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Super-sticky surgical tape patches up organs and peels off harmlessly

July 2nd, 2020 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

An MIT team has created surgical tape that can hold strong but also be removed when needed As helpful as Band-Aids are, ripping them off your skin is never fun – but just imagine having one on your heart or lung. Researchers at MIT have now managed to create surgical tape that can stick to […]

The Segway’s inventor has a new project : Manufacturing human organs

June 30th, 2020 at 1:34 pm » Comments Off

  Dean Kamen, who invented the Segway almost 20 years ago, is still busy inventing. Now, at the age of 69, he is working on the most ambitious project of his career: manufacturing organs When the FDA approves lab-grown human organs for patients, Dean Kamen wants to be ready to mass-produce them This past January, […]

Engineers put tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses on a single chip

June 23rd, 2020 at 1:08 pm » Comments Off

A new MIT-fabricated “brain-on-a-chip” reprocessed an image of MIT’s Killian Court, including sharpening and blurring the image, more reliably than existing neuromorphic designs. MIT engineers have designed a “brain-on-a-chip,” smaller than a piece of confetti, that is made from tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses known as memristors—silicon-based components that mimic the information-transmitting synapses […]

Honeywell claims to have world’s highest performing quantum computer according to IBM’s benchmark

June 20th, 2020 at 12:59 pm » Comments Off

The chamber housing the ion trap in Honeywell’s quantum computer system. Honeywell said JP Morgan Chase and other customers are using its quantum computer in production, which it claims is the most powerful currently in use based on a benchmark established last year by IBM. Industrial giant Honeywell on Thursday said it is now live […]

Get on board the Sea Train

June 14th, 2020 at 10:10 pm » Comments Off

DARPA’s Sea Train concept hopes to enable a convoy of medium-sized unmanned vessels to travel across the ocean without refueling, before splitting up to conduct independent operations. (Courtesy of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Imagine the following scenario. Four medium-sized U.S. Navy vessels depart from a port along the United States’ coast. There’s no […]

Could we be farming rather than mining metals in the future?

June 13th, 2020 at 3:08 pm » Comments Off

Surface of Seabed Manganese Nodule from South Korea  There are trillions of potato-sized metal nodules on the floor of the ocean around the world. Some of these nodules are being explored for economic potential. A major vote by a UN body on the commercial exploitation of these minerals is planned in October 2020 (postponed from […]

Scientists create world’s most heat resistant material with potential use for spaceplanes

June 11th, 2020 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

Unmanned aircraft flying in the upper atmosphere. Reusable spacecraft would make space exploration both more cost-effective and accessible, which is why space agencies have been actively pursuing their development. However, spaceplanes are subjected to extreme temperatures on exiting and re-entering the atmosphere. So, materials which can withstand the scorching temperatures are needed in their construction. […]

New diving era : The hi-tech Aquabreather Hydroid for diving

June 4th, 2020 at 12:04 pm » Comments Off

This is the new Aquabreather Hydroid. Rebreather? No. Scuba diving? Yeah, but not the way you’ve ever seen it! The Hydroid aquabreather was unveiled at the 2019 DEMA exhibition. This was without a doubt the one scuba diving product which generated the most buzz. Part HALO, part NASA, part Darth Vader, the Hydroid Aquabreather uses […]

New recipe for single-atom transistors may enable quantum computers with unparalleled memory and processing power

May 29th, 2020 at 9:11 am » Comments Off

  Single-Atom Transistor  Linking multiple copies of these devices may lay the foundation for quantum computing. Once unimaginable, transistors consisting only of several-atom clusters or even single atoms promise to become the building blocks of a new generation of computers with unparalleled memory and processing power. But to realize the full potential of these tiny […]

AR contact lenses are the holy grail of sci-fi tech. Mojo is making them real

May 29th, 2020 at 9:04 am » Comments Off

Every technology has its trade-offs. The key to success is making sure that the benefits are so great that the trade-offs seem like minor nitpicks by comparison. Steve Sinclair, the senior vice president of product and marketing at a Silicon Valley startup called Mojo Vision, is excited about the technology his company is developing. And […]

Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link: Denmark approves start of work for €7 billion underwater tunnel to Germany

May 16th, 2020 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

Danish MPs have given the green light to the construction of the Fehmarnbelt underwater tunnel which will reduce travel time between the country and Germany to just a few minutes. Work on the Danish side is now expected to start on January 1, 2021, and the tunnel — known as the Fehmarnbelt link — is […]

The deepest hole in the world

May 16th, 2020 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

The Kola Superdeep Borehole For 24 years, Soviet scientists dug deeper into the Earth’s surface than anyone had ever done before. The result was the Kola Superdeep Borehole located on the Kola Peninsula in Russia. The ambitious project began in the 1970s, and scientists in the former Soviet Union began to drill a hole that […]

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