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Real Life Dick Tracy Watch

The new Dick Tracy watch will keep time and make calls
The new Dick Tracy watch will keep time and make calls

Of all the pieces of pop culture “spy gear” that have been dreamed up over the years, one of the most iconic is the 2-way wristwatch radio used by comic-strip detective Dick Tracy. Well, if a just-launched Indiegogo campaign is successful, you’ll soon be able to get one that actually makes calls. read more

Microsoft Ocean Cooled Data Center

Microsoft has submerged a data center in the ocean off the coast of Scotland
Microsoft has submerged a data center in the ocean off the coast of Scotland(Credit: Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

Water-cooling systems have long been used to keep computers from overheating, but how do you scale that up for huge data centers? According to Microsoft, you drop the data center to the bottom of the ocean. As the second phase of its Project Natick, the company has just deployed a data center in the frigid waters off Scotland’s Orkney Islands. read more

Weapon Wednesday – BriteCloud Electronic Countermeasures

The BriteCloud 55T is designed to protect large military transport aircraft
The BriteCloud 55T is designed to protect large military transport aircraft(Credit: Leonardo Aerospace)

Leonardo Aerospace has taken the wraps off of its new expendable electronic countermeasures decoy for protecting large military transport aircraft. Billed as the first of its kind for transport protection, the BriteCloud 55-T is designed to hide the radar signature of large aircraft like the C27-J, C-130, KC-390, and A400M and confuse the targeting systems of radar-guided missiles. read more

New Kitty Hawk Flyer

With pontoon-shaped landing skids, the Flyer is clearly designed to be flown over water
With pontoon-shaped landing skids, the Flyer is clearly designed to be flown over water(Credit: Kitty Hawk)

Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk startup has been beavering away on several different personal flight projects, including a self-piloting, electric VTOL air taxi that can be used for Uber Elevate-style aerial commuting. The Silicon Valley company has also been working on something sportier – a single-seat multicopter fun machine called the Flyer. And today, the team released images and partial specs on what looks to be the final production design. read more

Sonic Soak Portable Ultrasonic Washer

The Sonic Soak uses ultrasound waves to clean clothes
The Sonic Soak uses ultrasound waves to clean clothes(Credit: ​Sonic Soak)

Finding time to wash your clothes is difficult enough at home, but it’s even more of a hassle when you’re traveling. The Sonic Soak is designed to act like a tiny, portable washing machine, using sound waves to clean clothes – including your delicates – as well as jewelry, toothbrushes, cutlery, baby items, fruit, veggies and basically whatever else can be thrown into a tub of water with it. read more

First 3D Printed Human Corneas

Co-author Dr. Steve Swioklo (left) and Prof. Che Connon, with a 3D-printed cornea
Co-author Dr. Steve Swioklo (left) and Prof. Che Connon, with a 3D-printed cornea(Credit:Newcastle University)

There’s a limited supply of donor human corneas, meaning that not everyone who needs an eyesight-saving transplant can get one. As a result, biosynthetic corneas have recently been developed. These could become quicker and easier to produce, as scientists have now successfully 3D-printed the things. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Special Operations Rapidly Deployable Field Workshops

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

U.S. Special Operations Forces operate a fleet of portable, rapidly deployable field workshops that can repair, manufacture, or even improve equipment in the field. The workshops, known as Mobile Technology Repair Complexes, are powered by renewable energy and stuffed with tools including lathes, welders, and 3D printers. MTRCs have proven their worth in the war against the Islamic State in Syria, quickly building ad hoc medical facilities from available materials. read more

New Drug Delivery for Brain Cancer

An artist's rendition of MIT's new nanoparticles, which can carry two forms of drug to combat...
An artist’s rendition of MIT’s new nanoparticles, which can carry two forms of drug to combat brain cancer(Credit: Stephen Morton)

Glioblastoma is one of the most deadly forms of cancer. Affecting the brain, those unlucky enough to receive a diagnosis don’t have many treatment options – and usually a median life expectancy of just over a year. Now, researchers at MIT have developed nanoparticles that could provide hope, crossing the blood-brain barrier and delivering two types of drugs to fight tumors. read more

Cassette Decks Making a Comeback

The Tascam 202mkVII dual cassette deck is available now
The Tascam 202mkVII dual cassette deck is available now(Credit: Tascam)

Though digital music accounts for much of what we now listen to, old school formats like vinyl and audio cassettes steadfastly refuse to disappear. The former is enjoying something of a healthy revival at the moment, but trying to find an album released on audio cassette is a little more challenging. read more

Enzymes Cause Cancer to Die of Old Age

Cancer hijacks a natural anti-aging enzyme to make itself immortal, and now scientists have found a...
Cancer hijacks a natural anti-aging enzyme to make itself immortal, and now scientists have found a way to counteract that process(Credit: Sashkin7/Depositphotos)

At the cellular level, aging and cancer are two sides of the same coin. The mechanism that limits a cell’s lifespan can be slowed down, but that can turn them cancerous, as they divide unchecked.

Now, scientists at EPFL have found a way to manipulate that mechanism to effectively turn off cancer’s immortality, letting it die slowly and naturally. read more