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A Lego Bugatti?

The test drive of the Lego Chiron took place at the Ehra Lessien proving grounds in...
The test drive of the Lego Chiron took place at the Ehra Lessien proving grounds in Germany(Credit: Lego Technic)

A bit too late to order a coveted Bugatti Chiron? More of a do-it-yourselfer? Why not make one from Lego Technic parts? That’s what Lego has done, building a full-sized, functioning Chiron almost entirely from Legos, right down to the powerplant. It may not be fast, but it’s really dang cool. read more

Wristband Mosquito Repellent

Plans call for the Nopixgo wristband to be available in a choice of five colors

Plans call for the  Nopixgo wristband to be available in a choice of five colors(Credit:NopixGlobal)

While we’ve seen a number of devices that use ultrasound to ward off mosquitos, many people maintain that such deterrent systems just don’t work. The Nopixgo Mosquito Bite Protection Wristband takes a different approach, emitting electromagnetic waves instead. read more

IBM’s Coffee Delivery Drone

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A new patent from IBM could bring new meaning to instant coffee. The patent describes a drone that could detect when a person is tiring and fly over with a cup of coffee on demand—so no need to worry if yours is the one street corner without a Starbucks.

In its patent, IBM imagines a drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, flying over a group of people and: read more

Feher Lid Air Conditioned Motorcycle Helmet

Feher Helmets: cooling the head can make a big difference to how your whole body feels...
Feher Helmets: cooling the head can make a big difference to how your whole body feels on a long, hot ride(Credit: Feher Helmets)

Steve Feher wants to cool motorcyclists’ heads, using the same technology he invented to cool drivers’ butts. The Feher helmet is the world’s first fully integrated air conditioned motorcycle helmet, and it claims to keep your head 10-15 degrees cooler than the outside world. read more

Samsung S10 Screen Can Repair Itself

Samsung is thought to be releasing its flagship handset the S10 in 2019 and a patent application suggests it may be fitted with a futuristic self-healing screen.

The revolutionary display would be able to fix any cracks or scratches on the screen without the owner needing to do anything.

According to a patent filed with the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the screen will also be impervious to any scuffs, scratches and fingerprint marks.

The technology has been teased in small doses before and the patent also mentions the possibility of it being applied to ‘flexible devices’ which could open the door for foldable phones.

Samsung is thought to be releasing its flagship handset the S10 in 2019 and it may be fitted with a futuristic self-healing screen. The revolutionary display could see the end of irritating scratches that obscure the screen (stock)

Rather Have a Holographic Wife?

A Japanese firm is hoping a tiny holographic girl could take the place of a wife.

Called Aizuma Hikari, the tiny holographic anime girl that stands just a few inches tall inside of a cylindrical projector.

Japanese tech firm Gatebox says the system is able to communicate with its owners, called ‘masters’, through speakers and even an app.

The Tokyo-based firm says it is aimed at ‘single men who live alone’.

The system has just begun mass production for 150,000 yen (US$1,352). The holographic character stands 8 inches tall and talks to her 'husband' from behind a cylindrical plastic barrier.

Weapon Wednesday – Army Continues Development of High Energy Laser

Artist's concept of the High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator
Artist’s concept of the High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator(Credit: Lockheed Martin)

The US Army is moving forward with a new 100-kW laser weapon, awarding US$10 million to Lockheed Martin and Dynetics to continue development of the High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD). read more

New Gel Neutralizes Snake Venom

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

New Versatile Bike Trailer

The Trenux folds up and out of the way for easy travel
The Trenux folds up and out of the way for easy travel(Credit: Trenux)

Bike trailers are super-handy if you need to haul cargo, but they can become a burden the minute you empty that cargo and just want to ride your bicycle without a trailer rattling around behind you. German start-up Trenux aims to solve this disparity, offering a lightweight, go-everywhere bike trailer that folds up onto the back of the bike when not in use. Ride all over town with it secured on the bike, fold it out in seconds the minute you need it, pedal your cargo from A to B, and then fold it back away for next time.
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Oldest Meteorite Ever Recorded Found

This strange space rock, known as NWA 11119, has been found to be the oldest igneous...
This strange space rock, known as NWA 11119, has been found to be the oldest igneous meteorite ever recorded(Credit: University of New Mexico)

The asteroids that are whizzing around our little corner of space are basically the crumbs left over from the formation of the solar system, and that means they have a lot to tell us about those early years. Now, scientists have studied a particularly weird space rock and found that it’s the oldest known igneous meteorite, dating back to one of the very first volcanic eruptions in the solar system. read more