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LG G5 subjected to bend and burn tests

LG G5 subjected to bend and burn tests

Everyone is concerned that their smartphones last as long as possible. People also don’t want to buy a device and then find out its junk after plunking down hundreds of dollars. We have seen plenty of bending tests for smartphones in the last few years, they aren't uncommon at all these days. Not too long ago we saw the Nexus 6P fail during a bend test and we have seen the iPhone 6s Plus withstand bending very well.

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Samsung Galaxy J3, Express Prime, and Express 3 hit AT&T

Samsung Galaxy J3, Express Prime, and Express 3 hit AT&T

AT&T has announced three new Samsung smartphones that customers on its prepaid and postpaid plans can enjoy on its network. All three of the new, devices are Samsung branded smartphones and will be available online and in AT&T stores. The new smartphones include the Galaxy Express Prime GoPhone, Galaxy J3, and the Galaxy Express 3.

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Trinus 3D printer is a robust all-metal design

Trinus 3D printer is a robust all-metal design

It's not uncommon for a cheap 3D printer to be made with cheap parts. Lots of plastic and assembly required are good ways to keep costs down for the manufacturer, but cheap parts mean a printer that it won't last as long for the end user. A 3D printer called the Trinus has turned up on Kickstarter and this 3D printer is affordable, but made using all-metal parts and higher quality constructing than you might expect. The Trinus 3D printer sells for well under $500.

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ORNL 20kW wireless charging system hits 90% efficiency

ORNL 20kW wireless charging system hits 90% efficiency

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been working on a wireless charging system for EVs and plug-in hybrids for years. The goal is to create a system that makes charging EVs and hybrids easier for drivers and to make EVs and other plug-in vehicles as cheap and easy to own as a gasoline vehicle. ORNL has announced that it has demonstrated a 20-kilowatt wireless charging system that has achieved 90% efficiency at three times the rate of the plug-in systems commonly used in electric cars today.

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DARPAs Gremlins are air-recoverable drones

DARPAs Gremlins are air-recoverable drones

Say the word Gremlins to any child of the '80s and we automatically assume you can't feed them after midnight. DARPA is working on a new program that it calls Gremlins, but rather than adorable little animals that turn murderous after late night snacks, the DARPA Gremlins are flying drone aircraft that are capable of being launched and recovered in the air. DARAP has awarded phase 1 contracts to four different companies to begin looking at ways to make the air-recoverable drone aircraft possible.

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Sun-like star has a planet developing around it right now

Sun-like star has a planet developing around it right now

Scientists the world over are always out for new insights to exactly how planets form around stars early in their existence. Recently scientists snapped images of a very young planet that is currently forming around its parent star. That parent star is called TW Hydrae and it has a planet forming disc orbiting around it. One curious planet is forming around the star at roughly the same distance that Earth is from the sun.

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Porsche 911 GT3 seat becomes the coolest office chair

Porsche 911 GT3 seat becomes the coolest office chair

If you have ever looked at the cool seats inside a sports car like a Porsche 911 GT3 and though you would like to have one of those for a chair, you aren't alone. In fact it seems enough people had that same exact though over at Porsche that the company decided to do just that. You can buy an office chair with the exact original equipment sport seat right out of the current Porsche 911 Carrera GTS or 911 GT3.

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Image shows what scientists describe as almost a spider

Image shows what scientists describe as almost a spider

The image you see here is a computer tomography picture of an arachnid that is 305 million years old. It might look like a spider, but it isn't quite a spider according to scientists. The ancient arachnid has scientists aflutter because it is believed to show the stepwise evolution of arachnids into spiders. The only thing this fossil lacks that sets it apart from a spider is the spinnerets spiders use to turn silk into webs.

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Nissan Navara truck hides an 800hp GT-R heart

Nissan Navara truck hides an 800hp GT-R heart

We love it when carmakers get wacky and build cars or trucks that have insane amount of power for no good reason other than they can. Such was the case last summer when Nissan rolled out the Juke-R 2.0 that packed away an engine right out of a GT-R. You could buy the Juke-R if you had the money and inclination to do so. A company called Severn Valley Motorsports in Shropshire has taken Nissan's lead and crammed the GT-R engine inside a truck.

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Slash 3D LCD-SLA 3D printer uses resin to make stuff

Slash 3D LCD-SLA 3D printer uses resin to make stuff

If you need or want a high-resolution 3D printer that can sit on your desktop, you better have some deep pockets because those printers often go for thousands of dollars. The cheapest of the sort is the MakerBot Replicator2 and it sells for $1,999. A new high-resolution 3D printer has turned up on Kickstarter called the Uniz Slash and it has better resolution at half the cost of that MakerBot and as much as a fifth of the cost of some others on the market.

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Dual Antenna for Broadcast TV is surprisingly small

Dual Antenna for Broadcast TV is surprisingly small

Researchers from the University of Morelos in Mexico have created a new and very small broadcast TV antenna that promises good TV reception in a very small package. The device is called the Reception Box and it is only 11cm L x 6.5cm W x 6mm thick and weighs in at 12 grams. Once the antenna is coated it is only 80g. The designers say that in parts of the US like California, the antenna could pick up the signal of 70 local channels.

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Roborace racing series is for cars with no drivers

Roborace racing series is for cars with no drivers

With autonomous cars, becoming more and more prevalent as the years go by it's no surprise that someone wants to see these driverless cars race. A racing series called Roborace will do just that when it debuts late in 2016 or early next year. The cars used in the series are electric, custom made, and very cool looking. They have four wheels and are covered with sensors and antennas.

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