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Electrohydrodynamic cooling system to beat the heat on deep space missions

Cooling technology developed at WPI is undergoing a long-term test aboard the International Space Station

When astronauts head for Mars, keeping them cool will be a major concern, so a team of mechanical engineers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) led by Jamal Yagoobi is working on a new electrical cooling system that has no moving parts. Already being tested aboard the International Space Station (ISS), the electrohydrodynamic (EHD) cooler uses electrically charged fluids running through tiny tubes to carry away heat without noise or vibrations.

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Category: Space

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NASA prepares to send CubeSats to Mars

Artist's rendering of the twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft as they fly through deep space

When NASA's InSight mission to Mars lifts off on May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, it won't be alone. Nestled inside the Atlas V launcher on the aft bulkhead carrier of the Centaur upper stage will be two CubeSats that will make up the Mars Cube One mission or MarCO. The 14.4 x 9.5 inches x by 4.6 in (36.6 x 24.3 x 11.8 cm) miniature spacecraft will be the first CubeSats to be deployed into deep space and will demonstrate new technologies for future interplanetary missions.

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Category: Space

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Part spider web, part cocoon, Sky-Pod tent dangles cozily over the forest floor

After a decade and a half of development, touring and tweaking, the Sky-Pod is available for ...

Cushy hammock or bed of rocks and twigs? It doesn't sound like a hard decision, which might be why tree tents and hammock shelters have exploded in popularity. The latest to find its way across our desk is the Sky-Pod, a dangling, semi-rigid, two-person sleep chamber engineered to be as comfortable to sit or stand in as it is to lie in.

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Category: Outdoors

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Online sexual predators may get caught by CATT

The algorithm is designed to alert police to chatroom conservations that might be leading to a ...

It's a sad fact that pedophiles often hang out in online chatrooms, looking to strike up conservations with unsuspecting children. In the worst cases, they arrange face-to-face meetings, resulting in sexual assault. A new algorithm, however, is designed to help keep that from happening.

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Review: 2018 Honda CR-V checks the boxes, hits the marks

The 2018 Honda CR-V is no wallflower when it comes to capability

The Honda CR-V is a top seller in the compact crossover-SUV market in North America, and there's good reason for that. It hits the mark for most people shopping in this segment, checking off boxes like safety, comfort, and everyday performance. The 2018 CR-V is as unobtrusive as they come, too.

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Category: Automotive

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Apple's new recycling robot takes apart 200 iPhones an hour

Apple's Daisy iPhone-disassembly robot

It's often tempting to think that if Apple had its way, iPhone users would be replacing their phones every year. As it is, there are a lot of traded-in iPhones that need recycling – and that's where the company's new Daisy robot comes in.

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Category: Robotics

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Zaha Hadid Architects goes back to school with robot-made classrooms

The Lushan Primary School is slated for a rural area north-west of Nanchang, the capital of ...

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has unveiled plans for a new primary school. Consisting of large vaulted structures that promise a pleasant and daylight-filled learning environment, the Lushan Primary School in Jiangxi Province, China, will also be built with help from an industrial robot.

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Category: Architecture

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CdA-measuring AeroPod makes cycling less of a drag

The AeroPod, with its included handlebar mount

Remember back when cyclists had to travel to a wind tunnel or velodrome if they wanted to get their aerodynamic drag measured? Actually, that time is now. It might not be for much longer, however, if the handlebar-mounted AeroPod reaches production.

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Category: Bicycles

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Alquier appeals to eco-conscious guitarists with Cosmic One launch

Luthier Jean-Yves Alquier and team present the limited edition Cosmic One

Exotic hardwoods are getting harder to come by and tighter tonewood regulations are having an impact on guitar making. Over the last few years, many leading manufacturers have been raiding wood piles from demolished buildings or using materials that are easier to come by. But France's Alquier Guitars is going all out for its Cosmic builds, turning away from tropical wood, making use of sustainable bamboo and breaking out titanium hardware.

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Category: Music

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North America's first 200 kilowatt wireless charger keeps e-buses rolling indefinitely

Momentum's 200 kW wireless charging system automatically starts topping up the Transit Link e-bus when parked ...

Bus companies around the world are slowly transitioning to electric fleets, backed up by manufacturers like Hyundai, Daimler, BYD and Proterra. Though the latter managed to eke out 1,100 miles on a single charge of the batteries in its 40 ft Catalyst E2 max last year, regular day-to-day driving will be significantly less. Keeping these e-buses topped up en route can involve installing networks of overhead hoods or cables that the buses can access tram-style, but others are taking a wireless route. Momentum Dynamics has announced the first 200 kilowatt wireless charger in North America, which sees a BYD electric bus in Wenatchee, Washington, receive a cable-free top-up during routine transfer stops.

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Category: Automotive

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Welcome to Pleistocene Park: The mammoth plan to recreate an ice age ecosystem in Siberia

An artist's impression of an Ice Age ecosystem – similar to the one that Pleistocene Park ...

A real-world Jurassic Park is never going to happen, but shooting for a more recent prehistoric era might be more achievable. The Pleistocene Park project is aiming to rebuild a lost Ice Age ecosystem in Siberia, and its directors, the father-and-son team of Sergey and Nikita Zimov, say it could help slow the effects of climate change. Now, the initiative is running a crowdfunding campaign to help transport a new herd of animals to the park.

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Category: Environment

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Gallery: Powerful portraits and peculiar culture from the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Flour war in Alicante, in Spain. Professional, Discovery (Professional competition), 2nd Place, 2018, Sony World Photography ...

This year's Sony World Photography Awards garnered a whopping 300,000-plus submissions from more than 200 countries. This massive assortment of images has now been reduced to a stunning set of winners, which together shine a light on everything from South Africa under apartheid to the Persian tradition of using animal carcasses in sport.

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Category: Digital Cameras

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Carbon positive CORE 9 home costs around $70 to run all year

The CORE 9 prototype is designed to provide a housing solution that is cost effective and ...

Australian architectural studio Beaumont Concepts has completed a stylish and affordable carbon positive home, located in the coastal town of Cape Patterson in Victoria. Dubbed CORE 9, the prototype is designed to provide a better housing solution that is not only cost effective, but also sustainably superior. The home is part of "The Cape", one of Australia's first sustainable housing projects, which features 220 blocks of land where residents can only build a home that meets specific sustainable home design standards.

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Category: Architecture

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Swayy's all-in-one hammock creates a hanging insulation bubble for your backside

The Swayy hammock is suspended by aluminum alloy cinch buckles and carabiners, along with polyester and ...

You can't argue with the convenience and comfort of camping with a hammock, but you could certainly argue with the bitter cold that can accompany such a sleeping arrangement. The newly announced Swayy is an all-in-one camping hammock that takes a novel approach to insulation, by creating a hanging pocket of air around your backside to fend off what its creators call "Cold Butt Syndrome."

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Category: Outdoors

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Yamaha and Auto Fabrica release limited edition Type 11 retro-futurist cafe racer

Auto Fabrica's Type 11 Prototype 3: a track-only proof of concept

This nifty neo-futuristic cafe racer, with its bullet fairing and custom bodywork, is part of Yamaha's global push to promote the customizable nature of its XSR900 cafe racer. The 'Type 11 Prototype 2' by the UK's Auto Fabrica will go on sale in limited numbers this weekend in London.

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Category: Motorcycles

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Sleek, compact camper pod grows to 3 times its size at the push of a button

The Tipoon is designed to be compact and garageable

The French aren't the only ones building expandable camping trailers, but they do seem to do it at the highest level. A few years ago, we looked at the telescoping Beauer 3X, and last year it was the feature-packed sCarabane. Now French startup Tipoon has come up with an equally ingenious design, a compact "travel machine" that sits low and hauls gear on the ride and grows up and out at camp, providing standing headroom and space for up to four people.

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Category: Outdoors

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Video: IBM's AI microscopes use plankton as living water sensors

IBM Research scientists have developed a way to monitor the health and behavior of plankton, to ...

With microplastics penetrating the deepest ocean trenches and making their way up the food chain, it's no surprise that plastic pollution is in the crosshairs for Earth Day 2018. IBM has now released a video outlining how it plans to help clean up the seas, by using plankton as a kind of living water quality sensor.

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Category: Environment

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Modular multi-tool lets you travel light when need be

Keyport is looking to raise funds on Kickstarter for its Anywhere Tools system

Multi-tool makers have gotten pretty good at squeezing all manner of implements into the one palm-sized device. But the thinking behind the Anywhere Tools system from Nevada's Keyport is that folks should be able to easily customize their kit as required, using a modular everyday carry setup to allow for easy swapping in and out of components.

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Category: Outdoors

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Giant fighting robots on the ropes as MegaBots announces "we ran out of money"

Is the dream of giant fighting robots about to come to a screeching halt?

The team has been let go. The robots are back in a dusty old warehouse, and MegaBots Inc's dream of an international giant fighting robot league lies in tatters. All that stands between Eagle Prime and oblivion is 200 grand, a handycam, a laptop and one desperate founder.

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Category: Robotics

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Lyft purchasing carbon offsets to make all rides carbon neutral

As of today, all Lyft rides will be carbon neutral

In a move that should give Lyft passengers that warm fuzzy feeling of helping the environment while getting from A to B, the ride-sharing company has announced that all its rides around the world will be carbon neutral – starting today. This will be achieved through the purchase of carbon offsets, which will require a multi-million-dollar investment in the first year alone.

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Category: Automotive

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Lenovo Explorer VR headset is selling for under $200

The Lenovo Explorer boasts specs comparable to those on higher end VR systems but for a ...

Virtual reality is an amazingly immersive experience that everyone needs to try at least once – but the price tag on the higher end hardware can be a little intimidating. Microsoft is lowering that barrier to entry with its range of Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and the Lenovo Explorer is currently 50 percent off at the Microsoft Store, bringing the price down to US$199.

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Successful maiden flight for Sun Flyer 2 electric airplane

Sun Flyer 2 taking off on its maiden flight on April 10

Another small electric airplane took to the skies recently as Bye Aerospace announces that its prototype Sun Flyer 2 took to the air for the first time on April 10 at Centennial Airport south of Denver, Colorado. The two-seater prop-driven aircraft with a gross weight of 1,900 lb (860 kg) has a 3.5-hour flight duration thanks to its six lithium-ion battery packs and is intended as a pilot trainer.

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Category: Aircraft

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Stir-stick-sparing Stircle spins up your coffee

The Stircle, doing its thing

Chances are, you probably don't use many stir sticks at home. Coffee shops, however, go through a great deal of the things on a daily basis. Inventor Scott Amron didn't like the thought of all that plastic and/or wood being thrown away, so he created the Stircle.

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US Air Force awards Lockheed Martin $1 billion hypersonic missile contract

The X-51 hypersonic test vehicle

It appears that the US Air Force is taking recent reports of Russian and Chinese hypersonic weapon systems seriously, as it's upped its game by awarding Lockheed Martin a contract worth up to US$928 million to develop a conventional strike weapon capable of flying over five times the speed of sound. The company's Lockheed Martin Space division in Huntsville, Alabama will carry out the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract on the air-launched stand-off missile.

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Category: Military

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"World's thinnest" life jacket might not bug you

The Wingman is available in four colors

A lot of people don't like wearing life jackets, as they find the things to be bulky and cumbersome. If you're such a person, then you might be interested in the Wingman, as it's claimed to be the world's thinnest.

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Category: Outdoors

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