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Go Anywhere Elevator

This cable-free, Willy Wonka-style concept, can move multiple cars vertically and horizontally in a single shaft ...
This cable-free, Willy Wonka-style concept, can move multiple cars vertically and horizontally in a single shaft using a magnet-based drive system similar to that of Maglev train technology. (Credit: ThyssenKrupp)

After unveiling its Multi concept in 2014, German engineering conglomerate ThyssenKrupp has made its vision of a cable-free, Willy Wonka-style elevator design a reality. Over the past few years the company has been constructing a 246-m (807-ft) high test tower and refining the technology that would allow multiple cars to move vertically and horizontally in a single shaft using a magnet-based drive system similar to that in Maglev trains. Just last week, after two-and-a-half years of construction, the test tower and first fully functional Multi unit were launched. read more

Weapon Wednesday – First Shot from Laser Weapon

Raytheon mounted a high energy laser on an Apache helicopter similar to those in this image
Raytheon mounted a high energy laser on an Apache helicopter similar to those in this image (Credit: Raytheon)

Laser weapons have been tested on ships, planes, and even armored vehicles, but Raytheon has pushed the envelope further again by successfully testing a high-energy laser mounted on an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter. According to the company, the laser pod flew last April at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico under the aegis of the US Army Apache Program Management Office and the US Special Operations Command, where it was able to lock onto and hit an unmanned target. read more

Time to Clean up Space

Artist's concept of a magnetic tug nearing a derelict satellite
Artist’s concept of a magnetic tug nearing a derelict satellite (Credit: ESA/Philippe Ogaki)

An ESA-funded scientist is developing a magnetic space tug to combat the growing problem of space debris. The tugs could lock onto derelict satellites and deorbit them before they become a hazard to navigation, and because they use cryogenic magnets, they wouldn’t have to even touch the derelicts and the targets wouldn’t need to be specially modified for towing. read more

Podcast – Global Debt at Record Level – Smartphones can Damage the Neck and Back

The world is teetering on the edge of a global financial meltdown. That’s a bit of a downer, isn’t it? But unfortunately it’s true. Global debt has risen to a new record of $217 trillion. That’s almost a quarter of a quadrillion – an unimaginable number. Even worse – it may be too late to fix it.

Smartphone users may be affecting the long term health of our necks and backs due to protracted use of smartphones while walking. And it also makes all look like 80 years olds – shuffling down the street, trying to avoid running into, or falling into something. read more

Step Closer to Fusion Energy

Runaway electrons can melt the solid metal walls of nuclear fusion reactors but a pair of ...
Runaway electrons can melt the solid metal walls of nuclear fusion reactors but a pair of young physicists have discovered a way to slow and control these electrons paving the way for safe nuclear fusion reactors (Credit: Eurofusion CC-BY 3.0)

A functional fusion reactor may still be a dream, but it’s a dream that is slowly becoming a reality with numerous research efforts and experiments aiming to unlock the near unlimited supply of clean energy that such a reactor would provide. The challenges scientists face in getting nuclear fusion to work are undeniably difficult, but not insurmountable, and two young physicists have recently solved one of the major problems engineers have been grappling with for almost half a century. read more

Lamborghini & Matching Boat – Buy Both on eBay

This ‘pristine’ Lamborghini complete with matching speedboat are the ultimate toys for thrill-seekers – if you have a cool £1.7 million ($2.2 million) to spare.

The bespoke lime green Aventador SV Roadster and MTI Super Veloce catamaran, which means super-fast in Italian, is currently for sale on eBay.

Both were custom built and are finished in an extremely rare special-order colour called Verde Singh, which costs £60,000 ($76,000) alone.

 Miami restaurateur Gino Gargiulo, who has previous form in commissioning speedboat and supercar hybrids, cooked up his latest project in 2015. A 'pristine' Lamborghini and matching speedboat (pictured) will be sold on eBay within two weeks

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Weapon Wednesday – Replacing Navy’s Ouija Board

DSIMS replaces an analog system called the
DSIMS replaces an analog system called the “Ouija board” that’s been in use since the Second World War (Credit: ONR)

Modern aircraft carriers may seem like the bleeding edge of technology, but they still rely on some remarkably low-tech tools to get the job done. read more

LG’s Massive Flexible Screen

A 77-inch flexible screen for your smart desk, sir?
A 77-inch flexible screen for your smart desk, sir?

It’s an exciting time in display technologies, with flexible and transparent screens popping up regularly, albeit in the lab rather than on our devices. LG just set a new high bar though, with a huge 77-inch OLED screen that you can see through and roll up. read more