Better rotors, higher heights thanks to NASA's dual-planet presence

There aren't any organizations other than NASA that can claim they are operating on two different planets (at least none we know of from here on Earth). The space agency is now using that reach to create better helicopter blades on Earth and to push the Ingenuity Helicopter to gr … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Teenage Engineering knocks out powerful portable groovebox

Back in 2015, Sweden's Teenage Engineering launched a bunch of pocket-friendly synths and samplers called, appropriately enough, the Pocket Operators. Now the team has announced a higher-end, almost pro-level version called the EP-133 KO II.Continue ReadingCategory: Music, Techno … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Cheap drugs may be within reach thanks to copper chemistry discovery

Copper is not new to medicine, having been used in infection-fighting nanoparticles and implants, among many other innovations. However, it hasn’t quite been used in the way some chemists from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have achieved, and it paves the way for … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Hemoglobin discovered in skin, found to assist with damage protection

New research has, for the first time, discovered hemoglobin in the uppermost layer of human skin, and found that it helps protect against damage. The findings provide important insights into skin diseases such as aging and cancer.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Sk … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Bimota gets weird with hub-steered, supercharged adventure tourer

Bimota has a whole new design for its wacky hub-steered front end, nearly doubling the steering range, and it's celebrating this achievement with one of the strangest production motorcycles of the year: a 200-horsepower supercharged adventure bike.Continue ReadingCategory: Motorc … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Lockheed Martin completes short-range test of long-range missile

In what seems like a paradox, Lockheed Martin has successfully conducted a short-range qualification flight test of its long-range Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) for the US Army at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.Continue ReadingCategory: Military, TechnologyTags: US A … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Thor e-RV charging station peers into the future of EV camping trips

Global RV manufacturer Thor Industries has been preparing for the electric vehicle age for years, probably better than some automakers. Its work has included not only recent concepts like the Vision Vehicle fuel cell motorhome and Airstream eStream self-driving electric travel tr … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Reducing intake of one amino acid improves longevity & health in mice

New research has found that reducing the intake of a single amino acid, isoleucine, by two-thirds, improved the lifespan, weight, and health of middle-aged mice without requiring a drop in calorie intake. The findings suggest that limiting dietary levels of isoleucine may be a ke … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

NASA tests laser communications across 10 million miles of space

NASA's Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) unit aboard the Psyche spacecraft has switched on, establishing a super-speed laser data link at a distance of 10 million miles (16 million km), or 40 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, Sc … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Gulfstream completes historic transatlantic flight with renewables

Gulfstream Aerospace has flown into history as one of its G600 aircraft completed the world's first transatlantic flight burning 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) from Savannah, Georgia, to Farnborough, England, in six hours and 56 minutes.Continue ReadingCategory: Aircraft, T … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Drugs identified that may reverse brain fog caused by COVID-19

Experimenting on lab-grown mini-brains and mice, researchers have found that SARS-CoV-19 infection can cause ‘zombie’ cells to accumulate, contributing to the brain fog associated with long COVID, and have identified drugs that can reverse this virus-related premature aging.Conti … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

This sea worm's butt detaches from its body to swim off in search of love

In one of the strangest paths to reproduction, this tiny Japanese sea worm actually grows a ‘mini-me’ at its rear end, which it then deploys so it can swim off on its own in search of similar autonomous tail of the opposite sex to spawn with. The worm, meanwhile, will then grow a … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Robotic excavator builds a giant stone wall with no human assistance

Building a wall by precisely stacking randomly shaped boulders could almost be the definition of hard work – both physically and mentally. It's the sort of thing we might want robots to do one day, so it should come as no surprise that one has in fact just done it.Continue Readin … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Airdropped spinning-seed-inspired sensors could monitor soil moisture

Trees such as maples have "fruits" known as samaras, which consist of a seed joined to a papery wing. Scientists have now created artificial samaras, which could be used to quickly and easily monitor soil temperature from the air.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Agriculture … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

dXb delivery ebike packs an oven to keep Domino's Pizzas hot

Ebikes may be an eco-friendly, economical form of transportation, but they're also slower than cars. So, how might an electric-bike-delivered pizza stay hot? In the case of Domino's Pizza's new dXb ebike, the answer lies in an integrated Pizza Pod oven.Continue ReadingCategory: B … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Wearable stethoscope can continuously monitor patients in real time

Whether you've booked a health check up or recovering from an illness, your medical professional will likely make use of a stethoscope to hear what's going on inside the body. But doctors are busy people and can't keep a constant ear on a patient's chest. That's where wearables d … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

High-rise timber tower will be a sustainable powerhouse

Cutting-edge timber high-rise construction continues to move into the mainstream with projects like the Mjøstårnet and Ascent. MVRDV and Space Encounters now offer an example that's more impressive than most with the Nachteiland project, which will combine sustainable building ma … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Decomposed bodies found at home are on the rise in England and Wales

Despite overall improved mortality rates, the number of people found at home so decomposed that it is impossible to determine their cause of death is on the rise in parts of the UK. A new study led by University of Oxford researchers tries to parse the cause.Continue ReadingCateg … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Sony completes field test for in-camera image authentication tech

Last month, Leica released a new camera rocking hardware and software designed to help with image authentication from the moment the shutter button is pressed. Now Sony has announced the completion of a month-long field test that will see similar tech enabled in its cameras.Conti … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Sam Altman reinstated as CEO of OpenAI

After five days of turmoil at OpenAI following the firing of CEO Sam Altman, and much support from investors and employees, the company has confirmed that he is returning as Chief Executive, together with a board reshuffle.Continue ReadingCategory: TechnologyTags: Open AI, GPT, L … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Fourier's GR-1 humanoids pose little threat in a dance-off

Singapore company Fourier Intelligence has released a video showing at least a dozen of its GR-1 humanoids, set for customer delivery this year. But while the GR-1 might have the best hips in robotics, it ain't gonna win any rug-cutting contests.Continue ReadingCategory: Robotics … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Scientists capture first-ever photos of giant coconut-cracking rats

In 2017, scientists discovered a new species of giant rat that can reportedly crack open coconuts. Now, this extremely rare creature has been captured in the wild on camera for the first time.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Animal science, Animals, Species, Endangered, Uni … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Spent coffee grounds may protect brain from neurodegenerative disease

With around six million tons of spent coffee grounds discarded each year, much of that dumped into landfills, there's growing interest in repurposing the everyday by-product for other uses, such as creating new sustainable materials.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

New tech screens & identifies drugs capable of stopping melanoma spread

Researchers have developed an automated platform that they've used to screen thousands of drugs and identify those that can be used to interrupt the spread of melanoma, one of which they successfully trialed on mice. The approach could help identify promising drugs to treat metas … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

New cybersecurity tech treats keys like the Colonel's secret recipe

Cybersecurity is a growing concern as more and more critical infrastructure can be exposed to hacks through the internet. Now, Australian engineers have developed and demonstrated a new technique called “ineffable cryptography,” which treats keys like the Coca-Cola secret formula … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Accusations fly as time bomb ticks down at OpenAI

As the wild standoff between three of OpenAI's four board members and 95% of the company's entire workforce drags on, messy allegations are starting to fly in both directions. So who are these directors, and why did they fire CEO Sam Altman?Continue ReadingCategory: TechnologyTag … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Eating at least two handfuls of nuts a day may improve male fertility

A research review has found that eating at least two handfuls of nuts a day may improve sperm quality – and, therefore, fertility – in young, healthy males. This simple strategy had positive effects without requiring any other changes to diet.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & We … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Probiotic powers genes to relieve constipation, without upsetting gut

At any given time, as many as four million Americans are suffering through bouts of constipation, which has many causes but can also prove stubborn to relieve and hugely impact daily life.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Gut Bacteria, Cells, gene therapy, Genetics, … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Slow-release diabetes drugs could cut shots from daily to 3 times a year

Managing diabetes usually involves regular shots of insulin or other drugs, but soon patients might only need to inject themselves a few times a year. Stanford has developed a hydrogel-based delivery system that slowly releases drugs over months to control diabetes and even weigh … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Iron levels trigger bacterial “memories” that are passed down generations

A new study has found that iron levels trigger the formation of a kind of ‘memory’ in bacteria that drives their subsequent behavior. Moreover, the memory is passed on to future generations. The discovery has potential application in the prevention of bacterial infections and add … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Goose Gear's DIY RV kit turns Subaru or RAV4 into slick camper wagon

Goose Gear has long been offering interior camper kits and accessories for popular vehicles and RV products like the Toyota 4Runner, Jeep Wrangler and GFC Platform Camper. This year, in addition to developing a kit for Scout's smallest truck camper yet, the California company has … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Review: Can-Am Commander Max comes with full utility

With suicide doors, a dumping utility bed, and solid off-road capability, the Can-Am Commander Max is a powerfully useful and fun UTV. That sums up our experience with it after a couple of weeks in the wilds of Wyoming.Continue ReadingCategory: Automotive, TransportTags: ATV, utv … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

France tests new submarine-launched nuclear missile

On November 18, 2023, over the Bay of Biscay, France successfully launched the latest unarmed version of the three-stage M51.3 strategic ballistic missile that carries the country's submarine-borne nuclear deterrent wing.Continue ReadingCategory: Military, TechnologyTags: French … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Hands-on: The Veemo pedal-electric velomobile gets put through its paces

When it comes to electric vehicles, there's definitely a gap between small, simple ebikes and larger, costlier electric cars. The new-and-improved Veemo velomobile is intended to firmly fill that niche – and I recently got to try it out for myself.Continue ReadingCategory: Urban … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Wheely-X lets wheelchair users work out on the spot

Runners have treadmills for stationary indoor training, while cyclists have rollers and rowers have rowing machines, but … what is there for wheelchair users? Well, it turns out that they can utilize a li'l something called the Wheely-X.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbein … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Electra's eSTOL demonstrator aircraft makes its first flights

Two years ago, American air mobility company Electra announced that it was partnering with the US Air Force on the development of an ultra-short takeoff and landing (ultra-STOL) aircraft. Earlier this month, a demonstrator version of that plane made its first two flights.Continue … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Versatile Bosch-powered cargo ebike can haul for 150 miles

The 46er cargo ebike from Germany's Benno Bikes rides with the tag line "agility meets capability" and is presented in a number of nifty setup options, is available in two Bosch Performance configurations, and can be had with dual batteries for up to 150 miles of hauling.Continue … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Insta360's latest actioncam boasts stabilized 8K video and Leica optics

Insta360 has launched a new wide-angle actioncam called the Ace Pro, which was co-engineered with imaging titan Leica, and has the outward appearance of a GoPro, but offers more in the video and photo departments.Continue ReadingCategory: Photography, TechnologyTags: Insta360, Ac … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Red blood cell sports world's smallest moustache

Australian scientists have created the world’s smallest moustache, tiny enough to be modeled by a single red blood cell. Measuring just 5 microns wide, the micro-mo was designed to raise awareness for men’s health.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: 3D Printing, 3-D+Printing, … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Evaporative cooling makes a come back for sustainable food storage

German industrial designer Lea Lorenz has created a new clay cooler based on the age-old principle of evaporative cooling. Dubbed TONY, this simple design offers a modern reinterpretation of the traditional clay jug cooler, providing an eco-friendly solution to keep food fresh wi … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Bat uses huge heart-shaped penis to maneuver female in unusual mating act

In one of the strangest animal behavior discoveries this year, male serotine bats living in a church attic in the Netherlands have been captured on camera engaging in marathon sessions of non-penetrative sex – the first-ever instance of superficial-contact mating among mammals.Co … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

The Beach offers tiny take on indoor-outdoor living

New Zealand's Raglan Tiny Homes offers something a little different with its recently completed model, the Beach. Featuring a compact interior layout, the non-towable tiny house embraces an indoor-outdoor lifestyle with a part-enclosed deck area.Continue ReadingCategory: Tiny Hou … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Think Tesla's Cybertruck is a mess? Meet the Robotruck 1T

Here's something we didn't expect to see at the 2023 LA Auto Show (or necessarily any show): an all-new Cybertruck-like electric pickup that somehow manages to look more strangely disjointed than the original. It's the Robotruck 1T from Silicon Valley automotive startup Aitekx. A … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Feeding dogs raw meat may spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria to humans

A new study has found that feeding dogs uncooked meat increases their risk of excreting E. coli that is resistant to a widely-used antibiotic, thereby increasing the potential that the bacteria will be passed on to owners and other people and cause infections that may be difficul … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Younger people may be more vulnerable to arterial plaque risk factors

A new study has found that moderate increases in blood pressure and cholesterol have a greater impact on arterial plaque, or atherosclerosis, progression in 40-year-olds than in people over 48. The findings suggest that intervening to address these risk factors earlier may slow o … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Utter chaos at OpenAI puts GPT in jeopardy – why should you care?

One of the world's most important companies seems set to implode and lose its entire team, after a bizarre chain of events beginning with the unexplained sacking of CEO Sam Altman. The future of AI – and maybe humanity itself – swings in the balance.Continue ReadingCategory: Tech … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Sand forms clouds and rain on nearby alien planet, says Webb

The James Webb Space Telescope has made the first direct analysis of clouds on a nearby alien world. These aren’t just made of water vapor but also sand, which would move around the planet much like Earth’s water cycle.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: Exoplanet, Plan … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

AI predicts when and where "monster" rogue waves will swell up

Gigantic waves can seemingly come out of nowhere, threatening ships and oil rigs. Now, an AI system trained on centuries of data has been able to predict when these rogue waves will occur, revealing new insights into how they form.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Wave, Univ … | Continue reading | 7 days ago