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New Multi-Mission Quadcopter

The AT Transporter technology demonstrator is already built and being flown
The AT Transporter technology demonstrator is already built and being flown(Credit: Advanced Tactics)

There are plenty of companies out there working on VTOL manned multirotor designs, from Joby Aviation and eVolo to Jetpack Aviation and Russia’s Hoversurf. But there’s only one group we’re aware of that’s actually already built and tested a vehicle capable of doing 70 mph (113 km/h) on the highway and flying 10,000 feet in the air – and that’s Advanced Tactics, Inc, (AT) out of Torrance, California, which has just announced the AT Transporter, a multi-mission quadcopter capable of carrying up to six people or 1,200 lb (544 kg) of cargo. read more

No Filter Water Purification

A new water purification technique relies on an injection of CO2 gas into a water stream...
A new water purification technique relies on an injection of CO2 gas into a water stream rather than filters or membranes to separate particles from water(Credit: brozova/Depositphotos)

Most common water purification methods rely on mechanical filters or a membrane to remove contaminants. But over time, these become clogged and need to be replaced. A new technology developed by researchers at Princeton University doesn’t require filters at all, instead relying on the injection of CO2 gas to change the water’s chemistry and separate waste particles based on their electrical charge. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Chinese Mag-Drive Submarine

China has developed a new magnetic propulsion motor that could make nuclear submarines far stealthier, state media have claimed.

According to a new report, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has tested the country’s first permanent system of this kind, paving the way for quieter and more elusive high-speed vessels.

The new magnetic drive, if successful, could bring the Chinese navy more on par with the US and other Western naval forces.

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China has developed a new magnetic propulsion motor that could make nuclear submarines far stealthier, state media have claimed. A Chinese Navy nuclear submarine is pictured above, during a celebration in 2009

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New Cancer Treatment Won’t Harm Healthy Cells

Iridium, a rare metal brought to Earth by asteroids, has been found to be an effective...Iridium, a rare metal brought to Earth by asteroids, has been found to be an effective cancer-killer(Credit: Shad.off/Depositphotos)

Over 65 million years ago, an asteroid some 10 km (6 mi) wide crashed into the Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. Strangely, the legacy of this huge space rock could include a treatment for cancer after scientists from the UK and China demonstrated that iridium – a rare metal delivered to Earth by the asteroid – can be enlisted to kill cancer without harming healthy cells. read more

Peek Inside iPhone X

While ripping apart your new $999 phone may seem a stupid idea, the first teardowns of the iPhone X have revealed its internals were as radically redesigned as its exterior.

These incredible images from iFixit reveal several surprises inside the handset.

Apple managed to cram in two batteries for instance, allowing them to arrange them in an L shape to optimise space.

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What you get for $999: iFixit took its iPhone X apart to reveal the handset has been radically redesigned on the inside as well as the outside. It found two batteries and a radical 'folded' circuit board.

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Neom – Saudi $500 Billion New City

The building site for Neom: a futuristic city where the desert meets the Red Sea, with...
The building site for Neom: a futuristic city where the desert meets the Red Sea, with views of Egypt across the water, and plans for a giant bridge to cross the span(Credit: Discover Neom)

Saudi Arabia is looking toward a post-oil future by sinking some US$500 billion into a massive, ultra-futuristic megacity project it calls Neom (or Neo-Mostaqbal; new future). Saudi Crown Prince Mohhamed bin Salman announced the giant project on Tuesday, a brand new city on the intersection of three countries, where “there is no room for old thinking.” read more

Self-Balancing Motorcycle

Honda on Wednesday showcased a new motorcycle that can stand unaided with or without a rider, using technology the firm learned from developing a walking humanoid.

Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda’s Riding Assist-e is an all-electric concept motorbike that constantly assesses its position and moves the steering bar to ensure the heavy machine stays upright.

For years, international bike manufacturers have experimented with various forms of gyroscopes to stop motorcycles falling over, said Hiroyuki Nakata, the engineer behind the idea.

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Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda's Riding Assist-e is an all-electric concept motorbike that constantly assesses its position and moves the steering bar to ensure the heavy machine stays upright

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Oldest Tsunami Victim Discovered

A 6,000-year-old human skull discovered in a swamp almost a century ago could be from the world’s earliest known tsunami victim.

In 1929, Australian geologist Paul Hossfeld stumbled on a partial human skull in a mangrove outside the coastal town of Aitape in Papua New Guinea.

Originally thought to belong to Homo erectus, the skull was subsequently dated to the mid-Holocene period.

New research into the area the skull was buried in suggests the individual fell victim to a violent ancient tsunami.

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In 1929, Australian geologist Paul Hossfeld stumbled on a partial human skull (pictured) in a mangrove outside the coastal town of Aitape in Papua New Guinea. New research into the area the skull was buried suggests the individual fell victim to a violent ancient tsunami

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Next Gen Flip Phone

ZTE's dual-screen Axon M smartphone
ZTE’s dual-screen Axon M smartphone

Is this the future of smartphones? So far the biggest innovations we’ve seen in mobile this year have been bigger screens and smaller bezels, but Chinese manufacturer ZTE has raised the bar with its Axon M, the first foldable handset with a dual display, suggesting a host of potential uses.

You could browse the web on one screen and compose an email on the other perhaps, or watch Netflix on one display while Twitter scrolls across the second one. Both screens are 5.2 inches diagonally, combining to make a 6.75-inch, 1,920 x 2,160 panel with the two displays both facing forward (admittedly with a large join in the middle).

Maybe the Axon M will be most useful for productivity apps, allowing you to type away on a document in landscape mode without obscuring three-quarters of the screen with a keyboard. ZTE says a three-finger swipe sends apps between screens, or you can have them configured to act like one whole display.

In tent mode, the ZTE Axon M offers gamers the opportunity to play against each other
 Games could also benefit from the dual-screen approach, as with the Nintendo DS family of devices, and if you set the phone up in a tent shape you can play against a friend sat opposite, one screen each. That kind of experience will need some effort on the part of developers, though.

Curiosity Needs an Overhaul

Two of the raised treads, called grousers, on the left middle wheel of NASA's Curiosity Mars...
Two of the raised treads, called grousers, on the left middle wheel of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover broke during the first quarter of 2017(Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been driving across Mars for over four-and-a-half years without an overhaul and it’s starting to show. read more