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Hyundai’s Four-Legged ‘Walking Car Concept’ Is Truly the Stuff of Nightmares

We get it. You never saw Hyundai as the one to bring on the robot apocalypse, especially since you weren’t even sure about the brand’s reliability until its long warranty convinced you a few years ago. But perhaps that was your weakness.

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Hacker forces Chromecasts and smart TVs to promote PewDiePie

The subscribe-to-PewDiePie hacking campaign continues unabated — although it might have a positive side benefit this time around. TheHackerGiraffe (who perpetrated the earlier printer hack) has compromised thousands of Chromecast dongles, Google Ho…

This JDM Car Auction Is Unbelievably Amazing

Every year, Japan’s aftermarket tuners and parts makers converge at the Tokyo Auto Salon trade show. But this year my eyes won’t be on what’s new at the main booths; I’ll be watching this utterly magnificent car auction being held there.

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Corkscrew sponge sucks up carbon dioxide, ignores nitrogen

Dumptruck full of coal drives through strip mining area.

Enlarge / GILLETTE, Wyo.: A truck loaded with coal is viewed from the Eagle Butte Coal Mine Overlook which is operated by Alpha Coal. The area is a large producer of coal. Gillette uses the moniker of “The Energy Capital of the Nation”. (credit: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Given all the celebrations, I think we all deserve some punishment. Why else would I be inflicting chemistry on you? Chemistry is like the suspension system on your car; it’s unnoticed and unloved, but it allows all the cooler bits to strut their stuff, much like the chemistry behind the development of a better carbon dioxide sponge.

One of the jaw-dropping (for me anyway) developments in chemistry was metal-organic frameworks. These frameworks form both open spaces—they let small molecules in—and enclosed spaces—the trapped molecules behave like they are stuck in a crystal. This combination opens up a world of possibilities.

The current research has allowed me to discover that the possibilities are also expanded by the fact that you can make these frameworks without the metal.

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Now Is the Time to Buy a Sedan

Are we about to enter a recession in 2019? It’s possible. If that happens could compact cars take over our highways once again? Unlikely, but who knows? Regardless what the future holds, if you are in the market for a car and are on a budget, now is a good time to buy a sedan.

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Logan Paul hit new lows in 2018, but it doesn’t seem to matter

One year ago today, YouTube star Logan Paul was facing a heavy storm of criticism for a video he posted on his popular channel. In it, he and his friends were seen walking into Japan's Aokigahara forest — an area well-known for being a place many go…

Aggrieved Tesla Owners Can Just Tow Trucks Blocking The Supercharger Stations

Tesla drivers calls it “ICE-ing”, after the initials for internal combustion engine: It’s where gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles block access to Superchargers as a way to… protest electric vehicles I guess? It has to be frustrating to be barred from obtaining the single thing your car needs to function, but it…

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Freaky superbug poured out of NIH sinks for a decade, infecting patients

Freaky superbug poured out of NIH sinks for a decade, infecting patients

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An unusual multidrug-resistant bacterium lurked in sinks at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center for more than a decade, striking at least a dozen patients, a new report by NIH scientists concludes.

Researchers tracked the superbugs to sinks in patient rooms amid a freaky outbreak in 2016. Searching through genetic sequences of clinical samples collected as far back as 2006—a year after a new inpatient hospital building opened—researchers identified eight other cases for a total of 12 instances where the sink-dwelling germs had splashed into patients.

The aquatic germ in these cases was Sphingomonas koreensis. Such sphingomonas species are ubiquitous in the environment but rarely cause infections. In the NIH patients, however, they were found to cause a variety of problems, including pneumonia, blood infections, a surgical site infection, and a potential urinary tract colonization. Some isolates were resistant to 10 antibiotics tested, spanning three classes of drugs.

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‘Fallout 76′ bug disabled nukes on New Year’s Day

New Years came and went quietly in the apocalyptic world of Fallout 76, but it wasn't on purpose. A bug in the multiplayer survival game caused nuclear codes to be unusable. While the sudden inability to launch weapons was originally thought to be re…

Nokia 9 leak shows off all five rear cameras

Evan Blass

Happy 2019! If we’re going to already start picking out smartphone trends for the new year, “add lots and lots of cameras” is looking like a pretty good front-runner. Samsung is already on this path with devices like the Galaxy A9 and upcoming Galaxy S10, both of which have four cameras on the back, but now it looks like HMD’s Nokia brand is going to one-up everyone with five rear cameras. Over the last weekend of 2018, both Evan Blass and MySmartPrice shared imagery for the upcoming “Nokia 9 Pureview,” which promises to be the highest-end HMD Nokia phone to date.

The Nokia 9 first leaked in September, when the trypophobia-inducing camera array immediately turned heads. The rear camera setup features seven holes housing five cameras, with the extra two holes used for an LED flash and what looks to be a sensor cluster. For the first time, a video from MySmartPrice gives us an idea of what all of these cameras are actually supposed to do: it promises the phone will take “5 simultaneous shots,” which will result in “10x more light captured” compared to a regular camera sensor. This sounds a lot like the computational photography work Google does with a single-lens Pixel camera, where it takes multiple shots in rapid succession and merges them all for better low-light shots. The multi-image idea is proven to work, but we’ll have to see if extra physical lenses improve on it.

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