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High-profile UK firm Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has been commissioned to create a new science center in Singapore. The building will take the form of five interlocking rectangular volumes and will reduce its grid-based power use with solar panels and a focus on natural ventilation and optimum use of daylight.Continue ReadingCategory: Architecture, LifestyleTags: Zaha Hadid, Building and Construc
A first-of-its-kind meta-analysis comprising more than 100,000 participants has found a significant association between the use of hearing aids and a reduced risk of dementia. The findings raise the curious suggestion that using hearing restoration devices could somehow slow the progression of cognitive decline.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: Hearing Impaired, Hea
Engineers at the University of Minnesota have developed a new system that can move objects without making physical contact. The technique involves ultrasound waves acting on specialized surfaces to push or even pull objects in different directions, which could help in manufacturing and robotics.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Ultrasound, Metamaterials, Metamaterial, Surfaces, University of
We've known for decades that billions of dollars' worth of battery-relevant metals like copper, manganese, cobalt and nickel are literally sitting around on the seafloor out in the deep ocean, in giant fields of "polymetallic nodules" that look just like rocks, no bigger than potatoes. These nodules are believed to be formed by a number of the slowest geological processes known to science, includ
Israeli cultured meat outfit Believer Meats, known formerly as Future Meat, is looking to play a pivotal role in the availability of lab-grown meat products, and a new facility under construction in the US should help these efforts along. The company says it has broken ground on a new factory in North Carolina that will become the largest of its kind in the world, where the company's proprietary
Researchers are working to improve battery technology in all kinds of ways, and among the most important is addressing the issue of flammability. Scientists have cooked up a new electrolyte recipe that tackles this in a highly promising way, leaning on extra salt content to circumvent problematic chemical reactions.Continue ReadingCategory: Energy, ScienceTags: Battery, Stanford University, Lithi
Kit helicopter manufacturer RotorX has stepped into the personal eVTOL fray with its own take on the manned multicopter. The Dragon promises to zip you around at up to 63 mph (101 km/h), with joystick control, auto-landing, and a ballistic parachute.Continue ReadingCategory: Aircraft, TransportTags: eVTOL, Personal Flight, Personal eVTOLs, Electric Aircraft
Last year, Samaya impressed mountaineers, ski tourers and backpackers the world over with the ultralight Assaut 2 tent, grabbing itself an ISPO Gold Award. Not two full years later, it's back in the award show seats for the new Radical 1, an even lighter, smaller tent that barely breaks half a kilogram while delivering near natural-disaster-proof levels of Dyneema and Cordura protection through t
It's ironic that while violins are popular instruments for children to learn to play, they can also be very pricey. The Montreal-based AVIVA Young Artists Program has set out to change that, by developing an inexpensive yet nice-sounding 3D-printed violin.Continue ReadingCategory: Music, TechnologyTags: 3D Printing, Violin, Children, Education
Although there already are experimental "telehaptic" systems that allow people to send and receive tactile sensations, they tend to be rather bulky and awkward. A new one is much slimmer and thus more practical, thanks to the use of piezoelectric materials.Continue ReadingCategory: Virtual Reality, TechnologyTags: ETRI, Tactile, wearable electronics, Haptics, Piezoelectric

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