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Clever rock-climbing robot channels its inner insect (and marsupial)

24 May 2024 @ 9:34 pm

The LORIS robot, pictured here scaling a concrete wallScientists have created a four-legged bio-inspired robot that climbs like no other. It clings to rough vertical surfaces utilizing a unique mechanism that is highly effective, yet at the same time relatively simple.Continue ReadingCategory: Robotics, TechnologyTags: Carnegie Mellon, Quadr

Modular mobile ASTRA Bridge lets highway traffic fly over roadwork

24 May 2024 @ 6:29 pm

The ASTRA Bridge allows highway traffic (streaks of light in photo) to pass overtop of a sheltered roadwork space (lit-up area with supports)A new modular mobile flyover bridge allows vehicles to drive right overtop of stretches of highway roadwork, instead of waiting to go around them. Known as the ASTRA Bridge, it's intended to make life easier for motorists and safer for roadway workers.Continue ReadingCategory: Good Thinking, LifestyleTags:

Heavy-lifting, long-range hydraulic uUAV multirotor flies into production

24 May 2024 @ 3:11 pm

Prototype testing for the FC100 heavy-lift utility UAV has now ended, and Flowcopter has frozen the design to enter productionThe Scottish company behind a novel heavy-lift utility UAV that uses an internal combustion engine and hydraulic motors has now frozen design plans and is preparing for production following successful flight tests in Denmark.Continue ReadingCategory: Aircraft, TransportTags:

Potato scraps and sawdust form stool that's fuel for the fire

24 May 2024 @ 1:57 pm

Briket features a simple unpainted designWe don't usually want our furniture to be highly flammable, but the Briket, by Renaud Defrancesco, actually encourages it. Made from potatoes and sawdust, the stool is designed to be thrown in a fireplace for warmth once it reaches the end of its usefulness.Continue ReadingCategory: Around The Home, LifestyleTags: Recycling,

1,000-kW full-suspension adventure ebike powers through city and trail

24 May 2024 @ 12:16 pm

Among a newly refreshed lineup, Austin-based MOD Bikes has introduced the latest version of its full-suspension adventure ebike. The Black model boasts full squish, Kenda fat tires, 28-mph pedal-assist and up to 100 miles of dual-battery range.Continue ReadingCategory: Bicycles, TransportTags: ebikes, Pedal-assisted,

James Webb captures first direct images of galaxies born at Cosmic Dawn

24 May 2024 @ 8:11 am

An illustration of early galaxies formingThe James Webb Space Telescope has captured direct images of galaxies being born at the cosmic dawn. This is the first time this has ever been witnessed by astronomers, confirming models for galaxy formation.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: James Webb Space Telescope,

World's oldest land plants turn smart tech into a relaxing mini forest

24 May 2024 @ 8:05 am

Moss Echo is also a statement piece for any roomWhat does a 450-million-year old land plant have to do with waking you up for work in the morning? Unless you're sleeping on a forest floor, we'd say not a whole lot. Moss Echo is out to change all that, bringing ancient nature into the modern home in a rather clever little gadget.Continue ReadingCategory: Good Thinking, LifestyleTags: Kickstarter,

Diamonds grown at normal pressure in just 15 minutes

24 May 2024 @ 7:09 am

Scientists in South Korea have developed a new way to grow diamonds in the lab in minutes, under normal pressure levelsDiamonds are famously formed under high pressure and temperature, which is partly why they’re so valuable. But now, scientists have created diamonds in a lab under regular pressure in just 15 minutes.Continue ReadingCategory: Materials, ScienceTags: Diamonds,

Male birth control breakthrough safely switches off fit sperm for a while

24 May 2024 @ 6:50 am

Promising discovery targets sperm to create temporary sterility, with no other side effectsA non-hormonal, reversible and non-toxic male birth control could be a step closer, with scientists successfully targeting a protein that's crucial in making fertile sperm. Knocking this protein out for a period of time would give men control over their protection window, much like oral contraceptives for women – but without other side effects and no long-lasting fertility issues.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical,

‘Selective hearing’ headphones: Hear clearly in a crowd with one look

24 May 2024 @ 6:15 am

Headphones that use AI to single out one voice in a crowded spaceIt’s difficult to hear what one person is saying in a crowded, noisy space where lots of other people are speaking. This is especially true for people who are hard of hearing. While modern hearing aids use noise-cancelling technology, they can’t eliminate background noise completely.Continue ReadingCategory: TechnologyTags: Headphones,