Riviera Roots: The new Ferrari Portofino

A faster, sleeker, lighter convertible replaces the three-year-old California T One-Minute Read Wednesday, August 23, 2017 – 2:39pm Ferrari has surprised fans by unveiling its new Portofino supercar, a direct replacement to its drop-top California T that went on sale just three years ago. The Portofino, which is due to appear in the metal at the Frankfurt motor show next month, will sit at the bottom of the company’s range. See related Rolls-Royce Phantom 8: Everything you need to know Mercedes-Maybach unveils its Vision 6 Cabriolet Zagato Speedster: Aston Martin’s Italian cousin The name “Portofino” derives from a “glamorous town on the Italian Riviera”, says Evo, bringing an end to… Read More

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UK’s Royal Mail postal service is now trialling electric vans around London

UK postal service the Royal Mail is trialling completely electric vans from carmaker Arrival. Arrival, also based in the UK, has partnered with the postal service to operate nine trucks to deliver mail and packages in London and surrounding areas. The trucks are three different sizes and will begin deliveries today from the postal service’s central London hub. The electric vans are co-branded, have a range of 100 miles, and will produce zero emissions, according to the company. Arrival used to be called Charge and is run by Russian businessman Denis Sverdlov, known as the inventor of the Yota Phone, and as current CEO of motorsport championship Roborace. Arrival has… Read More

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Dust off your chain mail, it’s time for the Utah Renaissance Faire

SALT LAKE CITY — While dealing with the heavy demands of medical residency while living in Kansas, Utah native Richard Thurman stumbled upon an event that engulfed him in a stress-free world. In place of white coats and scrubs he found embroidered dresses and chain mail armor, and it wasn’t long before Thurman became enchanted with the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. “It was kind of like going back in time to a different era,” he said. “it was just captivating: the music, the entertainers, the setting. … It was a stressful time for me, and it seemed like a great escape.” When Thurman eventually returned home to Utah, where he… Read More

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What we can learn from immersing mice, fruit flies, and zebrafish in VR

Scientists have created a virtual reality system that allows fruit flies to fly around a virtual pillar, and zebrafish to swim with aliens from the video game Space Invaders. The goal is not to give animals a good time, but for scientists to study how mice, flies, and fish respond to the VR worlds in real time. It’s basically a new tool to study animal behavior in the lab. The VR system, called FreemoVR, pretty much resembles a holodeck from the TV show Star Trek. It’s an arena surrounded by computer screens that immerses the animals in a virtual world. Researchers tested the system on mice, fruit flies, and zebrafish,… Read More

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Hamburgers and beer are about to start flying through the skies of Reykjavík, Iceland

Drone delivery has taken another small step toward becoming a reality, thanks to a new trial taking place in Iceland. Israeli drone logistics company Flytrex has partnered with Icelandic on-demand goods service AHA to set up a small drone delivery route in Reykjavík. Flytrex doesn’t make drones. Instead, it’s spent the past few years working on solving for the rest of the drone delivery equation. That involves working with local regulators (Icelandic Transport Authority, or Icetra, in this scenario), training employees, and most importantly, building a cloud-based network that the entire drone delivery system runs on. As with most early drone delivery trial runs, there’s a catch: there’s only one… Read More

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Exclusive: Meet The Hormone Monster, The Personification Of Puberty In Big Mouth

Ahoy! There, in the distance — it’s a new Nick Kroll show headed to Netflix. The actor and comedian who helmed the eponymous sketch show The Kroll Show created and executive produced a 10-episode animated series called Big Mouth, which will premiere on September 29 on the streaming site. Kroll created the show with Andrew Goldberg, a staff writer for Family Guy and Kroll’s childhood best friend. Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett also created and executive produced the series. Consider Big Mouth the bildungsroman for bodily functions — the series is about the spiritual awakening of the hormonal glands, the eruption of all things gross and embarrassing. Nick Kroll voices… Read More

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Lights, Camera, Fractions: What It’s Really Like To Teach Child Actors On Set

Generation Z is the 20-and-under crowd of actresses, musicians, artists, and entertainers on the verge of ruling Hollywood. Meet the freshest faces in the industry and get ready to root for them as they rise to the top. Being a child actor on set is a lot like being the kid at the grown-up party. It’s exciting and novel; you have crossed a border into the world of adults, and here, the rules are different and there’s food everywhere. But after a while, you’re tired. You realize grown-ups are boring and their parties go on forever, and it’s time to go home. The difference on a film or TV set… Read More

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