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In 1986, Bose Made This Incredible Self-Leveling Car Suspension

Video: These days, magnetorheological dampers are nothing special; they’re used in Mercedes and Porsche and other cars alongside more traditional air- and coil-based suspension systems, offering adjustable suspension damping and spring rates at the push of a button. But in the 1980s, electromagnetic suspension was weird, and new, and one of the world’s best known audio companies had a crack at it.

Watch This Awesome Electromagnetic Catapult Test On An Aircraft Carrier

This is going to be so cool. The US Navy commissioned an electromagnetic launcher for testing on the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier and the system will be much more efficient and smoother in launching planes in the future. It’s the first time things have been shot off the ship without the old steam catapult system.

Our Electronics Are Messing Up How Birds Navigate

The air is thick with electromagnetic noise these days. AM radio waves, the electromagnetic hum of computers — it’s invisible to us, but birds seem to detect them with their internal magnetic compass. A new study finds that electromagnetic noise disorients European robins, raising the intriguing and frightening possibility that our cities and their signals could be disrupting the annual bird migration.

NATO Built A Real-Life Electromagnetic Ray Gun To Stop Suicide Bombers

In an attempt to thwart and discourage the use of cars and other vehicles in suicide bombing attacks, NATO has been funding the development of a compact electromagnetic jammer that can safely cause an engine to cut out before a bomber reaches their target.

In Soviet Russia, Chefs Will Use Lasers, Not Knives

In the future we may no longer need knives in the kitchen, at least not food prep knives. That is the idea behind the “Innnovative Laser Device for Cutting of Foodstuff” — entered by a Russian design student into this year’s James Dyson Award competition for problem-solving inventions.

Giz Explains: What Do Those Mysterious Lumps On Your Cables Do?

You have some sense of what the wires going to and from your computer do. Some bring power; others transmit information from one device to another. But some of these cables look a bit…off.

Build The Spirit Radio That Creeped Out Tesla Himself

Tesla’s Spirit Radio uses a simple crystal radio circuit connected to a computer sound-in jack to generate spooky sounds from all kinds of electromagnetic sources. As you will see, it creeped the hell out of Tesla himself.

LED Wand + RFID Waves = Beautiful

Sometimes it’s the unseen that’s the most terrifying. In the case of RFID we think there’s plenty to dread, but never actually looked at those scary, scary waves. Thankfully someone at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design did.

Table-Top-Sized Black Hole Created, World Mysteriously Still Exists

Scientists have created a table-top-sized black hole that absorbs light. And yet we’re still here, and the world hasn’t collapsed. Clearly, my high-school science classes did not adequately explain black holes to me.

Gates, Myhrvold To Patent Crazy Electromagnetic Combustion Engine

Bill Gates may love his Ford Focus, but he’s got plans to improve on age-old combustion, applying—along with Nathan Myhrvold and others from the Intellectual Ventures gang—to patent a smart engine with electromagnetic pistons.

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