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Weapon Wednesday – Britain’s Autonomous Warrior Exercise

Robots will be used in a variety of roles as part of Autonomous Warrior
Robots will be used in a variety of roles as part of Autonomous Warrior(Credit: Crown Copyright)

A century after it saw the first tanks roll across it, the British Army’s training grounds on Salisbury Plain is playing host to the largest military robotic exercise in British history. Over the next four weeks, the Autonomous Warrior exercise will test over 70 different types of unmanned prototype aerial and ground systems, ending in a battlegroup experiment under simulated combat conditions. read more

New Ember Camp Stove

Ember is designed to work with solid fuel rather than gas
Ember is designed to work with solid fuel rather than gas

There’s a lot of high-tech gear you could haul into the outdoors these days, but there’s also plenty to be said for solutions that take a simpler approach. The Singapore-based designers behind the Ember Stove aren’t ones to complicate things, taking to Kickstarter with a compact two-piece cooking solution designed to fit in your pocket and fire up with just a handful of twigs. read more

NASA Announces Commercial Space Flights

Artist's concept of the Crew Dragon
Artist’s concept of the Crew Dragon(Credit: SpaceX)

NASA has announced the dates for the first flights of the commercial manned space capsules that will be used to ferry astronauts from the United States to the International Space Station (ISS). read more

Solid Metallic Hydrogen Finally Realized

Hydrogen has the simplest atomic structure of the elements, consisting of just a single proton and...
Hydrogen has the simplest atomic structure of the elements, consisting of just a single proton and electron(Credit: Harvard University)

Researchers at Harvard University say they’ve managed to create a potentially revolutionary material that has only been imagined in theory for the past several decades: solid metallic hydrogen. read more

Bioengineered Spinal Discs Show Real Promise

An illustration of a human spinal column, highlighting a deteriorated intervertebral disc
An illustration of a human spinal column, highlighting a deteriorated intervertebral disc(Credit:CLIPAREA/Depositphotos)

As the shock-absorbing cartilage discs between our vertebrae degenerate due to aging, accidents or overuse, severe back pain can result. While some scientists have developed purely synthetic replacement discs, a recent test on goats indicates that bioengineered discs may be a better way to go. read more

Luxury Floating Home

Arkup liveable yacht concept: take it somewhere beautiful as the ultimate home base
Arkup liveable yacht concept: take it somewhere beautiful as the ultimate home base(Credit: Arkup)

Florida-based company Arkup has floated the concept of an off-grid, liveable luxury yacht. Powered by 30 kW of solar and twin electric thrusters, these high-class, ultra modern double decker units have hydraulic legs capable of stabilizing and lifting them out of the water. read more

RFID Can Detect Bad Food

RFIQ is based on a process known as "weak coupling"
RFIQ is based on a process known as “weak coupling”(Credit: MIT)

Passive RFID (radio frequency identification) tags are small, inexpensive, battery-less labels that are already used to track and identify a wide variety of items. If MIT’s experimental RFIQ system enters general use, they may also soon allow consumers to check if food products are contaminated. read more

New Blu3 Nemo Portable Dive System

Blu3's Nemo allows you to venture 10 feet (3 m) below the waves
Blu3’s Nemo allows you to venture 10 feet (3 m) below the waves(Credit: Blu3)

Florida-based company Blu3 has come up with what it claims is the smallest, lightest and cheapest personal dive system available. Called Nemo, it consists of a battery-powered, surface-supplied air (SSA) system that lets users dive to 10 ft (3 m) below the surface for about 60 minutes – no bulky tanks or lengthy SCUBA training required.

Eight years ago, we wrote about the VS335 Third Lung diving system from a company called Brownie’s. The VS335 could support three divers for about an hour, or one for three hours, and it cost US$4,145. Now, through sister company Blu3, a super-compact single-diver version is available for less than a tenth of that price. read more

SEMA Shows Big and Bold Trucks

Trucks and 4x4s of SEMA 2018
Trucks and 4x4s of SEMA 2018

Each year, the SEMA Show creates a nice, clean split of insane, otherworldly vehicles. We looked at the 2018 cars of the show last week, and this week we dive into the trucks, utility vehicles, vans and basically anything that looks big, boxy and tough. That group includes the usual mile-high semi-monster trucks and gaudy Wranglers along with some different twists, like Iceland-ready adventure vans, UTV/pickup truck half-and-halfs, and super-sized classic military jeeps. read more

Is a Diabetes Cure Now a Reality?

The new technique cures diabetes in mice by bypassing the immune system that attacks beta cells
The new technique cures diabetes in mice by bypassing the immune system that attacks beta cells(Credit: JacobSt/Depositphotos)

According to the Center for Disease Control, 1.25 million people suffer from type 1 diabetes in the US alone. So far, it can only be managed with diet and regular doses of insulin, but scientists at UT Health San Antonio have invented a way of curing the disease in mice that may one day do the same for humans even with type 2 diabetes. read more