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The Brabham BT62 Racer

The Brabham BT62 weighs in at a mere 972 kilograms (2,143 pounds, dry) and has a...
The Brabham BT62 weighs in at a mere 972 kilograms (2,143 pounds, dry) and has a huge 5.4-liter V8 that outputs 700 bhp (522 kW) and 667 Nm (492 pound-feet) of torque(Credit:Brabham)

After some fits and starts, the Brabham name is back in business as a race car manufacturer with the debut of the awesome little BT62. The track-focused BT62 features a phenomenal power to weight ratio and builds on the legacy of a name that dominated Formula racing for decades. read more

Self-Balancing Electric Unicycle

John Dingley hasn't yet ridden his Mega Hub Motor Electric Unicycle at full power
John Dingley hasn’t yet ridden his Mega Hub Motor Electric Unicycle at full power(Credit: John Dingley)

John Dingley, the guy behind last year’s electric luge, has been in the workshop again. This time he’s been working on a new version of his self-balancing electric unicycle. Similar to the Ryno, but home built and using a brushless motor. read more

Surefly Flying Taxi

The Surefly takes to the air with a passenger for the first time
The Surefly takes to the air with a passenger for the first time(Credit: YouTube)

The flying taxi scene is now a bustling place, but some are moving faster than others. Where some startups have taken years to move past the prototype stage, others are launching right into things. Workhorse first unveiled its Surefly flying car at the Paris Air Show in June last year, and has now sent it into the air with a person inside for the first time. read more

Infinitely-Recyclable Plastics

A sample of the infinitely-recyclable polymer developed at Colorado State University
A sample of the infinitely-recyclable polymer developed at Colorado State University(Credit:Bill Cotton/Colorado State University)

As useful as it is, plastic isn’t the most environmentally-friendly material. Our constant use of the stuff has seen huge amounts of it lodged in Arctic sea ice, penetrating to the deepest parts of the ocean and even travelling up the food chain. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Quantum Radar Will Negate Stealth Technology

The new quantum radar would negate the near-invisibility of stealth aircraft like the B-2 Spirit bomber
The new quantum radar would negate the near-invisibility of stealth aircraft like the B-2 Spirit bomber(Credit: USAF)

Stealth technology may not be very stealthy in the future thanks to a US$2.7-million project by the Canadian Department of National Defence to develop a new quantum radar system. The project, led by Jonathan Baugh at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), uses the phenomenon of quantum entanglement to eliminate heavy background noise, thereby defeating stealth anti-radar technologies to detect incoming aircraft and missiles with much greater accuracy. read more

Hologram Video Conferencing

TeleHuman 2 supports multiple viewers looking from any angle
TeleHuman 2 supports multiple viewers looking from any angle(Credit: Queen’s University)

Plain old video calls could soon be made to look very outdated, thanks to new research coming out of Queen’s University in Ontario. A team there has produced a 3D teleconferencing system called TeleHuman 2, which enables real-time holograms of people to appear in any location. read more

Floating Pyramid City

Wayaland would include houses, hotels, retail areas, and cinemas
Wayaland would include houses, hotels, retail areas, and cinemas(Credit: Pierpaolo Lazzarini)

Pierpaolo Lazzarini, the Italian designer behind the UFO 2.0 floating home, has conceived a floating community made up of solar-powered pyramid-shaped buildings. The Wayaland project is still very much in the concept stage at present, but Lazzarini is hoping to raise the funds necessary to begin construction on it with a crowdfunding campaign. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Lockheed Hypersonic Missile

The X-51 hypersonic test vehicle
The X-51 hypersonic test vehicle(Credit: US Air Force)

It appears that the US Air Force is taking recent reports of Russian and Chinese hypersonic weapon systems seriously, as it’s upped its game by awarding Lockheed Martin a contract worth up to US$928 million to develop a conventional strike weapon capable of flying over five times the speed of sound. read more

New Hydrogel Stronger than Steel

The newly developed fiber-reinforced hydrogel consists of polyampholyte gels and glass fiber fabric
The newly developed fiber-reinforced hydrogel consists of polyampholyte gels and glass fiber fabric(Credit: Hokkaido University)

Hydrogels have shown significant potential in everything from wound dressings to soft robots, but their applications have been limited from their lack of toughness – until now. read more

Auto Fabrica’s Type 11 Motorcycle

Auto Fabrica's Type 11 Prototype 3: a track-only proof of concept
Auto Fabrica’s Type 11 Prototype 3: a track-only proof of concept(Credit: Yamaha)

Yamaha is keen to highlight the custom building potential of its XSR900 cafe racer, sponsoring a series of “yard built” customs that take it in a number of different directions. This one’s wacky enough to really catch our eye. UK custom house Auto Fabrica put together a retro-futuristic cafe racer it’s calling the Type 11. read more