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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Plain old video calls could soon be made to look very outdated, thanks to new research coming out of Queen’s University in Ontario.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

Sweden’s Electric Highway

The Swedish project eRoadArlanda powers electric vehicles through a slot car-like track embedded in the road
The Swedish project eRoadArlanda powers electric vehicles through a slot car-like track embedded in the road(Credit: eRoadArlanda)

In a move that will probably delight anyone who raced slot cars as a kid (or an adult), the Swedish Transport Administration has just opened a 2-km (1.2-mi) stretch of electrified road that works the same way. The project, dubbed eRoadArlanda, involves embedding electric rails into the road surface to power electric vehicles through a contact arm hanging down from under the car. read more

Terrafugia Flying Taxi

Terrafugia says its TF-2 would be able to drop off a pod full of passengers and...
Terrafugia says its TF-2 would be able to drop off a pod full of passengers and be lifting off with another within two minutes

The flying taxi space has welcomed a lot of newcomers over the past couple of years. But before the likes of Uber, Workhorse and the Volocopter swooped into the scene, Terrafugia had been testing the waters for more than a decade with a variety of flying taxi designs. And this old dog has new tricks in it yet, with a new concept dubbed the TF-2 that features a detachable pod for on-ground transit to and from the launchpad. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Trump’s Space Force

President Trump has reawakened the idea of a US military "space force," despite congress already discussing...
President Trump has reawakened the idea of a US military “space force,” despite congress already discussing the issue extensively last year(Credit: sgtphoto/Depositphotos)

In a speech delivered to US Marines today in San Diego, President Donald Trump declared support for the United States developing a new space-based branch of the military, called the “Space Force.” read more

HD Audio on Vinyl

HD vinyl uses computer modeling to create a topographic 3D map of the audio that then...
HD vinyl uses computer modeling to create a topographic 3D map of the audio that then is laser engraved onto a ceramic stamping plate(Credit: hurricanehank/Depositphotos)

Austrian company Rebeat is looking to fundamentally change the way vinyl records are mastered, promising to bring what it calls “HD vinyl” to stores sometime in 2019. With the triumphant resurgence of vinyl in recent years as other forms of physical media sales have dwindled, this attempt at “high definition vinyl” is claimed to result in longer playing time, more amplitude than current records, and better sound quality. read more

A Cancer Kill Switch

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a way to trigger an ancient cancer "kill switch" hidden...
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a way to trigger an ancient cancer “kill switch” hidden in our genes(Credit: ralwel/Depositphotos)

Cancer is one of our most persistent enemies, but while we now have advanced immune systems to fight the good fight, how did early multicellular life manage to stave it off? A genetic “kill switch” seems to have been the original weapon of choice, and now researchers at Northwestern University believe they’ve discovered a way to trigger that mechanism. This knowledge could potentially pave the way to a therapy where cancer cells commit suicide, which would be impossible for cancer cells to adapt a resistance to. read more