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Special forces are getting a stealth motorcycle that's silent and deadly

Here comes the dirt bike, beware of the dirt bike.<p>A dirt bike is a tool for getting a person to a place they shouldn't be. Lightweight, made for rough terrain, and fast, motorcycles allow special forces to slip through woods, navigate narrow canyons, sneak through alleyways, or hurtle down …

President to Honour Pune Based Vikarsh Group's Indigenous Nanotechnology Product

The SME is first in India to build the nanotech product approved by large players like ABB and General Electric; the company will receive a 15 lakh …

10 Hotels With Unbelievable Views

<i>By Ayesha Khan for Architectural Digest.</i><p><i>(Photo: Jade Mountain)</i><p><b>Jade Mountain, St. Lucia</b><p>Architect and hotelier Nick Troubetzkoy eliminated the fourth wall from every room at this Caribbean paradise so guests can enjoy the picture-perfect views of the Petit and Gros Piton mountains, which are …

The future is round: why modern architecture turned doughnut-shaped

From GCHQ to the Apple campus, huge disc-like buildings are popping up around the world. As artist Simon Denny warns, they betray a world with no corners in which to hide<p>“Whenever I draw a circle, I immediately want to step out of it,” Buckminster Fuller once said. Unfortunately, the public thought …

Surveillance

Revolutionary "Homefarm" Combines Retirement Homes with Eco-Friendly Vertical Farming

Architecture firm Spark has recently unveiled <i>Homefarm</i>, a health, housing and farming concept that revolutionizes urban retirement. The proposed plan would offer its residents a space for living and another for farming, allowing them to take part in the agricultural process if they wish.<p>Spark's idea …

HiddenHUB Optimizes 360-degree Sound to the Shape of Your Room

Audio maker HIDDEN has been busy lately. Following up their recent compact HiddenRadio2 refresh (an update to their wireless slide-out cylinder …

Audiophile

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Concrete

What Weapons Would China Use In World War III?

A top secret preview of the weapons in Ghost Fleet, a new novel about our future war with China<p>Today, <i>Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War</i>, is coming out. By August Cole and Eastern Arsenal's very own P.W. Singer, it's a novel about what might happen if the brewing Cold War between the U.S. …

This mile-long, floating device is taking on the ocean’s plastic pollution

The brain child of a Dutch teen is setting out to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Will it work?<p>People seem really excited about the upcoming deployment about a new system created to clean up the ocean's floating plastic.<p>Judging from the headlines, that's in large part because it was …

Lightweight and quiet power to enable armored military exoskeletons

LiquidPiston’s X Engine is a non-Wankel rotary embodiment of the company’s innovative High Efficiency Hybrid Cycle (HEHC). The X Engine has few parts …

DARPA boosting additive manufacturing using more than 1000 microbots and enhancing quality of titanium products

Additive manufacturing, including emerging “3D printing” technologies, is booming. Last year an astronaut on the International Space Station used a …

USA and Russia are integrating more multi-use non-nuclear EMP weapons and China is trying to catch up

Multi-use EMP weapons are being added as a standard military weapon by the USA and Russia.<p>Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation …

Tesla's huge new batteries will store power for Amazon, Target, and others

Elon Musk only announced Tesla's new Powerpack system tonight, but the company has already done deals with some of America's biggest companies to supply them with the new technology. Both Amazon and Target are rolling out pilot programs that will use Tesla's 100 kWh battery blocks, along with …

Intel Shrinks RealSense 3D Scanning Technology into Smartphones

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) has been very busy working behind the scenes while the world has had their eyes on the incredible revolution being forged with 3D …

Digital Design

Boeing patents temporary plasma forcefields that will reduce shockwaves from explosions

Boeing has a patent for temporary “forcefields” against shockwaves. The blast shockwave would be attenuated by creating a plasma.<p>An arc generator may …

Engineering students extinguish fire with sound

Imagine if all you needed to put out fire was a subwoofer. It's an idea that has been toyed with, theoretically, over the years -- DARPA demonstrated an acoustic extinguisher in 2012, following prior experiments from other researchers. Now, for the first time, a handheld extinguisher exists that …

Engineering

Future Macs could get up to 10TB SSDs thanks to new Intel/Micron technology

SSDs are fast, but still expensive compared to spinning metal drives, giving us less storage capacity in today’s Macs than we got in older models. Pick up a classic 13-inch MacBook Pro with a hard drive, for example, and you’ll get 500GB of storage for $1100, compared to just 128GB of SSD storage …

DARPA is working on something way better than GPS

When your location marker on Google Maps is pinging all over the place, it's usually due to temperamental GPS signal. DARPA thinks this isn't cutting it anymore, and is developing a "radically" new tech that will offer real-time position tracking -- something that'll work despite blind spots or …

How Researchers Create the Lightweight, Durable, and Extremely Versatile Material Syntactic Foam

Motherboard traveled to New York University in New York City to speak with Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Nikhil Gupta …

New York University

Taking a Spin With FlyKly, the Bike Wheel That Does the Work for You (Video)

The FlyKly Smart Wheel meddles with your pedals.<p>Niko Klansek’s resolution to get healthier several years ago didn’t last much longer than his first bike ride to work, which left him panting and sweaty at the front door to his office.<p>But the experience inspired an idea that the Slovenian engineer …

San Francisco

Industrial Designer Explains Production Methods Shown in Apple Watch Manufacturing Videos

Greg Koenig's play-by-play reveals the company's profound mastery of manufacturing<p>When your average consumer watches any of Apple's "how it's made" …

Woodworking

Four Visions Of The Future From DARPA’s Latest Report Card

Like a science fair for the next century’s wars<p>Yesterday, DARPA released their latest vision for the future. As the far-seeing technological eye of the Defense Department, DARPA’s had its hand in everything from the launch of stealth fighter jets to the birth of the Internet. So when they predict …

Limpet's shell could inspire next-gen transparent displays

The humble limpet has been receiving a lot of press lately, as scientists recently determined that the material from which its teeth are made is …

Nextgen

Aluminum "superatoms" hint at a new type of superconducting materials

Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have made steps toward discovering a new family of superconductor materials that work at …

French defence minister due in India to rescue Rafale fighter deal | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will hold talks with his Indian counterpart in New Delhi on Tuesday to salvage a deal to supply 126 Dassault (AVMD.PA) fighter jets that has stalled on the issue of local assembly of the aircraft.<p>French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le …

Narendra Modi calls for investment in shipbuilding, defence

<b>Chakan, Pune</b>: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Saturday called on global investors to look at opportunities in the defence manufacturing and …

Test for Alzheimer's with Google-funded DNA kit

Personal genetics company 23andMe has launched in the UK, analysing customer's DNA for genetic risk factors for conditions including Alzheimer's Disease and hereditary cancers<p>Personal genetics company 23andMe has launched in the UK, giving you the chance to examine not only your genetic health and …