New Lotus 2030 Le Mans

Lotus gives its 2030 Le Mans vision active-aerodynamic panels, a fighter jet-like cockpit and a four-wheel electric drive
Lotus gives its 2030 Le Mans vision active-aerodynamic panels, a fighter jet-like cockpit and a four-wheel electric drive
Lotus

“A racer partly driven like a car and partly flown like a fighter jet” – that’s how Lotus describes the all-new E-R9 design study. The Hethel, UK-based automaker prepares for the future of endurance racing by fast-forwarding through nine years of technological development and imagining what Le Mans might look like in 2030. The vision involves super-sleek, aircraft-inspired race cars with fast-morphing aero-optimizing body panels and high-powered Evija-derived electric drives with advanced torque vectoring.

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Power Generating Ring

Scientists at the University of Colorado have developed a thermoelectric device that can be worn as a ring, and harvest energy from the human body
Scientists at the University of Colorado have developed a thermoelectric device that can be worn as a ring, and harvest energy from the human body
Xiao Lab

New Artificial Aorta Developed

A circulatory model, which the team used to test the new artificial aorta design
A circulatory model, which the team used to test the new artificial aorta design
Félix Wey, Werner Siemens Stiftung / 2021 EPFL

When the heart is injured it can’t repair itself, meaning that heart failure often requires a transplant of the whole organ. But now, scientists at EPFL have developed an artificial aorta that can help pump blood, taking some of the pressure off the heart and reducing or even eliminating the need for a transplant.

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The Blowhole Power Generator

Wave Swell Energy's 200-kilowatt "blowhole" energy demonstrator has successfully been installed off the coast of King Island, Tasmania
Wave Swell Energy’s 200-kilowatt “blowhole” energy demonstrator has successfully been installed off the coast of King Island, Tasmania
Wave Swell Energy

A 200-kilowatt demonstration version of Wave Swell Energy’s fascinating “blowhole” power generator has been deployed at Grassy Harbour on King Island, off the Australian island state of Tasmania and will be connected to the grid in the coming months.

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Weapon Wednesday – Next Gen Squad Weapon Aim Control Enhancer

aim control enhancer, or ACE, weapon stabilizer device
The aim control enhancer, or ACE, weapon stabilizer device being evaluated for the Army’s next Generation Squad Weapon effort. (Matthew Angle, ACE designer)

One day soon, U.S. infantrymen could go into battle with Next Generation Squad Weapons equipped with a compact, mechanical stabilizer designed to drastically improve accuracy, especially when shooting from a standing, unsupported position. read more

3D Printed Bone?

A 3D printer is used to extrude the bio-ink (magenta) into a receptacle simulating a bone cavity
A 3D printer is used to extrude the bio-ink (magenta) into a receptacle simulating a bone cavity
UNSW Sydney

Presently, if a patient is missing a section of bone due to accident or disease, it has to be replaced with bone harvested from elsewhere in their body. A new cell-containing gel, however, could one day be 3D printed right into the injury, where it would then harden. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New ENVision Slimmed-Down Night Vision

DARPA is launching a program to slim down night-vision eyewear from the bulky goggles in use today (pictured above)
DARPA is launching a program to slim down night-vision eyewear from the bulky goggles in use today (pictured above)

DARPA is starting a program to develop a new multispectral Enhanced Night Vision (ENVision) system for the military that replaces today’s heavy night-vision goggles with ones that are as light and compact as a pair of eyeglasses.

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New Roborock Robot Vacuum

The Roborock S7 can vacuum and mop on the same cleaning cycle
The Roborock S7 can vacuum and mop on the same cleaning cycle
Roborock

Roborock makes some of the most advanced robot vacuums on the market, and has just unveiled a new flagship model as part of the CES 2021 expo. The Roborock S7 is better at handling stubborn stains, smarter in its mopping mode, and can even empty itself.

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Weapon Wednesday – Finally a Realistic Flight Simulator

The T-7A Red Hawk simulation trainer can link digitally with an actual aircraft
The T-7A Red Hawk simulation trainer can link digitally with an actual aircraft
Boeing

Boeing has begun production of the “real-as-it-gets” ground-based training system (GBTS) flight simulator of the US Air Force’s new T-7A Red Hawk training jet. For immersive realism, each unit features dynamic motion seats and the Boeing Constant Resolution Visual System’s 8K native projectors, which have 16 times the resolution of a 1080p high-definition video screen. read more

Less Invasive Obesity Implant

Asst. Prof. Sung Il Park with the prototype implant
Asst. Prof. Sung Il Park with the prototype implant
Matthew Linguist, Texas A&M Engineering

When an obese person really needs to lose weight, gastric bypass surgery is sometimes performed – but it’s quite an invasive procedure. An experimental new implant, however, may produce similar results with much less fuss.

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