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Tiny helicopters can’t out-hover hummingbirds

The spinning blades of micro-helicopters are about as efficient at hovering as the average hummingbird, which have had more than 42 million years of …

Birds

World's first man-made photosynthetic 'leaf' could produce oxygen for astronauts

Breakthrough technology could make long-distance space travel feasible, clean our air here on Earth, and even combat global warming.<p>To say that an …

Engineering

Crazy New Electric Car Folds Itself In Half To Park

An armadillo-inspired micro car from South Korea can shrink itself down to just 65 inches.<p>This absolutely awesome all-electric car, created by engineers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, can fold itself completely in half when parking. Inspired by a certain leprosy-carrying …

This Truck Keeps The World's Largest Solar Plant Squeaky Clean

Getting the most out of the United Arab Emirates' Shams 1 solar panels<p>Because of its cloudless skies and favorable latitude, the Rub' al-Khali desert in the United Arab Emirates is a good home for the world's largest operational concentrated solar plant, the eight-month-old Shams 1. Its 258,048 …

7 Amazing Living Fossils

Want to see history? You could go to a museum--or you could go to the zoo and check out these animals that haven't changed for tens of millions of years.<p>Researchers recently uncovered a new and remarkable animal in the fossil record in China: <i>Rugosodon eurasiaticus</i>, a chipmunk-like creature that was …

In regenerative medicine breakthrough, lab-grown human heart tissue beats on its own

Progress in regenerative medicine has been coming fast and furious in recent months: scientists are now using far-out tissue engineering techniques to restore liver function in mice, regrow human muscle, and even implant bioengineered blood vessels into ailing patients. Now, a team at the …

Plans for 800 mph hyperloop unveiled

A revolutionary high-speed train that would shoot passengers to their destination inside a capsule at 800 miles per hour has been unveiled in California by the technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.<p>Having "pulled an all-nighter" to finesse his plans, Mr Musk declared the Hyperloop could transport …

This Is How NASA Will 3-D Print In Space [Video]

Spare tools on-demand<p>Earlier this summer, we told you about NASA's plans to send a 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station next year. In the video here, NASA officials explain why that's a huge deal.<p>A considerable amount of storage space on flights goes to odds and ends that can break or …

A Light Bulb Powered By Bacteria

Three college students are building an electricity-free light bulb for the masses.<p>We've all basked in the glow of different light bulbs: incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, neon, LED, and more. But a lamp that harbors living, light-emitting bacteria -- a biological bulb, if you will -- is something …