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Three records blasted out of the sky by Solar Impulse 2

Author : Allison Blackburn, 3 July 2015

Three records blasted out of the sky by Solar Impulse 2

Solar Impulse 2 is making its way around the world and the craft has already broken three records and it hasn’t even completed the longest leg of the flight. The next time it touches down on the ground is when it reaches Hawaii but it has already taken the record for travelling the longest distance along with the longest duration and as the icing on the cake it has taken the longest solo flight record too. [Image Courtesy of Solar Impulse] The Solar Impulse 2 took off from Japan on Saturday on its flight that will take five days and […]


Jul
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Students from Holland design solar powered family car

Author : Allison Blackburn, 3 July 2015

Students from Holland design solar powered family car

Dutch students from the Eindhoven University of Technology have designed a solar powered family car. Not only does the vehicle run on the power of the sun but it is also capable of generating more energy than it actually uses. The Stella Lux can carry four people and it is intelligent, efficient and comfortable. The vehicle is going to be taking part in the World Solar Challenge which takes place in Australia later on this year. [Image Courtesy of Solar Team Eindhoven] A total of 21 students worked on the design of the car, putting their own studies on the back burner […]


Jul
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Control what you hear and how you hear it with Here Active Listening

Ever get tired of disturbing background noise that won’t let you focus or relax? What if you could not only cancel out all that noise but also control exactly what types of sounds you want to listen to or not? Here Active Listening is a gadget created by Doppler Labs that promises to give you control of what you hear and how you hear it. “We have things to enhance every part of our lives, but when it comes to our ears, we’re told to just deal with it,” said Doppler Labs CEO and co-founder Noah Kraft. “We believe at Doppler that your listening experience can be […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Students create hydroceramic wall that could replace the use of air conditioners

The use of air conditioners have become increasingly more popular in homes, offices, and pretty much everywhere else you go. The problem is that, while relying on them to cool down the air in warmer weather, we also use large amounts of electricity, which is reflected on our bills but especially in environmental damage. To prevent our solution to the heat from generating so many problems, some students from The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia Barcelona in Spain have come together to create a wall that can naturally cool off the room. The material, called hydroceramic, contains hydrogel bubbles (sandwiched between fabric and ceramic) that interact with the environment. […]

Posted by Alan Adamu

Flight MH370: How researchers uncovered what happened

On the 8th of March 2014, the world was sent into a state of shock. A Boeing 777 aircraft carrying 239 people lost communication with air traffic control, never to be found again. Such was the fate of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.  Ever since, millions of dollars have been spent in attempts recover the remains of the aircraft. No wreckage was ever found. A group of researchers claim to have found an explanation of what happened to flight MH370 in its final moments. Through a series of mathematical modelling and simulations, these researchers were able to recreate five possible ways in which the aircraft might have crashed into the ocean. […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Man killed by robot when working at Volkswagen in Germany

Man killed by robot is a heading that you might have thought would be in a horror film or book about robots taking over the world, but sadly it isn’t, it is real life. A man was crushed to death at the Volkswagen plant in Germany where he worked. [Image Courtesy of IFLScience] The 22-year- old was working as a technician and was undertaking the installation of a stationary robot. The robot undertakes a series of tasks on the assembly line when making cars and it takes hold of car parts and manipulates them. In this instance the robot is […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Hadrian bricklaying robot can lay 1,000 bricks in one hour

In today’s world, robotics are moving along at a fast pace and robots are now seen taking over many tasks and jobs that humans used to do. One of the latest is a robot named Hadrian and it can lay down as many as 1,000 bricks in one hour. [Image Courtesy of FastbrickRobots] It manages to do this thanks to it having a building plan programmed into it that calculates where each of the bricks should go and uses it arm of 28 feet to put the bricks into place before then securing them with mortar. Along with its robotic […]