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New titanium alloy is four times stronger than steel

By adding gold to titanium, Rice University researchers report in the latest edition of the journal Science Advances that they have discovered an alloy that is several times stronger than steel, but which is still wear-resistant and non-toxic enough to…

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Team creates atomic scale storage device using chlorine atoms

From state-of-the-art supercomputers to common smartphones, computers are increasingly demanding more and more data storage capacity. To hold all this information, it is becoming more critical that each single bit takes up as little room as possible. According to a…

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Could this team bring invisibility cloaks to reality?

The quest for a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak has taken another step big step forward, as engineers from the UK have for the first time successfully demonstrated a device which enables curved surfaces to appear flat when exposed to electromagnetic…

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The US Navy is Spending $750k on Bomb-Sniffing Robot Locusts

Locusts tend to be associated with plagues, but they might soon be our saviors—because a  researcher from Washington University in St. Louis is looking to turn them into living bomb detectors, according to ScienceAlert. According to team leader Baranidharan Raman, the project…

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Team develops robotic stingray made out of heart cells

Using heart cells taken from a rat, scientists have developed a robotic stingray that can be controlled using pulses of light, according to a new report in the journal Science. The study team told BBC News that their creation could…

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The Science of Fireworks– How do they work?

Ever wondered how fireworks actually create the shapes and colors we see in the sky? Mike Tockstein of Pyrotechnic Innovations has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and 15 years’ experience at major firework events, including the annual Fourth of…

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Tesla announces first driver killed by ‘Autopilot mode’

Joshua D. Brown, a 40-year-old from Canton, Ohio, has become the first person known to have died while being driven by an autonomous car, and now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced an investigation of both the incident…

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Should self-driving cars protect pedestrians or passengers?

As with any major new invention, driverless cars will no doubt reveal many technological quirks that don't become noticeable until people start using them en masse. But one thing they could more bring with them is a moral dilemma. If…

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China’s new supercomputer blows everything else out the water

Until very recently the fastest supercomputer in the world belonged to China. It has now been replaced by the Sunway TaihuLight - also from China. In fifteen years China has gone from having zero supercomputers in the top 500 to having more than any other country.…

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NASA unveils new X-plane aircraft design

For the first time in 10 years, NASA has given an experimental aircraft X-plane status – a status given to a new design currently being tested for viability. The new experimental design is known as X-57, or “Maxwell”. It uses…