Honda sends an unlikely Ridgeline overlander to the Nevada desert

The Toyota Tacoma is hands down the preferred pickup truck of the American overland market. The Honda Ridgeline, on the other hand, is probably the very last overland base vehicle choice among all American-market pickup trucks. We can think of an overland Subaru or two we’ve seen over the years, but try as we might, […]

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Saab’s new Lightweight Torpedo designed for deep and shallow waters

At next week’s Euronaval exhibition in Paris, Saab will be unveiling the latest version of its Lightweight Torpedo (SLWT). Already ordered by Sweden and Finland, the compact submarine hunter/killer weapon is designed to be launched from a variety of sea and air platforms and is tailored to both blue water conditions and the complex environment […]

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Can carbon fiber car panels double as energy storage materials?

Carbon fiber as we know it is one of the most impressive materials in our toolkit. Its incredible lightness and strength has seen it take hold in everything from competitive cycling, to supercar design to cutting edge aircraft. But could it also play a role in energy storage? One team of scientists has been exploring […]

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Robotic xArm designed to lend a hand to smaller businesses

Robot arms have been lending a hand on production lines for decades, but handy as they are, that kind of help usually costs an arm and a leg. To get these tools into the hands of smaller businesses, UFactory has now unveiled the xArm, an entry-level robot arm designed to be affordable enough for those […]

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Microbial “spacesuits” help bacteria convert CO2 to useful chemicals

Bacteria have been found living in some pretty hostile environments, but they’re not invincible. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have now developed “spacesuits” that wrap around bacteria to not only protect them from the elements, but turn them into biohybrids that capture carbon dioxide and turn it into useful chemicals. The so-called spacesuits […]

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Latest Tile Bluetooth trackers boast replaceable batteries

Bluetooth tracking specialist Tile has unveiled new models of its Tile Mate and Tile Pro tracking devices which now support replaceable batteries. It’s a significant update given that a dead or defective battery no longer renders the whole product unusable – the overwhelming request from current Tile users, the company says. If you’re not familiar […]

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Zaha Hadid Architects-designed concert hall hits the right note

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) recently won a competition to design a new concert hall in Russia. The forward-thinking firm is rarely satisfied to play it safe, and this once again prove to be the case as it produced an unusual design inspired by sound waves. The new Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall will be located in […]

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Handheld device images eyes to save brains

When someone has a head injury, it’s vitally important to know if they’re experiencing elevated intracranial pressure – it can cause damage to the brain and spinal cord if left unchecked. A newly-developed device could make the diagnosis process faster and easier than ever before. Currently, in order to see if someone has high intracranial […]

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Hypervelocity alien stars could be invading the Milky Way

Astronomers have discovered a population of incredibly fast-moving stars bearing down on the Milky Way. It is possible that these newly found “hypervelocity” stellar bodies were created in another galaxy, before being hurled out into intergalactic space on a collision course with the Milky Way. Our galaxy is populated by over a hundred billion stars, […]

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