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Arizona’s Pima Air and Space Museum

The PIMA Air & Space museum is a dream destination for aviation fans

The PIMA Air & Space museum is a dream destination for aviation fans(Credit:4theriders.com/New Atlas)

Arizona is home to some fascinating attractions, including the Biosphere 2, the Titan II missile museum, and the outstanding Pima Air and Space Museum, which we’re featuring in this spectacular photo tour. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Marines New Plywood Supply Drone

LG-1K, developed by Logistic Gliders Inc under contract with DARPA and the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, is meant to be a very low-cost drone capable of being released from fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter. The plywood and aluminum drone is 10.4 feet long with a 23=foot wingspan. The LG-1K can carry up to 700 lb.s of supplies. It’s now flown twelve missions demonstrating its ability to glide—in some cases autonomously—to a landing zone with GPS precision.

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MIT’s Fly Trap Gripper

The Magic Ball gripper consists of a skeleton made from cone-shaped origami structure that is connected...
The Magic Ball gripper consists of a skeleton made from cone-shaped origami structure that is connected to a vacuum device and wrapped in an airtight skin(Credit: MIT (CSAIL))

From green blobs to hydrogel fish to boa constrictors, scientists have taken inspiration from some interesting sources in pursuit of robotic arms that can lift heavy items, but do so with a delicate touch. The latest solution from MIT resembles a Venus flytrap in the way it snatches up objects many times its own weight, and its creators hope it can open up some exciting possibilities for robotic assistants that can handle all kinds of objects. read more

Tokyo Olympics to Unveil Robot Helpers

Toyota's Human Support Robots and Delivery Assist Robots are the first robot helpers to be confirmed...
Toyota’s Human Support Robots and Delivery Assist Robots are the first robot helpers to be confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games(Credit: Tokyo 2020)

The Organising Committee for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo – that last month confirmed that Games winners would receive medals made using recycled electronic waste – has revealed the first Tokyo 2020 Robot Project helpers, which will assist spectators in wheelchairs to ensure they have “an experience they are unlikely to forget.” read more

Steinway Playback Piano

The Spirio | r from Steinway & Sons is available as a Concert Grand Model D...
The Spirio | r from Steinway & Sons is available as a Concert Grand Model D or a shorter Model B Grand(Credit: Steinway & Sons)

In 2015, Steinway & Sons launched a line of Grand pianos that, with the help of an iPad, allowed owners to tap into an archive of performances by some of the world’s top players, and have the piano play them back. Now the iconic maker has introduced the next generation of this piano – the Spirio | r – which can record a musician’s own live performance and play it back, while also allowing for tweaking and sharing through a companion app. read more

MIT DOLPHIN Can Spot Tiniest Tumors

An MIT team has developed a new method for imaging smaller fluorescent particles deep inside the...
An MIT team has developed a new method for imaging smaller fluorescent particles deep inside the body(Credit: MIT)

The earlier cancer is detected, the better the odds of treating it. But of course tumors can be hard to spot until they get to a certain size, at which point it might be too late. Now MIT researchers have developed a new optical imaging system that could be used to spot tiny tumors deep inside the body. read more

The EV4 Mountain Cart

The EV4 Mountain Cart was developed with input from a disabled extreme athlete, and has been...
The EV4 Mountain Cart was developed with input from a disabled extreme athlete, and has been tested in snowy Polish mountains and on jump tracks(Credit: EV4)

Jack Skopinski’s rivet-packing electric trikes and four-wheelers like to tilt. It’s become something of a signature for EV4 machines over the years. But now the Polish engineer has created an off-road electric trail hugger that doesn’t sport a tilting mechanism. The EV4 Mountain Cart is designed to allow disabled riders to cleanly and quietly zip down dirt tracks, up grassy hills and through forest trails. read more

3D Bioprinter Creates Layers of Real Skin

A close up view of the skin bioprinter nozzle developed by researchers at Wake Forest Institute...
A close up view of the skin bioprinter nozzle developed by researchers at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine(Credit: WFIRM)

While the advent of 3D printers is commonly thought of as a revolution for manufacturing, it could have huge benefits for medicine as well. To help patch up large wounds that might normally require a skin graft, researchers at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) have developed a new bioprinter that can print dual layers of a patient’s own skin directly into a wound. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Boeing’s Loyal Wingman

A model of the unmanned Boeing Airpower Teaming System was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow
A model of the unmanned Boeing Airpower Teaming System was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow (Credit: Boeing)

Boeing has taken the wraps off its latest combat drone, presenting a model of its Loyal Wingman UAV at the Australian International Airshow. Formally referred to as Boeing Airpower Teaming System, the concept demonstrator aircraft is being developed in partnership between the Australian government and Boeing Australia. read more

3-D Printer Sound System

The Ionic Sound System is made up of an active subwoofer and two passive speakers, all...
The Ionic Sound System is made up of an active subwoofer and two passive speakers, all encased in enclosures 3D-printed from sand(Credit: Deeptime)

Most speaker enclosures are made from wood, though that’s not the only material being utilized by audio hardware makers – we’ve seen speakers made from concrete, for example, and the many portable wireless speakers available are most likely housed in plastic. Which makes the Ionic Sound System from the Czech Republic’s Deeptime something of a novelty, as the nature-inspired speakers and subwoofer are encased in a 3D-printed sand outer skin. read more