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The laser disabled the engine and drivetrain of a small truck

The battlefield of the future recently came a step closer, as a Lockheed Martin laser weapon took out a truck in a field test. The 30-kW fiber laser weapon system was fired at a small truck mounted on a test platform, the laser beam disabled the running engine and drivetrain within seconds.  Read More

Sustainable building firm BaleHaus recently unveiled a number of new Passivhaus-rated stra...

A house made from straw didn't work out so well in The Three Little Pigs, but maybe it's not such a bad idea after all. Sustainable building firm BaleHaus recently unveiled a number of new energy-efficient Passivhaus-certified homes that feature a prefabricated straw insulation system, and promise a heating bill 90 percent lower than that of an average home.  Read More

The rear end aero detailing on the Radical RXC Turbo 500 would not seem out of place at Le...

The track day car is the hothouse flower of the automotive world. It exists only to pound around local tracks in the hands of semi-well heeled gearheads on the weekend. Radical is one of the more well known of these motorized hothouse denizens, and it has big ambitions for its new RXC Turbo 500. Radical aims to make it the fastest production car ever to go around the famous Nurburgring.  Read More

Ceres from 25,000 mi (40,000 km) away (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its final approach to Ceres, the ion-propelled spacecraft is sending the best images yet with more details about the surface of the dwarf planet. The images from Dawn have shown the presence of numerous craters and unusual bright spots that scientist hope will provide clues as to not only how Ceres formed and if it is still active, but the early history of the Solar System as well.  Read More

Panasonic's MC-RS1 Rulo

Circular robotic vacuum cleaners may be popular, but it's hard for them to reach dust and dirt in the corners of rooms. That's why Panasonic has gone with a triangular shape – a Reuleaux triangle, to be precise – for its new MC-RS1 Rulo robo-vac.  Read More

Ikea will sell both furniture with wireless charging built-in, and accessories that can be...

Starting next month, Swedish furniture colossus Ikea will start selling furniture with built-in Qi wireless charging and a charging kit to build wireless charging into existing furniture.  Read More

Kyocera has developed a smartphone prototype that features a display with a Wysips Crystal...

Kyocera likes to position itself as a maker of smartphones that can go anywhere, with ruggedized, waterproof devices like the Bear Grylls-endorsed Brigadier. Building on that reputation, the company is showing a new solar-powered prototype that can also charge anywhere, so long as it's not too dark or cloudy.  Read More

Gizmag rounds up some tips to make Gmail on the web work better for you (Image: Ajayptp / ...

Since it appeared in April 2004, Gmail has become the email client of choice for hundreds of millions of users. You're probably very familiar with it – but are you making the most out of the software? We've put together 12 of the most helpful tips for boosting your productivity inside Gmail and powering through your inbox.  Read More

Sasha and Tara Bouis have transformed an abandoned aluminum sailboat into a floating pizza...

Boat and pizza lovers Sasha and Tara Bouis have transformed an abandoned aluminum sailboat into a floating pizzeria. Dubbed "Pizza Pi," the enterprising couple customized and hand built the boat's kitchen to accommodate commercial pizza ovens, fridges, bench space and storage, while also creating a special pick-up window for local boats to come and get their pizza. Located in Christmas Cove, Virgin Islands, Pizza Pi brings the concept of street food to the water, providing a convenient stop for tourists and boat enthusiasts who are out on the water all day.  Read More

Brain plaques (seen in blue) and other debris are normally swept away by cells called micr...

Researchers have identified a promising new target in the battle against certain neurological diseases. A protein known as TREM2 has been proven effective in clearing away unwanted debris in the brain, the unchecked buildup of which can lead to both Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis (MS).  Read More

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