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Cardboard Delivery Drone

Once the goods have arrived, the drones biodegrade in a matter of days
Once the goods have arrived, the drones biodegrade in a matter of days

In developing regions where lack of road infrastructure is problematic for those in the business of moving goods, drones are already having an impact. But also problematic is the fact that the people sending drones off to do the courier work kinda need them back again. A new cardboard drone being funded by DARPA won’t concern itself with such limitations, with the ability to deliver vital goods and disappear soon after the job is done.
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Two Candidates Chosen to go to Titan

Dragonfly is a dual-quadcopter lander that would take advantage of the environment on Titan to fly...
Dragonfly is a dual-quadcopter lander that would take advantage of the environment on Titan to fly to multiple locations(Credit: NASA)

NASA has ramped up its next phase of space exploration by green lighting further development of two unmanned mission concepts. Scheduled to launch sometime in the mid-2020s, the proposed missions include the Comet Astrobiology Exploration Sample Return (CAESAR) spacecraft, which is designed to bring back comet materials to Earth, and the Dragonfly dual quadcopter, which is designed to fly about in the atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Bell’s New Tilt Rotor

Bell Helicopter's V-280 Valor tilt-rotor aircraft makes its maiden flight
Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor tilt-rotor aircraft makes its maiden flight(Credit: Bell Helicopter/YouTube)

Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor tilt-rotor aircraft has taken to the skies for the first time. The December 18 flight at the company’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas comes only a little over two months after the prototype made its first tethered flight at the same location. read more

Magic Leap Augmented Reality

The Magic Leap One, with Lightpack and controller
The Magic Leap One, with Lightpack and controller(Credit: Magic Leap)

Magic Leap has been teasing a mysterious, game-changing augmented reality device for several years now, earning hundreds of millions of dollars in investment along the way, and today it finally revealed some actual hardware. Meet the Magic Leap One, available to developers from next year.

In terms of the capabilities of the Magic Leap One, it looks like we’re in for the same AR features we’ve seen from the likes of the Microsoft HoloLens and ARKit on iOS: digital graphics seamlessly merged with the real world, as you move around. read more

Italian Family Feels No Pain

Scientists have isolated a genetic mutation that appears to render an Italian family unable to feel...
Scientists have isolated a genetic mutation that appears to render an Italian family unable to feel pain, and the find may help develop new treatments for people suffering chronic pain(Credit: zimmytws/Depositphotos)

Unpleasant as it is, pain serves an important function by telling us that something is wrong. But for people suffering from chronic pain conditions, the message is blaring constantly, and conventional painkillers aren’t all that effective. Now, a new hope for relief might have been found in the strange case of an Italian family, who all have a genetic mutation that makes them feel almost no pain at all. read more

Royal Navy’s Largest Warship

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest ship ever built for the Royal Navy
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest ship ever built for the Royal Navy(Credit: Royal Navy)

The British supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth officially joined the Royal Navy today at Portsmouth naval base. On the hangar deck of the 65,000-tonne (71,650-ton) ship, her Lady Sponsor, Queen Elizabeth II, formally oversaw the ceremony as Captain Jerry Kyd, the Commanding Officer, read the commissioning warrant that confirmed the future flagship as an active part of the fleet and the White Ensign and commissioning pennants were raised for the first time. read more

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