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Mon, 22 Jul 2019 07:21:48 +0000 | Michael Irving
Energy, Michael Irving

A new battery cell design could help us tap into the vast stores of geothermal energy ...

One of the largest natural sources of renewable energy could be right under our feet – literally. The Earth itself is a big warm ball just waiting for us to tap into it, with vast stores of geothermal energy lying beneath Australia, the United States and plenty of other areas. Now researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Sanoh Industrial have developed a new type of battery cell that can directly convert heat energy into electricity.

.. Continue Reading New geothermal battery directly converts heat to electricity

Category: Energy

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 05:56:23 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Urban Transport, Nick Lavars

Inside the Hyperloop test tube at SpaceX headquarters

Now in its fourth instalment, SpaceX's Hyperloop Pod competition continues to bring out the very best in student engineering teams from all around the world, with the 2019 edition again pushing the boundaries of the experimental transport technology. The reigning champions from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) returned to fend off their challengers, setting a new speed record in the process.

.. Continue Reading Hyperloop hits record speeds at SpaceX's 2019 Pod competition

Category: Urban Transport

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 05:24:01 +0000 | Rich Haridy
Health & Wellbeing, Rich Haridy

Another large-scale study has found if you are otherwise healthy then vitamin supplements do not do ...

A massive umbrella study, encompassing 277 clinical trials, into the effects of nutritional supplements and dietary interventions has concluded almost all vitamin and mineral supplements play no role in protecting from cardiovascular disease, or extending one's lifespan.

.. Continue Reading Massive meta-study finds most vitamin supplements have no effect on lifespan or heart health

Category: Health & Wellbeing

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 03:20:56 +0000 | Michael Irving
Medical, Michael Irving

Researcher Justin Deniset using live imaging microscopy to watch pericardial cells

As important and durable as it is, the heart has quite a lot of difficulty in repairing itself after sustaining damage. But now, researchers from the University of Calgary have found a previously unidentified cell population in the fluid that surrounds the heart, which seems to help heal injuries.

.. Continue Reading Newly-discovered cells help patch up scarred hearts

Category: Medical

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 03:14:07 +0000 | Rich Haridy
Digital Cameras, Rich Haridy

Honorable mention, Landscape. The Whale’s Mouth Cloud, the cloud that appears when the first gust front ...

The art of minimalist photography involves stripping an image back to just a few key compositional elements – be it a color, shape or texture. The images celebrated in this year's Minimalist Photography Awards highlight how beautiful, and compelling, this deceptively simple aesthetic can be, across an impressively broad variety of categories.

.. Continue Reading Glorious shapes, patterns and textures in the 2019 Minimalist Photography Awards

Category: Digital Cameras

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 02:30:20 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Architecture, Nick Lavars

Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates have made a hidden garden the central focus of the Loop ...

Recreating the tranquility of one of Japan's more famous gardens in a dense neighborhood of Kyoto was always going to be a tall order. Local firm Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates approached this problem by building its Loop House around a garden, rather than the other way around, using large windows and shallow verandahs to create a unique connection between inside and out.

.. Continue Reading Japan's Loop House encircles a palace-inspired garden courtyard

Category: Architecture

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 01:53:58 +0000 | Mike Hanlon
Automotive, Mike Hanlon

The 1898 Riker Electric is one of the oldest surviving cars in the world, and still ...

A pioneer electric car of great historical significance will be going to auction during Monterey Car Week next month. Built by electric car pioneer Andrew L. Riker, the car won three of America's first car races, and was exhibited alongside the famous Lohner Porsche at the 1900 Exposition Universalle Internationale in Paris, winning the Gold Medal.

.. Continue Reading 1898 Riker Electric Car heads to auction in Monterey

Category: Automotive

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 01:46:29 +0000 | David Szondy
Medical, David Szondy

A new treatment for fainting astronauts could help Earthbound patients

A new study indicates that a simple regime that keeps returning astronauts from fainting could help earthbound patients suffering from a similar condition. Led by Benjamin Levine, a professor of exercise sciences at UT Southwestern Medical Center and director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the research examines how to overcome the effects on blood pressure due to long-term space missions.

.. Continue Reading Fainting astronauts could help earthbound heart patients

Category: Medical

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 01:06:14 +0000 | Loz Blain
Aircraft, Loz Blain

David Mayman flies his JB-10 jetpack around Sydney Harbour

We've been reporting on David Mayman and Jetpack Aviation for some years now, and this weekend he was in Sydney with his roaring jet turbine JB-10 jetpack to take another stab at a flight he tried to perform 10 years ago. We were privileged to watch this stunning flight in person.

.. Continue Reading David Mayman flies the JB-10 jetpack around Sydney Harbour

Category: Aircraft

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:36:38 +0000 | David Szondy
Space, David Szondy

Lockheed has completed construction of the Orion spacecraft that will circumnavigate the Moon

Lockheed Martin says that it has completed the final assembly phase of the first full Orion spacecraft. At a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, US Vice President Mike Pence made the public announcement in front of the spacecraft at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

.. Continue Reading Construction of Orion spacecraft for Artemis-1 flight completed

Category: Space