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Shiva Nathan’s new prosthetic can read patterns in the wearer’s brainwaves and transmit them to a robotic arm, allowing the user to flex the mechanical fingers with nothing more than their thoughts. And if this project needed any more cool points, its creator is 15 years old.

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Photo Source: Shiva Nathan via Parallax

The use of drones is a hotly debated topic right now. These robots of the air could be used for spying or they could deliver Amazon packages — no one really knows.

But thanks to YouTube channel TheDmel, we at least know one thing for sure: Drones can groove.

While waiting for the rest of the world to figure out what the heck to do with those enigmatic fliers, the guys at KMel Robotics decided to drop a beat and choreograph a handful of drones for some fun. We can see these talented machines put to good use on Broadway — maybe WALL-E the Musical is right around the corner.

Take a look and see if you could step up to their sweet moves.

Via: Mashable & YouTube


Anyone who has ever ridden a bike in the city knows what it’s like to get a mouthful of exhaust. What if your bike could reduce those fumes and clean the air? A group of designers and engineers from Bangkok-based Lightfog Creative and Design won a Red Dot aware for their air-purifying bicycle designed to scrub polluted air while moving through traffic.

The idea, which is not yet a prototype yet, is that a filter between the handles bars would filter polluted air, scrubbing it of particulates. The frame itself would work something like a leaf, converting sunlight into energy that would, presumably run a fuel cell battery, the by-product of which would be good, clean oxygen for everyone.

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Industry leaders showcase and prep for their turn on the international stage. Photo courtesy of F&E Aerospace/Dubai Airshow

One hundred and ten years after the Wright Brothers brought powered flight to the world, the next chapter of global aviation is being written at the Dubai Air Show. -Raytheon

U.S. companies that dominate global aviation [have eyed] the Middle East’s largest airshow in hopes of inking deals worth billions of dollars as the region’s economies continue to expand on the backs of the industry –AP

Planes leave a cloud trail of smoke colors honoring the colors of the United Arab Emirates national flag. Photo courtesy of F&E Aerospace/Dubai Airshow

More than 1,000 companies are exhibiting, tens of billions of dollars in deal-making are under way and visitors are flocking to the show from more than 50 countries. -Raytheon

The Dubai Airshow is a biennial show held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Organized by the “F&E Aerospace” since 1989, this leading aerospace event serves as the international stage for the industry’s finest to show off their biggest, fastest, best, and loudest products and innovations in hopes of scoring major economy-boosting deals.

A major US competitor, Boeing, is currently leading the order books race.

Airlines in the Gulf have placed a number of high-value plane orders on the first day of the Dubai Air Show, with US giant Boeing a major winner.

Additionally, major contractors such as Raytheon have thrown a few cards in play as well.

Raytheon’s red-and-white show headquarters is showcasing many of the technologies that make aviation work, including the air traffic management software that safely guides planes on the most efficient routes from Point A to Point Z and everyplace in between.

With January 2014 marking the 100th year of commercial aviation, it’s amazing to see what all the Aerospace Industry has in store for the future. Who know’s what they’ll come up with next! Guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

From Orville and Wilbur Wright’s wooden flying contraption to today’s supersonic jets, the superlatives just keep flying for aviation. From the biggest to the fastest to the best, they’re all on display in Dubai. -Raytheon

Photo courtesy of F&E Aerospace/Dubai Airshow

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Creating electricity with caged atoms.

Creating electricity with caged atoms

Thermoelectric materials create electric current when they are used to bridge hot and cold objects. The new class of thermoelectric materials has a special crystal structure that consists of tiny cages that house cerium atoms, which are magnetic. The technical term for crystals that host atoms in cage-like spaces is clathrates. The cerium atoms constantly try to escape their cages and the interaction between the atoms and the cages seems to be responsible for the material’s favourable properties. The experiments showed that the cerium atoms increase the material’s thermopower by 50%.

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Image shows clathrates. Credit: TU Vienna

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