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U.S. Defense Department to develop UK hoverbike | Reuters

The dream of a manned, truly functional hoverbike is a step closer to reality after British and American engineers announced a deal with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop and build the vehicle in the States.<p>Developers Malloy Aeronautics says its Hoverbike prototype is built to do many of …

Aviation

The US Army Wants Its Own Hoverbike, Again

Like they did in the 1950s and the 1960s and the 1970s<p>Hoverbikes are the stuff of literal science fiction. Perhaps best known for their role in <i>Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi</i>, hoverbikes are as imagined one-person transports that fly above the ground, great for carrying scouts but also …

Astronomers Discover Hundreds of Weird Galaxies Filled With Dark Matter

Last year, astronomers were surprised to detect 47 galaxies in the Coma Cluster that were made almost entirely of dark matter. So how much more surprised are they to see 800 more dark galaxies in the same cluster?<p>Even that many concentrations of mysterious dark matter may be merely the "tip of the …

Universe

This Ancient Paper Art Makes Flexible, Super Strong Electronics

Kirigami is changing the way we design materials<p>Thanks to the art of paper cutting, Kirigami, soon stretchable plasma displays and batteries will become a more viable reality.<p>Material design teams across the country are taking cues from this variation on origami—popularized in the US in the 1960s …

Supermassive black hole is serial exploder

Astronomers see cavities – like giant bubbles – in hot gas around galaxy cluster NGC 5813, caused by multiple eruptions over millions of years of a …

Toxic algae bloom off West Coast might be largest ever: scientists | Reuters

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A toxic algae bloom in the Pacific Ocean stretching from California north to Washington state might be the largest ever detected off the U.S. West Coast, scientists said on Tuesday.<p>The bloom, which first appeared in May, involves microscopic algae that produce a neurotoxin …

Biofuel

Laser-Armed Cryo Robots Could Explore Europa For Alien Life

They're starting with glaciers and working their way up to space<p>What has lasers, a torpedo-shaped body, and is capable of tunneling where no one has tunneled before? VALKYRIE, one of the 'cryobots' that is paving the way towards exploring icy moons like Europa in the future.<p>Jupiter's moon Europa is …

Computer Chips Can Now Be Made From Wood

Just call them wood chips<p>The woods are lovely, dark, deep, and filled with potential computer components.<p>In a paper published in <i>Nature Communications</i> this week, researchers announced the construction of computer chips made from wood.<p>But don't expect to see hipsters advertising hand-carved artisan …

Nature Communications

Robot Learns To Walk With Damaged Legs

Great news for robots! Bad news for people chased by robots.<p>Robots don’t feel pain, which is good, because what this six-legged robot does would be almost impossible with anything even resembling a human nervous system. Published today in <i>Nature</i>, “Robots that can adapt like animals,” looks at a …