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The VW DeLorean

The Volkswagen Kombi complete with DeLorean-like gull-wing doors
The Volkswagen Kombi complete with DeLorean-like gull-wing doors(Credit: Velocity Motorcars)

There’s no doubt that nostalgia sells, and both the iconic Volkswagen Kombi and timeless Back to the Future movies have it in spades.

So maybe targeting a highly specific group of wealthy automotive aficionados that like both retro-Volkswagens and the Back To The Future movies isn’t as crazy as it sounds – or maybe it is. read more

Liquid Electronics on the Horizon

Liquid at room temperature, an indium gallium alloy can be used to create stretchable circuit wiring...
Liquid at room temperature, an indium gallium alloy can be used to create stretchable circuit wiring and electrical switches(Credit: College of Engineering/Carnegie Mellon University)

In a step towards creating a new class of electronics that look and feel like soft, natural organisms, mechanical engineers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing a fluidic transistor out of a metal alloy of indium and gallium that is liquid at room temperature. From biocompatible disease monitors to shape-shifting robots, the potential applications for such squishy computers are intriguing. read more

New Multi-Mission Quadcopter

The AT Transporter technology demonstrator is already built and being flown
The AT Transporter technology demonstrator is already built and being flown(Credit: Advanced Tactics)

There are plenty of companies out there working on VTOL manned multirotor designs, from Joby Aviation and eVolo to Jetpack Aviation and Russia’s Hoversurf. But there’s only one group we’re aware of that’s actually already built and tested a vehicle capable of doing 70 mph (113 km/h) on the highway and flying 10,000 feet in the air – and that’s Advanced Tactics, Inc, (AT) out of Torrance, California, which has just announced the AT Transporter, a multi-mission quadcopter capable of carrying up to six people or 1,200 lb (544 kg) of cargo. read more

No Filter Water Purification

A new water purification technique relies on an injection of CO2 gas into a water stream...
A new water purification technique relies on an injection of CO2 gas into a water stream rather than filters or membranes to separate particles from water(Credit: brozova/Depositphotos)

Most common water purification methods rely on mechanical filters or a membrane to remove contaminants. But over time, these become clogged and need to be replaced. A new technology developed by researchers at Princeton University doesn’t require filters at all, instead relying on the injection of CO2 gas to change the water’s chemistry and separate waste particles based on their electrical charge. read more

New Cancer Treatment Won’t Harm Healthy Cells

Iridium, a rare metal brought to Earth by asteroids, has been found to be an effective...Iridium, a rare metal brought to Earth by asteroids, has been found to be an effective cancer-killer(Credit: Shad.off/Depositphotos)

Over 65 million years ago, an asteroid some 10 km (6 mi) wide crashed into the Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. Strangely, the legacy of this huge space rock could include a treatment for cancer after scientists from the UK and China demonstrated that iridium – a rare metal delivered to Earth by the asteroid – can be enlisted to kill cancer without harming healthy cells. read more

Neom – Saudi $500 Billion New City

The building site for Neom: a futuristic city where the desert meets the Red Sea, with...
The building site for Neom: a futuristic city where the desert meets the Red Sea, with views of Egypt across the water, and plans for a giant bridge to cross the span(Credit: Discover Neom)

Saudi Arabia is looking toward a post-oil future by sinking some US$500 billion into a massive, ultra-futuristic megacity project it calls Neom (or Neo-Mostaqbal; new future). Saudi Crown Prince Mohhamed bin Salman announced the giant project on Tuesday, a brand new city on the intersection of three countries, where “there is no room for old thinking.” read more

Weapon Wednesday – Robotic Live Fire Demo

Top leaders from the Army gather for a Maneuver Robotics and Autonomous Systems Live Fire Demonstration
Top leaders from the Army gather for a Maneuver Robotics and Autonomous Systems Live Fire Demonstration(Credit: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

The US Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) at Fort Benning, Georgia recently provided a glimpse into the future of combat as robotic and autonomous systems worked together as robotic “wingmen” in simulated combat operations. read more

Next Gen Flip Phone

ZTE's dual-screen Axon M smartphone
ZTE’s dual-screen Axon M smartphone

Is this the future of smartphones? So far the biggest innovations we’ve seen in mobile this year have been bigger screens and smaller bezels, but Chinese manufacturer ZTE has raised the bar with its Axon M, the first foldable handset with a dual display, suggesting a host of potential uses.

You could browse the web on one screen and compose an email on the other perhaps, or watch Netflix on one display while Twitter scrolls across the second one. Both screens are 5.2 inches diagonally, combining to make a 6.75-inch, 1,920 x 2,160 panel with the two displays both facing forward (admittedly with a large join in the middle).

Maybe the Axon M will be most useful for productivity apps, allowing you to type away on a document in landscape mode without obscuring three-quarters of the screen with a keyboard. ZTE says a three-finger swipe sends apps between screens, or you can have them configured to act like one whole display.

In tent mode, the ZTE Axon M offers gamers the opportunity to play against each other
 Games could also benefit from the dual-screen approach, as with the Nintendo DS family of devices, and if you set the phone up in a tent shape you can play against a friend sat opposite, one screen each. That kind of experience will need some effort on the part of developers, though.

Curiosity Needs an Overhaul

Two of the raised treads, called grousers, on the left middle wheel of NASA's Curiosity Mars...
Two of the raised treads, called grousers, on the left middle wheel of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover broke during the first quarter of 2017(Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been driving across Mars for over four-and-a-half years without an overhaul and it’s starting to show. read more

Dubai Police Enlist Hoverbikes

Dubai Police are making plans for a drone division that will use manned and unmanned airframes...
Dubai Police are making plans for a drone division that will use manned and unmanned airframes for a variety of policing purposes(Credit: Alexander Atamanov/Facebook)

The magical kingdom of Dubai continues to cement its dual reputations as both the world’s most future-forward city, and the most desperate for attention, with the announcement that it plans to add quadcopter-style hoverbikes to its police fleet. read more