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Luxury Floating Home

Arkup liveable yacht concept: take it somewhere beautiful as the ultimate home base
Arkup liveable yacht concept: take it somewhere beautiful as the ultimate home base(Credit: Arkup)

Florida-based company Arkup has floated the concept of an off-grid, liveable luxury yacht. Powered by 30 kW of solar and twin electric thrusters, these high-class, ultra modern double decker units have hydraulic legs capable of stabilizing and lifting them out of the water. read more

RFID Can Detect Bad Food

RFIQ is based on a process known as "weak coupling"
RFIQ is based on a process known as “weak coupling”(Credit: MIT)

Passive RFID (radio frequency identification) tags are small, inexpensive, battery-less labels that are already used to track and identify a wide variety of items. If MIT’s experimental RFIQ system enters general use, they may also soon allow consumers to check if food products are contaminated. read more

Luxury Camping with Geodesic Domes

Dômes Charlevoix located in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec, Canada features a series gorgeous eco-luxury geodesic domes
Dômes Charlevoix located in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec, Canada features a series gorgeous eco-luxury geodesic domes(Credit: Max Valsan)

Dômes Charlevoix located in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec, Canada features a series of gorgeous eco-luxury geodesic domes designed by Bourgeois/Lechasseur architects. The luxury dome accommodation is a new concept for the Four Seasons chain and promises a one-of-a-kind glamping experience all year round. read more

New Blu3 Nemo Portable Dive System

Blu3's Nemo allows you to venture 10 feet (3 m) below the waves
Blu3’s Nemo allows you to venture 10 feet (3 m) below the waves(Credit: Blu3)

Florida-based company Blu3 has come up with what it claims is the smallest, lightest and cheapest personal dive system available. Called Nemo, it consists of a battery-powered, surface-supplied air (SSA) system that lets users dive to 10 ft (3 m) below the surface for about 60 minutes – no bulky tanks or lengthy SCUBA training required.

Eight years ago, we wrote about the VS335 Third Lung diving system from a company called Brownie’s. The VS335 could support three divers for about an hour, or one for three hours, and it cost US$4,145. Now, through sister company Blu3, a super-compact single-diver version is available for less than a tenth of that price. read more

SEMA Shows Big and Bold Trucks

Trucks and 4x4s of SEMA 2018
Trucks and 4x4s of SEMA 2018

Each year, the SEMA Show creates a nice, clean split of insane, otherworldly vehicles. We looked at the 2018 cars of the show last week, and this week we dive into the trucks, utility vehicles, vans and basically anything that looks big, boxy and tough. That group includes the usual mile-high semi-monster trucks and gaudy Wranglers along with some different twists, like Iceland-ready adventure vans, UTV/pickup truck half-and-halfs, and super-sized classic military jeeps. read more

Is a Diabetes Cure Now a Reality?

The new technique cures diabetes in mice by bypassing the immune system that attacks beta cells
The new technique cures diabetes in mice by bypassing the immune system that attacks beta cells(Credit: JacobSt/Depositphotos)

According to the Center for Disease Control, 1.25 million people suffer from type 1 diabetes in the US alone. So far, it can only be managed with diet and regular doses of insulin, but scientists at UT Health San Antonio have invented a way of curing the disease in mice that may one day do the same for humans even with type 2 diabetes. read more

World’s Fastest Go-Kart – 0-60 in 1.5 Seconds

The Daymak Blast C5 Ultimate uses a fan propulsion system that Daymak says will help it...
The Daymak Blast C5 Ultimate uses a fan propulsion system that Daymak says will help it hit 60 mph in 1.5 seconds

Tesla has already demonstrated the performance potential of electric power in cars, but the technology hasn’t made the same splash in the world of go karting. But that looks set to change with Canada-based Daymak using battery power to develop what it claims will be the “world’s fastest go-kart”. read more

Gas Embolotherapy Starves Tumors

Blowing bubbles in the blood could kill cancer with both barrels

Researchers have found that gas embolotherapy (blowing bubbles in the blood) could fight cancer in two...
Researchers have found that gas embolotherapy (blowing bubbles in the blood) could fight cancer in two ways(Credit: delfoto/Depositphotos)

Cancer can be a tricky foe, so the best way to fight it might not be with a direct attack, but to cut off its supply lines. One such method, known as gas embolotherapy, involves creating tiny bubbles in the tumor blood vessels, which block the blood supply and starve the cancer out. Now, researchers from China and France have found that the technique could also deal a second blow as a drug delivery system. read more

A Cancer-Killing Virus

Nobel-winning technology reveals cancer-killing virus locking onto target like a “key in a lock”

Professor Mihnea Bostina from the University of Otago was part of a research team imaging the...
Professor Mihnea Bostina from the University of Otago was part of a research team imaging the Seneca Valley Virus(Credit: University of Otago)

Last year, a cutting edge scientific imaging technology called cryo-electron microscopy earned a Nobel Prize for chemistry, lauded by the committee as ushering in a “revolution in biochemistry.” The technique allows scientists to visualize biomolecules in their natural state for the first time ever, and one year on is already opening up some exciting possibilities. Now, scientists have used it to image a high-potential cancer-killing virus in unprecedented detail, allowing them to now ponder how it might be genetically modified to better do the job. read more

Bluefin-9 Autonomous Undersea Drone

The Bluefin-9 is designed for portability
The Bluefin-9 is designed for portability(Credit: General Dynamics)

General Dynamics has unveiled its new Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV), the Bluefin-9. Aimed at defense, academic, and commercial users, the latest in the company’s Bluefin family of autonomous undersea drones made its public debut at Oceans 2018 conference and exposition in Charleston, South Carolina. read more