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Boeing Wants To Make Weather Testing Planes Easier With 3D-Printed Fake Ice

Even on a hot summer day, the outside temperature at 9200m can hit 45 below zero. Ice forming on a plane’s fuselage is inevitable, despite how dangerous it can be. So to help ensure planes can survive freezing temperatures, Boeing is developing fake plastic ice to make it easier to test its aircraft.

An AI Program In Japan Just Passed A College Entrance Exam

An artificial intelligence program received such high scores on a standardised test that it’d have an 80% chance of getting into a Japanese university.

Sorry, Don't Expect STD-Sensing Colour Condoms Anytime Soon

When the TeenTech Awards announced their 2015 winners last week, news outlets far and wide swooned over the concept of colour-changing condoms that detected STDs proposed by three teenaged students. The idea is brilliant as it is bizarre — but don’t expect to see these in stores anytime soon.

How Cosmetics Companies Farm Human Skin To Test Their Products

As you slathered conditioner onto your noggin this morning, you probably weren’t thinking about lab-grown skin coins (if you were, r u OK?). But human skin grown in a lab is a booming business — and how it’s made is a little-known and fascinating story.

The Massive Proving Ground Where Extraordinary New Trains Are Tested

General Electric’s development team just completed a year of field-testing for the new Evolution Series Tier 4 locomotive. Some of the tests took place at the Federal Railroad Administration’s high-altitude testing circuit near Pueblo, Colorado at an elevation of 5000 feet above sea level. These photographs capture the train’s gruelling journey.

Monster Machines: The R&D Machines That Push Your Smartphone 'Til It Breaks

Ever wondered what machinery smartphone firms use to test out those shiny handsets they keep shifting by the truckload? I have. Well, they spend a full six months of the phone’s now-year-long pre-release life just checking if they’re fit for purpose, so that’s got to be some pretty interesting, exhaustive probing and pummelling.

Jet Engines Endure Trial By Ice

Today’s shot of the day is from GE’s engine testing site in Winnipeg, Canada, where new engines endure trial by ice — a simulated winter gale that batters them with 1270kg of cold air per second and thousands of gallons of freezing water, all at minus eight degrees fahrenheit. [GE; Gizmodo]

The Right Hand Of Telstra: Meet The In-House Deathgrip Tester

Deathgrip. It sounds like a Harry Potter villain or a Darth Vader finishing-move. No matter what it sounds like, it’s still the arch-nemesis of cellular networks. When Apple addressed the iPhone 4’s deathgrip issue — dubbed Antennagate — it dragged other manufacturers down with it by saying that the same thing happens to all phones when you hold them wrong. Those manufacturers quickly rebuked the claims of Steve Jobs, but inside a sealed, top-secret Australian facility, behind a thick, steel door, Telstra was testing all of its handsets for deathgrip symptoms. The results: deathgrip affects every handset ever made.

Is The HSC Really Less Stressful With A Timer Strapped To Your Wrist?

When taking your HSC — or what ever the relevant government is calling it these days — the last thing you want is your university dreams dashed because you ran out of time. So for $US40 this Testing Timer watch has a very specific purpose — keeping you on time and on pace to finish every question in the allotted time frame.

How Researchers Determine A Mouse's Mood

You know what they say: give a mouse a Zoloft and he’ll ask for a Prozac. Give a mouse a Prozac and he’ll ask for a Lexapro. But how do researchers determine if the anti-depressant being developed is actually effective before giving it to people?

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