Twisted soft robots navigate mazes without human or computer guidance

Researchers have developed soft robots that are capable of navigating complex environments, such as mazes, without input from humans or computer software. The soft robots are made of liquid crystal elastomers in the shape of a twisted ribbon, resembling translucent rotini. Credit: Yao Zhao, NC State University Researchers from North Carolina State University and the… Continue reading Twisted soft robots navigate mazes without human or computer guidance

NASA new Artemis 1 launch schedule reveals it can attempt 3 launches per week

NASA’s aiming for the moon again. But weeks must pass before the Artemis 1 rocket and spacecraft return to the launch pad, while additional work is performed. However, NASA just released the entire docket for launch windows available to the newest lunar transport vehicle, and it extends until mid-2023. Crucially, the Artemis 1 rocket — which… Continue reading NASA new Artemis 1 launch schedule reveals it can attempt 3 launches per week

Reducing water usage in concentrated solar power plants with radiative cooling and cold storage

To reduce water usage for cooling concentrated solar panels (CSP), scientists have developed a supplemental cooling technique for wet cooled CSPs that combines the radiation cooling method with cold storage. Credit: coniferconifer To deal with the current climate and energy crisis, the world is moving towards a sustainable energy economy. Concentrated solar power (CSP) plants… Continue reading Reducing water usage in concentrated solar power plants with radiative cooling and cold storage

Mercedes has revealed its Vision AMG concept car

Germany’s luxury carmaker Mercedes has revealed the Vision AMG concept vehicle as a glimpse of the electric future of the Mercedes-AMG brand. While the company did not disclose much, the Vision AMG makes an emotional statement from every perspective, with its long wheelbase and short overhangs, powerful shoulders, large wheels, a distinctive rear spoiler, and star-shaped… Continue reading Mercedes has revealed its Vision AMG concept car

SpaceX wants $1.7 billion more, bringing its valuation to roughly $127 billion

The fates of SpaceX and Twitter may be inextricably linked. Private space company SpaceX is looking to raise up to $1.725 billion at a price of $70 per share, according to a widely-shared company email that was picked up by CNBC. The massive funding round would bring the company’s new valuation to approximately $127 billion,… Continue reading SpaceX wants $1.7 billion more, bringing its valuation to roughly $127 billion

Scientists developed a lithium-air battery with record-breaking energy density

A team of researchers from Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), backed by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, has developed a lithium-air battery with a record-breaking energy density of more than 500 watt-hours per kilogram (Wh/kg). To put that into perspective, the novel battery has nearly double the energy density of the battery used in a Tesla Model 3.… Continue reading Scientists developed a lithium-air battery with record-breaking energy density

7 best kids scooters for fun and frolic days this summer

Scooters are a great way to get around and explore the world. They have been used for recreational purposes and transportation for decades. Kids love scooters because they are fun, fast, and easy to ride. Scooters also help children to develop their coordination skills. Choosing the best kids scooter for your child is a daunting… Continue reading 7 best kids scooters for fun and frolic days this summer

Spider-legged WAM-V suspension boat float over the waves

Sixteen years ago, California’s Marine Advanced Robotics made a Wave-Adaptive Modular Vessel (WAM-V) 100-ft boat called the Proteus and it had everyone who saw it in awe. Named after a sea god that could change shape, the boat could also assume many forms to adapt to the tumultuous seas with ease.  Now, the firm has… Continue reading Spider-legged WAM-V suspension boat float over the waves

Scientists find key compound in sea corals to treat cancer after 25 years

A lot is going on under the ocean that we don’t know yet. Recently, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany, found that seagrass ecosystems hold reserves of sugar we never knew existed before. And now, researchers at the University of Utah have made a breakthrough discovery – easy-to-find soft… Continue reading Scientists find key compound in sea corals to treat cancer after 25 years

High school students measure the Earth’s magnetic field from the ISS

Three high school students from Portugal used a Raspberry Pi computer to try to measure the Earth’s magnetic field from the International Space Station. What a cool way to explore the planet, right? The students programmed an add-on for the tiny, inexpensive computer to take measurements of the Earth’s magnetic field in orbit. Known as… Continue reading High school students measure the Earth’s magnetic field from the ISS