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Weapon Wednesday – Army Walrus Airship

Moving an elephant atom by atom costs a lot more than moving the elephant in one pre-assembled lump. And that is what the US Army’s Project Walrus is about – putting together an entire action unit of war machinery, with all the wiring and plumbing preinstalled, and placing it in the most strategic place. read more

The Nautilus Eco-Resort

The Nautilus Eco-Resort showcases Vincent Callebaut's unique take on futuristic sustainable architecture
The Nautilus Eco-Resort showcases Vincent Callebaut’s unique take on futuristic sustainable architecture(Credit: Vincent Callebaut Architectures)

Regular readers are likely familiar with Vincent Callebaut Architectures. The Paris-based firm continues to refine its unique take on sustainable architecture with its latest concept, the Nautilus Eco-Resort. Envisioned for the Philippines, the ambitious project would include rotating buildings and enough sustainable technology to ensure a surplus of energy is produced.

The Nautilus Eco-Resort would be located in a bay in an unspecified location in the Philippines, in shallow, calm waters, and would be supported on telescopic piles. The buildings would arranged into a shape inspired by the Fibonacci sequence.

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Batteries Going Nuclear

A new nuclear-powered, water-based battery may one day be used as a dependable power supply in...
A new nuclear-powered, water-based battery may one day be used as a dependable power supply in vehicles, spacecraft, and other applications

Researchers working at the University of Missouri (MU) claim to have produced a prototype of a nuclear-powered, water-based battery that is said to be both longer-lasting and more efficient than current battery technologies and may eventually be used as a dependable power supply in vehicles, spacecraft, and other applications where longevity, reliability, and efficiency are paramount. read more

New 1000 HP Mercedes Project ONE

The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE show car
The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE show car(Credit: Mercedes-AMG)

Mercedes-AMG released full details of its much-anticipated Project One today, ahead of a launch at this week’s International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main. The two-seater supersports show car will feature Formula One technology in every aspect, offering over 1,000 hp and a top speed beyond 350 km/h (217 mph). read more

Weapon Wednesday – Royal Navy Sub Concept

The Nautilus 100 mothership would act as a major command and control hub, information collector and...
The Nautilus 100 mothership would act as a major command and control hub, information collector and disseminator, weapon carrier and underwater flagship(Credit: UKNEST)

In 2015, the Royal Navy released its concept of the surface warship of 2050. Now the RN is casting its crystal ball beyond 2050 by asking a team of young engineers from UKNEST to develop concepts for future British submarines. With designs that mimic sea animals, the manned and unmanned concept undersea vessels are intended to handle a variety of tasks in a future world experiencing intense competition between nations for ocean resources. read more

Life Extended by 20 Percent

A sample of the mitochondria (shown in green) of the fruit flies used in the study....
A sample of the mitochondria (shown in green) of the fruit flies used in the study. Upper left was taken at 10 days old, upper right at 28 days, and both lower images are from 37 days old. The bottom-right image though, shows how the mitochondria was reduced to a size typical of younger flies after treatment with Drp1 protein.(Credit: Nature Communications/Anil Rana)

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have figured out a way to extend the life of female fruit flies by 20 percent by manipulating what the school has called a “cellular time machine.” The biologists who carried out the work are hopeful that their findings will have implications for human aging and help fight off age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Lockheed AGM-86 Cruise Missile

Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract to develop a replacement for the current AGM-86 air-launched cruise...
Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract to develop a replacement for the current AGM-86 air-launched cruise missile(Credit: US Air Force)

Lockheed Martin may have lost out on designing America’s next-generation ICBM, but the company has been selected to help replace the vintage AGM-86 Air Launched Cruise Missile. read more

For Jaguar – F-Type Means Future

The narrow body of the Future-Type is designed for compact urban roads of the future
The narrow body of the Future-Type is designed for compact urban roads of the future

A very different kind of Jaguar “F” Type, the all-new Future-Type concept leaps ahead a few decades, exploring what personal luxury transportation might look like in and beyond 2040. The new concept molds a sleek, self-guiding electric pod around the intelligent Sayer steering wheel previewed earlier this week. In Jaguar’s greater vision, artificial intelligence coordinates your everyday transportation needs and takes care of many other daily tasks at the sound of your voice. read more

Weapon Wednesday – The Fully-Automated Kalashnikov

The Kalashnikov Group recently announced the development of a fully automated combat module with the capacity ...
The Kalashnikov Group recently announced the development of a fully automated combat module with the capacity to make decisions and identify targets (Credit: Kalashnikov Group)  

Earlier this month, the Russian weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov Group made a low-key announcement with frightening implications. The company revealed it had developed a range of combat robots that are fully automated and used artificial intelligence to identify targets and make independent decisions. The revelation rekindled the simmering, and controversial, debate over autonomous weaponry and asked the question, at what point do we hand control of lethal weapons over to artificial intelligence? read more

Orange Peels Revitalize Forest

On the right is the lush forest that was loaded with orange peel waste and on ...
On the right is the lush forest that was loaded with orange peel waste and on the left is the untreated land (Credit: Tim Treuer) 

Sixteen years after a controversial biodegradation plan allowed 1,000 truckloads of orange peels to be unloaded onto a barren, deforested area of Costa Rican land, a team of Princeton researchers has discovered unexpectedly positive results. The area that was covered with orange waste is now a lush, overgrown forest with richer soil and more tree species than the adjacent land that was untreated. read more