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Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:40:53 -0400
Tiny bat muscles shed light on aerodynamics
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:11:00 -0400Tiny hair-thin muscles in the skin of batwings give the creatures unprecedented control during flight, according to researchers in the United States. The scientists hope to improve the aerodynamics of planes and drones by figuring out how these muscles work and replicate their design.
Genetically altered glowing flower on display in Tokyo
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:23:00 -0400Just in time for Halloween, a glowing flower goes on display in Tokyo. Instead of sorcery and magic, its creators used science to genetically modify the flower, adding a naturally fluorescent plankton protein to its genetic mix. Ben Gruber reports.
Visa, Mastercard charge ahead
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:04:00 -0400Visa and Mastercard both reported better-than-expected results, at a pivotal time in their business with the emergence of digital wallets. Bobbi Rebell reports.
Flying car prototype takes to the skies
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:39:00 -0400The AeroMobil 3.0 is the latest prototype flying car that its makers hope will revolutionise the transport industry. The upgraded model has significant improvements to the previous prototype, with a top groundspeed of 200 kph and a flight travel range of about 700 kilometres. Ben Gruber reports.
U.S. Air Force launches GPS satellite from Cape Canaveral
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:02:00 -0400An Atlas V rocket, carrying a GPS satellite on board, successfully launches from Cape Canaveral, a day after an unmanned rocket exploded moments after liftoff in Virginia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Mind-controlled prosthetic arm restores amputee dexterity
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:46:00 -0400A Swedish amputee who became the first person to ever receive a brain controlled prosthetic arm is able to manipulate and handle delicate objects with an unprecedented level of dexterity. The device is connected directly to his bone, nerves and muscles, giving him the ability to control it with his thoughts. Matthew Stock reports.
Vibrating 'SmartCane' device helps blind people avoid obstacles
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:42:00 -0400Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi create the 'SmartCane' device to help visually impaired people detect obstacles above-the-knee and from a distance. Helena Williams reports.
An airplane, helicopter and car, all in one
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:07:00 -0400Engineers in the U.S. are developing a new concept vehicle that can take off like a helicopter, fly like an airplane, and drive like a car. Sharon Reich reports.
Saharan solar power opens energy corridor to Europe
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:29:00 -0400The TuNur project aims to generate clean energy from a giant solar plant in the Tunisian Sahara from where it will be connected to the European electricity grid via a dedicated undersea cable. TuNur say their initiative will produce roughly twice as much energy as any current nuclear power plant and can even produce energy when the sun is down. Matthew Stock reports.
The cost of saying no way to Apple Pay
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:46:00 -0400Apple Pay resistance from retailers who are developing their own system could backfire. Bobbi Rebell reports.
CurrentC no threat to Apple Pay- Moorhead
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:48:00 -0400A new mobile payment system being developed by a consortium of merchants including Wal-Mart, CVS and Rite Aid, called CurrentC, isn't consumer friendly and won't succeed, says Patrick Moorhead.
Deep sea 'mushroom' could be early branch on tree of life
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:29:00 -0400Miniature deep sea animals discovered off the Australian coast almost three decades ago are puzzling scientists, who say the organisms have proved impossible to categorise. Academics at the Natural History of Denmark have appealed to the world scientific community for help, saying that further information on Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides could answer key evolutionary questions. Jim Drury has more.
3D printed instruments make sweet music in Sweden
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:55:00 -0400Students from Lund University's Malmo Academy of Music are believed to be the world's first band to all use 3D printed instruments. The guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drums were built by Olaf Diegel, professor of product development, who says 3D printing allows musicians to design an instrument to their exact specifications. Matthew Stock reports.
Chameleon camouflage to give tanks cloaking capabilities
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:38:00 -0400Inspired by the way a chameleon changes its colour to disguise itself; scientists in Poland want to replace traditional camouflage paint with thousands of electrochromic plates that will continuously change colour to blend with its surroundings. The first PL-01 concept tank prototype will be tested within a few years, with scientists predicting that a similar technology could even be woven into the fabric of a soldiers' clothing making them virtually invisible to the naked eye. Matthew Stock reports.
Robots to fly planes where humans can't
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:12:00 -0400Researchers in South Korea are developing a robotic pilot that could potentially replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs which are configured for specific aircraft, the robots' humanoid design will allow it to fly any type of plane with no additional sensors. Ben Gruber reports.
Graphene paint offers rust-free future
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:35:00 -0400British scientists have developed a prototype graphene paint that can make coatings which are resistant to liquids, gases, and chemicals. The team says the paint could have a variety of uses, from stopping ships rusting to keeping food fresher for longer. Jim Drury reports.
New organic fertilizer helps reforestation of Monarch Butterflies’ winter retreat
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:41:00 -0400Using an organic fertilizer, a conservationist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), leads an award-winning project to reforest the sanctuary of monarch butterflies. Sharon Reich reports.
Japanese scientists unveil floating 3D projection
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:19:00 -0400Scientists in Tokyo have demonstrated what they say is the world's first 3D projection that floats in mid air. A laser that fires a pulse up to a thousand times a second superheats molecules in the air, creating a spark which can be guided to certain points in the air to shape what the human eye perceives as an image. Matthew Stock reports.
Microneedle patch promises painless pricks
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:36:00 -0400Researchers at The National University of Singapore have invented a new microneedle patch that could offer a faster and less painful delivery of drugs such as insulin and painkillers.
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