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Purdue Engineering Students Can Take A Class In Hyperloop Design

The Hyperloop is not real. But that won’t prevent it from being taught at institutions of higher learning. Now Purdue University is offering a Hyperloop Design course through its three engineering programs. The first class was yesterday and apparently 54 students showed up.


This Man Is About To Put A Robot In Your Pocket

What will it take for robots to become as common in our homes and daily lives as smartphones, TVs and computers? Ask roboticist Tomotaka Takahashi. The famous Tokyo professor aims to be “the Steve Jobs of robotics”, by moving away from technical specs and emphasising design, as well as pure bot charisma.


It's Easier To Tell Time Than Do Maths On This Slide Rule Watch

We now live in a time where kids think of calculators as just another app. But before they were even standalone electronic devices, mathematicians and engineers had to suffice with a confusing mechanical device called the slide rule. But don’t worry, this watch is much easier to use.


The Australian Army Is Creating Solar-Powered Soldiers

Ever get that moment of panic when your phone runs out of batteries, you’re stranded with no way to get home and you were born too late to remember that pay phones are anything other than quaint anachronisms? Now imagine being an Aussie soldier in the field in the same situation. While no one likes running out of battery, for soldiers it is quite literally a life or death situation.


Pruning The Mississippi River Could Protect New Orleans From The Next Katrina

When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans a decade ago, its destructive power was unprecedented. But these days, extreme weather events are becoming eerily common. How to prevent the next big storm from walloping the Big Easy? We might need to let the mouth of the Mississippi die.


Inspired By Battleship, This Head-To-Head Portable Arcade Is A Work Of Art

It’s probably about time for custom arcade builder Love Hultén to consider taking on the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony. His custom arcade consoles are just stunning, and there isn’t a gamer out there who wouldn’t drop a small fortune on his new two-player Battlecade.


This Rotary Dial Smartphone Hack Fills Me With Glee

Rotary dials are one of my favourite UI devices. I like the force feedback they provide as you spin a number in, and the sound they make as the dial zips back into position. At last, I can have that feeling every time I make a call, using Polish engineer Paweł Zadrożniak’s crazy DiY rotary dial smartphone.


A Swimming Pool Bridge Lets Rich Londoners Flaunt it Over the Street Plebs

Has anyone ever looked at the housing market in London? To say it’s expensive is an understatement, but even the pokiest broom cupboard is nothing compared to the luxurious flats that are popping up all over the place. This latest development takes it one step further by adding a swimming pool bridge to the top of its two buildings.


This Is The Australian Defence Force's Take On Exoskeleton Technology

Exoskeleton technology — the use of an external wearable framework that augments a human’s natural physical ability — is one of the most interesting developments in modern military science. Like many other countries around the world, Australia is developing its own version.


I Really Want This Impossibly Complicated Wrench

Between adjustable wrenches and socket sets, mankind has plenty of perfectly adequate tools to fasten and loosen nuts. But that doesn’t stop me from wanting this (concept) irising wrench all the same.


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