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Given fuel usually makes up the majority of the mass of any spacecraft trying to break the bonds of gravity, developing propellantless propulsion systems might be the key we need to really open up space travel. The EMDrive appeared one of the most promising, after several experiments showed it can generate thrust from basically nothing – in apparent violation of Newton's Laws of Motion. Un
Adventure riding comes in many shapes and sizes these days, but Honda has just released one of the most hardcore road/trail bikes we've ever seen. The new 2019 CRF450L is effectively a street-legal version of the CRF450R motocross bike - something that you could easily punt through an enduro race but then ride it home... Continue Reading Honda puts hardcore adventure on the menu with stree
Nobody likes traffic, and while someday soon we might be chartering flying taxis to zip over it, cities like Amsterdam have another alternative – an intricate network of canals. The RoBoat project is planning to get autonomous boats on those waters to ferry passengers and cargo, join together to form temporary floating structures, and monitor the environment. Now the design has been tweake
A new study, led by researchers from King's College London, has found a link between long-term use of antidepressants and sustained weight gain. The research, collating medical data from over 300,000 adults monitored over a decade, suggests that widespread, and increasing, antidepressant use could be contributing to growing obesity levels worldwide... Continue Reading Long-term study finds
Three years ago we heard about the SkySaver, a rescue backpack that lets you descend from a burning high-rise via an integrated reel of steel cable. Well, now it's in for some competition from the SkySpider, which offers at least one unique feature... Continue Reading SkySpider gives rescue backpack-users a brake Category: Good Thinking Tags: Backpacks Escape
While there already are organic materials that change color in response to ultraviolet radiation exposure, those color-changes involve reorganization of the material's molecular structure, so it can only be used a limited number of times. A new material known as SensoGlow, however, can be used to detect and measure UVs over and over... Continue Reading Color-changing SensoGlow may allow fo
You know those scientific displays of labelled insects stuck on pins? Well, they decay over time, and sometimes even get eaten by an insect known as the museum beetle. That's why German scientists have created a more permanent alternative – an automated 3D scanner designed specifically for imaging insects... Continue Reading Insect-specific 3D scanner could replace fragile displays Catego
When we last heard about the Cormorant UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), it had made its first untethered autonomous flight. Now, the VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft has performed a small-scale mission for prospective buyers... Continue Reading Cormorant UAV performs a mini-demo-mission Category: Aircraft Tags: Autonomous flight UAV VTOL Related A
Getting your groove going with a modular synth can involve lots of patch cables or a screen full of intimidating controls, depending on whether you're playing with hardware or software. Or it could be a frightening collection of both. Industrial designer Colin Hearon set out to simplify the interface and has come up with an interactive, modular synthesis device called Tone Lab where player
Amsterdam-based Standard Studio was commissioned to turn an old Rotterdam office building into student housing consisting of 218 self-contained apartments. With little available floorspace to work with, the firm drew design inspiration from the space-saving designs pioneered by the tiny house movement. .. Continue Reading Tiny house movement inspires snug student housing Category: Ar

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