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Mercedes 515 Project One

The 515 Project One makes its debut at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show
The 515 Project One makes its debut at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show

For more than a decade, Mercedes and Cigarette Racing have been creating some cross-industry synergy, a collaboration that has resulted in eight special edition boats inspired by Mercedes sports cars. There have been some superlative machines, including the AMG Electric Drive Concept and the GT S Concept, and now that Mercedes-AMG is busy building its most advanced hypercar of all time, it follows that the ninth team-up boat is just as cutting edge.
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RV’s Have Come a Long Way

Furrion Elysium and Hercules-Limitless all lined up and ready to party
Furrion Elysium and Hercules-Limitless all lined up and ready to party(Credit: Furrion)

During the annual melee of CES 2018, the world seemed to have largely overlooked one of the largest, most tech-packed debuts of the show. Lifestyle technology company Furrion revealed an all-out glamping tractor-trailer packed with everything from a restaurant-level kitchen to a complete smarthome-like entertainment system. A combination of a fifth wheel trailer and a sleeper semi cab, the new concept joined Furrion’s 2017 Elysium, an A-list Type A motorhome concept with built-in helipad and hot tub on its roof. Furrion has taken the concept of the ultra-luxurious “land yacht” glamper to new heights. read more

LG’s Portable 4K Projector

LG says its HU80KA is portable and about half the size of its competitors
LG says its HU80KA is portable and about half the size of its competitors

With regard to your living room, LG is turning up to CES all guns blazing this year, preparing to show off the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED displaywith its very first 4K projector alongside it. read more

$40 Million Bugatti Wins Best of Best

The exquisite lines of the 1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Coupé Atlantic which took top honors...
The exquisite lines of the 1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Coupé Atlantic which took top honors in the 2017 Peninsula Classics Best of the Best award in Paris(Credit: Peninsula Classics)

A 1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic was last night awarded the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award in Paris. Fast becoming regarded as the defacto world championship for concours cars, the Best of the Best Award pits the winning cars from each of the eight most important concours events around the world each year, and has them judged by a panel of experts, creating an annual champion of champions. This year it was predictably the Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic, one of the world’s most valuable cars. read more

Development of Super-Wood

A new densification process can make "super wood" that's 12 times stronger than natural wood
A new densification process can make “super wood” that’s 12 times stronger than natural wood(Credit: University of Maryland)

Titanium alloys are some of the strongest materials we can build with, but they can be expensive. Now, researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have come up with a way to make an alternative that literally grows on trees. read more

Bacteria Poops Gold

German and Australian researchers have figured out how a bacteria called C. metallidurans can consume toxic...
German and Australian researchers have figured out how a bacteria called C. metallidurans can consume toxic metals and excrete tiny gold nuggets, like that shown here(Credit: Technical University of Munich (TUM))

If the goose that laid the golden egg had a real-life counterpart, it would be C. metallidurans. This hardy little bacterium consumes toxic metals and excretes tiny gold nuggets, but how and why it does so has never been fully understood. Now, German and Australian researchers have peered inside the microorganism and figured out that mechanism. read more

Worms that Eat Plastic

Wax worms usually feed on beeswax (hence their name) but according to this new study, they're...
Wax worms usually feed on beeswax (hence their name) but according to this new study, they’re not averse to polyethylene either(Credit: César Hernández/CSIC)

Plastic bags are a bane of modern life. As you read this, nearly two million of them are being used around the world right now. By the time the year is over, this number will probably reach a trillion, ending up in landfills, oceans, streams, and the digestive tracts of marine animals. Over the years, scientists have been coming up with various solutions to tackle this problem, from devising ways to give it a second lease of life to making greener and more sustainable plastics. But nature might have a simpler solution: wax worms. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Navy Recovers NASA’s Orion Space Capsule

Navy divers from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 attach an inflatable ring to NASA's...
Navy divers from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 attach an inflatable ring to NASA’s Orion test vehicle(Credit: US Navy)

The US Navy has completed the latest in a series of sea trials to work out the bugs of recovering NASA’s Orion space capsule after its end-of-mission splashdown. The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) completed Underway Recovery Test-6 (URT-6) on January 23, which involved the launch and recovery by special boat teams and Navy divers of a floating mock-up of the spacecraft under a variety of sea conditions, at night as well as daytime. read more