Weapon Wednesday – Air Force’s New Secret Jet

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U.S. Air Force
  • The U.S. Air Force announced it has already flown a new prototype fighter.
  • We know virtually nothing about the new plane … other than it exists.
  • Most observers did not expect a new fighter for another decade.

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The Eyes May Diagnose Neurodegenerative Diseases

A protein associated with neurodegeneration, previously detected in blood samples, has now been found in eye fluid
A protein associated with neurodegeneration, previously detected in blood samples, has now been found in eye fluid

A protein, previously found to be an effective blood-based biomarker of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, has for the first time been detected in the eye. The discovery lays the foundation for promising new diagnostic eye tests hoping to catch neurodegenerative diseases years before symptoms appear.

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Airbus Hydrogen Aircraft

Airbus hopes to put the first zero-emission aircraft into service by 2035
Airbus hopes to put the first zero-emission aircraft into service by 2035
Airbus

According to a recent international study, aviation is responsible for 3.5 percent of all human activities that drive climate change. Airbus is looking to a cleaner future for the commercial aircraft industries, where hydrogen powers the zero-emissions aircraft of tomorrow. read more

World’s 1,000 Horsepower (minimum) Hypercars

The D12's stunning top view highlights the enormous 7.6-liter V12, as well as the barely-there front end
The D12’s stunning top view highlights the enormous 7.6-liter V12, as well as the barely-there front end
Delage

This is our list of the world’s most powerful production cars, ordered from least to most powerful and including every current or upcoming production car we’re aware of – electric, hybrid or combustion – that claims to make more than 1,000 horsepower. Enjoy, and please tell us if we’ve missed anything, or if you spy something new! We’ll update the list regularly. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Army Takes Delivery of New Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle

The AMPV comes in five variants
The AMPV comes in five variants
BAE Systems
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The first Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) from BAE Systems is ready for delivery to the US Army. On August 31, 2020, the first of the vehicles that will replace the Army’s Vietnam War-era M113s rolled off of the production line.

One of the constants of the modern military is that some equipment becomes obsolete before it’s even finished being deployed, while others remain in service for decades. Now, it’s the turn of the US Army’s vintage M113s to make way for the new AMPVs, which are being manufactured in five variants as part of the Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCT Network Modernization Strategy. Based on a common design, each of the AMPV variants draw on technology developed for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and the M109A7 Self Propelled Howitzer, and the Army will accept 450 of the machines under the present contract.

The AMPV has advanced digital electonics

The AMPV has advanced digital electonics

BAE Systems

The Vario Perfect 1200 Platinum Motorhome

The new-generation Vario Perfect 1200 Platinum debuts at this year's Caravan Salon
The new-generation Vario Perfect 1200 Platinum debuts at this year’s Caravan Salon
Variomobil
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For last year’s Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, Variomobil introduced the fourth generation of its “Perfect” line of ultra-luxury motorhomes, revealing the Mercedes Actros-based Perfect 1000. How do you follow up such an impressive exhibition appearance? By climbing even higher up the ladder and revealing the larger, more exclusive flagship model, the Perfect 1200 Platinum. A little piece of exclusive real estate built onto a triple-axle Mercedes chassis, the new 1200 features a massive living space broadened by three electro-hydraulic slide-outs and enhanced with nightclub-grade audio and intelligent lighting, all the appliances of home, and an XXL garage large enough to bring along a high-powered grand tourer … say, a Mercedes-AMG GT. read more

New Weapon Against Cancer

An artist's render of cancer cells with a "web" growing inside them
An artist’s render of cancer cells with a “web” growing inside them
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute have demonstrated an intriguing new way to fight cancer by introducing molecular fibers into cells. While harmless to healthy cells, once these fibers encounter the specific environment of cancer cells they assemble into webs, activating the tumor’s self-destruct sequence. read more

Patch Senses Food Spoilage

The needles can actually pierce through plastic packaging to test the food beneath
The needles can actually pierce through plastic packaging to test the food beneath
Felice Frankel

We’ve already heard about so-called “microneedle patches” that are used for the painless and sustained release of medication through the skin. Now, MIT scientists have adapted the technology for the detection of spoiled food.

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New Commencal Meta Power E-Bike

The 2021 Commencal Meta Power ebike features the new Shimano EP8 motor
The 2021 Commencal Meta Power ebike features the new Shimano EP8 motor
Commencal

The Shimano Steps series of electric bike motors have long felt quite decent and smooth to ride, but they’ve fallen behind on torque since Bosch started extracting 85 Nm from its Performance Line CX motors, and an update has perhaps been overdue.

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Weapon Wednesday – New Bite Sleeve for Military Dogs

The new bite sleeve more accurately simulates the texture of human skin
The new bite sleeve more accurately simulates the texture of human skin
US Army

The US Army has developed a more realistic bite sleeve for training military working dogs. Worn by the trainer during biting exercises, the protective silicone and Kevlar sleeve looks and feels more like a human arm when bitten, but still shields the wearer from harm. read more