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Hollywood battles bikers over shot-stealing cycle lane

Hollywood battles bikers over shot-stealing cycle lane

Hollywood heavyweights are at war with a bike lane, though the movie industry isn't anti-cyclist, only at the color the path has been painted. The lane - which runs a 12-block length of Historic Core, California - was painted lurid green less than two years ago, The Hollywood Reporter writes, in the process allegedly ruining the area's potential as a convenient New York City stand-in for film crews. They want the paint changed to match the Big Apple, something cycling lobbyists say will end up being dangerous.

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Vodafone phone-charging sleeping bags could pave way to the Internet of Things

Vodafone phone-charging sleeping bags could pave way to the Internet of Things

It's not quite humans as fleshy batteries, Matrix-style, but Vodafone's latest attempt to coax talktime out of its users is pretty close. The carrier has put together a number of prototype sleeping bags - just in time for festival season - it's calling "Recharge Bags" that convert your body heat while sleeping into electricity for your phone. Eight hours of sleep is good for 24 minutes of talk or 11hrs of standby, though the future could be a phone that recharges simply by sitting in your pocket, and wireless sensors for the Internet of Things that don't require any external power source.

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Pagani Zonda Revolucion: 800HP of utter madness

Pagani Zonda Revolucion: 800HP of utter madness

As monstrously over-the-top supercars go, anything from Italian marque Pagani is going to pretty much count, but seldom do they get quite as extreme as the new Zonda Revolucion. Revealed this week, the carbon fiber beast is probably about as close to an F1 car as most (obscenely rich) people could afford, borrowing liberally from performance motor-racing to deliver on the promise of its €2.2m ($2.9m) price tag.

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Curiosity puzzle completion unlocks new Godus god

Curiosity puzzle completion unlocks new Godus god

Solve a puzzle: become a god. That's the treat video game designer Peter Molyneux has revealed is at the end of the Curiosity mobile game, which a UK teenager won over the weekend and found that he would be the all-powerful deity in upcoming title Godus. In addition to getting unknown powers in the new game, winner Bryan Henderson will get "a small piece" of each transaction made in Godus.

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ISS astronaut Chris Hadfield wows with Bowie’s Space Oddity

ISS astronaut Chris Hadfield wows with Bowie’s Space Oddity

When you're arguably the best-known astronaut ever to spend a stretch on the International Space Station, what better way to commemorate your ending tenure than recording David Bowie's Space Oddity while in orbit? Commander Chris Hadfield, who returns to Earth along with Thomas H. Marshburn and Roman Romanenko late on Monday, May 13, recorded his own version of the classic from the ISS, complete with lingering views of Earth and almost as much lens-flare as a Star Trek reboot.

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Twizy Renault Sport F1 Concept: When EVs go race-car crazy

Twizy Renault Sport F1 Concept: When EVs go race-car crazy

Of everything we could've said after driving Renault's bonkers Twizy EV, "fast" probably wouldn't have been included. Turns out, we just needed to wait for the Renault Sport F1 team to breathe some guts into it, and come up with the "improbable and spectacular" (and that's in Renault's own words!) Twizy Renault Sport F1 Concept, capable of the same 0-62mph speed as the company's highest-performing road car.

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April Fools 2013: The Round-up

April Fools 2013: The Round-up

April 1st is upon us, and that can only mean one thing: pranks, gags, and joke products of dubious comedic value, as the tech world tries to make you crack a smile. Whether you love it or loath it, April Fools is inescapable, so join us as we run through 2013's cons and let us know which - if any - convinced you, and which you thought were actually funny.

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Brain linked rats pave way for Gibson-esque meat crowd-computer

Brain linked rats pave way for Gibson-esque meat crowd-computer

Technology that allows a direct link between the brains of two rats, allowing the behaviors of one animal to shape those of the other - even if they were thousands of miles apart - could pave the way to cognitive crowd-sourcing, researchers suggest. The experiment, in which microelectrodes a 1/100th the thickness of a human hair were inserted into the parts of the rats' brains which handle motor information, saw one rat rewarded for hitting a specific lever in its cage, and then remotely tutoring its counterpart to select the correct lever in its independent cage by direct stimulation of its motor cortex.

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Renault Twizy: We drive the bonkers moon-buggy EV

Renault Twizy: We drive the bonkers moon-buggy EV

This ain't your daddy's Tesla. In fact, the Renault Twizy is arguably the antithesis of the Model S: eye-catching where the Tesla is discrete; cheap where the electric sedan is expensive. Intended for city driving and the sort of short trips where nippy and straightforward are the key factors, the Twizy also manages to be a whole lot of fun, albeit with a couple of caveats (and preferably a pair of gloves). We raised our eco-cred with a Twizy blast around the urban jungle.

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