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Futuristic ‘Flying-V’ airplane makes successful maiden flight

September 15th, 2020 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

(CNN) — Researchers have conducted a successful maiden flight of the Flying-V, a futuristic and fuel efficient airplane that could one day carry passengers in its wings. The Flying-V’s unique design places the passenger cabin, the cargo hold and the fuel tanks in the wings, and experts hope that the plane’s aerodynamic shape will cut […]



Harvard scientists invented a material that ‘remembers’ its shape

September 14th, 2020 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

Still trying to wrap my head around this one, to be honest. Scientists at Harvard are claiming they’ve invented a new “wool-like” fabric that changes shape and, if I’m being completely honest, I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. First off, how the hell can a fabric have a memory and, secondly, what […]



Scientists create a robot made entirely of living cells

September 8th, 2020 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

A Xenobot, 650-750 microns in diameter. The “legs” help it shuffle around in the petri dish.  ’Xenobots’ could be used to clean up microplastics or deliver medication in the body Scientists have unveiled the first ever “living robot,” an organism made up of living cells, which can move around, carry payloads, and even heal itself. […]



Brain-inspired electronic system could vastly reduce AI’s carbon footprint

September 4th, 2020 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

A wafer filled with memristors. Extremely energy-efficient artificial intelligence is now closer to reality after a study by UCL researchers found a way to improve the accuracy of a brain-inspired computing system. The system, which uses memristors to create artificial neural networks, is at least 1,000 times more energy efficient than conventional transistor-based AI hardware, […]



Nano-diamond self-charging batteries could disrupt energy as we know it

August 28th, 2020 at 3:20 pm » Comments Off

NDB makes remarkable claims about its self-charging nano-diamond battery, here seen mocked up as a circuit board component California company NDB says its nano-diamond batteries will absolutely upend the energy equation, acting like tiny nuclear generators. They will blow any energy density comparison out of the water, lasting anywhere from a decade to 28,000 years […]



Scientists develop nanophotonic 3D printing for virtual reality screens

August 27th, 2020 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

In Korea, scientists are turning to better ways for improving our screen time, and this means 3D printing something most of us know little about: quantum dots. Focusing on refining the wonders of virtual reality and other electronic displays even further, researchers from the Nano Hybrid Technology Research Center of Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI), […]



World’s tallest prefab skyscrapers will rise in Singapore — but they’re being built in Malaysia

August 15th, 2020 at 1:56 pm » Comments Off

A pair of skyscrapers are set to become the tallest prefabricated buildings in the world. And while the two 192-meter-tall (630 feet) towers will rise in densely populated Singapore, large parts of the structures are being built over the border in Malaysia. The residential project, named Avenue South Residences, will see 988 apartments formed from […]



The Voronoi mesh on this bike helmet allows it to absorb maximum impact with minimal material

August 15th, 2020 at 1:45 pm » Comments Off

 A perfect example of how generative design can be used to create products that serve their purpose incredibly well, the Voronoi Bike Helmet comes with an unusual mesh on its outer surface. The mesh, created using parametric modeling, helps maximize shock absorption while minimizing material used, creating a helmet that’s effective but also lightweight. Sitting […]



Scientists inspired by Star Wars develop artificial skin capable of recreating sense of touch

August 13th, 2020 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

  A researcher at the NUS demonstrates the self-healing abilities of an artificial, transparent skin ACES, or Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin, comprises up to 100 small sensors to replicate a sense of feeling. Researchers say it can process information faster than the nervous system The skin is able to recognise 20 to 30 different textures […]



Virgin Galactic debuts design of future Mach 3 high-speed aircraft, signs deal with Rolls-Royce

August 11th, 2020 at 12:20 pm » Comments Off

Virgin Galactic is making strides toward its goal of creating high-speed commercial aircraft that operates a little closer to Earth than its existing passenger spacecraft. The company revealed the initial design of the commercial passenger airplane it’s creating that’s designed to fly at speeds in excess of Mach 3 — faster than the average cruising […]



Fabien Cousteau is raising $135 million to build the International Space Station of the deep sea

August 3rd, 2020 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

Concept design for the Proteus undersea habitat. Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famous undersea explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is building on his family legacy by constructing a state-of-the art research facility—60 feet below the surface of the ocean. Fabien Cousteau was born to be an aquanaut. The grandson of the famed explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau learned how to […]



Proteus becomes the world’s first manufactured non-cuttable material

July 30th, 2020 at 8:20 am » Comments Off

That’s as far as an angle grinder made it through this Proteus non-cuttable bar Researchers from the UK’s Durham University and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute claim they’ve come up with the world’s first manufactured non-cuttable material, just 15 percent the density of steel, which they say could make for indestructible bike locks and lightweight armor. The […]



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