Kevlar cartilage uses nanofibers to imitate the real thing

Kevlar cartilage uses nanofibers to imitate the real thing

Researchers with the University of Michigan and Jiangnan University have developed a synthetic cartilage they've dubbed "Kevlartilage." The name is a joining of the words cartilage and Kevlar, the latter being the material this synthetic material is made from. As with the real thing, Kevlartilage is made mostly from water and it is incredibly strong.

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2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo First Drive: A rocket not a wagon

2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo First Drive: A rocket not a wagon

Whatever you do, please don’t call the new 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo a station wagon. Even describing it as a hatchback is off-limits. I can understand why you might be tempted, since the roofline is ever so slightly stretched in order to accommodate a smaller fifth passenger. But this is not your grandfather's wagon, not least because - and I know I'm not the only one to think this way - the second-gen Panamera is absolutely gorgeous to look at. That means, even if I have to call it a "five-door sedan with a lift-back," I'm prepared to declare that the Panamera's "Sport Turismo" variant is one of the sleekest, most beautiful and luxurious ways to get around today. All for just $6,000 more than the regular car.

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USPS has a VR app, but it’s not about delivering mail

USPS has a VR app, but it’s not about delivering mail

The United States Postal Service has launched its own virtual reality app, it seems, but the app has nothing to do with the post office or delivering mail at all. This has left many confused, as the app itself concerns kayaking, and not even the kind where there's a mail delivery at the end. The app listing shows that it was published by the USPS, but it's not entirely clear why.

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GE’s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE’s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE is adding voice control to its C by GE Lighting smart bulb range, with a new bridge that will open the door to Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. The hub, dubbed the C-Reach bridge, plugs into a spare outlet and connects to two of GE's smart bulb lines.

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Don’t plug the Xbox One into a surge protector says Microsoft

Don’t plug the Xbox One into a surge protector says Microsoft

Having power issues with your Xbox One console? The reason may be how it is getting power, or more specifically, how you've set it up to get power. Microsoft recently fired off a tweet via its Xbox Support Twitter account explaining that it designed the Xbox One to plug directly into a wall outlet. Don't use a surge protector even if you are running out of spare plugs.

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Galaxy X leaked by none other than Samsung itself

Galaxy X leaked by none other than Samsung itself

While some companies will stop at nothing to prevent their flagship devices from leaking out ahead of time, Samsung takes a more laid back approach to leaks. For all of its major devices over the past few years, it seems that Samsung has had its hand in at least a few leaks, and with the rumored Galaxy X, things are no different.

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AT&T Time Warner merger may be blocked by DOJ lawsuit

AT&T Time Warner merger may be blocked by DOJ lawsuit

The Department of Justice is filing a lawsuit to block the merger between AT&T and Time Warner, sources have said, marking a big turn of events for the planned -- and controversial -- deal. Details are still rolling in, but sources claim the Justice Department will officially announce an antitrust suit today regarding the merger. For its part, the DOJ confirmed that it has a major antitrust matter in the pipeline, but didn't name companies.

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Amazon Echo PRODUCT(RED) makes Alexa charitable

Amazon Echo PRODUCT(RED) makes Alexa charitable

Amazon has a new Echo PRODUCT(RED) edition, cladding its Alexa-powered smart speaker in a charitable sleeve. The new model joins Amazon's sensible, dare we say rather dour line-up of colors and finishes which, for the first time with the second-gen Echo, are interchangeable.

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Mars streaks are probably caused by dust and sand, not water

Mars streaks are probably caused by dust and sand, not water

Mars photos show an interesting landscape feature: dark streaks that appear to show flowing movement, which some thought may be water. A new study says that is probably not the case, though, instead being more likely attributed to dry flow processes. This is based in part on assessments made with the Mars orbiter's telescopic camera. That's bad news in the hunt for microbes, unfortunately.

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 loot box controversy hits EA where it hurts

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 loot box controversy hits EA where it hurts

The controversy surrounding the loot boxes found in Star Wars: Battlefront 2 should be well known to most by now. Even before the game launched, Star Wars fans were up in arms over the game's heavy handed progression system, which incentivized purchasing loot boxes in a way few other pay-to-play games have in the past. This led to a massive outcry on sites like Reddit, where EA's explanation for this system became the most downvoted comment in Reddit history.

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4 ways to fix Google’s Pixel Buds

4 ways to fix Google’s Pixel Buds

It's fair to say the Google Pixel Buds didn't have the reception the Android team might have hoped for them. Intended to give Pixel 2 owners something to fend off pangs of Apple AirPod jealousy - not to mention pacify complaints about the Oreo smartphone's missing headphone jack - the Pixel Buds may have talents like translation, but they fell short on the basics. Still, all is not lost: read on for the four key ways Google could make the Pixel Buds 2 winners.

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Why won’t Apple enable Portrait Lighting for older iPhone photos?

Why won’t Apple enable Portrait Lighting for older iPhone photos?

Portrait mode photos taken on the iPhone 7 Plus could be edited with the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, if only Apple felt inclined to enable the hidden feature. The new Portrait Lighting effects - which replicate the impact of different types of creative lighting on an image - were launched as a feature of the new 2017 iPhones, but left images taken with older models out in the cold.

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