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China’s elevated bus gets tested, cars can pass underneath

China’s elevated bus gets tested, cars can pass underneath

China is no stranger to traffic congestion, having probably held the world's records in worst traffic jams and backups, like the one on the China National Highway 110 back in 2010 which lasted for an astounding 12 days. To help deal with such situations, without getting people stuck without transportation, China is testing a new type of "elevated" bus with a cabin large enough to hold 300 passengers but is also set high enough to let cars to pass underneath it on the highway.

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LG Display pumps $1.75 million into flexible OLED production

LG Display pumps $1.75 million into flexible OLED production

LG Display has its sights set on the future, and it's one that features flexible OLED displays. At least, that's what the company is hoping, as it announced today that it will pump KRW1.99 trillion ($1.75 million) in funding into a new production line of flexible OLED displays at its P9 Plant in Paju, South Korea. The production line is set to kick off in 2018, with the existing P9 plant being expanded to support it.

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Modobag wants to bring rideable luggage to airports across the US

Modobag wants to bring rideable luggage to airports across the US

A campaign to fund the Modobag has gone live on Indiegogo, and it promises to be one of the strangest, most unique items you'll come across today. Modobag is a battery-powered, motorized piece of luggage that travelers can use to zip around airport terminals as they rush to catch their flight. The company behind Modobag says it will get you where you need to be three times faster than walking, meaning the frequently late among us may want to pay attention.

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DARPA CHIPs program seeks miniature, modular ‘chiplets’

DARPA CHIPs program seeks miniature, modular ‘chiplets’

DARPA has a new program called CHIPS, which is short for Common Heterogenous Integration and Intellectual Property Reuse Strategies Program. A mouthful, right? CHIPS seeks innovation as complex as the name behind the acronym: the taking of modern printed circuit boards and doing away with them via the development of miniature, modular “chiplets.” Says DARPA, it wants “an entire PCB” to be condensed down into a single device that is about the size of one present-day chip.

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Teal Drone looks to push limits with high speed and modular design

Teal Drone looks to push limits with high speed and modular design

Drones are becoming more and more commonplace in every day life, and for someone who knows what they want out of a drone, there are plenty of options to choose from. From racing to aerial photography, drones are capable of doing quite a bit. But what about the person who knows they want a drone but doesn't know what they want to do with that drone? The Teal drone has just come racing onto the scene trying to solve that very problem.

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Volata smart bicycle puts a computer in your handlebars

Volata smart bicycle puts a computer in your handlebars

As we become increasingly more connected, it seem manufacturers are adding computers and touchscreens to an ever-expanding range of items. Some of these are more successful than others, and now Volata Cycles is testing the waters with a new high-tech bicycle that puts a touchscreen smack in the middle of your handlebars. The bike, which has simply been dubbed the Volata, is available for reservation now and has a few features that cyclists might actually find handy.

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DJI introduces Zenmuse Z3 aerial zoom camera

DJI introduces Zenmuse Z3 aerial zoom camera

Drone maker DJI has been in the news quite a bit recently for its camera technology, announcing just a couple of days ago that it would be teaming up with Hasselblad to offer drone and camera bundles for aerial photography. Today the company is at it again, this time introducing us to its new Zenmuse Z3. DJI says this is its first integrated aerial zoom camera, offering operators up to a 7x zoom and compatibility with a few of DJI's more popular drones.

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DEKA LUKE prosthetic arm to see commercial release in 2016

DEKA LUKE prosthetic arm to see commercial release in 2016

Mobius Bionics has announced that it will be bringing DEKA Research and Development Corporation's LUKE prosthetic arm to commercial markets later this year. The LUKE has the distinction of being the first arm to be cleared by the FDA for its new integrated prosthetic arm category, passing certification back in 2014. Mobius and DEKA say the prosthetic will be available for folks with forearm through shoulder-level amputations in late 2016, though a more specific date wasn't offered.

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Data from lost Hitomi satellite suggests black holes may be galactic regulators

Data from lost Hitomi satellite suggests black holes may be galactic regulators

Earlier this year, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched its Hitomi satellite into space. The x-ray satellite was intended to study, among other things, the Perseus cluster, a massive cluster of galaxies more than 200 million light years from Earth. Hitomi was the most advanced x-ray satellite to launch successfully into space and had the potential to lead to a number of excellent discoveries, but unfortunately, it was only a month before the satellite started to spin out of control and break apart, with JAXA announcing it had failed in its attempts to reconnect with the satellite not long after.

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Alphabet drops $30m on Light camera with “magic” potential

Alphabet drops $30m on Light camera with “magic” potential

It would appear that the parent company of Google, Alphabet, has begun its consumer product investment focus in ernest. A cool $30 million USD has been raised for the company Light from Alphabet's venture capital business, that which used to be called Google Ventures, now just called GV. Light creates a product by the name of L16, a camera which works with 16 cameras inside a single small housing. And consider the possibilities once Google gets ahold of the tech - Tango, anyone?

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First US solar roadway to be installed on historic Route 66

First US solar roadway to be installed on historic Route 66

Solar roads are a very interesting idea that could one day see the roads around our nation generate power for use by streetlights, signals, or even nearby homes. The first section of solar roadway in the US is coming to a section of historic Route 66 in Missouri. The installation is part of the Missouri Road to Tomorrow initiative.

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Amazon now offering Prime orders through Alexa-enabled devices

Amazon now offering Prime orders through Alexa-enabled devices

Amazon is looking make ordering products a whole lot easier for folks who have both an Amazon Prime account and an Alexa-enabled device. Today the company announced that it will now let customers place orders for products that qualify for Prime shipping through Alexa. Previously, Alexa only allowed for users to reorder items they had purchased in the past or make orders using suggestions from Amazon's Choice.

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