Next-Gen Lithium Batteries

Scientists hope to leverage pure lithium metal to make next-gen batteries, and an advance from scientists in South Korea marks another step forward
Scientists hope to leverage pure lithium metal to make next-gen batteries, and an advance from scientists in South Korea marks another step forward

Scientists in South Korea have made a breakthrough in battery research that could help us bust through a key bottleneck in energy storage. The team’s advance overcomes a technical issue that has held back highly promising lithium-metal battery architecture and could pave the way for batteries with as much as 10 times the capacity of today’s devices. read more

Much Simpler Bicycle Navigation

The Beeline Velo 2 is currently on Kickstarter
The Beeline Velo 2 is currently on Kickstarter
Beeline

While many cyclists use apps such as Google Maps to navigate city streets, glancing down at that cluttered map display can be confusing. The Beeline Velo 2, however, is designed to keep things simple and easy to read. read more

How to Improve on the World’s Fastest Car

SSC looked to aircraft for inspiration, and despite the added downforce, the Striker and Aggressor look like they could launch into the skies at any moment
SSC looked to aircraft for inspiration, and despite the added downforce, the Striker and Aggressor look like they could launch into the skies at any moment
SSC

The SSC Tuatara was the world’s fastest car by a long shot. Then it wasn’t. Then it was again … by a much skinnier margin. Now SSC is taking a break from the screaming straightaways in a bid to prove that the world’s fastest car is more than a runway rocket. It’s launched two new Tuatara editions tuned specially for the twists and turns of the track. The Striker and Aggressor add serious aerodynamics to the Tuatara’s mass of twin-turbo V8 power, boosting downforce and track handling. read more

Is This Computer Chip Unhackable?

Trying to hack the "unhackable" Morpheus system is described as like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube that is constantly being rearranged
Trying to hack the “unhackable” Morpheus system is described as like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube that is constantly being rearranged

Engineers have designed a computer processor that thwarts hackers by randomly changing its microarchitecture every few milliseconds. Known as Morpheus, the puzzling processor has now aced its first major tests, repelling hundreds of professional hackers in a DARPA security challenge. read more

Are Aluminum-Ion Batteries the Next big Thing?

With power densities around 7000 W/kg, GMG claims its graphene aluminum-ion battery technology could charge a phone battery in 1-5 minutes
With power densities around 7000 W/kg, GMG claims its graphene aluminum-ion battery technology could charge a phone battery in 1-5 minutes
GMG

Australian company Graphene Manufacturing Group (GMG) has announced exciting performance test results for a new type of aluminum-ion battery that can charge 10X faster than today’s lithium-ion units, while lasting much longer and needing no cooling.

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New Bugatti Baby Roadster

Bugatti has produced just 500 of its Baby II roadsters
Bugatti has produced just 500 of its Baby II roadsters
Bugatti

A bunch of bespoke, 3/4-scale replicas of the Bugatti Type 35 roadster are now making their way into the hands of collectors across the globe, each with its own fine points of difference. A celebration of its 110th anniversary, the Bugatti Baby II is a tip of the hat to the automaker’s racing heritage and maintains an air of exclusivity with only 500 of them made.

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World’s Smallest Injectable Chip

The world's smallest single-chip system, sits on the tip of a hypodermic needle
The world’s smallest single-chip system, sits on the tip of a hypodermic needle
Chen Shi/Columbia Engineering

The continuing miniaturization of electronics is opening up some exciting possibilities when it comes to what we might place in our bodies to monitor and improve our health. Engineers at Columbia University have demonstrated an extreme version of this technology, developing the smallest single-chip system ever created, which could be implanted with a hypodermic needle to measure temperature inside the body, and possibly much more.

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Weapon Wednesday – Don’t to wash behind Your Drop Tanks

afwerx jet washing robot
Texas Air National Guard
  • The Air Force built a robot that can wash an F-16 fighter jet in just 1 hour.
  • It typically takes a crew of four airmen up to 6 hours to do the same job.
  • The Jet Washing Robot could also save airmen from possible chemical agent exposure.

 

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IBM’s Latest takes Semiconductor Chips Levels not Seen

IBM has unveiled the world's first 2-nm chips
IBM has unveiled the world’s first 2-nm chips
IBM

In a shining example of the inexorable march of technology, IBM has unveiled new semiconductor chips with the smallest transistors ever made. The new 2-nanometer (nm) tech allows the company to cram a staggering 50 billion transistors onto a chip the size of a fingernail. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Royal Marine Gravity Jet Suit

The UK's Royal Marines put the Gravity jet suit to "very successful" use in ship boarding demo exercises
The UK’s Royal Marines put the Gravity jet suit to “very successful” use in ship boarding demo exercises
Gravity Industries

Jet suits, jetpacks, jetboards … The new range of crazy personal flight devices all share some things in common: plenty of people would love to fly one, very few have the cash to own one, and even fewer can probably be trusted to fly them safely and legally. read more