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Light Therapy Betters Chances for Increased Organ Transplants

The technology has so far been utilized on lungs, but is being adapted for use on...

The technology has so far been utilized on lungs, but is being adapted for use on other organs(Credit: NosorogUA/Depositphotos)

It goes without saying that the greater the number of organs available for transplant, the better for patients in need of them. A newly-developed technique could help, as it uses light to kill viruses and bacteria that might otherwise make donated organs unsuitable for use. read more

Disney’s Midair Stunt Robot

The new Stuntronics robot from Disney Research can perform autonomous acrobatics in midair before sticking the...
The new Stuntronics robot from Disney Research can perform autonomous acrobatics in midair before sticking the landing(Credit: Disney)

Disney’s animatronics are coming a long way from drunken pirates waving flagons of ale or hippos that wiggle their ears. In the (relatively) near future, robotic versions of Iron Man or Buzz Lightyear could be performing autonomous acrobatics overhead in Disney theme parks, thanks to the newly-unveiled Stuntronics robot. read more

Portable Wind Turbine for Charging all Your Outdoor Gear

The Giga portable wind turbine is presently on Kickstarter
The Giga portable wind turbine is presently on Kickstarter

While some people might say that electronic devices have no business being on camping trips, the fact is that items such as LED lanterns, GPS units, two-way radios and cameras all have batteries that need charging. The Giga is designed to meet that need, using the power of the wind. read more

Gut Bacteria May Hold the Key to Autism

A two-year study on fecal transplants in autism sufferers has found they can reduce symptoms by...
A two-year study on fecal transplants in autism sufferers has found they can reduce symptoms by as much as 45 percent(Credit: Arizona State University)

Scientific research continues to uncover interesting connections between the gut microbiome and human health, including everything from depression to PTSD to autoimmune disease. Another example of this are the emerging ties between gut health and autism, with an exciting new study demonstrating how boosting microbial diversity via fecal transplants can dramatically reduce its symptoms in the long term. read more

What was Once Old, Can be Young Again

Researchers were able to improve the cognitive function of older mice after blocking a protein's activity...
Researchers were able to improve the cognitive function of older mice after blocking a protein’s activity on brain cells known as microglia(Credit: lightsource/Depositphotos)

In a stunning piece of research, Stanford neuroscientists have hunted down a single gene that encodes a protein responsible for age-related cognitive losses, targeted it with special blocking antibodies, and shown in mice that these antibodies can rejuvenate old brains to work as well as young ones. read more

Tailgating on Steroids

Thor Industries brand Heartland presents the Cyclone Ultimate Tailgate RV, which took home the award in...
Thor Industries brand Heartland presents the Cyclone Ultimate Tailgate RV, which took home the award in the “Team Tailgate” category(Credit: C.C. Weiss/New Atlas)

Thor Industries used the inaugural RVX show to get serious about production and potential production RVs like the Sequence camper van and Tuscany Lithium concept motorhome. But it also kicked back and had some fun … a lot of fun. Its custom-designed Heartland Cyclone Ultimate Tailgate trailer pulls up stadium-side, screens all the biggest games of the day on more than half a dozen TVs, keeps the beer flowing with a built-in keg fridge, and provides plenty of space to relax with dual decks, an indoor/outdoor hot tub and a garage bar. Forget going into the stadium; the real entertainment is hitched to the truck. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Textron’s Grizzly Pack-bot

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The modern solider is overburdened, so defense researchers have been trying to invent new ways to lighten the load, such as wearable exoskeletons that shoulder some of the weight. Now, here comes the latest possible solution, a tracked robot designed to operate with Army ground forces, carrying important, heavy gear. read more

Throw a DART at It

There’s an Asteroid on a collision course with. Isn’t there always? So what do we do?

Claire Reilly takes a look at NASA’s mission to gently bump those killer asteroids off course and (hopefully) save humankind, using NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission, or DART. read more

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