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Stargate Studios Reel…

This is one of Stargate Studios show reels in which you get to see behind the scenes at their magic! You really don’t know how much of a set is real in a movie these days and how much is made possible from techniques such as the green screen..
Video Link: www.youtube.com
Official Site: www.stargatefilms.com

Helix Wind Turbine…

The Helix wind turbine has the ability to cut your home power costs in half, this 2-kilowatt rated wind turbine spins no matter what direction the wind comes from (including vertically). With its sleek, clean design and with the ability for them to be installed much lower than traditional turbines this could be the home solution people are looking for..
Video Link: www.youtube.com
Official Site: www.helixwind.com
Article Link: www.ecogeek.org

The Audi A4 Production Process…

This is a great video showing the process of creating an Audi, its amazing the precision used by both machines and humans..
Via Website: www.37signals.com
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ElectraFlyer…

The ElectraFlyer is an all electric plane, which was once originally just a glider. This plane looks like great fun, and hopefully a cheap way for people to get into the aviation game..
Website Link: www.electraflyer.com
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Visualizing Vortex Physics…

Watch some stunning new vortex simulations that are helping physicists understand turbulence and even more in our lives..
Article Link: www.newscientist.com
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Highlighting Cancer Cells…

Cancer surgery is tricky because you dont want to miss any cancer, but you also dont want to cut healthy tissue. Now doctors are testing a new technique that uses a safe chemical highlighter, allowing surgeons to cut by color. See it in this ScienCentral News video..
Video Link: www.youtube.com

The Dyson Airblade…

Its about time someone did this and im so happy it was Dyson. The airblade uses 80% less energy than a conventional electric hand dryer and wipes the water off your hands in twelve seconds, using air travelling at 400mph. Video of it in action below..
Article Link: www.treehugger.com
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Geckos Inspire Experimental Adhesive…

A new material made up of tiny carbon nanotube hairs is similar to the hairs a gecko uses to stick to surfaces..
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Tango: The Urban Electric Car…

The Tango, built in Spokane, WA is billed as the world’s fastest urban car powered by electricity. The Tango achieves 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds and has a top speed of 130mph..
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Top 3 Green Cars Coming to Market…

Below is a video from newscientist on three of the main green cars coming to market, the Tesla Roadster, a Hydrogen Honda and the Chevy Volt, great to see these cars..
Article Link: www.newscientist.com
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First LHC Proton Beam Images…

Its great to see that they are releasing images so soon, I can’t wait to see what this thing can do!..
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Plastic Electronics…

In todays electronics silicon is always at the heart making it work, but new research is showing that the future may hold plastic at the heart..
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Special Effects Coming to Home Movies…

A new technique will allow amateur movie makers to superimpose extra features on their videos and make it look realistic..
Article Link: www.newscientist.com
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New Zealand Made Jetpack…

A jetpack that might one day be able to take 30-minute jaunts across the sky got its public debut today. New Zealand company Martin Jetpack unveiled the device at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. They plan on selling the jetpacks for $100,000. The video below is of his 16yr old son flying it..
Article Link: www.newscientist.com
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ReWalk Exoskeleton…

Below is a video of the ReWalkâ„¢ Exoskeleton in action, its the first commercially viable upright walking assistance tool, enables wheelchair users with lower-limb disabilities to stand, walk, and even climb stairs..
Article Link: www.engadget.com
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Rocket Racing…

I’ve heard that rocket racing was going to become a competition, but this is the first video I have seen on the topic, the Rocket Racing league will race rocket-powered planes for the first time on August 1st!..
Article Link: www.newscientist.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Moving Power Underwater…

Gavin D. J. Harper explains some of the features of the subsea cables which are used to transmit power from the marine energy generators back to the shore. Filmed at EMEC – the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney, UK..
Article Link: www.ecogeek.org
Video Link: www.youtube.com

i MiEV Launching Summer 2009…

Last we heard was this car wasn’t launching till 2010 but the new plan is to launch the retail version of the i MiEV electric car in Japan in the summer of 2009. The reasons are “smoother-than-expected” preparations for mass-production. The specs for the car are as follows, the i MiEV is powered by a compact 47 kW electric motor (133 lb-ft of torque) and a 330V, 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack from Lithium Energy Japan (LEJ). LEJ is a joint venture of GS Yuasa Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC). Top speed of the i MiEV is 130 kph (81 mph), with a range of up to 160 km (100 miles) in the Japanese 10-15 cycle driving conditions..
Article Link: www.treehugger.com

Giant Rubber Snake Wave Power…

A giant rubber snake could be the future of renewable energy. The rippling “Anaconda” produces electricity as it is squeezed by passing waves. Its developers say it would produce more energy than existing wave-energy devices and be cheaper to maintain. Eventually, full-scale versions should be 7metres across, 200m long and be anchored at one end in water between 40m and 100m deep. A full-scale device should produce 1 megawatt, enough to power around 2000 houses..
Article Link: www.newscientist.com
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The Roundest Objects in the World…

The kilogram is the only remaining standard of measurement tied to a single physical object: a 120-year-old lump of platinum and iridium that sits in a vault outside of Paris, France. But the mass of this chunk of metal is slowly changing relative to the 40-odd copies kept by other countries, and no one knows why or by how much. So researchers charged with policing units and measures, called metrologists, have come up with several suggestions to redefine the kilogram. In 2011, the International Committee for Weights and Measures will try to decide the issue. One proposal, pushed by an international team called the Avogadro Project, aims to define the kilogram in terms of a specific number of silicon atoms. Just how many? That’s where the newly created silicon spheres come in..
Article Link: www.newscientist.com
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U-Bot 5 The Health Care Robot…

U-bot 5 is a robot designed to help with medical care of people. His functions include picking up small objects, dialing 911, using a stethoscope to check vitals and more. It costs about $65,000 to build a single robot in the lab, but LiveScience was told that manufacturers have said it might cost only a “couple of thousand” to mass-produce the automatons. A part-time, human in-home caregiver can cost more than $1,500 per week, so U-Bot could change the in-home caregiver market..
Article Link: www.livescience.com
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Mighty Mouse…

An Ohio laboratory has produced genetically modified mice which can run five to six kilometres at a speed of 20 meters per minute on a treadmill, for up to six hours before stopping..
Article Link: www.medicalnewstoday.com
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Heavy-Duty Electric Truck…

The heavy-duty electric short-haul prototype truck, the first of its kind at any port worldwide, can pull a 60,000-pound cargo container, has a top speed of 40 mph, and has a range between 30 to 60 miles per battery charge. In April 2008, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission approved the production of 20 electric yard trucks..
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Printing Nanosolar…

Nanosolar has the world’s first 1GW solar production tool. It uses their breakthrough in the production of solar electricity cells, printing of solar cells using nanoparticle ink. Printing is a non-vacuum coating process that eliminates the need for a high-vacuum chamber as it is conventionally used in making solar. Printing is 200 times more cost efficient, A twenty times slower high-vacuum tool costs ten times as much. Watch the video to see the printer in action..
Article Link: www.earth2tech.com
Official Website: www.nanosolar.com
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BMW GINA…

BMW is taking a whole new look at car design with a metrial they have named GINA, which is like a skin that covers the car. The car still has the safety design as other cars do, but now they can change the way the car looks on the spot..
Article Link: www.37signals.com
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3-D Microscope…

Biologists can now observe the workings inside our cells in full color, 3-D and soon to be real-time. As this ScienCentral News video explains, scientists have invented a way to trick a light microscope into revealing more details than ever before seen..
Article Link: www.sciencentral.com
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Boeing 777 Wing Load Test…

In this video Boeing uses/destroys a whole plane to see if the wing can handle 150% maximum turbulence, everyone who’s been working on the plane for the past 4 years is watching to see if they have done their job..
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Nanopaper Soaks Up Oil…

It looks like paper. It feels like paper. It’s even made like paper. But this paper, made from metal nanowires, can sit in water for months and never get wet, while soaking up to 20 times its weight in oil..
Article Link: www.discovery.com

Toshiba Aquilion ONE…

Toshiba Medical Systems exhibited the next generation of CT diagnostic imaging equipment, the Aquilion ONE, at the 2008 International Technical Exhibition of Medical Imaging. The Aquilion ONE is the world’s first diagnostic imaging system that can scan an entire organ, such as the brain and heart, in one rotation, because it has a scan width of up to 160mm using 320 rows of area detector elements. Entire organs can be dynamically diagnosed using the Aquilion ONE system because it displays visual representations of volume data in a time series. In addition, because the new CT system is also easier on patients due to its lower radiation exposure and its drastic reduction in scanning time, it can be potentially used in emergency examinations and on young children..
Article Link: www.medgadget.com
Official Website: www.toshiba.com
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Panasonic has the Longest Lasting AA Batteries…

Panasonic Evolta battery mascot robot scaled a 500m cliff at the Grand Canyon in a publicity stunt to showcase the endurance of the Evolta AA alkaline battery, which the Guinness Book of World Records recently recognized as the longest-lasting of its kind. It took 6 hours and 45 minutes to reach the top. The video below is them testing the robot..
Article Link: www.pinktentacle.com
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Grasshopper Robot…

Taking its inspiration from the grasshopper, a tiny two-legged robot that stores elastic energy in springs has leaped 27 times its own height, smashing the record of 17 times set by a previous robot.
Later they want to build a wire superstructure to make the robot automatically regain its feet when it lands and add wings to let it glide like a real grasshopper while airborne. After that they hope to add solar panels, some simple sensors and a microprocessor. These would allow the robot to control its hopping and possibly communicate with other robots in the swarm, as well as recharge its battery..

Article Link: www.newscientist.com
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Wall Climbing Robot…

The as-yet-unnamed robot from the non-profit group SRI uses electro-adhesion to cling to the wall, generating electrostatic charges between the wall substrate and itself to keep from falling. The technology uses a very small amount of power and shows the ability to repeatedly clamp to wall substrates that are heavily covered in dust or other debris..
Article Link: www.popularmechanics.com
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Airbus: Amazing Glass Fibers…

The outer skin of the Airbus A380 has to be designed to get this monster off the tarmac. The world’s biggest airliner is light but also tough thanks to incredible glass fibers shown in the video below..
Article Link: www.nationalgeographic.com
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Peel-and-Stick Solar Panels…

Solar rooftop installations just got a lot easier. Lumeta, a subsidiary of construction heavyweight DRI, has developed a solar panel sticker, the Power-Ply 380. The panels are half as heavy as concrete roofing tiles and can be tailored to fit on most tile designs. The company says its convenient peel-and-stick solar technology allows it to be installed almost twice as fast as regular rack-mounted panels, a claim put to the test in the video below..
Official Website: www.dricompanies.com/lumeta
Article Link: www.treehugger.com
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Modular Robot…

A robot developed by roboticists at the University of Pennsylvania is made of modules that can recognise each other, even when kicked apart the modules can reassemble into one robot..
Article Link: www.newscientist.com
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