Stanford study shows fitness trackers are terrible at tracking fitness

May 25, 2017

A new study from Stanford into the accuracy of seven popular fitness trackers indicates such devices ...

Fitness trackers have come under a bit of scrutiny lately, with Fitbit facing a class action lawsuit over the accuracy of its heart rate tracking last year and studies raising questions about the accuracy of such devices. In more grist for the mill, a new study from Stanford into the accuracy of seven popular devices indicates their energy expenditure estimates are way off. But it's not all bad news, with heart rate data found to be relatively accurate.

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World’s next fastest Indian keeps it in the family

May 25, 2017

Lee Munro will pilot the Indian Scout Streamliner at Bonneville Salt Flats in August

Nearly 50 years ago, Burt Munro made history by piloting a self-modified 1920 Indian Scout down the Bonneville Salt Flats to establish a record of nearly 184 mph (296 km/h) in the under 1000 cc class. His accomplishment would stand as the fastest recorded time on an Indian and would become the basis for the movie The World's Fastest Indian. In August, Burt Munro's great nephew, Lee Munro will pilot a new purpose-built Indian Scout Streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats in honor of the 50th Anniversary of his great uncle's record.

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ESA confirms cause of Schiaparelli spacecraft’s Mars crash

May 25, 2017

Schiaparelli with parachute deployed

After a seven-months investigation, ESA has released the results of its inquiry into the crash of its unmanned Schiaparelli lander on Mars last October. From telemetry data and orbital images, the investigators have confirmed that the accident was due to a sudden, violent rotation of the module that fooled the onboard computer into thinking that it had already landed and caused it to shut down its landing thrusters while still high above the planet's surface.

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ESA confirms cause of Schiaparelli spacecraft’s Mars crash

May 25, 2017

Schiaparelli with parachute deployed

After seven months of investigation, ESA has released the results of its inquiry into the crash of its unmanned Schiaparelli lander on Mars last October. From telemetry data and orbital images, the investigators have confirmed that the accident was due to a sudden, violent rotation of the module that fooled the onboard computer into thinking that it had already landed and caused it to shut down its landing thrusters while still high above the planet's surface.

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Tunable subpixels to triple display resolutions

May 25, 2017

Researchers at UCF have developed a system that can tune individual subpixels to emit RGB colors, ...

No matter how many pixels are crammed into a screen, consumers are always hungry for more, with 4K TVs increasingly common, and 8K displays on the horizon. Now nanoscientists at the University of Central Florida (UCF) have developed a way to effectively shrink each of those pixels down to a third of their size, using different voltages to tune the color of individual subpixels to red, green or blue. The result could be screens with much higher resolution and improved brightness.

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DOJ files suit against Fiat Chrysler for alleged diesel emissions “defeat device”

May 25, 2017

Fiat Chrysler is the latest automaker to be accused of cheating in relating to emissions from ...

"Dieselgate" might be winding up for Volkswagen, but investigations into diesel emissions cheating are just getting started elsewhere. Daimler is being investigated for alleged "fraud and criminal advertising" regarding Mercedes diesels, and the US Department of Justice has filed a civil suit against Fiat Chrysler for failing to correctly disclose emissions control devices in over 100,000 passenger cars with 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engines.

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Boeing tapped to build Phantom Express spaceplane for DARPA

May 25, 2017

Phantom Express shown preparing to launch its expendable second stage on the top of the vehicle ...

DARPA's ambitious launch-a-day spaceplane is a step closer to lift off after Boeing announced that it's been assigned the contract to work with the agency to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. Called the Phantom Express, the goal is to create an unmanned, autonomous, hypersonic, reusable spaceplane that can deliver small payloads of 3,000 lb (1,361 kg) to low Earth orbit.

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World’s most beautiful car up for sale

May 25, 2017

One of 14 extant 'Goutte d'Eau' Talbot-Lagos built by Paris-based Italian automotive couturier Giuseppe Figoni, this ...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if there's a consistent entry in any list of the world's most beautiful cars, it is the Talbot-Lago T150C SS Teardrop Coupe built by Parisian Carrosserie Figoni and Falaschi. On Saturday May 27, a spectacular example of the car is going to auction at Villa Erba on the shores of Italy's Lake Como.

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