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Electric Mini-Go Kart

 Flying over dirt, the electric French Kart
Flying over dirt, the electric French Kart(Credit: French Kart)

What could be more fun than roaring around tarmac driving a go-kart? Going off-road of course. And that’s what’s being offered by Marcel Beltran and his French Kart – an all-electric, all-terrain thrill machine that’s been in development since 2012. After a dozen or so prototypes, the quiet off-roader has hit Kickstarter to raise production funds. read more

Mini Solar Oven Capable of Boiling Water

The latest portable solar oven is the cheapest to date going for $99 on Kickstarter
The latest portable solar oven is the cheapest to date going for $99 on Kickstarter(Credit: GoSun)

Back in 2013 GoSun unveiled its first solar oven. Using parabolic mirrors to focus sunlight, this portable convection oven is designed to cook a variety of foods without the need for a traditional heat source. Now, after several different iterations, the company is launching its cheapest and most portable version, the GoSun Go. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Raytheon Drone Killing Energy Weapon

 The vehicle-mounted laser combines a solid state laser with an advanced variant of the company’s Multi-Spectral...
The vehicle-mounted laser combines a solid state laser with an advanced variant of the company’s Multi-Spectral Targeting System,  installed on a small, all-terrain Polaris militarized vehicle(Credit: Raytheon)

An energy weapon system built by Raytheon has clocked up an impressive score by taking out 45 drones during a recent US Army exercise. Part of this year’s Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX) at the Army’s Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the test involved a directed energy weapon that combines Raytheon’s high-power microwave beam and High Energy Laser (HEL) systems. read more

Harvard Breaking Down Bacterial Walls

In this artist's rendition of a bacterium, the blue dots represent the cell wall-building protein RodA...
In this artist’s rendition of a bacterium, the blue dots represent the cell wall-building protein RodA – and disrupting that protein’s function could be key to a new class of antibiotic(Credit: Harvard Medical School)

Bacteria can be hardy little creatures, thanks mostly to their strong cell walls that can protect them against drugs, viruses and other dangers. Finding ways to disarm these defenses is a key component of antibiotics, and now researchers at Harvard Medical School have identified a structural weakness that seems to be built into a range of bacterial species, potentially paving the way for a new class of widely-effective antibacterial drugs. read more

Robot Spider and Bat

 The Festo BionicWheelBot, in walking mode
The Festo BionicWheelBot, in walking mode(Credit: Festo)

Festo, the German electrical automation company that previously brought us a robotic dragonfly, kangaroo and penguin, is back with a couple of new creations – a spider that can roll like a wheel, and a bat that flies by autopilot.

Reminiscent of the Star Wars battle droids, the BionicWheelBot robotic spider was actually inspired by the flic-flac spider (cebrennus rechenbergi). In its native Sahara Desert habitat, that spider walks normally on uneven ground, but rolls/somersaults across smooth terrain – doing so is twice as fast as walking. read more

Seabreacher Personal Speed Boat

Incredible footage has revealed the breathtaking stunts possible in the Seabreacher, a personal torpedo speed boat made out of old fighter jet parts.

The vehicles – which come styled as sharks, killer whales or dolphins – can leap waves in a single bound and carry two passengers underwater.

Prices for the watercraft, which are a combination of jet-ski, racing boat and submarine, vary from around $80,000 (£56,000) to top-of-the-range models costing upwards of $100,000 (£71,000).

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Incredible footage has revealed the breathtaking stunts possible in the Seabreacher, a personal torpedo made out of old fighter jet parts (pictured)

Weapon Wednesday – New Kratos Combat Drone

The Kratos XQ-222 Valkyrie will act as an armed-to-the-teeth buddy for manned combat aircraft initially, but...
The Kratos XQ-222 Valkyrie will act as an armed-to-the-teeth buddy for manned combat aircraft initially, but swarms of combat drones now seem likely in the not-too-distant future(Credit: Kratos Defense)

Defense company Kratos has announced that it will show two low-cost combat drones at the Paris Air Show next week, offering an insight as to what military conflicts might look like in the foreseeable future – a manned combat jet leading dozens of 1,000 km/h lethally-armed unmanned companions. read more

The Perfect Camping Spork

The Morsel Spork: 18 months of hardcore engineering and testing distilled into a single camping utensil
The Morsel Spork: 18 months of hardcore engineering and testing distilled into a single camping utensil(Credit: Morsel Spork)

If you’re going to spend a whole 18 months re-designing the camping spork, you might as well make the world’s most badass single outdoor eating/cooking contraption. And that, in the estimation of its creators, is what we’re looking at here with the Morsel Spork. read more

New Metal-Organic Glass

Researchers have created a new type of glass, dubbed ZIF-62, made from metal-organic compounds
Researchers have created a new type of glass, dubbed ZIF-62, made from metal-organic compounds(Credit: Wavebreakmedia/Depositphotos)

The glass we’re most familiar with is made from silicon dioxide, but materials like boron, polymers and metals have also been used. Now, an international team of scientists have developed a brand new class of glass, made from metal-organic compounds. These new materials form glass more readily than other types, and are much more pliable. read more

Limitless Source of Energy?

Zapping tiny wires with lasers in the lab has achieved what giant physics experiments costing millions have sought to, record breaking nuclear fusion.

Experts believe this limitless source of green energy is right around the corner and findings like this could help to make it a reality.

Fusion reactions happen in the centre of stars when light elements like hydrogen smash together to form heavier elements, like helium.

Huge amounts of energy are released that can be harvested, with no harmful pollutants like carbon and radioactive waste being produced. read more