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Smart Cloth to Warm You Up or Cool You Down

A new fabric can sense body heat and automatically vent it to the outside air

A new fabric can sense body heat and automatically vent it to the outside air(Credit: Faye Levine, University of Maryland)

Wearable gadgets are making clothes smarter all the time, but one of the most basic functions you’d want in a garment – the ability to warm you up or cool you down as needed – is still frustratingly elusive. Now, researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have developed a new material that senses how warm a person’s body is and automatically adjusts how much heat it traps or releases. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New Grenade Brings Down Drones

A 40-mm practice grenade, similar in appearance to the anti-drone grenade, is loaded into a portable...
A 40-mm practice grenade, similar in appearance to the anti-drone grenade, is loaded into a portable launcher(Credit: US Air Force)

As last month’s grounding of flights at Heathrow Airport showed us, drones can cause a lot of problems – and they can even pose a security risk – when they’re flown in the wrong places. Engineers with the US Army are developing a countermeasure, in the form of a drone-netting grenade. read more

30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda unveiled the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary in Chicago
Mazda unveiled the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary in Chicago

Mazda originally debuted the MX-5 Miata at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, so it’s only fitting that the Japanese automaker has chosen to celebrate the 30th anniversary of that car by making the world premiere of the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary in Chicago. Only 3,000 examples will be built, but if you’re in the US, you’re already too late to claim one. read more

New F-150 Raptor Even More Impressive

One thing we noticed in our week of off-pavement good times in the 2019 Ford F-150...
One thing we noticed in our week of off-pavement good times in the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor was the amazing amount of wheel reach it achieves(Credit: Aaron Turpen / New Atlas)

The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor upgrades the now-legendary off-pavement dirt flinger with some added goodies. These improve the Raptor’s already impressive off-road performance with better digging, crawling, and bouncing capabilities. We loved the redneck dream truck in 2017 and love it even more now. read more

Graphene Coating Self-Heals Metal

The technology could be used to help keep structures such as bridges from corroding
The technology could be used to help keep structures such as bridges from corroding (Credit:Christin_Lola/Depositphotos)

Corrosion in metals can lead to the structural fatigue or failure of bridges, pipelines, and plane fuselages. Anti-corrosion coatings help prevent this, but they become ineffective when pierced, cracked, or scratched away. Researchers at Northwestern University have now developed a self-healing coating that can patch up its imperfections in a matter of seconds. read more

Super-Strong Metallic Wood

A microscopic sample of the researchers’ "metallic wood"
A microscopic sample of the researchers’ “metallic wood”(Credit: University of Pennsylvania)

A new technique has been used to turn ordinary metals into “metallic wood” with a greatly improved strength-to-weight ratio. By manipulating materials at the atomic scale, scientists from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and the University of Cambridge claim to have created a sheet of nickel that is as strong as titanium, but up to five times lighter. read more

Robot Parking Valet

These cute valet parking robots make travel more convenient while making more efficient use of parking...
These cute valet parking robots make travel more convenient while making more efficient use of parking space. They’re coming to Gatwick airport this August.(Credit: Stanley Robotics)

Airport parking sucks, but a little French robot parking valet wants to make it better for everyone. After successful trials in Paris and Lyon, the Stan autonomous parking system is on its way to Gatwick, London – and it looks like a terrific idea. read more

SoundEnergy’s Thermoacoustic Cooling System

SoundEnergy's THEARC-25 thermoacoustic cooling system is claimed to take heat and turn it into sound, before...
SoundEnergy’s THEARC-25 thermoacoustic cooling system is claimed to take heat and turn it into sound, before then turning that sound into cold – all without moving parts, and without any additional energy required(Credit: SoundEnergy)

Beginning with the principles of the Stirling engine, SoundEnergy’s THEAC thermal acoustic engine takes heat – either industrial waste heat or solar heat – and turns it into powerful cooling without requiring any other power source. This completely renewable technology could prove highly disruptive. read more

New Bioimaging Scanner Gives Full Color X-Rays

Using CERN technology, Mars Bioimaging has created the first 3D, color X-ray images of the human...
Using CERN technology, Mars Bioimaging has created the first 3D, color X-ray images of the human body(Credit: Mars Bioimaging)

Medical X-ray scans have long been stuck in the black-and-white, silent-movie era. Sure, the contrast helps doctors spot breaks and fractures in bones, but more detail could help pinpoint other problems.
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