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This low-impact house is built from the Earth it stands on

While undoubtedly modern, there's an unassuming beauty to Cherem Arquitectos' Casa Candaleria — which translates literally to Candlemas House.

Review: Electric bike wheel turns bikes into e-bikes

It was a couple of years ago that Evelo first announced its Omni Wheel – a motorized wheel that replaces a regular bicycle's existing front wheel, turning that bike into an e-bike.

MIT movie screen delivers 3D dazzle without the glasses

3D cinema might bring dinosaur jaws right up to your nose, but it's a wonder the great beasts don't just laugh when they see the oddball glasses on your head that makes the effect possible.

Microneedle painlessly monitors drug levels without the need to draw blood

Microneedle technology has been around for years, and we've seen vaccines and medication administered via the technique, which uses tiny needles to break only the upper layer of the patient's skin.

Hobbit hole-style luxury home hits the market

Many hobbit holes are fun but modest dwellings, with low ceilings and relatively cramped and dark rooms.

Floating house breaks up when its owners do

Deciding what to do with the house is a pretty stressful issue for home-owning couples to sort out if they separate.

US to create nationwide network of EV charging stations

The US government has announced "an unprecedented set of actions" to pump up the country's plug-in electric vehicle market, including US$4.5 billion in loan guarantees to create a nationwide network of commercial scale and fast charging stations.

Hardening up: New alloy four times as tough as titanium

A chance discovery in a physics lab at Rice University has turned up an ultra-hard material that could usurp the titanium commonly used in today's knee and hip replacements.

Scribbles reveal Leonardo da Vinci ahead of his time, again

In a tiny notebook owned by legendary inventor and scientist Leonardo da Vinci, notes previously dismissed as "irrelevant" have turned up a new discovery: da Vinci had a sophisticated understanding of the laws of friction almost 200 years before they were formalized.

Business ideas sought to launch ISS marketplace

Since launching in 1998, the International Space Station has played host to countless government-backed experiments aimed at furthering our understanding of the micro-gravity environment.

NASA canvasses business interest to establish marketplace aboard ISS

Since launching in 1998, the International Space Station has played host to countless government-backed experiments aimed at furthering our understanding of the micro-gravity environment.

Review: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is hot summer fun

Just about everything during the summer is better topless. That includes the redesigned Camaro with its convertible option.

Superbook gives Android smartphones a laptop form factor

Today's smartphones are incredibly powerful, with the ability to run productivity apps and games that would have been impossible on full-blown desktop computers not so long ago.

VR headset that relays facial expressions to the virtual world

VR hardware is already capable of tracking your head, your hands, your eyes and in some cases, your feet, but Veeso is claimed to be the first VR headset to capture your face and transmit your expressions – and as a result, your emotions – onto a virtual avatar in real time.

7-Eleven deploys donut delivery drone

A fully fledged drone service dropping items off across the US is a ways off yet, but the concept has now edged a little closer to reality with 7-Eleven carrying out the nation's first drone delivery to a customer's home.

Video review: Suzuki's brilliant GSX-S1000 is the supersport of the naked bike class

Finally yielding to the plaintive cries of naked bike fans, Suzuki has put the storied GSX-R1000 motor in a streetbike – and what a wonderful, nutty, wheelie-happy streetbike it is.

Germ-inspired microbots shape shift to deliver drugs, unclog artieries

According to the World Health Organization, up to 20,000 people still suffer from African trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness, which once made many parts of central Africa almost uninhabitable.

Solar Impulse 2 heads for finish line in round-the-world flight

Solar Impulse 2 has taken off on what is expected to be the final leg of its solar-powered round-the-world voyage.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070: The new VR sweet spot

Nvidia is tempting HTC Vive and Oculus Rift owners by updating its entire line of graphics cards in the last couple of months – from much better VR horsepower in the entry-level to absurd overkill (at least for today's software) on the US$1,000+ very high end.

Tiny 1970s-era EV captures world speed record ... after a few modifications

If you had to guess the street-legal electric car with the quickest quarter-mile time, the Tesla Model S P85D or Rimac Concept One might immediately pop to mind.