent. Those tires are 1600x600x25, gigantic enough to allow the Sherp to embarrass obstacles up to 70cm tall.

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Archos 50d Oxygen heads to MWC with 1.3GHz octo-core processor

Archos 50d Oxygen heads to MWC with 1.3GHz octo-core processor

Archos has a new smartphone that will be making its official debut at MWC 2016 kicking off in about 11 days. At the show, the smartphone will make its official world debut, but ahead of that debut, Archos is giving up the details on the device. Part of the appeal of the 50d Oxygen is a minimalistic design that looks very good considering the budget price attached to the smartphone.

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2017 Camaro 1LE package aims to make V6 or SS Camaro a track beast

2017 Camaro 1LE package aims to make V6 or SS Camaro a track beast

It's a great time to be a car guy or gal who also happens to like flogging their car at the road-racing course. Multiple cars come from the factory with options for track day enthusiasts that will make a day at the track more enjoyable and safe. Ford has been offering a Track Pack option on its Mustang for several model years and now Chevrolet is offering up a track package for both V6 and V8 Camaro buyers called the 1LE package.

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Scientists think a medium-size asteroid impact could cause a mini ice age

Scientists think a medium-size asteroid impact could cause a mini ice age

It's not hard for us to think about what would happen to the Earth and life on our planet if a meteor impacted the surface. There have been several movies that showed what might happen in the event of an asteroid impact. A large enough asteroid could end all life on the planet leaving Earth devoid of life. A new study looks at what might happen to Earth if it were hit with a medium-size asteroid.

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Scientists discover two new fossil fish species with gigantic mouths

Scientists discover two new fossil fish species with gigantic mouths

There are still massive species of whales and other types of sea creatures that eat some of the smallest creatures in the sea known as plankton. In the distant past, there were massive sea creatures who feasted on the same sort of plankton in the ocean waters and scientists have found two new examples of plankton-eating fossilized fish. The new fossils are in the genus Rhinconichthys and swam in the oceans of the Cretaceous Period about 92 million years ago.

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Dwarf planet Ceres was first observed 215 years ago

Dwarf planet Ceres was first observed 215 years ago

The dwarf planet Ceres was first discovered 215 years ago and over the generations our knowledge of the diminutive planet has has grown exponentially. Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi first viewed Ceres through a telescope and 215 years later, we have a spacecraft in orbit around the planet. NASA's Dawn mission arrived at Ceres in 2015.

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ViewSonic XG gaming monitors pack up to 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh

ViewSonic XG gaming monitors pack up to 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh

Ardent PC gamers know that now all hardware is the same and not all of it is up to the task of high-end gaming. Computer displays and other peripherals that work just fine for doing home work and surfing the web don’t always work well for playing Fallout 4 with all the options turned on. ViewSonic has announced that it's new XG series of computer displays are now shipping and they all aim directly at gamers wanting the best performance and tech they can get.

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New liquid crystal mixtures keep touchscreens from freezing

New liquid crystal mixtures keep touchscreens from freezing

Researchers from the University of Central Florida have been working to develop new liquid crystal mixtures for use in LCDs inside cars and other devices that are able to operate at both high and low temperatures. The goal of the team of researchers is to create a display screen that performs just as well in temperature extremes as it does in moderate climates. According to the team, current LCDs have images that blur and displays are slow to respond in extreme temperatures.

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