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Real tractor beam shown off moving objects through the air

Real tractor beam shown off moving objects through the air

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The days of using Star Trek images to depict tractor beams are over, the real thing is here. Scientists in Spain have shown off a real, working tractor beam moving objects through the air. The Public University of Navarre has created a sonic tractor beam... >>

Hyundai and Kia tease the wacky and wonderful future of vehicles

Hyundai and Kia tease the wacky and wonderful future of vehicles

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Every year Hyundai and Kia hold their R&D Idea Festival. This is where engineers have the opportunity to create what they see as the future of vehicles. This year ten entries made it to the final presentation stage after just six months of development... >>

This is the lightest metal ever made, 100 times lighter than Styrofoam

This is the lightest metal ever made, 100 times lighter than Styrofoam

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Boeing, in search of lighter materials for its planes, has come up with the world's lightest metal. The Microlattice is not only the lightest metal ever made but has also broken records for strength. The idea is to one-day use this material in planes... >>

Cloaking devices are real, here are the best science has created

Cloaking devices are real, here are the best science has created

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Science fiction was once the only place cloaking devices existed, on a Klingon ship in Star Trek or as a literal cloak in Harry Potter. Now science has managed to make them a reality. While we can't yet don an item of clothing that will make us entirely... >>

Invisibility cloak created to hide micro objects, could make larger objects invisible

Invisibility cloak created to hide micro objects, could make larger objects invisible

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The Holy Grail of covert ops and pranks alike, invisibility, is still yet to be cracked. But scientists have been making discoveries more and more of late. The most recent discovering is able to hide micro object and, scientist say, could be scaled up.... >>

Solid-state batteries: Last longer, don’t break and increase power density

Solid-state batteries: Last longer, don’t break and increase power density

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Scientists are all working hard to find the Holy Grail of batteries and it looks like solid state could be a contender. A recent paper from researchers at MIT, working with Samsung, details a new type of battery. This solid-state powerhouse will last... >>

Nano ‘yolk’ batteries triple current capacity and charge full in six minutes

Nano ‘yolk’ batteries triple current capacity and charge full in six minutes

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Scientists at MIT have cracked a new type of battery that should blow current offerings out of their ionic waters. The "yolk" and "shell" batteries make use of nanoparticles to allow for greater expansion and contraction. The result is a battery that... >>

What is HitchBOT and why was it murdered?

What is HitchBOT and why was it murdered?

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A robot has been murdered for hitchhiking. HitchBOT has met its end at the hands of humans, despite loving them to the bitter end. HitchBOT was a robot created by Ontario makers at Ryerson University who wanted to see how far it would travel. The robot... >>

No more ‘Use By’ dates: Smart Cap detects when food is on the turn

No more ‘Use By’ dates: Smart Cap detects when food is on the turn

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When you're shopping for milk in the future you won't be looking at "Use By" dates but rather checking actual quality using a smart lid. The Smart Cap was developed by engineers at the University of Berkeley. The 3D printed cap is able to detect when... >>

The EM Drive is here to get us to the Moon in 4 hours, without fuel

The EM Drive is here to get us to the Moon in 4 hours, without fuel

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The extremely exciting EM Drive, which could offer high-speed propulsion without fuel, has been confirmed as a working invention. The drive, which has been compared to Star Trek's impulse drive, was said to be impossible when British inventor Roger Shawyer... >>