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Ford Lightweight Concept Car eyes-on: High-tech, Low-weight

Ford Lightweight Concept Car eyes-on: High-tech, Low-weight

Ford wasn't going to let all that aluminum research on the 2015 F-150 be used on just one truck, and so now there's the Ford Lightweight Concept, a prototype car that, along with Samsung battery collaboration, aims to change the way we look at tomorrow's vehicles. Effectively delivering a car akin in size to a 2013 Fusion but with the weight of a Fiesta - a car two classes beneath it - the Lightweight Concept trims weight from the suspension, interior, glazing, and powertrain by using materials like aluminum alloy, carbon fiber, and composites.

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Samsung and Ford reveal next-gen car batteries

Samsung and Ford reveal next-gen car batteries

Ford and Samsung SDI have revealed the fruits of a decade of car battery research, with a new ultra-lightweight li-ion battery concept that could end up 40-percent lighter than nickel-metal-hydride packs many hybrids and EVs currently use. Meanwhile, there's also a new dual-battery system which could deliver hybrid-style regenerative braking on regular cars.

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NASA ForceShoes keep tabs on astronaut exercise

NASA ForceShoes keep tabs on astronaut exercise

Exercising is an important part of daily life, more so for astronauts than us gravity-bound folk. To ensure those aboard the International Space Station get exercise that is both extensive and of adequate quality, the space agency has developed a pair of sandals called ForceShoes that are able to measure load.

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Perfect photo portrait research mimics the masters

Perfect photo portrait research mimics the masters

Striking headshot portraits that offer the same styles as famous photographers could one day be created from the sort of snaps you can take with your phone, with one computer vision research team cooking up a dynamic retouching system. The handiwork of a group led by computational photography researcher YiChang Shih, the system - dubbed "Style Transfer for Headshot Portraits" - takes a regular source picture and another showing the an example of the sort of style you're trying to achieve, blending the two automatically, and even doing the same for video.

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iOS 7 cements iPhone and iPad base as iOS 8 beckons

iOS 7 cements iPhone and iPad base as iOS 8 beckons

The latest iOS usage data suggests Apple is headed into its big iOS 8 reveal with the old version dominating installs, with nearly nine out of ten iPhone users in North America believed to be on iOS 7. Crunching browser data from serving ad impressions, Chitika discovered that of the "tens of millions" of iPhone and iPad users spotted in the seven days up until May 28th, 89.7-percent had iOS 7 on their phone, and 84.8-percent on their tablet.

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Roombots modular robo-furniture is Transformers for tables

Roombots modular robo-furniture is Transformers for tables

Robotic transforming furniture that can evolve to suit different rooms, functions, and individuals could be the future of home decor, if one Swiss team has its way, designing modular self-organizing 'bots for tomorrow's lounge. Dubbed Roombots, each unit is just short of nine inches long and consists of two blocks joined by three motors, which can twist and reassemble to make different designs.

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Alien life discovery in our lifetime insists SETI astronomer

Alien life discovery in our lifetime insists SETI astronomer

The hunt for alien life will turn up results within our lifetime, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute has promised the US Congress, though it might not be tentacled monsters or grey-skinned creatures with big eyes. The surprise commitment came at a House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing this past week, with SETI's Seth Shostak going on to explain the justification behind his bold prediction.

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