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The X-47B making the first UAV arrested carrier landing

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator put another page in the history books on Wednesday with its first unmanned arrested-wire carrier landing. The drone flew 35 minutes from Patuxent River Naval Air Station to the carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia, where is landed at about 145 knots (167 mph, 268 km/h) with an arresting wire catching its tail hook and bringing it to a stop in 350 ft (107 m).  Read More

The current wing is an inflateable wing specially built by a kitesurfing manufacturer for ...

The University of Delft has a program devoted to kite-based generation systems, with 20 years of research and development under their belt since Wubbo Ockels, the first Dutch astronaut established it. Now, members of the team are exploring practical niches where the compromises of kite-based power might pay off. One has just completed a trip through Kenya, Tanzania and Senegal discussing opportunities for rural African kite generation with governmental agencies, universities and companies in the renewables space.  Read More

The BMW i8 (left) and i3 are just two concept cars that are set to go into production in t...

The recent rumor about a possible production version of the Pininfarina Sergio concept got us thinking: What other wild, stylish, high-tech concept cars are coming to market in the near future? Turns out, a lot. In fact, 2013-2014 may very well prove one of the best time periods in history for for recent cutting-edge concept vehicles to make the leap from concept to production. From electric and hybrid hypercars to reinvented daily drivers, these concept cars will soon be all over our highways and country roads.  Read More

Negobot at work, pretending to be a gullible young girl

For a number of years now, police forces around the world have enlisted officers to pose as kids in online chat rooms, in an attempt to draw out pedophiles and track them down. Researchers at Spain’s University of Deusto are now hoping to free those cops up for other duties, and to catch more offenders, via a chatbot that they’ve created. Its name is Negobot, and it plays the part of a 14 year-old girl.  Read More

The Jaguar Project 7 debuts at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Based on the all-new 2014 F-Type convertible, the Jaguar Project 7 concept car makes its world debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The new race-inspired single-seat concept adds some extra power and speed to the F-Type's sexy curves and hopes to recreate some of the excitement of the seven Le Mans wins that it's named after.  Read More

LG Display has announced the development of a super-thin, 5.2-inch Full HD display panel

Just over a year after showing off a new Full HD smartphone display, LG's Display wing has taken the wraps off a new variant that's being hailed as the world's thinnest. The working 5.2-inch panel boasts a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, and represents the first outing for a proprietary touch technology called Advanced One-Glass-Solution, where two flexible printed circuits are positioned between the glass and the touch layer.  Read More

Researchers at the University of Southampton have created an extremely durable computer me...

Recently, there have been advances in the area of digital data storage promising outstanding data density and super-long-term data storage. A new data storage technology developed at the University of Southampton can do both. Due to its similarities to the “memory crystals” used in the Superman films, it has been dubbed the "Superman memory crystal."  Read More

Electrolyte's Strassenfeger II

We've looked at a surplus of electric bicycle designs over the years, and while we'd be hard-pressed to call any particular design "usual" in this diverse category, a common feature shared by many is a frame-integrated battery pack. German manufacturer Electrolyte dismisses that common element, integrating the battery, motor and controller of its pedelec bikes into a single fork shaft assembly.  Read More

The Pop Up Grill serves as both charcoal grill and campfire grate

Campers have been using pop-up campers for years, now they can use a pop-up grill. Helping campers make room in their already stuffed-to-the-roof-lining cars, the Pop Up Grill serves as both charcoal grill and campfire grate, providing two ways of cooking smoky meals. Leave the charcoal at home and cook right over the campfire or use it as a traditional charcoal grill.  Read More

The Skymouse puts cursor control on your fingertips

Los Angeles-based Eliott Ephrati is bringing a new product to the masses through Kickstarter called Skymouse, which is designed to let users control their computers using only their fingers. Mice of this sort are starting to gain more traction, with products like The Mycestro 3D wearable mouse and the Genius wireless Ring Mouse coming before this one. While those have you wearing the mouse, the pitch for Skymouse is that your finger actually is the mouse.  Read More

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