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As it forges ahead with plans for UberAir, Uber has enlisted the services of engineers from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) to develop the new rotor technologies to get the airborne ride-share service off the ground... Continue Reading Uber enlists UT Austin engineers to help develop its flying taxis Category: Aircraft Tags: Uber UberAir Uber Elevate
NASA is giving commercial spaceflight a boost by awarding six American companies 10 contracts worth a total of US$44 million to develop what it calls "tipping point" technologies. The contracts focus on three Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) strategic areas – Expand Utilization of Space, Enable Efficient and Safe Transportation Into and Through Space and Increase Access to Plane
In this 30th year of the California camper van, the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon will welcome another new Volkswagen camper van in addition to the Crafter Grand California. VW will also debut a special edition T6 California designed in celebration of the camper van's big anniversary. The 30 Years package adds a fresh new coat of paint to the California's well-known spirit of open-road adventur
Scheduled for full production by 2023, the MondialMoto V5R and V5S will emulate Honda's storied RC211V, which dominated MotoGP in the early noughties. It'll be the streetbike every Valentino Rossi fan was gagging for just before he left to join Yamaha... Continue Reading MondialMoto announces plans for the V5 street superbike we all wished for in 2003 Category: Motorcycles Tags:
If you're building a spacecraft that's going to be landing on a planet that has an atmosphere, then you'd better equip it with a heat shield. Although some approaches to such shields can be heavy and/or complex, a University of Manchester PhD student has developed one that's simple, cheap and lightweight... Continue Reading New spin on heat shields could cut cost of spacecraft Category: S
We've already heard about flexible electronic "skins" that could give robots or prosthetic limbs a human-like sense of touch. Now, however, scientists from the University of Texas at Arlington are claiming to have developed a skin that's even more touch-sensitive than our own... Continue Reading Electronic robot skin out-senses the real thing Category: Robotics Tags: Electroni
A lot has been made of the dangers of drones mixing with other aircraft, but one team of engineers is exploring how they can help guard planes from threats rather than present new ones. The work centers on a new algorithm developed specifically to allow a drone to shepherd birds away from flight paths like robotic aerial sheepdogs, and the early results suggest that this could prove an eff
Anyone who felt Rezvani's original Tank XUV (eXtreme Utility Vehicle) was a touch underdone can now stump up US$295,000 or more for a Military Edition, complete with bulletproof armor, thermal and night vision systems, a smoke bomb button and a 707-hp (527-kW) Hellcat engine... Continue Reading Rezvani Tank Military Edition: The only SUV with a smoke screen button Category: Automotive Ta

The radiation dose of an x-ray scan is fine for patients getting them every now and then, but health risks stack up for radiologists who are exposed to it all day, every day. Layers of protective gear help, but now researchers at Purdue University have developed a living device for these workers, using yeast colonies in wearable patches to monitor how much radiation a person is being expos

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