Meet the artist giving control of machetes to plants & guns to flies

For over a decade, artist David Bowen has explored the strange relationship between the natural world and robotics. His latest sculpture uses the electrical signals of a houseplant to control a swinging machete.

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4X4 Gladiator is ready to head for the hills – or the beach

There are quads, there are off-road scooters and skateboards … and then there's the 4X4 Gladiator. The go-anywhere electric vehicle is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign, and it will certainly turn a few heads.

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Scientists scrutinize new video of orcas hunting great white sharks

Back in July, we heard how orcas were hunting great white sharks in South Africa. While scientists were basing their findings on examinations of shark carcasses, they've now gained new insights by analyzing aerial video of a hunt in action.

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Study indicates that even small amounts of crude oil can harm seabirds

It's always upsetting to see images of seabirds covered in crude oil, as the result of an accidental spill. According to a new study, however, even tiny amounts of routinely released waterborne oil may seriously damage such birds' feathers.

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Albania’s new tallest tower conceived as a greenery covered mountain

Danish firm Cebra has revealed plans to create Albania's new tallest skyscraper. Named Mount Tirana, it will reach a height of 185 m and will feature a design that's inspired by surrounding mountains, and will be covered in greenery.

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Focal takes aim at travel noise with premium wireless ANC headphones

Focal has unveiled its first pair of wireless ANC headphones in the shape of the oddly-named Bathys. The eye-catching cans come with proprietary drivers, boast two optimized ANC modes, support aptX Adaptive and promise long battery life.

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U-Boat Worx floats $25 million submersible superyacht

With the Nautilus, U-Boat Worx determines to bring the concept of a submersible superyacht to reality. The impressive vessel has a pool, bar, indoor and outdoor dining, and the unique abilities to dive down to 650 ft and stay underwater for days.

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Pet robot Loona looks straight out of a Disney movie

Robot pets have been a sci-fi staple for decades, and in recent years we’ve seen a glut of them with varying success. The latest is Loona, a quite advanced-looking bot with a lot of tricks up its sleeves and a personality straight out of a Disney movie.

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China turns on the world’s largest compressed air energy storage plant

The world's largest and, more importantly, most efficient clean compressed air energy storage system is up and running, connected to a city power grid in northern China. It'll store up to 400 MWh of energy and release enough power for 40-60,000 homes.

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