Boron Hydrogel Helps Muscles Heal

A newly developed hydrogel could greatly accelerate the recovery times for damaged muscles, by flooding the injury site with boron
A newly developed hydrogel could greatly accelerate the recovery times for damaged muscles, by flooding the injury site with boron

 

Over the past few years we’ve seen some interesting examples of how injectable hydrogels can boost the recovery of damaged muscles and tendons, whether by flooding them with stem cells or acting as supporting scaffolds. Scientists in Spain have now developed a hydrogel that releases boron to dramatically accelerate the formation of new muscle fibers. read more

Fancy That – Brits Find that Herd Immunity is a Real Thing

by: Brent Smith

Well, it’s looking more and more like we were right about the Covid-19 virus and herd immunity.

It’s also looking like all the shutdowns, lockdowns,, mask mandates, and arbitrarily chosen social distance orders which caused untold psychological and physical damage to people, did little more than kick the can down the road. As it turns out, those countries who suffered the earliest waves of infection are now fairing better than those who didn’t. read more

Norway’s Stad Ship Tunnel

The Stad Ship Tunnel will reach a length of 1.7 km (1.05 miles)
The Stad Ship Tunnel will reach a length of 1.7 km (1.05 miles)
Kystverket/Snøhetta

Four years after we interviewed one of the engineers tasked with realizing it, Norway’s remarkably ambitious Stad Ship Tunnel has finally been given the thumbs up. Slated to begin construction next year, the tunnel will cut through an entire peninsula, allowing ships to bypass Norway’s most hazardous shipping route. read more

Prehistoric “Eagle Shark”

Aquilolamna milarcae had a shark-like main body, with ray-like wings
Aquilolamna milarcae had a shark-like main body, with ray-like wings
Oscar Sanisidro

The whale shark and the manta ray are perhaps two of the ocean’s most fascinating large fishes. Well, scientists have now announced the discovery of a prehistoric ancestor of both, that looked like a cross between the two. read more

New Source of Energy – Nanogenerators

A new nanogenerator device could tap into energy sources like ocean waves or body movements
A new nanogenerator device could tap into energy sources like ocean waves or body movements

There are energy sources all over the place, if you know where to look. Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have now designed new modular nanogenerators that can harvest energy from a variety of different types of motion, such as ocean waves or a person’s body movements. read more

Weapon Wednesday – The Storm Armored MPV

The Storm, by the Ukraine's Highland Systems, is a high-speed, amphibious multi-purpose military vehicle with a long-range hybrid powertrain
The Storm, by the Ukraine’s Highland Systems, is a high-speed, amphibious multi-purpose military vehicle with a long-range hybrid powertrain

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Unlocking the World’s First Computer

Exploded model of the Cosmos gearing of the Antikythera Mechanism
Exploded model of the Cosmos gearing of the Antikythera Mechanism
©2020 Tony Freeth

A team of scientists at the University College London has shed new light on the Antikythera Mechanism – the world’s first computer and one of the ancient world’s greatest technological mysteries. Using new imaging data, the multidisciplinary UCL Antikythera Research Team found that the 2,000-year-old device was not only a calculator, but an accurate model of the Cosmos as it was known to the ancient Greeks. read more

The E-TAC hydrogen Production System

H2Pro's E-TAC hydrogen production system promises a revolutionary jump in water-splitting efficiency, and a 20-year plunge in the cost of clean hydrogen
H2Pro’s E-TAC hydrogen production system promises a revolutionary jump in water-splitting efficiency, and a 20-year plunge in the cost of clean hydrogen
H2Pro

Israeli company H2Pro claims its highly efficient water-splitting technology will deliver green hydrogen at less than US$1 per kilogram before 2030. That’s a big deal; it would represent a 60-80 percent drop in green H2 prices, down to a level where it’s cheaper per unit of energy than current retail gasoline prices in the United States. The Hydrogen Council’s current projections don’t expect that kind of price drop until 2050, and even then it’s a best-case scenario. read more

Weapon Wednesday – CIA’s Robot Catfish Spy

cia catfish charlie
Central Intelligence Agency
  • In the 1990s, the CIA built an unmanned underwater vehicle as part of a feasibility study.
  • The UUV was supposed to resemble a catfish.
  • It’s not clear if “Charlie” the catfish did any real spying during its CIA career.

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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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