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Ultra-sleek Optimus dual-burner stove feeds van life and trail life

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Over the past few years, we’ve seen some of the weight/bulk-cutting passion usually reserved for backpacking make its way over to car camping, particularly in the design of lighter, sleeker stoves like the GSI Pinnacle Pro. Optimus brings its own ultralight gear expertise to vehicle camping, blurring the line between car camping and backpacking gear with its new aluminum-bodied two-burner Gemini stove. The extra-slim stove carries easily, whether camping by motor vehicle, bike, boat or foot.

To create a sleeker dual-burner camping stove, Optimus ditches the usual rectangular shape and goes with a body that’s more like a pill-shaped portable Bluetooth speaker. Measuring a foot (30.5 cm) long when folded, the stove is designed to fit in any backpack and will clearly save room in car trunks and chuck boxes.

When packed, the Gemini measures 12 x 2.8 x 4.1 in (30.5 x 7.1 x 10.4 cm); it folds out to 15 x 7.7 x 4.1 in (38.1 x 19.6 x 10.4 cm)
When packed, the Gemini measures 12 x 2.8 x 4.1 in (30.5 x 7.1 x 10.4 cm); it folds out to 15 x 7.7 x 4.1 in (38.1 x 19.6 x 10.4 cm)

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At camp, the Gemini readies quickly with the unfolding of four stabilizing legs that double as pot holders. The stove runs on a gas (propane/butane/isobutane) canister and fires out 10,200 BTUs per burner, adjusted via variable flame control. The burners are sunken into the stove body to provide integrated wind protection. Optimus estimates a boiling time of four minutes for a liter of water and a runtime of 80 minutes operating a single burner on full power with a 230-g gas canister.

At 1.8 lb (820 g), the Gemini weighs much less than dual-burner car camping stoves, even light, sleek models like the aforementioned 9.5-lb (4.3-kg) GSI Pinnacle Pro or the 6.2-lb (2.8-kg) JetBoil Genesis BaseCamp. Dual-burner backpacking stoves are rare, but the Gemini takes on a more robust form than skeletal models like the discontinued Coleman Xponent Expedition.

Lightweight construction, dual-burner cooking power
Lightweight construction, dual-burner cooking power

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Backpackers looking to save the most weight will still undoubtedly opt for tiny, ultralight options like the the 3.5-oz Primus Firestick, but Optimus should find a more inviting audience among less weight-conscious backpacking twosomes and groups interested in more cooking power. Backcountry campers who travel on light vehicles like motorcycles, bicycles or canoes and car campers looking for smaller, lighter gear should also find the Gemini intriguing.

Whether or not it ultimately carves out a light-vehicle backcountry cooking gear market, Optimus is already impressing members of the outdoor community on both sides of the Atlantic. This month the Gemini took home an Outdoor Retailer Innovation Award in the US and an ISPO Award in Europe. The stove will launch in the US in April for $1`49.95.

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Source: https://newatlas.com/outdoors/optimus-gemini-dual-burner-stove/

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Hidden Egyptian handbook reveals secrets of mummification

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A recently discovered text written around 1450 BCE contains previously unknown details about Egyptian mummification process

A 3,500-year-old Egyptian medical text is shedding new light on the ancient practice of mummification. Recently discovered inside a much larger work, the papyrus document being studied by University of Copenhagen Egyptologist Sofie Schiødt is the oldest known mummification manual.

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Category: Science

Tags: University of Copenhagen, Mummies, Archaeology

Source: https://newatlas.com/science/egypt-mummification-manual-louvre-carlsberg-copenhagen/

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Lasers and plasma shockwaves used to measure ripeness of fruit

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Researchers in Japan have developed a contactless way to measure the ripeness of soft fruit like mangoes

Judging how ripe a piece of fruit is can be a frustrating process for everyone from farmers to shoppers. Now, researchers at Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) in Japan have developed a new high-tech way to check, without touching or damaging soft fruit like mangoes. All it takes is a laser and some plasma shockwaves.

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Tags: Food, Fruit, Laser, Food technology

Source: https://newatlas.com/science/fruit-ripe-lasers-plasma-shockwaves/

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Broadcasting tech swaps stadium ads for regional advertising

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Examples of the system showing two different ads (A,B) along with the magenta screen (C) which neither stadium audiences nor TV viewers see

When viewing sports coverage from other countries, it’s common to see sideline advertising boards that are promoting products you’ve never even heard of. This new TV system is capable of digitally replacing the content of those boards, so they’re advertising region-specific products.

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Category: Good Thinking, Lifestyle

Tags: Fraunhofer, Sports, Advertising, Broadcast, Television

Source: https://newatlas.com/good-thinking/fraunhofer-vibotec-sports-advertising/

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Scientists calculate life expectancy of Earth’s atmospheric oxygen

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An artist's interpretation of the atmosphere of Archean Earth, prior to 2.4 billion years ago. A new study suggests it may return to this oxygen-poor, methane-rich atmosphere in about 1 billion years' time

The Earth has an expiry date – in about five billion years, the Sun will expand and swallow up our home world. But it turns out life on Earth could have a much earlier end point. A new study has found that in about a billion years’ time, the atmosphere will lose most of its oxygen rapidly, which may have important implications in the search for life on other planets.

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Category: Environment, Science

Tags: Oxygen, Atmosphere, Earth, Geology, Exoplanet, Extraterrestrial

Source: https://newatlas.com/environment/earth-atmosphere-oxygen-life-expectancy/

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