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World’s First Full-Body Medical Scanner

The new EXPLORER full-body scanner promises faster and more detailed medical imaging
The new EXPLORER full-body scanner promises faster and more detailed medical imaging(Credit: UC Davis)

After over a decade of development, the world’s first full-body medical scanner has produced its first images. The groundbreaking imaging device is almost 40 times faster than current PET scans and can capture a 3D picture of the entire human body in one instant scan. read more

Pantera Bajaboard Electric Skateboard

The 45mph Bajaboard Pantera is a vastly overpowered, completely excessive custom build you can buy today
The 45mph Bajaboard Pantera is a vastly overpowered, completely excessive custom build you can buy today(Credit: Bajaboards)

The fastest we’ve ever been on an electric skateboard was about 40 km/h, or 25 mph. That was a truly scary speed in our books, but the lunatics at Baja boards are preparing to nearly double it with this 8-kilowatt monster of a thing: the Pantera. read more

Wallace’s Giant Bee Rediscovered

Wallace's giant bee, the largest known bee species in the world, is four times larger than...
Wallace’s giant bee, the largest known bee species in the world, is four times larger than a European honeybee(Credit: Clay Bolt)

Animals are dying off at a pretty alarming rate, with some studies suggesting the world is entering a sixth major extinction event. But now, in a rare piece of good news from that field, researchers from Australia, Canada and the US have rediscovered Wallace’s giant bee, an insect that hasn’t been seen in almost 40 years. read more

Nissan All-Electric Opus Camping Trailer

Nissan x Opus concept camping trailer
Nissan x Opus concept camping trailer(Credit: Nissan)

The RV market probably isn’t quite ready for a full-blown electric motorhome just yet, but electric vehicles can still have a positive impact on vehicle camping by lending their powerful battery technology. With the new Nissan x Opus camping trailer, Nissan shows how EV batteries can fully power the equipment of a non-engined camper. The Leaf-derived Energy ROAM battery pack gives the innovative, award-winning Air Opus inflatable six-sleeper enough juice to keep campers comfortable and fed for up to a week, all without the emissions and noise of a gas generator.

Nissan already offers travelers an all-electric mini-campervan option, and now it shows how that very same battery technology could be used in a non-powered trailer, with all the battery power going to onboard amenities like the lighting, microwave and fridge. read more

The Von Braun Rotating Space Station

The Von Braun Rotating Space Station: a hub-and-spokes design evolved from the toroidal spinning space station...
The Von Braun Rotating Space Station: a hub-and-spokes design evolved from the toroidal spinning space station proposed by Wernher von Braun in the 1950s.(Credit: Gateway Foundation)

The idea of using centrifugal force to create a sensation of gravity in space originated as early as 1903, but a group of space enthusiasts believes its time has come. Check out Gateway’s vision for the Von Braun Rotating Space Station. read more

Are Universal Stem Cells in Our Future?

Human heart muscle cells derived from the new CRISPR-engineered "universal" stem cells
Human heart muscle cells derived from the new CRISPR-engineered “universal” stem cells(Credit: Xiaomeng Hu)

In an incredible milestone, scientists have for the first time created “universal” stem cells by using CRISPR gene-editing technology to produce pluripotent stem cells that can be transplanted into any patient without generating an immune system response. read more

Motorola’s New Budget Phones

Motorola is aiming for the budget end of the Android market again with the Moto G7...
Motorola is aiming for the budget end of the Android market again with the Moto G7 series(Credit: Motorola)

Motorola has carved out its own niche in the Android phone market – decent specs for very decent prices – and it’s back in that same groove for 2019 with the Moto G7 line-up. Four phones make up the range: the G7, the G7 Play, the G7 Plus, and the G7 Power. read more

Smart Cloth to Warm You Up or Cool You Down

A new fabric can sense body heat and automatically vent it to the outside air

A new fabric can sense body heat and automatically vent it to the outside air(Credit: Faye Levine, University of Maryland)

Wearable gadgets are making clothes smarter all the time, but one of the most basic functions you’d want in a garment – the ability to warm you up or cool you down as needed – is still frustratingly elusive. Now, researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have developed a new material that senses how warm a person’s body is and automatically adjusts how much heat it traps or releases. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New Grenade Brings Down Drones

A 40-mm practice grenade, similar in appearance to the anti-drone grenade, is loaded into a portable...
A 40-mm practice grenade, similar in appearance to the anti-drone grenade, is loaded into a portable launcher(Credit: US Air Force)

As last month’s grounding of flights at Heathrow Airport showed us, drones can cause a lot of problems – and they can even pose a security risk – when they’re flown in the wrong places. Engineers with the US Army are developing a countermeasure, in the form of a drone-netting grenade. read more

30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda unveiled the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary in Chicago
Mazda unveiled the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary in Chicago

Mazda originally debuted the MX-5 Miata at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, so it’s only fitting that the Japanese automaker has chosen to celebrate the 30th anniversary of that car by making the world premiere of the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary in Chicago. Only 3,000 examples will be built, but if you’re in the US, you’re already too late to claim one. read more