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Sunday January 21, 2018 @ 12:48:58 PM mt

NASA turns to memory alloys for folding wings



NASA sees folding wings as a key aeronautical technology for the aircraft of tomorrow, and to make it practical, the space agency is looking to a cutting edge, lightweight memory alloy. Developed for the Spanwise Adaptive Wing (SAW) project, the new alloy allows an aircraft's wing and control surfaces to change their shape in flight without heavy hydraulic systems.

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Sunday January 21, 2018 @ 08:08:36 AM mt

Rocket Lab's Electron booster reaches orbit



New Zealand officially joins the rank of spacefaring nations as Rocket Lab's Electron booster reached orbit in the first successful commercial space launch in the southern hemisphere. On January 21 at 1:43 GMT, the composite-bodied, two-stage rocket lifted off from Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 1 located on the tip of the Mhia Peninsula, between Napier and Gisborne on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand carrying a payload of mini satellites, which it successfully delivered to Earth orbit.

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Saturday January 20, 2018 @ 08:14:33 AM mt

Propellantless propulsion system could keep satellites in orbit reduce space junk



One of the main factors limiting the life of satellites is how much propellant they can carry to execute orbital corrections. Now scientists at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the Universidad Politcnica de Madrid have come up with a propellantless propulsion system that also doubles as an electric generator. Using the Earth's magnetic field interacting with a two-km (1.24-mi) long aluminum tether, the system could be used to dispose of space debris and boost the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS).

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Friday January 19, 2018 @ 10:31:41 PM mt

In photos: Trucks and SUVs give the 2018 Detroit auto show some serious brawn



As much as it is a great car show, the 2018 North American International Auto Show might just be more of a truck and 4x4 show. In a country where pickup trucks rule, it's no small story when each of the Big 3 shows an all-new pickup truck, especially when one of those pickups has been entirely absent from the market for the better part of a decade. Not to be outdone, each of Japan's Big 3 is wowing attendees with a wild concept SUV or two. And before you even get through the front door, you're hit in the eyes by an orange hunk of resin with a classic Mercedes G-Wagen trapped inside. Trucks and SUVs are definitely a big highlight, if not the big highlight.

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Category: Automotive

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Friday January 19, 2018 @ 04:15:47 PM mt

Stylish shipping container house is topped by a green roof



Athens, Greece-based firm Cocoon Modules offers an attractive take on the shipping container house with this eponymous dwelling. Topped by a green roof and able to run on or off-the-grid, the container house can also be expanded in size to suit customers' needs.

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Friday January 19, 2018 @ 04:15:47 PM mt

Limited run acoustic made using wood reclaimed from Hendrix family home



We've seen a number of guitars made with wood reclaimed from old bridges and barns, a Detroit firehouse and Brazilian shacks. But Canada's Joi guitars has dipped into rock 'n' roll history for a limited edition acoustic made using reclaimed wood, wiring, paint and nails from the Seattle family home of Jimi Hendrix.

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Friday January 19, 2018 @ 04:15:47 PM mt

Korg's latest portable PA can be controlled from a smartphone



When setting up at a gig, PA parameters usually need to be adjusted from one venue to the next. But what might sound great in an empty room can sound rubbish when the crowds (hopefully) gather around the stage. With most systems, making adjustments involves a mixing console, if you have one, or turning knobs on the back of the portable PA itself. With Korg's new Konnect amp, settings can be tweaked using a smartphone app.

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Friday January 19, 2018 @ 04:15:46 PM mt

Imaging system allows entire eye to be examined with one instrument



Eye exams may be getting quicker and easier, plus ophthalmologists may be able to save money on equipment, thanks to a new instrument developed by scientists in Poland and Spain. Unlike existing eye-examining technology, it allows the entire eye (from front to back) to be imaged via a single lens.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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Friday January 19, 2018 @ 04:15:46 PM mt

Bikram yoga may not need to be so hot



Bikram yoga consists of 26 poses, and it's performed in a room that's heated to around 40 C (104 F). While it has a number of claimed health benefits, a new study suggests that when it comes to vascular health, it might just as well be done at room temperature.

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Friday January 19, 2018 @ 02:23:17 AM mt

Vietnamese Forest House puts tiny living on stilts



Vietnamese architect Chu Van Dong has completed a tiny house project that offers a cheap and easy solution for temporary housing or tiny living. Dubbed Forest House, the 12-sq m (129-sq ft) home rests on two stilts and is one of three wooden cabins planned for a vast forest landscape in the Sc Sn District, 30.6 km (19 mi) outside of Hanoi, Vietnam.

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