Weapon Wednesday – Tracking Invisible Subs

search for missing flight mh370 shifts to underwater mission
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  • The U.S. Navy is testing a new radar pod that can detect submarines.
  • The pod would be mounted on the service’s new P-8 Poseidon aircraft.
  • The system uses radar to spot otherwise untraceable wakes left by subs underwater. read more

Australian eVTOL can Travel 500 Miles

Australia's AMSL Aero has unveiled a full-scale prototype airframe for its Vertiia transitioning eVTOL
Australia’s AMSL Aero has unveiled a full-scale prototype airframe for its Vertiia transitioning eVTOL
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An Australian company has popped out of stealth mode to reveal a new electric VTOL aircraft that is already at the pre-flight prototype stage. AMSL Aero’s Vertiia aircraft can fly up to 800 km (500 miles) on hydrogen, and it’ll start out as an air ambulance. read more

Can we just Switch Off Fat Production?

New research discovered lipogenesis, the process by which digested food is turned into fat by the liver, is switched off by a gut hormone released in the hours following a meal
New research discovered lipogenesis, the process by which digested food is turned into fat by the liver, is switched off by a gut hormone released in the hours following a meal

A fascinating new study, published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications, is shedding light on a previously unknown mechanism by which a hormone released from the gut in the hours after eating effectively switches off the body’s fat production processes. The research also found this regulatory mechanism is defective in obese mice and human patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. read more

Virtually Silent Delivery Drones

This flying pallet design shows what ion-propelled delivery drones might look like, flying near-silently through urban areas with no moving parts
This flying pallet design shows what ion-propelled delivery drones might look like, flying near-silently through urban areas with no moving parts
Undefined Technologies

Florida’s Undefined Technologies claims it has managed to increase the thrust levels of ion propulsion systems to “unprecedented levels” with its “Air Tantrum” technology, enabling very quiet drones with no moving parts in the propulsion system, that look like flying pallets. read more

Cancer Vaccine has Real Promise

A vaccine induces the body into producing antibodies that help immune cells detect and kill cancer cells
A vaccine induces the body into producing antibodies that help immune cells detect and kill cancer cells

A novel cancer vaccine is moving to Phase 1 human trials in the United States after promising results from animal studies showed encouraging efficacy and a robust safety profile. A new study describes the vaccine as producing complete responses in 90 percent of animals when combined with a second immunotherapy drug. read more

The New RKS Purpose Trailer

Enjoying a sunny afternoon with the RKS Purpose camping trailer
Enjoying a sunny afternoon with the RKS Purpose camping trailer
RKS Off-Road

With a pop-up that looks like a chimney and a bimini-topped party deck, the roof of the short, stout Purpose Trailer from California’s RKS Off-Road is unlike any other you’re likely to see at the campground. In fact, it holds up to 1,000 lb (454 kg) so that a campsite of friends can chill out during the day for better views, with a pair sticking around at night to camp in the deployable tent. The hybrid caravan/teardrop-style interior has standing height where you need it, lying height where you don’t.

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Electric Wing Suit

Austria's Peter Salzmann powers through the air in his 300-km/h, twin-impeller electric wingsuit
Austria’s Peter Salzmann powers through the air in his 300-km/h, twin-impeller electric wingsuit
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Wingsuit flying certainly captured folks’ attention when it first hit the mainstream around the turn of the millennium, sparking a wave of GoPro and Red Bull videos. Human flight had never been so personal or so physical as these intrepid maniacs half-fell, half glided through rocky gaps and mountain passes like turbocharged flying squirrels.

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Winter’s Coming – Antelife Temp-Control Gloves

The Antelife G1 gloves are currently on Indiegogo – note the LED display at the bottom of the wrist cuff
The Antelife G1 gloves are currently on Indiegogo – note the LED display at the bottom of the wrist cuff
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Although there are now many heated gloves on the market, the Antelife G1 is claimed to be the world’s first to feature precisely adjustable heat. I recently had the chance to try a pair out, and they performed just as advertised. read more

Conda Camera Strap/Tripod All-in-One

The Conda strap is presently on Kickstarter
The Conda strap is presently on Kickstarter
Frii Designs

Tripods are handy (even essential) for taking certain types of photos, but they can be a hassle to tote around. That’s why the Conda strap was invented, as it’s a flexible camera-carrying strap that stiffens to act as a tripod. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Air Force Death Ray Jet Fighters

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  • The U.S. Air Force is working with Lockheed Martin to deploy lasers on fighter jets by 2025.
  • The SHiELD program will allow fighter jets to shoot down incoming missiles.
  • Unlike guns, lasers have an almost infinite ammunition supply. read more