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Don’t Just Jump Into an Expensive Smartphone

It's getting harder to justify purchasing a high-end phone, partly due to impressive budget-minded phones like...
It’s getting harder to justify purchasing a high-end phone, partly due to impressive budget-minded phones like the OnePlus 3T(Credit: Will Shanklin/New Atlas)

Premium smartphone flagships cost as much as 2-3 times more than their mid-ranged counterparts. In today’s market, the advantages of a more expensive phone are less distinct than ever. Here’s why even buyers that appreciate high-end builds and a buttery smooth software experience should think twice before paying top dollar for the latest and greatest. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Navy Rail Gun

The US Navy is testing an electromagnetic gun that can fire projectiles at six times the speed of sound.

Described as ‘Star Wars technology’ by researchers, these powerful missiles don’t rely on chemical propellants and are fuelled by electricity alone.

Strong magnetic fields are created by electricity on the ship and a ‘pulse power system’ to sent propellants flying at 4,500mph.

The technology has previously been shown to penetrate concrete at 100 miles away.

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The US Navy is testing an electromagnetic gun that can fire projectiles at six times the speed of sound 
The US Navy are testing an electromagnetic gun that can fire ammo at 4,500 mph

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Planes With Wings Like Birds

Planes of the future are being inspired by the design of the world’s fastest bird, the peregrine falcon, which can stay in control at speeds of up to 200 mph.

These bird-like planes could be lighter, faster and more maneuverable than today’s stiff-winged aircraft.

Technologies being developed include ‘sensory feathers’ that could predict if something is going wrong with the plane.

The nature-inspired craft could be in our skies in as little as 20 years time.

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 Scientists at BAE Systems and City, University of London have been studying how falcons fly in order to develop new technologies  
Scientists at BAE Systems and City, University of London have been studying how falcons fly in order to develop new technologies

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Glasses Can Achieve Super Human Vision

There are colors all around us that we cannot see – but a new pair of glasses could soon change that.

While human color vision relies on three types of photoreceptor cone cells, the specs essentially trick the eyes into having a fourth, allowing a person to see distinct hues that would otherwise appear identical.

The design opens the door to a slew of new ‘meta-colors,’ revealing a much wider array of blues, violets, and purples, and the researchers say it could one day be taken even further to double our number of effective cone types.

While the human color vision system relies on three types of photoreceptor cone cells, the specs essentially trick the eyes into having a fourth, allowing humans to see distinct hues that would otherwise appear identical
While the human color vision system relies on three types of photoreceptor cone cells, the specs essentially trick the eyes into having a fourth, allowing humans to see distinct hues that would otherwise appear identical

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Electric Skateboard – Motors in the Wheels

Each JayKay e-truck wheel has its own motor, the batteries are integrated into the axle and...
Each JayKay e-truck wheel has its own motor, the batteries are integrated into the axle and the electronics enclosed within the housing(Credit: JayKay)

Adding electric motion to your board can result in some under-deck chunkiness or somewhat bulky trucks spoiling the aesthetic. Germany’s JayKay says it’s managed to cram all of the electronics, electric motors and even the battery into a longboard truck that looks pretty much the same size as a non-electric flavor.

Currently at the working prototype stage, Daniel Jäger, Benedict Kuhlmann and Isabell Armbruster are aiming to take their electric longboard trucks, or e-trucks for short, to Kickstarter in May to help fund production. The e-trucks will come in synchronized pairs and have been designed to be mounted to most off-the-shelf longboard decks, and are reported good for boards with or without cut-outs. The JayKay team plans to make ready to ride and install yourself kit options available.

Either way, JayKay says that riders can expect to zoom along at up to 30 km/h (18.6 mph) for a range of 12 km (7.5 mi). If the integrated four cells per axle batteries do run out of juice, riders can freewheel their way home, stick it on quick charge for an hour, or battery-save charge for 3 hours, and then jump on and zip off again. Regen braking could also help eke out a few more miles of motor-driven board action before needing to recharge via USB-C, though there’s also an induction coil in the baseplate for Qi wireless charging.

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Yes Virginia – America Does Have Free Market Medical Care

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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What is the number one complaint amongst conservatives regarding healthcare? That it is completely void of the free market. Whether it is ObamaCare, or what we currently know of RyanCare, for all intents and purposes, the free market simply doesn’t exist.

We on the right understand that free market forces like competition and innovation are the keystones to any successful industry – any mutually beneficial transaction. Insurance is no different.

Health Insurance, which, to reiterate for the thousandth time, is not healthcare, anymore than auto insurance equals car repair, etc. We would never think of attempting to use our auto insurance for a tire change or a new muffler. Yet we don’t think twice about using our health insurance when we see a doctor for the common cold.

And why? Simple, as we know. It’s called third party payer, or worse, single payer. As long as we perceive that someone, the insurance company, will pay for the visit, we don’t ask what the charges are before service is rendered. We don’t ask after the services are rendered, nor do most even care. It’s the antithesis of the free market. read more

Foldable Kayak

The HYPAR has a look that's all its own
The HYPAR has a look that’s all its own(Credit: HYPAR)

If an upcoming Indiegogo campaign goes as planned, there will soon be yet another folding boat on the market. Already we’ve got the Oru folding kayak, along with the Onak and MyCanoe folding canoes. The makers of the HYPAR kayak are hoping for similar success, with a boat that sports a unique design. read more

Nonogel Antivenom

A new nanogel could make for a better snake antivenom, by sequestering the toxins within the...
A new nanogel could make for a better snake antivenom, by sequestering the toxins within the bloodstream(Credit: SURZet/Depositphotos)

According to the World Health Organization, snakes bite an estimated 5 million people each year, killing more than 100,000 of those victims and permanently injuring hundreds of thousands more. Current antivenoms might not be saving lives as efficiently as they could be, given that they’re difficult and expensive to produce, distribute and administer. Now, researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have developed a synthetic alternative with a long shelf-life that can neutralize the venom from several species of snakes. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Mortar Tech

We need ammo!!

Comin’ right up!

 U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Avery Cunningham

The U.S. Army is researching a new way to resupply troops: by bombing them with mortars. The service was recently granted a patent for a method that uses hollow artillery shells, GPS, and parasails to deliver goods to soldiers pinned down on the battlefield.

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