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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

Weapon Wednesday – Saab”s Go-Anywhere Torpedo

Saab's LWT is tailored to both blue water conditions and the complex environment of the shallow...
Saab’s LWT is tailored to both blue water conditions and the complex environment of the shallow Baltic Sea(Credit: Saab)

At next week’s Euronaval exhibition in Paris, Saab will be unveiling the latest version of its Lightweight Torpedo (SLWT). Already ordered by Sweden and Finland, the compact submarine hunter/killer weapon is designed to be launched from a variety of sea and air platforms and is tailored to both blue water conditions and the complex environment of the shallow Baltic Sea. read more

ElektroCaster – 3D Printed Guitar

Frank Piesik's ElektroCaster has been entered in the 2018 Hackaday Prize
Frank Piesik’s ElektroCaster has been entered in the 2018 Hackaday Prize(Credit: Frank Piesik)

Instrument modder Frank Piesik has combined 3D printing, electronic hackery and touch sensing to create the ElektroCaster that bridges the gap between traditional guitars like a Telecaster and full-on electronic sound makers like the (no longer in production) Kitara. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Japan’s Supersonic Glide Weapon

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Yoshikaze Tsuno

Japan’s military, which has spent decades focused solely on self-defense, is making a new kind of weapon to deliver an explosive payload at supersonic speeds. The unconventional tech is designed to soften up enemy defenses with precision strikes before Japanese marines hit the beach, in a bid to help the country take back territory seized by potential adversaries in the future. read more