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This Woodpecker-Inspired Collar Could Protect Athletes From Concussion

Last year, US footballer Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers announced that he was quitting football because of the high risk of concussion and long-term brain damage, despite protective helmets. And he’s not alone: It’s a growing concern, particularly for teenage athletes. But a new collar inspired by the humble woodpecker may help protect athletes from such trauma in the future.


Your Baby's Butt Is Wrapped In A Brilliant Piece Of Engineering

Video: If you opt for the convenience of disposable nappies over their more environmentally-friendly cloth alternatives, you probably don’t stop to think about the science that allows them to keep your baby dry at night. But engineerguy Bill Hammack has, and in a new video, he explains why you’re actually wrapping your baby’s butt in a brilliant piece of engineering.


Scientists Found A Possible Deal Breaker In The Quest To Build A Space Elevator

Carbon nanotubes have been pegged as the wonder material that could finally allow us to build a space elevator. A discouraging new study suggests these microscopic strands aren’t as resilient as we thought — and all it could take is a single misplaced atom to bring the whole thing crashing down.


Tiny Metallic Pixels Could Make Pictures That Never Fade

With time, paint and pictures lose their intensity. But tiny metallic pixels could be used to create vivid images and paintwork that never lose their lustre — and the resulting pictures are becoming more detailed than ever.


New Solar Cell Turns Light Into Heat To Potentially Double Efficiency 

There’s a annoying theoretical limit on the efficiency of solar cells that limits the amount of electricity they can create from sunlight. But now a team of MIT engineers has developed a system that overcomes the problem by first converting light to heat — and it could double the efficiency of solar cells.


This Might Be How Workers Moved The Stones Of Stonehenge

Archaeologists have long puzzled over how ancient workers moved the stones of Stonehenge. Now, a new experiment shows it might not have been that hard after all.


This Tiny Patch Keeps Track Of Your Heart And Body Chemistry At Once

This little device could one day replace your heart rate monitor. The researchers behind it claim that it’s the first flexible wearable device able to measure both electrical heart signals and biochemical markers while you work out.


Inside The Workshop That Builds The World's Largest Wings

Boeing is busy developing its next ultra-efficient commercial jetliner, the 777x, and one of its biggest features — quite literally — are its wings. This amazing facility is where they will be made.


This Amazing Carbon Fibre Pavillion Was Woven By A Robot

London’s Victoria & Albert Museum has unveiled an incredibly intricate robotically woven and biologically inspired carbon-fibre pavilion in its courtyard.


This Is How NASA Tests Its Return Capsules For Landings At Sea

If you’ve ever wondered what happens at the moment that an astronaut’s return capsule hits the sea, you’re not alone. NASA engineers think about it rather a lot, which is why they have been dropping the new Orion module, full of crash-test dummies, into a huge swimming pool.


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