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New Graphene Running Shoe

In its quest to make better shoes, inov-8 collaborated with scientists at the University of Manchester's...
In its quest to make better shoes, inov-8 collaborated with scientists at the University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute

It might be a relatively new kid on the block, but graphene is already a rockstar of the material science scene, and we’re starting to get a better sense of how it will shake things up beyond the lab. More sensitive microphones, tougher roads and sandals that keep your feet cool are just a few examples, and following in the footwear vein, British shoemaker inov-8 has just unveiled what it says is the first running shoe to incorporate the wonder material and promise an unprecedented degree of grip as a result.

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Making Fracture-Resistant Cement

A close examination of the structure of sea urchin spines inspired researchers to find a way...
A close examination of the structure of sea urchin spines inspired researchers to find a way to create a new, more flexible type of cement(Credit: University of Konstanz)

The natural world is a constant source of inspiration for scientists and engineers. The latest biologically influenced innovation comes from a team of German researchers who developed a new type of stronger cement inspired by nanostructures found in sea urchin spines. read more

Brush Your Teeth in 3 Seconds Flat

In the three seconds it takes to clean your teeth you can touch up your hair
In the three seconds it takes to clean your teeth you can touch up your hair(Credit: Uniclo)

Back in July we reported on the Amabrush, a motorized mouthpiece that reportedly cleaned all your teeth in just 10 seconds. For those who felt that was still way too much time to be wasting cleaning your teeth we introduce the Unico, a smartbrush mouthpiece that is claimed to brush your teeth in just three seconds. read more

Solar Cell Creates Hydrogen

A replica of the UCLA device, which can produce both electricity and hydrogen
A replica of the UCLA device, which can produce both electricity and hydrogen(Credit: Reed Hutchinson/UCLA)

Hydrogen-powered vehicles are slowly hitting the streets, but although it’s a clean and plentiful fuel source, a lack of infrastructure for mass producing, distributing and storing hydrogen is still a major roadblock. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Laser Weapon for Fighter Aircraft

Lockheed Martin is helping the Air Force Research Lab develop and mature high energy laser weapon...
Lockheed Martin is helping the Air Force Research Lab develop and mature high energy laser weapon systems, including the high energy laser pictured in this rendering(Credit: Air Force Research Lab)

In a move that could revolutionize aerial combat, the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin a US$26.3 million contract to design, develop, and produce a high-power laser weapon that the AFRL wants to install and test on a tactical fighter jet by 2021. The new test weapon is part of the AFRL Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program tasked with developing airborne laser systems. read more

Best Headphones Ever

Nuraphones: a set of headphones that sounds amazing to everyone we've put them on
Nuraphones: a set of headphones that sounds amazing to everyone we’ve put them on(Credit: Loz Blain/New Atlas)

After a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign and more than a year of painstaking design, testing and production work, Nura has finally gone into production with its first consumer headphones, and I’ve had my hands on a set for the last month. These are not press freebies, either – after playing with the prototypes last year, I immediately slapped down my own money for a set. That’s a first for me. read more

Temperate Earth-sized Planet Found

Artist's impression of Ross 128 b, which was discovered orbiting a red dwarf star – the...
Artist’s impression of Ross 128 b, which was discovered orbiting a red dwarf star – the most common type of stellar body in the universe(Credit: ESO)

An international team of astronomers has discovered a temperate Earth-sized world with the potential to harbor alien life. The planet, known as Ross 128 b, is located a mere 11 light-years from Earth, and will one day become the closest exoplanet to our Sun, dethroning our current immediate neighbor exoplanet – Proxima b. read more

Bell’s New Concept Helicopter

Artist’s impression of the Bell FCX-001 concept rotorcraft(Credit: Bell)

Bell Helicopter isn’t known for indulging in concept aircraft, but it’s dipped its toes in the concept waters for the first time with the FCX-001. Unveiled at Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas, Texas, the rotorcraft concept features an airframe crafted from sustainable materials, a hybrid power system, an artificial intelligence co-pilot, and morphing rotor blades that change to suit different flight conditions. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Tactical Gloves Keep You Warm and Dry

High-tech fabric intended for gloves and other military clothing contains silver nanowires that could be heated...
High-tech fabric intended for gloves and other military clothing contains silver nanowires that could be heated to keep soldiers warm, while a hydrogel layer would absorb sweat(Credit: US Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center)

Keeping safe and comfortable in arctic conditions is a precarious balancing act between protecting one’s self against the cold without overheating. This is particularly true of a soldier’s hands and feet while working in the cold, so scientists from Stanford University and the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center are working on energized fabrics that heat up when powered, yet wick away sweat and dry easily. read more

The VW DeLorean

The Volkswagen Kombi complete with DeLorean-like gull-wing doors
The Volkswagen Kombi complete with DeLorean-like gull-wing doors(Credit: Velocity Motorcars)

There’s no doubt that nostalgia sells, and both the iconic Volkswagen Kombi and timeless Back to the Future movies have it in spades.

So maybe targeting a highly specific group of wealthy automotive aficionados that like both retro-Volkswagens and the Back To The Future movies isn’t as crazy as it sounds – or maybe it is. read more