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Massive landscaping project to bring site of iconic Eiffel Tower to life

Gustafson Porter + Bowman got the nod for the €40 million project, dubbed OnE, following an ...

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, has undergone a little work in recent years, including a first floor renovation and the addition of some wind turbines, but now the land surrounding the iconic building will receive a makeover too. The first phase of the landscaping project is due to be completed in 2023, well in time for the city's 2024 Summer Olympics.

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Equalum grabs $18M Series B to help companies ingest data faster

Equalum, an Israeli startup that helps companies gather data from a variety of enterprise sources, announced an $18 million Series B investment today. The round was led by Planven Investments . Other participants included United Ventures and prior investors Innovation Endeavors and GE Ventures, along with a group of unnamed …

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The bees' needs: McDonald's unveils “McHive,” flogs it for charity

The so-called McHive was built by set designer Nicklas Nilsson for the Nord division of the ...

To raise awareness of the plight of bees – and, no doubt, to nab some positive PR buzz and shift a few more Big Macs – McDonald's in Sweden has created what it calls "the world's smallest McDonald's." But there's a twist, would you bee-lieve it – it's not a McDonald's. It's a beehive.

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Scientists discover why a promising cancer drug failed in clinical trials – and how to fix it

Researchers have found out why a promising class of cancer drugs failed – and how to ...

As promising as some treatments are in lab tests, unfortunately they don't always meet hopes when translated to the real world. Now, scientists at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research have investigated a class of cancer drugs that failed in human trials, and found out why. Better yet, they went on to identify another drug that could finally make the treatment work.

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DAB's ultra-configurable LM-S supermotard looks like the future of motorcycle shopping

Pre-purchase customization is DAB's big gamble

On the one hand, this is a custom bike, and no two will be the same. On the other, it's totally Euro IV certified and engineering homologated for road use. DAB is allowing an unprecedented degree of customization for every bike, but they'll all be road legal.

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Close encounter with alien star could explain ’Oumuamua, debunk Planet Nine

An artist's impression of 'Oumuamua, the first interstellar asteroid

Our solar system has several "belts" of rocky planetesimals that are essentially the crumbs left over from the formation of the planets and moons. But new research suggests some of them could actually be alien, captured during close flybys with other star systems. These close encounters could also explain objects like 'Oumuamua and might even provide an alternative to the "Planet Nine" hypothesis.

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The National Museum of Computing celebrates the 75th anniversary of Colossus with new revelations

The Colossus Mark II was the second of 10 Colossus computers

The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, UK is marking the 75th anniversary of the Colossus Mark II computer today with new revelations about its role in winning the Second World War. At a gathering of those who operated what was one of the world's first electronic computers, the museum will disclose how intelligence gathered by the code-breaking machine helped the Allied war effort in ways that even the computer veterans were unaware of.

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Combat robot with over-the-horizon control put through its paces in live-fire exercise

The latest version of the THeMIS UGV has beyond visual line of sight control capabilities

At a recent live-fire exercise in Tapa, Estonia, the latest version of Milrem Robotics and ST Engineering's ground combat robot showed off its ability to operate under Beyond Line Of Sight (BLVOS) control. In the April tests, the THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) equipped with the ADDER DM Remote Weapon Station was armed with a 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher and a 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun.

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Stanford study suggests e-cigarette flavorings can damage blood vessel cells

Cinnamon was found to be the most toxic e-cigarette liquid when tested on endothelial cells in ...

A new study, led by researchers from the Stanford School of Medicine, has found e-cigarettes can damage human blood vessel cells and potentially increase the risk for cardiovascular disease. The study revealed some e-cigarette flavoring liquids are more damaging than others, regardless of nicotine concentrations.

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Self-powered micro-submarines sink and swim to deliver drugs in the body

An illustration of micro-submarines that could deliver drugs inside the body

It's entirely possible that micro-machines could one day be delivering drugs inside the body, with many designs proposed in recent years. The latest comes from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), which gets around under its own power using a system similar to how submarines rise and sink.

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Moonrise to bring 3D laser printing to the lunar surface

Artist's concept of Moonrise in operation on the lunar surface

By combining moondust and lasers, Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) and the Institute of Space Systems (IRAS) of the Technical University of Braunschweig are experimenting with ways to use 3D printing to build lunar colonies. Slated to fly in 2021, the new Moonrise laser system will be incorporated in the Berlin-based PTScientists unmanned lunar rover and will be used to demonstrate if it is possible to turn lunar regolith into practical building materials.

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