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Semcon’s Smart Engine Turns Any Bike Electric for Only $100

Tech company Semcon presents a revolutionary new “smart engine” that will be capable of turning any bike into an electric-powered cycle for the cost …

Scientists create metallic foam that shatters bullets

The foam could be used as bulletproof armor and space-safe heat shields, say researchers.<p>Engineers are developing new materials with the potential to …

Engineering

What is Windows Remote Arduino and What Can It Do?

This post is an overview of the Windows Remote Arduino library, one of the technologies used in the World’s Largest Arduino Maker Challenge.Windows …

Arduino

Teenage Tech Builder’s Tutorial on How to Build a Life-Size Smartphone Controlled BB-8 Droid

17-year-old tech builder Angelo Casimiro from the Phillipines has created a marvelous step-by-step tutorial on how to build a life-size BB-8 droid …

NASA is making a data modem driven by light

Now that photonic (that is, light-based) chips are a practical reality, they're going to get their ultimate test: space. NASA is developing an integrated photonics modem that will be used to test high-speed laser communications between Earth and spacecraft that are in low and geosynchronous orbits. …

This Self-Filling Water Bottle Harvests Clean Drinking Water From The Air

At a rate of 0.5 litres per hour.<p>An Austrian start-up has revealed plans to start selling a self-filling water bottle that extracts humidity from the …

Diamond squeeze hints at metallic hydrogen

<b>British researchers think they have come close to creating a long-sought new state for hydrogen.</b><p>They have put a sample of the familiar gas under so much pressure that it takes on a previously unseen solid crystalline form.<p>The team tells the journal Nature that this phase may be just a step away …

Hydrogen

Mini bioreactor makes life-saving drugs in the field

Paramedics and field medics can patch up some wounds on the spot, but they're usually stuck if they have to administer specialized drugs. What if you need medicine that health care workers don't have on hand? You might not have to rush back to the hospital in the future. Researchers have created …

Make Your Own Star Wars Title Crawl With This Free App

StarWars.com has been updated with a free app that lets you make your own version of the iconic <i>Star Wars</i> title crawl. It's very easy and very fun. Simply head here to get started.<p>The app uses <i>A New Hope</i> as an example. Once you've thought of an idea for your own title crawl, scroll to the top of the …

Exceptionally strong and lightweight new metal created

A team led by researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has created a super-strong yet light structural metal …

Nanotech

15 Pasta Recipes You Should Have In Your Arsenal

We have more than 5,000 pasta recipes. Now, I’m no mathematician, but at the rate of one recipe a day, it would take someone almost fourteen <i></i>years to …

Cooking

This Super Glass Material Is Almost As Strong As Steel

A cracked cell phone screen could become a thing of the past<p>As engineers continue to push what is possible for our buildings and gadgets, so too do they find new ways to tweak the properties of glass. Typically, glass is produced by heating minerals to a high temperature then letting them cool, but …

Quantum Teleportation Can Go as Far as the Boundary of Space

Researchers set a new 62-mile quantum entanglement record.<p>Let's get this out of the way now: Quantum teleportation will not bring us one step closer to the <i>Star Trek</i> transporter. But it will get you as far as the boundary of space now. Sort of.<p>The officially defined boundary of space is about 100 km …

Quantum Mechanics

Use an Arduino and Relays to Control AC Lights and Appliances

Photos: Christopher Alden<p>In building our latest project, The Great Houdini Escape Room, located in the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, we tackled many Maker challenges. Everything in the room was built from “scratch.” The room uses over 5,000 feet of wire and is operated on over 5,000 lines …

We finally know how many trees there are in the world

How many trees are there on planet Earth?<p>According to a new study, the answer is somewhere around 3.04 trillion.<p>That's about 400 trees for every person.<p>And while that may seem like a lot, scientists say that before humans began clearing forests, the Earth was home to nearly twice as many trees.<p>"The …

Ecology

Fighting the Second Skeleton

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva is an incredibly rare disease, striking just one out of every two million people. It’s also an incredibly astonishing disease. A single mutation to a single gene causes muscles to spontaneously turn into new bones. Over time, people with fibrodysplasia …

Alfred Hitchcock

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Public Health

This Fascinating 3D Printed Strandbeest Robot Takes Theo Jansen's Ideas One Step Further

The year is 2015 and 3D printed robots have begun to evolve to a point where they are taking over the world!<p>OK, maybe we aren’t quite there yet. We …

52 Delicious Swedish Meals You Need To Try Before You Die

Swedish cooking has more to it than meatballs.

10 things you should never say to a British person

1. “I <i>love</i> British accents!”<p>I’ll begin with my biggest bugbear. Let me just give a quick geography lesson here. Great Britain (or, rather, the United …

Graphics

The Race To Prove 'Spooky' Quantum Connection May Have a Winner

Entanglement breakthrough could lead to unhackable Internet<p>Particles don’t obey the same rules as people. Poke a particle, and another one far away can instantly respond the touch -- without any messages passing through the space between, as if the two particles were one. “Entanglement” is what …

This material could be used to instantly heal punctures in a spacecraft

Researchers have been working on creating self-healing materials for a while now, and if you look around YouTube, you can find a handful of videos of them in action. But this week a research team described a new material that they claim is even faster at healing, able to repair a puncture wound in …

Nanotech

iPad-sized ‘Sensel Morph’ detects any object– from a paintbrush to a drumstick – RtoZ.Org – Latest Technology News

The company Sensel has launched a Kickstarter campaign to develop its new portable iPad-sized ‘Sensel Morph.’<p>The Sensel Morph is a new kind of …

Magnetism

Caged Wetlands Could Show The Future Impacts Of Climate Change

A crystal bog<p>Climate change is changing the environment. Studies have shown that higher levels of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) are warming the planet. But it isn't easy to predict how those changes will affect life in the future. To fix that, some researchers are bringing the future …

Locked In: Behind the Scenes of the Escape Room Craze

You find yourself in a room. An old room, by the look of the decor, like a parlor taken out of history. An antique desk rests at one end, a tall wooden box stands in a corner. A tangle of copper pipes serves as candelabra for a collection of colored light bulbs. None of them are on.<p>The walls are …

Smart Design for a DIY Air Compressor Cable Reel

Drill-driven winding and it's readily portable<p>I recently purchased this retractable air compressor cable reel:<p>Sixty bucks is more than I wanted to …

Making Ocean Water Drinkable Is Much Harder Than You Think

California's Carlsbad Desalination Project, which will start operating later this year, will process more than 104 million gallons of seawater daily, turning about half that into drinking water.<p>When Dean Spatz began his introduction-to-engineering-design class as a sophomore at Dartmouth in 1963, …

Engineering

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

3D Print Your Own Stepper Motor

Stepper motors are an incredibly precise, incredibly useful tool in any Maker’s arsenal. They’re the heart of any CNC machine, robot, drawbot, or 3D printer. Open up a stepper motor and you’ll find a dense, mechanically beautiful mass of copper coils, gearing, and magnets. That complexity is what …