2014 Action Camera Comparison Guide

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2014 Action Camera Comparison Guide
Looking for a new action camera to film your outdoor exploits, but struggling to decide on which one? Well, you are in luck, as Gizmag's 2014 Action Camera Comparison Guide looks at the specifications and features of some of the best action cameras currently available. read more
Photoswitch therapy restores vision to blind lab animals
A new genetic therapy that helped blind mice and dogs respond to light stimulus could restore sight to people who suffer from diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa (a gradual loss of vision from periphery inwards). read more
Around The Home
Envirotouch switch keeps your energy use in check
The modern home is chock-full of electrical appliances, many of which remain on standby when not in use. The Envirotouch is the latest take on the smart, energy-saving switch, relying on one-touch timer buttons to cut power to our appliances soon after we stop using them. read more
Building a space elevator starts with a lunar elevator by 2020
Two years after Liftport raised over US$100,000 on Kickstarter, the team is sharing its progress towards creating an elevator from Earth to space, a journey that - interestingly enough - begins on the moon. read more
Vaccine self-assembles into 3D structure to better fight cancer and deadly infections
Scientists have had some success activating the body's immune system to take the fight to cancer and other diseases, a process known as immunotherapy. Now, scientists a new method developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering promises to further advance the form of treatment read more
One man's (milk)weed is another's natural solution to oil spills
The humble milkweed may be a weed to most, but a company out of Granby, Quebec, is milking the plant for all it's worth by developing a product for cleaning up oil slicks on land and water from milkweed fibers. read more
"Gribbot" is designed to robotically pull off chicken breasts
Pulling chicken breasts off the bone can be a fiddly process, and often results in flesh being wasted by getting left behind. In a factory setting, that means slower processing times, and less meat to sell. That's why the Norwegian CYCLE project is developing an industrial robot to do the job. read more
New production technique could boost the use of nanocellulose
While we hear a lot about the wonders of materials like graphene and carbon nanotubes, nanofibrillated cellulose (aka: Cellulose NanoFibrils, or CNF) also shows a lot of promise. Thanks to a new more practical production technique, it may soon start showing up everywhere. read more
Home Entertainment
Pyro Fireshooter shoots fireballs from your wrists
If you've already written your Christmas list for Santa, you may want to redraft it. That's because there's a new device available that lets you shoot balls of fire from your hands. Yes, like a superhero. The Pyro Fireshooter has been designed for illusionists, by magician Adam Wilber. read more
NASA study examines the effects of microgravity on the immune system
A new study by NASA intends to examine the detrimental effects of microgravity on the immune system, by studying the blood of rats and blue mussels over the course of a prolonged stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). read more
Good Thinking
Discarded laptop batteries could be used to power homes
A study by IBM has revealed that many discarded laptop batteries have the potential to provide enough power to keep the lights running in homes in poorer countries. The team conducted a study to test the viability of the idea, with work now focused on streamlining a prototype system. read more
Wearable Electronics
Learn Immersive teaches languages in virtual reality
San Francisco startup Learn Immersive has built a virtual reality platform that takes you on Virtual Field Trips to (3D scans of) real-world environments and helps you understand them in their native language. read more
Orkidstudio builds rainwater-harvesting orphanage in Kenya
Humanitarian design organization Orkidstudio recently completed work on an orphanage that houses disadvantaged and homeless kids in Kenya and sports some good green design. read more
New initiative gives you the chance to name an exoplanet
The International Astronomical Union (IAU), the organization in charge of naming celestial objects, has set up a public contest that will let people all around the globe pick the names of 20 to 30 well-characterized exoplanets and their respective host stars by August next year. read more
Rinspeed makes the self-driving car your best Budii
Last year, Swiss think tank Rinspeed took us inside the autonomous car with the XchangE, and this year it plans to show us how that car will be more than just a means of transportation. It'll be your best Budii. read more
Study finds early warning signals of global ocean conveyor belt collapse
We may get as much as 250 years advance warning of the collapse of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation that drives a large component of the global climate. Such a collapse would trigger cooling in the North Atlantic region and encourage drought in central Africa. read more
Curiosity landing site may have been a lake
At a press conference on Monday, NASA revealed that data from its Curiosity Mars rover indicates that the Gale Crater area that the robotic explorer has been traversing for over two years may once have been a circular lake that filled and refilled over a period of tens of millions of years. read more
Berkeley lab builds world record tabletop-size particle accelerator
Using a quadrillion watt laser, Berkeley lab researchers have produced a world-record 4.25 giga-electron volts energy acceleration using their tabletop-size laser-plasma particle accelerator. read more
Floyd Rose gets ready to ship retrofit FRX tremolo system for Gibson guitars
A fair amount of precious wood can be sacrificed when installing a tremolo on a vintage Gibson guitar so that you can squeal or dive bomb like Satriani or Vai. Well, now you don't have to because Floyd Rose Marketing has opened up its FRX top mount trem system for pre-order. read more

The GoPro Hero4 Black Giveaway
Keeping memories stored deep in the dusty recesses of your mind is great and all, but how sweet would it be if you could record all of your most exciting adventures with the clarity that 4K30 resolution has to offer? With the new GoPro Hero4 Black, you can do just that. This tiny, insanely durable camera has some seriously impressive guts. The winner will be announced on Monday, December 15th so we can deliver their prize before Christmas…bet you're ho ho hoping to win even more now.

What are you waiting for? ENTER THA GIVEAWAY!!! (Arnold voice)
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