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Weapon Wednesday – Navy Gets DARPA Autonomous Sub Hunter

Following the successful completion of its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program, DARPA...
Following the successful completion of its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program, DARPA has officially transferred the technology demonstration vessel, christened Sea Hunter, to the Office of Naval Research (ONR)(Credit:DARPA)

Following a series of successful sea trials, DARPA has handed its experimental autonomous warship over to the US Navy. The Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) “Sea Hunter” technology demonstrator was formally transferred to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for further development of what could potentially be the first of a new class of ocean-going ships called Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicles (MDUSVs). read more

Electric Supercar – 0 to 60 in less than Two Seconds

Aspark Owl: this Japanese supercapacitor car project has just recorded an absurd 1.89 second sprint time...
Aspark Owl: this Japanese supercapacitor car project has just recorded an absurd 1.89 second sprint time from 0-100kmh (0-62 mph)(Credit: Aspark)

How much does a couple of hundredths of a second cost? Somewhere in excess of US$4 million, it would seem, as this Japanese supercapacitor supercar fractionally out-accelerates an upcoming Tesla Roadster worth less than 1/20th the price.

As EV genius Luke Workman once told us, electric vehicles have virtually limitless performance potential. “Your tire to street interface is your performance limiter,” he said, and that’s the first thing that came to mind when we saw the Aspark Owl blast onto the scene. read more

Black Holes Bigger than Supermassive Found

An illustration of one of the ultramassive black holes discovered by the Spanish-Canadian team
An illustration of one of the ultramassive black holes discovered by the Spanish-Canadian team(Credit: NASA)

Since they’re basically invisible, it can be hard to pin down just how big a black hole is. They can range anywhere from a few times the mass of the Sun up to millions or billions times that mass, but there’s a potential class that are even bigger than that. read more

Waveless Surfing

The Radinn G2X lets you surf without waves
The Radinn G2X lets you surf without waves(Credit: Radinn)

Shooting across the surface of the water atop a board no longer requires nature to provide propulsion in the form of waves. Swedish manufacturer Radinn has launched a faster, cheaper and longer lasting version of its electric jetboard, a watersports machine that effectively lets you surf without waves at up to 36 mph (58 km/h). read more

A Wooden Skyscraper?

The current estimated construction cost of the W350 is an eye-watering 600 billion Yen (around US$5.6...
The current estimated construction cost of the W350 is an eye-watering 600 billion Yen (around US$5.6 billion)(Credit: Sumitomo Forestry)

New “world’s tallest” timber towers sprout up quite regularly nowadays, but Japanese lumber and housing firm Sumitomo Forestry could smash all current records if its ambitious plan to build a supertall timber skyscraper in Tokyo is realized. Rising to an impressive 350 m (1,148 ft)-tall, the tower would be a real feat of wooden construction.

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Mercedes 515 Project One

The 515 Project One makes its debut at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show
The 515 Project One makes its debut at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show

For more than a decade, Mercedes and Cigarette Racing have been creating some cross-industry synergy, a collaboration that has resulted in eight special edition boats inspired by Mercedes sports cars. There have been some superlative machines, including the AMG Electric Drive Concept and the GT S Concept, and now that Mercedes-AMG is busy building its most advanced hypercar of all time, it follows that the ninth team-up boat is just as cutting edge.
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RV’s Have Come a Long Way

Furrion Elysium and Hercules-Limitless all lined up and ready to party
Furrion Elysium and Hercules-Limitless all lined up and ready to party(Credit: Furrion)

During the annual melee of CES 2018, the world seemed to have largely overlooked one of the largest, most tech-packed debuts of the show. Lifestyle technology company Furrion revealed an all-out glamping tractor-trailer packed with everything from a restaurant-level kitchen to a complete smarthome-like entertainment system. A combination of a fifth wheel trailer and a sleeper semi cab, the new concept joined Furrion’s 2017 Elysium, an A-list Type A motorhome concept with built-in helipad and hot tub on its roof. Furrion has taken the concept of the ultra-luxurious “land yacht” glamper to new heights. read more

LG’s Portable 4K Projector

LG says its HU80KA is portable and about half the size of its competitors
LG says its HU80KA is portable and about half the size of its competitors

With regard to your living room, LG is turning up to CES all guns blazing this year, preparing to show off the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED displaywith its very first 4K projector alongside it. read more

$40 Million Bugatti Wins Best of Best

The exquisite lines of the 1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Coupé Atlantic which took top honors...
The exquisite lines of the 1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Coupé Atlantic which took top honors in the 2017 Peninsula Classics Best of the Best award in Paris(Credit: Peninsula Classics)

A 1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic was last night awarded the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award in Paris. Fast becoming regarded as the defacto world championship for concours cars, the Best of the Best Award pits the winning cars from each of the eight most important concours events around the world each year, and has them judged by a panel of experts, creating an annual champion of champions. This year it was predictably the Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic, one of the world’s most valuable cars. read more

Development of Super-Wood

A new densification process can make "super wood" that's 12 times stronger than natural wood
A new densification process can make “super wood” that’s 12 times stronger than natural wood(Credit: University of Maryland)

Titanium alloys are some of the strongest materials we can build with, but they can be expensive. Now, researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have come up with a way to make an alternative that literally grows on trees. read more