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Ford F-150 EcoBoost proves less really can be more

The F-150 has best-in-segment torque figures courtesy of the V6 EcoBoost

By now, we're familiar with the benefits of Ford's EcoBoost downsizing. More power, more torque and less weight are all byproducts of the strategy, which has worked its way up from the Fiesta, before finding its way into the Mustang and F-150. The latest EcoBoost V6 to make its way into the F-150 is more efficient and torquier than V8s almost twice the size.

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Electronic “tattoo” muscles in on emotion mapping

TAU researchers have developed an electrode that applies to the skin like a temporary tattoo and ...

Electromyography procedures, which record the electrical signals of muscles to diagnose neuromuscular disorders, usually require the insertion of a needle electrode into the muscle itself. Obviously, that isn't exactly a pleasant experience, so a team at Tel Aviv University's (TAU's) Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology have developed a more comfortable and accessible alternative in the form of an electronic "tattoo" that unobtrusively monitors muscle activity, for a range of medical and commercial purposes.

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Bottpower’s XR1R flat tracker puts the Buell XB12 on a little-needed diet

Bottpower XR1R: 150 horsepower, 150 kg and a heart of Buell

Bottpower's XR1R is an American-style flat tracker from Spain built from an American legend (Erik Buell's revolutionary XB12) that was built from another American Legend (Harley-Davidson's Sportster 1200). With more than 150 horsepower and less than 150 kg (331 lb) to shift, it should be a mad little racetrack carver, and it's set to challenge Pike's Peak in 2017.

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Land Rover testing autonomous tech with a taste for off-road adventure

Car-to-car communications would allow information on driving conditions to be shared

As a company founded on go-anywhere capability, Land Rover needs to think about autonomous driving in a slightly different way to most other brands. The way a Discovery Sport, Evoque or Range Rover tackles a trail is intrinsic to its appeal, an appeal engineers are trying to autonomously recreate in their new research project.

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Cloud records reveal evidence of climate change

By studying cloud records from the past 30 years, climate change model simulations show cloud behavior ...

Global cloud patterns have changed since the 1980s, and scientists have found these shifts are consistent with predictions from climate model simulations. By analyzing satellite records over the last 30 years, storm cloud tracks are shown to be moving toward the poles, the height of the highest cloud tops are increasing, and subtropical dry zones are expanding; changes that likely have a further warming effect on the planet.

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Radiation bombardment from ancient supernovae may have triggered climate change

Radiation from nearby supernovae may have been intense enough to affect life on Earth

Shakespeare said that the fault lies not in the stars, but in ourselves. Maybe, but scientists at the University of Kansas say that the stars might have some explaining to do. According to computer models, a pair of supernovae that exploded 300 light years away between 1.7 and 8.7 millions of years ago could have released radiation that seriously affected life on prehistoric Earth and may even have triggered an ice age.

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Giant ferocious dinosaurs may have cooed, not roared

A new study suggests that some dinosaurs may have used closed-mouth vocalizations in which sounds are ...

The giant Tyrannosaurus Rex stomps through heavy foliage shaking the ground with every step. Its prey tries to outrun the mighty beast but it finds itself cornered in a cluster of trees. The king of the dinosaurs sees its dinner has nowhere to run, tilts back its giant head and bellows a mighty ... coo? That just might be the case based on new research.

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Daily Deals: Bluedio Bluetooth speaker $28, Logitech G502 mouse $60, and more

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games. Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from […]

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