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$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

Remote Control Drone Buoy

Noras U-Safe: light enough to carry and throw around
Noras U-Safe: light enough to carry and throw around(Credit: Noras Performance)

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Here’s a nifty lifesaving idea from Noras Performance out of Portugal. U-Safe is a lifesaving buoy that can drive itself around in the water by remote control, meaning it can reach a victim quickly, and transport them to safety if need be.

The U-shaped U-safe is a battery powered device you can use in place of any lifesaving “donut.” When it’s thrown in the water, it propels itself using a pair of electric turbines that take in water and fire it out the back. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Boeing’s In-Flight Drone Refueler

Boeing’s MQ-25 unmanned aircraft system is completing engine runs before heading to the flight ramp for...
Boeing’s MQ-25 unmanned aircraft system is completing engine runs before heading to the flight ramp for deck handling demonstrations next year(Credit: Boeing)

Boeing has lifted the lid ever so slightly on its entry in the US Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray unmanned tanker competition. The company released a partial image of the swept-wing drone that is currently completing engine runs before starting deck-handling demonstrations next year. read more

Flying Segway?

The Zapata Ezfly is a jet-powered flying Segway that it seems almost anyone can fly
The Zapata Ezfly is a jet-powered flying Segway that it seems almost anyone can fly(Credit:Zapata)

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The Zapata Ezfly looks for all intents and purposes like a Segway of the sky. You stand on a small platform equipped with a series of jet thrusters, holding two handgrips that come up from the base, then rise up into the air and zoom around, steering with your bodyweight. read more