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Magic Leap Augmented Reality

The Magic Leap One, with Lightpack and controller
The Magic Leap One, with Lightpack and controller(Credit: Magic Leap)

Magic Leap has been teasing a mysterious, game-changing augmented reality device for several years now, earning hundreds of millions of dollars in investment along the way, and today it finally revealed some actual hardware. Meet the Magic Leap One, available to developers from next year.

In terms of the capabilities of the Magic Leap One, it looks like we’re in for the same AR features we’ve seen from the likes of the Microsoft HoloLens and ARKit on iOS: digital graphics seamlessly merged with the real world, as you move around. read more

Italian Family Feels No Pain

Scientists have isolated a genetic mutation that appears to render an Italian family unable to feel...
Scientists have isolated a genetic mutation that appears to render an Italian family unable to feel pain, and the find may help develop new treatments for people suffering chronic pain(Credit: zimmytws/Depositphotos)

Unpleasant as it is, pain serves an important function by telling us that something is wrong. But for people suffering from chronic pain conditions, the message is blaring constantly, and conventional painkillers aren’t all that effective. Now, a new hope for relief might have been found in the strange case of an Italian family, who all have a genetic mutation that makes them feel almost no pain at all. read more

Royal Navy’s Largest Warship

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest ship ever built for the Royal Navy
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest ship ever built for the Royal Navy(Credit: Royal Navy)

The British supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth officially joined the Royal Navy today at Portsmouth naval base. On the hangar deck of the 65,000-tonne (71,650-ton) ship, her Lady Sponsor, Queen Elizabeth II, formally oversaw the ceremony as Captain Jerry Kyd, the Commanding Officer, read the commissioning warrant that confirmed the future flagship as an active part of the fleet and the White Ensign and commissioning pennants were raised for the first time. read more

New Graphene Running Shoe

In its quest to make better shoes, inov-8 collaborated with scientists at the University of Manchester's...
In its quest to make better shoes, inov-8 collaborated with scientists at the University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute

It might be a relatively new kid on the block, but graphene is already a rockstar of the material science scene, and we’re starting to get a better sense of how it will shake things up beyond the lab. More sensitive microphones, tougher roads and sandals that keep your feet cool are just a few examples, and following in the footwear vein, British shoemaker inov-8 has just unveiled what it says is the first running shoe to incorporate the wonder material and promise an unprecedented degree of grip as a result.

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Making Fracture-Resistant Cement

A close examination of the structure of sea urchin spines inspired researchers to find a way...
A close examination of the structure of sea urchin spines inspired researchers to find a way to create a new, more flexible type of cement(Credit: University of Konstanz)

The natural world is a constant source of inspiration for scientists and engineers. The latest biologically influenced innovation comes from a team of German researchers who developed a new type of stronger cement inspired by nanostructures found in sea urchin spines. read more

Brush Your Teeth in 3 Seconds Flat

In the three seconds it takes to clean your teeth you can touch up your hair
In the three seconds it takes to clean your teeth you can touch up your hair(Credit: Uniclo)

Back in July we reported on the Amabrush, a motorized mouthpiece that reportedly cleaned all your teeth in just 10 seconds. For those who felt that was still way too much time to be wasting cleaning your teeth we introduce the Unico, a smartbrush mouthpiece that is claimed to brush your teeth in just three seconds. read more

Solar Cell Creates Hydrogen

A replica of the UCLA device, which can produce both electricity and hydrogen
A replica of the UCLA device, which can produce both electricity and hydrogen(Credit: Reed Hutchinson/UCLA)

Hydrogen-powered vehicles are slowly hitting the streets, but although it’s a clean and plentiful fuel source, a lack of infrastructure for mass producing, distributing and storing hydrogen is still a major roadblock. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Laser Weapon for Fighter Aircraft

Lockheed Martin is helping the Air Force Research Lab develop and mature high energy laser weapon...
Lockheed Martin is helping the Air Force Research Lab develop and mature high energy laser weapon systems, including the high energy laser pictured in this rendering(Credit: Air Force Research Lab)

In a move that could revolutionize aerial combat, the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin a US$26.3 million contract to design, develop, and produce a high-power laser weapon that the AFRL wants to install and test on a tactical fighter jet by 2021. The new test weapon is part of the AFRL Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program tasked with developing airborne laser systems. read more

Best Headphones Ever

Nuraphones: a set of headphones that sounds amazing to everyone we've put them on
Nuraphones: a set of headphones that sounds amazing to everyone we’ve put them on(Credit: Loz Blain/New Atlas)

After a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign and more than a year of painstaking design, testing and production work, Nura has finally gone into production with its first consumer headphones, and I’ve had my hands on a set for the last month. These are not press freebies, either – after playing with the prototypes last year, I immediately slapped down my own money for a set. That’s a first for me. read more

Temperate Earth-sized Planet Found

Artist's impression of Ross 128 b, which was discovered orbiting a red dwarf star – the...
Artist’s impression of Ross 128 b, which was discovered orbiting a red dwarf star – the most common type of stellar body in the universe(Credit: ESO)

An international team of astronomers has discovered a temperate Earth-sized world with the potential to harbor alien life. The planet, known as Ross 128 b, is located a mere 11 light-years from Earth, and will one day become the closest exoplanet to our Sun, dethroning our current immediate neighbor exoplanet – Proxima b. read more