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The world’s first commercially available jetpack is coming soon !

The Martin Aircraft Company has signed a $12 million joint-venture deal to start production of the world’s first commercially available jetpack. The Christchurch-based company has been developing the jetpack for more than a decade but has struggled to find New Zealand funding for commercial production. Company chief executive Richard Lauder said the joint venture wouldContinue Reading

The Robo-Penguin

Penguins may be ungainly on land, but they’re speedy swimmers and expert divers. That agility inspired scientists at Festo’s Bionic Learning Network to develop the AquaPenguin, an Adélie-size self-navigating bot that “flies” underwater just like the real birds. Highly flexible, it can maneuver in cramped spaces and turn on a dime. Unlike its live counterparts,Continue Reading

The Cyborg Beetle

A Pentagon-sponsored project to control flying insects remotely has sent ripples of excitement across the scientific pond. Part insect, part machine, the “cyborg beetle” has been tested successfully by its developers at the University of California, Berkeley. Armed with funding from the Pentagon’s research wing, an engineering team at the University of California, Berkeley, hasContinue Reading

Bladeless Fan

Air is pulled in through vents in the base and then pushed out by a hidden impeller over a circular airfoil-shaped ramp that runs inside the rim of the halo, creating an uninterrupted stream of cool air. Because it’s bladeless, the Air Multiplier is safer than conventional fans, and it retains normal functions like tilt,Continue Reading

Vertical Farming

(OTCBB: VCTZF) introduces its revolutionary VertiCrop high density vertical growth system, technology that provides a solution to rapidly increasing food costs.The VertiCrop system grows plants in a suspended tray system moving on an overhead conveyor system. The system is designed to provide maximum sunlight and precisely correct nutrients to each plant. Sophisticated control systems gainContinue Reading

Tweeting by Thinking

Plenty of people’s Twitter feeds appear to be connected directly to their egos, but one scientist’s is actually wired to his brain. In April, University of Wisconsin doctoral student Adam Wilson — working with adviser Justin Williams, above — tweeted 23 characters just by thinking. He focused his attention on one flashing letter after anotherContinue Reading Tagged With: