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Invincible matches - nothing will put them out

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Bit of a fun post here - but Superman, if you're reading this, please email me as I'll require a meeting with you (and no I won't be wearing the same lingerie Lois wore in the original movie, sorry).



These matches are earth proof, water proof, boot-smashing proof, puddle of water/boot smash/dirt proof. They won't die. Ever. In the above video, they are put through torture tests and just as you think it's going to go out and you are about to scream "HAHA TweakTown your news poster is fai...... wait, what!" and yes, they are back on fire.


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New research indicates a manned mission to Mars poses serious health risks

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It wasn't all that long ago when it was thought to be impossible for man to set foot on Mars. But that hasn't stopped the likes of NASA researching continuously to find out if there's a way to accomplish it without kicking the bucket (short or long term).


However, recent studies have determined that a mission to the Red Planet would be a significant health concern for those willing to suit up for the 3 year return trip (if a one year stay on the planet is factored in).


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Researchers at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin have taken samples of tissue from nine US and Russian astronauts who spent around six months on the International Space Station. Biopsies were taken 45 days before launch and again on the day of return. The results showed dramatic muscle atrophy which was caused by a prolonged period in zero gravity.


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InstaLoad battery technology does away with positive and negative sides

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Ever say a few choice words after installing eight batteries into a device and having to redo it because you stuck one in the wrong way? Microsoft is looking to save you from that kind of hassle with InstaLoad, a new battery technology that will allow you to install batteries without having to worry about those pesky positive and negative signs. Instaload's patented contact design doesn't require expensive circuitry or drain battery power while sitting on the shelf and will be compatible with most of the battery types you use every day: CR123, AA, AAA, C or D size.


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sOccket soccer ball generates power as it is kicked around

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When it comes to electricity most of us in the well established countries of the world take our electric power for granted. In some countries like Africa, electricity is still not stable and often simply not available.


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A cool green gadget called the sOccket looks like a soccer ball and is able to generate power from being kicked around. The company behind the device wants to give it to kids in Africa.


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Gizmag's week in emerging technology - roll-up screens, high-tech punching bags and some remarkable technology firsts

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Sick of squinting at that tiny screen on your mobile phone? It's a problem that comes hand-in-hand with the shrinking size consumer electronics devices and Sony may well have an answer with this super-flexible full color OLED display. Could we soon see mobile phones with pencil form factors and roll out displays?


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MIT researchers have also taken up the challenge of improving the human computer interface - this time in the arena of gesture recognition. The researchers have developed coloured gloves that, although they may not win any fashion awards, can be used with a standard webcam and some clever software to create a cheap solution for on-screen commands or control gestures.


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Intel mind reading tech on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

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If you stay up late enough to watch Jimmy Fallon on The Late Show, you know Fallon is a pretty big geek and likes his tech. Intel was on his show last night showing off mind reading technology that it was a part of.


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The tech isn't as out there as it sounds and Intel can't read you mind. The tech uses MRI imaging along with machine learning techniques to translate brain activity letting a computer figure out what people are thinking.


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Flying into the future - Gizmag's week in emerging technology

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Our wrap-up of emerging technology news this week starts with some significant developments from the world of aviation. An MIT led research team has presented a radical aircraft concept called the D "double bubble" which promises a 70 percent improvement in fuel economy, reduced noise, lower nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and the ability to use shorter runways. The design is part of a NASA project which looks forward to what we can expect to see in the skies around the year 2035.


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The robotic car that drives like James Bond - Gizmag's week in emerging technology

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Computers will eventually out-think, out-perform and out-drive humans and this clip of autonomous supervehicle Stanley performing a spectacular James Bond-style parking manoeuvre shows just how far we've come.


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While not quite as spectacular, another innovative slice of automotive tech we have covered this week might turn out to be just as significant. It's the D-Drive infinitely variable transmission and as Loz Blain explains in our in-depth video, it could have huge implications in everything from cars, motorcycles...


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Burying fossil fuels - Gizmag's week in emerging technology

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The human race needs to clean up its act when it comes to producing and consuming energy and several groundbreaking technologies have come to light at this week which could lend some serious weight to the cause.


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U.S researchers have discovered an inexpensive new catalyst that promises to significantly reduce the costs of producing hydrogen, while across the Atlantic scientists have found a way to store surplus electricity from wind and solar systems as natural gas. Our own waste is also set to find its way into the grid, with a pilot project in the U.K that aims to produce biomethane gas from human waste for use in kitchens and heating.


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In solar tech news, MIT has unveiled the first solar cell printed on paper and a new efficiency record has been set for cheap silicon ink-based solar cells.


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There's also been some movement on the kinetic energy front - the nPower PEG portable generator which recharges your phone, media player or camera as you move about in your daily life has hit the market and a piezoelectric generator small enough to be embedded in the sole of a shoe has also surfaced.


On the green transport front, Volkswagen has unveiled an electric bicycle that folds to the size of a spare tyre and Lexus has announced details of its own e-bike Concept which we first spied tucked away at last year's Tokyo Motor Show.


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So where will all this green energy be going? One technology that will definitely chew through some juice this year is 3D television. While it's been a big hit in cinemas of late and it's now well on its way into our living rooms, 3D technology is also set to appear on huge posters that can be seen from the other side of the street (without special glasses) and come June, U.K. newstands will host the world's first 3D newspaper.


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NVIDIA VP Bill Daily says Moore's Law is over

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In taking another swipe at Intel, NvIDIA's own VP Bill Daily has felt the need to express his opinion on why he feels Moore's Law is pretty much dead in the water and parallel computing (using a GPU, surprise surprise) is what will save the future of computing.


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For those of you who have no idea what Moore's Law is, this stemmed from a paper that was published by Gordon Moore (co-founder of Intel) 45 years ago which is basically a prediction that the transistor count per area on a circuit would double every 2 years (later decreased to 18 months).


With die shrinks becoming more problematic, Bill Daily does have a point in saying that the serial process oriented workings of a CPU is inevitably reaching a limit, but putting NVIDIAs GPUs up on a pedestal and shouting out the word CUDA is hardly the answer either.


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