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James Law Cybertecture, the firm behind the concrete tube micro-homes, is nearing completion on another unusual project called The Pad. Located in Dubai, the building's eye-catching design is intended to resemble an iPod in its charging dock... Continue Reading iPod-inspired tower nears completion in Dubai Category: Architecture Tags: Building and Construction Dubai
We've long known that Mars is home to the largest volcano in the Solar System – Olympus Mons – and now, researchers have found that it may also have the largest explosive volcanic deposit as well. The Medusae Fossae Formation is a huge rocky structure that has had scientists puzzling over its origins for decades, but the new work suggests it's the result of massive volcanic eruptions that
Chinese smartphone company Oppo is a decent alternative for those looking to move away from the Apple/Samsung-dominated market. To make its newest device stand out from a crowd, Oppo's 2018 flagship phone, the Find X, packs slide-out 3D cameras that hide inside the body when not in use, and backs it up with decent specs and an edge-to-edge screen... Continue Reading Oppo's new flagship pho
A year and a half after accepting the first prototypes, the US Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems and its partner Iveco Defence Vehicles a US$198 million contract to deliver the first 30 of the Corps' next-generation Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV). The contact for the fully amphibious, ship-launchable troop carrier includes an option of up to $1.2 billion for a total of 204 vehicles...
Dimitar Karanikolov is a London-based architect with a passion for photography. Over the last few years his experiments with drone photography has led to an exciting, architectural perspective on some of the most amazingly beautiful places on Earth... Continue Reading Drone photography through the eyes of an architect Category: Drones Tags: Aerial Drone photography
A couple of years ago, researchers from MIT created a beaver fur-inspired material that could be used to produce warmer wetsuits. Now, a different group of MIT scientists have devised a process that lets existing wetsuits retain body heat three times longer than normal... Continue Reading Gas treatment makes wetsuits way warmer Category: Science Tags: Insulation MIT
We've already seen robots that are made to help put out fires, but SmokeBot is a little different. Designed by a European consortium led by Sweden's Örebro University, it's intended to perform reconnaissance missions in low-visibility smoke-filled buildings, creating maps that firefighters can follow... Continue Reading SmokeBot sees through smoke to guide firefighters Category: Robotics
Millennials can keep their #vanlife; today's generation of young children has #toyroadsterlife. The latest car in Toyota's ongoing series of kid's concept cars, the Camatte Journey is an open-air tourer that's ready to escape Tokyo and zip through sleepy countrysides and up twisty mountain roads. An accompanying digital simulator lets kids experience the thrill of auto touring in a more me
Among other things, Josep Rubau has designed cars for Volkswagen, and was the creator of the Tramontana supercar. Now, the Spanish industrial designer is CEO of RedShark Bikes, a company that sells a pedal-powered prop-driven trimaran which he invented... Continue Reading Pedal-powered trimaran lets cyclists hit the water Category: Marine Tags: Pedal-powered Trimaran
Checkmate – it's a simple concept: the final decisive move that ends a game of chess with one winner and one loser – just like IBM's Deep Blue which beat world champion Gary Kasparov in 1997. Not so debating: an altogether softer battle of wits, where the question of who won is far from straightforward – and arguably subjective. Which is much like the art of debating itself – lacking the e

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