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Brain cancers are particularly insidious for many reasons, not least of which is that the brain’s own defense mechanism often prevents treatment. But a new experimental technique has shown success in mice, with carbon nanoparticles able to sneak through the blood-brain barrier and deliver drugs directly to tumors.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Cancer, Brain cancer, Brain, Blood-b
The €110,000 (US$120,000) Audi RS6 Avant has been the highest performance variant in the Audi A6 range since 2002, and is now only available in estate car guise: an eccentric combination of 600 hp supercar performance blended with a civilized eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, full-time Quattro all-wheel-drive system and common sense practicality that can fit the entire family plus a dog and sti
Over 10,000 years ago, ancient human settlers began the construction of around 4,700 artificial forest islands in ancient Amazonia, according to the results of a recently-published paper. Archaeologists believe that the islands were used for farming, and that they can still be seen to this day.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: University of Exeter, Archeology, Agriculture
Hennessey hit the Jeep Gladiator scene hard last May when it introduced the world to the insane Hellcat-powered Maximus 1000 Jeep pickup. But that initial debut was sorely lacking in one critical way: footage of the 1,000-hp beast dropping down on hot sand like a megaton of TNT. A year later, Hennessey rights that wrong by releasing some video that proves the Age of Maximus is well underway.Conti
Corals serve as a host to algae, which in turn produces sugars that the corals consume. Now, though, scientists have created 3D-printed coral that's even more algae-friendly than its natural equivalent – it could help address the problem of coral bleaching, and provide a source of biofuel.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: UCSD, Cambridge University, Algae, Coral, 3D bioprinting, Biofuel
When two interlocking parts of a product are joined together in a factory, they typically make a satisfying "click" sound. By listening for such noises, a newly-developed system can detect when faults have occurred on robotic assembly lines.Continue ReadingCategory: Good Thinking, LifestyleTags: Fraunhofer, Sound, Robotics, Automation
Soft-bodied robots have numerous desirable qualities, such as the ability to squeeze through gaps, or survive being stepped on. And so far, they've typically been manually assembled on a one-off basis. That could be about to change, though, thanks to a new manufacturing method.Continue ReadingCategory: Robotics, TechnologyTags: UCSD, Soft Robotics, Insect, Biomimicry
Rather than use magnets and coils to convert string motion into an analog voltage for amplified output, the ōPik uses infrared light to capture the vibrations of the strings above it. It first appeared online in 2017, and after much tweaking, testing and refinement, the optical pickup has now been launched on Kickstarter.Continue ReadingCategory: Music, TechnologyTags: Pickup, Guitar, Kickstarter
Some bacteria are known to produce their own electricity, which could make them useful in batteries and fuel cells. But so far, attempts have been inefficient and inflexible. Now, researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have created a “biohybrid” system built around a hydrogel that can support the microbes while effectively collecting their energy.Continue ReadingCategory: Energy,
Australia's K20 Architecture was commissioned to design a community center in Bayswater, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. In response, the firm delivered an impressively sustainable building that makes use of recycled materials and features solar power and rainwater collection systems.Continue ReadingCategory: Architecture, LifestyleTags: Building and Construction, Australia, Sustainable, Solar P

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