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Monster Machines: The Razor UAV Only Costs $US800 To Print

Our multi-million dollar fleets of Predators and Reaper drones are quickly becoming the exception rather than the rule. As UAV technology continues its breakneck advance, the cost of producing even high-performance ISR drones is plummeting. This new UAV, for example, is so inexpensive and quick to create that it’s practically disposable.


Monster Machines: This New Electric Garbage Trucks Give Trash The Silent Treatment

You know how I know it’s garbage day? Because it’s 5am and it sounds like the trucks from Pump are getting busy on the curb. VROOOOOM, CRUNCH, SLAM, WAKKA WAKKA WAKKA, SLAM, CRUNCH, VROOOOOM. But some lucky Chicagoans will soon be able to sleep all the way through the night thanks to a new fleet of (mostly) silent dump trucks.


Here's A Natural Gas-Powered Cargo Ship Getting Its 490-Tonne Engine

Work on TOTE shipholding’s new Marlin-class cargo ships is progressing quickly. Late last month crews were photographed installing the vessel’s main engine, a 490-tonne behemoth that runs on liquefied natural gas rather than diesel.


Monster Machines: A Million-Dollar Buoy Will Spot The Best Sites For Wind Farms

With roughly 20,000km of coastline, the US has plenty of potential installation sites for offshore wind farms. Floating data collection centres like the one shown above will help energy companies and government agencies alike find the windiest, and most effective locations along America’s shores.


Monster Machines: This Dunkable Drone Will Suck Up Whale Snot For Science

Collecting biological samples from a whale is about as difficult as it sounds. The animals are easily stressed by the rumblings of large research vessels or manned helicopters and quick to run. Instead, a team of researchers has developed a novel quadcopter solution that collects a different sort of secretion than blood: expelled mucus.


This Is The Largest Spacecraft Welding Machine In The World

Photo: Behold the new welding “tool” at the Vertical Assembly Center in NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, the largest spacecraft welding tool in the world for the largest rocket ever, the Space Launch System that will take us one day to Mars.


These Flare Gas Trucks Get High On Their Own Supply

America is undergoing a fossil fuel renaissance thanks to a resurgent natural gas industry. But with many new wells being built far from existing oil pipelines, crews often vent excess gas. One such field in North Dakota is putting that gas to work running the company’s fleet of field equipment.


Monster Machines: These Hard Suit Power Gloves Give You The Grip Of A Kraken

Lobsters never took over the world because their claws are terrible at grasping. It’s the same reason deep sea divers, especially those that venture so far down that they require Atmospheric Dive Suits to keep from imploding, have such difficulty manipulating their tools at depth — the suits’ conventional lobster-like “prehensor” grippers are complete rubbish. But these new robo-gloves from MIT startup Vishwa Robotics will offer divers superior, Ninja Turtle-esque grip even 20,000 leagues below the sea.


Monster Machines: Israel's First 'Second Strike' Submarine Is A Dolphin With Nukes

What’s more impressive than sharks with laser beams? Dolphins with nuclear missiles. And that’s the newest member of Israel’s navy. A Dolphin-class submarine, anyway.


This Australian-Designed Emergency Smartboat Won't Need Sailors To Help It Navigate

While GPS has enabled a degree of autonomous function in many modern maritime vessels, ships are very much unable to steer themselves upon the high seas — or even navigate out of the harbor. But, like a naval Knight Rider, this new “smart” search and rescue boat could soon be patrolling your local shores, all by itself.


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