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Portable, Cordless Air-Compressor

At 208 mm (8.2 in) long and 40 mm (1.6 in) in diameter, the Norshire Mini...
At 208 mm (8.2 in) long and 40 mm (1.6 in) in diameter, the Norshire Mini is claimed to be the world’s smallest portable tire inflator/air compressor(Credit: Norshire)

Portable, cordless air-compressors aren’t exactly new, but they’re often bulky, limited in scope and ugly. In response to these issues, a team of engineers and product designers from Hong Kong has come up with the Norshire Mini, a compact, minimalist, multi-function pump/compressor for the iPhone generation. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Chuck Norris has a New Show!

Chuck Norris is a man of many skills, both real and mythical. We’re definitely sure he’s a decorated Air Force veteran, a martial arts master, an accomplished actor, and a sage philosopher. And we’re pretty sure he once beat the sun in a staring contest, punched a cyclops between the eye, uppercutted a horse and created giraffes, and counted to infinity—twice. Now we can add HISTORY host to his ever-expanding résumé. read more

New Method of Graphene Production

Bacteria have been enlisted to produce graphene faster and more cheaply than traditional chemical methods
Bacteria have been enlisted to produce graphene faster and more cheaply than traditional chemical methods(Credit: scanrail/Depositphotos)

Incredibly thin, flexible, strong and electrically conductive, graphene has the potential to revolutionize electronics and materials. One of the main hurdles though is that it’s tricky to manufacture on large scales. Now researchers at the University of Rochester have recruited bacteria to make the stuff, which is cheaper and faster than current methods and doesn’t require harsh chemicals. read more

New Molecule May Starve Cancer Cells

A new molecule has raised hopes of developing drugs that kill cancer stem cells
A new molecule has raised hopes of developing drugs that kill cancer stem cells(Credit: vitanovski/Depositphotos)

Too often the surgical removal of cancer or its elimination through chemo or radiotherapy isn’t the end of the story, but where do the relapses come from? Part of the explanation may lay in what are known as cancer stem cells, which could be thought of as little seedlings that hide away in the body’s tissues until they feel the time is right to return to action. A newly discovered molecule has raised hopes of cutting these crafty critters off at the source, with early experiments demonstrating how it can latch onto cancer stem cells and starve them of what they need to survive. read more

Automatic Landing Systems for Small Airports

The team's modified Diamond DA42 aircraft uses the system to make an automatic landing
The team’s modified Diamond DA42 aircraft uses the system to make an automatic landing(Credit: Technical University of Munich)

Big commercial aircraft are already routinely guided in for automatic landings at large airports, as their autopilot follows radio signals transmitted by ground-based antennas. Such auto-landings currently aren’t possible at most small airports, although that could be about to change, thanks to a new German-designed system. read more

Sony’s New Sound-Cancelling Ear-Buds

Sony has squeezed the latest QN1e noise canceling processor into its WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones for...
Sony has squeezed the latest QN1e noise canceling processor into its WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones for blocking ambient sounds across almost all frequencies(Credit: Sony)

Since the first true wireless earphones launched in 2014, many more have appeared in the marketplace – including models by big players like Appleand recent additions from Phiaton and Cambridge Audio. But most only offer passive isolation from the world around you. Sony’s upcoming WF-1000XM3 earphones rock the company’s excellent active noise cancellation tech so that you can focus on the music. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Breakthroughs in MRE Technology

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U.S. ARMY

The entrance to the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center is busy and confusing. Based on how much the soldier at the gate my Uber driver and I pulled up to was shouting at us, we were not doing a great job of navigating that entrance. But after a few phone calls and with the help of our escort for the day, I was finally on my way down the long path to the correct building.

Natick is an Army base where the military scientists at the forefront of the development of food systems for all of the armed forces (as well as NASA!) are developing new technologies like sonic agglomeration, vacuum microwave drying, and sonic swab technology. The part of Natick I wanted to visit is a warehouse full of super-cool machines that will potentially help our soldiers be able to do their jobs better, by feeding them foods that are packed with calories, nutrients, and flavor, but without weighing a ton or taking up much space. read more

De Tomaso’s P72 Retro Hypercar

The new De Tomaso P72 may end up being more of a design feat than a...
The new De Tomaso P72 may end up being more of a design feat than a technical one, but this design is superb(Credit: De Tomaso)

Wealth is concentrating upwards toward the 1 percent of the 1 percent. Instagram influencers are flying to Miami to rent and pose and preen in Lamborghinis and Ferraris, irreversibly cheapening these brands in the eyes of those that can actually afford to own them. read more

Is a Rare Earth Replacement on the Way?

Micro-crystals of zinc, which when combined with other common minerals, could be substituted in for rare-Earth...
Micro-crystals of zinc, which when combined with other common minerals, could be substituted in for rare-Earth metals in electronic devices(Credit: prill/Depositphotos)

Electronic devices are made possible thanks to a group of elements often referred to as rare-Earth metals, but as the name suggests, these may be in limited supply and are relatively expensive. Now, a team of scientists has found a way to combine much more common elements into electronically-useful compounds, which could find their way into tunable lighting and solar panels. read more

Dragonfly Mission to Titan

NASA has announced a plan to explore the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

The space agency made the announcement in a media teleconference Thursday afternoon, detailing its vision of a robotic rotorcraft dubbed Dragonfly that will collect samples and measure soil composition in search for signs of habitability.

The enormous, icy moon is said to be the most Earth-like world in the solar system, and previous findings by the Cassini mission suggest it holds some of the ingredients necessary for the emergence of life.

Dragonfly will launch in 2026 as part of NASA’s New Frontiers program, and is expected to arrive at Titan in 2034. read more