Inventive mini-camper van seats five, becomes a cozy tiny lounge

The forever-infamous year that was 2020 dragged down many aspects of life, but one thing for which it raised the bar was mini-campers. The year saw some very creative ways of shoehorning full living amenities into tiny and tinier vehicles. The young ne… Continue reading Inventive mini-camper van seats five, becomes a cozy tiny lounge

German robot being designed to prune fruit trees

According to Germany’s University of Hohenheim, about 80 percent of the fruit trees in that country aren’t regularly pruned – despite the fact that doing so makes them structurally stronger and more resistant to disease. That’s why a team at the univer… Continue reading German robot being designed to prune fruit trees

Smart electrical outlets could save energy and reduce e-waste

While there are now many home appliances that can be remotely monitored and controlled via the internet, each one of those has to incorporate specialized Internet of Things (IoT) electronics. Engineers have now created a simpler system, that moves thos… Continue reading Smart electrical outlets could save energy and reduce e-waste

Folding tiny house tucks away for easy transportation

We’ve seen tiny houses that extend upward, tiny houses that extend outward, and even tiny houses that take the roof off, but the Brette Haus puts another interesting spin on the small living movement with a folding design intended for easier truck-base… Continue reading Folding tiny house tucks away for easy transportation

Satellite fires up iodine-fueled ion thruster for the first time

In a development that could help slow the proliferation of space junk, the orbit of a communications satellite has for the first time been altered using solid iodine as a propellant. The Beihangkonshi-1 smallsat made the maneuver earlier this month usi… Continue reading Satellite fires up iodine-fueled ion thruster for the first time

Lockheed Martin and Boeing debut Defiant X advanced assault helicopter

Lockheed Martin and Boeing have taken the wraps off the Defiant X advanced military helicopter being developed for the US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition. Billed as the fastest, most maneuverable, and most survivable assau… Continue reading Lockheed Martin and Boeing debut Defiant X advanced assault helicopter

3D-printed bone-replacement gel contains live bone cells

Presently, if a patient is missing a section of bone due to accident or disease, it has to be replaced with bone harvested from elsewhere in their body. A new cell-containing gel, however, could one day be 3D printed right into the injury, where it wou… Continue reading 3D-printed bone-replacement gel contains live bone cells

Hyundai’s new interactive robot will meet n’ greet customers

Given the current importance of physical distancing, it’s understandable that both customers and staff at auto dealerships may be leery of getting too close to one another. That’s why Hyundai has developed a new artificially intelligent customer servic… Continue reading Hyundai’s new interactive robot will meet n’ greet customers

Whale-shaped marine observatory reveals life below the waves

Baca Architects has been hired by marine contractor Subcon to lead the design of the new Australian Underwater Discovery Centre (AUDC). Reached by jetty, the building will be situated 2 km (1.2 miles) out from the shoreline and will be partially submer… Continue reading Whale-shaped marine observatory reveals life below the waves