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High technology

often abbreviated to high tech (adjective forms high-technology, high-tech or hi-tech) is technology that is at the cutting edge: the most advanced technology available.

Low technology

often abbreviated low tech (adjective forms low-technology, low-tech, lo-tech) is simple technology, often of a traditional or non-mechanical kind, such as crafts and tools that pre-date the Industrial Revolution. It is the opposite of high technology.

Technology sectors

The sector approach classifies industries according their technology intensity,product approach according to finished products.

Appropriate technology

Appropriate technology is an ideological movement (and its manifestations) originally articulated as intermediate technology by the economist Dr. Ernst Friedrich "Fritz" Schumacher in his influential work, Small is Beautiful.

High-tech society

When speaking of a high-tech society in a non-literal way, it is usually in reference to an overall society based in high-tech. However, this is something generally unattainable by the definition comprising its scarcity among every technology available.

jeudi 18 octobre 2018

Samsung's latest 2-in-1 tablet gives you freedom to roam for two working days

Samsung's Galaxy Book2 convertible Windows 10 tablet comes with LTE mobile connectivity cooked in

Samsung released its last take on the Windows tablet – the Galaxy Book – in May 2017, an answer to convertible tablets like Microsoft's Surface Pro. Now the company has revealed the Galaxy Book2, with better visuals, improved processor and cooked-in X20 LTE connectivity. And a battery that should be good for two full working days.

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Category: Mobile Technology

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Modular Fiddle designed to experiment with form, function and sound

3D-printed parts of the Modular Fiddle can be changed in around 10 minutes

At its most basic, the Modular Fiddle can be played like any other violin. But creator David Perry designed this instrument to explore the many different physical component shapes and tones made possible with 3D printing.

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Funky Materials Give the Mantis Shrimp Its Powerful Punch

The legendary crustacean uses a hammer-like appendage made of ceramic and polymer to deliver its punishing blow.

Remote-control pop-up camper tows like a sports car, grows into a breezy cabana

Udo iCamp all set up and ready to camp

Quite different from other camping trailers we've covered over the years, the iCamp from Dutch company Udo Camp rides to the campground as a flat trailer with a rear-end that looks like it belongs on a sports coupe. At camp, the electric pop-top quickly sheds any resemblance to a car, rising into an 8-ft-tall (2.4-m) shelter that sleeps and feeds up to four people. Multifunctional equipment throughout creates a comfortable, versatile space for camping and travel.

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'Son of the blob': Unseasonably warm weather creating new anomaly off B.C. coast

Son of the Blob

A meteorologist says unseasonably warm weather in B.C. is once again causing a large area of the Pacific Ocean to heat up considerably, emulating a phenomenon from past years known as the “blob.”



For the Last Time: Here's the Difference Between Weight and Mass

If we ever move off-planet, we'll have to get more serious about distinguishing between 'mass' and 'weight.'

World's tallest residential tower commands sky-high prices

Room with a view: Central Park Tower's plush apartments will offer choice views over New York's ...

Central Park Tower, by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, is a new supertall skyscraper currently under construction in Manhattan, New York City. Once complete, it'll be the tallest residential building in the world and rise to a height of 1,550 feet (472 m), hosting amazing luxury apartments that cost over US$100 million.

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2018 Mazda 6 puts a turbo on excellence

Mazda has added a turbocharged option and a much-improved interior to the 2018 Mazda 6 to ...

Improving on an already excellent vehicle, Mazda has added a turbocharged option to the 2018 Mazda6 to make what was already excellent even better. Can a turbo really make a car immediately better? Maybe, but Mazda also threw in a much-improved interior, which iced the cake.

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DJI's Phantom 4 gets a dorky haircut and a real job

DJI's Phantom 4 RTK: ultra-precise positioning system for industrial applications

DJI has updated its popular compact Phantom 4 drone for industrial and surveying use, with centimeter-level RTK positioning accuracy, an upgraded camera that also records extra metadata, precisely synchronized timekeeping and a purpose-built flight planning application.

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6 ways to do takeout — without the waste

Curry Mobile

Takeout is a great way to skip cooking and the dishes. But it often comes with a side of guilt about all the waste. The good news is that there are a growing number of options for zero-waste takeout. Here's a look at six of them.



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Wind Energy 20160317

From devastating wildfires to massive storms, the extreme weather this year has been a reminder that climate change is already happening — and we think that's worth talking about. Sign up for our new environmental newsletter, What on Earth?.



Probiotics and antibiotics team up against deadly superbugs

Probiotics and antibiotics have formed an uneasy alliance against superbugs

We're currently locked in an arms race against bacteria, and the bugs are winning as they continue to evolve resistance to our best drugs. Luckily, we have some double agents in the war – probiotics, or "good" bacteria that help keep bad bugs at bay. And now, MIT researchers have found a way to combine probiotics and antibiotic drugs into an uneasy alliance that seems to work better than either treatment alone.

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US$4,995 now gets you a chance to fly a jetpack

David Mayman flies the JB-series jetpack. You can, too!

Five grand isn't a ton of money in the scheme of things - you can easily spend more on watches, wine or a night out in Vegas. Or you could spend it becoming one of a very short list of people who have flown an honest-to-god jetpack.

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Geometric micro-office on wheels works the angles

Designers Justin Rice and Kagan Taylor from Los Angeles-based studio Knowhow Shop, have recently completed an ...

Designers Justin Rice and Kagan Taylor from Los Angeles-based build and design studio Knowhow Shop have recently completed an eye-catching micro-office. Dubbed Lighthouse, the 154-sq ft (14.3-sqm) unit is designed as a backyard office on wheels, and also resembles the studio's Lunar Cat Lander shelter, designed for homeless cats back in 2016.

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Category: Tiny Houses

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Study suggests breastfeeding can stifle drug-resistant bacteria in babies

New research suggests breastfeeding infants can help limit their levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their bellies

The rise of drug-resistant bacteria is a growing concern in the world of medical science and beyond. These bugs are evolving to outfox even our very best medicines, presenting a real and emerging danger to humans in every corner of the globe. A new study has explored how they develop in newborns in particular, and how a mother's breastmilk might help fend them off.

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Origami-inspired portable lamp harnesses the power of the Sun

Qwnn is a folding portable light that's easy on the eyes

There's no shortage of portable lights for camping, from pocket-sized lamps to larger ones that double as security systems, to grid setups that daisy-chain lights together to light a larger area. Practical as they are though, most aren't much to look at by themselves. Solight Design is trying to change that with the Qwnn, an origami-inspired lantern that folds flat, charges via solar power and can also act as a power bank.

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Study bolsters Virgin Hyperloop One's plans for a route cutting through Missouri

Virgin Hyperloop One has developed a full-scale test track and vehicle

All around the world, authorities are exploring the potential of Hyperloop transport systems through feasibility studies, with the US state of Missouri among them. Billed as the first such study in the US, the results are now in and outline some of the potential benefits stemming from a proposed route along the existing I-70 highway.

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The 33 most interesting motorcycles at Bonhams' 2018 Autumn Stafford Sale

The array of bikes at Bonhams' twice-yearly Stafford sale is always worth closer inspection

Bonhams' Stafford Motorcycle auctions are held each spring and autumn at the Staffordshire County Showgrounds in the United Kingdom, and these auctions invariably throw up some fascinating motorcycles.

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Safer explosives? It’s in the pores

Supercomputer simulations of shock-induced explosive reactions suggest that the structure of microscopic pores can significantly impact ...

In a move that will make demolition teams breathe a bit easier, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are studying the structure of high explosives to find out how to make them safer. Based on microscopic examination and computer modeling, they have found that by engineering the porous microstructure of explosives, their sensitivity to detonation can be controlled.

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Thrilling natural wonders in the 54th Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards

The Golden Couple by Marsel van Oosten, The Netherlands, Grand Title Winner 2018. A male Qinling ...

In its 54th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is the world's longest running nature photography competition. This year's winning image, an extraordinary picture of two golden snub-nosed monkeys in central China, affirms this competition's place as one of the most spectacular annual celebrations of nature.

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Category: Digital Cameras

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New study finds oldest evidence of life may just be boring old rocks after all

An earlier study found the conical structures (highlighted) appeared to be biological in origin, but a ...

Rocks seem like pretty unchanging time capsules, but not even stone is set in stone. A few years ago researchers studying stromatolites in Greenland dated them to 3.7 billion years old, making them the oldest evidence of life on Earth. However, a new study has now taken another look at the rocks and found that they probably weren't biological in origin.

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Volkswagen re-thinks external car lighting in the transition to autonomy

Indicator projections can harmlessly mark out space in an area you're planning to move into

Self-driving cars can't make eye contact to signal their intentions, so Volkswagen is testing several systems that turn a car into an interactive information display to project information onto the road for drivers and display interactive information to other road users.

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Alloy nanoparticles cut cost of platinum and increase life of hydrogen fuel cells

The new catalyst combines an outer shell of platinum atoms (gray spheres) with ordered layers of ...

A team of Brown University scientists has developed a new catalyst that could make hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles more economical. Based on nanoparticles made of an alloy of platinum and cobalt, the new catalyst is not only cheaper than pure platinum, but is also more efficient and longer lasting.

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Ocean Cleanup system installed and ready for work at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Ocean Cleanup Project has installed its first system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

It has been a long journey for the Ocean Cleanup Project, but after years of development and a 1,300-plus-mile trip through the open water, its first system is now installed at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. While this is a huge milestone for the team, the real work is just beginning for this ambitious mission to tackle the massive problem of marine pollution, which starts with the single biggest accumulation of ocean plastics in the world.

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Enzyme to help smokers quit by eliminating nicotine in the blood before it reaches the brain

A new treatment for smoking cessation is ready to move into the first stages of human ...

New research has revealed a promising new candidate to help smokers kick their damaging addiction. An enzyme has been engineered that can gobble up nicotine in the bloodstream before it reaches the brain, with the compound proving to be incredibly successful in early animal tests.

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mercredi 17 octobre 2018

'Wild West' of online hate could result from NAFTA replacement, associate law prof warns

Online hate

The NAFTA-replacing trade agreement that was recently signed could open the door to online hate speech and revenge porn because companies like Facebook and Google will no longer be held liable for that content, a Calgary law professor warns.



Lumos Candle auto-ignites on demand

The Lumos Candle has an actual burning wick, but it's electrically-lit

Free-standing candles have a tendency to dribble melted wax all over the place, while candles contained within glass jars can be difficult to light once they've burned down. The Lumos offers an alternative, in that it's a jar candle which you light simply by pressing a button.

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Category: Around The Home

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'It's very concerning': Drought in northern and central B.C. affecting wildlife from ducks to salmon

Nechako River

October's long dry spell in the northwest of British Columbia may be coming to an end with rain in the forecast. But damage from the prolonged drought, which reached a level 4 warning in some areas, has already impacted wildlife in the region.



Image-recognition travel app books trips based on photos

The app utilizes a database consisting of photos from over 1,000 locations in Europe

At some time, we've probably all seen a photo of some great-looking place and thought "If I knew where that was, I'd go there." Well, the new Look&Book iOS/Android app can reportedly figure out where such photos were taken (within Europe, at least), and it proceeds to plan your flights.

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Category: Holiday Destinations

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Electronic tags could keep fishing nets from becoming ghosts

A sea turtle caught in a ghost net outside Curacao

So-called "ghost" fishing nets are awful things. Lost or forgotten during commercial fishing operations, they can drift in the ocean for years, indiscriminately catching marine life as they do. A newly-invented tag, however, may help keep that from happening.

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