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Flying car racing could be coming to Australia


Much of the technology found in today's consumer automobiles was originally designed to give race cars a competitive edge.

Underwater robot is two vehicles in one


In the world of professional-grade underwater robotic vehicles, there are basically two kinds: Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) which are good for tasks like performing inspections, and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) which are better-suited to things like grid searches.

Massive "Rubik's Cube" will keep you twisting and turning for hours


So you like a challenge, but a run-of-the-mill 9 x 9 x 9 Rubik's Cube just doesn't melt your brain anymore...

Modified headphones turn headbangers into music makers


Rather than bopping your head in time to the music coming through the headphones, what if your headbanging could actually control the beat?

Pair of tiny dwellings built on solidified lava in Hawaii


Tiny house designer and Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon, Erin Moore has realized the construction of two dwellings amid a 300 year old solidified lava landscape in Hawaii.

Needle-free injection device moves closer to market


Needles are usually seen as a necessary evil, but maybe they don't have to be. Plenty of painless alternatives are in the works, like microneedle patches, a laser-based device that pushes drugs through the skin as microjets of liquid, and a refined hypodermic design based on a mosquito's proboscis.

McLaren's stunning Senna hypercar revealed


McLaren's new Senna is the company's all-new road legal track missile. As a homage to the late McLaren F1 driver, Ayrton Senna, the new McLaren represents major milestones for the British manufacturer in terms of performance and engineering.

Budweiser-maker loads up on electric Tesla Semis for beer delivery


Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Budweiser (and other, lesser known ales), is looking to reduce the environmental footprint of shipping its products all over the US.

It's time to talk about the environmental cost of cryptocurrencies


Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have promised a revolution in capital, but at what cost? The Bitcoin network alone is now burning a horrific 240 kilowatt-hours of electricity per transaction, using as much energy as the entire nation of Serbia, and heralding an environmental disaster.

Long-theorized new form of matter, excitonium, finally discovered


Physicists from the University of Illinois have discovered a new form of matter called excitonium. This condensate, made up of excitons, was first theorized almost 50 years ago, and although evidence of this form of matter has been observed in that time it was difficult to be sure of what was happening.

Stretchable fabric battery could power wearables with sweat


The bacteria-powered batteries of electrical engineer Seokheun Choi have taken on a number of interesting forms, including matchbooks, folding paper and ninja stars.

All downhill from here: Has the human race peaked?


Every four years, the world turns its attention to the Olympics to see competitors go "faster, higher, stronger." Additionally, average human height and life expectancy have increased significantly over the past couple of hundred years.

12 perfect holiday gifts for smartphone lovers


Christmas is fast approaching and if you're still stuck for gift ideas for friends and family, then you might want to think about smartphone accessories and add-ons – chances are the people you're buying for have a phone, so we've picked out 12 ideal gifts that are sure to be appreciated...

Laser holograms create 3D-printed objects in seconds, no layering required


To create complex 3D-printed objects in seconds instead of hours or days, a team of scientists and engineers led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have developed a hologram-like process that uses lasers to form complete objects in seconds inside a tank of liquid resin.

Next-gen exoplanet-hunting spectrograph achieves first light


The hunt for exoplanets enters a new phase as European Southern observatory's (ESO) Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) achieves first light at the agency's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile.

Manhart turns the BMW X6M into a 900-hp dirt-ripping machine


German tuning-house, Manhart, has been well-known for boosting the performance of BMW's M-division vehicles, through bolt-on parts and engine swaps.

Speech recognition technology used to analyze Apollo mission tapes


There was a lot more said during the Apollo 11 missions besides "The Eagle has landed and "That's one step for man." To help preserve and make accessible the thousands of hours of recorded mission audio, a team of researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas used speech recognition technology to unscramble and analyze the conversations between astronauts, mission control, and technicians in between across a quarter of a million miles of space...

Fynoti offers home security on a budget


Home security systems can be expensive, what with hardware costs, installation and subscription fees.

Tringa road-legal boat drives itself to and from the water


There's a conventional piece of wisdom you're almost guaranteed to hear anytime you start talking boats: the two best days of boat ownership are the day you buy the boat and the day you sell it.

Bespoke wristwatch is 3D-printed for a premium fit


We've already heard about technology that allows custom-fit plastic casts to be made for patients, based on 3D scans of the injured limb.


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